WWE SummerSlam 2012: Biggest Losers Coming out of the Summer Spectacular

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  Alberto Del Rio is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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While many fans have spent the hours since WWE’s SummerSlam concluded complaining about how they thought the show was mediocre at best, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

As much as there were some very clear losers—that is what we’re here to address, after all—the show overall was darn good and very worthy of the SummerSlam title.

Stars like Triple H and John Cena lost Sunday night, but they did not walk out of the show looking like losers. All of the following stars, on the other hand, were the definition of loser.

Prime Time Players

While their future wasn’t bright before their manager AW was fired, the lack of any kind of gimmick that fans could latch onto has left the Prime Time Players out to dry. As we saw last night at SummerSlam, there is no direction for the PTP.

As much as the same could be said about the tag team division, at least the WWE is giving Kofi Kingston and R-Truth the chance to shine. The Prime Time Players didn’t look terrible in this match, but their frequent losses make them the Alberto Del Rio of the tag division.

The hope is that the mediocrity of this match without a manager for the Prime Time Players will result in the WWE reaching back into their bag of tricks and pulling out someone even better. As much as the IWC wants to defend AW, he wasn’t that good to start with.

Santino Marella

Santino Marella’s joyride with the U.S. Title is over, and the WWE can get back to being a serious wrestling company instead of one that hands what are supposed to be secondary titles to joke characters with little in-ring skill.

Say what you want about Antonio Cesaro, but there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that he is 100 times better than Santino will ever be. With Santino relegated to being the comedy act again, the kids can still enjoy his act while the adults enjoy the U.S. Title’s reclamation.

It’s sad that this victory for Cesaro had to come on the YouTube pre-show, but the fact that the WWE is selling its product with a title win by the former Ring of Honor star is a great sign for the future of the company.

Alberto Del Rio

There is no bigger loser Monday than Alberto Del Rio. Not only has the star been misused by the WWE over the last year, but his stellar in-ring work and mic skills have also been squandered in a never-ending feud with Sheamus.

While any rational thinker would have imagined that Del Rio would have won the title from Sheamus at least once in all of his chances, the last two months have been nothing but the world champion padding his title reign’s credibility.

With a dirty finish, this is almost guaranteed to continue for another month leading into Night of Champions. If this is true and actually comes to fruition, Del Rio would likely lose again and continue his slide into irrelevance.

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