WWE SummerSlam Kickoff Show
-The SummerSlam Kickoff show begins with the panel, featuring Josh Mathews, who is joined by WWE Hall Of Famers Shawn Michaels and Booker T, as well as current WWE Superstar Vickie Guerrero. The panel hypes up some of the top matches on the card early on.
-We go to the Social Media center and get a rundown of the different ways fans can interact with other fans and WWE talent during the show.
-A bunch of video packages highlighting the back-stories to the top feuds heading into tonight’s show airs.
-Backstage, we shoot to a live interview with Paul Heyman. Heyman laughs at the comparisons to David and Goliath, when discussing the Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk match. Heyman goes on to talk about how the story was false. David didn’t win. Goliath did. He says that’s what’s going to happen tonight. Lesnar is going to take Punk’s best shot and then lay him to waste to the point that we never see Punk again. Heyman says both parties agreed to his suggestion that tonight’s match between the two will be a no-disqualification match.
-The panel talks about the change in stipulation to a no-DQ match for Lesnar/Punk. From there, we shoot to a pre-taped video from earlier in the day of fans who traveled a long distance to witness SummerSlam live in person.
-From there, we head to a video package highlighting the new WWE reality show, “Total Divas.”
-We see a video package highlighting the Dolph Ziggler/AJ Lee/Big E. Langston drama. This leads to a video of Ziggler and Langston showing their training and preparation for the big match tonight on pay-per-view.
-After that, we take another visit to the Social Media Lounge. We are reminded to use the hashtag “#SummerSlam” tonight. We are asked to share our predictions for the show. Then the lady reads some predictions from some of the fans.
-Now a video package airs highlighting the history and the back-story for the WWE Championship match between John Cena and Daniel Bryan.
-We return from the video package and the panel all share their thoughts on the feud and give their predictions as to who they feel will win. HBK talks about knowing Bryan since he was a kid. Everyone on the panel seems to be pro-Daniel Bryan. Booker T makes sure to put Cena over huge. Vickie Guerrero says he’s spoiled.
-We shoot to video from earlier today of more fans around the arena giving their predictions for tonight’s show. These particular fans won free tickets by winning a trivia game.
-Now we get our first look live at ringside, where Michael Cole, Jerry “The King” Lawler and JBL hype up tonight’s top matches. More of the same from earlier, just with these three doing the talking instead of HBK, Booker and Guerrero.
United States Championship: Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Rob Van Dam
The Champion, Dean Ambrose is out first. He comes through the crowd as usual, by himself. Rob Van Dam is out next, to an enormous ovation from the fans in L.A. Michael Cole notes during the entrance that HBK is tweeting live already. Loud “RVD” chant before the match officially begins. The bell rings and here we go!
The two lock up, and Van Dam is knocked down and mocked by Ambrose. Ambrose applies a hammer lock to Van Dam and screams, “Who’s the man!” The crowd stomps and claps, trying to get RVD back into the contest. It works, as Van Dam is back up and flying all over the place already. RVD hits a big spin-kick on Ambrose and then does his own “RVD thumbs” pose the correct way. The crowd is very hot for RVD in this one. RVD with a headlock on Ambrose and the crowd is cheering RVD along.
Ambrose manages to turn the tide of the offensive flow of the match. Ambrose is working over RVD in the corner now. Ambrose with a nearfall. A loud, dueling “Let’s go Ambrose” and “RVD” chant breaks out from different sides of the arena. The announcers seemed surprise by the support for Ambrose. Ambrose hits a big dropkick on RVD as he was leaning against the middle of the ropes. Ambrose with another nearfall. Ambrose yelling at RVD as he beats on him. The crowd tries rallying behind Van Dam as he is stuck into another chinlock by Ambrose.
Van Dam breaks out of the hold and is a hot ball of offense again. Huge cross-body press off the ropes for a nearfall. We are shown that “No DQ” is trending worldwide on Twitter, likely due to the added stipulation announced earlier in the Kickoff show for the Punk/Lesnar match later tonight. Ambrose slows RVD down again. RVD is back on the offensive. He climbs to the top for the Five Star Frogsplash and The Shield’s music hits.
Rmoan Reigns and Seth Rollins come down through the crowd as Van Dam gets off the top. Ambrose rolls out to the floor. RVD stands in the rnig by himself looking confused. Mark Henry’s music hits and he comes down to the ring. Immediately after Henry makes his way to the ring, THe Big Show’s music hits. Now the odds are even at three and three on each side. As Big Show is coming to the ring, Michael Cole tells us that RVD vs. Ambrose for the U.S. title continues as we head to a commerical. The commercial is a special Ultimate Warrior version of the WWE 2K14 commercial. Another commercial airs, hyping up Lesnar and Punk.
We return from commercial and Ambrose is in the middle of a nearfall on RVD. Henry and Big Show are on one side of the ring, Reigns and Rollins are on the other. A loud “ECW” chant breaks out as Ambrose locks RVD in another chinlock. A somewhat loud “TNA” chant breaks out, followed by a chorus of “boo’s” from the rest of the crowd, likely aimed at those chanting for TNA. Funny stuff. Ambrose throws RVD to the floor. Reigns and Rollins come around to beat him up some more, until Henry and Show come around as well. They have a stand off and RVD is allowed to recover. Ambrose rolls out to the floor now and beats up RVD as all of the aforementioned four guys look on. Van Dam counters Ambrose and suplexes him on the floor. Van Dam lays Ambrose across the ring barricade and does his old spinning leg drop on him. Crowd dug that. After the spot, the crowd breaks out into another “RVD” chant.
The action returns to the ring as Van Dam hits a flying flip onto Ambrose for a nearfall. Van Dam now calling for Rolling Thunder, but Reigns from the outside grabs RVD’s leg as he hits the ropes. Van Dam with a unique roll-up with just his legs for a nearfall. Ambrose hits a big spinebuster on Van Dam to slow the action down. A “This is awesome” chant breaks out as Van Dam comes back to life. The Shield interferes from the floor again, allowing Ambrose to roll Van Dam up. 1-2…kickout. Crowd semi-bought into that as the finish. RVD with a big kick off the ropes onto Ambrose. He follows that up with Rolling Thunder. He climbs to the top and hits the Five Star Frogsplash. As he goes to pin him, Reigns hits him with a blatant spear, causing the DQ. The Shield then roll out to the floor and head out through the crowd. Big Show and Mark Henry come into the ring to check on RVD, who seems disappointed in winning by disqualification.
Winner via Disqualification: Rob Van Dam
-After the match, we head back up to the panel where Booker T, HBK and Vickie Guerrero share their thoughts on what we just witnessed in the RVD vs. Dean Ambrose WWE U.S. Championship match.
-We take anoother visit to the Social Media Lounge. Renee Young urges fans to tweet with the hashtag SummerSlam. She also tells us to go to Tout. She then introduces some Touts where fans discuss their favorite SummerSlam moments.
-We head back to ringside and the announce team shows us the ring crew setting up the ring for the “Ring of Fire” match between Bray Wyatt and Kane tonight. This leads to a video package highlighting the history of the Kane/Wyatt feud.
WWE SummerSlam 2013 PPV
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-The SummerSlam 2013 pay-per-view is officially underway! Get ready for a big show tonight, folks!
-The show opens with the host for tonight, The Miz, coming out to the top of the stage. The Miz does some of his catch phrases and promises tonight will be the most “Must See” SummerSlam in history. He talks about the two main events tonight until he interupted by Fandango’s music. Fandango and his dancer come out and dance around at the top of the stage as Miz says “really?” a few times.
-From there, we go to a video package for the intro of the show.
-We shoot back live to the arena. Lilian Garcia introduces Jo Jo from “Total Divas” to sing the national anthem. And she belts it out to start the show as an elaborate set up behind her appears to make it more dramatic. Beautiful voice on ole’ Jo Jo!
Ring Of Fire Match: Kane vs. Bray Wyatt
We start things off with the Ring Of Fire match. We’re told the only way to win is by pin or submission. No one is catching on fire tonight, folks! Kane is out first. Bray Wyatt, along with the rest of the Wyatt Family, is out next.
Things start off when Kane backs Wyatt into the corner and pounds away before taking him around the ring and smashing his head into the turnbuckle. Kane delivers a clothesline and the flames shoot up. Harper and Rowan tease interfering and the flames shoot up again. Wyatt catches Kane with a big kick, and a huge head butt. Wyatt tries for a suplex but Kane reverses it. Kane catches Wyatt with a chop to the throat, then snap mares him over. Kane tries for a low kick, but misses. Bray misses a kick and almost goes face first into the flames. Kane misses a charge in the corner and Wyatt follows up with a splash. Wyatt hits a huge running forearm to knock Kane down.
Wyatt mounts Kane and wails away with right hands before kicking at him. Wyatt scream at Kane and kicks at his chest. Kane catches Wyatt around the throat, but Wyatt fights out. Wyatt runs into a big boot and Kane sends him into the corner, following with a quick splash, then another. Kane hits a sidewalk slam. Kane teases a chokeslam, but runs into a back elbow. Wyatt knocks Kane to the mat and calls for Harper and Rowan to help. Harper grabs a kendo stick and tries to toss it in, but it catches fire. Rowan tries to put the flames out with an extinguisher, but it doesn’t work. In the ring, Kane grabs Wyatt around the throat and hits a chokeslam.
Kane reaches down to grab Wyatt again, and he delivers a second chokeslam. Rowan and Harper are going nuts. Kane signals for the tombstone, but Harper and Rowan find a huge fire blanket to smother the flames. They make their way into the ring and begin a beat down on Kane. Harper takes Kane to the mat and Rowan hits a huge splash. They drag Wyatt to his knees and hold Kane up for him. Wyatt grabs Kane, gives him a kiss on the forehead, and hits his finisher on Kane for the pin.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
After The Match:
After the match, Harper and Rowan drag Kane from the ring and place him on a set of ring steps in front of Wyatt who’s sitting in his rocking chair. Harper and Rowan grab the top of the steps, and Wyatt tells Kane that he’s made his bed before Rowan and Harper bring the steps down on Kane’s head. Bray lights the lantern, and the lights go out as the Wyatt Family drag Kane to the back.
Damien Sandow vs. Cody Rhodes
Sandow comes out first. He cuts a promo on his way to the ring trashing Rhodes. Out next is Rhodes, who no longer has the mustache.
The announcers plug the upcoming edition of The JBL & Cole show on YouTube to find out why Rhodes no longer has a mustache. Rhodes enters the ring and these two immediately go at it.
Cody hits a huge right, sends Sandow across the ring, and hits a huge back body drop. Cody comes up with a big front suplex for two. Sandow sends Rhodes out to the apron and sweeps his leg out from under him, sending him to the floor. Sandow follows and backs Cody into the ring apron hard before bringing things back into the ring. Sandow beats on Cody’s back before hitting a big suplex. Sandow drives a couple of knees into Cody’s spine.
Rhodes comes back and tries for Cross Rhodes, but Sandow puts him down to the mat with a Russian leg sweep, then drops the elbow of disdain for two. Sandow continues to work over the back, locking in a modified sharpshooter. Rhodes spins out of it and kicks Sandow away, but Sandow comes up with a vicious clothesline and smears Cody’s face into the mat. Sandow heads to the middle rope, but Cody stops him with a punch to the gut. Rhodes pulls Sandow out with a muscle buster and rolls into the cover for two.
Rhodes hits a big right hand, then drops to the mat and hits Sandow with another. Rhodes goes to the apron and hits a big elbow to the top of Sandow’s head before hitting a nice springboard dropkick. Rhodes hangs Sandow up on the ropes and kicks him in the ribs. Rhodes misses the beautiful disaster kick and Sandow is able to hit a spinning neckbreaker for two. Rhodes rolls Sandow up for two, then hits the beautiful disaster kick for another close pin attempt.
From there, Sandow throws Rhodes into the ring post arm-first. Sandow then rolls Rhodes up for another two count. Rhodes hits his Cross Rhodes finisher out of nowhere and gets the 1-2-3. Rhodes wins.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Christian
We see the special Christian video package before the challenger makes his way to the ring. Out next, with a big ass black eye is the champion, Alberto Del Rio. The announcers explain that the black eye came from the Killswitch Christian hit on him on SmackDown this past Friday night. Lilian Garcia makes the introductions, but before she can introduce Del Rio, he stops her and insists she do so in spanish. She obliges. The bell rings and here we go.
Del Rio kicks at the back of Christian’s leg and hits a couple of big right hands to the side of Christian’s head. Del Rio locks in a headlock and Christian fights it off, but falls to a shoulder block. Christian slaps Del Rio, then tosses him over the top and to the outside. Christian goes for a baseball slide and misses. He chases Del Rio around the ring and drops the back of his neck across the top rope. Christian tries for a double stomp from the top, but misses. Del Rio goes to the top but Christian stops him. Christian tries for a top rope hurricanrana, but Del Rio drops down and hits Christian with an enzugiri to the back of the head. Christian drops into the tree of woe, and Del Rio kicks at Christian’s chest and arm. Del Rio takes Christian to the outside, wraps his arm up, and tosses him backward into the barricade.
Back in the ring, Del Rio gets a two count, then locks in an arm bar. Christian fights to his feet, and slaps Del Rio again before kicking him in the chest. Christian gets pancaked to the mat, and Del Rio kicks the arm again. Del Rio wraps Christian’s arm around the ring rope and yanks away. Del Rio gets another near fall. Del Rio hits a dropkick to the back of Christian’s arm, then continues the assault while Christian’s wrapped up in the ropes. Del Rio charges and leaps at Christian, but Christian moves and Del Rio sails through the ropes and lands on the floor. Christian heads to the top rope and leaps to the outside, crashing into Del Rio on the floor.
Del Rio wrenches Christian’s arm then stomps at his shoulder. Del Rio slaps Christian then heads to the middle rope, he leaps out into Christian’s outstretched feet, hitting them face first. Christian hits a right hand, then hits a dropkick from the middle rope. Christian mounts Del Rio in the corner and hits him with a series of punches. Christian heads to the top and avoids an enzugiri, then hits a giant crossbody for two.
Del Rio almost hits a back suplex, but Christian lands on his feet. Christian tries for the killswitch but can’t hit it. Christian goes up in the corner and Del Rio brings him down with a backstabber for two. Del Rio hits Christian with a stiff kick to the back, but Christian comes back with a roll up for two. Del Rio connects with the enzugiri in the corner, but it’s only enough for a two count. Del Rio rips at Christian’s face, then heads to the middle rope and tries for a senton. Christian moves and heads up to the middle rope. He hits a leaping European uppercut, but ends up backed into the corner for a series of shoulders to the gut. Del Rio seats Christian on the top rope. Christian fights back and goes for a sunset bomb, but Del Rio punches him to avoid it. Christian hits a dropkick in the corner and hits Del Rio with a hurricanrana.
Christian attempts a spear, but Del Rio counters with a dropkick to the face. Del Rio pins Christian for two. Del Rio tries for the cross armbreaker, but Christian hits a drop toe hold into the ropes then slaps him. Del Rio puts Christian down but he’s still not able to keep him down for three. Del Rio drops his knee pad and goes for a running knee, but Christian counters with a roll up. Christian hits a spear with his injured arm, and Del Rio traps him in the cross arm breaker. Christian fights it for a long time, but eventually has to tap.
Winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Alberto Del Rio
After The Match:
After the win, Renee Young interviews Del Rio in the ring. Del Rio talks about being the hero for the latino community. Guess that sets up Rey Mysterio as his next feud, eh? Maybe with Ricardo Rodriguez as a babyface spanish announcer for Rey? Just guessing! Great match.
Divas Match: Natalya (with The Funkadactyls) vs. Brie Bella (with Nikki Bella and Eva Marie)
The bell rings and here we go. Brie pulls Natalya back by her hair, then locks on a headlock. Natalya pushes her off, and tries for a hip toss, but it’s blocked. Brie calls her a loser and slaps her. We get a couple of slaps back and forth, then Natalya takes Brie down to the mat. Brie makes it to the ropes and heads to the outside. Natalya follows and brings things back into the ring. Nikki pulls Natalya down from the ring apron and it allows a distraction for Brie to hit her with a baseball slide to the back of the head.
The action returns to the ring and the crowd absolutely doesn’t care about this match. They are chanting for anything and everything but what’s going on in the ring. Brie hits a couple of big leg drops. Brie traps Natalya in a submission, but Natalya fights up to her feet and out of the hold. Brie buries her shoulder in Natalya’s midsection, then drives her face into the mat. Another modified chinlock from Brie ends in a stunner from Natalya, then a quick clothesline. Natalya steps over into the sharpshooter, but Brie reverses, sending Natalya crashing into the corner. Nikkie and Eva Marie get involved, prompting the Funkadactyls to attack. Brie goes right back to the modified chinlock, and Natalya stands up and shoulders her. Brie rolls up Natalya for two, then hits her with a giant running kick to the chest, then another. Natalya responds with an Alabama Slam and a Sharpshooter. Brie taps out. Natalya wins. NEXT!
-A backstage segment airs, where Ryback runs into the cook. He bullies him around, tells him catering sucks, throws food on him, etc. Typical bully stuff from Ryback.
No Disqualification Match: CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman)
Brock Lesnar, with a silly ass skull cap, and Paul Heyman come out to the ring first.
Out next is CM Punk. One of two “main events” for tonight’s show is about to get going.
The bell sounds to make this one official. Punk charges right into Lesnar. Lesnar backs Punk right into the corner and buries his shoulder in Punk’s stomach. Punk responds with a couple of forearms, but Lesnar is right back at it with the shoulders. Lesnar stomps away at Punk repeatedly before picking him up in the corner and choking him. Punk hits a couple of rights a kicks at Lesnar. Lesnar catches Punk’s leg, kicks him, then tosses him across the ring. Lesnar slams Punk into the corner and stomps away at him before choking him with his boot.
Punk comes back with a high kick, then a couple of huge, stiff knees to the face that send Lesnar out of the ring. Punk hits the ropes and goes for the suicide dive, wiping Lesnar out on the floor. Punk goes for the ring steps, grabbing the top two, but Lesnar runs into the steps and knocks Punk back. Lesnar picks Punk up and hits him with a knee to the gut before shouldering him. Punk drops back and pushes Lesnar into the ring post. Punk scrambles to the top rope and hits a double axe handle smash to the floor.
Punk wipes Lesnar out on the floor and begins stalking Heyman, but Lesnar attacks from behind. Lesnar stomps at Punk’s head and ribs. Lesnar hits a giant hip toss into the Spanish announcer’s table. Lesnar slings Punk onto the other announcer’s table, then slams part of it down on Punk’s back, and jumps on it. Lesnar hits a sick belly to belly suplex on the floor, sending Punk flying. Lesnar sends Punk back into the ring and follows. Punk goes right for the legs of Lesnar, kicking away, but Lesnar comes up with a huge clothesline.
Lesnar takes Punk into the corner and goes back into the shoulders into Punk’s midsection. Lesnar clamps on a bear hug, but Punk won’t give up. Punk hits Lesnar with elbows to the face, forcing him to break the hold, but Punk runs right into a huge knee to the gut. Heyman is yelling at Punk to stay down. Lesnar buries his knee in Punk’s side, then leans into it. Lesnar picks Punk up and clamps him in another bear hug. More elbows to the face break the hold again, and this time Punk hits a huge kick to Lesnar’s chest. Punk heads to the top rope and leaps off, but he’s caught, and Lesnar hits a giant fall away slam.
Brock hoists Punk up in the air and drops him with a big backbreaker before slamming him to the mat. Lesnar goes for a pin but Punk kicks out. Lesnar traps Punk in a rear chin lock, but Punk fights up to his feet. Punk fights his way out of the hold by biting Lesnar’s ear. Punk kicks Leadnar in the midsection and legs before hitting him with a series of forearms. Punk heads to the top and hits a flying knee from the top, dropping Lesnar into the corner. Punk backs up and waits for Lesnar to stand, hitting the running knee in the corner. Punk backs up and hits another running knee, but a third attempt and he’s caught. Punk drops down and hits a kick to the side of Lesnar’s head. Punk heads to the top and drops the elbow, but it’s only good enough for two.
Punk calls for the GTS. He shoulders Brock, but Brock drops down and shoulders Punk. Punk drops down and hits another wicked kick to the side of the head. Punk shoulders Brock and drops him into the GTS, but Lesnar counters, catching Punk in the kimura. Lesnar drops to the mat and wrenches away, but Punk is able to counter into an arm bar, then a triangle choke. Lesnar stands, then powerbombs Punk to the mat, but Punk doesn’t let go.
Lesnar scoops Punk up once more, but Punk is slamming elbows into his face. Lesnar hits a running powerbomb out of the corner and both men are down after an amazing sequence.
Lesnar covers Punk for two. Lesnar picks Punk up and suplexes him over, hanging on and hitting a second, then third. Lesnar pins Punk for another two count. Lesnar heads to the outside and grabs a steel chair. Punk heads to the top and leaps to the outside, crashing into Brock on the ground.
Punk calls for the GTS. He shoulders Brock, but Brock drops down and shoulders Punk. Punk drops down and hits another wicked kick to the side of the head. Punk shoulders Brock and drops him into the GTS, but Lesnar counters, catching Punk in the kimura. Lesnar drops to the mat and wrenches away, but Punk is able to counter into an arm bar, then a triangle choke. Lesnar stands, then powerbombs Punk to the mat, but Punk doesn’t break the hold!
Lesnar picks Punk up again, and Punk drives elbows into the top of Lesnar’s head. Lesnar hits a running powerbomb out of the corner and both men are down after an amazing sequence. Lesnar covers Punk for two. Lesnar picks Punk up and suplexes him over, hanging on and hitting a second, then third. Lesnar pins Punk for another two count. Lesnar heads to the outside and grabs a steel chair. Punk heads to the top and leaps to the outside, coming down on top of the chair and Lesnar.
Punk grabs the chair and tattoos Lesnar with a shot across the back, then another. Back in the ring, Punk winds up, but Lesnar blocks it, and kicks Punk in the gut. Lesnar winds up and Punk hits a low blow. Punk picks up the chair and heads to the apron. Punk goes to the top rope, and Heyman looks distraught. Punk stands on the top and drops the chair across the face of Lesnar. Punk pins Lesnar, but only gets two.
CM Punk wails away on the back of Lesnar some more with the chair. Heyman grabs the chair and pulls it to the outside. Punk grabs Heyman’s tie, and Lesnar shoulders Punk. Punk grabs Heyman’s tie and won’t let go. Punk drops down and connects with the GTS. Punk goes for the pin and he gets a two count but it’s broken up by Heyman. Punk smiles and chases Heyman from the ring. Back in the ring, Lesnar shoulders Punk for the F-5, but Punk counters into a huge DDT for another near fall. Punk clamps on the anaconda vice, and the crowd is going nuts. Heyman comes in with a chair but Punk stops him.
Punk knocks Heyman out with a single punch. He locks him in the vice. Heyman screams but Lesnar nails Punk with a chair. Lesnar hits Punk repeatedly with the chair. Lesnar hoists Punk up and nails the F-5 on the chair. 1-2-3. Lesnar wins. Awesome match. Very awesome.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Mixed-Tag Match: Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn vs. Big E. Langston & AJ Lee
Both teams come out. Fast entrances. Seems like they’re rushing things a bit, at least in terms of their entrances to the ring. The bell rings and Ziggler and Langston will start things off for their respective teams.
Ziggler catches Big E with a dropkick for a two count. Big E responds with a giant belly to belly suplex. Big E drops on Ziggler with a giant splash for a two count of his own. Big E clamps on an abdominal stretch, pounding on Ziggler’s midsection. Big E breaks the hold and lets AJ slap Ziggler. Ziggler hits a big dropkick and AJ and Kaitlyn tag in. Kaitlyn takes AJ into the corner and hits a big clothesline before following up with a backbreaker. AJ hits a nice spinning kick to drop Kaitlyn.
Lee hits Kaitlyn with a neckbreaker, then drops her with another. AJ prances around before picking Kaitlyn up. Kaitlyn tries to fight back, but AJ clamps on the sleeper hold, forcing Kaitlyn down to the mat. Kaitlyn backs AJ into the corner, and AJ kicks her to the mat. AJ hits Kaitlyn with a kick to the gut, but runs right into a big shoulder tackle. Ziggler and Big E tag in and Dolph is right on Big E, hitting a splash, neckbreaker, and series of elbows.
Dolph goes for his finisher, but Langston counters into a gutwrench backbreaker, but Kaitlyn breaks up the pin. AJ catches Kaitlyn with a flying knee to the face. Big E tosses Ziggler into the corner and hits a big spear, but misses a second one, going shoulder first into the ring post. Ziggler hits the ropes and AJ grabs his foot, but Kaitlyn hits the spear. Langston wipes Ziggler out for another two count. Langston shoulders Ziggler, but Ziggler escapes and hits his finisher for the 1-2-3. The good guys (and gals) win.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn
-We return to the Kickoff Show panel. HBK is asked for his prediction. He talks about being Bryan’s trainer early on and picks him. Booker and Vickie give their predictions as well. HBK makes sure to send a shout out to Lesnar/Punk. Booker shouts out Del Rio/Christian. Definitely some good matches tonight!
WWE Championship: John Cena (c) vs. Daniel Bryan (Special Referee: Triple H)
The special referee, Triple H, is out first. He comes out to his alternate theme music, wearing a referee’s shirt. Out next to a thunderous pop from the fans in L.A. is the challenger, Daniel Bryan. Next, WWE Champion John Cena comes out. He points to the SummerSlam logo on the stage and yells “it’s finally here.” He talks to the camera and says “SummerSlam, let’s do it!” before running to the ring. Justin Roberts does the official introductions once everyone is in the ring. Bryan plays to the crowd during his introduction, waving the “Yes!” flag. Cena gets boo’d like crazy during his intro. Cena is wearing an arm brace on his injured elbvow. HHH holds up the title to show everyone what this one is all about, and here we go.
The bell rings and our main event of the evening is officially underway. Cena and Bryan begin circling each other. We get a lock up and Bryan works on Cena’s arm. Cena rolls through and catches Bryan in a headlock. Bryan fights out of it and takes Cena to the mat. We get a test of strength, and Cena takes Bryan down to the mat for a pin. Bryan kicks out and bridges up. Cena jumps on Bryan’s legs, but Bryan won’t break the bridge. Cena jumps on again, but Bryan counters with a monkey flip. Cena rolls to the outside and speaks with the ringside doctor. Cena traps Bryan in another headlock, and takes him over to his back. Bryan pushes Cena off, and jumps up, but Cena catches him. Cena pins Bryan, but Bryan bridges up and backslides Cena for a two count.
Bryan stands on Cena’s knees and tries for the surfboard, but Cena fights out. Bryan shoulders Cena and Bryan is able to grab the ropes and go to the apron. Cena hits Bryan to send him crashing to the announcer’s table on the floor. Cena heads on and tries to whip Bryan into the stairs, but Bryan reverses it. Bryan gets Cena on the steps and tries for a suplex off the steps to the floor, but Cena reverses.
Cena pins Bryan for a two count. Cena blasts Bryan with a big right hand, then another. He punches away at him in the corner before sending him across the ring hard. Cena rears back and kicks Bryan in the chest. Cena lays Bryan out with a sit-out powerbomb, good for another two count. Cena grounds Bryan with a rear chin lock. Bryan is able to fight up to his feet and out of the hold, backing Cena into the corner and blasting him with a series of kicks to the chest. Cena comes back with a knee to the gut.
Bryan hits Cena with a series of kicks to the chest, but misses one to the head. Cena hits a couple of shoulder tackles, then drops Bryan with the belly to back suplex. Cena goes for the five knuckle shuffle, but Bryan counters with a kick. Bryan is able to keep Cena at bay for a bit, but he’s dropped with another belly to back suplex, then the five knuckle shuffle. Cena shoulders Bryan for the AA, but Bryan lands on his feet and knocks Cena to the mat. Bryan heads to the top and hits a shotgun missile dropkick for two.
Bryan calls for Cena to get up before kicking him again. Bryan yanks Cena’s arm, dropping Cena’s elbow over his shoulder. Bryan yells at Cena to get up, then repeatedly kicks him back down. Bryan goes for the arm again, but Cena rolls through, almost into the STF. Bryan counters, trapping Cena in an STF of his own. Bryan pulls back hard. Cena almost gets to the ropes, but Bryan pulls Cena back, stands him up and hits a belly to back suplex for two. Bryan hits a German suplex for another two count. Bryan holds on, but Cena breaks his grip. Bryan secures the yes lock.
Cena powers out of the hold and stands up, but Bryan traps him in a guillotine choke. Bryan drops Cena back down to the mat. Cena stands up while still in the hold, and charges into the corner, smashing Bryan into the turnbuckles a couple of times. Bryan won’t break it. Cena finally does break the hold by almost suplexing Bryan into the corner. Cena shoulders Bryan out of nowhere and hits the AA, but Bryan kicks out!
Cena heads up to the top rope, but Bryan stops him. Cena pushes him away, but Bryan comes right back. Cena pushes him away a second time, and Bryan comes in with a giant running kick. Bryan superplexes Cena off the top, but holds on with his legs to the ropes. Bryan stands on the top and hits the flying head butt. Bryan pins Cena but only gets two. Cena rolls to the outside.
Bryan goes for the suicide dive, but Cena leaps up and catches him with his shoulder. Cena heads to the top rope and hits the top rope rocker dropper which is good for two. Cena picks Bryan up and seats him on the top turnbuckle. Cena goes for an AA from the middle rope, but Bryan fights back with a series of elbows to the side of Cena’s head. Bryan tries for a top rope hurricanrana, but Cena holds on, jumps to the mat, and clamps on the STF. Bryan refuses to quit. Bryan pops out of the hold and traps Cena in the yes lock.
Cena makes it into the ropes to force a break. Hunter asks for the doc to check on Cena, but he says he’s fine. Bryan hits two rapid fire dropkicks in the corner, but Cena comes up with a giant clothesline when Bryan attempts a third. Cena and Bryan trade rights, then kicks, then more rights. Bryan hits a flying forearm while Cena goes for a flying shoulderblock and both men are down.
Cena slaps Bryan, and Bryan responds with one of his own. Bryan and Cena trade slaps, and Bryan gets the upper hand with a series of kicks. Cena kind of catches a backflipping Bryan, then shoulders him. Bryan counters into a DDT. Bryan stands, and heads to the top rope. Bryan leaps, but Cena catches him. Cena shoulders Bryan, but Bryan counters into a small package. Bryan catches Cena with a huge kick to the side of the head. Bryan hits Cena with a giant running knee to the face, and he gets the 1-2-3. New champion.
Winner and NEW WWE Champion: Daniel Bryan
After The Match:
Cena talks to Bryan face-to-face and then shakes his hand and walks off. Bryan celebrates to the crowd. HHH looks like he’s gonna do something to Bryan, but he just raises his hand. Confetti starts pouring out of the ceiling and Bryan’s celebration continues. As it seems like that’s it, Randy Orton’s music hits and out he comes with the briefcase. Orton comes down to the ring and stops. He thinks about it for a while. He turns around. Orton walks back up the ramp. Orton stops half way, turns around and see HHH give Bryan the Pedigree. Orton then rushes to the ring. Orton approaches HHH and hands him the briefcase. HHH takes the briefcase and calls for the bell. Orton pins Bryan and gets the 1-2-3. HHH makes the pin and then hands Orton the title. We have another new champion. HHH raises Orton’s hand as they celebrate over a fallen Bryan.
Winner and NEW WWE Champion: Randy Orton