WWE SummerSlam Switchback: The Darkness Returns!
Last night left more questions than answers. From Vince McMahon's countless attempts to dethrone Randy Orton to a Phenom-enal return at the end of the night, SummerSlam was a night of hits...and misses.
With that, here's the rewind from last night's biggest party of the Summer!
Before SummerSlam began, DX was up to their usual antics as they play around with the preview. After breaking the tape, DX tries to fix the problem. Following an unsuccessful attempt to fix it, Triple H makes it clear that the fans got the message: WE’RE BACK!
The show finally goes live in The City of Angels to a raucous crowd with all three brands being represented. With that, LA is joined by the Intercontinental Champion!
Intercontinental Championship: Rey Mysterio Defeats Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler starts off by beating Rey Mysterio into a corner. He follows it up with a power slam followed by a tight-filled roll up. Ziggler has complete control. But thanks to some excellent athleticism, Mysterio manages to deliver a moonsault on an unsuspecting Ziggler. The two battle on the outside with Mysterio delivering a hurracanrana to Ziggler.
Back in the ring, Ziggler manages to regain control with a turnbuckle Powerbomb. Ziggler continues the pressure until Mysterio delivers the drop toe hold to hold off the assault. But Ziggler delivers a massive clothesline and a gut buster. Mysterio continues to fight back, but Ziggler continues the punishment.
Mysterio tries to get the upper hand, but Ziggler stays one step ahead of Mysterio once again. Mysterio delivers the enzugiri, but is unable to complete the 619. Ziggler unleashes a Fameasser, but only gets a two-count. Mysterio bounces back with a DDT, but he also gets a two-count. Mysterio manages to hits the 619, but Ziggler raises up before the West Coast Splash.
After another near fall, Ziggler takes Mysterio up to the top rope, but Mysterio gets the hurracanrana takedown to get the pinfall victory and retain the Intercontinental Championship.
In the back, Swagger and MVP are continuing their war of words before their match.
MVP Defeats Jack Swagger
The two start the match trying to one-up each other. But after getting surprised with a few big moves, Jack Swagger gets control with an abdominal stretch in the middle of the ring. MVP tries to get an advantage, but gets dropped with a massive clothesline.
However, MVP manages to bounce back at the right times. Porter gets back up and takes the punches to Swagger before delivering a knee drop and the BALLIN’ Elbow Drop. Swagger tries to get a quick win with a handful of tights. Swagger tries to finish the match, but MVP counters into the Drive-By followed by the Playmaker to get the win over his better upbringing opponent.
Back in Staples, Freddie Prinze, Jr. is making it clear that he intends to be back to finish his battle with Randy Orton.
Unified Tag Team Championships: Walls of Show-icho Defeat Cryme Tyme
JTG and Chris Jericho start the physicality with a collar-neck tie-up. Jericho goes on the offensive by going for The Walls of Jericho, but JTG fights his way out of it to deliver the Paydirt. After delivering a right hand, Jericho tags in The World’s Largest Light Subway Sandwich. The Big Show comes in and delivers a huge chop on the shorter member of Cryme Tyme.
He then applies a headlock and another chop to continue the pressure on JTG. JTG manages to duck and roll to get the tag to Shad. Shad comes in firing, but Big Show delivers a Spear to slow down the pace to his level.
Jericho tags in and takes the fight to Shad before Show comes back in to apply a Full Nelson. Shad rolls out of the way of a diving elbow, but is unable to get the tag to JTG. Jericho delivers an elbow to the back of the neck and applies a headlock. Shad counters into a pump handle slam before tagging in JTG. J comes in and drops Jericho with a Mugshot. JTG almost gets the win, but Show stops the pinfall. Jericho locks in The Walls of Jericho, but JTG wills himself towards the ropes. But thanks to Show's Knockout Punch, Jericho gets the pin to keep the domination of the duo continuing.
In the back, CM Punk continues his berating of the WWE Universe...including the fans at the Staples Center.
He also says that he intends to rewrite the ending to the Jeff Hardy Story, with the ending being him leaving as World Heavyweight Champion. With that, the Big Red Monster makes his appearance.
Battle of the Giants: Kane Defeats the Great Khali
Kane tries to retreat from the fight, but once the battle begins, Kane attempts to slug it out with Khali. But Khali launches him over the top rope before delivering a clothesline back in the ring. After three elbows, Kane tries to deliver a choke slam, but Khali shakes off the attempt and drops the Monster with a clothesline followed by a leg drop.
The two behemoths battle back and forth, until Kane drops the seven footer with a diving clothesline. Khali jumps back in the saddle with a Khali chop, before applying the Khali Vise. Kane then grabs Ranjin Singh, and thanks to a DDT, Kane is able to drop the Punjabi Playboy to pick up the win.
Family Traditions: DX Defeats Legacy
After a very military-filled entrance, including the infamous tank from the WCW Invasion, DX looks ready to raise hell and finish the war started by Legacy. Triple H and Ted DiBiase start things off with The Game getting the early upper hand. Ted tries to get control, but Triple H shows that it’s been long enough for this war by delivering a huge clothesline followed by a snap suplex.
Following a DX Chop and knee drop, Triple H gets the chance to deliver the Harley Race High Knee on Cody Rhodes. Rhodes decides to slap the taste out of Shawn’s mouth before The Game tags in The Heartbreak Kid. Rhodes again delivers another slap to Shawn before Shawn jumps down his throat with a Lou Thesz Press and a slap of his own.
Rhodes tries to slip out of the ring, but it's Triple H that provides the equalizer for DX. Legacy gains control until The Game comes in to unleash some payback. After delivering a pair of spine busters, Triple H gets caught by a low blow and a double team from Legacy.
Legacy continues the punishment with a sleeper, but Triple H breaks the hold with a back suplex. Rhodes comes in to continue the pressure and blocks Triple H from making the tag to Shawn.
Triple H again breaks the submission, but again is unable to make the tag to his partner. Triple H and Ted slug it out until Triple H sends DiBiase out of the ring. Both men manage to get the tag, but it is Shawn that gets the advantage. On the outside, Triple H sends DiBiase packing, while Michaels misses the Diving Elbow.
Rhodes gets dropped, and Michaels tries for the Diving Elbow. Michaels locks in the Figure Four Leglock, but DiBiase stops the momentum of DX again. Rhodes delivers Crossroads, but Triple H stops the pinfall.
Triple H nails the Pedigree on Rhodes, but DiBiase delivers Dream Street on Michaels. While Triple H takes out DiBiase, Shawn Michaels brings everyone back to reality when he delivers Sweet Chin Music to Cody Rhodes to get the victory for DX in their return to the WWE.
ECW Championship: Christian Gives William Regal an Eight-Second Ride
While the two men are jaw-jacking, Christian manages to deliver the Killswitch, and in record time (eight seconds), defeats William Regal to retain the ECW Championship.
Zeke and Vladimir come in to drop the ECW Champion in record time as well.
WWE Championship: Randy Orton Defeats John Cena
Both men try to one-up each other before Randy Orton gains complete control. Orton focuses on the back of John Cena before beginning his stalking phase. Orton starts to pick apart Cena, finishing it off with a flying knee drop. Cena tries to get an advantage, but Orton delivers the Gateway Backbreaker.
The crowd in LA is divided between the champion and challenger, but Cena manages to break the Sleeper and start to fight back. Cena drops the pair of Shoulder Tackles, before nailing the Beantown Bomb and the 5-Knuckle Shuffle.
As he goes for The Attitude Adjustment, Orton counters into a scoop slam. Orton then does the Mental Dissection before missing the flying knee drop. But Cena misses the shoulder tackle.
Following a DDT, Orton looks to uncoil with an RKO, but he instead decides to go punting. Orton ducks the punt and delivers the Throwback followed by the Red Sox Leg Drop. Orton manages to kick out before the third slap. Cena prepares to go for another Attitude Adjustment, but Orton hangs on to the ropes. Both men drop each other with a clothesline as the ref begins his count.
Both men get to their feet and begin to slug it out until Cena gains control. Orton drops the ref to cause the DQ, but thanks to Mr. McMahon, Orton is unable to leave LA with the gold. The match is ordered to be continued. If Orton gets disqualified again, he will lose the WWE Championship.
As the match resumes, Orton takes the fight until he decides that he will still leave here with the gold one way or the other. Orton gets counted out. Cena again gets another chance as McMahon makes it clear that if Orton is counted out, he will lose the title once again.
Orton jumps back in the ring, but almost gets caught in the STF. But Orton uses a small package...and the ropes to get the pinfall victory over Cena.
But another ref jumps in and informs the other ref that Orton used the ropes to get the victory. The match is again restarted. Cena has the STF locked in, but a fan jumps in to break the hold. Everyone is wondering what just happened as Orton begins get back in the ring.
Orton delivers two pairs of RKOs as he drops one on the ropes and delivers another one in the ring to officially get the victory over Cena to retain the WWE Championship.
TLC Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: CM Punk Defeats Jeff Hardy and The Deadman Returneth
Punk and Hardy use the weapons to their disposal, but it's Punk that gets the advantage at every turn. But Hardy starts bouncing back with a home run chair swing on a diving Punk. He then delivers Poetry in Motion (via steel chair) on Punk before missing a splash on the table.
Punk begins to go for the title, but Hardy returns to the ring and delivers a Powerbomb off of the ladder. Punk returns to keep the pressure on. Both men drop on the ladder via the Superplex.
Both men crawl around the ring to get to their feet. Hardy delivers the Swanton Bomb, but Punk gets the knees up. Hardy launches Punk over the top rope through a table.
Hardy starts climbing, but Punk recovers and delivers a Springboard Forearm before sending him outside. On the outside, Hardy unleashes that extreme side thanks to a couple of chairs, a few TV monitors and a table top.
Hardy climbs the ladder to deliver a Swanton Bomb from a 20-Foot Ladder onto a prone CM Punk on the announcer’s table. Paramedics arrive to tend to Hardy and Punk, but Punk crawls into the ring to go for the gold. Hardy slides off the gurney to make his way back to the ring.
Both men make it up to the ladder and slug it out for possession of the gold.
Punk delivers a punch to the ribs to give him enough leverage to climb the mountain and win back the World Heavyweight Championship...but as he celebrates...the lights go out and the familiar gong sounds.
The Undertaker Returns and delivers a choke slam to the new World Heavyweight Champion. The Deadman leaves, salutes the crowd and makes it clear that he is coming for the CM Punk as SummerSlam comes to a close.