Welcome to The LAW’s coverage of WWE SummerSlam from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Renee Young is hosting the panel with Ric Flair, Alex Riley and Booker T.
Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro
Van Dam misses a pescado to the floor, superkicks Cesaro and hits rolling thunder on the floor. Thye take a commercial break and Cesaro has the heat when they return.
Van Dam gets crotched on the top, recovers and then takes an uppercut on the top and Cesaro gets knocked off the top and Van Dam comes off the top and into an uppercut in mid-air. They have an exchange back and forth ending in a spin kick by Van Dam and hits the frog splash for the win at 8:06.
Cesaro brings the referee to the panel position and complains it was a fast count.
Hulk Hogan comes out to start SummerSlam. He says tonight is when people become immortal. He plugs the WWE Network and that’s it.
The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Title
The Miz comes out in this white garb and says unlike Drax the Destroyer and Hercules, he has the money maker (well Drax’s flick possessed that too).
Maria Menunos is shown at in the crowd.
Ziggler is thrown chest first into the corner and Miz has the heat. Ziggler comes back with a superkick and gets a near fall. Miz goes to the floor and goes to leave with the title and Ziggler hits a baseball slide.
Miz gets back into the ring and knocks him down and applies the figure-four. Ziggler is out and takes a face buster into the Skull Crushing Finale for a near fall and was a great sequence. Ziggler ducks a boot and hits the Zig Zag and gets the win at 7:51.
They recap the Megan Miller angle from Monday with Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella and leading to Bella being arrested.
Tom Phillips is with Brie Bella in the back and explains being arrested made her stronger and explained the angle from Monday that Stephanie paid off the physical therapist to tell lies on Raw.
AJ Lee vs. Paige for the Diva’s Title
Paige offers her hand and AJ bites it (must have caught Yujiro’s matches in the G-1). They each pull out a piece of the other’s hair.
Paige is sent to the floor and AJ hits a flying clothesline off the top to the floor.
AJ struggles to get the Black Widow and then Paige counters and hits the “Rampage” (package DDT) and pins AJ at 4:56 to win the title. After the match she kisses the fallen AJ on the cheek and says she is still AJ’s friend.
They air the Sting 2K15 promo.
Rusev vs. Jack Swagger in a Flag Match
Lana says they dedicate this match to the world’s greatest reality star, Vladimir Putin. He says there is no happy ending for the U.S.A. like most Hollywood films.
Members from the 11th Army Cavalry Guard come out with a flag and are then followed by Swagger and Zeb Colter.
Swagger attacks Rusev and the American flag lands on the mat, and Colter immediately picks it up. Swagger applies the Patriot Lock before the bell rings and he is selling the ankle as the bell rings.
Swagger attacks the right ankle and Rusev is selling it well. Rusev comes back and applies a bear hug and wears down Swagger. Swagger comes back with a belly to belly and a pair of clotheslines, big boot and hits the Swagger bomb, crowd is really into the match.
Rusev with a kick to the ribs and superkick, stomp to the back and applies the Accolade but cannot stand on his bad ankle. So he applies a modified version on one leg instead of both and Swagger counters into the Patriot Lock and Rusev fights out of it. Rusev slams him and puts on the full version of the Accolade and Swagger passes out at 8:55.
Lana mocks Zeb after the match and Rusev kicks Zeb so both Colter and Swagger are out.
They raise the Russian flag with Rusev and Lana standing in the ring.
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose in a Lumberjack Match
Lumberjacks included Cesaro, RVD, Ryback, Axel, Usos, Sandow, Kofi Kingston, Bo Dallas, Fandango, Sin Cara, Goldust, Stardust, Titus O’Neil, Heath Slater and R-Truth.
Big spot early as Ambrose vertical suplexes Rollins from the ring onto the lumberjacks on the floor and then Ambrose is brought back to the ring and fights off the lumberjacks. Ambrose goes into the crowd brawling with Rollins.
Corporate Kane comes out and yells at the lumberjacks and sends them to bring them back to the ring. They grab Ambrose and Rollins returns to ringside and goes to leave but the lumberjacks corner him and bring him back to the ring. They carry Rollins in the air and Ambrose comes off the top to take everyone out.
Ambrose does the Bullet Club sign to Rollins’ head and hits the Nigel McGuinness lariat out of the ropes and gets a near fall. Ambrose hits the Curb Stomp and Kane attacks Ambrose. All the lumberjacks come into the ring and it’s a big brawl.
Ambrose sends Harper and Rowan to the floor and turns around and is hit by the briefcase by Rollins and Rollins pins him at 10:51.
Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho
Jericho is draped in the corner and Wyatt runs at him into the post. The crowd is chanting back and forth for both. Wyatt hits a running senton off the ropes and attacks the ribs.
Jericho counters Sister Abigail with a rollup and then gets the Walls of Jericho and Bray makes it to the rope. Wyatt recovers and hits a DDT on the outside of the apron.
Jericho stops Wyatt on the top rope and hits a frankensteiner off the top. Bray does the spider walk and yells at Jericho “I’m already dead” and Jericho hits the Code Breaker and Wyatt kicks out.
Jericho goes to the floor and Bray hits the taped up thumb to the throat and Sister Abigail into the barricade. He brings him back into the ring and hits the Sister Abigail and pins him at 12:58.
They run a video package for the next match.
Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella
They show Ronda Rousey in the front row along with Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir.
Stephanie is in control and then Brie attempts the Yes Lock and Stephanie bails to the floor. Brie goes for a suicide dive and Stephanie knocks her down as she goes for the jump and lands on the floor.
Stephanie has the advantage and then Brie makes comeback with Daniel Bryan spots like the repeated kicks in the corner.
Triple H comes down followed by Nikki Bella, this leads to Stephanie going for the pedigree and countered and Brie applies the Yes Lock and Hunter pulls the referee out. Brie hits a sliding dropkick to Hunter on the floor and he is out.
Nikki comes into the ring and she tosses Stephanie aside and decks Brie. Stephanie hits the pedigree onto Brie and pins her at 11:06. The match was laid out very well and the Nikki turn got a huge reaction.
They air a video package on the Totino’s contest winner, “Mama’s Boy” and show him in the ring.
Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns
Orton has the advantage at the start, uses the Garvin stomp and a superplex off the top. Reigns gets onto his back and goes for a choke and Orton falls back but Reigns recovers and has Orton’s back.
Reigns hits the running dropkick from the floor. Orton fights with him on the floor and sends him into the post. Reigns is sent into the steel steps.
The two fight on the top and Reigns lifts him onto his shoulders and hits Samoan drop from the second turnbuckle and gets a two-count. Reigns gets up and hits superman punch, he sets up for the spear and Orton hits him with a powerslam to counter the spear and was great and then hits the draping DDT.
Reigns blocks a RKO, comes off the ropes for a superman punch and Orton hits the RKO in mid-air for a near fall. Orton backs up for the punt but he misses and Reigns comes off the ropes and spears Orton for the win.
They air an ad for SummerSlam going to the New York / New Jersey area next summer and leaving Los Angeles after six-years in a row in L.A.
John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Title
They attack each other right away and Lesnar hits the F-5 and Cena kicks out in the first 0:30.
Lesnar yells “I am going to kill you” and lifts him and hits a release german. Lesnar follows with knees to the ribs. Lesnar hits three release germans back to back to back. It is all Lesnar from the start of the match until the 10:00 mark when Cena uses some back elbows and runs at Lesnar and avoids another F-5, hits the AA and Lesnar kicks out.
Lesnar takes him down with a double leg and attacks him with ground and pound. Lesnar lifts him and hits four consecutive germans as Lesnar yells “DIE”. Cena is down and out of nowhere applies the STF, Lesnar reverses on top and picks him up and hits another F-5 and wins at 16:04.