The 2014 edition of WWE’s SummerSlam was expected to be one of the best shows this year, and the results indicate that wrestling fans witnessed an unforgettable event that will go down in history as one of the most entertaining overall.
From Brock Lesnar getting the victory over John Cena to Bray Wyatt beating Chris Jericho, and Dolph Ziggler winning the Intercontinental Championship, the biggest winners from Sunday’s pay-per-view have built momentum heading into Night of Champions.
Here are the full results from the 2014 SummerSlam card and a focus on the wrestlers who are in the strongest position moving into September.
|John Cena (c) vs. Brock Lesnar||Singles match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship||Brock Lesnar|
|Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon||Singles match||Stephanie McMahon|
|Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt||Singles match (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan banned from ringside)||Bray Wyatt|
|Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton||Singles match||Roman Reigns|
|Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins||Lumberjack match||Seth Rollins|
|The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler||Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship||Dolph Ziggler|
|Jack Swagger vs. Rusev||Flag match||Rusev|
|AJ Lee (c) vs. Paige||Singles match for the WWE Divas Championship||Paige|
|Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro||Pre-Show match||Rob Van Dam|
Source: WWE.com. (c) denotes champion entering match.
Winners Who Built Legitimate Momentum
There were many matches on the 2014 SummerSlam card that featured a wrestler building momentum, but there were three men in particular who shined brighter than anyone else: Brock Lesnar, Bray Wyatt and Dolph Ziggler.
The biggest winner of the night was Lesnar. After an extended match that featured Lesnar destroying Cena throughout, the former WWE and UFC titleholder mercifully pinned the defending champion and took the WWE World Heavyweight Championship home with him.
Cena is one of the toughest men in the business, but for what felt like an eternity, Lesnar threw him around the ring and bounced back from everything the polarizing star threw his way. During the match, Lesnar received an Attitude Adjustment and sat up like The Undertaker to mock both his current foe and his WrestleMania 30 challenger.
After beating The Undertaker and Cena in a matter of months, Lesnar looks unstoppable.
Another big winner from Sunday is Bray Wyatt. Chris Jericho is widely considered one of the best in-ring workers in the business, and the two men put on an excellent display of wrestling prowess at SummerSlam. The Battleground match between the stars did not live up to the WWE Universe’s high expectations, but Sunday’s showdown was perfect.
Wyatt proved that he knows how to tell a great story in the ring, and Jericho proved he still has what it takes to steal the show. Together, the combatants put on an excellent display of their combined talents and stole the show with one of the best matches on the card.
With each man owning a victory over the other, the hope is that Round 3 takes place at Night of Champions. If Jericho and Wyatt bring the same effort to the September PPV, the match will once again have the chance to steal the show.
While Lesnar and Wyatt deserve immense credit, there is a third wrestler who also stole the show Sunday: new Intercontinental champion Dolph Ziggler. For years, Ziggler has been underutilized and not pushed like he should have been, but the crowds have never wavered in their support.
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The Miz has been a top-notch heel since his return from Hollywood, but this storyline was all about Ziggler. Now that he has returned to prominence by winning the championship, the key will be how he is booked coming out of SummerSlam. He has legitimate momentum right now, and the company cannot squander it by booking him to lose every non-title match.
Between Lesnar, Wyatt and Ziggler, wrestling fans were treated to an incredible showcase of what wrestling has to offer and each has serious momentum moving forward.
Night of Champions promises to be an incredible show.
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