SummerSlam 2012: Latest News and Rumors Surrounding WWE's Big PPV
With WWE’s SummerSlam 2012 scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 19 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the excitement over the company’s second-biggest pay-per-view of the year is through the roof.
From a triple threat bout for the WWE Championship to a dream match between Triple H and Brock Lesnar, Vince McMahon and company have gone all-in on this event and will do whatever it takes to make it memorable.
The summer is starting to draw to a close, and WWE will give the fans the ultimate back-to-reality party. With potential WrestleMania storylines starting at SummerSlam, the potential for greatness is at an extremely high level.
As we get closer to the big show, we will be keeping you up to date with the latest news and rumors leading up to 2012’s SummerSlam.
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SummerSlam Main Event Choice
A key question heading in to SummerSlam is which match will be the main event: Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar or CM Punk's WWE title defense against John Cena and Big Show? Both matches are certainly worthy of the honor.
Marc Middleton of WrestingInc.com passes along a report that states the WWE is currently leaning toward the championship match ending the show. That would leave Triple H and Lesnar for an earlier time slot.
Punk has been forced to defend his title prior to the main event almost exclusively on pay-per-views this year with Cena's feuds taking center stage instead. That lack of respect has become a part of the storyline and Punk's new edgy style.
It's really a win-win situation for the WWE because it would be hard to complain about either match being the main event, but going the title match route is probably the right call.
United States Title Spoiler?
Santino Marella and Antonio Cesaro are scheduled to face off in a United States Championship match on the YouTube pre-show prior to SummerSlam. Cesaro has got the better of Santino lately, earning him a shot at the mid-card belt.
The result might have already been let out of the bag, however, according to Nick Paglino of WrestleZone.com. He reports the WWE did some advance taping for its new Saturday show to start airing after SummerSlam and Santino was still in control of the belt.
As Paglino says, it doesn't mean Santino will definitely come out on top on Sunday night because through the magic of television they could edit portions of his appearance out. But it's something to keep in mind during the match.
In reality, a Cesaro victory would actually be better due to the fact Santino hasn't done anything meaningful during his time as champion. It wouldn't hurt to give someone else a chance.
Update on Randy Orton at SummerSlam
One of the most surprising things about the SummerSlam card is the fact Randy Orton is nowhere to be found. He's one of the WWE's biggest stars and would normally be a lock to get featured on one of the year's biggest shows.
Justin LaBar of WrestleZone.com provided an update on his status by reporting Orton is still expected to make some type of appearance on Sunday night. He states the call to leave him off the initial card was made while “The Viper” was serving his wellness suspension.
That makes sense. Leaving Orton completely off the show would be a surprise given how popular he is with the fans, but his time away from the WWE did put the creative team in a tough spot when it came to booking feuds for the event.
These decisions are always fluid and come down to how much air time is available, but as for now it sounds like Orton will make some type of impact.
More Matches Coming to SummerSlam
With the official SummerSlam card looking a little light as of right now, it should come as no surprise that WWE is reportedly looking into adding at least one more match to the show.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t NoDQ), Sin Cara vs. Cody Rhodes could be added to the show. That follows up a report from earlier in the week, with Brodus Clay and Damien Sandow being matched up.
Assuming those two matches happen at SummerSlam, the card will be up to 10 matches. That is a lot to do in just three hours, though one of those matches will be the pre-show YouTube match, which still leaves a lot to get done in a short amount of time.
Rhodes vs. Sin Cara is an interesting matchup, just because they have both been adrift in a lot of nothing for a long time. Rhodes has fallen on hard times since WrestleMania, which is too bad because he was starting to find something.
Sin Cara has been so hot and cold in WWE it is hard to keep track of what he is doing. One minute the company loves him, but the next he is being destroyed by a mid-card jobber.
It is unusual that nothing has come out about Randy Orton having a match on the show, though that can change in a moment's notice.
Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio’s Match Is On…Again
During this week’s SmackDown tapings from Austin, TX (h/t 411Mania.com), it was announced that the match between Alberto del Rio and World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus at SummerSlam was once again on with no stipulation or competitors added.
The build to the world title match at SummerSlam has to be some of the worst in WWE history, as the majority of the fans have no care at all in seeing this match.
The least they could have done would be to add Randy Orton to this match to just draw in more buys and make Sheamus look even stronger. Instead, we get the same match we’ve seen over and over again for the last two months.
Not a good job at all here, WWE.
Shawn Michaels Broken Arm Means No SummerSlam
After watching the brutal attack on Shawn Michaels from Brock Lesnar that left HBK’s arm seriously damaged, WWE.com is reporting that the arm is indeed broken and Michaels will miss SummerSlam.
Whether you agree with the inclusion of HBK into the Triple H vs. Lesnar match, the broken arm and exclusion of HBK from SummerSlam has built more intrigue about what he will actually do when he shows up Sunday.
There is little doubt that Mr. Hall of Fame (terrible nickname) will be there, but the swerve WWE may have up their sleeve could be huge.
Instead of having Michaels jump in the ring and superkick Lesnar, there is a good chance he kicks Triple H and starts the build to a potential WrestleMania 29 match between the former best friends.
Updated SummerSlam Card Post-RAW
With another three-hour episode of RAW in the books, the WWE is building towards their second biggest pay-per-view like it is a secondary show. The lack of dedication to this 25th anniversary event is flat-out wrong.
From a convoluted story between Triple H and Brock Lesnar that features HBK for no good reason, to the three-way dance for the WWE title, the WWE has really mailed in their effort for this show.
I remember a time when SummerSlam meant something; not anymore.
Not only is the updated card below, we as fans can’t forget that Booker T will announce the fate of the World heavyweight Championship match Friday on SmackDown. If I know WWE the way I know I do, Sheamus will stroll out and tell Booker how he loves to fight and the match will be back on.
Full Card (so far)
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
WWE Champion CM Punk vs. John Cena vs. Big Show
Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler
Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio
WWE Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. The Prime Time Players
United States Champion Santino Marella vs. Antonio Cesaro
New WWE Title to Possibly Debut at SummerSlam?
With SummerSlam less than a week away, the rumors are starting to fly. One of the biggest to break Monday before RAW was the potential change in the WWE title.
According to Wrestling Rambles, CM Punk spoke during a Q&A session about the new WWE title and when it could potentially be debuting:
CM Punk talked about a new design for the WWE Championship title. I think he said it’s coming soon and it will be something he helped create. He teased that it could happen at SummerSlam or maybe at the next Pay-Per-View after SummerSlam which is in Boston, John Cena’s hometown.
With so much hype around the company’s second biggest pay-per-view and Punk transition to a heel character, there would be no better time for the champion to display his new belt than when he is standing victoriously over Big Show and John Cena at the end of the event.
The spinner belt is old and it doesn’t fit Punk’s style, but the changing of the belt would mean something even deeper; John Cena isn’t the only big dog on the block anymore.
Punk is going to be a champion in the WWE for a long time.
Wade Barrett Stirring the Pot at SummerSlam?
While many of the fans of wrestling have a deep love for Wade Barrett, his skill and size will be a welcomed addition back to the roster. There is a lack of serious main-event heels that people care about, and possibly bringing the star back at SummerSlam would be a great idea.
F4WOnline.com is reporting via WrestleInc.com that WWE’s original plan was to have Barrett win the briefcase at the Money in the Bank PPV earlier in 2012, but the plans now are not to return after SummerSlam.
With a return so close to the company’s second-biggest PPV of the year, there has been talk that Barrett could make an appearance on the show to start building a feud for the rest of the year.
No matter if Barrett comes back at SummerSlam or right after, it will just be good to get him back in the ring; the WWE needs him.
Daniel Bryan vs. Charlie Sheen Not Happening?
After RAW 1000 and the interaction between Daniel Bryan and Charlie Sheen, the WWE tried their best to capitalize on the relevance of Sheen by having him interact with Bryan at SummerSlam.
NoDQ.com is reporting that despite plans to get Sheen involved with the Kane vs. Bryan match at SummerSlam, the company was unable to make that happen, but there is a chance that Sheen could still be there in some capacity.
Despite the fact that it’s two years past the last time Sheen was relevant, WWE will try to catch the mainstream’s eye any way they can. Even if that means allowing their best technical worker to be relegated to a comedy spot.
My bet is that Sheen will call via Skype and appear on the jumbotron to distract Bryan and cost him the win. As lame as that sounds, it will be even worse if it actually comes to fruition and you pay for the PPV.
Shawn Michaels on Go-Home RAW
With the WWE potentially wanting to build a major storyline heading into WrestleMania starting at SummerSlam, one of the easiest ways to do that would be allowing Triple H to lose to Brock Lesnar via a super kick from Shawn Michaels.
Step 1 of this plan was last week on RAW, and WWE announced on Twitter that Step 2 would be on the go home show for SummerSlam Monday, Aug. 13:
Whether you like Shawn Michaels or not, adding him as more intrigue to the Lesnar-Triple H fight makes the bout far more interesting. It could also potentially be the huge start to the road to WrestleMania 29 that the company needs.
Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler Is Official
It’s official. As announced by Chris Jericho on SmackDown Friday night, Dolph Ziggler will face off with Y2J at SummerSlam in what should be every true wrestling fan's dream come true.
As NoDQ.com noted, Jericho is expected to leave the WWE after SummerSlam to tour with his band Fozzy—but not before making the already gifted Dolph Ziggler look amazing.
If Jericho doesn’t put Ziggler over, I would be stunned.
While this match will be relegated to the middle of the card, this battle has the potential to steal the show. We all know how great Jericho is, but this match will help ensure that Ziggler becomes a bona fide WWE superstar.
Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio Not Happening?
After Sheamus forgot all about his Be A Star Campaign commercials and stole Alberto del Rio’s car, GM Booker T made him apologize: Instead of an apology, the fans were going to be treated to a world title match!
Nope! Instead, fake police hit the ring and attacked Sheamus, leaving Booker T with the tough decision about what to do for punishment on Del Rio. As any rookie GM would do, Booker cancelled the SummerSlam match.
There is no way that the WWE won’t have the World Heavyweight Championship on the line for the second-biggest PPV of the year, so if anything, there may be another participant or an added stipulation.
Brodus Clay vs. Damien Sandow at SummerSlam?
According to PWInsider.com via WrestleZone, Damien Sandow will reportedly get another big moment by facing off with crowd favorite Brodus Clay at SummerSlam. After his run-in with D-X and his attack on Brodus, this is a perfect match to build his character.
Sandow has totally reinvented himself, and this character works. If the WWE plays this right, Sandow has the look and mic skills to be a secondary-championship contender and possibly even a world title threat with the right push.
Clay has been nothing but a big face since coming back; and it’s time for Sandow to squash him, and it’s time for WWE to add a little spark to Clay's gimmick. This match should be good for both men.
AW, You’re Fired
After making lewd comments on air, the WWE has released Abraham Washington (AW), owner of All World Productions.
While many did not like the heel act, AW was doing things during a tag match that made me think of the good ol’ days with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. His interactions and work with Prime Time Players made them relevant in a veritable wasteland for tag teams.
Whether the PTP have a match at SummerSlam is up in the air, but they should not be punished for AW’s mistake. WWE screwed up a good thing by letting AW go, and now the card will suffer.