WWE SummerSlam 2012 Results: 10 Fun Facts from the Summer Spectacle
This past Sunday, WWE presented its spectacular SummerSlam pay-per-view, which was celebrating its monumental 25th anniversary. The show had its respective highs and lows, but I found this event to be one of the best pay-per-views produced in 2012.
From the crowning of a new United States Champion to an upset victory at the hands of Brock Lesnar, this year's SummerSlam event was certainly filled with memorable moments that won't soon be forgotten. While some viewers may not have been as on board the overall show as others were, there's no questioning that this year's summer spectacle was a historic one.
For those of you who may follow me on Twitter, you'll know that I have an obsessive knack for fun facts regarding various past WWE events. Here, I'll attempt to entertain and enlighten you with knowledge, as I present my observed monumental, record-breaking, history-making moments from this year's SummerSlam event.
Dolph Ziggler Opens SummerSlam for His 3rd Consecutive Appearance
Since making his WWE re-debut in late 2008, Dolph Ziggler has been apart of three different SummerSlam pay-per-views. He participated at 2009's event, the following year's event in 2010 and the most recent event in 2012.
For all three of Ziggler's SummerSlam appearances, he's opened the show with show-stealing performances. Whether it be Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston or Chris Jericho, Ziggler and his respective opponent have set the tone for the summer spectacle in recent years, which is no surprise given his tremendous talents inside the squared circle.
First Pay-Per-View Victory for Chris Jericho Since SummerSlam 2010
Since returning to WWE at the start of 2012, it seems that Chris Jericho just hasn't been able to score a victory when it matters most. From Royal Rumble to WrestleMania 28 to Money in the Bank, Jericho has come up short of winning "the big one" every time he competes on pay-per-view.
Dolph Ziggler shed light on Jericho's recent losing ways and then proceeded to proclaim that Y2J had "lost his touch." Determined to prove him wrong, Jericho challenged the Money in the Bank holder to a match at SummerSlam.
In a battle of bleached-blonde Superstars, Jericho forced Ziggler to submit to the Liontamer, thus scoring his first pay-per-view victory not only since returning, but since 2010's SummerSlam event where he teamed with six other valiant WWE representatives to defeat the destructive Nexus faction.
In one-on-one matches, SummerSlam 2012 marks Jericho's first singles victory since defeating Edge at WrestleMania 26 to retain his World Heavyweight Championship.
First Pay-Per-View Victory for Daniel Bryan in Exactly 6 Months
Although 2012 has certainly been the rise of Daniel Bryan, he hasn't been able to notch up many pay-per-view victories since losing his World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 28. On August 19th, 2012, Bryan shockingly defeated Kane at SummerSlam, thus scoring his first pay-per-view victory since Elimination Chamber, which occurred on February 19th, 2012.
This six-month streak of losses all happened to be title matches, coming up short against the likes of Sheamus and CM Punk, respectively.
Here's another fun fact for you: SummerSlam 2012 marked the first pay-per-view that Bryan wasn't involved in a title match since last year's summer spectacle, where he faced Wade Barrett.
First Event Without a Divas Match Since 2011's Capitol Punishment
Throughout 2012, the Divas division has slowly dwindled down to the point where they're hardly ever even featured on television. Despite being Divas Champion for the last four months, Layla has only had one contender to her title in the form of Beth Phoenix.
While the Divas are hardly ever advertised in advance on a pay-per-view card, they usually make a brief appearance either in a random Divas title match or in a multi-women tag team match that usually ends in a train wreck. However, that wasn't the case this past Sunday at SummerSlam, where the Divas were nowhere to be seen in the squared circle.
Sure, they appeared alongside Kevin Rudolph during his meaningless concert, but they still weren't competing. This would mark the first time since the Capitol Punishment event in June 2011 that a pay-per-view didn't hold a Divas match.
First Event Without Ryback or Brodus Clay in Action Since WrestleMania 28
The WWE Divas weren't the only ones who were left off the card, as Ryback and Brodus Clay, who are notorious for appearing in impromptu matches on pay-per-views, were also absent from in-ring competition on Sunday.
Since their respective re-debuts, Ryback and Clay have been featured prominently on WWE television, more specifically, on live pay-per-view. Although one would've expected their recent rivalries with Jinder Mahal and Damien Sandow to have culminated at SummerSlam, neither former NXT rookie was seen at the summer spectacle on Sunday.
This would mark the first time that neither mastodon of mayhem competed in action since WrestleMania 28, where Clay made only a brief appearance on stage. It's been rumored that there wasn't enough time to kill at Sunday's event, thus explaining why they weren't needed for filler matchups this time around.
CM Punk Faces Familiar SummerSlam Foes
In 2010, CM Punk led the Straightedge Society, which targeted Big Show for a number of weeks heading into SummerSlam. Although the SES had a three-on-one advantage at the event, Punk's team came up short against the World's Largest Athlete when his stablemate, Joey Mercury, was pinned.
In 2011, Punk was fresh off his WWE title victory at Money in the Bank and looked to defeat John Cena for a second time at that year's SummerSlam event. Following another in-ring classic, Punk was once again able to defeat Cena and remain WWE Champion (or at least for the time being).
This year, Punk has been involved in a rivalry with Big Show and John Cena, both of whom are gunning for the Straightedge Savior's WWE title. It's interesting to see the roles reversed as compared to years past, with Show as the heel, Cena as the face and Punk as the tweener.
8th Consecutive Month the WWE Title Isn't Defended in the Main Event
Earlier this year, there were a few exceptions as to why the WWE Championship matches weren't closing pay-per-views. However, as time progressed, it became constant that John Cena was being placed in the main-event slot despite not being WWE Champion.
The last time the WWE Championship was defended in the marquee match of a pay-per-view was last December at WWE TLC, an event that Cena wasn't even present at. Punk retained his title against The Miz and Alberto Del Rio that night in a TLC contest, but he hasn't closed a pay-per-view since.
In recent weeks, Punk has pointed out this fact and is attempting to rectify the problem. He'll more than likely be headlining Night of Champions next month, but that still doesn't make up for eight months the title hasn't been treated with respect.
I guess 2012 just isn't a good year to be WWE Champion.
CM Punk Retains His WWE Championship for the 2nd Consecutive Year
After soundly defeating John Cena to win the WWE Championship at last year's Money in the Bank pay-per-view, CM Punk was set to defend his newly won title in the main event of that year's SummerSlam's event. Although Cena's foot was on the bottom rope during the course of three-count, special guest referee Triple H failed to see it, meaning Punk was still WWE Champion.
One year later, Punk once again left Staples Center still the title holder, but not without the help of some shenanigans. Despite hitting the Attitude Adjustment on Big Show, Cena was tossed from the ring by Punk, leaving the Voice of the Voiceless the scraps and the victory.
Disregarding Alberto Del Rio's opportunistic Money in the Bank cash-in at the conclusion of last year's event, this marks the 10th consecutive SummerSlam that the WWE title was successfully defended. The last time the prestigious prize changed hands in an already announced matchup at the summer spectacle was nearly a decade ago, when Brock Lesnar defeated The Rock to win his first WWE Championship.
First SummerSlam Without a Title Change Since 2007's Event
Before you blow up the comments section telling me this fun fact is inaccurate, hear me out for a brief moment. Sure, Antonio Cesaro won the United States Championship this past Sunday at SummerSlam, but that didn't occur on the main card, which is what this observation is referring to.
Not counting pre-shows or dark matches, this year's event was the first SummerSlam not to feature a title change in nearly five years. The WWE, World Heavyweight, ECW and Intercontinental Championships were all successfully defended that night, whereas the four titles that were up for grabs on Sunday's main card also didn't change hands.
Triple H and Kane Suffer Their First SummerSlam Losses in the Last Decade
Last Sunday's SummerSlam pay-per-view was a tough night for Kane and Triple H, both of whom suffered losses in their respective matches. Kane was outwitted by Daniel Bryan earlier in the evening, while the Game fell victim to Brock Lesnar in the main event.
Despite being seasoned veterans, Kane and HHH both have had impressive winning streaks at the summer spectacle, not counting this year's event. You'd think they'd be losing more often as time progressed, thus putting over other talent in the process, but alas, that hasn't been the case.
Kane, who's defeated the likes of Rey Mysterio, The Great Khali and Finlay at the event in recent years, hadn't lost a SummerSlam match since 1999, playing a part in a Triple Threat Tag Team match. Triple H, on the other hand, was last defeated at SummerSlam by Shawn Michaels in 2002 prior to Sunday.
It's interesting to note that Shawn Michaels was originally supposed to be in HHH's corner during his match with Lesnar on Sunday, so it's possible that HBK could be Triple H's bad luck charm at the August pay-per-view.
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