What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE SummerSlam 2012. How did WWE's second biggest PPV of the year turn out? Let's find out and start the review.
Match #1: Chris Jericho vs Dolph Ziggler
We open up the show with a match, but let's talk about the pre-show before I get complaints. The pre-show featured a US Championship match between Santino and Antonio Cesaro. The match was basic and it ends with Antonio becoming the US Champion. This made the most sense. Santino hasn't done anything with the title for quite some time now. Plus, Antonio is a breath of fresh air with his look and in-ring style, so I think this can be a good thing for the company. Also, Triple H talks to a referee and claims to let him and Brock Lesnar f***….er, I mean, let them fight. And now we get Touts/Twitter post from celebrities…..
One of these days, it's gonna be called Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube present WWE Raw and Smackdown. You watch, that's gonna be the next thing. I found it a bit odd that this match was opening up the PPV. Jericho is selling the injured ribs. Mmmmmmmm……ribs *slap* sorry. The match is very good. Just a flat out, wrestling match. The finish comes when after a ton of counters, Jericho wins with the Walls of Jericho. Now, I can see a lot of complaints happening with this outcome. I know the logical thing would've been for the younger guy to go over here, but they did hint at the fact that Jericho needed this win since his return has been forgettable. Smarks will complain about this all day long, but I'm not gonna shake two s***s over it. What I would like to see happen now is a rematch between these two. I think they can do a whole lot more with this rivalry, so I hope we see a rematch. I might as well get this out of the way. This was personally my favorite match of the night, with the main event a close second.
Winner via submission: Chris Jericho
Match #2: Daniel Bryan vs Kane
I love how Shawn Michaels is 'injured', but still manages to send out tweets. For some stupid reason, I'm just imagining Shawn typing with one hand.
Shawn: Don't worry hunny, I gotta let people know what I'm doing this very second.
Yes, I know his hand isn't really broken. I felt I had to say that or else some smartass would've ruined our fun. This match didn't last long, but it wasn't too bad. I kinda wish they would've given this match more time, but we can't upset Mr. Breakfast Cereal now. Bryan wins this match with a quick rollup victory. One thing I didn't like about this match was the aftermath. Simply put, there really wasn't one. I thought they would've included more like AJ or something. It just feels half-assed in my book. There was something involving Kane, but that was about it. I guess we will find out tomorrow night, but I was left wanting more. After the match, Kane is tapped into his inner Bruce Banner and starts raging in the back. My only theory into Kane being pissed is AJ promised him sex if he won, so he has to find another way to relieve stress. Now I feel bad for Josh Matthews. That totally didn't come out the right way, but I don't care.
Winner via pinfall: Daniel Bryan
Match #3: Miz vs Rey Mysterio; IC Championship
I'm the Goddamn Mysterio-man. Now I'm really convinced that Rey's gimmick is to endorse DC and Marvel comics. The match was okay. Once again, I felt this was a match that could've been better if it was given more time. After a couple of counters, the finish comes when Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale for the victory. The ending of the match doesn't really indicate a rematch, so I guess WWE wanted to get this one over with. It really is a shame, cuz I think this can be one of the underrated rivalries.
Winner via pinfall and still IC Champion: Miz
CM Punk demands respect, while AJ is thinking about…..ponies? Yeah, I'm imagining AJ thinking of "My Little Pony" during this time. It sounds about right.
Match #4: Sheamus vs Alberto Del Rio; WHC match
What in the world? Okay, so Sheamus decides to take a page out of Austin Powers and use a shoe as a weapon. Sheamus hits a backbreaker for the victory. Del Rio had his foot on the rope, but the referee doesn't see it. To add to the confusion, the ref wasn't sure to ring the bell or not. If you watch, you can see the hesitation by the ref. I guess they wanted to milk another match out of the two. WWE wants you to forget about the Sheamus/Del Rio match at MITB. IT NEVER HAPPENED!!! Yeah, Sheamus is the best role model ever!!!
Just to clarify, I enjoyed parts of this match, but the finish can be a bit wonky.
Winner via Be a Star and still WHC: Sheamus
Match #5: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs Prime Time Players; WWE Tag Team Championships
Anyone else think Titus O'Neil sounds like a seal? Truth hits Little Jimmy for the victory. Yeah, so WWE continues to have Kofi and Truth as champs. May I ask why? No offense to Kofi and Truth, but this tag team is forced. Reckon, this has happened many times in pro wrestling history, but you usually get something that can define you along the way. I just don't see that with Kofi and Truth. Does that make any sense?
Winner via pinfall and still WWE Tag Champs: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth
Match #6: CM Punk vs John Cena vs Big Show; WWE Championship match
Wow, not even Cena can help Punk get in a PPV main event. To be fair, Brock and Trips had a lot more buildup than the title match, but it makes you wonder what Punk has to do get in a PPV main event. This match was exactly what I thought. There were moments where it was fine, but it did tend to drag when Show got too much focus. There were a couple of fun moments in this match, but it leaves a lot to be desired. Punk locks in the Anaconda Vice on Show, but Cena applies the STF. Dafaq? Are we splitting the WWE Championship again? Well, AJ comes out, stands there for about five minutes, and restarts the match. Now, pro wrestling has done the whole "restarting a match" deal before, but I find it funny that TNA pulled this stunt at their PPV last week and nobody said anything. Anyway, by the power of Greyskull, Cena hits the AA and…..Punk wins? Hey, I'm not complaining. Punk shows his cunning here, but it really feels that WWE is forcing Punk's heel turn. At the same time, people were loving him after the match. I should note that I enjoyed tonight's audience. It did seem like a more active crowd than previous weeks. Yeah, so I was fine with the outcome. Punk needed this match more than the other two. The finish should guarantee Punk/Cena at the next PPV. WWE made a movie called "The Day". I would comment on this, but the day is almost over.
Winner via pinfall and still WWE Champion: CM Punk
Match #7: Brock Lesnar vs Triple H
Want to know the best part of the live entertainment? Seeing the Spanish announce team sing along. Seriously, that made my day right there. Oh no, a tornado is coming towards LA….
The rules for this match were all over the place. Trips wanted this one to end via pinfall or submission. Why not just make it a No DQ match? You were headed down that direction already, so what gives? As for the match, it was okay? It wasn't bad, but it didn't seem like the chemistry was there. Brock and Cena had great chemistry and told a good story, but this feels lacking. For a main event PPV match, it delivered, but I guess I was expecting a little more. Is that unfair? After a ton of counters, the finish comes when Brock immediately locks in the Kimora Lock after receiving the Pedigree. IWC will complain about Lesnar no selling this, but I think this makes him look like a bad-ass. I'm personally glad he did it. Trips tries to break out of the hold, but he can't tap into the inner Fruity Pebble inside him, so he taps out. After the match, Brock celebrates his victory, while Trips is receiving medical attention. The show ends with Trips leaving depressed and hinting that this was the end for him. I think this is one of the cases where the events after a match told a better story than during the actual match. Trips seemed to have his spirit broken. Is this really the end of Trips, or will he come back? What about Brock? Do Brock and Paul Heyman take over the WWE after taking out Trips? I think it's these questions that make tomorrow's Raw worth checking out. It will be interesting to see where they go from here. As far as booking goes, Brock needed this victory more than Trips. There's just more potential for Brock winning than Trips.
Winner via submission: Brock Lesnar
This wasn't the best PPV I've seen, but I wouldn't call it one of the worst. Most of the in-ring action is enjoyable at times, but it's more than wrestling quality that makes a PPV. This is one of the times where the early matches were better than the main events. I'm not saying the main event matches were bad, but more could've been done with them. Personally, I've seen better PPV main events. Another thing that hurts the show is the predictable nature of the show. After tonight, we hardly got any new developments or a swerve/plot twist of some kind. While I do find myself interested in tomorrow's Raw, I think they could've added a defining moment or two to really make this PPV stand out. If you enjoyed the PPV, well, that's all that matters. Personally, I liked certain parts of the show, but more could've been done at the end of the day. On a scale of 1-10 and 5 considered average on here, I have to give WWE SummerSlam 2012 a 6 out of 10, which is considered slightly above average on this page. Tonight's show was another one of those shows where WWE was playing it too safe and not really taking a gamble on something, but that goes back to the swerve/plot twist deal I was mentioning earlier. Well, I guess we will tune in tomorrow night to see the aftermath. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. If you enjoyed any of my ridiculous ramblings, you can check out some of my other work. Come on, you know it's tempting to click those links….
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WrestlingNerd's Official Score of WWE SummerSlam 2012: 6 out of 10