Here are the official star ratings for WWE’s Summerslam 2023 pay per view.
WWE Summerslam 2023 was broadcast from Ford Field, in Detroit, Michigan on August 5th, 2023, and featured some huge matches, including the civil war between the Bloodline’s Roman Reigns and Jey Uso.
The event was the 36th annual edition of Summerslam, and the first time an event has been broadcast from Ford Field since 2007’s WrestleMania 23.
The event came just weeks before AEW made their debut in the UK, cramming over 70,000 fans inside London’s Wembley Stadium and outselling nearly every WWE event ever.
Because of this, WWE needed to put on a great event to keep fans on their side. Did they do that? Keep reading to find out if they put on the star ratings needed to keep the fans happy at Summerslam 2023.
The main event of Summerslam 2023 saw Jey Uso and Roman Reigns battle it out for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championships, as well as the chance to be known as The Tribal Chief.
Other matches include Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor, Cody Rhodes vs Brock Lesnar and Gunther vs Drew McIntyre.
Cagematch is a website which aggregates fans opinions on wrestling match. Fans can log on and rank the matches on a scale of zero to ten, which then calculates an average score for the matches.
The highest rated WWE match on the site is Bret Hart vs Steve Austin at WrestleMania 13.
Summerslam 2023 Star Ratings
In this article, we’ll go through every match at Summerslam 2023 and look at the star ratings and match ratings for the bout.
We will go through Dave Meltzer’s star ratings for the matches, as well as the fans ratings from Cagematch, as well as our own ratings here at Atletifo.
Ricochet vs Logan Paul
After their explosive interactions at the Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank, the long-awaited match between Logan Paul and Ricochet was one of the most anticipated matches at Summerslam.
The crowd were firmly against Logan Paul, and he milked their ridiculously loud boos throughout the match.
While he was initially uninterested with being a heel in the WWE, it is clear he is a natural bad guy – and evidently loved getting the Detroit crowd to hate him.
The amount of incredible moves in this match simply cannot be described – Logan Paul even seemed to out do Ricochet in this match.
With help from a new member of the Logan Paul Cinematic Universe, a brass knuckle-assisted punch helped him pin Ricochet and pick up the win over his rival.
- Dave Meltzer’s Star Rating – 4.25 Stars
- Cagematch Rating – 8.07
- Atletifo Rating – 4 Stars
Cody Rhodes vs Brock Lesnar
Why did this match happen? We still don’t know. WWE never explained why Brock Lesnar attacked Cody Rhodes after WrestleMania, and we have no reason why this feud happened.
Lucky for them, this match was too good to ignore. Cody Rhodes was on top form, taking everything Lesnar could give him, returning it in spades.
Cody came flying out the blocks, surprising Lesnar before being swatted out of the air when he attempted a Disaster Kick.
Lesnar dominated the bulk of the match, but they told the story that Cody simply wouldn’t give up.
Suplex after suplex, Lesnar tossed Cody outside the ring and begged him to give up and lose the match by count out.
Instead, Rhodes rallied and after about 47 Cross Rhodes, he pinned Brock Lesnar to win one of the biggest matches of his career.
- Dave Meltzer’s Star Rating – 4.5 Stars
- Cagematch Rating – 7.12
- Atletifo Rating – 3.5 Stars
Summerslam Battle Royal Presented By Slim Jim
A seemingly pointless Battle Royal was included on the Summerslam 2023 card, giving a reason for many wrestlers to be on the third-biggest card of the year.
While no prize for the winner of the match was announced, the Superstars included in the match gave their all to try and take home the victory.
It felt like the bout was just a reason to get LA Knight on the card, without actually giving him anything meaningful to do.
However, it actually turned out to be a great battle royal, with a fantastic ending that got the crowd extra hyped.
To cut a long story short, LA Knight picked up the win to huge pop, last eliminating Sheamus to win the bout, much to the delight of the Detroit crowd.
- Dave Meltzer’s Star Rating – 2.75
- Cagematch Rating – 6.84
- Atletifo Rating – 2 Stars
Ronda Rousey vs Shayna Bazler
Following the bizarre turn by Shayna Bazler at Money in the Bank 2023, she took on Ronda Rousey at Summerslam 2023 in a match many have called “that happened”.
It seemed to have been a dream match for the two wrestlers involved, bur everybody else was largely apathetic toward the matchup.
With the stipulation of “MMA Rules”, this match lowered even further – nothing good ever comes from limiting what wrestlers can do in the ring (Except when Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe did it first).
Shayna tapped out Ronda, but it was the fans who were the real losers. It was dull, boring and needless. Ronda Rousey looks to be leaving WWE following the match, and I’d rather Shayna Bazler join her following their match at Summerslam 2023.
Dave Metlzer’s star rating is going to be low for this one, but I’d give it a 0 out of 5 stars.
- Dave Meltzer’s Star Rating – 1.5 Stars
- Cagematch Rating – 3.81
- Atletifo Rating – 0 Stars
Gunther vs Drew McIntyre (Intercontinental Championship)
Drew McIntyre returned to WWE at Money in the Bank, setting up this colossal tussle with Gunther at Summerslam 2023.
The Scottish former WWE Champion hadn’t wrestled since WrestleMania 39 before his return, with many suspecting he could be on his way out of the company.
Luckily, he finally got his Intercontinental title one-on-one match with Gunther at Summerslam 2023, giving fans an anti-European dream match.
As expected, Gunther does not miss.
Can he have a bad match? If he can, I certainly haven’t seen it. As you’d have expected, Gunther and Drew beat the hell out of each other, with slaps and chops being heard all through the area.
For the first time, Drew McIntyre had the physical edge over Gunther. He knocked him down a few times, and we saw the fear on the face of the champion for the first time in his reign.
Gunther didn’t win the match – he survived. It took a fall from the top rope from McIntyre, followed by a splash, clothesline and powerbomb to finally put away the former WWE Champion to retain his Intercontinental Championship.
- Dave Meltzer’s Star Rating – 4 Stars
- Cagematch Rating – 9.00
- Atletifo Rating – 4 Stars
Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor (World Heavyweight Championship)
In a rematch from Money in the Bank 2023, Finn Balor once again took on World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins in a huge match at Summerslam.
With the threat of a Money in the Bank cash in by Damian Priest looming, both men were on their toes during this interesting match.
The match was brilliant – both men played into their past encounters, referencing their battle at Summerslam 2016.
Rollins entered wearing the jacket he wore that day, whereas Balor pained the word “seven” on the shoulder that was injured that night.
The in-ring action was fantastic, both men at the peak of their powers. Everything was crisp, performed perfectly and worked perfectly within the story of the match.
Interference from Judgement Day threatened Rollins’ title reign, but a miscommunication between a paranoid Balor and Damian Priest caused Balor to eat a Curb Stomp onto the MITB briefcase, handing Rollins the win and escaping with his World Heavyweight Championship.
- Dave Meltzer’s Star Rating – 4.5 Stars
- Cagematch Rating – 9.03
- Atletifo Rating – 4.5 Stars
Asuka vs Charlotte Flair vs Bianca Belair (WWE Women’s Championship
While the story going into this match wasn’t the best, it turned out to be one of the best women’s matches in WWE history – and to me, a five-star match,
In one of the best triple threats of 2023, all three women proved why they are among some of the best wrestlers in the world.
If Dave Meltzer doesn’t rate this match five stars, then I simply don’t know what the WWE women need to do anymore.
Simply put, this match was amazing. As fast paced as any match you’ll see, with all three women involved in the match at nearly all times.
Bianca Belair stole the win, rolling up Asuka after the champion spit her green mist at Charlotte, at the end of fantastic sequence to end the match.
In fact, Bianca Belair was still locked in Charlotte’s figure four when she won the match, adding to the genius of the finish (she had injured her knee earlier in the match too).
After the match, Bayley helped clear the field for IO SKY to hit her moonsault on Bianca Belair, winning the WWE Women’s Championship for the first time.
- Dave Meltzer’s Star Rating – 3.5 Stars
- Cagematch Rating – 7.79
- Atletifo Rating – 5 Stars
Roman Reigns vs Jey Uso – (Undisputed WWE Universal Championship)
The clash everybody had been waiting to see again for years finally took place in the main event of Summerslam 2023.
Roman Reigns took on his cousin Jey Uso in a rematch of their legendary bouts from three years prior.
The match was a culmination of three years of storytelling, as the Bloodline imploded with the battle between Jey Uso and Roman Reigns.
This match was not only for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, but for what some consider an even more important title – becoming The Tribal Chief.
While it had a good story, the bulk of the match was slow, plodding and felt like it was just there to fill up time.
It was fine. Solo Sikoa obviously interfered, once again ruining every Roman Reigns match.
Then, it made no sense. Jimmy Uso (who was the first man to turn on Roman Reigns, mind you) interfered to stop Jey Uso beating Roman Reigns, before hitting him with a super kick.
Im tired Robbie. I don’t care anymore. 0 Stars.
- Dave Meltzer’s Star Rating – 2.75 Stars
- Cagematch Rating – 4.74
- Atletifo Rating – 0 Stars
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