WWE's "Biggest Party of the Summer" is in the books and what a newsworthy show it was coming out of STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
In the main event, Daniel Bryan captured the WWE Championship for the very first time, pinning John Cena with a flying knee. After a long (and I mean long) celebration, which featured fireworks, streamers, confetti and more, Randy Orton's music hit and the Money in the Bank winner sauntered down to the ring with trouble in his eyes. As Bryan urged him to bring it on, Orton instead started walking back.
It was a big ruse, though, as Triple H, who refereed the main event, grabbed Bryan from behind and delivered his signature Pedigree. Orton came back and cashed in his Money in the Bank contract, which allows him a WWE Championship match at any time. All he had to do was roll Bryan over and pin him, which he did, becoming WWE Champion for the first time since 2010, when Orton himself was on the other side of the equation after The Miz cashed in his contract on Orton after Orton went through a hard-fought match with Wade Barrett.
The crowd was stunned, in total disbelief. Although many saw the possibility of Orton cashing in, not many would've expected Triple H to turn heel and Pedigree Bryan to cost him his newly-won championship.
The match between Bryan and Cena was extremely good, as expected. The two duked it out, with a big focus on Cena's injured elbow. Both men escaped each other's submission holds and Bryan kicked out of Cena's signature Attitude Adjustment. Bryan, though, seemed to have a counter for all of Cena's moves, and Cena never came close to putting the pesky challenger in trouble.
The finish came out of nowhere after Bryan plastered Cena with a flying knee. The massive celebrating inside STAPLES Center was short lived, though, as Orton cashed in.
It will be extremely interesting to see how this conspiracy ties together. Somebody get the Warren Commission on the horn.
Lesnar too much for Punk
In the evening's other featured bout, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was able to knock off a very game CM Punk after an F5 onto a steel chair.
The two battled it out in a very MMA-themed bout. A big part of the match saw Punk lock in a triangle choke. Lesnar, though, was able to power bomb his way out of it. Lesnar worked a kimura, as he usually does, not to mention the assorted kicks, knees, elbows and punches.
This was probably the match of the night, slightly edging out the main event. These two had a hard-hitting affair, which a no disqualification match certainly allows. At the end of the day, it was Lesnar's manager Paul Heyman that had the biggest impact, distracting Punk on several occasions and drawing his focus away from Lesnar. Lesnar moves his record since his WWE return to 3-2 with the win here. A match worth going out of your way to see.
The World Heavyweight Championship match between Alberto Del Rio and Christian was a stellar affair. Del Rio was sporting many facial injuries after a reported fight this weekend. It was unfortunate that Christian tapped to the armbar, but it really came as no surprise. They had a good match.
The Ring of Fire match between Kane and Bray Wyatt was a nothing affair. The whole story of the match was the Wyatt Family trying to break into the ring, which they eventually did, subduing Kane in the process and giving Wyatt his first win in WWE. After the match, the Family decimated Kane and carried him to the back. Expect Kane to show up on a milk carton soon.
Cody Rhodes picked up a big win over Damien Sandow in a battle of former tag team partners. Not much to say about this one.
Dean Ambrose retained the United States Championship after he was disqualified in a match against Rob Van Dam. Matches involved The Shield ending in DQs are getting a little old at this point. Nothing wrong with this match. It was definitely good. Finish stunk, but it's the kickoff show, so you can't complain too much.
Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn beat Big E Langston and AJ Lee. For a buffer match (this was between the two featured bouts), this was pretty good. I love watching Big E Langston. And Ziggler is great.
All-in-all, SummerSlam was a two-match show, but with a good supporting title match between Del Rio and Christian, and those two matches delivering big time, this is a show worth going out of your way to see.
Complete SummerSlam 2013 Results:
United States Championship: Rob Van Dam d. Dean Ambrose (Disqualification)
Ring of Fire Match: Bray Wyatt d. Kane (Pinfall)
Cody Rhodes d. Damien Sandow (Pinfall)
World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio d. Christian (Submission)
Natalya d. Brie Bella (Submission)
Brock Lesnar d. CM Punk (Pinfall)
Mixed Tag Team Match: Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn d. Big E Langston & AJ Lee (Pinfall)
WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan d. John Cena (Pinfall -- New Champion)
WWE Championship: Randy Orton d. Daniel Bryan (Pinfall -- New Champion)
And a friendly reminder, fight fans, if you complain about WWE coverage being on an MMA blog, per Kid Nate, you will be warned and then banned.