Saturday, 25 August 2012

WWE Summerslam 2012 Review

The Silver Anniversary of Summerslam took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. There were 8 matches on the card, including the Pre-Show. Was the show any good? Let's take a look.

The Pre-Show was Antonio Cesario challenging Santino Marella for the United States Championship. Santino goes the Cobra early and Cesario stops that from happening, eventually getting to rip up the sock. Santino gets back the momentum and pulls out another Cobra sock literally out of his ass. However, it wasn't enough as Cesario hits the Neutraliser and become the new United States Champion. It was a good match and, although I wanted Cesario to be the next United States Champion, I didn't think it would happen at Summerslam.
Winner: Antonio Cesario                                                                              Predictions: 0 for 1

After Triple H strongly encourages referee Scott Armstrong to be lenient with the rules regarding his match with Brock Lesnar, the PPV officially starts with Dolph Ziggler taking on Chris Jericho. I was surprised this match was on first. Despite that, I was really looking forward to his match so hopefully they won't disappoint. Jericho gets the early advantage before Ziggler starts to focus on the ribs that he injured on Smackdown. Ziggler mocks Jericho with a pin. Ziggler then hits the Fameasser followed later on by a sleeper. Jericho gets out of it and hits a top rope hurracarrana. Jericho goes for the Lionsaut but Ziggler knees him hits the ZigZag but that only gets a 2 count. Jericho hits the Codebreaker but Dolph rolls out of the ring. Jericho rolls Ziggler back in and gets distracted by Vickie as he is going back in. This gives the opportunity for Ziggler to do a small package but that only gets a 2 count. Jericho throws Ziggler into the turnbuckel and applies the Liontamer version of the Walls of Jericho to get the win. I really enjoyed this match and is one of the best opening matches ever seen at Summerslam.
Winner: Chris Jericho                                                                                    Predictions: 1 for 2

After Matt Striker interviews Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman (well, really Paul Heyman), we get Daniel Bryan taking on Kane. Bryan tries to use his superior agility to get the advantage but Kane is too strong for him eventually throwing Bryan out of the ring. Bryan starts to get some momentum but is stopped by Kane. Bryan tries to apply the LeBell "Yes" "No" Lock but Kane powers out of it. Bryan goes for a flying headbutt from the top rope but Kane catches him and hits the Chokeslam. Kane then goes the Tombstone; however, Bryan reverses it into a small package to get the win before commencing Operation GTFO. Kane goes after Bryan and starts to look for him backstage. Josh "Bad Timing" Mathews then decides that this would be a good time to interview Kane. Understandably Kane doesn't take that well and promptly sends flying Mathews flying through the air. Back to the match, it was an ok match with a good ending.
Winner: Daniel Bryan                                                                                     Predictions: 2 for 3

Next we get the Intercontinental Championship between Rey Mysterio and The Miz. The match goes back and forth to begin with with The Miz showing his new agressive stance. The action goes to the outsdie and Miz sends Mysterio onto the top of the guard rail. Miz has a lot of momentum including hitting a sit down powerbomb, which gets a 2 count. Mysterio manages to counter a few moves but is unable to get the pinfall.  Mysterio hits the 619. Miz tries the Skull Crushing Finale but it's reversed into a small package, which Miz kicks out at 2. Miz then sends Mysterio into the turnbuckle then hits the Skull Crushing Finale to get the pinfall and retain the Championship. I enjoyed this match with a lot of impressive counters by Mysterio.
Winner: The Miz                                                                                             Predictions: 3 for 4

We then get a backstage segment where CM Punk is not happy with AJ putting him into a triple threat match for the WWE Championship because he could lose the title without getting pinned. AJ decides to ignore him, which Punk feels that is disrespecting him. I kinda like where they are going with Punk as long as the WWE don't make into a generic heel. Punk can be a great anti-hero if played right.

The World Heavyweight Championship is on the line as Alberto Del Rio challenges Sheamus. The action goes to the outside early before going back in the ring. Del Rio goes for the Cross Armbreaker but Sheamus wh then attempts the Brogue Kick. However, Sheamus hits the ropes instead and this gives Del Rio to get the chance to wear down Sheamus. Del Rio attempts the Brogue Kick but Sheamus counters and tries to get some momentum but Del Rio gains it back. Del Rio applies the Cross Armbreaker but Sheamus manages to reverse it into a powerbomb. Sheamus hits the White Noise but Del Rio kicks out at 2. After Del Rio attempts a pin and Sheamus kicks out, Del Rio expresses his frustration at Ricardo "Virgil" Rodriguez and drags him into the ring. As the referee gets Ricardo out, he throws his shoe to Del Rio. However, Sheamus gets it instead and hits Del Rio in the head then hits the Irish Curse Backbreaker and pins him. Del Rio puts his foot on the rope but the referee doesn't see it and Sheamus moves it away to stop the referee spotting it. I enjoyed this match but I didn't like the ending. Sheamus' actions were more of a heel than a popular face. It looks like we will get another match between the two at Night of Champions.
Winner: Sheamus                                                                                             Predictions: 4 for 5

The Prime Time Players (#Millions of Dollars!) challenge Kofi Kingston and R-Truth for the Tag Team championship Truth starts the match and is quickly dominated by O'Neill and Young. Kofi gets the hot tag and decimates O'Neill. Young distracts Kofi, giving O'Neill the chance to get out of the ring and hit a thunderous clothesline, giving the momentum back to the Prime Time Players. Kofi counters a slam into a DDT, giving him the opportunity to tag Truth. Young attempts a gutbuster but it's reversed into the Little Jimmy to give him and Kofi the win. This was a good tag team match and I wouldn't mind seeing a rematch between the two.
Winners: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth                                                                Predictions: 4 for 6

The penultimate match was the triple threat WWE Championship between CM Punk, The Big Show and John Cena. Show is dominant to begin with, which means that Punk and Cena work together against him. The did a suplex on Show but Show reverses it and suplexes them both. Punk dropkicks Show in the knee and starts to attack Show but it's only temporary as Show regains his dominance. There was a nice bit where   Punk attempt to do a suicide dive to Show but Show grabs his neck and slams him against the ring apron. Cena manages to hit a side suplex and Punk hit the Macho Man elbow drop but that only gets 2. Punk applies a submission move where he puts his legs and arms round Show's neck. Cena then decides to apply the STF at the same time to Show. Show understandably taps out which leaves everyone wondering. Punk and Cena both think they won, and I don't get Cena's reasoning here as he put on the STF after Punk put on his submission move. RAW General Manager AJ comes out to the ring and after taking a fucking decade to think about it, just says "Restart the match" and walks off. During this time, Show manages to recover and hits a double chokeslam but is unable to get the win. Show goes for the WMD on Cena but Cena ducks and hits the AA. Punk, taking inspiration from Edge's manual "How to be the Ultimate Opportunist", throws Cena out of the ring and pins Show to get the win and retain the WWE Championship. I enjoyed the match then it became a clusterfuck, which was really annoying.
Winner: CM Punk                                                                                               Predictions: 5 for 7

After a performance by Kevin Rudolf signing the theme song to Summerslam "Don't Give Up", including some embarrassing dancing by the ring announcers and the commentators; we get "The Perfect Storm" as Brock Lesnar takes on Triple H. Brock goes for the Kimura Lock early but Triple H powers out of it and clotheslines Brock over the top rope. This pisses Brock off and starts to destroy Triple H, focusing on the arm that he broke. Triple H tries to get some momentum but he is stopped by a German suplex. Brock continues his assault but is slowed down by a suplex by Triple H. Triple H goes for the Pedigree but is thrown over the top rope by Brock. Triple H sends Brock gut first into the announce table, and this gives Triple H the opportunity to focus on Brock's stomach, driving his knee continuously into the stomach. Triple H hits the AA Spinebuster then hits the Pedigree but Brock kicks out at 2. Brock hits a blatant low blow, which prompts ref Scott Armstrong to consider ringing the bell. He doesn't and Brock hits the F-5 but Triple H kicks out at 2. Brock applies the Kimura lock but Triple H manages to punch his way out of it. Triple H hits another Pegidree but as Triple H goes for the cover, Brock applies the Kimura lock, "breaks" Triple H's arm, prompting him to tap out and give Brock the win. Brock goes off and Triple H goes out mournfully saying goodbye. Although, I got a pissed off at Brock constantly going for the arm, I liked the story of the match, especially the role of referee Scott Armstrong and Paul Heyman. Heyman gets special credit for his reactions during the match, especially when he acts genuinely concerned for Brock when he inures his stomach.
Winner: Brock Lesnar                                                                                         Predictions: 6 for 8

I enjoyed most of Summerslam. Like I mention when I review Wrestlemania, Summerslam will not only be compared to not only the last PPV but also the last Summerslam and I think it's on the same level on both counts. The only thing that I really hated about the event was the finishes of the two World Championship matches as you see one in which the good guy cheats and another which ends in a bit of a clusterfuck. Despite that, I'm interested to see where the WWE goes from here.

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