WWE SummerSlam 2013 Results and Report Card: Grading Every Match and Segment

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WWE SummerSlam 2013 Results and Report Card: Grading Every Match and Segment
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Nothing ever changes in the WWE Universe. No matter how great a show is, and this one was awfully great, change is still illusory. It's the same guys, wrestling the same matches in front of the same fanbase. They're even repeating the same finishes.

That finally seemed like it was changing. Shame on me for believing it.

Just when it seemed like SummerSlam would go off the air with Daniel Bryan triumphant, with CM Punk and Bryan cementing themselves at the top of the promotion, the WWE went all WWE on us. Triple H interfered. Randy Orton cashed in the Money in the Bank.

The paradigm shift was revealed to be nothing more than the same old entropy and stagnation.

Meet the new WWE—same as the old WWE.

The finish, with Triple H Pedigreeing a newly crowned Bryan and Orton ascending the throne may ultimately be best for business. But, on this night, it deflated an audience that felt confident they had seen something special.

And they had.

It's rare to witness two matches as good as CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar and John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan on a single card. Christian and Alberto Del Rio also delivered in a major way. This was, in the ring, by far the best show of the year. In time, that will be what stands out.

Right now, for hardcore fans at least, this one stings. There might have been a worse way to close this edition of SummerSlam...but I can't think of it.

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