WWE Summerslam took place last night live from the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. Like most British WWE fans, I stayed up until 4am this morning to watch the action unfold.
Here's my take on the action from the PPV event...
Dean Ambrose v RVD
The Summerslam kick off show on YouTube saw the United States title on the line as Dean Ambrose defended against Rob Van Dam. The match was solid and showcased RVD so much that I was gob smacked by the moves he was pulling off. Dean looked really lazy in the ring, like he just wanted the match to be over with.
The other two members of the Shield decided to involve themselves in the match only for Mark Henry and Big Show to make their presence known. When it looked like RVD was going to get the win off the 5-star-frog-splash, Roman dived in the ring to hit the spear and save Dean's title.
Winner: RVD by DQ
Kane vs Bray Wyatt (ring of fire match)
The basic difference between a Ring of Fire match and an inferno match is that you don't have to set your opponent on fire to win, it's just by pin or submission. This was the worst opening Summerslam match I have seen for many years - Bray didn't look good in the ring and even Kane looked a little off his game.
The fire was supposed to keep Wyatt's brothers out, instead they covered the flames with a fire blanket, jumped in the ring and got the win for Bray so Kane can not go film See No Evil 2 with a legitimate injury excuse.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
Damien Sandow v Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes appeared without his moustache for his match with his former best friend and tag team partner, both men looked solid with Cody showing some impressive skill and picking up the win via Cross Rhodes, a match that I felt should have been for the briefcase to make it worth something, but either way Cody has bragging rights.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
Christian v Alberto Del Rio (World Championship)
Christian was hoping to prove all he needed was one last match to win another world title, and Alberto was sporting a shiner to his left eye which did not look pleasant. Christian looked great in the ring and even hit the kill switch but it wasn't enough to beat the champ with Del Rio getting the win off a kick.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Natalya v Brie
Nice to see Natalya getting a Pay Per View match. She is looking strong in the ring and threw Brie around like a rag doll. The other Divas were basically at ring side for eye candy because they did nothing in the match and Natalya got an easy win by submission off the sharpshooter.
Brock Lesnar v CM Punk (The best v The beast)
This is the one we were all looking forward to, with Paul Heyman at ringside the match started with Brock just picking Punk up and throwing him at the turn buckle and hardly waved all the way through.
Punk was hit with chairs, announcer tables and posts and he kept on coming at Brock before Punk got the opening he needed. He hit Brock with a chair a few times to keep him down whilst he went after Heyman, but the distraction cost Punk as he was F5'd through a chair for the three count.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn v Big E Langston and AJ Lee
Pretty much your average tag team match, the girls fighting the girls, boys fighting the boys, Kaitlyn hit the spear to AJ outside the ring, Big E went for the Big Ending to Dolph only for him to wiggle out and hit the Zig Zag for the win. Fued far from over?
Winners: Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn
John Cena v Daniel Bryan (WWE Championship)
The show down we were all waiting for, the time for Daniel to rise to the occasion. The match was incredible by both men's standards - Daniel had John in the STF (his own move) and he nearly tapped before getting him in the Yes Lock and hitting his patented diving headbutt.
Whilst John had Daniel in the STF and hit the AA but to no avail. But Daniel kept pushing and went for his dive from the top rope for a second time, this time he hit it and pinned Cena, to a thunderous ovation, we had a new WWE Champion.
Winner and new WWE Champion: Daniel Bryan
As Daniel celebrated in the ring John Cena shook his hand and told him he had earned it, the WWE fans waited for Randy Orton to arrive with baited breath it took about 5 minutes for his music to hit and the place erupted. Randy had arrived, briefcase in hand, he walked to the ring looked at Daniel Bryan and Triple H and turned to leave. But Triple H turned to Bryan and pedigree'd the new champ. Randy jumped in the ring and cashed in. 1,2,3 - Randy Orton was the new WWE Champion and what an explosive end to Summerslam it was.
The ending saw a double heel turn for Randy and Triple H. This has begun whispers of an Evolution reunion with Ric Flair very much on WWE's radar. All that's left to do is hope tonight's Raw is just as explosive and you guys enjoyed it as much as me.
New WWE Champion: Randy Orton
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