WWE took over Los Angeles and the Staples Center tonight, bringing SummerSlam to the city of angels and around the globe on pay-per-view. Randy Orton walked away with the WWE Championship after Triple H took out the newly crowned Daniel Bryan while Brock Lesnar bested CM Punk in a match of the year candidate. Elsewhere on the show, Alberto Del Rio retained his World Heavyweight Championship while Kane moved one step closer to becoming a member of the Wyatt family. Check out the full results and review below and make sure to let us know your favorite SummerSlam 2013 moment in the comments!
Bray Wyatt defeated Kane – Ring of Fire Match
The leader of the Wyatt family picked up the win over the Big Red Machine in a clunky match that was held back by the fire surrounding the ring. With flames shooting high for every big move, both men seemed hindered from doing anything out the ordinary, lest they find themselves burning up. The other members of the Wyatt family eventually threw the ring curtain over the fire, putting it out long enough for them to get into the ring and take Kane down. Bray Wyatt made it to his feet and gave Kane a kiss on the forehead before hitting his finisher to pick up the win.
Post match, Bray took to his rocking chair while the rest of the Wyatt family laid Kane out with the steel steps. They seemed to abduct Kane afterward, dragging his lifeless body to the locker room. Expect to see a whole new Kane the next time he is on WWE television.
Cody Rhodes defeated Damien Sandow
Rhodes picked up the win in roughly seven minutes with the CrossRhodes. A very clean, if unspectacular match, with the big story being that Cody Rhodes’ infamous mustache has been shaved off. Seeing as the fans are now on his side, it might be a good move for him to lose the mustache but this reviewer will miss the unique, 1980s nature of it.
Alberto Del Rio defeated Christian to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
This match was a back and forth battle between two men with a deep history, only adding to the drama. Just as Christian looked as though he would be walking away with the title, his nagging shoulder injury worked against him. After hitting a spear, Christian was unable to capitalize, leading to Del Rio locking in the armbar and Captain Charisma tapping out.
This was the first part of the evening that those in attendance really bought into the near-falls and story of the match. It was also easy to buy into the finish without thinking that Damien Sandow would cash in, something that couldn’t be said for the main event of the evening.
Natalya defeated Brie Bella
A good time filler, carried by the queen of the Hart family. A large amount of focus has been on the Bellas due to their prominent position on the Divas show on E!, but the best worker in the company right now is Natalya. It was good to see her get a win, especially with the Sharpshooter, especially 20 years after her uncle locked WWE commentator Jerry Lawler in that very move and wouldn’t release it for close to 4 minutes.
Brock Lesnar defeated CM Punk in a No DQ Match
Meet the new leading candidate for Match of the Year. Both men, along with Paul Heyman, spent 25 minutes crafting a phenomenal match, with Lesnar getting the win after an F5 onto a chair, with CM Punk landing on his face on the chair.
The brutality of the match was found in the chair itself, with Punk taking the advantage and finding a way to regain it whenever Lesnar took control of the chair. When Punk was out of tricks, the force with which Lesnar used the chair as downright shocking, as you could almost feel Punk’s spine turn into jelly when Lesnar laid in.
At the end of the day, Punk was able to get his hands on Paul Heyman, knocking him down with a punch before locking in the Anaconda Vice. While satisfying for Punk and the fans at home, it was within that moment that Punk’s eye left the ball, and Lesnar took advantage for the win. This match is worth the price of the pay-per-view itself.
Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn defeated Big E Langston and AJ Lee
A pedestrian filler match, designed to calm the pace after the Punk-Lesnar war. Ziggler picked up the win for his team with the Zig Zag on Langston. It’s hard not to feel for Ziggler, as many assumed he would have a good run with the World Heavyweight Championship following his emotional cash-in the night after WrestleMania. While a concussion is never something you want to be on the receiving end of, Ziggler’s couldn’t have possibly come at a worse time. Hopefully he’s back at the top of the card soon.
Daniel Bryan defeated John Cena to win the WWE Championship
It was time for Daniel Bryan to ascend the highest mountain in WWE and take the WWE Championship. The moment was as awesome as expected, but lasted much shorter than many preferred.
Cena and Bryan went back and forth for over 25 minutes, with Bryan throwing everything he had at Cena and always coming back when Cena took advantage. One highlight was Bryan hitting Cena with a top rope suplex but locking his legs on the ropes so Cena took all of the fall. Bryan then flipped himself up to the top and landing a diving headbutt to a loud crowd reaction. The ending came with the crowd pumping Bryan up with “Yes!” chants before he smashed Cena with a running knee to the face and picked up the win.
Streamers went throughout the crowd as Bryan and Cena shook hands and fireworks went off as Triple H held up Bryan’s hand in victory. Within moments, Randy Orton’s music hit. He teased cashing in his Money in the Bank contract, and then thought better of it. As he questioned his decision, Triple H turned Daniel Bryan around and laid him out with a pedigree, leading to…
Randy Orton defeated Daniel Bryan to win the WWE Championship
Orton handed Triple H the briefcase, Triple H had the bell rung and Orton took the pedestrian 3 count to win the title. Both men celebrated, with Orton striking his signature pose and Triple H doing a mocking “Yes!” chant for the crowd as SummerSlam left the air.
This was a great night for WWE. While Orton and Triple H have had their issues in the past, there is no denying that they have a good history through Evolution that can be played off of. Additionally, Orton can be something akin to WWE Corporate Champion 2.0, leading to a fun “Stone Cold”-esque title chase from Daniel Bryan. This also nudges John Cena pretty firmly out of the title picture, something many fans have been clamoring for. As awesome as he is, the burn out factor on Cena grows quickly.
Between the intricate ending to the show, the phenomenal Punk-Lesnar match, and an overall solid card, SummerSlam 2013 is a good buy. If you can catch the replay, it’s completely worth it.
What did you think of WWE SummerSlam? Were you surprised to see Randy Orton and Triple H partner up? What did you think of CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar? Sound off in the comments below!
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