WWE SummerSlam

Los Angeles, California

August 18, 2013 (Twitter @johnreport)

The pre-show started at 7pmET with the SummerSlam kickoff panel consisting of Josh Mathews, Booker T, Shawn Michaels and Smackdown GM Vickie Guerrero. If you haven't seen Michaels lately, he's sporting a full beard. It's a different look for the Heartbreak Kid, that's for sure. Originally they had announced Natalya on the panel, but they put her into the match against Brie Bella so that's why Vickie Guerrero is there. The panel talked about some of the matches. I'm not going to recap the comments by the panel.

Renee Young was sitting in the "Social Media Lounge" that contained a couch and a TV screen. She'll read tweets and share Tout videos later. Yes, Tout is still a thing.

The video package for the Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk match was outstanding. Perfect mix of promos, action and emotion. The WWE production team is outstanding as always. It ended with Punk saying he was not afraid of Lesnar.

Paul Heyman did a promo where he announced that Lesnar vs. Punk will be a No Disqualification match. It makes sense. I figured they would do that and am not sure why they didn't just announce it on TV this week.

There were a bunch of filler segments with more talk about matches, Renee reading some tweets and the crowd was still arriving for the show. The video package for the WWE Title aired. It was well done too, of course.

The panel talked some more as Michaels spoke about knowing Bryan since he was 18 (HBK trained him) and he was rooting for him. That's why it's good to have HBK there. He can put over Bryan as well as anybody. It would have been amazing to see a feud between them.

The announce team of Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler & John Bradshaw Layfield went over all the matches from ringside. It's the 5th year in a row that LA has hosted SummerSlam. The music of The Shield started up, so it's US Title time.

United States Title: Dean Ambrose vs. Rob Van Dam

Ambrose entered alone. RVD got a big ovation. The match started with 25 minutes left on the pre-show, so they have plenty of time. The crowd was hot early on although you could see they were still filing into the arena too. Ambrose was in control early with a boot to the face that slowed down RVD. There was a dueling "Let's Go Ambrose / RVD" chant. That's unique. Ambrose got a two count after a dropkick. RVD came back with a nearfall after a cross body block, but Ambrose blocked the split legged moonsault by getting his knees up. RVD hit a spin kick. When RVD went to the top rope, The Shield's music started up. The match was about six minutes old at that point.

Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose made their way down to ringside. Before they hit the ring, Mark Henry's music hit and then Big Show's music started. They went to some commercials for WWE 2K14 with Ultimate Warrior and Lesnar vs. Punk.

Back from that break, Ambrose was in control of the action as the other four guys were at ringside. RVD came back with a suplex on Ambrose outside the ring. RVD did the spot where he hit a spinning legdrop off the apron while Ambrose was hanging on the guard rail. In the ring, RVD hit a somersault dive for a two count. Ambrose came back with a spinebuster for two. RVD came back with a variety of kicks and then he hit Rolling Thunder. RVD went to the top rope and he hit the Five Star Frog Splash. Reigns ran in and hit RVD with the Spear. The ref rang the bell for the DQ ending after about 14 minutes.

Winner: Rob Van Dam via DQ (Ambrose is still US Champ)

The Shield quickly left before they could get attacked. Smart move.

Analysis: **3/4 Good match on the pre-show for the second month in a row. I think the finish was very predictable considering I got it right and I'm sure many others did too. It was still entertaining with a lot of good nearfalls for both guys. The crowd was very hot for RVD and they didn't like how the match ended. I think this match could have been on the main show and nobody would have complained, but I'm okay with having a hot match on the Kickoff show too. This feud will likely continue.

The first match is going to be the Ring of Fire match since they were showing the ring crew setting it up. That led to a Kane/Bray Wyatt video package.

They showed some WWE.com poll that fans voted on with John Cena emerging as the predicted star of the show. Some close-ups of the flames outside the ring were shown as the pre-show ended and the PPV portion was about to begin.

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SUMMERSLAM PAY-PER-VIEW

The show began with the SummerSlam host The Miz reminding us what the main events were. Then Fandango came out to dance with Summer Rae.

The video package aired highlighting the Lesnar/Punk and Cena/Bryan matches. Michael Cole announced 17,739 people in the crowd at Staples Center in Los Angeles. JoJo from Total Divas sang the American National Anthem. She did a great job.

The announcers for the show are Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield and Jerry Lawler. The Spanish announce team was there too. No idea what they said, but it was probably something about how they hope nobody breaks their table.

Ring of Fire Match: Kane vs. Bray Wyatt (w/Erick Rowan & Luke Harper)

The flames were on the ring apron and they were below the bottom rope except when somebody hit the match, which led to them shooting up. Wyatt hit Kane with a splash in the corner. Running body attack by Wyatt knocked Kane down. Kane was able to hit a sidewalk slam. Harper was going to give Wyatt a kendo stick, but the flames kept going up to prevent Wyatt from grabbing it. Kane knocked down Wyatt with a slam. A fireman used a fire extinguisher to stop the fire that was on the kendo stick. Rowan used an extinguisher on the Ring of Fire. It didn't totally kill it as the flames shot back up. Kane hit a Chokeslam on Wyatt and then another one. Harper & Rowan used a blanket to cover one side of the ring with the flames. They are a smart bunch of crazy guys. Harper & Rowan destroyed Kane with a slam and then a big splash. The ref couldn't do anything because there were no rules in a match like this. Wyatt hit his neckbreaker variation for the victory after about eight minutes.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

Analysis: * This was the biggest lock of the night. It was more of an angle than a match. It didn't make sense for Kane to win. Wyatt was in his "debut" match, so it was the right choice to give him the win. Obviously the interference from the Wyatt Family is what earned him the win. It showed that they will do anything they have to in order to get a victory.

After the match, Rowan and Harper placed Kane's body on the steel steps. They picked up another set of steps and slammed them on Kane's head. Of course the steps had a huge V of empty space, so really nothing hit Kane. They shot it from the side while the announcers sold it as a big deal. The lights went out as Wyatt lit his lamp. Rowan and Harper walked Kane from the ring by dragging him away with his arms around them. Of course nobody helped Kane.

Analysis: This is likely the angle that writes Kane out of storylines while he goes to film See No Evil 2 in the near future.

The panel of Josh Mathews, Booker T, Shawn "Beard" Michaels and Vickie Guerrero talked about what we just saw.

They aired the video from Heyman earlier in the night when he informed us that Punk vs. Lesnar is now a No Disqualification Match. Most Lesnar matches have that kind of stipulation, which is smart.

Damien Sandow entered the arena with his Money in the Bank briefcase. He delivered a promo on his way to the ring as he said that Cody Rhodes was his sidekick when they were tag team partners. Sandow called Rhodes and his dad "Dumb and Dumber" because he's mean like that. In other news, Rhodes no longer has his mustache.

Damien Sandow vs. Cody Rhodes

Sandow was in control in the early going as he hit the Elbow of Disdain. Rhodes came back with a nice counter into a Samoa Joe-like Muscle Buster while they were in the corner. Rhodes hit a Goldust-like uppercut, then a Dusty Rhodes elbow before hitting a springboard dropkick. Rhodes wanted the Disaster Kick, but Sandow moved and hit a neckbreaker for two. Rhodes was able to connect on the Disaster Kick for a great nearfall. Sandow came back with a rollup out of a corner for two. Rhodes came back to hit Cross Rhodes. He covered to win the match after about 7 minutes.

Winner: Cody Rhodes

Analysis: ** I would have liked to see a longer match that got over ten minutes. It felt rushed.  When Rhodes hit his finish I was surprised that it was done so quickly. I had Rhodes winning in the preview because WWE usually books Money in the Bank holders to lose matches since they are likely going over in the near future. It builds up future challengers for them. I'm not sure if there will be other matches for them or if this is the end of the rivalry already. I'd like to see more.

There was a video package for Christian prior to his World Title match against Alberto Del Rio.

World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian

Alberto made Lilian introduce him in Spanish because he's mean like that. Apparently #SummerSlam is trending on Twitter, so congrats to those that care about trending topics. Del Rio hit one of his hard kicks to the head to take control early on. JBL does a great job of putting over how aggressive Del Rio is once he realizes his opponent is hurt. Del Rio slammed Christian's left arm into the security wall (I like calling it that instead of guard rail). Del Rio hit a nice dropkick followed by another attack on the left arm of Christian. Del Rio missed an attack outside the ring, which led to Christian hitting a splash off the top onto the floor. Both guys were down outside the ring before crawling back inside. Del Rio was sporting a black eye. Christian got a boot up to block an attack off the middle rope by Del Rio. Christian avoided a Del Rio kick and hit a cross body block off the top for two. Very good nearfall there. Del Rio hit a huge Back Stabber off the middle rope for a good nearfall of his own. Del Rio's nose was bleeding, but that didn't stop him as he hit a running enziguiri kick to the head for two. After Del Rio missed a splash off the middle rope, Christian hit a flying back elbow.

Christian got another nearfall. He set up for a Spear, but Del Rio countered with a dropkick. Uppercut by Christian outside the ring was momentarily successful because Del Rio came back with another kick to the head. Del Rio went for a knee attack, but Christian countered into a nearfall. Christian hit a Spear on Del Rio using his bad left shoulder. He couldn't cover because he was in too much pain. Del Rio slapped on the Cross Armbreaker. Christian tried to fight it off, but instead he tapped out. Del Rio wins via submission after 13 minutes.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

Analysis: ***1/2 That was an outstanding matchup between two of the best wrestlers in the company. The crowd was into everything they did as each guy got a number of great nearfalls throughout. I thought Christian did an excellent job of selling the left arm injury and it played into the finish as he couldn't get the cover due to the injury. Del Rio looked great throughout the match and I loved that it was competitive with a clean finish. Those are the kind of matches that make a title look valuable. I picked Del Rio to win, so I am 4 for 4 in predictions so far. I have to brag a bit while I can lol!

Post match, Renee Young asked Del Rio if he was proud of his victory. He said he was there to represent the Mexican people. He said he's there for them. He held up the World Title. They don't usually do promos after wins like that, but I have no problem with it. It's more of a UFC thing.

They aired some clips from Axxess as Natalya & Maria Menounos beat Brie Bella and Eva Marie. Natalya won via rollup on Eva Marie.

Backstage, The Miz interviewed Maria Menounos. Fandango and Summer Rae showed up to dance. Miz danced with Menounos as the segment ended. Then there was a commercial for Total Divas.

Natalya (w/Naomi & Cameron) vs. Brie Bella (w/Nikki Bella & Eva Marie)

All six girls are on the Total Divas "reality" show on E! Network. Brie and Natalya took turns slapping each other until Natalya attempted a Sharpshooter. Brie got to the ropes. Natalya was distracted by Nikki and Eva Marie, who pulled the ring apron out. Natalya was tripped up. Brie hit a dropkick that knocked down Natalya. Some fans chanted "JBL" randomly and then a "Jerry" chant. There was even a brief "Michael Cole" chant. In ring, Brie applied an arm submission. Brie hit a clothesline and then she slammed Natalya's head into the mat. Natalya hit a jawbreaker followed by a clothesline of her own. Natalya successfully applied the Sharpshooter. Brie countered by shoving Natalya into the turnbuckle. Good counter there. The heels tried to attack Natalya, so Cameron & Naomi took them out. Brie was able to get a two count followed by a running knee to the face. Natalya slowed her down with an Alabama Slam followed by another Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring. Brie tapped out as Natalya won via submission after five minutes.

Winner: Natalya via submission

Analysis: *1/2 It was a basic five minute match. I was actually impressed by Brie's offense. It looked good. Perhaps she has learned something from boyfriend Daniel Bryan. Natalya wasn't on offense too much, which made sense for her babyface comeback. I thought the involvement of the girls outside the ring was well done. Ultimately it's better that they did a singles match here. They had good chemistry. I'm glad Natalya got a clean win. She deserves it and I hope this means a Divas Title shot for her in the near future. I'm 5 for 5 in predictions at this point.

Backstage, Ryback told a catering guy that the food sucked. Ryback said the soup was cold, so catering guy told him it was supposed to be cold since it was Gazpacho. Ryback poured the soup down the shirt of catering guy and then he dumped the bucket of soup on his head.

Analysis: Filler. Ryback has fallen pretty far after getting WWE Title shots a couple of months ago.

It's Punk vs. Lesnar time. Their awesome video package played again.

Justin Roberts announced it was a No Disqualification match to a big ovation. Cheap plug for one of the sites I write at - NoDQ.com! Brock Lesnar made his entrance first along with Paul Heyman. Huge ovation for CM Punk's entrance.

No Disqualification Match: CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman)

Lesnar dominated the action in the first couple of minutes with a series of shoulder tackles in the corner. Punk came back with a running knee followed by a second one that knocked Lesnar outside the ring. Punk hit a dive outside the ring to knock Lesnar down. Punk tried to attack Lesnar with the steps, but Lesnar knocked Punk down instead. Punk drove Lesnar face first into the steel post and then hit a double axe handle off the top onto Lesnar on the floor. Punk hit a clothesline off the announce table. Heyman tripped outside the ring when Punk went after him. Punk grabbed Heyman, which led to Lesnar hitting Punk in the back with a forearm shot. Lesnar gave Punk a two handed toss over the Spanish announce table as Punk crashed hard on his knees. Lesnar gave Punk an overhead belly to belly suplex outside the ring and then yelled "best in the world." Back in the ring, Lesnar knocked Punk down with a clothesline. Punk fought out of a bearhug, but then Lesnar buried his knee to the ribs of Punk. Punk came back with some kicks and he went to the top rope. Lesnar caught him and hit a Fallaway Slam. The crowd let out a big "oooohhhh" for that spot. That was sweet. Lesnar got a nearfall after an overhead suplex as we go past the ten minute mark.

Punk broke free of Lesnar by biting him in the face. Punk rocked Lesnar with some forearm shots and then hit a flying knee off the top rope. Running knee in the corner by Punk. He hit the running knee in the corner again. Punk dropped Lesnar with a roundhouse kick to the head and then he hit a Flying Elbow off the top rope for a two count. That was a very good nearfall. Punk and Lesnar each went for their finisher, but neither hit as Punk hit a roundhouse kick to the head. Punk wanted the GTS, but Lesnar countered it into the Kimura Lock on Punk's left arm. Punk countered it into an armbar and then a Triangle Choke as they incorporated some MMA moves into the match. Lesnar powered out of it with a slam. Punk applied the Triangle Choke again. The crowd was going wild for this. Lesnar broke free with a running Powerbomb. Wow. What a sequence. The crowd was chanting "this is awesome." Lesnar hit three vertical suplexes in succession Eddie Guerrero-style. Good tribute to the late Hall of Famer that beat Lesnar for the WWE Title at No Way Out 2004.

Lesnar went outside the ring. He grabbed a steel chair. Punk went to the top rope and jumped onto Lesnar, who held the chair up. That move hurt both guys. Punk hit Lesnar in the back with the chair two times. Lesnar went back into the ring. Lesnar grabbed the chair, so Punk countered with a low blow. Woo! Punk went to the top with steel chair in hand and he drove it into the face of Lesnar. One...two...no! That was an excellent nearfall. Punk hit Lesnar in the back with the steel chair again. Heyman went on the apron to grab the chair from Punk. Lesnar came back and he wanted the F5. Punk held onto Heyman's tie to block the move. Punk hit the Go To Sleep. Heyman crawled into the ring to break up the pin. It's No DQ after all. Punk chased Heyman outside the ring. They went into the ring and Lesnar wanted the F5. Punk countered the F5 into a DDT! Holy shit! That was incredible. Only a two count. Punk applied the Anaconda Vice. Heyman slid into the ring with a steel chair. Punk punched Heyman in the face. He applied the Anaconda Vice to him. Lesnar broke that up with a steel chair to the back. He hit Punk in the back three times. Lesnar picked up Punk and hit the F5 with Punk's face hitting the steel chair. Lesnar covered for the victory after 25 minutes.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

Analysis: ****1/2 It's one of the best matches this year. I think Punk was a part of three or four of the best of the year with the matches against Cena on Raw and Undertaker at WrestleMania 29 as the other two that come to mind. Lesnar is the perfect bully who has as much credibility as anybody in the history of wrestling. He dominated the first ten minutes of the match, which made Punk's comeback all the more inspiring because it showed how much heart he had in his ability to keep coming back for more. He also did an amazing job of countering Lesnar's offense. I also liked how close Punk was to winning not just once via pinfall, but twice via submission. Heyman had to interfere to save Lesnar, which gives Punk an out as far as why he lost. He can just say that he would have won if it wasn't for Heyman, which is true. I'm not going to say the interference kept it from being a "perfect" match, but it played a small part in why it wasn't five stars. Really, though, we're talking about one of the best matches of the year so that's just a minor gripe. I absolutely loved this match. For the record, I'm 6 for 6 in predictions so far. I just did a Barry Horowitz-like pat on the back for that.

Post match, Lesnar walked away with Heyman as winners who were in a lot of pain. The camera focused on Punk in the ring as he received a standing ovation. It was well deserved.

There was a commercial for Night of Champions on September 15 in Detroit. I'll likely be there since it's two hours from me.

There was a clip of somebody that won a Doritos contest named Brendan. He took a splash from Mark Henry at Axxess. I was writing about the Punk/Lesnar match during this. The winner and three friends got to sit in front of the announce table for this next match.

Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn vs. Big Langston & AJ Lee

I was still writing about Lesnar vs. Punk as this began. Good luck following that match. Anyway, Ziggler and Langston started it off for a couple of minutes before bringing the girls in. AJ dominated most of the action although the crowd wasn't that into it probably because of the match before it. Kaitlyn hit a shoulder tackle to break free and tag in Ziggler while Langston also got tagged of course. Ziggler hit a dropkick and then a neckbreaker. He followed that with ten elbows as JBL referenced Lawler's heart attack, which Lawler acknowledged. Langston was able to come back with a backbreaker. Kaitlyn broke up the pin. AJ took her out with a Shining Wizard. Langston hit a shoulder tackle to Ziggler, but then he missed a second one. Outside the ring, Kaitlyn hit a Spear to take down AJ. Langston hit a clothesline on Ziggler for two. Ziggler fought out of The Big Ending and hit the Zig Zag for the win after seven minutes.

Winners: Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn

Analysis: ** It was one of the most predictable matches on the card. The babyfaces needed to get their revenge, so that's what happened. I'm hoping that Ziggler moves on to the World Title again because he deserves it. This feud is over. I'm now 7 for 7 in picks. No, I'm not the guy that was on Reddit that gave correct predictions. I rarely do this well, trust me!

The Miz was trying to deliver a promo when Fandango showed up again. Miz knocked him down with a punch. That's the end of their "comedy" segments apparently.

The panel talked about the main event. Michaels said thanks to Lesnar and Punk for their match. I agree.

The video package aired for the main event of John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan.

Triple H made his entrance in a referee shirt. The song that played was "King of Kings" for the record. No water spit because he's not in a match, but he did have a water bottle on him. He's even rocking the earpiece that the refs wear. Loud "yes" chants for Daniel Bryan, who entered in his "The Beard is Here" shirt. The WWE Champion John Cena entered last. You could tell it was a very mixed reaction for him. I know that's the usual, but you could hear it even before his music hit.

WWE Championship: John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan (Triple H is Special Referee)

Triple H showed each man the WWE Title. He shook their hands. Cena had an elbow pad/sleeve on his injured left elbow. Bryan went after it immediately. Cena actually got a nearfall with a bridging pin attempt as Bryan countered with a backslide for two. Cena powered out of Bryan's surfboard attempt. Bryan was on the apron as Cena charged into him and knocked Bryan into the announce table. The crowd booed that. Bryan took that right in the ribs. Outside the ring, Bryan threw Cena into the steel steps. Loud "yes" chants for that. Cena gave Bryan a suplex off the top of the steel steps onto the floor outside the ring. Hunter really didn't count them outside the ring, which is nice to see. Cena hit a Powerbomb that almost looked like a Batista Bomb although it was a bit sloppier. That got him two. Bryan hit several kicks in the corner much to the delight of the crowd and then he hit a running clothesline. The crowd chanted "yes" as Bryan had momentum on his side. Bryan hit some kicks to the chest of Cena, but Cena ducked the head kick. Shoulder tackles by Cena followed by the spinning back suplex that we see in every Cena match. Bryan kicked him to counter and then Cena hit another spinning suplex. Five Knuckle Shuffle by Cena. Bryan countered Attitude Adjustment by landing on his feet. Missile dropkick by Bryan off the top rope for two as we hit the ten minute mark.

Bryan worked on the left elbow injury of Cena with kicks to the arm. Bryan put Cena in the STF as the crowd chanted "yes" for Bryan using Cena's hold. Of course it's not really Cena's hold because it's been around for many years, but Cena has used it as a submission move for many years now. Bryan hit a bridging German Suplex for two. He did it again for two. Bryan countered the Attitude Adjustment attempt into the Yes Lock. Cena fought out of it, so Bryan applied another submission using a front facelock. Cena eventually powered out of it by sending Bryan into the turnbuckle. Cena was able to hit a desperation Attitude Adjustment that Bryan kicked out of at two. Loud "yes" chants for that. Cena went to the top rope, Bryan hit a running forearm and Cena shoved him to the mat. Bryan hit a dropkick on Cena while Cena was on the top rope. Bryan gave Cena a Superplex as Bryan did a kip up back to top rope. Headbutt for Bryan. That got him a two count. That was a great sequence into the nearfall. Cena went to the floor. Bryan wanted the dive, but Cena blocked it with a hard right hand. Cena went to the top and hit an impressive leg drop to the back of Bryan's head. Great camera shot of that move.

Cena put Bryan on the top rope, he followed him there and Bryan elbowed Cena repeatedly to break free. Bryan wanted a top rope hurricanrana, but Cena was able to power out of it.  He almost drove him face first into the mat. Instead, Cena applied the STF right in the middle of the ring. Bryan tried to roll out of it. Bryan was able to break free and apply the Yes Lock. Cena made it to the ropes. Triple H was checking on Cena's elbow. Bryan hit two dropkicks on Cena in the corner. He went for a third, but Cena came back with a clothesline. Bryan did a flip to sell it. "This is awesome" chant by the crowd is justified. They exchanged punches in the middle of the ring. Each man charged the ropes and they did a mid-air collision as we neared the 25 minute mark.

They got up at the same time as they used each other's body to get their feet. Cena slapped Bryan. Bryan slapped back. They exchanged slaps. Bryan's beard is like a protective layer, so he won that battle. Bryan countered an Attitude Adjustment attempt into a DDT. Bryan went to the top rope. He jumped off the top, but Cena caught him. Cena wanted the AA only for Bryan to counter that with an inside cradle for two. That was close. Bryan hit a hard running knee to the face of Cena. Triple H counted the pinfall and it was a three count. Bryan won the match after 27 minutes.

Winner: Daniel Bryan - New WWE Champion

Analysis: ****1/2 It was an excellent match. Daniel Bryan won clean over John Cena for the WWE Title. Wow. I never thought I'd ever write that sentence. It was very evenly booked with both guys getting a number of great nearfalls throughout. When Bryan won the match with that running knee I was almost surprised by it because we haven't seen him win matches via pinfall with a move like that, but I didn't care. I was genuinely happy for the guy. I had a smile on my face like so many fans around the world that were rooting for Bryan to get the job done. I know Cena has his detractors (I'm not really one of them), but he put on a great show in keeping up with Bryan. Obviously he's not going to be the guy to counter every hold perfectly the way Bryan does. However, he worked his ass off and was part of an exciting main event match with the guy that is arguably the best wrestler in the world. For a guy who "can't wrestle" according to some people he sure did a hell of a job of wrestling tonight.

Post match, Bryan was celebrating with the WWE Title. Cena pulled grabbed him by the shoulder and turned him around. Cena shook Triple H's hand. Bryan celebrated with the WWE Title. Triple H shook his hand again as Bryan celebrated with the fans chanting "yes" in support of the new WWE Champion. Fireworks went off with Bryan leading the crowd in more "yes" chants.

Randy Orton's music started up as he walked down the ramp with the Money in the Bank briefcase in his hand. Orton walked away. Bryan chanted "yes" repeatedly as Orton thought about it some more. He looked back at Bryan. Triple H hit Bryan with a Pedigree.

Orton went into the ring. Triple H told the timekeeper to ring the bell.

WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton

Randy Orton covered for the victory. So much for the idea that somebody has to be standing to face a challenger with the briefcase. Orton covered. Triple H counted. That was it. Orton is the new WWE Champion.

Winner: Randy Orton - New WWE Champion

To end the night, Triple H raised Orton's hand and they posed together. It looks like a heel turn for both of them.

Analysis: There's the heel turn by Orton that many of us have been thinking about for the last year or so. It has been rumored for so long. This was the perfect setting for it. Bryan won the WWE Title clean, he was celebrating with fans that truly loved him and then it was taken away from him by a babyface like Triple H who happened to have an old friend in Orton standing by with the Money in the Bank briefcase. Predictable? Yeah it was. But so what? It was the right thing to do. Bryan's quest to gain back the WWE Title will be the story to watch in WWE this fall and I'm excited to see what happens with it.

It was a very memorable ending to the best WWE PPV this year. I won't forget SummerSlam 2013 ever. That's for damn sure.

 

Five Stars of the Show

1. CM Punk

2. Daniel Bryan

3. Brock Lesnar

4. John Cena

5. (tie) Christian

5. (tie) Alberto Del Rio

I cheated and put six. Had to.

 

Final Thoughts

I give it a 9 out of 10. Best pay-per-view this year. No question about it.

Two matches made the show. That's what we expected going in and that's what we got. Both of them delivered. I gave both of them the same star rating, but I liked Lesnar/Punk a little bit more.

I don't think I've ever got every single match right on a PPV before and if I have I don't remember. This time I got them all right. It's right here in our preview. I got the Bryan win and the Orton cash-in too. I'm not saying I am the only person to do it. I'm sure others did too. I'm just saying after all these years of doing this I don't remember going perfect for an entire card that often. Does that make it a bad show if it was predictable? Hell no. It was amazing.

I'm not going to go over every match again. I wrote more than enough up above. I hope you enjoyed SummerSlam 2013 as much as I did.

We heard "This is Awesome" many times during the show. It was well deserved.

 

Ranking the 2013 WWE Pay-Per-Views

Here's the order with the rankings on the 1-10 scale.

SummerSlam - 9

Money in the Bank - 8

Payback - 8

Elimination Chamber - 8

Royal Rumble - 7.5

Extreme Rules - 6.5

WrestleMania 29 - 6

Like I said, best WWE PPV this year. No question about it.

Rate WWE SummerSlam on 1-10 scale

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