WWE SummerSlam 2012 Matches: Full Running Order for Summer PPV

Adam B. Weinberger@@Adam_WeinbergerCorrespondent IIAugust 19, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: John Cena attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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The 25th annual WWE SummerSlam takes place Sunday night, and this is a huge event for any fan of professional wrestling.

For those of you who are not huge on professional wresting, here is a very brief outline of what's to come as well as an attempt to make some comparisons to things with which you may be more familiar. 

Antonio Cesaro vs. Santino Marella

Cesaro is perhaps better known for this work in the tag team format. The Swiss fighter is an eight-time tag team champion and has no problem letting everyone know his origins

Cesaro takes on Santino Marella, the current WWE U.S. champion. Marella actually has a long history in judo

It's kind of like…Tony Parker vs. Steve Nash.

Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. The Prime Time Players

Kingston and R-Truth are the WWE tag team champions and are currently in their first reign as a team, although Kingston has held the position once before.

The Prime Time Players are comprised of 270-pound Thaddeus Bullard and Darren Young. 

It's kind of like…James Harden and Russell Westbrook vs. Ndamukong Suh and Stephen Tulloch.

Kane vs. Daniel Bryan

Come on, who hasn't heard of Kane? 

Bryan, on the other hand, has spent most of his career thus far in independent circuits. He made his WWE debut in January 2010. 

It's kind of like…Ray Lewis vs. José Calderón.

Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler

Chris Jericho is a staple in the world of professional wrestling, but has recently adopted a history of being the guy needed to put newbies over the top. 

Ziggler recently won the Money in the Bank match for a world heavyweight contract. Be sure to read this article by Bleacher Report's own Eric Kanes for more information on this fight and the rest of tonight's action.

It's kind of like…Martin Brodeur vs. Jonathan Quick.

Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz

High-flying Rey Mysterio is a three-time world champion and the lightest person to earn the honor in WWE history. 

The Miz, who first became famous for his appearance on The Real World (I actually remember this), was part of a storyline with Mysterio in August 2011. The Miz knocked him out of in-ring action until his return about a month ago. 

It’s kind of like…Lionel Messi vs. Ronnie from Jersey Shore.

Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H

This fight pits Lesnar and his MMA background against Triple H, who has more wrestling titles than a seamstress does buttons. (I challenge you to find another instance of the word "seamstress" in a professional wrestling article.)

Donald Wood of Bleacher Report called this "a dream match."  This is the first time the two will fight in 10 years, and for many WWE fans, this fight alone may be worth the pay-per-view price. 

It's kind of like…the 1992 Dream Team vs. 2012 Team USA.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Sheamus

Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranked Del Rio as the No. 6 wrestler in the world in 2011. Sheamus placed 12th and is currently the reigning world heavyweight champion. 

Sheamus was viewed as a villain character for much of his early career, but after being victimized by poor officiating in a 2011 world championship loss, things began to turn around. It's his title to lose. 

It's kind of like…Derrick Rose vs. the child of LeBron James and Brian Scalabrine.

Big Show vs. John Cena vs. CM Punk

The WWE title match rounds out a great night for the professional wrestling faithful. 

Big Show, John Cena and CM Punk represent three of the biggest names in the field. People will forever debate the "athletic nature" of professional wrestling, but after witnessing somebody attempt to wrangle a 7'0", 440-pound man, you simply cannot deny the remarkable strength and endurance it takes to be a part of such an event. 

This should be a great closing fight. 

It’s kind of like…my foot vs. a bug vs. a slightly bigger bug.


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