WWE Summerslam - 8/18/13
Previously on WWE: no clue, haven't watched since MITB when Randy Orton and Damien Sandow won their respective briefcases.
Dean Ambrose [c] vs. Rob Van Dam. This was your typical RAW match. Kind of surprised RVD went over, even if only by DQ. The Shield have certainly lost their luster since last Fall, it seems. Rating: **
Kane vs. Bray Wyatt - Ring of Fire Match. This was no good, but then it was really just an angle in the long run. A for effort guys, but not a whole lot going here. Rating: *
Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow. Like Ambrose/RVD, this was your typical RAW match. A bit of excitement in this one as they both brought some fiery offense, but there wasn't a whole bunch to it. Sandow continues to long running tradition of Smackdown MITB-winners jobbing. Rating: **
Alberto Del Rio [c] vs. Christian - World's Heavyweight Championship Match. Business picked up in this one, but I will complain that Del Rio's offense was all over the place. Hot finish, though. The pre-match vignette really had me buying a Christian-win, for what it's worth. Del Rio's post-match promo was a bit confusing, unless they're going for a Bret Hart-deal where he's a heel everywhere but to the Latino community. Del Rio winning was ultimately not a surprise. Rating: ***
Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk - No DQ Match. ERMAGERD. THIS MATCH. Pretty epic stuff, shades of Shawn Michaels or Sting taking on Vader. Lesnar was just fucking monstrous in this one and Punk was the PERFECT foil to him. I loved early on when Punk attacked with the ring steps and Brock just casually shoved him off. And was Brock laying it in with those chairshots or what? DEVASTATING. Kudos to Punk for delivering a great looking elbow drop. 434 days as champ, only 1 decent flying elbow drop. The finish could have gone either way, but I think it ended fine. Everyone was on point in this match, Heyman included. I really can't say enough good things about this match. Everything fleshed out PERFECTLY. Excellent, excellent match and a strong contender for MOTY. Rating: *****
AJ/Big E. Langston vs. Kaitlyn/Dolph Ziggler. Oh jeez. At least it was short. Rating: 0
John Cena [c] vs. Bryan Danielson - WWE Championship Match; Special Guest Referee: Triple H. I'm going to be very honest here: this was a really good match, but it was not great. It didn't come close to touching the level of the various Punk/Cena-matches by a longshot. I don't know what if anything this is attributable to. I just don't think it was as good as it could have been. But it was still really good. The story here was really the coming out party for Danielson and making him look like he belongs, and he did. I'd also like to add that he's more over now than Punk ever has been. The finish was great and it did what it needed to do, establish Danielson as THE MAN. Danielson busting out the flying BOM BA YE was beautiful. They both worked hard and it was really good. Rating: ****
Bryan Danielson [c] vs. Randy Orton - WWE Championship Match. Not really a match per se. Everyone knew this was coming. You know, it's pretty much play-for-play what happened at Summerslam 2011. Anyway, hopefully this sets up a fine Randy Orton vs. Bryan Danielson-feud. Rating: NR
Match of the Show: Brock Lesnar vs. CM PunkRegarding Ratings:
0 - Horrible and avoid.
* - Not good.
** - Decent.
*** - Good.
**** - Really good.
***** - Amazing.
I don't do quarter or half stars.
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