WWE SummerSlam is all set to kick off tonight, Aug. 14, 2011, from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California at 8 p.m. ET live on pay-per-view.
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Tonight's event will feature a WWE Championship match between CM Punk and John Cena for the "Undisputed" title with Triple H as special guest referee. Also on the card is a world heavyweight championship match pitting Christian vs. Randy Orton.
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Full results and blow-by-blow after the jump.
WWE SummerSlam 2011 quick results:
CM Punk def. John Cena to win WWE Undisputed Championship
Randy Orton def. Christian to win World Heavyweight Championship
Kelly Kelly def. Beth Phoenix to retain Diva's Championship
Wade Barrett def. Daniel Bryan
Mark Henry def. Sheamus
Kofi Kingston, John Morrison and Rey Mysterio def. The Miz, R-Truth and Alberto Del Rio
Geno here to run this thing.
Adam Jones, lead guitarist for Tool, kicks things off with his rocking out a rendition of the National Anthem. Dolph Ziggler defeated Alex Riley in the dark match, by the way.
Promo to get this thing rolling. The WWE produces better video than anyone and they are again showing as much here. Running through the CM Punk vs. John Cena feud and giving the backstory for Vince McMahon being (f*kcing) out and Triple H being (f*cking) in.
By the way, this talk of an Undisputed WWE Champion really makes me want them to scrap the current belt design. Doubt it happens, though.
And we are live.
Bonus match kicks off the show and it's The Miz making his way to the ring, microphone in hand. He starts cutting a promo but gets cut off by R-Truth. As Truth comes down and cuts his promo on Miz, Alberto Del Rio's music hits and he's on his way out with the Money in the Bank briefcase. Kofi Kingston is the next one out and apparently we've got a nice big party to get as much talent in a match as possible. No sign of Jim Ross ringside doing commentary by the way. Out next is John Morrison. He doesn't even make his way all the way down to the ring before Rey Mysterio's music hits. His knee looks comletely fine, by the way.
Six man tag match: Miz, R-Truth and Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston, John Morrison and Rey Mysterio
Miz kicks things off getting destroyed by Kofi and Morrison. Nice little homage to The Rockers right there with the double kip up. Miz tags out to Truth and Morrison starts aggressively attacking him. Truth turns it around and he's shouting to the crowd before eating a big boot. ADR distracts the ref and Miz knocks Morrison off the apron.
As for Jim Ross he tweeted the following regarding his not being ringside for commentary with King and Cole:
"Game time decision to use Booker to rep Smackdown on tonite's Summer Slam & to work with King & Cole. I'm happy for Booker."
I won't complain too loudly because I'm a Booker T fan.
Anyway, back to the action and Kofi is getting the upper hand on Miz. Misses the "Trouble in Paradise" but ends up hitting the "SOS." ADR makes the save and drops Mysterio before getting dropped himself on the outside. Back in the ring and Miz hits what Booker calls a "modified DDT" for a two count.
Truth in and getting offense going against Kofi before tagging out to Del Rio. Suplex into a two count. ADR gets some cheap heat by mocking Kofi's mannerisms. Kingston trys to battle his way to his corner but Miz comes in off a tag from Del Rio and makes the stop. Hot tag likely coming soon.
It finally comes and Mysterio is in to wreck shop. Cole puts him over as the number one contender.
Mysterio sets up both Miz and Truth for a 6-1-9. As he goes to hit both, ADR interferes but gets taken out by Morrison. Rey then hits Truth with it but misses Miz. Kofi gets Miz on the outside, though, allowing Mysterio to hit a frog splash to get the pin on Truth. That was a slick finish and a very fun opening match.
Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston and John Morrison def. The Miz, R-Truth and Alberto Del Rio
Cut to the back for a segment with CM Punk and John Laurinitis comes up to say he wants a public apology. Punk mock gives him one before Johnny Ace walks off. Punk turns around and he's met by Stephanie McMahon. She says she just came to wish him luck. Steph says she's just "Vince McMahon's clueless daughter, right?" Punk says 'yes, but I didn't say it, you did. I called you idiotic." Steph scoffs and offers her hand for a shake and Punk says, "I would but I know where that hand's been." Win.
Mark Henry vs. Sheamus
Video package plays us into Mark Henry vs. Sheamus in a singles match. Sheamus gets a relatively nice pop from the L.A. crowd, which was mostly silent for Henry. No big surprise there.
Curious to see how they book this match with Henry spending the past few months as the monster who destroys everyone EXCEPT Sheamus. Back and forth offense in the early going. Sheamus' stiff style with harder shots than usual does work well with Henry.
After Sheamus was getting the upper hand, Henry is now demolishing him. Easily threw him out of the ring and easily threw him back in it. He's working a slow pace with a methodical look, as per the usual method of destruction.
HA. Henry went through the ropes on Sheamus and Booker T on commentary stated: "Henry just left a skid mark on Sheamus." I'm still laughing. That was money. Meanwhile, Henry is still squashing Sheamus.
Sheamus finally makes his comeback and now he's getting all the offense in. The crowd is actually pretty hot for him in Los Angeles. Double bump for a quick rest spot. Sheamus gets on the top rope and delivers a patented John Cena shoulder bump. After they get up, Sheamus misses the Brogue kick. Henry reverses but quickly gets reversed himself and Sheamus hits the Brogue kick this time. But it sends Henry out of the ring.
Sheamus follows him out and Henry picks him up while he goes to get up. Holy shit, Henry picks him up and slams him through the barricade ringside. Henry then gets into the ring and Sheamus is too hurt to crawl back in time to answer the 10 count.
Mark Hendy def. Sheamus via countout
Backstage segment with Christian and he once again makes it clear that he's got "an insurance policy" and he won't be losing the world heavyweight title tonight. Starts comparing himself and Orton to movies due to the close proximity to Hollywood. Essentially said Orton is a flop. Super lame promo, sorry to say.
Time for the Cee Lo Green performance. This is where you take your bathroom and popcorn breaks. That's what I'm doing, Cagesiders.
Oh wow. Cee Lo kills the crowd with a horrific performance and the WWE makes the decision to have the WWE Diva's championship match right after it. Utter and complete crowd killers, one after the other.
Diva's Championship: Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix
Kelly Kelly actually comes out strong and is looking good, complete with high flying off the top rope to the outside. Just as I say that, Beth lights her up with a lariat and lifts her above her head and tosser her on the ropes. "Only a matter of time, now," says Michael Cole. Agreed.
Beth is just destroying her at this point. Kelly reverses and gets a roll-up but can't get it. After some more back and forth action that I wasn't quite paying attention to, Kelly scores the upset. Wow. Cool ... I guess.
Diva's Championship: Kelly Kelly def. Beth Phoenix
They cut to the back and show Stephanie McMahon walking out of John Cena's locker room. Intrigue.
Still in the back, we've got R-Truth talking to Jimmy Hart. "The Mouth of the South" is telling him he needs a manager. Someone he can trust against the conspiracy. Truth runs him off with his crazy persona. Asks a couple people off screen what they're looking at and the camera pans to show Lakers forward Ron Artest and his daughter.
Wade Barrett vs. Daniel Bryan
Cole brings up last year's SummerSlam match that involved both men, the Nexus vs. WWE tag match. Man, how much things have changed since then.
Bryan and Barrett are going back and forth and I'm distracted by the news that Shawn Tompkins, a world renowned MMA trainer, has died today. Really sad.
Bryan is getting the better of the action. Cole is still playing up the angle that he thinks Bryan is an overrated "nerd." I still don't understand why they continue on with that gimmick. It's stale and almost seems like a petty way for WWE to dog Bryan on every broadcast he's a part of. Barrett gets a reversal and now he's landing offense. Sweet backbreaker off the ropes.
Bryan runs off the apron and into a flying knee to Barrett on the outside. Follows up with a huge dropkick off the top rope. All the things that made him such an Internet darling for all those years. He then annoys the entire arena by loudly screaming like Serena Williams at a tennis match while he delivers a series of kicks. Worse yet, the kicks only get him a two count.
Barrett goes for Wasteland but reverses it into a guillotine and then goes a step further and hits the LeBell Lock. Barrett gets to the ropes, though, and the match continues. Barrett clotheslines a racked Bryan while he was still on the ropes. That was awesome. Picks him up and hits Wasteland right after and just like that, hits him with the three-second tan.
Wade Barrett def. Daniel Bryan
WWE observes a moment for the Troops before leading into the first men's title match of the night with the usual video package.
World Heavyweight Championship: Christian vs. Randy Orton
Time to find out what Christian's insurance policy is. Not much heat for the champ on his way out. He grabs the mic to cut a promo. And he introduces Edge as the man who will be in his corner tonight. Edge goes crazy on his way out, clearly missing the thrill of performing.
Edge takes the mic and the crowd starts a short chant of "Thank you, Edge." It cuts out quickly and he starts explaining that he'll never physically be cleared to compete. Says he was happy to leave, though, because he felt like he passed the torch to Christian. Uh-oh. Now Edge is telling Christian he whined and moaned and complained too often about having to defend and fight for the belt. Takes a fat dump on his second title win by making fun of his winning the belt by disqualification. Edge said that when he was doing bad things in the ring, he was doing it in style. Straight up tells Christian that "somewhere down the line, Christian, you became a disgrace to yourself." Edge then tells him, "You need to hear this from me because you won't listen to it from anybody else. I didn't know my best friend would become a whining, crying, moaning, little bitch." Tosses the mic and walks away. Randy Orton's music hits and he looks like a pig in shit, licking his chops.
The action is back and forth inside the ring. Neither man particularly getting the better of the other. Orton sends Christian out and threatens an RKO on the Spanish announce table but Christian gets away. He grabs his belt and takes off through the crowd. Orton chases him down and brings him back.
Christian gets under the ring for a kendo stick and hits the ring and stairs with it on his way in. Stars kicking the crap out of Orton with it. Chokes him with it and gets a two-count.
After some give and take, Orton gets a roll up for two. Spinebuster from Christian gets two. Orton gets a dropkick in mid-air and he starting his version of the "hulk up," as his lip bleeds.
Orton gets the chance to do his patented punt and the crowd gets rowdy for it but it never happens. They're on the outside now and Orton is digging under the ring. Out comes a table. And another one.
Wow, Orton hits a superplex off the top rope onto a table ... that had yet to be set up. It was just laying on the mat. HA. They show the bottom of it and it's already cracked. Orton tests it by smacking it in the center a few times while he sets it up in the corner and it almost collapses. Christian counters Orton and looks to land the spear up against the table. Counter into the RKO but another counter and Christian sends him out.
Battling on the outside. Christian sends Orton into the steel steps. Drags him by his arm all the way over to the announce tables and blasts him with a TV monitor. Takes a while but gets him up on the table. Waits a minute to savor it and go to give Randy an RKO but Orton quickly turns it around and lands his own RKO that goes through the table.
Orton landed bad on his back and he's selling it like crazy. They finally get back in the ring and Orton goes for a quick RKO but Christian turns it around and lands the Killswitch. Only gets a two-count. Sets up a con-chair-to and before he hits it, spits on Orton. But Randy moves in time to get out of the way and gets up pissed as all hell. Hits Christian a few times with a chair and sends him through a table on the outside.
Orton goes all Mick Foley and starts throwing everything into the ring. Trash cans and steel steps and kendo sticks.
Back in the ring and two reversals lead to Christian going through the table that was previously set up in teh corner with the press slam. Orton is working the kendo stick on Christian now. Dude is just taking punishment. Orton sets him up for a DDT through the ropes on top of the garbage can. Just obliterating him.
Holy god, Christian went for something off the top rope and Orton hit the RKO in mid-air on top of the steel steps. That looked phenomenally disgusting. And awesome. The follow up pin gets the 1-2-3 and Orton is the new world heavyweight champion.
World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton def. Christian
They cut to the back and show Triple H talking to Stephanie. he gives her a kiss and walks off. Time to get to the main event, ladies and sirs. Video package leads us in.
WWE Undisputed Championship: CM Punk vs. John Cena
Out first is Triple H who gets next to no reaction from the live crowd. Are my speakers jacked? Oddly quiet. I'm surprised, he brought out his water bottle but didn't spit it at the crowd. CM Punk's music hits and the crowd gets loud. Good god, I cannot stress enough how much I dislike "Cult of Personality." Just horrific as walkout music. Punk plays to the crowd for entirely too long. Filling that time. As soon as his music stops the boos for Cena start.
Cena's music hits and it pains me to admit, but he gets the bigger reaction. It's mixed, as always, but it's loud. The boos are definitely winning out over the cheers, though. Cena takes his title off and looks at it before looking at Punk, Triple H and then the crowd. When he hoists it in the air, the cheers seem to drown out the boos. Ugh.
During the introductions, again, the adults are loving Punk and hating Cena while the kids in the crowd are hot for Cena and not for Punk. Triple H put his ego in check enough that they didn't announce him as special guest referee.
Now Triple H is checking both guys in their corners. They're really taking as much time as possible here with little to no actual wrestling. Probably 20 minutes. Finally, the bell rings and we're underway.
Punk takes control in the early going. Lot of posturing. Duel chants in the crowd. "LETS GO CENA!!" ... "CM PUNK!!"
They go back and forth, with neither man getting the better of the other. Just as soon as they separate, the crowd goes back into chanting. Cena starts to control the pace and the crowd gets to chanting "YOU CAN'T WRESTLE!" Punk regains control with a sleeper and the crowd goes quiet.
They're really working a slow pace to this fight. Not sure if that's so they can run as long as possible (probably) or if it's to let the crowd have their fun with being interactive. In reality, it's probably a bit of both.
So far, they're still going with the theme of not letting anyone get the best of the other. Nothing fancy, just a straight up wrestling match. Cena gets knocked out to the outside and Triple H starts the slow count. This has been booked incredibly clean so far, which leads me to believe that this slow pace will pick up really fast and a lot will happen in a short amount of time. There's no way this match stays this clean until the end.
Every chance they get, the crowd boos Cena with more of the same chants.
Punk hits his big knee in the corner. Cena turns it over, looks for the 5-knuckle shuffle. Can't get it and they go into a series of reversals. Both guys get submissions and they get out each time. They're going back and forth as though we should feel like a finish is coming but again, no one is going over. Punk sends Cena to the outside and they're resting again. Punk goes through the second rope with a suicide dive.
Triple H counts all the way up to nine and before he can get to 10, he gets out and puts both men in the ring himself.
Once they get back up, both are overselling and they go into the routine of punching back and forth. Boos for Cena and cheers for Punk. Cena looks for the Attitude Adjustment, Punk gets out and goes off the ropes straight into a dropkick. Wow.
5-knuckle shuffle hits and Cena goes for a pin but gets two. Reversals abound and Punk gets two. They replay the dropkick and Cena got WAY up there. Not bad.
Punk gets a bulldog off the top rope but only gets two. Triple H is playing down the middle so far. More dueling chants from the crowd. Punk launches off the top rope and Cena sidesteps and lands straight into the STF. Punk makes it to the ropes, though. Reversals and Cena hits the FU and holy shit, he only gets the two count. That looked like it was over.
Cena goes up to the top ropeand misses a leg drop. Awkward landing. Punk picks him up and lands the GTS but only gets the two count. He's looking at Triple H like it was a slow count.
Punk gets up and goes to the top rope and lands a big elbow drop, a la Randy Savage. Gets a two count and the crowd is jacked at this point. Triple H still calling it down the middle even though, both guys have acted like he isn't. Cena goes for a quick roll-up but gets two. Back and forth with big shots. Flying knee from Punk, picks him up and lands another GTS.
Uh-oh. Triple H counts the 1-2-3 but we could clearly see that Cena's foot was on the rope. Cole is going crazy about it. Cena goes up to Triple H and he's complaining about the call. He doesn't complain much, though, and simply walks to the back. Punk parades around with the belt while Triple H hangs around in the ring.
Punk climbs in the ring to Triple H clapping for him. "The Game" offers his hand but Punk doesn't take it. Triple H grabs his arm and raises his hand as the winner. Triple H gets out of the ring and continues to clap on his way to the back.
Whoa. What the hell. Kevin Nash comes out of nowhere and attacks Punk. Picks him up and gives him the JackKnife Powerbomb. Triple H sees it and turns around to come down to see what's going on but Nash goes running out through the crowd. Holy shit.
Alberto Del Rio comes out with the Money in the Bank briefcase. He's cashing it in. The bell rings and ADR hits a kick and gets the 1-2-3 for the win. Alberto Del Rio is the Undisputed Champion.
What the hell just happened?