The Biggest Screwjob of the Summer.
The 26th annual WWE SummerSlam came to you, live on pay-per-view, from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. “The Biggest Event of the Summer” would feature one of the biggest and most personal wars in the event’s twenty-six year history as “The Best” will collide with “The Beast” as “The Best in the World” CM Punk would try and slay his former best friend’s hired monster “The Beast” Brock Lesnar, with the evil mastermind behind the collision, Paul Heyman, in his corner in a match with no disqualifications.
For weeks, WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon has made no bones about the fact that he does not want either John Cena or Daniel Bryan to be the WWE Champion, but the diabolical boss has targeted Daniel Bryan, using RAW General Manager Brad Maddox as a glorified puppet to try and screw over the #1 Contender, but the Chairman’s son-in-law Triple H refuses to let his father-in-law wreck the main event of SummerSlam for his own, personal gain as the COO will step in as the Special Referee for the WWE Championship match between John Cena and Daniel Bryan.
Throughout his legendary career in the WWE, there has been one sinister ally that has been in the back pocket of “The Big Red Monster” Kane and that is the element of fire and, at SummerSlam, Kane would use fire to hash out his revenge on the head of The Wyatt Family, Bray Wyatt, as “The Devil’s Favorite Demon” squares off with the self-proclaimed “Eater of Worlds” and the ring will literally be surrounded by fire as the first ever Ring of Fire Match will see the two demonic entities compete inside the flames to keep the two Superstars in the ring and any interference, particularly from Bray Wyatt’s “brothers”, Luke Harper & Erick Rowan, out of the match.
The World Heavyweight Championship would also be up for grabs at SummerSlam as “The Mexican Aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio defends his World Heavyweight Title against a man who has been on a roll as of late, even pinning the champion on RAW, “Captain Charisma” Christian. In a Mixed Tag Match, “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler would enlist the assistance of Kaitlyn to battle Dolph’s psycho ex-girlfriend, Divas Champion AJ Lee, and Dolph’s former bodyguard, Big E. Langston. At Money-in-the-Bank, the self-proclaimed “Intellectual Savior of the Masses” Damien Sandow ducked out of the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match for the World Heavyweight Championship Contract Money-in-the-Bank briefcase, waiting until his supposed “best friend” Cody Rhodes had his fingertips on the briefcase to jump back into the match, costing Rhodes the match and taking the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase for himself, but at SummerSlam, the second-generation star would be looking to exact his revenge as Cody Rhodes would go one-on-one with the World Heavyweight Championship Contract “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Damien Sandow. SummerSlam would also see two of the stars of the instant E! Network hit reality show, Total Divas, face off as Natalya would go one-on-one with Brie Bella.
- United States Championship: Kickoff Match: Rob Van Dam def. Dean Ambrose (c) by DQ after Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns interfere. As a result, Dean Ambrose (c) retains.
- Ring of Fire Match: Bray Wyatt (with Luke Harper & Erick Rowan) def. Kane by pin following the Sister Abigail.
- Cody Rhodes def. Damien Sandow by pin following Cross Rhodes.
- World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio (c) def. Christian by submission to the cross armbreaker to retain.
- Natalya def. Brie Bella by submission to the Sharpshooter.
- No DQ: Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) def. CM Punk by pin following the F-5 on a steel chair.
- Mixed Tag Match: Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn def. Big E. Langston & AJ Lee by Dolph Ziggler pinning Big E. Langston following the Zig Zag.
- WWE Championship: Special Referee- Triple H: Daniel Bryan def. John Cena (c) by pin following a running knee to the face to win the WWE Title.
- WWE Championship: Special Referee- Triple H: Randy Orton def. Daniel Bryan (c) by pin following the Pedigree by Triple H to win the WWE Title.
After the Official Host of SummerSlam, The Miz, welcomes everyone to the show, SummerSlam would get off to a ‘fiery’ start as the opening match of the night would see “The Big Red Monster” Kane would go one-on-one with the head of The Wyatt Family, Bray Wyatt, with his “brothers” Luke Harper & Erick Rowan in his corner, in a Ring of Fire Match, where fire will surround the ring, preventing either man from escaping and preventing any outside interference with firefighters standing by. During the match, Bray Wyatt would find himself in trouble and would instruct Luke Harper & Erick Rowan to fetch him a weapon, so Harper procures a kendo stick, but when Harper tries to hand the stick to his leader, the flames light the stick on fire and Harper immediately tosses the stick down as firefighters extinguish the weapon. This gives Erick Rowan the idea to grab a fire extinguisher, attempting to put the flames out, but the attempt fails. Meanwhile, inside the Ring of Fire, Kane drops Bray Wyatt with a chokeslam, but Harper & Rowan finally succeed in their plan to interfere as they put out a portion of the flames with a fire blanket before quickly entering the ring and attacking Kane! Kane would do his best to combat the two big men, but Harper & Rowan would overwhelm “The Big Red Monster” as they beat Kane down before Rowan hits the big splash on Kane. Harper & Rowan then help Bray Wyatt up and Wyatt hits the Sister Abigail on Kane in the center of the ring, pinning Kane to pick up the win in his debut match. After the match, The Wyatt Family set forth to destroy Kane as they drag “The Big Red Monster” out of the ring, placing the helpless Kane face-first on the steel steps. Bray Wyatt then tells Kane that Kane has made his bed and now he has to “lie in it” and, with that, Luke Harper & Erick Rowan smash the skull of Kane between the two halves of the steel steps! Bray Wyatt then lights his torch as Harper & Rowan lift Kane up and carry him away from ringside with Bray Wyatt at the helm!
Two former best friends and former tag team partners would square off at SummerSlam as the World Heavyweight Championship Contract “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Damien Sandow would go one-on-one with the man he screwed over to get the title contract at Money-in-the-Bank, Cody Rhodes. In the end, it was Cody Rhodes planting Damien Sandow with Cross Rhodes en route to picking up the win over “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank”.
The World Heavyweight Championship would then be up for grabs at SummerSlam as “The Mexican Aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio defends the World Heavyweight Title against “Captain Charisma” Christian. Early on in the match, Alberto Del Rio would work on the left arm of Christian and, at the end of a stellar title match, Christian would hit the Spear on Del Rio, but the injured shoulder would keep Christian from capitalizing and it would allow Del Rio to lock in the cross armbreaker on Christian, forcing “Captain Charisma” to tap out to pick up the win and successfully retain the World Heavyweight Title. After the match, Alberto Del Rio comments on his hard-fought victory, proclaiming that he is still the World Heavyweight Champion and touting himself as the fans’ “one representative” of the Latino population, saying that the Mexican people need someone to look up to and they need a “hero” and an “idol”. Del Rio continues, saying that they need not look any further than the World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio when they look for a Mexican hero.
Flanked by The Funkadactyls, Cameron & Naomi, Natalya would go one-on-one with Brie Bella, with her twin sister Nikki Bella and Eva Marie in her corner. In the end, it was Natalya locking in the Sharpshooter on Brie Bella, making Brie tap out to pick up the win.
Then it was time for the epic showdown between “The Best” and “The Beast” as “The Best in the World” CM Punk would go to war with “The Beast” Brock Lesnar, with the man in the middle of the chaos, Paul Heyman, in Lesnar’s corner, in a match with no disqualifications. During the match, the fight would spill to the outside where CM Punk would leap off of the announce table, taking Brock Lesnar down with a clothesline. However, Punk would then set his sights on Paul Heyman and Punk would stalk Heyman around ringside, but this would prove detrimental to Punk as it would allow Lesnar to take advantage in a major way. The destructive Brock Lesnar would then take the smaller CM Punk and hurl him over the Spanish announce table before picking him up again and tossing him across the other announce table as a television monitor situated in the table lacerates the back of CM Punk! Lesnar then takes the cover of the announce table and puts it on the back of Punk, using all of his 300+ pounds to double stomp on the prone body of Punk. After hurling Punk onto the arena floor, Lesnar rolls Punk back into the ring where a brief flurry is immediately shut down by Brock Lesnar. Brock continues to punish the mid-section of CM Punk, wearing Punk down with a bear hug before repeatedly driving his unprotected knee into the ribs of Punk and going back to the bear hug. Punk manages to fight out of the bear hug, delivering a couple of kicks to Brock, but when Punk tries to come off of the top rope, Lesnar catches Punk in mid-air, tossing Punk across the ring with a fallaway slam. After biting on the ear of Brock Lesnar, CM Punk is able to mount a comeback, taking Lesnar down with a knee off of the top rope. Lesnar would pull himself up in the corner and Punk would hit two running knees on Brock before heading back to the top rope, landing the elbow drop on “The Beast”, but Lesnar manages to kick out. Punk then goes for the GTS, but Brock would counter, looking for the F-5 and Punk would fight out, landing a kick to the skull of Brock. However, when Punk goes for the GTS a second time, Lesnar again counters, this time locking in the devastating Kimura Lock, but Punk had Brock well scouted as Punk would quickly counter, locking in a triangle choke on “The Beast”! Brock would use his strength to hoist Punk up and slam Punk down, but Punk would not release the hold and, on the verge of tapping out, Lesnar would hoist Punk up high and, despite repeated shots to the skull, Lesnar would land a huge running powerbomb on Punk!
After failing to get the three-count on CM Punk, Brock Lesnar was the first man to his feet and Lesnar would pick Punk up, using the Three Amigos of the late, great Eddie Guerrero to punish Punk further. Lesnar then methodically heads to the outside of the ring where “The Beast” sets his sights on a steel chair, but this would give Punk the opportunity to climb to the top rope and Punk would put his own body on the line, diving out on top of Lesnar as the steel chair is sandwiched between Punk and Lesnar! Punk then uses the chair on the back of “The Beast” before the fight resumes in the ring and Lesnar would get his hands on the chair, but Punk would catch Lesnar with a low blow! Punk would then grab the steel chair again, climbing to the top rope with the weapon, using the chair for a steel-aided elbow drop on Brock Lesnar, who still kicks out of the ensuing pin attempt! With “The Beast” down at his feet, Punk would continue to punish Lesnar, but when Punk raises the chair up for another shot to the spine of Lesnar, Paul Heyman gets on the ring apron, grabbing the chair. Punk then briefly gets his hands on Heyman before Lesnar snatches Punk up, but Punk would not let go of the tie of Paul Heyman, preventing Lesnar from hitting the F-5! After shouting at Heyman to “let go”, Lesnar would finally pull Punk away from Heyman, but Punk would find his way off of the shoulders of Lesnar before hoisting Lesnar up himself and hitting the GTS! With victory all but a certainty, Punk would go for the pin on Lesnar, but Heyman would enter the ring and break up the pin at the last possible second! However, this would put Heyman right where Punk wants him as Punk stalks Heyman to the outside and back into the ring, but when Punk makes his way back through the ring, Brock Lesnar catches Punk, but when Lesnar goes for the F-5, Punk counters with a DDT to Lesnar. When Lesnar manages to kick out, however, Punk immediately locks in the Anaconda Vise, but Paul Heyman again saves Lesnar from defeat, sliding into the ring with a steel chair. Punk spots Heyman and quickly lets go of the hold as Punk stands on the chair, keeping Heyman in place. Punk then pulls Heyman to his feet, decking the evil mastermind with a right hand before locking the Anaconda Vise in on the advocate! Punk’s blind rage would hurt Punk again in this instance as Brock would take advantage, smashing Punk with repeated steel chair shots before hoisting Punk up again, successfully hitting the F-5 on the steel chair to put Punk down for the three-count as Lesnar finally picks up the win in a brutal war. After the match, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman would hobble away from the ring as CM Punk slowly gets to his feet as the Staples Center is filled with chants of “CM Punk”.
In Mixed Tag action, “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler would team with Kaitlyn to face Dolph’s former bodyguard, Big E. Langston, and Dolph’s ex-girlfriend, Divas Champion AJ Lee. During the match, Kaitlyn would level AJ Lee with a Spear on the outside while, in the ring, Dolph Ziggler would avoid the Big Ending, hitting the Zig Zag on Big E. Langston en route to picking up the win for himself and Kaitlyn.
Then it was time for the main event as, with WWE COO Triple H taking it upon himself to serve as the Special Referee to keep things fair on both sides and to keep his father-in-law, Mr. McMahon, from ruining the SummerSlam main event for his own personal gain, John Cena would defend the WWE Championship against his hand-picked #1 Contender, Daniel Bryan. Throughout the match, both champion and challenger would throw everything at each other, from Daniel Bryan locking the Yes Lock on John Cena to Cena hitting the Attitude Adjustment on Bryan, but neither would be able to put the other away. Late in the match, John Cena would catch Daniel Bryan in mid-air coming off of the top rope, but when Cena tries for the Attitude Adjustment again, Bryan counters with a DDT before Bryan climbs to the top rope again. Cena again catches Bryan in mid-air, but again, Bryan counters, this time rolling Cena up for a near fall. Bryan would then waylay Cena with a kick to the side of the head before Bryan backs up into the corner, sizing up Cena before charging full-force at Cena, connecting with a hard knee to the skull and, much to the surprise and glee of the fans, Bryan manages to pick up the three-count, pinning Cena to become the new WWE Champion! After the match, a disappointed John Cena shakes the hand of the new WWE Champion before Cena leaves the ring, allowing the brand new WWE Champion to enjoy the biggest moment of his career as confetti rains down from the rafters and pyro erupts on the stage celebrating the arrival of a new champion.
However, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Randy Orton would come out, presumably to cash in his title opportunity, but Orton simply holds the briefcase high above his head, letting the new WWE Champion know that he is not far behind. What initially looks like a simple warning from Randy Orton to the new WWE Champion Daniel Bryan becomes one of the most shocking moments in the twenty-six year history of SummerSlam as, with Daniel Bryan’s back turned, Triple H would shock the world as “The Game” spins Daniel Bryan around before planting Bryan in the center of the ring with the Pedigree! Then, in what blatantly appears to be a well-orchestrated plan by the former Evolution teammates, Randy Orton marches to the ring, handing the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase to his former mentor, who smiles and gladly hands the briefcase over, instructing the timekeeper to ring the bell. The elaborate screwjob then becomes clear as Orton pins the unconscious Daniel Bryan and the crooked COO Triple H counts the pinfall as Randy Orton is crowned the brand new WWE Champion! Triple H then raises the hand of his hand-picked champion before standing in the corner and applauding the new champion as Randy Orton celebrates in the corner, not even having to break a sweat to win his seventh WWE Championship.
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