WWE SummerSlam 2014 Results: Most Underrated Moments from Event
World Wrestling Entertainment's SummerSlam pay-per-view left several moments etched in the minds of fans both inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles and watching at home via the WWE Network (for only $9.99).
Those moments will be replayed over and over again in the years to come as WWE counts down and relives the most vivid moments from event history.
There were other moments, however, that are not bound to receive the hype of the others. They are the moments that fans of a specific wrestler or match or those who appreciate the little things can look back upon and remember fondly.
Whether it was a championship change, an in-ring return or a certain spot, they are moments that will be underrated by many and cherished by few.
What are those moments?
Take a look for yourself.
Hulkamania Runs Wild
So brief was his return to SummerSlam that it is easy to understand why Hulk Hogan's presence at the show he helped create could be forgotten or underrated with everything else that occurred after he took to the stage.
Fact is, without the rise of Hulkamania in the mid-to-late 1980s, SummerSlam does not exist. It was on the back of Hogan's unprecedented popularity and mainstream media acceptance that WWE rose to the heights it did during the Rock 'n' Wrestling Era.
He was as integral to the success of both WWE and SummerSlam as the visionary Vince McMahon, and his return to the grand stage of the summertime extravaganza was nice to see.
Even if it was only an excuse for the Hulkster to bring up the $9.99 price tag of the WWE Network.
Dolph Ziggler Wins the Big One
As great as Dolph Ziggler is on a consistent basis, he had developed the reputation over the last year for being unable to win the big one. So porous was his win-loss record that it did not look like he would ever be in position to hold gold in WWE again.
Sunday night, he won the Intercontinental Championship from Miz in the evening's opening contest, proving doubters wrong and scoring his biggest win of the last year.
After so many months of losing to everyone from Fandango to Seth Rollins to Batista, Ziggler was able to enjoy a feel-good moment at one of the biggest shows of the year. Whether he holds onto the title for a while, helping to restore prestige to it, remains to be seen, but for one night in August, he was rewarded for his hard work, dedication and willingness to put others over.
Into the Stands
Sure, the lumberjacks during Sunday's match between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins were absolutely horrible at their jobs, but their inability to prevent the pair from staying in the ring did lead to a very cool moment in which they fought into the stands.
It was the type of spot that perfectly fit the intense and unpredictable rivalry between Ambrose and Rollins.
For weeks, we watched as they brawled around arenas across the country, rarely staying within the confines of the ringside area. For them to incorporate that element into their match Sunday night helped add a bit of uniqueness to it that no one could, or would, have expected from the typically lame Lumberjack match.
That the Superstars working as lumberjacks followed them into the crowd and escorted them back to ringside was a nice touch that added a little bit of humor to the otherwise intense contest.
The Queen Returns to the Ring
It had been 11 years since Stephanie McMahon competed in a legitimate match, and any time a Superstar or Diva has been out of the ring for that period of time, it is sure to be a significant moment when that person finally returns.
Sunday night, not only did Stephanie return to the ring, she looked as good as ever, both aesthetically and from a wrestling standpoint.
She clearly took her job seriously, working a very solid and entertaining match with Brie Bella that more closely resembled a match two male Superstars would have rather than two women.
The spots were fun, the action was crisp, and by night's end, the Billionaire Baroness (as the pre-show video package referred to her as) walked away with her arm raised in victory. A great moment for someone who has developed into the top heel in wrestling regardless of what her detractors may say.
Mocking the Dead Man
The entire SummerSlam main event between Brock Lesnar and John Cena was quite epic in its sheer one-sided nature, but it was one moment in particular that is vividly etched in this writer's mind even if it is destined to become underrated and overshadowed in the days and weeks after the show.
After falling prey to the Attitude Adjustment and a near-fall from a beaten and battered Cena, Lesnar sat up, jerked his head around toward Cena and stuck out his tongue in a mocking gesture of The Undertaker.
It was such an outstanding moment that played on Lesnar's arrogance and confidence. He took Cena's best shot, and it barely phased him, something he had no problem flaunting to the WWE World Heavyweight champion.
In that moment, Cena realized that the man he was fighting really wasn't a man at all. He was, as Paul Heyman had told fans for years, the Beast Incarnate. He was an unstoppable machine who tore through WWE's franchise player and did so with a smile on his face en route to capturing the top prize in WWE.
There was a great deal to love about the epic storytelling in Sunday's match, but there are few moments that encapsulate an entire match like that one moment in which Lesnar effectively flipped off the past (Undertaker) and the present (Cena) in one fell swoop.