WWE SummerSlam 2013: Biggest Shocks and Duds

Anthony Mango@ToeKneeManGoFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2013

WWE SummerSlam 2013: Biggest Shocks and Duds

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    Every WWE pay-per-view comes with those moments that shock the audience and those disappointments that fall completely flat.

    SummerSlam has stirred the pot and ruffled a lot of feathers with two new champions being crowned and many controversial decisions taking place.

    Which moments let the audience down and which ones made them sit up in their seats? Let's take a look.

Dud: The Injustice of No Shield

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    Although they had a presence on the pre-show, The Shield were noticeably absent from the actual card itself.

    Ever since winning the United States and WWE Tag Team Championships, the three members of the stable have slid down the power rankings.

    With each passing week, less and less time is devoted to them and this was perhaps their lowest point yet.

    Fans of The Shield that were hoping to see a potential match between Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns facing off against Mark Henry and Big Show had no such luck.

    Instead, the entirety of The Shield's involvement in SummerSlam was relegated to nothing but kickoff filler.

    The group that once had much of the spotlight shining upon them looked like stereotypical cowardly heels that were not important enough to be on the event itself with the big boys.

    Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Dud: The Wyatt Family's Attack on Kane

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    While The Shield were robbed of a spot on the card and looked weak overall because of this, the Wyatt Family members were part of a different type of blemish on the event's image.

    The Ring of Fire match had a lot of positives going for it, but the ending was as lackluster as you could get.

    Bray Wyatt himself did not look particularly impressive, requiring the need of his two henchmen to give him the victory.

    On top of this, their post-match beating on Kane is a perfect example of not living up to high expectations.

    With a gimmick of the ring being surrounded by fire, one would have assumed Kane's temporary exit from WWE would involve the flames to at least some capacity.

    Instead, all that came about was a rather bland attack with the ring steps.

    Although safety is a priority, the obviously fake maneuver was just far too straightforward to be taken seriously.

    Showing on camera that the steps had a shape that allowed for Kane's head to fit in a big gap rather than be crushed between the steel went beyond any suspension of disbelief that fans are normally willing to play around with.

    What could have and should have been a monstrous and really disturbing situation was simply laughable.

Shock: Cody Rhodes Shaved His Mustache

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    As ridiculous and trivial as it is, the idea that Cody Rhodes shaved his mustache with no fanfare or mention of it seems to have struck a chord with people.

    When you consider how much attention it received with its debut and how Daniel Bryan's beard has been a focal point for merchandise and segments on Raw, this came out of left field.

    It's obviously not a huge deal and it shouldn't be taken as such, but it was still important enough to some people that it has become a big talking point about the match.

    Rest in peace, Cody's mustache. Perhaps we will see you again.

Shock: The Best Takes the Fight to the Beast

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    Without a doubt, the match that had fans on the edge of their seats for each potential decision was CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar.

    With each attempt at a pinfall or submission, the crowd wasn't sure if the match was about to end.

    Several times throughout the fight, the tides turned and it felt as though the finale was being set up, but it continued to just be tease after tease.

    Many people thought that Punk could not come out of this match looking good without Lesnar taking the fall, but I don't think it's a stretch to say that those people would be shocked with the finished product.

Dud: Fans Totally Don't Care About Total Divas

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    Total Divas may be doing well when it comes to ratings, but the match between Natalya and Brie Bella was not met with the same enthusiasm.

    Instead of the fans getting firmly behind the so-called "ugly duckling" Natalya, they focused their attention elsewhere.

    Michael Cole and JBL were subject to the crowd's admiration and a "we want tables" chant broke out.

    The audience amused themselves, but that was not the intention WWE had in mind for this segment.

    It just goes to show you that while the new television series may be a hit, the Divas division is still not what the WWE Universe is looking for.

Shock: Randy Orton Cashes in Money in the Bank on Daniel Bryan

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    While a lot of fans speculated that Daniel Bryan could win the WWE Championship and then be subject to a cash-in from Randy Orton, it still comes as a shock in the grand scheme of things.

    One of the big reasons why is because of the celebration after Bryan's victory, which seemed to signal the end of the show.

    In fact, many of the people I was watching the event with echoed what WWE must have been hoping the fans would be thinking—that the fireworks and the confetti meant Orton wouldn't be making an appearance.

    Lo and behold, it was all a ruse and a lot of people bought into it.

    Perhaps the biggest shocking aspect of this was Triple H's heel turn in the process, as his character had been supportive of Bryan in the weeks leading up to SummerSlam.

    What events of this latest pay-per-view shocked you and which parts flopped?

    Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

    Anthony Mango is the owner-operator of the wrestling website Smark Out Moment as well as the host of its YouTube podcast show Smack Talk. You can follow him on Facebook and elsewhere for more.