Pancakes and Powerslams Preview: SummerSlam Review and Aftermath

Chris FeatherstoneFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2013

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This Week on the P and P Show: SummerSlam Review

The 26th edition of SummerSlam is in the record books. There is little doubt that this was one of the best of the bunch. From the investment in building the storylines of John Cena/Daniel Bryan, Alberto Del Rio/Christian and CM Punk/Brock Lesnar, to the midcard feuds of Dolph Ziggler/Big E. Langston, AJ Lee/Kaitlyn and Cody Rhodes/Damien Sandow, WWE has left little to complain about over the past few weeks.

At the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, nine-time world champion Randy Orton defeated Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Christian, Rob Van Dam and CM Punk to add "Mr. Money in the Bank" to his long list of achievements. While the major focus was on John Cena and Daniel Bryan leading to SummerSlam, the Viper was lurking in the shadows, waiting for the most opportune moment to strike.

Since 2010, Randy Orton has been a fan favorite since abandoning his group, Legacy, which included Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase. Since reviving himself this year after his matches with both Big Show on Extreme Rules and Daniel Bryan on Raw and SmackDown, he once again became a focal point in the main event picture and one of the most cheered superstars in the company.

However, at SummerSlam a major swerve took place.

First, let's do a little storytelling:

There was once a kid who liked pets. One day, he saw a snake escaping death, about to be ran over by a car. The boy yelled at the car, "STOP!" to which the car obliged, and he pulled the snake up from the street. The snake thanked the boy, and the boy placed the snake in his bag.

After a few months of being incredibly close to the snake, something major happened.

One night, when the boy was asleep, the snake arched up, unleashed his fangs and bit the boy. The boy immediately woke up from the bite in shock and disbelief. He asked the snake, "I saved you from death, and we became so close. After all this time, why would you do this to me?"

The snake simply replied, "I'm a snake. What else did you expect?"

Randy Orton executed this story during the closing moments of SummerSlam. After Daniel Bryan and most of the WWE Universe celebrated his victory over John Cena, Orton's music hits. He slithers his way towards the ring, teasing a Money in the Bank briefcase cash-in.

As he seemingly changes his mind about the decision, special guest referee Triple H soon made the decision much easier after he shocked the audience by executing his Pedigree finisher on Bryan. This caused Orton to give Triple H his briefcase, pin Bryan and become a world champion for the 10th time.

This twist was well-played and added an exclamation point to the already amazing night that SummerSlam brought to the viewing audience. The next few months should generate some must-see TV and continue this resurgence of interest.

So, the moral of the story is: What else did you expect from Orton?

Join us Tuesday evening, August 20, at 11pm ET as we discuss SummerSlam and the new direction of the WWE Championship.

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Chris Featherstone is a writer for Follow Crave Wrestling on Twitter and Facebook. Click here for link to show.