Now that the WWE Universe has seen the 2014 edition of SummerSlam and the subsequent episode of Raw, it’s time to break down the results and decipher which winners will carry that momentum to stardom.
With promising Superstars like Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler all picking up victories on Sunday, the future of the WWE will be bright if each of these men can continue drawing the same reaction from the fans.
Here are the full results from SummerSlam 2014 and a breakdown of the biggest winners.
|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 Will Carry Momentum to Stardom
There were many wrestlers on the SummerSlam card who have built momentum moving forward, but few can convert that momentum into stardom the way Wyatt, Rollins and Ziggler will over the coming months.
The biggest winner of the night was Wyatt. After taking the overall loss in the feud against John Cena and being both physically and metaphorically buried, Wyatt took the loss to Chris Jericho at Battleground. The Eater of Worlds was in a must-win situation on Sunday, and he proved he was worthy of the SummerSlam stage.
A vocal minority of fans question the in-ring ability of Wyatt, but he showcased his skills once again in a thrilling match with Jericho. The second chapter of this rivalry was easily the best and one of the most exciting bouts on the card.
The battle between Wyatt and Y2J will likely culminate with a third and final match at Night of Champions. If Wyatt can capitalize on the momentum he has built in this feud by winning once again, the 27-year-old Superstar will be on the fast track to the main event again.
Another top winner from Sunday was Rollins. While Dean Ambrose deserves immense credit for putting on an amazing match, Rollins earning the victory and putting Ambrose out of action on Raw was the beginning of bigger things for Mr. Money in the Bank.
Some nights you set the world on fire.— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) August 19, 2014
The lumberjack match stipulation was criticized by fans leading up to the event. After one of the greatest editions of a match featuring the lumberjack stipulation in WWE history, it’s clear now that the future of the company is in good hands.
Ambrose is the better talker, but Rollins proved on Sunday that he is the superior in-ring technician. After beating his former partner and moving on in the storyline, it will be interesting to see how he is booked heading into Night of Champions.
One of the most surprising winners of the night was Ziggler defeating The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship. Despite a thunderous roar every time he hits the ring, Ziggler has been cast aside too often, and fans thought he would lose once again Sunday.
Instead, The Showoff has helped bring legitimacy back to the IC title.
As a former world champion who has been lost in obscurity, many fans were losing hope that Ziggler would ever be booked properly. With the company only possessing one world title now, Ziggler’s possession of the secondary belt makes him feel like an upper-midcard performer who is ready to make the jump back to the main event scene.
Overall, SummerSlam was an amazing show that satisfied all types of fans. For those Superstars who left the second biggest show of the year with a victory, momentum is on their side heading toward Night of Champions and eventually stardom.
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