WWE SummerSlam 2012 is in the books, and the epic event lived up to the hype once again.
The night was as action-packed and entertaining as ever, with almost every match turning into a thrilling battle.
There were five championship matches at Sunday's pay-per-view in Los Angeles, and only Santino Marella was unable to hang on to his belt, losing to Antonio Cesaro in the pre-show.
After that showdown, the pay-per-view coverage started off with a bang. Chris Jericho defeated Dolph Ziggler in an incredible match, forcing him to tap out with a ruthless Walls of Jericho. Following that was Daniel Bryan surprisingly pinning Kane, and The Miz defending his title against Rey Mysterio in entertaining fashion.
Sheamus was the next man to defend his belt, and tag team specialists R-Truth and Kofi Kingston followed suit.
CM Punk won the final championship match, retaining his belt after beating John Cena and Big Show in a Triple Threat match. There was some controversy in the match, as Punk and Cena forced Big Show to tap out at the same time. That led Raw general manager A.J. Lee to call for a restart, and Punk was able to pull off the victory.
In the main event, Brock Lesnar reigned supreme, forcing Triple H to tap out after securing a vicious Kimura Lock. It was a good match, and a fitting end to SummerSlam 2012.
|1. Antonio Cesaro defeated Santino Marella in a singles match to win the WWE United States Championship|
|2. Chris Jericho defeated Dolph Ziggler in a singles match|
|3. Daniel Bryan defeated Kane in a singles match|
|4. The Miz defeated Rey Mysterio in a singles match to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship|
|5. Sheamus defeated Alberto Del Rio in a singles match to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship|
|6. R-Truth and Kofi Kingston defeated the Prime Time Players to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship|
|7. CM Punk defeated Big Show and John Cena in a Triple Threat match to retain the WWE Championship|
|8. Brock Lesnar defeated Triple H in a singles match|
Everyone was stoked for the event heading in, including the folks at Dickhouse Entertainment, the group that produces the Jackass movies.
With Vickie Guerrero screeching endlessly at ringside of Jericho vs. Ziggler, this fan summed up everyone's feelings perfectly.
Jericho and Ziggler put on a great opening match, but film critic CAFR isn't happy with the final result.
Good match. perfect opener. But as unpopular as this will be... wrong man won. #summerslam.— CAFR (@CAFR) August 20, 2012
Photographer David A. Smith pointed out that Daniel Bryan has really turned things around recently.
Daniel Bryan went from having to do a Charlie Sheen angle to actually getting a win over Kane... advantage Bryan. #Summerslam— David A. Smith (@DSmithImages) August 20, 2012
I would disagree, but WWE fan Ryan Stone thought The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio was better than Jericho-Ziggler and Daniel Bryan-Kane.
Not gonna lie. Thought Miz and Mysterio was best match so far #SummerSlam— Ryan Stone (@RyanStoneSd) August 20, 2012
This fan was one of many who was hoping Dolph Ziggler would cash in his Money in the Bank contract for the World Heavyweight Championship.
#summerslam. This Del Rio/Sheamus match is pretty horrible. These are our two choices for champion? Hope Dolph cashes in at the end of this.— Mayday Bubby (@MaydayBubby) August 20, 2012
The Prime Time Players' former manager, A.W., was fired for his comments about Kobe Bryant, prompting a great moment at the Staples Center Sunday night, as TMZ reporter Ryan Satin pointed out.
Prior to the Triple Threat match featuring CM Punk, John Cena and Big Show, fan Frank Fehrle issued a simple warning.
If CM Punk loses, we riot.— Frank Fehrle (@FrankFehrle) August 20, 2012
Luckily, the riot was avoided, as Punk retained the title after some controversy. IGN Comics editor Joey Esposito is happy with the result.
Rob McNichol of The One Sided Ring accurately summed up the main event between Lesnar and Triple H.
The conclusion to this match was obviously more satisfying, but the Cena match at Extreme Rules was WAY better. #Summerslam— Rob McNichol (@RobMcNichol) August 20, 2012
The next WWE pay-per-view event is Night of Champions, which will be held Sunday, Sept. 16, at the TD Garden in Boston.
It is the only event where every WWE championship belt is on the line, so you can expect to see many of these wrestlers again next month.