Despite being one of the best WWE pay-per-views of the year, some of the results from the 2013 edition of SummerSlam featured top stars failing to live up to expectations at Sunday’s event.
All of the following Superstars and Divas should have used the opportunity to shine on the company’s second-biggest stage of the year, but failed to make a significant impact.
Full SummerSlam 2013 Results
- Daniel Bryan defeated WWE champion John Cena; Randy Orton cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on Bryan to win the WWE Championship.
- Brock Lesnar defeated CM Punk (No Disqualification Match).
- World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio defeated Christian.
- Bray Wyatt defeated Kane (Ring of Fire Match).
- Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn defeated Big E Langston and Divas champion AJ Lee.
- Cody Rhodes defeated Damien Sandow.
- Natalya defeated Brie Bella.
- Rob Van Dam defeated United States champion Dean Ambrose by disqualification (Kickoff Match).
Dolph Ziggler’s stock couldn’t have been any higher after cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase and winning the World Heavyweight Championship, but the WWE decided to take an educated risk and pulled off one of the best double turns in recent history with Alberto Del Rio.
The execution of the turn via Del Rio capitalizing on Ziggler’s concussion and taking the title was the perfect setup, but a meaningless feud with Big E Langston and his relationship with AJ Lee have put an end to all momentum he was carrying.
While Ziggler and Kaitlyn won Sunday, the match meant nothing.
Ziggler’s only hope now is that the WWE sees that he was stuck in a dead-end storyline and gets him away fast. While the former champion deserves to be back in the hunt for the title, anything would be better than seeing any form of the four-person match we had Sunday again.
Christian is a fan favorite and a great in-ring worker with solid mic skills, but after coming up short against Alberto Del Rio for the world title, he looks to be heading back to the midcard.
The WWE Universe was treated to this PPV match on free television the week before the event—Christian won that bout clean—so any other outcome besides a Del Rio victory at SummerSlam would have be an absolute shock.
It’s always great to see a veteran put over a current star that the company is pushing hard, but Sunday’s result shows how the WWE views Christian as an unreliable long-term piece to the puzzle.
Expect the fan favorite to wallow around in the midcard from now on and find his way from meaningless feud to meaningless feud until the end of his career. Christian deserves so much better.
The Divas Division
Not only did Divas champion AJ Lee and Kaitlyn get hardly any time in the intergender match they were featured, but the battle between Natalya and Brie Bella was also nothing more than an advertisement for Total Divas.
Natalya got the win (and rightly so) because she is one of the only Divas that actually knows how to wrestle properly, but the pre-fabricated drama at ringside with all the other cast members made this unbearable.
The hope was that the success of the show would lead to the WWE caring more about women’s wrestling, but Sunday’s match felt more like a glorified commercial instead of a SummerSlam-worthy match.
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