WHAT A RETURN! SummerSlam Recap
Mixed emotions about SummerSlam: Incredible, ridiculous, and amazing!
Let’s get down to the results.
Rey Mysterio def. Dolph Ziggler
Great opener for SummerSlam. WWE must have read what I said about opening a PPV strong. It’s really hard to go wrong with ReyRey and Ziggler. They’ve both been great in this program.
Really thought Ziggler was going to take the win this time around, that’s alright. Maybe next month.
Only thing their program lacks is communication. Their in-ring work is great, but it’s missing that last element, at least for me. With a little more promo work, I think it could be even better.
MVP def. Jack Swagger
I was pretty disappointed in this match. It was okay, but really not what I was looking forward to seeing. After all the hype and no real physical interaction, I expected to see a great match from two guys I know are capable of putting on a great match.
MVP got the win, I think it would have made a lot more sense for Swagger to get the victory, though. Hopefully this isn’t over between them, I really want them both to come out on top afterward. Let them show how great they both are.
There was a segment with Nancy O’Dell hyping her charity, which I’m totally cool with, but when she interviewed Freddie Prinze Jr, I thought they ran a little long.
JeriShow def. Cryme Tyme
Unified Tag Team Championship
I really wasn’t into this match, but once it got started, it was actually pretty decent. Not the best Jericho match i’ve ever seen, but it wasn’t horrible. I think Jericho has really proven why he is so great by making Cryme Tyme look good.
The match ended when Chris Jericho had JTG in the Walls of Jericho and much to my surprise, JTG was holding it down and didn’t tap out. The Big Show took care of that though, with a nice punch to JTG, letting Jericho get the pin.
Kane def. The Great Khali
Since when are Ranjin Singh and The Great Khali brothers? I missed that somewhere. Well, Kane beat Khali. Really isn’t much else to say.
D-Generation X def. Priceless
DX really did it up big tonight. Their entrance was pretty epic. DX Army soldiers blasting away, Triple H and Shawn Michaels coming out on a tank and blasting pyro. Very huge entrance.
Great match. It was obvious that DX were going to take the victory or Priceless, but Ted DiBiase Jr and Cody Rhodes really proved why they were in that match against DX. Both teams put on a real match, not the squash I think a lot of people were thinking it would be.
I think the WWE really missed their opportunity in letting Priceless get really over. With the grand entrance that they made, how great and how much heat would Ted and Cody have had they gone over Triple H and Shawn Michaels?
And they wonder why they have difficulties building new stars.
Christian def. William Regal
My initial Twitter thought: ARE YOU EFFIN’ KIDDING ME?
I can’t believe that they wasted what could have been a great match. Here is what I’m talking about:
@WWEJoeyStyles: WWE.com has checked the replay. Christian defeated William Regal to retain the ECW Title in only 8 seconds…a new SummerSlam record!
That’s right, William Regal was defeated after only 8 seconds. Bell rang. Killswitch. Christian retains. Not sure if it was because maybe the DX entrance took so long, and they were running late, but whatever the reason, I think the fans got jipped on this one.
The only, ONLY bright spot of that ‘match’ was that after Regal was pinned, Kozlov and Zeke beat up Christian and William Regal was able to get the Regal Stretch on him. They were able to walk out of the night with the upper hand.
Randy Orton def. John Cena
Alright, this match was a little awkward. Really… too much thought went into this. Instead of letting Orton and Cena just go at it and then let there be a DQ or something, the WWE decided that wouldn’t be enough.
This is how it went down, first, Orton shoved the referee, Scott Armstrong (who I still think is going to turn! LOL!) and this lead to a DQ on Orton.
Then, Vince via Lillian Garcia, ordered that the match be restarted and that if Orton lost by DQ, he’d lose the title. So, being oh-so creative, Orton went back and after a little effort, decided to be counted out instead.
Vinnie Mac again restarted the match under the stipulation that if Orton was counted out, he’d lose the title.
Okay, back into the actual match, it was decent. Nothing amazing. So, Orton and Cena are going at it and then all of a sudden, a fan from the crowd comes running into the ring and tries to choke out Armstrong!
After a little awkward regrouping, Randy Orton hits the RKO and gets the win.
Odd way to go about the match. Unsure of the fan run-in.
CM Punk def. Jeff Hardy
World Heavyweight Championship
Definitely the match of the night. I wouldn’t say that it was as great as the Edge/Hardy TLC, but it was still great. Jeff Hardy hit a MASSIVE Swanton from the top of the ladder onto Punk on the announce table. I was really surprised that he was able to hit it too, it was really close.
After he hit it, the medics came down and had Jeff on a stretcher board. While this was happening, Punk had snuck into the ring and was ready to get the title. Never one to lay down and lose, Jeff got up and was able to stop him.
After a little more battling, the two opponents were at the top of the ladder, fighting for the title, Punk landed some kicks to Hardy and was able to knock him down and regain his World Heavyweight Championship title.
After the match, CM Punk stood over the fallen Hardy in victory, title in hand. All of a sudden, the lights flickered. Not allowing it ruin his celebration, Punk remained in the ring over Jeff Hardy.
Then, the lights went dim and that all too familiar gong sound played throughout the Staples Center. When the lights came back on, it was no longer a hurt and defeated Jeff Hardy, but a returning Phenom. THE UNDERTAKER!
Wearing that smug look on his face, Punk failed to realise who he now shared the ring with. The Undertaker quickly changed that when he grabbed CM Punk by the throat and chokeslammed him.
I have to admit, I marked out for his return and I wasn’t alone:
@Suzie_Paryla: WHERE THE HELL DID TAKER COME FROM?!
@AngryMarks: Punk wins. His reward? UNDERTAKER CHOKESLAM~!
@AndrewJanus: I just marked out… I didnt even notice taker there…
After doing his signature pose, The Undertaker walked out of the ring, leaving Punk battered and beaten.
What a great way to end SummerSlam. What a great return.
Despite Matt Hardy’s comments, it seems more and more like Jeff will be leaving. Letting The Undertaker take his rightful place back on the Smackdown! roster.
Either way, it looks like we’re in store for an Undertaker/Punk feud, and I am not disappointed one bit.
Pretty decent PPV, nothing great, except the main event. A couple of good matches, a lot of big “WTH?” moments, but decent.
That’ll do it for my SummerSlam recap.
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