WWE SummerSlam 2012 Results: Match-by-Match Breakdown
SummerSlam is officially over. It's time to take a look at each match and see who the winners were and just how good each match was.
Some were better than others, while other matches failed to deliver.
Was the main event of Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar worth the pay-per-view buy? What about the match between Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler?
SummerSlam is one of the WWE's main PPVs. From matches like the Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship that were expected to be as good as they were, to other matches like Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz that ended up being better than expected, overall it delivered this year.
As we get ready to move on to the Raw after SummerSlam, here is a match-by-match breakdown for all the bouts as they happened at SummerSlam.
Pre-Show Match: Antonio Cesaro vs. Santino Marella
Sometimes it seems like the WWE thinks all of its viewers are nine years old or younger.
If you skipped this pre-show match, consider yourself lucky. This was one of those things that you wish you could un-see.
The match itself was horrible. Santino chased after his cobra sock puppet most of the time, with Cesaro pulling him away from it.
Eventually Cesaro would rip the cobra puppet up, and Santino would remember he had another one placed where the sun don't shine.
However, when he would use the Cobra on Cesaro, his girlfriend Aksana would distract the puppet long enough for Cesaro to capitalize and hit Marella with his finisher.
Besides being a horrible match, the whole concept was flawed. The Cobra is a sock puppet. Didn't Santino use to the move before bestowing the puppet? Yet they made the sock puppet such a focal point of the match that it became ridiculous.
Santino may have dropped the belt, but Cesaro really isn't anything special. Hopefully with this push, Cesaro can gain some momentum and actually do something with his character.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
Dolph Ziggler vs. Chris Jericho
This was a great match to open SummerSlam with. This match ended up having one major problem, though: Jericho won.
Jericho is leaving, so what’s the purpose of giving him the win over Ziggler? What makes it even worse is that this match made Ziggler look bad; not in the sense of being able to sell moves, but as a wrestler.
Jericho was injured going into this match, and even at one point Vickie Guerrero tried to help Ziggler, but he still couldn't get the win.
Does Ziggler stand a chance of cashing in his Money In The Bank contract now after coming across as weak with his loss to Jericho?
Overall, this match was great. It set the pace for the rest of SummerSlam.
Ziggler and Jericho work extremely well together, as expected, and it's a shame that these two won't be working together much longer. If Jericho wasn't leaving, these two wrestlers would have had a much bigger feud.
As mentioned before, Vickie did manage to get involved, but she didn't ruin the match too much. While Jericho winning really helped no one, finishing the match with the Walls of Jericho turned out to be a great way to end it.
Winner: Chris Jericho
Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
Following the Jericho/Ziggler match would be hard for any wrestlers to do. Daniel Bryan and Kane put on a decent show, but Kane and D-Bry don't seem to mesh well one-on-one.
Maybe it's the style and size difference of the two, but Kane seemed to have a clear advantage going into this match.
Daniel Bryan walking away as the winner in the end was a surprise. Even Bryan rolling up Kane for a three-count seemed awkward, though. It's hard to see how with Kane's size, Bryan would be able to roll him up and prevent Kane from kicking out.
There were some decent moves in this match; Bryan taking a chokeslam and not going down was one of them.
It would have been hard to imagine Daniel Bryan being able to lock in his No Lock on the Big Red Monster, so a quick roll-up pin seemed like the best way to go to give D-Bry the win.
This match overall was alright. The biggest problem was that these two wrestlers just don't matchup well.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Intercontinental Championship Match: The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio
This was another great match on the SummerSlam card. The Miz and Rey Mysterio can clearly work well together and proved it with their performance.
From Mysterio and his Batman costume, to The Miz coming out with his giant blowup Awesome entrance, this match was set to be entertaining.
The styles of The Miz and Mysterio worked well together. Mysterio would try to utilize his high-flying style, while The Miz would try to keep him grounded.
It all worked well in the end, but the biggest surprise of this match would be the clean win that The Miz had over Mysterio.
Ever since The Miz's return, the WWE has been giving him a pretty big push. From winning the Intercontinental title, to pinning Mysterio, the WWE obviously wants The Miz in the spotlight.
With The Miz's clean win over Mysterio, where does that place the high-flyer now? Will we see another Mysterio/Miz match, or is this feud already over?
Hopefully the WWE will setup The Miz and Mysterio for a future feud.
Winner: The Miz
World Heavyweight Championship Match: Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio
Another boring Del Rio-Sheamus match. At this point it's time for the WWE to move on from giving Alberto Del Rio the spotlight.
Why bother having him in the title picture if he never comes out with the win?
Sure, his foot was on the ropes at the end of this match, but he still lost.
And a shoe? Really? What was that supposed to do?
From beginning to end, this match was extremely similar to all the other times we have seen Sheamus and Del Rio go at it. Maybe a shoe was involved this time, and Del Rio had his foot on the ropes which was clearly ignored by the referee, but other than that this match was weak.
Del Rio and Sheamus don't work well together. Hopefully we can move on from the same boring PPV matches for the Heavyweight title.
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. the Prime Time Players
After the Sheamus and Del Rio match, the SummerSlam train was slowing down. Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. the Prime Time Players almost brought it to a complete halt.
Did it really come as a surprise to anyone that the Prime Time Players lost? With the recent firing of Abraham Washington, the Prime Time Players were doomed from the start.
They only worked because A.W. was the mouthpiece, and now that he is gone, expect the Prime Time Players to get buried.
This match should have opened SummerSlam, not been placed right in the middle. That was the biggest problem with this matchup; how could these wrestlers manage to compete with the great matches that Ziggler, Jericho, The Miz and Rey Mysterio had?
Overall, it was not a pay-per-view-caliber match. Instead, this match was extremely similar to all their other matches on Raw and SmackDown.
At least it was over relatively fast.
Winners: R-Truth and Kofi Kingston
WWE Championship Match: CM Punk vs. John Cena vs. the Big Show
The Triple Threat Match ended up being a lot better than I thought it would be. Several things were done right in this match, starting with the Big Show.
The Big Show has a tendency to be boring, and he has been mediocre at best so far this year at PPVs. While Show didn't win the match, he was extremely dominant throughout.
Not only did he throw CM Punk and John Cena around the ring like rag dolls, he managed to break out of Punk and Cena's submission moves.
If the WWE plans to sell Big Show as a threat, making him a dominant factor in this Triple Threat Match was a good place to start.
When Cena and Punk put Big Show in a submission, it seemed like this match was going to have a horrible ending. Instead, we would be graced with AJ's presence as she ordered the match to be restarted.
The Big Show would get a double chokeslam on both Punk and Cena, but it wouldn't be enough to get him the win.
Instead, Cena would hit Big Show with his Attitude Adjustment. Punk would capitalize and throw Cena out of the ring and get the three count on the Big Show.
Punk picked up the win, but he took advantage of the situation. This might heat up the rivalry between Punk and Cena, but clearly Punk is an obstacle that Cena is having a hard time overcoming.
This ended up being a great match, with Punk remaining champion.
Winner: CM Punk
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
The main event for the night turned out to be a pretty good one. Brock Lesnar and Triple H squared off in a match that a lot of WWE fans have been waiting for.
Lesnar would dominate most of the match, going as far as to shed his MMA gloves and show that he still had a lot of wrestling ability left in him.
Triple H seemed to struggle for most of the match, eventually getting Lesnar on even ground when he threw him into the announcers table. Lesnar would hit his stomach on the corner of the table, leaving himself vulnerable for an attack.
It made sense with Lesnar's history of stomach problems. The Game would focus his attack on the stomach, and Lesnar had a hard time overcoming the brutal hits.
Still, the end result was Lesnar making Triple H tap out as he locked in his submission finisher.
Did we really expect the Game to come out on top of this one, though? Who would benefit in the end?
Paul Heyman didn't really get involved, and HBK never came out to help Triple H like a lot of people thought he would. This match ended up being a great, straightforward bout.
Since Brock Lesnar has taken out Triple H, what's next for the Beast as we gear up for Raw? What was with Triple H's slow walk backstage? Is the Game finally done?
This main-event match was the best of the night, and while it may have finally settled the Triple H-Lesnar feud, it opened up a whole set of new questions heading into Raw.
Winner: Brock Lesnar