|WWE SummerSlam 2014 Results|
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Our panel for this evening consists of Renee Young, Booker T (as always), Ric Flair and Alex Riley.
Pre-Show Kickoff: Cesaro vs. Rob Van Dam
I'm still confused about why this match is happening, considering how we don't have a title defense for the United States Championship or the Tag Team Championship. Oh well. Throwaway Raw match here. In the middle of the match, they're going to do a promo, when they had all the rest of the pre-show to do this and the weeks leading up? Come on, WWE. Standard RVD match with nothing to really report on.
WINNER: Rob Van Dam via pinfall
Some guy named Jake Tucker, aka "Mama's Boy", who won the Totino's Bold Superstar contest (which I had no idea existed). He's actually not that bad on the mic and seems comfortable with this panel. Kudos to Tucker.
Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
The Miz has an absolutely awful looking robe thing on, which oddly works with his character in a stupid way but definitely looks off. Rather than just having our Spanish announcers table, we also have some other commentary team from around the world. They're keeping it fast-paced. Ziggler's over with the crowd (as expected). JBL keeps touting how The Miz's face is the moneymaker, equating it to an ATM. Ziggler nails Miz with a superkick and almost wins. Miz hits a Skull Crushing Finale for a surprise 2-count. Ziggler hits the Zig Zag and wins the title!
WINNER (and new Intercontinental champion): Dolph Ziggler via pinfall
Good match with a surprise outcome. I was hoping Miz would retain, but I'm a huge Ziggler fan, so it's all good in my mind. Hopefully, these two will continue to feud.
Brie Bella cuts a promo backstage with Tom Phillips. Standard stuff. Nothing of importance.
Divas Championship: AJ Lee (c) vs. Paige
AJ rips out some of Paige's hair extensions. There's a decent move with Paige dropping AJ on the security barricade. Paige plays into the minds of the fans by being very sexual with AJ and climbing on top of her (which I'm sure got a better reaction than probably anything else that will happen in this match). AJ leaps off the top rope onto the outside and splashes Paige. She follows it up soon after with a Shining Wizard kick for a 2-count. Paige counters the Black Widow into a "Rampaige" DDT for the win.
WINNER (and new Divas champion): Paige via pinfall
Not too bad, but pretty quick. My Fantasy League team is really getting screwed tonight with me losing two of my champions. Oh well. Considering the state of the division, I'm okay with having another match between these two at Night of Champions rather than being sick of it.
Flag Match: Jack Swagger vs. Rusev
Lana cuts a promo about how Los Angeles represents the worst of the United States. For Swagger's entrance, some members of the military come out to help add some gravity to the flag. Rusev tries to say that he can't compete after Swagger hurts his leg, but the ref allows the match to start. I'm still not sure what the rules are for this match. It seems like it isn't an actual Flag Match, but just a normal match with pinfalls and submissions. Swagger is looking like a beast, tossing Rusev around like he's nothing. Swagger reverses the Accolade into the Patriot Lock. Rusev escapes by kicking Swagger in the face a few times. Rusev puts Swagger back into the Accolade. He doesn't tap, but the ref calls the match.
WINNER: Rusev via submission
This was a disappointment for various reasons. Not only was it NOT a Flag Match, but it failed to capitalize on the momentum that Swagger was building up over the past few weeks.
After the match, Lana tells Rusev to crush Zeb Colter, so he nails him with a kick.
Lumberjack Match: Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
One of the problems in this match is that it has been booked around the Lumberjack concept rather than just the intensity of the Rollins/Ambrose feud. Thankfully, Ambrose is doing his best to keep things exciting by just attacking random people and going as nuts as possible. Eventually, the lumberjacks have become useless, as Rollins and Ambrose are fighting amongst the audience. Corporate Kane comes out to yell at the lumberjacks and tell them to go get them back into the ring. Ambrose jumps off the top rope onto the entire pack of people around the ring. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Rollins nails him with a kick to the head. Ambrose then hits Rollins with a nice clothesline. Funny enough, Ambrose hits Rollins with his own finisher. Kane interrupts the pinfall. Goldust steps up to Kane and now the lumberjacks are all in the ring. Rollins blasts Ambrose with the briefcase for the victory.
WINNER: Seth Rollins via pinfall
Awesome match that was much, much better than what I was expecting. They were able to have a street fight without having one, essentially. This was one of the most entertaining lumberjack matches in years.
Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt
This match is a waste and nothing that hasn't been seen before. There's nothing to mention at all. Sorry guys.
WINNER: Bray Wyatt via pinfall.
As I said, waste of time.
Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella
Stephanie looks amazing! This match is actually good so far. Stephanie is in much better ring shape than expected. Triple H comes out to cause a distraction and Stephanie goes for a pedigree. Brie goes for a Yes Lock and Triple H pulls the referee out from the ring to stop him from ending the match. Brie dropkicks Triple H, who sells it like a champ. Nikki comes into the ring and hits Brie, turning on her sister. Stephanie hits a Pedigree on Brie and gets the win.
WINNER: Stephanie McMahon via pinfall
Solid match with a predictable but decent finish. Much better than I had expected it would be. Credit to Stephanie McMahon for pulling that out (and Brie as well)
Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton
This has a bit of a slow start, but it thankfully picks up the pace quite a bit. Not too bad, so far. Reigns is doing a great job of showing that he has more to offer than just a few of his regular moves. Superman Punch is ineffective and doesn't get the win. Orton hits a nice RKO when Roman jumps for a Superman punch. Two-count. Reigns eventually hits a spear for the win.
WINNER: Roman Reigns via pinfall
Much better than I had thought would happen. Roman Reigns continues to impress.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar
This match starts up with a huge intensity and a brawl the second the bell rings. Within maybe a minute, Lesnar is able to hit the F5, but Cena kicks out. Lesnar takes charge and kicks Cena's ass. He starts tossing him around with German suplexes like he's nothing. The suplexes don't stop coming. Cena escapes an F5 and hits an Attitude Adjustment on Lesnar. Two-count. Lesnar's laughing at Cena and gets up before he does. Lesnar gets back in control. Cena is able to lock in an STF. Lesnar escapes and goes back to just pounding on Cena's head. He hits another F5 and wins.
WINNER (and new WWE World Heavyweight champion): Brock Lesnar via pinfall
Basically a squash match, but they did it in a way that was entertaining as hell. Lesnar looks like a beast and a legitimate champion on top of the rest of the roster.
1. Main event
2. Lumberjack Match
3. Intercontinental Championship Match
1. Wyatt vs Jericho
2. Rusev wins
3. Cesaro vs. RVD
Reasoning: Outside of the three matches that didn't live up to the hype, everything was very entertaining. We had some title changes, some surprise victories, some impressive performances that were shocking, etc. This felt like an actual SummerSlam much more than the build made it seem like it would be.
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