WWE SummerSlam 2012 Recap: Best Matches from Sunday's Epic Event

Austin GreenCorrespondent IAugust 20, 2012

Dec. 30, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Brock Lesnar during a heavyweight bout at UFC 141 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
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Wrestling fans got their money's worth at WWE SummerSlam 2012, as the world's premier sports-entertainment company put on one hell of a show.

It started fast, ended strong and rarely disappointed in between. It wasn't a perfect night, but the WWE once again delivered an excellent pay-per-view event.

While every match had at least a few highlights, several fights stood out among the rest. The following matches were the most entertaining from Sunday's action.

Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler

The first match of the pay-per-view may have actually been my favorite, as Chris Jericho battled valiantly to defeat Dolph Ziggler.

Jericho was suffering from extreme pain in his ribs after Ziggler attacked him a few nights prior, but he was able to pull off the victory. It was a great back-and-forth fight, full of drama and perfectly executed moves.

In the end, it was Jericho who came out on top, defeating his rival with an absolutely brutal Walls of Jericho.

The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio

I wasn't expecting The Miz to retain his title, but he defied the odds to beat Rey Mysterio and keep his WWE Intercontinental belt.

The Miz was excellent throughout the match, showing just how far his wrestling skills have come since he first made a name for himself in the WWE. He was crisp and calculated throughout, and it was reassuring to see him survive some vicious punishment from Mysterio.

With the win, I now think The Miz will hold the Intercontinental belt for a couple more months.

Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H

The main event wasn't quite as good as I hoped it would be, as the action was pretty slow for much of the match.

Luckily, Lesnar and Triple H saved it by delivering a fantastic finish. It looked like the badly hurt Triple H would pull off the miraculous upset, but Lesnar was able to gain position and secure his deadly Kimura Lock, forcing his opponent to tap out.

Although Triple H was able to slow Lesnar down with strikes to the gut, a couple of slams and even some devastating throws, the monster would not be denied. It now looks as though Lesnar will go on a dominant run, which is probably the best thing the WWE can have him do.