A victory both guys and gals can cheer for.
Punk! Cena! Double Submissions! Restarts! Stolen Pinfalls! WWE Championship!
After a fun triple threat match at last night's (Aug. 19, 2012) SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) in Los Angeles it was CM Punk who pinned Big Show to retain the WWE championship. He did it, however, after John Cena hit the Attitude Adjustment on the giant. Punk was able to push Cena out of the ring, and got the win off Cena's own finisher.
Which is exactly how it should play out.
Stealing a pinfall is exactly what a triple threat match is for, and now Cena has a legitimate complaint to further this feud. It would have felt off if Cena, forever playing the top babyface, had done the same thing. I'm not saying he has never done anything despicable or heelish. But it is a good thing that all parties are staying in their roles.
Punk demands respect because he is the champion. If he lost it, he would have no ground to stand on. Cena is the guy who is there night in and night out, winning "the right way." Now the stage is finally set for these two to face off at the Night of Champions PPV on Sept. 16 in Boston.
I'm not sure what the build up will be, other than they both want a legitimate one-on-one match. So we'll have a month of Cena cutting his traditional promos that we all love so much, and a month of Punk trying to regain the energy that he had a year ago. These two guys have a good chemistry, though. They brought out the best in each other last year.
Let's see if they can do it again.
The rest of the show after the jump.
Lesnar! Trips! Michaels! Fights! Submission! Revenge!
Brock Lesnar forced Triple H to submit, leaving "The Game" 0-2 in as many matches this year. As he walked out of the Staples Center to a mixture of cheers and boos (when the WWE edits the show, it will likely only be cheers), it seemed to send the message he's hanging up his boots. It was the type of moment one has when he enters retirement. A swan song, a final curtain call, and fading away into the dark.
However, Triple H's best friend, and recent Lesnar victim, Shawn Michaels, might have something to say about the matter. From his Twitter:
"Just talked to Hunter...lets just say, I completely understand whats going through his head. We'll just have to wait and see... I have to admit...I'm not entirely sure I'm comfortable just letting this go... Time for me to go, I gotta make a few calls and see if i can get a Satellite Truck out here by tomorrow night!! Good Night all!!"
I have no clue what this means. I don't know if this means we will see Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar II. I don't know if "The Heartbreak Kid" is coming out of retirement for his shot at Lesnar. I don't know if this is a complete swerve. I just have no clue.
Lesnar needs to enter into some type of angle between now and WrestleMania 29. If the plan really were for him to face the Undertaker, this would actually make sense. 'Taker, Triple H, and Michaels have been living in a separate universe for the past few years, separate from the rest of the WWE roster.
Maybe Lesnar has joined them?
Bryan! Kane! AJ! Anger Management! "Where is he?" More Revenge!
It's always nice to see Daniel Bryan pick up a win on a PPV. He's been one of the best, if not thee best, performer on the roster. Maybe wins and losses don't mean everything, but there's only so many pinfalls you can eat before you start to look like a schmuck.
The match itself was good, with a nice bit of ring psychology added in. What started off as a regular match quickly evolved into a fight. Both wrestlers were really going after each other, with the ref having to pull Kane off Bryan when "The Big Red Machine" refused to stop hitting him in the corner. There was a definite feel that at some point this became personal.
What sold the angle for me, though, were Kane's post-match actions. He stormed backstage, slamming doors and throwing poor Josh Mathews into a wall in an attempt to find Bryan. Perhaps Kane has become AJ Lee's white knight, punishing those who have hurt her?
In any case, this feud is far from over. Which can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it.
Jericho! Ziggler! Y2J's Last Raw! Maybe! Mr. Money in the Bank!
Remember when we all commended Chris Jericho for being a saint by giving Dolph Ziggler the rub on his way out the door? And those nagging feelings you had that things might not work out that way?
Well, Y2J went over "The Showoff" last night by making him submit clean in the middle of the ring. I'm not going to be "that smark" who cries burial every time something does go how I want it to. I have enough faith in Jericho that, if he is indeed leaving, they will be able to wrap this up tonight in a most satisfactory way.
Sometimes faith is tested, though. If Ziggler is losing to the WWE or worldchampion, that's one thing. If he's losing to a guy who's going on vacation? I'm not sure that sits well with me.