WWE SummerSlam 2014 Review: Biggest Stars of the Night
WWE's 2014 SummerSlam pay-per-view boasted a headlining main event that featured two of the most popular stars in the history of the organization.
Throughout the rest of the card, various other big names were peppered in to help make each match seem as important as it should be.
With rare appearances by Brock Lesnar, Stephanie McMahon and Chris Jericho, coupled with regulars like the three former members of The Shield, Randy Orton and John Cena, the event was set up to have a lot of potential.
Now that the show is done with, which entertainers stood out the most among the crowd and made a true name for themselves?
Who ended up stealing the most amount of spotlight by winning their matches or becoming talking points for the next episode of Monday Night Raw?
It's time once again to break down the biggest stars of the night.
5. Dolph Ziggler
The Intercontinental Championship could have easily stayed around the waist of The Miz now that he has been reinvigorated with his moneymaker gimmick.
However, the WWE Universe now has a new champion in Dolph Ziggler.
The Showoff has held the championship before, but with the unification of the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship, it means much more this time around.
Not only was this a decent match to start the pay-per-view off, but Ziggler also continued to prove that he is one of the more entertaining wrestlers on the roster with his performance.
Now that Night of Champions will be coming up in a few weeks, the Intercontinental Championship is in good hands with the new owner.
Following Dolph Ziggler's title win, Paige changed the game herself and was able to win her Divas Championship back from AJ Lee.
Having turned heel somewhat recently, there was a high likelihood that Paige would leave SummerSlam with the title.
Her character had been rather stale from a lack of development, which is now being corrected.
The Divas Championship is in a better position with Paige now than it was when she first won the title from AJ Lee on Monday Night Raw several months ago.
Paige will continue to be the featured woman in wrestling for the foreseeable future now that she came out on top here.
3. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins
Both men are given equal credit for pulling off one of the most entertaining Lumberjack matches in years.
That stipulation is frequently more of a hindrance than anything else because there is a regular formula that WWE tends to stick to.
This time around, things were changed up and didn't simply follow the rulebook, which in turn became a very fun segment.
Dean Ambrose played up his lunatic fringe character, and Seth Rollins kept up his end of the bargain by being a total stooge who tried to take some shortcuts along the way.
The action both inside and outside of the ring kept the momentum of the pay-per-view going at full steam.
These two are without a doubt some of the biggest names on the roster today, and they are continually proving themselves time and time again.
2. Stephanie McMahon
Stephanie McMahon had an uphill battle going into this pay-per-view, but she pulled it off.
She could have easily been out of shape, hurt by ring rust and confused about what to do because it had been so long since she had been in the ring.
However, she looked fantastic, played up to the crowd, managed to wrestle better than expected and came out with a victory.
Skeptics who assumed it would have been a train wreck have to eat their words and give credit where credit is due.
McMahon silenced her critics with a great performance that was as much of a shock as it was a pleasure to watch.
By winning this match, Stephanie's heel persona and power as a member of The Authority has been given a huge upgrade.
1. Brock Lesnar
Someone as important as Brock Lesnar most likely would have made this list even if he had lost his match against John Cena, but being victorious means it is a sealed deal.
But this wasn't just Lesnar getting his win back against Cena from their previous encounter.
Lesnar is now the new WWE World Heavyweight champion, having beaten the 15-time top star of the company, of all people.
That is a huge accomplishment to add to your resume, and he will no doubt be the big story coming out of SummerSlam.
This one star will get WWE more press coverage than anything else that happened the entire night.
Who do you think were the biggest stars of the evening?
Is there anyone that you were disappointed with who you thought would have done much better?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
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