Here are the results for the WWE’s second-biggest event after Wrestlemania. As a reminder, this year’s Summer Slam was four hours long.
- Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart opened the show with a promo alongside WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley. Stewart was announced as the host for Summer Slam last week.
- Seamus def. Randy Orton: For the second time in six months, Randy Orton would face off against the Money in the Bank holder the same night the WWE Title is being defended. Before the match started, Seamus finally responded to the house crowd after hearing “You look stupid!” ever since he came back as a Heel the RAW after Wrestlemania 31 with some choice words of his own. In the end, two quick Brogue Kicks put Orton down for the 3-count. As I mentioned at the top, the last time Orton faced a Money in the Bank contract holder–Seth Rollins–that person would go on to successfully cash in the same night…
- The New Day wins Tag Team Fatal Four Way Match to become the new WWE Tag Team Champions: Titus O’Neil cleaned the ring once he was finally tagged in but it was the numbers game that ultimately favored The New Day, who picked up the win to become 2-time tag team champions. Given The Usos are due to return to in-ring action soon, things are gonna get interesting.
- After the match and a brief commercial, Jon Stewart did a promo with Neville and Arrow star Steven Amell. As Stewart was talking about his fear of interviewing The Deadman, the lights dimmed and The Undertaker walked by in the foreground followed by white smoke.
- The next match was then announced: Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev! Last week’s RAW and Smackdown involving the two as well as Lana and Summer Rae.
- Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev ends in No Contest: The match spilled to ringside due to Lana and Summer Rae getting into it distracting Rusev. As Lawler and Cole said, the feud is certainly far from over.
- The next match was then announced: Steve Amell and Neville vs. Stardust and King Barrett.
- Steven Amell and Neville def. Stardust and King Barrett: In a match made in Hollywood, this ended up being a good matchup. By that I mean unlike most celebrity matches, Amell wasn’t carried by his partner or opponents. King Barrett and Stardust took it to him but Amell hung in. his dive off the top rope drew huge pops from the crowd. Neville hit the Red Arrow to pick up the win. Will this be a one-time thing for The Green Arrow? Only time will tell!
- Intercontinental Champion Ryback def. The Miz and The Big Show: Right off the bat, The Miz made his game plan clear: Pin whoever’s down for the easy win. Unfortunately for him, Ryback was smarter and picked up the win to retain the Intercontinental Championship.
- Backstage, Jon Stewart went to Brock Lesnar’s locker room and ran into Paul Heyman. Clearly relieved The Beast wasn’t the one who came out, the two got into some bander but as usual, Heyman got the last word in–at Stewart’s expense.
- Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns Def. Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper: I knew the match was gonna be crazy but that finish was awesome. Both teams pulled out all the stops and tore it up in and outside the ring. For a moment, I thought Ambrose was gonna do a heel turn at the end when he tagged Reigns in to close out the match. Fortunately that didn’t happen. LOL. Much to my surprise, Eric Rowan didn’t make a surprise appearance like I predicted he would.
- The second-biggest match of the night was then announced: John Cena vs. Seth Rollins in a winner-take-all title for title match. I switched to my computer to watch the rest of Summer Slam since I have a more stable connection vs. my PS3 and Xbox 360 (my TV Set is further away from the router).
- WWE Champion Seth Rollins def. U.S. Champion John Cena to win U.S. Title: With a little help from his old rival Jon Stewart, Seth Rollins defeated John Cena to become the first Superstar to hold both the U.S. Championship and the WWE Championship. Being honest, I was expecting him to win. As usual, Cena came out to the “John Cena Sucks!” chant in cadence to his entrance music while Seth Rollins was cheered despite being a heel. That said, as a reminder Heels are not supposed to win cleanly. Stewart helping him was a nice swerve. In winning, Rollins also denied Cena from tying Ric Flair for being the 16-time WWE Champion. While I’m sure Cena will break the record before he retires, it wasn’t going to be tonight. It also looks like Seamus decided not to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase tonight either.
- During the break to the WWE Panel, the house crowd can be heard cheering “Thank you, Stewart!” in the background. The Divas match was then announced.
- Team P.C.B. def. Team Bella and Team B.A.D. in Triple Threat Elimination Divas Match: The Divas’ Division continues to impress. While the outcome was a bit predictable, the NXT Imports continue to impress. Sasha Banks was clearly still hurting after dropping the Divas NXT Championship the night before as Team B.A.D.–that stands for Beautiful And Dangerous–was the first to be eliminated (That’s the team of Naomi, Tamina and Sasha). Team Bella and Team P.C.B. (Paige, Charlotte and Becky) fought with everything they had but in the end, Team P.C.B. emerged victorious. As JBL and Cole said after the match, Nkki Bella dropping the belt is now feels more realistic.
- During the commercial break, The Terminator was announced as a Playable Character in WWE2K16: Free if you preorder, presumably paid later on. I plan on buying it for the Xbox 360 so…yeah.
- Kevin Owens def. Cesaro: After failing to regain the NXT Championship the night before in a Ladder Match against Flynn Balor, who beat him for the title on July 4th, it was obvious Owens was looking to vent some pent-up frustration and unfortunately for Cesaro, it was him. Both superstars threw everything they had at each other but in the end, Owens withstood everything The Swiss Superman threw at him to pick up the win.
- The OTHER main event dubbed “Too Big For Wrestlemania” was then announced: Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker in the rematch 16 months in the making.
- The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar ends in a Tie;The Undertaker officially wins by Submission but Brock Lesnar wins by Submission: No, really. Up to the finish, the match could have gone either way. Holy shit, these two came in prepared to fight to the death. And they probably would have. Lesnar got busted open early on but got payback when he F-5’ed The Deadman through the French announce table. ‘Taker barely made it back into the ring to beat getting counted out. The Suplex Count was 6 before the match came to its controversial ending which will certainly be revisited tomorrow night on RAW: As was revealed via instant replay, The Undertaker tapped out to the Komoura Lock, which the Time Keeper saw and rung the bell. The problem is the referee didn’t see ‘Taker tap so while Lesnar DID win by submission, officially it didn’t count so the match continued. Moments later, ‘Taker locked The Beast into Hell’s Gate. In a final act of defiance before he passed out, Lesnar gave The Deadman the bird. The Undertaker was then officially delcared the winner.
- After ‘Taker went backstage, referee saw the replay for the first time. The “Ayyyyyy my bad, Brock!” look on his face was priceless. An irare Heyman furiously rang the bell, declaring Lesnar the rightful winner. While he IS right about that, officially The Undertaker won the match. LOL.
…Overall, I give Summer Slam 2015 a 9/10. If Rollins won cleanly I’d have given it a 10/10. It’s not like he needed the assist >.>;
Fallout from the Summer Slam finale will be the main focus come tomorrow followed by the Cena/Rollins match. It’s a definite must-watch!
…There is an interesting poll on the page for the next Pay Per View Event, Night of Champions (Sunday, September 20): Which retired title should WWE bring back. Unsurprisingly, the Hardcore Title has a resounding 53% lead followed by the European Title at 21%. The momentum is definitely there for one of the retired belts to be brought back and I think it will be one of the main focal points of the upcoming Pay Per View event in four weeks.
Almost forgot: Sting was booked to appear at Summer Slam but I didn’t see him on screen. If he was there, he likely stayed backstage. We may see him on RAW tomorrow, though.