Now that the WWE Universe has been able to process the results of the 2014 SummerSlam pay-per-view and the subsequent Raw, it has become clear which matches on the card lived up to the hype.
With a unique mix of veteran stars and younger wrestlers making a name for themselves on WWE’s second-biggest event of the year, several marquee bouts proved that the combatants are top stars in the company.
Here are the full results from SummerSlam 2014 and the matches that lived up to the hype.
|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.
Matches That Lived Up to the Hype
There were several matches that failed to live up to the expectations placed on them at SummerSlam, but other performers took the opportunity to cement their place in history with elite matches.
The best match of the night was Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho. After a fierce battle at Battleground that saw Jericho earn the victory, Wyatt came back and took down Y2J with a clean win Sunday.
There were questions about Wyatt’s in-ring ability, but with the assistance of a legend like Jericho, the two men put on an excellent bout that allowed Wyatt to shine as an elite performer and prove his doubters wrong. As one of the best matches on a stacked SummerSlam card, Wyatt validated the WWE for backing him strongly moving forward.
Despite Cena’s best efforts to bury him along the way, Wyatt became a top star Sunday.
Another match that lived up to the hype was Seth Rollins taking on Dean Ambrose in a Lumberjack match. Fans understood that once Ambrose and Rollins got in the ring together, it would be magic. Unfortunately, a horrible stipulation killed some of the expectations.
In what was arguably the greatest Lumberjack match of all time, the two budding stars showcased why the company views this crop of younger talent as the future of the WWE. Whether it was going behind the lumberjacks and fighting into the crowd or the high spots using the mass of humanity surrounding the ring, Ambrose and Rollins managed to take one of the most negatively viewed stipulations and make it cool.
There has been an aura around Rollins and Ambrose since they made their debut with The Shield, and the two men only added to their aura with their performance on one of the biggest stages in wrestling.
One of the performers who never gets the credit he deserves is Dolph Ziggler.
The Miz deserves recognition for the improvement he has shown in the ring over the years, but Sunday’s PPV finally gave the better wrestler in this feud the chance to show off his skills. Most fans expected the match to be solid, but many felt the stage was set for The Miz to retain the Intercontinental Championship.
Ziggler’s IC title win drew a huge reaction from the crowd and should help the WWE officials backstage understand that pushing him toward the main event is truly best for business. In the meantime, legitimizing the company’s secondary title is a task befitting of The Showoff.
SummerSlam 2014 was an exciting show from beginning to end. While it was far from perfect, this year’s PPV lived up to the hype overall and was worth the $9.99.
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