The WWE opening promo runs.
A video package runs focusing on the word “change” looking at Kane vs. Rey Mysterio for the World Title, Big Show vs. S.E.S., Sheamus vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Title and Team WWE vs. The Nexus.
A graphic opening hits welcoming us to the 23rd annual Summerslam. We go live to the sold out Staples Center where a series of pyro goes off. Michael Cole is the first to welcome us to the show. We get introduced to Jerry “The King” Lawler and Matt Striker.
Newly crowned WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler is out first with Vickie Guerrero to kick off the first match of the night.
WWE Intercontinentnal Championship
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Kofi Kingston
Vickie Guerrero did her usual “EXUSE ME” schtick, but was cut off quickly by Kofi Kingston’s music. The bell rings and Kofi goes after Ziggler right away. Kofi went for a dive early on and crashed and burned on the outside when Ziggler dodged him. Ziggler with a quick neckbreaker when Kofi slide back in. Striker mentioned on commentary that as last year’s Summerslam, Ziggler was competing for the Intercontinental championship and he is now defending it this year. Ziggler with a quick snapmare and blockbuster on Kofi. Ziggler keeps Kofi grounded and drops a few elbows. Ziggler drops his head off the turnbuckle when Kofi moved. Kofi with big strikes and dropkick on Ziggler. Kofi with a modified lou thesz press. Kofi with a Boom Drop on Ziggler. Ziggler rolls through a crossbody by Kofi for a close two count. Ziggler with a fameasser on Kofi. Kofi catches Ziggler in the corner with boots and follows with a sledgehammer from the top turnbuckle. Kofi is hulking up in the corner, misses Trouble in Paradise and Ziggler locks on a sleeper. The Nexus hit the ring and attack both Ziggler and Kingston. Ziggler is dumped out and they focus next on Kingston. Darren Young and Wade Barrett take turns attacking Kingston. Barrett gets on the mic and said that is just a little taste of what they will do to Team WWE later tonight. He adds that one spot remains open on Team WWE and how ego’s are too large on the roster to form a cohesive unit to take out The Nexus tonight.
Winner: No Contest
Still WWE Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler
Backstage, Chris Jericho is talking to The Miz. He asks Miz if he just saw what Nexus did. Jericho said it pains him to say this, but Team WWE needs his help. Edge is eating a Slim Jim and says tonight isn’t about Miz cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase, but instead helping Team WWE. Jericho said if Miz joins them tonight, Miz will become a star and doing so in Los Angeles. Miz said he appreciates the kind words, but he has a lot on his plate and walks away. Miz comes back and takes Edge’s Slim Jim. Edge says, “I think we got him.”
WWE Divas Championship
Alicia Fox (c) vs. Melina
Melina pushes Fox into the ropes early on with a lock up. Melina with big elbows to Fox. Melina gets a quick takedown, locks up the legs of Fox and slams Fox face first into the mat. Melina pushes Fox to the corner, draps her across the ropes against the second turnbuckle and Melina jumps off the top turnbuckle across the chest of Fox. Fox yells to the referee that she can’t see. Fox was faking as she ran at Melina quickly, but Melina dropped her back face first. Fox sends Melina to the corner. Melina jumps up, Fox goes under her and Melina lands on her left knee favoring it. Melina catches Fox with a side kick and Fox grabs Melina driving her into the steel ring post. Fox tosses Melina back in the ring and drops a knee over her left arm/shoulder. Weird exchange as Melina catches Fox with a kick in the corner, both women literally stare at each other for a few seconds and Fox suddenly has the power to attack Melina with a forearm. Melina drops Fox with a kick and lets out a loud scream. Melina with a facebuster on Fox. Melina hooks the leg and gets the pinfall.
Winner & NEW WWE Divas Champion: Melina
After the match, Josh Mathews joins Melina in the ring. Mathews mentions a little less than a year ago she was forced to vacate her title because of injury. LayCool is out to interrupt with their halfs of the WWE Women’s Championship. LayCool gets in the ring and try to take a picture with Melina. Melina pushes Layla away. She then attacks McCool and Layla some more. Layla holds down the legs of Melina and McCool kicks Melina in the face (which was a good 4 inches from Melina’s face). LayCool then attack Alicia Fox when she gets back in the ring.
A promo for WWE Night of Champions on September 19 airs.
Country music star Trace Adkins and actor Marlon Wayans is shown in the crowd.
Footage is shown from last month when Big Show humiliated CM Punk taking off his mask. We then see footage from three weeks ago when the Straight Edge Society took out Big Show’s right hand.
3-on-1 Handicap Match
Straight Edge Society (CM Punk, Luke Gallows & Joseph Mercury) w/ Serena vs. Big Show
Big Show has his right hand heavily wrapped up. Before the match starts, Big Show asks WWE’s medical trainer to have it cut off. The bell rings and Big Show levels Mercury and Gallows with big chops. Mercury and Gallows try to double team Big Show, but Big Show tosses Gallows out of the ring and takes out Mercury lifting him up and dropping him back down. Mercury rolled out, but Big Show picked him up by his head, lifted him up and threw him on Gallows. Big Show stares down CM Punk in his corner. Serena tries to distract Big Show, but Big Show catches Punk with a glancing right hand. Big Show takes out Punk with a huge chest chop. Punk rolls out, Big Show follows, Punk pokes Big Show in the throat with his right hand, Punk tries to jump over Big Show’s right hand, but Big Show moves and trips Punk up on the steel steps. Big Show goes to slap Punk over the chest, Punk moves and Big Show slaps the steel steps with force. S.E.S. then triple team Big Show on the outside as Punk bails back in the ring. Punk and Mercury stomp over Big Show’s body. S.E.S. all take turns dropping elbows and leg drops over Big Show. Big Show fights back tossing Mercury into a corner, Gallows next and body splashing both. Big Show takes both out with a double clothesline and catches Punk as he came off the top rope. Punk catches Big Show with a high kick, dodges a body splash, hits a knee to the jaw, a second knee to the jaw, a third knee to the jaw, calls out Mercury and both hit a double bulldog off the top. Big Show gets Punk on his shoulders, has Mercury ready for a chokeslam, Gallows breaks it up and Punk is sent over the top rope by Big Show. In the ring, Big Show hits a chokeslam on Mercury over Gallows. Punk is leaving with Serena up the ramp. Big Show covers and gets the pinfall.
Winner: Big Show
After the match, we see a shot of CM Punk and Serenas at the top of the ramp. Big Show is staring him down as Michael Cole said Punk sacrificed his members to the Big Show.
Backstage, we see a shot of Kane standing over a casket. Kane says he will avenge his brother tonight by putting Rey Mysterio inside. WWE Champion Sheamus walks up. Kane asks what he wants. Sheamus tells him to relax and says Kane’s casket is far too large for little Mysterio, but it is the perfect size for Randy Orton. He asks Kane if he can borrow his casket for his title match next. Kane says no. Sheamus said that is too bad because if they were on the same page they would be unstoppable. He said he is the real Big Red Monster and to stay out of his way. Kane laughs, says he likes Sheamus, he has guts – which will be spilled out over the floor if he ever talks to him like that again.
WWE United States Champion and Mr. Money in the Bank The Miz is on his way out to the arena. Miz gets on the mic and said the big question tonight is if he should join Team WWE or not. He asks the fans if he should join Team WWE. Gets a mixed reaction. Miz said he could care less what the people think because the opinion in the locker room is that he is the missing puzzle piece that will lead Team WWE to victory. He mentions how he keeps being asked by Team WWE to join them including on Raw. Miz said what you didn’t see was earlier today when he arrived at Staples Center, John Cena got on his knees and begged Miz to join Team WWE. He said Cena said The Miz was the only person who could “see him”, Bret Hart said Miz was the real excellence of execution, Jericho gave him a Fozzy CD and he threw it in teh trash, John Morrison said he was the Jannetty of their former tag team and he was the Shawn Michaels, but only better, Edge gave him some Slim Jims and R-Truth wrote him a crappy rap song. Miz said everyone on Team WWE wants him to join, except for the WWE Universe. He said the WWE Universe needs to realize he is the fastest rising superstar in the company today. Miz said it is time to get to the big decision. He said his decision is more important than the Pepsi Challenge or Lebron James announcing he was going to Miami, which would lead to the Lakers losing the NBA Championship. Miz said his answer is…yes. He said he will join Team WWE and lead them to victory and the WWE Universe will finally realize what he has been saying, that he is The Miz and he, is…Miz cuts off the crowd. He said they can’t say his catchphrase and have to raise their hand if they have something to say. Miz finishes his catchphrase.
A video package runs hyping Sheamus vs. Randy Orton.
Sheamus (c) vs. Randy Orton
We got ring introductions for the challenger Randy Orton and champion Sheamus. Series of lock ups with Sheamus pushing Orton away each time and taunting. Orton goes on the attack stomping Sheamus away in the corner. Orton drops Sheamus with a big clothesline and tosses in a kick to the head. Sheamus attempts a hip toss, Orton hangs on and clotheslines Sheamus. Orton then clotheslines Sheamus to the outside. Orton tosses Sheamus into the announce table and clotheslines him over the ring barricade into the crowd. Orton gets Sheamus back in the ring at the count of nine. Orton stomps over various parts of Sheamus’ body and drops a knee. Orton catapults Sheamus into the bottom rope from the ring apron. On the outside, Sheamus counters and sends Orton shoulder first into the steel ring steps. Sheamus tosses Orton back in the ring, drops him with a clothesline and drops a knee. Orton blocks a suplex attempt by Sheamus and hits a suplex of his own. Sheamus slides to the ring apron, gets near the ropes, Orton kicks him in the chest, pulls him out to set him ups DDT, but Sheamus slides himself in and back drops Orton over the top rope to the outside. Lawler said it looks like Sheamus read Orton’s book. Sheamus tosses Orton back first into the ring barricade a few times and then tosses him back in the ring. Back in the ring, Orton drops Sheamus with a back suplex. Orton drops Sheamus over his back. Orton and Sheamus exchange right hands. Orton breaks it up with an uppercut, clothesline, second clothesline and snap powerslam. Sheamus misses a charge and goes shoulder first into the steel ring post. Orton drags Sheamus up to the top turnbuckle and connects with a superplex. Sheamus fights back dropping Orton with a big backbreaker. Sheamus sets up for his running kick to the face, but Orto moves and Sheamus crashes and burns through the ropes to the outside of the ring. Orton grabs Sheamus and drops him with his DDT through the middle rope. Orton fires up, jumps up for an RKO, but Sheamus barely counters tossing Orton away at the last second. Orton grabs the back of his head in pain. Sheamus has Orton up with the Irish Curse. Orton counters jumping off, but Sheamus catches him with a big boot. Sheamus covers and Orton gets a shoulder up. Sheamus can’t believe it. Sheamus leaves the ring and grabs a steel chair. When he gets in the ring with it, the referee tries to take it away and Sheamus ends up tossing him out when pulling the chair toward him. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner via DQ: Randy Orton
Winner & still WWE Champion: Sheamus
After the match, Sheamus starts smashing the chair on the mat yelling at Orton to get up. Orton is up, Sheamus misses, Orton hits a low blow kick and grabs the chair. Orton tosses it aside and kicks Sheamus out of the ring to the outside. Orton tosses Sheamus on top of the announce table, smiles and then drops Sheamus with an RKO over the table. The table doesn’t break. We see a shot of Orton walking up the ramp to the back. At ringside, we see a WWE medical trainer helping a dazed Sheamus. Justin Roberts announces on the house mic that Sheamus is still the WWE Champion, which prompts a chorus of booing.
The trailer for “Legendary” starring John Cena airs. Devon Graye, a co-star in “Legendary”, is shown at ringside.
A video package runs hyping Kane vs. Rey Mysterio.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Kane (c) vs. Rey Mysterio
We got ring introductions for the challenger Rey Mysterio and champion Kane. Mysterio catches Kane with a big kick early on, but Kane eventually backs him into the opposite corner with a big kick. Kane with a big scoop slam on Mysterio, Mysterio fights back with a dropkick to the head and Kane fires back with a big uppercut. Mysterio goes for a 619 early, but Kane counters and tosses Mysterio to the outside. Mysterio lands on his feet and taunts Kane. Mysterio jumps back in as Kane gets out. Mysterio catches Kane with a dropkick and then hits a senton splash over the chest of Kane off the ring apron. Mysterio then drops Kane’s arm off the top rope, but as Mysterio springboards up to the top turnbuckle, Kane trips him up and Mysterio falls to the mat with force. Kane tosses Mysterio back first into the steel ring post and follows that up with a baseball slide. Kane controls Mysterio over the next portion of the match including a bearhug. Mysterio fights off dropkicking Kane away to the chest. Mysterio gets Kane back on the ropes, attempts a 619, but Kane turns around and drops Mysterio with a big clothesline. Mysterio is dumped to the outside by Mysterio. Mysterio tries to springboard himself back in, but Kane catches Mysterio with a dropkick. Mysterio is able to send Kane face first into the ring barricade on the outside. When Kane rolls back in, Mysterio goes up top and dives with a big headbutt to the chest of Kane. Kane with a big backbreaker over his knee on Mysterio. Kane keeps Mysterio over his knee stretching him out. Kane goes up top and Mysterio cuts him off with a few right hands. Mysterio attempts a huricanrana on Kane off the top rope, but Kane holds on and Mysterio crashes below. Kane misses a jumping clothesline off the top and Mysterio with a twisting reverse neckbreaker. Mysterio counters a powerslam by Kane into a tilt-a-whirl DDT. Kane catches Mysterio with an uppercut as Mysterio jumped off the top rope. Kane opens up the casket lid. Mysterio kicks him into the ropes. Mysterio attempts a 619, Kane grabs the legs of Mysterio and throws him inside the casket. Mysterio kicks his way out sending Kane back. Mysterio counters a chokeslam by Kane into a huricanrana. Mysterio connects with the 619. Mysterio with a slight body splash, but Kane kicks out and levels Mysterio with a big boot. Kane with a huge chokeslam on Mysterio. Kane hooks the leg and gets the pinfall.
Winner & still WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Kane
After the match, Kane gets on the mic and says, “Rey, I told you that you were going to pay for what you did to my brother. And you will pay. You will pay with eternal suffering as hell consumes your soul. And you are surrounded evermore by darkness within the casket.” Kane opens up the casket lid. The crowd expected The Undertaker. Kane grabs Mysterio and Mysterio kicks him back. Kane closes the casket lid and gives Mysterio another chokeslam. Kane picks up Mysterio and gives him a third chokeslam. Kane then gives Mysterio a Tombstone Piledriver. Kane drags the lifeless body of Mysterio to the ropes, opens up the casket and The Undertaker sits up. Kane backs up in shock. The Undertaker gets in the ring and stares down Kane. Kane points to Mysterio and Undertaker walks up to Mysterio. Undertaker says, “Have you ever heard an eye for an eye? Before I make things right, why? Why did you do it Rey?” Undertaker is coughing each time he speaks. Mysterio says it isn’t him. Undertaker says he believes him. Undertaker chokes Mysterio and lifts him to his feet. Undertaker signals for the end and then looks at Kane. Undertaker grabs the throat of Kane. Kane grabs the throat of Undertaker. Kane overpowers Undertaker and gives him a Tombstone Piledriver. Kane lifts his arms up and down as his pyro goes off. Kane clutches his title and walks off. We see a shot of a lifeless Undertaker trying to recover.
A promo for WWE Smackdown coming to SyFy on October 1 airs.
A video airs of Summerslam events this past weekend in Los Angeles.
A video package runs highlighting The Nexus vs. Team WWE tonight.
Before the match, John Cena announced The Miz was too late in joining Team WWE. He said they realized how important this match was and how they couldn’t wait until the day of Summerslam. Cena said they went out and found a seventh member and it isn’t The Miz. He said it is someone who hates The Nexus as much as they do. Daniel Bryan walks out and joins Team WWE as they hit the ring.
Elimination Tag Team Match
Team WWE (John Cena, Edge, R-Truth, Chris Jericho, John Morrison, Bret “The Hitman” Hart & Daniel Bryan) vs. Team Nexus
A huge brawl breaks out between Team WWE and Nexus. Michael Cole is yelling on commentary saying this is a huge mistake to bring Bryan in to Team WWE. Nexus regroups at ringside. We start with Daniel Bryan and Darren Young as the bell officially rings. Bryan catches Young with a big knee to the gut and lights up Young with kicks to the back. Bryan jumps at Young and applies a full body guillotine and then transitions into a crossface. Young taps out.
Darren Young (The Nexus) is eliminated.
Justin Gabriel and Chris Jericho get the tag. Jericho gets in a few shots and tags in R-Truth. Truth drops Gabriel with a big side kick. Truth drops Gabriel with a modified suplex stunner. Gabriel drops Truth with a big dropkick and tags in Michael Tarver. Tarver with some big left and right bombs on Truth in the corner. Truth catches Tarver with a big boot in the corner and Truth tags in John Morrison. Morrison catches Tarver with a dropkick and side kick. Morrison with a springboard kick to the head on Tarver. Morrison connects with Starship Pain on Tarver and gets the pinfall.
Michael Tarver (The Nexus) is eliminated.
The Nexus regroup. Skip Sheffield is in next and goes after Morrison. Lock up and Sheffield drops Morrison down on the mat. Morrison slaps Sheffield a few times and Sheffield fires back with a huge powerslam drop. Sheffield picks up Morrison and drives him with force into the corner. More snap suplexes by Sheffield on Morrison. Morrison powers out of a pinfall cover by Sheffield. Gabriel catches Morrison with a huge kick to the back of the head when he hit the ropes. This sets up Sheffield leveling Morrison with a clothesline. Sheffield covers Morrison for the pinfall.
John Morrison (Team WWE) is eliminated.
R-Truth is now in and Sheffield levels him with a clothesline. Sheffield gets the pinfall over R-Truth.
R-Truth (Team WWE) is eliminated.
Chris Jericho is in and goes after Sheffield with a series of shots. Sheffield lifts up Jericho and powers him down to the mat. Tag to Wade Barrett who goes after Jericho in the corner with kicks. Quick tag to David Otunga who gives Jericho a big scoop slam in the corner. Tag back to Barrett who stomps over Jericho. Barrett drives his knee into the back of Jericho and pulls his arms back. Jericho fights back up and catches Barrett with a big boot and dropkick from the top turnbuckle. Tag to Bret Hart and Heath Slater. Hart lights up Slater with some big right hands. Hart stands over Slater in the corner dropping more right hands. Hart rakes the eyes of Slater over the top rope. Hart sends Slater into the ropes, catches him in the gut with a big punch and drops an elbow over the back of Slater. Hart with a scoop slam and elbow drop over Slater. Hart with an atomic drop and clothesline combo on Slater. Hart locks the Sharpshooter on Slater, but Slater tags in Sheffield. Barrett tosses a steel chair in the ring and Hart grabbed it hitting Sheffield in the gut and then over the back. The referee then disqualifies Hart.
Bret Hart (Team WWE) is eliminated via disqualification.
Jericho is now in and drops Sheffield with a Codebreaker. Tag to Edge who backs up in the corner waiting for Sheffield to get up. Edge is slapping his face and in the corner. Spear by Edge on Sheffield, cover and Sheffield is out.
Skip Sheffield (Team Nexus) is eliminated.
Gabriel is now in and takes a big boot from Edge. Edge with a big shoulder charge on Gabriel in the corner. Edge drops Gabriel down face first lifting him in the air and back down. Tag to Slater who kicks Edge out of the ring to the outside. Edge is back in and Slater sends him into the corner. Tag to Barrett who works over Edge. Barrett starts choking Edge against the ropes with his boot. Gabriel stands over the neck of Edge as Barrett distracts the referee. Barrett with a backbreaker on Edge. Edge attempts a DDT, Barrett counters and connects with a swinging neckbreaker on Edge. Otunga gets the tag and picks up a lifeless Edge. Edge blocks a spinebuster attempt and drops Otunga with a DDT. Tag to Jericho who takes out Otunga with two shoulder takedowns. Jericho with a kick to Otunga, bulldog, Lionsault and pumps himself up as the crowd cheers. Jericho with a Walls of Jericho on Otunga. Otunga taps out.
David Otunga (Team Nexus) is eliminated.
Jericho knocks Slater off the ring apron and goes after him on the outside. Jericho tosses Slater back in and catches him with a spinning elbow off the top rope. Slater then sends Jericho into Cena. Slater drops Jericho with a big neckbreaker and gets the pinfall.
Chris Jericho (Team WWE) is eliminated.
Edge and Cena start arguing. Edge pushes Cena. Daniel Bryan tries to be the voice of reason. Cena backs off and leaves the ring. Slater rolls up Edge and gets the pinfall.
Edge (Team WWE) is eliminated.
Edge then takes out Cena on the ring apron with a Spear. Jericho kicks Cena on the ground and yells, “You are a stupid, stupid man!” Gabriel tosses Cena in the ring as Slater goes after him with a series of kicks in the corner. Tag to Barrett who lands a big right to the ribs. Cole is tearing Bryan apart on the mic saying they could have had The Miz out here instead. Barrett sends Cena into the corner and follows it up with a huge kick to the back. Cena takes out Gabriel on the ring apron, but Barrett takes him out with a clothesline. Tag to Gabriel who kicks Cena in the gut. Gabriel applies a front choke on Cena and transitions into an arm lock. Cena gets close to a comeback, Gabriel counters and drops Cena with a DDT. Gabriel with a kick to Cena’s face and tags in Barrett. Barrett with a big side slam on Cena. Tag to Slater who cuts off Cena from tagging in Bryan. Slater sends Cena with force into the corner who bounces off. Double clothesline by Cena and Slater. Bryan is trying to fire up the crowd. Slater grabs the legs of Cena to pull him back from tagging in Bryan. Hot tag to Bryan. Bryan drops Gabriel and takes out Slater with a big boot. Bryan with a german suplex on Slater followed by a huge dropkick. Bryan with big kicks to Slater in the corner. Bryan flips off the top turnbuckle, lands on his feet and takes out Slater with a clothesline. Bryan with a suicide dive to Slater on the outside. Bryan is up top and hits a huge missile dropkick on Slater. Bryan dropkicks Gabriel and Barrett off the ring apron. Slater with a roll up on Bryan. Bryan counters into a crossface. Slater taps out.
Heath Slater (Team Nexus) is eliminated.
Bryan is staring down Nexus when The Miz hits the ring and levels Bryan with his Money in the Bank briefcase. Barrett gets in, hooks the leg and Bryan is eliminated.
Daniel Bryan (Team WWE) is eliminated.
John Cena is now the sole member of Team WWE left against Team Nexus members Wade Barrett and Justin Gabriel. Barrett tosses Cena back in the ring and Gabriel takes him out with a splash in the corner. Gabriel misses a splash, Cena with shoulder takedowns, spinning plant powerbomb and Cena signals for five knuckle shuffle. Cena connects, has Gabriel on his shoulders, Barrett with a blind tag, Barrett hits Cena with a big right and then mounts him hitting more rights. Tag to Gabriel. Gabriel kicks Cena in the corner. Barrett gets the tag and beats down Cena in the corner. Tag back to Gabriel. More kicking from both men. Tag back to Barrett who stands over a beat up Cena. Barrett connects with a big boot on Cena that sends Cena to the outside. Barrett and Gabriel expose the concrete on the outside of the ring. Gabriel gets back in the ring and Barrett gives Cena a DDT head first on the concrete. Barrett tosses Cena back in the ring and tags in Gabriel telling him to hit the 450 Splash. Gabriel goes up top, jumps and Cena moves. Gabriel crashes on the mat and Cena hooks the leg. Cena gets the pinfall.
Justin Gabriel (Team Nexus) is eliminated.
Barrett is shocked. Barrett hits the ring, Cena takes him down and gets the STF locked on. Barrett taps.
Wade Barrett (Team Nexus) is eliminated.
Winners: Team WWE
After the match, we see the last few eliminations leading to the finish. Back live, John Cena celebrates the victory for Team WWE.