SmackDown Women’s Championship Match
Ember Moon vs. Bayley
They lock up and go at it with Bayley taking Moon down first. They tangle and trade holds. Bayley gets the upperhand again. Moon takes Bayley right back down. Moon with big kicks now. Bayley keeps control and takes Moon back to the mat. Moon turns it around and hits a crossbody for a 2 count. Moon with knees to the gut now. Moon dropkicks Bayley under the bottom rope. Moon drops down onto Bayley for another 2 count.
Moon with a knee to the back. Moon bends Bayley with a bow & arrow submission as the referee checks on the champ. Bayley fights up but Moon knees her again. Bayley goes to drop Moon over the middle rope but it’s blocked. Bayley ends up avoiding a crossbody. Bayley with a big knee and a clothesline for a close 2 count. Bayley goes on and hits a superplex for a 2 count. Bayley drops Moon in the corner and unloads with stomps as the referee warns her. Bayley ends up on the apron but Moon rocks her with a kick and a right hand. Bayley catches Moon with a headlock over the middle rope. Bayley keeps fighting and drops Moon over the middle turnbuckle in the corner. Bayley takes Moon to the top and turns her upside down in the Tree of Woe. Bayley charges and springboards with an elbow drop for a 2 count in the corner.
Bayley keeps control and applies an inverted modified Boston Crab now. Moon breaks it with a shot to Bayley’s leg. Moon launches Bayley into the ropes. Bayley comes right back with an elbow to the back of the head. Moon blocks a clothesline and delivers a superkick to drop Bayley. Bayley goes to the floor for a breather as the referee counts. Moon runs the ropes for a suicide dive but Bayley meets her at the ropes with a big forearm. Bayley brings it back in and goes to the top. Moon gets up and cuts her off. Moon climbs up and hits a big hurricanrana. Moon immediately follows up with knees to the face for another close 2 count. Moon shows some frustration now.
Moon blocks the Bayley-to-Belly suplex and fights the champion off. Bayley gets pulled into a powerbomb from the top but Moon can only get the 2 count. Moon kicks Bayley back. Moon goes to the top but Bayley climbs up to cut her off. Bayley hits a big Bayley-to-Belly suplex from the top and covers for the pin to retain.
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As the WWE Universe gears up for this pivotal event, WWE.com’s editors offer their own grand prognostications as to who who will sizzle at SummerSlam!
SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley vs. Ember Moon
BURDICK: This is a tough one, but gut tells me that it is time for a total Eclipse of the SmackDown Women’s Title. It is the time for the rise of The Shenom. And Ember Moon will not be denied.
WINNER: EMBER MOON
PAPPOLLA: Ember Moon’s had a rough few weeks, and Bayley is clearly as confident as she’s ever been. For how they operate, though, that might suit The Shenom and make The Hugger vulnerable. I’m going all in with Ember.
WINNER: EMBER MOON
CHIK: Bayley knows what it’s like to reach the mountaintop (winning her first Raw Women’s Title in February 2017), suddenly plummet (getting dethroned by Alexa Bliss), and scratch and claw her way back to the summit (winning the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match and cashing in on Charlotte Flair). Knowing firsthand how hard it is to get back to titleholder status after losing a championship, Bayley will be hellbent on retaining at all costs.
BENIGNO: A low-key show stealer possibility. These two never had a match in NXT, and despite achieving considerable success since then, both are still hungry for opportunities and clearly have something to prove. They’ll open a lot of eyes, and Ember will use this match to showcase why she should be considered a top-flight talent in the Women’s division for years to come. I don’t think she has it in her to top Bayley yet, but the performance will be its victory all the same: She might not beat the champ now, but she’ll come out of this looking like someone who can.
Ember Moon vs. Natalya
The bell rings and they go at it. Ember tosses Natalya and stares her down. Natalya rag-dolls Ember to the mat next. Natalya takes it to the corner and the referee backs her off. Moon turns it back around and Natalya ends up rolling to the floor for a breather. Moon looks to fly from the apron with a clothesline but Natalya moves. Moon comes right back and sends Natalya into the barrier.
Natalya stops Moon from bringing her back to the ring. Natalya with a big discus clothesline on the floor. Natalya applies the Sharpshooter on the floor now. The referee counts her out.
Winner: Double count out
After the bell, Natalya keeps the hold locked in until the music hits and out comes SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley to break it. Bayley checks on Moon but Natalya shoves Bayley into the barrier. Natalya walks off as Bayley watches her go. Bayley goes back to checking on her SummerSlam opponent.
Ember Moon is backstage when Bayley walks up. Bayley says they are teaming tonight but she hasn’t forgot about The Eclipse fro last week. Bayley goes on and says they will get through tonight but Moon will regret it if she tries to pull something again. Bayley walks off and Moon stares at her, smiling.
Ember Moon & Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
The bell rings and Moon starts off with Bliss. Moon takes control and dropkicks Bliss to the mat. Moon tags in Bayley but Bliss rams her back into the corner. Bliss charges but Bayley sends her into the top turnbuckle. Bayley keeps control on the outside as Cross approaches. Cross and Bayley yell at each other. Moon runs the ropes and nails a suicide dive on Cross. Bliss and Cross are both down again on the floor now. Moon and Bayley have words and face off as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Cross traps Bayley in the apron cover on the outside. Cross unloads and tags Bliss in. Bliss runs and dropkicks Bayley from behind while she’s trapped in the apron. Bliss brings Bayley back into the ring for a 2 count. Cross tags back in and they double team Bayley in the corner now. Cross takes Bayley back to the corner and makes another tag for more double teaming.
Bayley counters and tosses Cross out of the ring. Bliss stops Bayley from tagging. Cross and Moon both tag in at the same time now. Moon unloads on Cross and hits an enziguri to Bliss. Moon drops Cross again and kips up for a pop. Moon with a running hip attack to Cross and Bliss at the same time in the corner, sandwiching them.
Moon goes to the top and hits the Eclipse on Cross, who pushed Bliss out of the way to save her by taking the move. Bliss takes advantage and comes from behind to level Moon. Bliss ends up going to the top for Twisted Bliss on Moon. Bliss covers for the pin to win.
Winner: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
After the match, Bliss’ music hits as she makes her exit with Cross. Bayley checks on Moon while she’s down in the middle of the ring. Bayley grabs Moon and drops her with a Bayley-to-Belly suplex out of nowhere. Fans give her a mixed reaction. Bayley stands tall over Moon and raises the title as her music plays.
Ember Moon vs. Charlotte Flair
Back from the break and both Superstars are in the ring as the bell rings. They go at it, back and forth early on. Flair takes Moon down and stomps early on. The music interrupts and out comes SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley. Flair is distracted by Bayley coming down the ramp, allowing Moon to roll Flair up for the pin to win out of nowhere.
Winner: Ember Moon
After the match, the chaos continues when Ember throws Bayley into the ring with Charlotte. Charlotte takes down Bayley but is distracted when Moon hits her with an Eclipse. Moon goes back to the top and drops Bayley with another Eclipse. Moon stands tall as her music hits.