SummerSlam and the surprise guests that showed up at the event inspired much of the week's most shareable WWE social media.
Everyone from UFC fighter Jon "Bones" Jones to Mean Gene Okerlund starred in the best tweets, viral videos and Instagram photos of the WWE world. Jones visited the new world champ, Dean Ambrose got some new gear, and Hulk Hogan doubled down on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Okerlund started us off right with a throwback SummerSlam report.
The Hall of Fame announcer talked up Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins, Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena and all the bouts scheduled for SummerSlam. The retro production is sure to fill many fans with nostalgia:
Once SummerSlam arrived, so did a number of famous faces, from ESPN's Michelle Beadle to UFC star Ronda Rousey.
Rousey and The Four Horsewomen hung out backstage with several stars including former Divas champ Natalya. Rousey shared a shot of all these powerful women on Instagram:
Ambrose wasn't in the mood for picture-posing. He was set to face the man who betrayed him and ended The Shield. Before his Lumberjack match with Rollins, WWE caught him donning some new gear.
The Instagram photo of him backstage both captures his aura well and makes for a good ad for the hoodie:
As thrilling as Ambrose and Rollins' match was, Lesnar trouncing Cena was the big headline. He didn't beat him, he dismantled him.
Team CM Punk summed up the mauling with Street Fighter characters:
Summary of Lesnar vs Cena match. http://t.co/o8wria1avs— CMパンク (@TeamCMPunk) August 18, 2014
That's about right, but Lesnar did hit more German suplexes, 16 of them to be exact, as Nick Schwartz at For The Win pointed out. The Beast Incarnate now seems unbeatable. Even Cena armed with a steel chair doesn't seem like a fair fight after SummerSlam.
Former ECW, WCW and WWE Superstar Lance Storm did offer a thought on who could take Lesnar down, though:
After the main event, the holders of the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship met up backstage. Jones congratulated Lesnar on his win in a video posted on Instagram:
It's fun to see Jones in the WWE mix, even if it is just for a show of support.
After the victory, Lesnar went out for a celebratory dinner with Paul Heyman. TMZ managed to catch up with the conqueror. In an impromptu interview, Heyman told TMZ that Lesnar ate Cena for dinner:
Lesnar still looks intimidating here, long after the beatdown was over. WWE has crafted an especially dangerous aura around him now after booking him to end Undertaker's WrestleMania streak and then make Cena his punching bag.
The company hasn't done nearly as well in building up Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods' stable.
After the three men united and charged ahead angrily a few weeks ago, WWE cut the story short.The faction hasn't appeared in any of the recent shows. Fans are now left to wonder what came of the group.
Big E had an answer to the question of the group's whereabouts, a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek one to be exact:
The Hulkster had some fun this week as well. The Ice Bucket Challenge craze had already seen Vince McMahon and Triple H spread awareness about ALS via dousing themselves in ice water. Hogan outdid them.
He decided to double up on the buckets, as seen in the following video:
As silly as the ice bucket fad may seem, it's clearly having an effect. Emily Steel of The New York Times reports that the ALS Association has received over $41 million in donations over the last month.
Hopefully the donations continue long after the craze ends. The inherent fun of the challenge is certainly enticing, though. Expect more WWE Superstars to join in, especially Cena.
Per WWE.com, he's set to face Lensar again at Night of Champions. If that match is a repeat of SummerSlam, Cena will welcome an ice bath.