Monday, 18 August, 2014 12:22
Summer Slam 2014 is in the books and we have new champions. Yes, that is plural. I’m going to recap and give my thought on the matches that aired on the PPV.
1. Rob Van Dam def. Cesaro (Pre-show): Great match between these two. Still wondering why Cesaro has been handed majority of losses as of late but if he would have won over RVD, it wouldn’t have done much for him in the long run.
Before the PPV started, Hulk Hogan came out and cut a promo about the WWE Network. They’re going to milk him as being the nostalgic factor in the WWE Network.
2. Dolph Ziggler def. The Miz (WWE Intercontinental Championship match): Ah Dolph Ziggler captured his second Intercontinental title here. The Miz shows why he’s great as a heel as the arrogance factor was evident here. After a few near falls, Ziggler picks up the win with the Zig Zag.
3. Paige def. AJ Lee (WWE Divas Championship): I guess these two are going to play flip flop with the Divas Title. These two divas are great at the psychological aspect and they pulled off a few decent spots. Paige got the win and the title when she pulled this out:
4. Rusev vs Jack Swagger (Flag match): This match I wasn’t too high on but Rusev impresses with his skill in the ring. And Lana cutting a promo on Hollywood before the match was great. Swagger was accompanied to the ring with the U.S. Servicemen and was attacked before the match by Rusev. Swagger counted and put Rusev in the Patriot Lock which caused Rusev to sell the bad ankle throughout the contest. Swagger didn’t tap out but the ref called the match since he passed out. Then as a reminder of his sins, Rusev kicked Zeb Coulter in the face.
5. Seth Rollins def. Dean Ambrose (Lumberjack match): Now the lumberjacks used in this match, were all former victims of The Shield. This match was all over the place. Rollins and Ambrose took the match into the stands which prompted Corporate Kane to come out and demand that all the Lumberjacks retrieve Rollins and Ambrose. The funny part of that was when Rollins was trying to leave and he was cornered by The Dust Brothers, Kofi and others then they carried him back as if he was a lost member of The Rose Express. Huge spot came when Ambrose came flying off the top rope into them all. But the best spot of that match came here:
The finish came when Corporate Kane broke up an Ambrose pin and then he was confronted by Goldust. Kane hits Goldust and then all the Lumberjacks enter the ring and fights it out. (How Kane left without getting hit is beyond me.) After Ambrose cleared the ring of Rowan and Harper, Rollins hit Ambrose with the MITB briefcase for the victory.
6. Bray Wyatt def Chris Jericho: Great match with Bray Wyatt picking up the victory. I hate how Wyatt’s character has been cut and sliced up by creative but he still has the support of some in the audience. (I heard those Wyatt chants.) The apron that Wyatt had on look like he was cooking up that work. Jericho succeeded at putting over his opponent. It’s what he does best.
7. Stephanie McMahon def Brie Bella: This was the Billion Dollar Baroness first match in ten years. Stephanie has surpassed her father in terms of who is the best McMahon heel. Stephanie got in Brie’s head as during the match she asked “Who’s my bitch?” Brie did get some offense in during the match so it wouldn’t be totally one sided. The end came when Triple H came running out then Nikki Bella followed shortly after. Triple H pulled the referee out of the ring during a Brie Bella pin which lead to Brie dropkicking him through the ropes and then a Daniel Bryan moment:
Stephanie was cornered by the Bella Twins then Nikki struck Brie which lead to Stephanie picking up the victory.
8. Roman Reigns def Randy Orton: WAIT… THIS WAS THE COOL OFF MATCH?! This match had some nice spots as Orton did a great job carrying this match. Reigns debuted a new look and the crowd was really behind him. Orton’s counter game isn’t to be fucked with. When he countered the spear into a powerslam then a few minutes later countered a Reigns clothesline into an RKO. Sheeish. Orton was ready to punt Reigns head into the next county but Reigns swiped his leg then hit a huge spear to get the win.
9. Brock Lesnar def John Cena: This match can be summed up in two ways. First:
Sixteen German Suplexes. Sixteen. Vince McMahon must’ve promised Cena something big down the road for being beaten like this.
Final Thoughts: Great PPV overall. I wasn’t mad at any of the results but I was surprised at two of the title changes. The U.S. Title and the Tag Team Titles were #nosold and Sheamus wasn’t even at the PPV. (Not even a Lumberjack.) Paul Heyman is going to talk his shit and I’m sure Nikki Bella will explain her actions on Monday Night RAW.
King’s reaction though.