Monday, August 18, 2014
WWE SummerSlam 2014 Results
Brock Lesnar def. John Cena (c) (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match)
Roman Reigns def. Randy Orton
Stephanie McMahon def. Brie Bella
Bray Wyatt def. Chris Jericho
Seth Rollins def. Dean Ambrose (Lumberjack Match)
Rusev def. Jack Swagger (Flag Match)
Paige def. AJ Lee (c) (Divas Championship Match)
Dolph Ziggler def. The Miz (c) (Intercontinental Championship Match)
Rob Van Dam def. Cesaro (Kickoff Match)
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ROB VAN DAM VS. CESARO
Good opener. Surprisingly, RVD won clean with the frog splash. Cesaro complained about the referee counting too fast at the panel while Ric Flair said he loved Cesaro. He kept going to the top and Cesaro kept nailing him with the forearm. Finally he came off with a crossbody into a bolo forearm and went for the Neutralizer, but RVD flipped out of it and they worked to the finish from there.
Hogan did an interview to start the show. He did a few Mick Foley style cheap pops mentioning the city, and then plugged the network and the $9.99 price, reciting the names of the next six PPVs through Royal Rumble that you get for ordering six months now. Kind of weird how much they plug the network and price to an audience that has mostly already bought in.
They now have a German announce table to go with the Spanish table.
They showed Maria Menounos at ringside. Ronda Rousey and the Horsewomen are also at ringside.
THE MIZ VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER FOR IC TITLE
Miz said he has something Drax and Hercules don't have, "The Moneymaker." He then said Ziggler was a failure, just like the Lakers.
The odds swing is looking accurate so far, since most figured Miz to win until the last day, but Miz missed a penalty kick and Ziggler hit the Zig Zag and got the clean pin. Ziggler had kicked out of the Skull Crushing finale earlier. Miz freaked out about losing. Good match.
Brie Bella interview. She talked about how she and her sister have always persevered, and how Stephanie put Daniel Bryan and her sister through hell. She said how Stephanie paid my husband's physical therapist to stand up to tell lies about our marriage. It sounded like they may have dropped that angle since Brie really blew it off. I guess we'll see tomorrow.
A.J. LEE VS. PAIGE FOR DIVAS TITLE
Short match but solid work including Lee doing a clothesline off the top rope to the floor. Each pulled extensions of the other off. The finish saw Paige win the title when she reversed out of the Black Widow into a fisherman's DDT called the "Rampage." Looks like people got the scripts and bet accordingly in the last hour.
JACK SWAGGER VS. RUSEV IN A FLAG MATCH, THE WINNER HAS TO HANG THE FLAG FIRST
Rusev won and kicked Zeb Colter after the match. This may have been Rusev's best match, or at least his best job of selling. Swagger used the Patriot early and Rusev sold the ankle the rest of the match. The first time he go the Accolade, Rusev's ankle went out and Swagger reversed into the ankle lock again. Rusev hit a spin kick that only glanced, a big splash and Rusev put him in the accolade. Swagger didn't tap but passed out. That's when Rusev kicked Colter and it ended when the Russian flag was waived and they played the Russian national anthem.
DEAN AMBROSE VS. SETH ROLLINS
Really good match, easily the best so far. Ambrose did several dives and they did a lot of brawling in the stands. Ambrose used Rollins' curb stomp and had it won when Kane broke up the pin. Goldust jumped in and Kane decked him. All the lumberjacks hit the ring and they had a wild brawl. Ambrose cleaned house on the heel lumberjacks, in particular Erick Rowan & Luke Harper when they tried to attack him. As Ambrose knocked both out of the ring, Rollins hit him with his briefcase for the pin.
CHRIS JERICHO VS. BRAY WYATT
Another good match, not the level of he previous one. Wyatt dominated early. Wyatt singing after the match. Jericho hit the codebreaker and Wyatt was supposed to barely got his foot on the ropes but Jericho pulled him too far in, so he didn't but Wyatt kicked out, showing he was thinking on his feet. They ended up outside the ring and Wyatt used a haymaker thumb to the throat and a Sister Abigail into the barricade. Jericho was out. Wyatt threw him in the ring and hit Sister Abigail again and got the pin. After the match Wyatt sang "He's got the whole world in hands."
BRIE BELLA VS. STEPHANIE MCMAHON
Stephanie won when Nikki turned on Brie. Stephanie did a real good, really great job for a non-wrestler. She had a lot of poise and they laid out a fine match. Brie had the Yes lock on when HHH pulled the ref out of the ring. Brie then gave HHH a sliding kick and he went flying. Stephanie wanted to run but Nikki blocked. Stephanie was then caught between Brie and Nikki. Nikki then nailed Brie with a forearm. The crowd popped huge for the turn. They didn't boo at all. I think a lot of people saw it coming and was just waiting for it. Stephanie then gave Brie a pedigree for the pin.
Stephanie ran to ringside and kissed her kids, who were with her mom. She's arguably the company's best heel. Shouldn't the director have made sure the cameras were on Nikki rather than showing that. They did cut away pretty fast from it.
RANDY ORTON VS. ROMAN REIGNS
Great match. The first half the crowd was quiet coming off the turn in the last match. But they built the crowd up great. Even when Reigns posed and hit the Superman punch they didn't react that great. But there was a great spot when Reigns went for the spear and Orton turned it into a powerslam. His second spear attempt was turned into an RKO, which was a great spot. The crowd cheered it a lot. Orton went for the punt, but Reigns tripped him up and finally hit the spear for the pin. Michael Cole handled the win perfectly, acted like it was a monumental career making win and Reigns is on his way.
They announced next year's SummerSlam for New York/New Jersey, I've heard mentions of the Barclays Center or the Izod Center.
JOHN CENA VS. BROCK LESNAR FOR WWE TITLE
This was unbelievable to watch. You've never seen a heel look so strong against a top face, not the Road Warriors, Brody and Hansen. Lesnar took 95% of the match and Cena took unreal punishment, one German suplex after another. If they would have done this in his first match back Lesnar would have been so much money, not that he isn't now. You really have to give Cena credit for taking so much punishment. It wasn't as much as the first match but this was far more one-sided. Lesnar F-5'd him in 30 seconds but Cena kicked. Lesnar just destroyed him with knees and German suplexes (16 released German suplexes in all). Cena did one quick comeback and hit the Attitude Adjustment for a near fall. Cena also got the STF on late, but Lesnar reversed out of Cena's finish, destroyed him with ground and pound and then hit the F-5 for the pin. This wasn't a classic back and forth dramatic match, but it was a very memorable match. Lesnar was made unstoppable. I think people are going to really be curious as to what happens next. Do they go with a rematch after this kind of a match?