8/17 Shore's WWE SummerSlam results and review: John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon, Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho


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8/17 Shore's WWE SummerSlam results and review: John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon, Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho
2014-08-17 18:30:00


By Chris Shore

Prowrestling.net Members can look forward to the exclusive WWE SummerSlam audio review with Jason Powell, Chris Shore, and Will Pruett later tonight.

WWE SummerSlam 2014
Aired live on WWE Network and pay-per-view
Los Angeles, California at Staples Center

WWE SummerSlam 2014

Hulk Hogan made his entrance to the ramp and put over the WWE Network and the stupid $9.99 gimmick… The opening video started and the Network died on me. When I finally got it working again, the bell rang for the opening match. Michael Cole, JBL, and Jerry “The King” Lawler were on commentary…

1. Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship. Miz protected his face early, allowing Ziggler to get in some early offense. Miz ducked a corner splash and took over. Miz tried to throw Ziggler over the top, but he skinned the cat and hit a punch to the face that Miz oversold. Ziggler hit a superkick next that Miz sold perfectly for a near fall. Miz rolled to the floor and grabbed his belt to leave. Ziggler hit a baseball slide and rolled Miz in the ring. Miz kicked the ropes into Ziggler’s nuts when he came back and locked on the figure four.

Ziggler sold for a long time and grabbed the ropes. Ziggler hit the Fameassor out of nowhere, but Miz bounced up and hit the skull crushing finale for a near fall that surprised me. Miz went for a kick, but Ziggler ducked and popped up for the Zig Zag and the win…

Dolph Ziggler won the WWE Intercontinental Championship in 7:58.

Shore’s Slant: Decent match that got very hot down the stretch. I wish the title win for Ziggler meant something, but the title, and Miz, have been marginalized so much that you just kind of shrug your shoulders and hope, bleakly, that this title reign will be different.

A video recapped Stephanie McMahon and the physical trainer taunting Brie Bella and Brie’s subsequent arrest. Brie spoke backstage about how she used her time in jail to reflect and she’s going to beat up Stephanie tonight…

2. AJ Lee vs. Paige for the WWE Divas Championship. Paige offered a handshake at the bell, but AJ grabbed her hand and bit it. She pulled an extension from Paige’s head. They brawled around the ring until Paige got AJ on her shoulders and hit a forward electric chair onto the barricade in a cool spot. Paige skipped around the ring and played to the crowd before rolling AJ in the ring. She slinked over on top of AJ and that got a reaction from the men in the crowd. She mauled AJ with head-butts and went to the top rope. AJ ran up and caught her. She blew Paige a kiss and shoved her to the floor. AJ followed with a diving clothesline from the top rope. Back in the ring, AJ locked in the Black Widow. Paige wiggled out and hit the Ram-Paige for the win…

Paige won the WWE Divas Championship at 4:56.

Post-match, Paige kissed AJ on the cheek and skipped away…

Shore’s Slant: Holy hell. Two matches, two title changes. Now I’m very suspicious of the main event, but maybe that’s the point. The match was very good, but short. I expected them to be held back because of Steph and Brie, but they made the most of their five minutes. Now I want to see them go longer and give us a real match even more. Putting the title on Paige is also a better feud as AJ can chase properly as a babyface now.

Rusev and Lana made their entrance. Justin Roberts said the winner of the match will have his flag raised at the end, so I guess it’s just a regular wrestling match. Lana cut her promo. Dedicated to Putin, USA sucks, etc. A color guard preceded Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. Rusev waved his flag. Swagger went to plant his, but Rusev attacked. JBL freaked out about the flag touching the mat. Swagger fought back and hooked the Patriot Lock. The ref finally got them separated. Lana and Rusev tried to get out of the match because of the ankle being hurt, but the ref told them too bad and called for the bell…

3. Rusev (w/Lana) vs. Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter) in a flag match. Swagger attacked at the bell and focused on the leg. He went for the Swagger bomb, but Rusev got his knees up and hurt Swagger in his injured ribs. Rusev focused on the ribs with strikes and rest holds. Swagger tried a belly-to-belly, but couldn’t do it the first time. He hit it a moment later and hit the Swagger bomb for two. Rusev came right back with a kick to the ribs and a thrust kick. Lana gave him the crush signal and Rusev locked in the Accolade, but he collapsed and grabbed his leg.

Rusev hooked a one-legged version of the move, but Swagger picked the ankle and locked on the Patriot Lock. Rusev sold for a while and then rolled to his back to escape. Rusev hit another kick and a splash. He locked in the full Accolade while selling the injury to the leg. Swagger passed out and the ref called for the bell…

Rusev defeated Jack Swagger at 8:55.

Post-match, Lana talked shit to Colter and then told Rusev to crush. Rusev hit a thrust kick on Zeb and they celebrated. The Russian flag was raised as the Russian national anthem played…

Shore’s Slant: Once it was established this was a regular match I was afraid this would be the result. I’m OK with it too. Rusev is a good heel and should be protected. He shouldn’t lose a regular match yet. Yes, the Russian flag was raised but guess what, that’s heat. Also, the match was very entertaining. Both guys worked hard and I liked the story they put together in the ring. I just hope they are able to keep things going for Swagger after this. The crowd loves him right now. The end of a jingoistic angle, whether it is hear or later, doesn’t have to change that.

A video recapped the feud between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. The lumberjacks were standing at ringside. Cole pointed out most of them had been victims of the Shield at some point. Well done guys. Both men made their entrance…

4. Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose in a lumberjack match. Both guys threw haymakers at the bell. Ambrose was the first to get spilled to the floor, but there were babyfaces there and they just rolled him back in the ring. Ambrose went for a crossbody but Rollins ducked. Ambrose crashed and rolled to the apron. Luke Harper went for Ambrose and Ambrose kicked him away. Rollins ran over and tried for a suplex, but Ambrose suplexed him onto the lumberjacks. All hell broke loose and Rollins got tossed over the barricade by Ambrose. The lumberjacks rolled Ambrose back in the ring, but he dove on them and then on Rollins in the crowd.

The two men brawled through the crowd as Kane came to the ring. Kane yelled for the lumberjacks to go get the men. A group went and carried Ambrose back to the ring. Rollins tried to escape to the back, but lumberjacks caught him and carried him to the ring. Ambrose dove on him from the top rope to take out everyone.

Back in the ring, Ambrose hit his pendulum clothesline and turned Rollins inside out for a near fall. Ambrose hit a curb stomp on Rollins and covered. Kane jumped in the ring and broke it up. Goldust slid in the ring and got in Kane’s face. Kane hit him and the match broke down into a brawl. All the lumberjacks got cleared, but Rollins snuck in with the briefcase and hit Ambrose for the win…

Seth Rollins defeated Dean Ambrose at 10:52.

Shore’s Slant: I seriously think that was the best lumberjack match I have ever seen. In my predictions I said I bet these two had some fun ideas for the stipulation and I wasn’t wrong. Just a great match that the crowd was hot as hell for and the right guy won in the right way. I cannot say enough good things about this feud and this match.

A video recapped the Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt feud. Both men made their entrances. Wyatt did one for LA and said, “I’m here.”…

5. Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho. The fight spilled to the floor quickly and Wyatt drove his knee into Jericho’s head against the stairs. Wyatt continued to attack the head, slamming his head into the ring post and working rest holds. Jericho hit a enzguri for one, but he missed the next move and ate a clothesline and senton for two. Wyatt setup for the corner splash, but Jericho hit a dropkick instead. Wyatt came right back with a one-armed slam for two.

Wyatt hooked for Sister Abigail, but Jericho slipped out for a rollup near fall and then hooked in the Walls of Jericho. Wyatt made the ropes to break the hold and shoved Jericho to the apron. They battled and Wyatt hit a DDT on the apron for two. Wyatt went to the top rope, but Jericho ran up and hit a top rope ranna for two. Jericho hit a dropkick that Wyatt sold for a moment before popping up into the crab walk. He yelled that Jericho could not kill him because he was already dead. Jericho hit a Codebreaker for two.

Wyatt rolled to the floor and Jericho went after him. Wyatt hit the taped thumb to the throat and then Sister Abigail into the barricade. He rolled Jericho back in the ring and hit Sister Abigail again for the win…

Bray Wyatt defeated Chris Jericho at 12:59.

Post-match, Wyatt took a mic and said Jericho found out what it was like to follow the buzzards. He sang his song with the crowd and the sounder hit to close the segment…

Shore’s Slant: A good match but the crowd was completely blown out by Ambrose vs. Rollins. That’s a tough spot to be in. So far, this feud has failed to even come close to expectations. Some of that has been circumstance, like here. Some has been weak talking segments. Hopefully we get the big blow off to this feud next month that it deserves.

A video recapped the Stephanie vs. Brie feud. Both women made their entrances alone…

6. Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella. Steph broke dirty on a couple of lock-ups. Brie hit a couple of arm drags. Steph walked around a lot after each move in the first couple of minutes. Brie started to hook the Yes Lock, but Steph escaped to the floor. Brie went to dive on her, but Steph grabbed her and slammed her into the apron in a nice move. Steph hit a DDT back in the ring and mocked Brie by asking her who was her bitch.

Steph got a “You still got it” chant from the crowd as she worked a rest hold. Brie kicked Steph in the face to break. Steph charged at Brie and Brie hit a Thez press. Brie went on the offense and threw Steph around by her hair. She hit several kicks and the fans chanted “Yes” for her. Brie hit a missile dropkick for two and then mounted her for punches. Triple H came to the ring with Nikki in tow. The distraction allowed Steph to hook for the Pedigree.

Brie reversed into the Yes Lock and Steph started to tap. Hunter pulled the ref from the ring, knocking him out. Brie hit a dropkick through the ropes on Hunter and did the “Yes” chant over him. Steph tried to crawl out of the other side of the ring but Nikki stopped her. Steph went back the other way and bumped into Brie. Steph begged off, and Nikki blasted Brie. Steph hit the Pedigree and Hunter rolled the ref back in the ring to make the count…

Stephanie McMahon defeated Brie Bella at 11:07.

Shore’s Slant: There is ZERO logic to this. You could see it coming as soon as Nikki got in the ring. It’s just dumb. The match was good enough, and Brie’s dropkick on Hunter was a nice touch, but what a stupid ass finish. Ugh.

A video showed the winner of the Totino’s Bold contest, Jake Tucker, who got to play the character “Mama’s Boy.” I shit you not… Randy Orton made his ring entrance as a video recapped his feud with Roman Reigns. Reigns was out next through the crowd…

7. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns. They jawed at each other to start and Reigns punched Orton in the face. Orton rolled to the floor to escape and sucker punched Reigns when he followed. Back in the ring, Orton did the Garvin stomp and ground in the stomps. Reigns tried to fight back and went to the top, but Orton reversed into a top rope superplex for two. Orton hooked the dreaded chin lock, but Reigns powered out and hooked one of his own. He jumped on Orton’s back, but Orton fell back to break. Reigns immediately popped up and grabbed the neck again. They made their feet and Reigns hit a Samoan drop for two.

Reigns punched Orton and dropped him in the ropes for the dropkick at the apron. Orton rolled to the floor and Reigns stalked him. Orton shoved Reigns into the post, slammed him on the announce table, and threw him into the stairs. He rolled Reigns in the ring and Reigns immediately hit a hang man as Orton stood on the apron. They brawled around the corner and Reigns hit a Samoan drop from the second rope for two.

Reigns hit the Superman punch and setup for the spear. He charged and Orton hit his powerslam for a nice near fall. Reigns rolled to the apron, so Orton hit the hung DDT and setup for the RKO. Orton went for it, but Reigns shoved him off. Reigns ran the ropes and went for another Superman punch, but Orton reversed it into the RKO for a great near fall. Orton sold frustration and backed up for the punt. Reigns swept the leg to dodge it and hit the spear right after for the win…

Roman Reigns defeated Randy Orton at 16:16.

Shore’s Slant: Roman Reigns needs to go back and hug the shit out of Randy Orton because Orton made him look like a real star. That is by far the best singles match we have seen from Reigns. He didn’t get made here, but he took a big step in the right direction. In-ring wise, this has been an unbelievable PPV.

A video hyped SummerSlam in the New York/New Jersey market next year… The John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar feud video aired. Both men made their entrances. Cena was super serious. Justin Roberts handled old school ring introductions…

8. John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Lesnar hit a F5 at the 30 second mark for a two count. Interesting start. Lesnar stalked Cena, yelling that he could kill him. He hit two release German suplexes and a stiff knee to the ribs. Cena tried to brawl back, but Lesnar went back to the ribs to shut him down. Lesnar hit four release Germans in a row, and the second looked really nasty as Cena landed on his head. Lesnar finally covered again, but it was an arrogant cover and Cena kicked out.

Lesnar stayed with the rib shots and release German suplexes. Lesnar had the ref check Cena to see if he could continue. Cena was shown saying he was OK. Brock went for another German, but Cena threw elbows. He hit a couple of clotheslines but Lesnar didn’t go down. Lesnar scooped up for another F5, but Cena slid out and hit an AA for two.

Lesnar sat up like Taker and laughed at Cena, who sold in the corner. Lesnar danced around and called for Cena to come out. Cena charged and Lesnar took him down and rained punches. He once again had the ref check Cena, but Cena wouldn’t quit. Lesnar hit four rolling German suplexes and had the ref ask again. The announce team encouraged the ref to end it, but he didn’t. Lesnar again hit rolling Germans and told the ref to check. The ref teased calling the match and then didn’t. A “Boring” chant broke out..

Brock yelled at the ref and Cena took the moment to clip the leg and hook the STF. Brock sold it for a moment and then rolled over and pummeled Cena. He stood Cena up and hit another F5 to win the match…

Brock Lesnar won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at 16:07.

Shore’s Slant: That sound you heard was the collective orgasm of the Cena haters watching Lesnar brutalize him. A wild match. I said in my preview that the most intrigue was how Lesnar would win, and they delivered big. I never would have bet on an F5 in the first 30 seconds, and I never would have bet on 16 German suplexes like that. The die has been cast for Lesnar going forward. Whoever beats him is going to be a made man when it happens. I hope they have that guy ready when it comes (cough, Reigns, cough, Mania, cough).

An absolutely fantastic PPV tonight. The in-ring work was arguably the best we have had all year. The majority of the storylines played out well. Three new champions were crowned. Just an excellent event. I’ll have more a little later exclusively for our Members as I join Jason Powell and Will Pruett, who saw the show in person, for an audio review. Thanks for watching along tonight.

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