The 28th annual SummerSlam kicks off with the Host of SummerSlam as the legendary former host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, kicks off the festivities. The comedic legend lists off some of the names that will be competing at “The Biggest Event of the Summer”, saying that he is still upset about Brock Lesnar ending the undefeated WrestleMania streak of The Undertaker and he wanted to bring Brock Lesnar out for an interview but he’s going to need some help. With that, Jon Stewart brings out his special guest, none other than “The Hardcore Legend” himself, WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley! Foley admits to Stewart that he misheard the comedian on the phone, saying that he thought that Stewart wanted help interviewing The Rock! However, Stewart sets Foley straight and the Hall of Famer says that, if Stewart would have been more clear, then this conversation would not even be happening right now. This prompts Stewart to ask the Hall of Famer if he is “afraid” of Brock Lesnar and Foley has no issue admitting that he is very afraid of “The Beast”. This catches Jon Stewart by surprise, bringing up Foley’s unforgettable Hell in a Cell match against The Undertaker but the Hall of Famer not so subtly reminds Stewart that the match in question was seventeen years ago! Foley continues, saying that he’s been a lot of places in his day, but he’s never been to Suplex City and he doesn’t plan on starting tonight. Foley then tells Stewart to “have a nice day” before both legends decide to exit the ring.
The four-hour extravaganza known as SummerSlam then officially gets underway with a match between two Superstars who simply cannot stand each other as “The Viper” Randy Orton would go one-on-one with “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Sheamus. As soon as the match begins, Randy Orton would go for the RKO, but Sheamus would dodge, making a quick exit from the ring. Sheamus then grabs a microphone, standing on the announce table to tell the fans that he does not “look stupid”, saying that they will “respect the hawk”. Having heard enough, Orton exits the ring, taking Sheamus’ legs out from under him as “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” lands with a crack on the announce table before “The Viper” brings Sheamus back into the ring. Later on in the match, Sheamus would go for his signature Battering Ram maneuver, but Randy Orton would catch “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” in mid-air with the RKO! However, Sheamus would manage to roll out of the ring to avoid being pinned and Orton would bring Sheamus back into the ring. “The Viper” would then go for the Punt, but Sheamus would potentially save his career by dodging the kick before connecting with White Noise. Sheamus then goes for the Brogue Kick, but Orton would counter, nearly hitting a second RKO before Sheamus counters, scoring with the Brogue Kick! The Brogue Kick for Sheamus would knock Orton into the corner and “The Viper” would stumble out of the corner right into a second Brogue Kick from Sheamus as “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” pins Orton to pick up a big victory to kick off SummerSlam.
The first championship match of the night would then take place as The Prime Time Players would have the odds against them at “The Biggest Event of the Summer” as Darren Young & Titus O’Neil would defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against The Lucha Dragons, Los Matadores, with El Torito in their corner, and The New Day’s Big E & Kofi Kingston, with Xavier Woods in their corner, in a Fatal 4-Way Tag Match where two Superstars will start the match and any competitor can tag in another competitor, regardless of teams, with the first Superstar to earn a pin or submission earning their team the WWE Tag Team Championship. During a chaotic match, Kofi Kingston would tag into the match unbeknownst to the other competitors in the match and, after Titus O’Neil hits the Clash of the Titus on Diego, Kofi Kingston would use this to The New Day’s advantage as Kofi kicks Titus on the face and, as Big E rolls Titus out of the ring, Kingston pounces on the pin, scoring the three-count as The New Day become the brand new WWE Tag Team Champions!
In a battle born of jealousy, anger, and love, SummerSlam would see “The Show Off” return to action as Dolph Ziggler, with Lana in his corner, would go one-on-one with “The Bulgarian Brute” Rusev, with Summer Rae in his corner. During the match, Rusev would lock in the Accolade on Dolph Ziggler, prompting Lana to cheer Dolph on, but Summer Rae would take exception to this, trying to slap Lana. However, Lana would block Summer, delivering a slap of her own and, upon seeing Lana slap Summer, Rusev would break the hold! Rusev would then bring Dolph to the outside, holding Dolph and making Lana look at her fallen boyfriend before Summer Rae takes Lana down. With a smile on his face, Rusev is ready to bring Dolph back into the ring, but Dolph springs back to life, catching Rusev with a super kick that leaves “The Bulgarian Brute” lying on the announce table. With the referee nearing his ten-count, Dolph would scramble to get back into the ring, but would just miss getting back into the ring in time as the match ends in a double count-out. After the match, Dolph would look to put the finishing touches on Rusev, but with a well-placed shot to the previously injured throat of Ziggler, Rusev would turn the rides. Back in the ring, Dolph would fight back and Summer Rae would enter the ring, trying to get Dolph off of Rusev before Lana enters the ring with Lana and Summer Rae trying to tear each other apart! Dolph Ziggler and Rusev then pull their respective girlfriends off of each other before Rusev & Summer Rae exit the ring, leaving no doubt that the issues between the two couples are far from other.
Then it was time for a match straight out of a comic book as the star of the television show “Arrow” Stephen Amell would team with “The Man That Gravity Forgot” Neville to face “The Prince of Dark Matter” Stardust and the self-proclaimed “Cosmic King” King Barrett. Throughout the match, Stephen Amell would surprise the world with his performance and, in the end, it was the actor diving off of the top rope to the outside, taking out both Stardust and King Barrett. Shortly after this, Neville hits the Red Arrow on King Barrett, pinning Barrett to pick up the win for himself and Stephen Amell.
The Intercontinental Championship would then be up for grabs at SummerSlam as “The Big Guy” Ryback would defend the Intercontinental Championship in a Triple Threat Match against the self-proclaimed “A-Lister” The Miz and “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show where the first Superstar to score a pin or submission would walk out as the Intercontinental Champion. Throughout the match, all three Superstars would come within an eyelash of walking out as champion, but it would all come down to Ryback taking advantage of the rules of the match as Big Show would blast The Miz with the Knockout Punch and Ryback would then take Big Show out of the ring before pinning The Miz to successfully retain the Intercontinental Championship.
In a war of “families”, SummerSlam would see “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose and “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns face “The New Face of Fear” Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper. Early on in the match, all hell would break loose between the two teams with Dean Ambrose even running across all three announce tables to dive onto Bray Wyatt in the crowd. Shortly after this, Luke Harper would blast Roman Reigns with a super kick, sending Roman over the announce table before Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper would bring Dean Ambrose back into the ring as the match gets to a somewhat orderly pace with Wyatt & Harper isolating Ambrose while Reigns struggles to recover on the outside. After several minutes of methodical punishment at the hands of Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper, Dean Ambrose was finally able to make a tag to Roman Reigns, who had managed to climb back on the apron. The match would eventually break down again with both teams brawling and, after Dean Ambrose hits Bray Wyatt with Dirty Deeds, Ambrose would tag Roman Reigns in to finish the job as Reigns blasts Bray Wyatt with the Spear, pinning Wyatt to pick up the win for Reigns & Ambrose.
Then it was time for history to be made at SummerSlam as two champions would collide with the better man walking out as a double champion as WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins would go one-on-one with United States Champion John Cena and, for the first time ever, both championships would be defended as it would be title-for-title, winner-takes-all with one man walking out as the first Superstar in history to hold both the WWE World Heavyweight Title and the United States Title at the same time. Throughout the match, both men would pull out all the stops with Seth Rollins busting out an Eddie Guerrero like frog splash before using John Cena’s own Attitude Adjustment against him, but Cena would kick out. Rollins then heads back to the top rope, looking for the Phoenix Splash, but Cena moves out of the way and, after a series of counters, Cena would utilize the legendary Figure-Four Leg Lock of the man who’s World Title record he is trying to match, Ric Flair! However, Rollins would roll over, reversing the pressure of the move, forcing John Cena to grab the ropes as Rollins has to break the hold. Both champions would struggle to get to their feet as Cena tries to climb to the top rope, but Rollins meets Cena on the top rope, hitting a superplex on Cena, but holding onto Cena to deliver a Michinoku Driver!
John Cena would manage to kick out of the fantastic maneuver by Seth Rollins before Cena would go for the Attitude Adjustment. However, during Seth Rollins’ struggle to escape the move, the referee would get too close to the action and would get inadvertently taken out! This would not bode well for John Cena as Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment, but the referee is unable to make the count. Cena calls for the ringside physician to check on the referee before Cena goes to pick up Seth Rollins, but when he does, Rollins springs back up, catching Cena with a knee to Cena’s surgically repaired nose! With both men, as well as the referee, down, no one could have anticipated what would happen next as none other than the Guest Host of SummerSlam Jon Stewart comes down to the ring with a steel chair in hand! The comedian would wait with chair in hand for both men to get up and, given Stewart’s history with Seth Rollins, the world was shocked when Stewart blasted Cena in the mid-section with the chair, placing the chair in the ring for Rollins before Stewart makes himself scarce! Rollins was quick to hit the Pedigree on John Cena on the steel chair, quickly sliding the chair out of the ring before covering Cena just as the referee comes back into the ring as, thanks to Jon Stewart, Seth Rollins not only defeats John Cena but wins the United States Championship, becoming the first man in history to hold the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the United States Championship at the same time!
With the world still in shock over the events of the title-for-title match, the Divas would take center stage at SummerSlam as Team PCB, consisting of Paige, Charlotte, & Becky Lynch, Team B.A.D., which is made up of Naomi, Tamina, & Sasha Banks, and Team Bella, consisting of Divas Champion Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, & Alicia Fox in a Divas Three-Team Elimination Tag Match where two Divas would be legal in the match with elimination of an entire team occurring when a member of their respective team is pinned or made to submit. The first elimination of the match would be at the hands of Team Bella as Brie Bella hits the Bella Buster on Tamina, pinning Tamina to eliminate Team B.A.D. from the match, leaving Team Bella against Team PCB. At the end of a hard-fought match, it was Becky Lynch hitting a pumphandle slam on Brie, pinning Brie to pick up the win for Team PCB, proving that the Diva Revolution is just getting started.
In a rivalry all about pride, “The Swiss Superman” Cesaro would go one-on-one with the self-proclaimed “Prizefighter” Kevin Owens at SummerSlam. At the end of a hard-fought match, it was a modified T-Bone suplex off of the top rope that would allow Kevin Owens to hit the Pop-Up Powerbomb on Cesaro, pinning “The Swiss Superman” to pick up the win.
Then it was time for the main event rematch that was deemed “too big for WrestleMania” as, sixteen months after Brock Lesnar brought a shocking end to The Undertaker’s undefeated WrestleMania streak at WrestleMania 30, SummerSlam would be the home for The Undertaker’s attempt at a resurrection as the vengeful reaper known as “The Phenom” The Undertaker would go one-on-one with a seemingly unstoppable monster that The Undertaker has never beaten in “The Beast” Brock Lesnar. Brock Lesnar would not even let The Undertaker enter the ring before “The Beast” pounces, delivering shots to The Undertaker and tossing “The Deadman” to the mat before The Undertaker fights back, sending Brock out of the ring with a big boot! Lesnar would then collect himself on the outside before coming back into the ring as the match officially gets underway. Later on in the match, The Undertaker would send Brock Lesnar face-first into the middle turnbuckle, following it up with a stiff big boot that would bust Brock Lesnar open! Brock Lesnar would make a comeback, drilling The Undertaker with a suplex before both men take the fight to the outside where Brock exposed the French announce table. The Undertaker would then fight back, looking to put Lesnar through the table with the Last Ride, but “The Beast” would counter, delivering an F-5 to “The Deadman” through the French announce table as The Undertaker bounces chest-first off of the table before the table breaks into pieces! Having opened up the wound on his head again, Brock Lesnar would wait in the ring for The Undertaker as “The Phenom” is barely able to beat the referee’s ten-count.
Brock Lesnar would then make the mistake of giving The Undertaker time to recover and “The Phenom” pops up out of nowhere, delivering a huge chokeslam to “The Beast”. The Undertaker then follows this up with the Tombstone Piledriver to Brock Lesnar, but Brock kicks out! Lesnar is the first of the two men to sit up as “The Beast” laughs at The Undertaker before The Undertaker sits up as well, mocking Brock’s laughter before catching Lesnar with a right hand! Both men then climb back to their feet, delivering shots to their opponent on the way up. Lesnar then traps The Undertaker in the corner, locking in the Kimura Lock on “The Deadman”, but The Undertaker would counter, delivering the Last Ride to Brock Lesnar with “The Beast” somehow able to kick out again! Brock Lesnar then hits his biggest shot, planting The Undertaker with the F-5, but The Undertaker kicks out as well! In a scene eerily similar to their WrestleMania 30 bout, Brock Lesnar would hit his third F-5 of the match, but unlike WrestleMania 30, The Undertaker would kick out! This would leave Lesnar in a state of shock and, as “The Beast” desperately thinks about his next move, The Undertaker picks his spot, somehow managing to catch Brock, locking in Hell’s Gate on “The Beast”! Lesnar looked close to tapping out before Brock manages to break out of the hold, immediately locking The Undertaker in the Kimura Lock! With Brock wrenching at the arm of The Undertaker, it looked like “The Phenom” was moments away from tapping out, but that is when the bell would inexplicably ring. Just as confused as everyone else, the referee would immediately tell the timekeeper that he didn’t call for the bell and that The Undertaker did not tap out nor did he count Brock’s shoulders down for the three-count!
Despite the confusion, both Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman were convinced that The Undertaker tapped out and that Brock had won the match as Heyman raises the hand of Brock Lesnar. However, as the referee continues to argue with the timekeeper, The Undertaker catches Brock Lesnar with a low blow behind the referee’s back. With the match apparently still underway due to an error by the timekeeper, The Undertaker would lock in Hell’s Gate on Brock Lesnar for a second time, but despite The Undertaker screaming at Brock to “tap”, the defiant beast would give The Undertaker the middle finger! However, this would be Brock’s last act before “The Beast” passes out from the pain and punishment of the match and the referee calls for the bell as The Undertaker defeats Brock Lesnar for the first time in his legendary career! As The Undertaker manages to walk to the back as the winner, Brock Lesnar slowly comes to as Paul Heyman argues with the referee that The Undertaker tapped out. A post-match replay then reveals that, while the referee’s attention was on the shoulders of Brock Lesnar possibly being down while Brock had The Undertaker in the Kimura Lock, The Undertaker actually did tap out to the Kimura Lock which is something that the timekeeper saw that the referee did not!
Now back on his feet and having seen the replay, Brock Lesnar was staring a hole through the referee, who is quick to jump out of the ring and out of harm’s way. An outraged Paul Heyman then exits the ring, grabbing the timekeeper’s hammer and repeatedly and loudly ringing the bell. Heyman then grabs a microphone, saying that he saw it, the timekeeper saw it, and the fans saw it, proclaiming that Brock Lesnar is the winner by submission, but the fact still stands that, despite The Undertaker tapping out, the referee did not see it until it was too late and, as a result, the referee’s decision stands and The Undertaker’s win, although controversial, is official.
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