The ending to SummerSlam left me feeling dirty with a bad taste in my mouth. Something just didn’t feel right about that WWE championship match.
First off, the Undisputed title match was much shorter than that for the World Heavyweight title. Triple H failed to see John Cena’s leg draped over the bottom rope, and awarded CM Punk the WWE title. Then, out of nowhere, Kevin Nash attacked Punk and laid him out with a Jackknife Powerbomb. Then, immediately following the assault, Alberto Del Rio ran down the ramp to cash in his Money in the Bank opportunity, struck Punk with a Shining wizard, and left SummerSlam as the new WWE champion.
And throughout all of this Triple H was in utter dismay. He spent the better half of a month trying to establish order in the dual ownership of the WWE championship, even went as far as to insert himself as the decision maker of the Punk-Cena match, but all for what? Inherently, Triple H should have consulted with the video replay and restarted the match, or he in fact should have had a referee on the outside as a second pair of eyes.
So is Kevin Nash back in full wrestling capacity? Was he called upon by Stephanie McMahon, who was seen backstage throughout the event, to teach CM Punk a lesson? Could he be the Anonymous Raw General Manager? Or was he hired by Alberto Del Rio to afford him the best possible opportunity to capture the WWE title?
What will happen now? Rey Mysterio is advertised to challenge the WWE champion (who is now Alberto Del Rio) for Raw tonight. John Cena could take the low road and whine and moan about what transpired in the match, in order to earn himself another opportunity. CM Punk has a rematch opportunity, as does Cena.
And for the love of wrestling, can we please get a new WWE championship design? Preferably something closer to the Winged-Eagle Attitude belt?
Though it was shades of SummerSlam 2009, when Punk stood standing in the ring as the new World’s champion and was choke slammed by a returning Undertaker, Punk still delivered some moments, including the Macho Elbow that garnered “Randy Savage” chants throughout the Staples Center.
Christian and Randy Orton had–without a doubt–the show stealing match of the night. A No Holds Barred match issued by Triple H, witnessed the introduction of kendo sticks, steel steps, steel chairs, tables, and trash cans. Christian attempted to RKO Randy into the Spanish announce table, but was impeded by an RKO through the table. Back inside the ring, Christian connected with the Killswitch only for a two count. Later Orton DDT’d Christian into a trash can, which ensued to an RKO on top of the steel steps positioned in the ring. This won him his ninth WWE World title.
Christian’s original plan was to have his best friend Edge in his corner, but the “Rated-R Superstar” didn’t quite approve of how Christian had been conducting himself. And though Edge remarked that he had done some downright despicable things during his career, he did it with style and panache. He didn’t go around crying, whining, and even DQ’ing to win World titles.
Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett, former NXT and The Nexus rivals, had a great match. It was the first time in almost a year that either man was featured on a pay-per-view card. D.Bryan is starting to build a following with the WWE Universe as he showcased his old-school grappling style, (even used the Hammerlock, which Bryan says is “badass,”) and performed a number of stiff kicks across Wade’s chest before knocking him out with a round house kick. He demonstrated his chain-submission maneuvers by cinching Barrett in the Guillotine followed through into the LeBell Lock. But Wade, reaching the ropes, ended the match with a Diving lariat into Wasteland.
When it comes to wins-losses, Wade Barrett needed it more. Daniel Bryan is good, he has the SmackDown MITB briefcase, so he has some momentum. Wade Barrett needed to remind everyone why he is the one to watch.
Kelly Kelly surprised all of us with her pugnacious tenacity in the ring against Beth Phoenix. While Beth may have taken her lightly, since she had the size advantage, and Diva of Doom partner Natalya in her corner, the defending Divas champion did not. Beth looked like she had the match won when she lifted Kelly into the Glam Slam, but Kelly countered into a roll through to retain her title.
Sheamus is really coming up as WWE’s new fan favorite. After a year and a half of seeing Sheamus take the easy way out, he finally did what we all wanted, and that was to live up to the honor of being a Celtic Warrior. When he challenged Mark Henry to this SummerSlam match, the fans finally got what they had been waiting for. So no more disqualifications, and no more running away. Sheamus is now here to fight. And though it was a great effort by Sheamus last night, Mark Henry raming him through the barricades granted him a count-out victory. So while Mark Henry does have a legitimate win over Sheamus, he still has yet to beat him.
Also at SummerSlam, Rey Mysterio pinned R-Truth with a 619 in a 6-man tag match, also included John Morrison, Kofi Kingston, The Miz, and Alberto Del Rio.
Isn’t Rey Mysterio supposed to be injured?
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