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The biggest storm of the summer.....
on August 19, 2012
In 1988 WWE began a PPV known as Summerslam, throughout the years its become known as "The Biggest Party of the Summer". Now at the 25th annual event we see if CM Punk can once again shine in the spotlight as he faces 2 challengers for his WWE Title, will Sheamus be able to overcome his injury and conquer Alberto Del Rio? Plus will The Game Triple H be able to gain revenge for all the pain and suffering Brock Lesnar has caused his family and friends and Trips himself?
-Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler: These two had some confrontations leading up to this contest, which it was expected since it could set the table for Ziggler to possibly cash in his briefcase later in the show. The crowd was hot with the "Y2J" chants, Chris did well playing to the fans but he missed his patented springboard dropkick to the outside. Dolph starts to work over the injured ribs, even locking on a sleeper hold, but Jericho comes back hitting a nice hurricarana off the top but only for two. Great spot where Ziggler hits a big Zig Zag, just for two though, Vickie holds Jericho's leg allowing for a small package just for two. Then the Walls of Jericho are locked on and Dolph taps out. 7/10.
-There's an interview with Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman, where they talk about how its simply a fight Triple H can't win.
-Daniel Bryan vs. Kane: Well its been quite a month for Bryan leading up to this as he has seemingly been on the verge of a breakdown, so his match with the 6'9" monster Kane won't help matters. There's the usual power dominance by Kane, but Daniel hits a nice suicide dive to the outside, then the "Yes" chants start which angers Bryan, then Kane hits a big diving clothesline off the top. Daniel slaps Kane, but he does launch him into the turnbuckle, goes for a diving headbutt, gets caught in a chokeslam. Bryan counters the Tombstone attempt and rolls up Kane for three, then runs off. 6/10.
-Backstage Josh Matthews tries interviewing Kane who is enraged and launches him over some cases in the back.
-WWE Intercontinental Championship Match, The Miz (Champion) vs. Rey Mysterio: We have a new costume for Rey as he has a Batman inspired them this time, Mysterio has some good offense, Miz comes back hitting a hard clothesline then a nice diving one in the corner. There's some good exchanges, Miz finally hits the Skull Crushing Finale and covers to retain his title. 6/10.
-CM Punk walks into AJ's office and basically says he's tired of being disrespected by her and the fans and that after he wins his match tonight, he says everyone will need to show him the proper respect.
-World Heavyweight Championship Match, Sheamus (Champion) vs. Alberto Del Rio: For seemingly forever these two have had a rivalry, with no real standout matches and a few decent segments. Sadly this is about as good as their previous face/offs, which means its very average, there's some labored exchanges, with one good move by Del Rio who hit a big arm stunner off the top. We have the Cross Arm Breaker, which Sheamus lifts Alberto up out of Bob Backlund style which gets a big reaction out of the crowd. There's the Sheamus comeback, but Del Rio hits a big kick in the corner just for two. Ricardo ends up throwing his shoe by accident to Sheamus who hits Alberto with it, then the Irish Curse, covers for three and the referee doesn't see Del Rio's foot on the rope. 5/10, the crowd boos the finish big time. Alberto is angry as he walks up the ring to the back.
-We have some pre-show segment where Triple H is talking to referee Scott Armstong, with Trips telling him to let he and Brock fight it out in their match.
-WWE Tag Team Championship Match, Kofi Kingston & R-Truth (Champions) vs. The Primetime Players: Its the usual bonus tag match where there's some good offense but nothing you haven't seen before on TV. Titus and Darren do cut the ring off working over Kofi before the hot tag to Truth, Kingston hits a nice crossbody off the ropes to the outside on O'Neill, then Truth hits a facebuster type move and covers Darren to win. 4/10.
-There's some footage of the Summerslam axxess which showed some good stuff with various superstars and fans.
-Triple Threat Match for the WWE Champion, CM Punk (Champion) vs. The Big Show vs. John Cena: Some good build-up for this one, the typical boofest for Cena, almost no reaction for Big Show, with some good cheers for Punk. The fans do the dueling "Let's Go Cena", "Cena Sucks" chants while Show dominates to no reaction, there's some double teaming by Punk and John on Show. They both seperately try picking up Show but both fail, later a huge Show spear on Cena only for two, the domination continues as Show works over both. Punk cuts off Cena with a clothesline then hits a massive diving elbow for two, then a unique leg lock that Show gets out of, Cena then locks on the STF which Show also powers out of. Punk hits 3 high knees, Cena hits a diving leg drop, they both lock on their submission moves on Show who taps out. There's much confusion over the finish, AJ's music hits she grabs a mic and says "Restart the match". Show hits a double chokeslam, covers Cena first the Punk each for two, Cena hits the AA on Show, Punk pushes him out of the ring and covers Show for three to retain. 9/10.
-Now its time for the typical concert, where singer Kevin Rudolf performs some single of his, they bring some divas out to dance on stage, but it doesn't help the lack interest the crowd has. This wasn't as bad as the Kid Rock concert at Wrestlemania 25 but it was pretty bad.
-Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar: This had quite a bit of hype around it, not a ton of good though as the stuff with Brock breaking Shawn Michael's arm felt pretty forced to try to add more emotion coming into the contest. Brock doesn't get much of a reaction, Triple H gets quite a big pop, the bell rings and it starts out much like the Cena/Lesnar at Extreme Rules, with Brock trying for the Kimura Lock, Trips sends him to the outside a couple of times. They both brawl around the ring some, Lesnar keeps targeting the left arm, even slamming Trips onto the announce table which doesn't break. Trips tries coming back but gets thwarted by Brock, before hitting a DDT, but Trips soon gets sent into the steel steps, then hits a hammer blow jumping off the announce table onto Trips.
Lesnar keeps up the offense, but gets sent into the announce table hitting the corner and he seems to be favoring his stomach (which for anyone who followed his UFC career knows he suffered from diverticulitis). Trips works on the gut with knees then hits the spinebuster, he hits the pedigree but Brock kicks out, then hits a lowblow, the F-5 but Trips kicks out. The Kimura is on, but Trips doesn't give up, hits the Pedigree but Lesnar pops up locking the Kimura on again and Trips taps out. 7/10. Trips is trying to get up with one arm and the crowd cheers a bit then starts a "You Tapped Out" chant, before a good amount of booing occurs, with a little cheering mixed in. Trips walks up the ramp pretty dejected as he keeps saying "I'm sorry" to the fans.
Pretty good showing for this being their big PPV of the summer, I would recommend you watch it at least once. It certainly has some good matches on the card.