The backstage reaction to the ending of the 2013 SummerSlam pay-per-view was extremely mixed, according to the

The SummerSlam pay-per-view, WWE’s second-biggest show of the year, was main-evented by a WWE Title match between champion John Cena and Daniel Bryan. The main event match was said to be extremely well received backstage by the wrestlers as well as WWE officials, with the latter happy with the quality of the match as well as the ending, in which Bryan pinned Cena to become the new WWE Champion.

Despite the good reaction to the match, the backstage reaction to the post-match events were extremely bad. Everyone had expected Randy Orton to wait and cash in his Money in the Bank contract after the match had finished but had not expected Orton and Triple H to turn heel by stealing the title from Bryan.

The wrestlers who watched the main-event backstage were delighted at the outcome of the match and the fireworks and confetti used during the celebration, but felt distraught for their friend and colleague Bryan after his title reign became the shortest in history. Many of them believed the company should have allowed Bryan to have his moment and perhaps have planned for Orton to cash in the next night on Raw.

On the other hand, WWE executives who knew about the cash-in before it happened were happy with the way the Orton and Triple H heel turn went. They were said to be very happy that they were able to start a storyline which will lead to the Wrestlemania 30 main event, turn two top babyfaces heel and start a storyline that they believe will get Bryan over even more than he is now. 

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