The 2013 edition of WWE’s SummerSlam pay-per-view was one of the most anticipated shows of the year. With a stacked card chock full of entertaining matchups, wrestling fans across the world were ready to see the results concerning which stars walked away winners.
SummerSlam is the WWE’s second-largest PPV of the year, and the company spared no expense ensuring that this was a memorable show.
Not only were several championships on the line Sunday night, but the fact that the WWE also bolstered the card with an epic bout between Brock Lesnar and CM Punk proved this event was worthy of the SummerSlam moniker.
This was a wild night of wrestling, and you can find the results of every match here. Enjoy!
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After a vicious battle between John Cena and Daniel Bryan that saw Bryan win the WWE Championship, Randy Orton stunned the world and cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the WWE Championship with a little help from Triple H.
The WWE Universe has been pulling for a heel turn from Orton for months, and after seeing the perfect opportunity to strike, the character transformation is complete.
The main event scene just got very interesting.
Match Grade: A+
Daniel Bryan finally accomplished his dream of winning the WWE Championship Sunday against John Cena in a wild main event that cemented Bryan’s status as one of the top dogs in the company.
With reports that Cena is suffering from an elbow injury that could keep him out of action, per F4WOnline via Wrestling Inc., giving the title to Bryan was the perfect move for the WWE moving into the fall.
In a match that will be looked upon as an instant classic, Bryan beat Cena clean via pinfall in the middle of the ring. The joy was short lived as Triple H turned on the new champion and allowed Orton to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase.
Bryan may have lost the title, but he has become a megastar.
Match Grade: A+
In one of the most convoluted matches of the night, it was Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn that defeated Big E Langston and AJ Lee via a clean pinfall.
As great as the face turn started for Ziggler, he was soon buried in a battle against his former friend Langston. As much as this storyline may have been intriguing to a niche audience, this doesn’t have the mainstream appeal needed to cement a face turn.
Add in the feud between AJ Lee and Kaitlyn that made this intergender match possible, and this SummerSlam tag team match never had the chance to something fans could support.
Match Grade: C
Brock Lesnar continued his winning ways by beating CM Punk at SummerSlam via pin fall after several instances of interference by Paul Heyman.
In one of the best matches of the 2013, both Punk and Lesnar showed why they are two of the best in-ring workers the wrestling industry has ever seen.
This was a brutal no disqualification bout that heavily favored Lesnar. Just as he has been many times in the past, Punk was the clear underdog and gave the Beast Incarnate everything he could handle Sunday night.
While it’s unclear what’s next for either man, the WWE Universe can just enjoy such a battle.
Match Grade: A+
While the Bella Twins have gotten more air time on Total Divas, the real star of the show has been Natalya. With the Funkadactyls in her corner, the fan favorite proved her wrestling ability by beating Brie Sunday night with the sharpshooter submission.
This match was just another way for the WWE to expose the Total Divas show to a wider audience. The fans would love to see more storylines in the women’s division, but the company is just going to ride the hand that’s hot on the show that week.
Match Grade: C
The heel run of Alberto Del Rio as champion continues as he denies Christian his chance at the World Heavyweight Championship in what could have been the last title opportunity of his career.
Christian has been asking for one more match for a long time, but with clean pin falls over Del Rio on free TV, there was little doubt that the Mexican star would retain his title on Sunday.
Del Rio is one of the better in-ring workers in the WWE and his heel gimmick is his most interesting, but it’s still not enough to keep fans entertained.
The hope now is that this is the last successful title defense for the current champion.
Match Grade: B-
Cody Rhodes finally got the redemption he was seeking since being screwed out of the World Heavyweight Money in the Bank ladder match by his former best friend by beating Damien Sandow.
The feud between Rhodes and Sandow has been great considering neither man was anything but a midcard jobber before the Money in the Bank PPV. A
After Sunday’s SummerSlam, it’s clear that both men are going to achieve great things in WWE and this feud is far from over. Expect a rematch at Night of Champions with the briefcase on the line.
Match Grade: B
Bray Wyatt’s PPV debut finished with a bang as the cryptic star defeated Kane in a ring of fire match. Wyatt and his family had been targeting the Devil’s favorite demon for weeks, and Bray took home the victory on Sunday with a little help from his brothers.
Since debuting, the Wyatt Family has been absolutely terrifying. Not only has the entrance gimmick with the lantern really hit home with the fans, but the tag team of Luke Harper and Erick Rowan has made this amazing.
Let’s hope this is the first step towards the main event for Wyatt and the family.
Match Grade: B+
There was no better way to get hardcore and casual fans alike excited for the SummerSlam PPV than by booking United States champion Dean Ambrose in a title match against Rob Van Dam.
With the company trying to sell the kickoff match and the one-hour pre-show as something special, the WWE Universe was just treated to an in-ring showcase between two independent wrestling legends.
It was nothing short of amazing.
While Ambrose was able to retain his title via disqualification, Van Dam helping to put over the younger wrestler is part of being a veteran in the WWE.
RVD may not have won the title, but he helped Ambrose look like a star.
Match Grade: A
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