Thoughts on WWE SummerSlam
Sam Pierce / August 20, 2012 - 11:24am
Now, THAT'S what a Summerslam should be. Solid from top to bottom and one hell of an entertaining show. Everything except the performance by Kevin Rudolf, that is. I would like to add that Michael Cole was, by far, the best dancer of the bunch though.
Oh boy, what a way to open the biggest event of the summer! Ziggler vs. Jericho! It makes me so happy that these guys get a huge pop, even though they're heel. Maybe the wrestling community is finally coming to their senses. Can these two guys work or what? Ziggler sells better than anyone else in the biz right now, and who better to compliment his in ring strengths than Chris Jericho. I said in my preview article that Ziggler needed a big win right now but apparently, WWE management didn't feel the same. After going back and forth, near fall after near fall, Jericho locked in the Walls of Jericho and Ziggler had no choice but to tap or have his back broken! Good god almighty, the brutality... This match saw a lot of high impact moves and was the perfect way to get the crowd pumped. So far, so good.
In no way was I interested for the World Heavyweight Title match between Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio. One, because Del Rio’s character has become stale and poses no threat to Sheamus' title reign. And two, because Sheamus has had an extremely generic run with the gold that has done absolutely nothing to make me care that he's the champion. Well, I sound like an idiot now, don’t I? This turned out to be a really entertaining match and I was pleasantly surprised. Sheamus picked up the victory when Ricardo threw one of his shoes in the ring, trying to help out Del Rio. How unfortunate that it soared over his head, and into Sheamus' hands. Sheamus socked Del Rio in the head with it and connected with the Irish Curse back breaker for the 3 count. It seems as though Del Rio will be getting yet another chance at the World Heavyweight Championship though because his foot was indeed on the rope when the bell rang. So, look for him to use that as leverage when he asks for just ONE MORE MATCH. Oh wait, that was a different guy. Never mind.
Three men, only one can walk out with the title! At one point during the Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship between CM Punk, John Cena and the Big Show, it looked as though two men might have! As predicted, in what was a solid Triple Threat, both John Cena and CM Punk had their respective submission holds (STF and Anaconda Vice) locked in on the Big Show and he eventually tapped out. As both men celebrated and argued over who won the match, General Manager AJ, came out and ordered the match to be restarted! Oh no, the controversy! A few minutes later, Cena hit the Attitude Adjustment on Big Show but CM Punk was in the right place at the right time. He tossed Cena over the ropes and pinned Show to retain the title. This likely sets up the one on one match between Punk and Cena next month at Night of Champions in Boston. Called it.
It was the match we had all been waiting for. The perfect storm... Triple H taking on Brock Lesnar. Thank god it ended the way it did. Triple H tapped out to the Kimura lock and it looked as though he had his arm broken yet again by Brock Lesnar. It was a great match that had me on the edge of my seat, not knowing who would emerge the victor. It had a perfect combination of in ring action, as well as brawling out near the announcer’s desk. Surprisingly, the real story doesn't lie in the outcome of the match; rather what happened after it was all said and done. As Triple H recovered from the assault, he started apologizing to the fans and began walking up the ramp. Now, I didn't hear it myself but the right before Triple H exited through the curtain, the King mentioned on commentary that Triple H said "goodbye", hinting his possible retirement from wrestling. Is it true? Only time will tell. No matter what, Hunter will always be working at Corporate and maybe one day, take over for Vince.
Other victories saw Daniel Bryan defeat Kane (Dammit Kane, you haven't won a match since like 2004), The Miz retain his IC title over Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston and R Truth retain the tag belts over the Primetime Players (Sans AW).
What a night. Thanks for reading.