Aug 14, 2011 - by Adam Martin
* Poll Results: Best match at Summerslam
* Poll Results: Grade WWE Summerslam
The WWE opening promo plays.
Adam Jones of Tool opens the show playing the National Anthem.
A video package runs focusing on Summerslam in Los Angeles and tonight's WWE Undisputed Championship match between John Cena and CM Punk with Triple H as the special guest referee.
A graphic opening welcoming us to the 24th annual Summerslam. We go live to the Staples Center in Los Angeles where a huge display of pyro goes off.
The Miz is on his way out to kick off the show with a mic in hand. He thanks everyone for the support in getting him on the card tonight and promises to steal the show the only way he can. R-Truth interrupts Miz. Truth mentions Cee Lo Green singing at Summerslam tonight and how his name starts with the letter C – just like conspiracy. Out next is Alberto Del Rio. Big reaction for Del Rio. Kofi Kingston is out next. Out next is John Morrison. Rey Mysterio is out last to finish up the entrances for this six man tag. Michael Cole, Booker T and Jerry Lawler are on commentary tonight.
Rey Mysterio, John Morrison and Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz, Alberto Del Rio and R-Truth
We start with Miz and Kofi Kingston. Kingston with a big monkey flip and dropkick combo on Miz. Tag to John Morrison. Morrison and Kingston drop Miz on his face and both flip up at the same time. Miz kicks Morrison in the face. Tag to R-Truth. Morrison tackles Truth. Truth drops Morrison with a big right hand. Truth with a snapmare into a headlock on Morrison. Tag to Miz who applies a headlock on Morrison as well. Morrison with a big kick to the head of Miz. Tag to Kingston who hits a few dropkicks on Miz followed by his springboard crossbody from the corner. Kingston drops Truth on the ring apron and takes out Miz with a jumping clothesline. Kingston with the Boom Drop on Miz. Kingston with S.O.S. on Miz, but Del Rio breaks up the pin. Del Rio drops Mysterio with a huge kick off the ring apron. Morrison takes out Del Rio on the outside. Miz with a modified stunner on Kingston driving his head down to the mat like a DDT. Truth gets the tag and drops Kingston with a front suplex. Del Rio gets the tag and kicks Kingston in the back. Del Rio with a back suplex on Kingston. Del Rio mocks Kingston and Kingston kicks him away crawling to the corner. Miz with the tag and cuts off Kingston. Miz with a quick clothesline on Kingston. Kingston counters a rollup from Miz into a foot stomp over the chest of Miz. Hot tag to Rey Mysterio who hits a springboard crossbody on Truth. Mysterio with a roll through and a kick to Truth's face. Mysterio sends Truth into the ropes. Miz is next. Del Rio trips up Mysterio when he hits the ropes. Morrison with a corkscrew dive over Del Rio. Mysterio hits a 619 on Truth. Miz dodges it. Kingston takes out Miz off the top rope. Mysterio hits his springboard body splash over Truth and gets the pinfall.
Winners: Rey Mysterio, John Morrison and Kofi Kingston
After the match, we see replays of the finish.
Backstage, WWE Champion CM Punk is talking with John Laurinaitis. John wants a public apology from Punk for kicking him in the head on Monday Night Raw. Punk apologizes sarcastically and gives a fake smile. Stephanie McMahon walks up and wishes Punk good luck tonight. Punk says, “You came here to wish me luck?” He tells her to run along to her husband. She said Triple H wishes him luck…and her father. Punk said she is still idiotic. Stephane says good luck extending her hand. Punk says, “I would but ah…I know where that hand has been.”
A video package runs hyping Mark Henry vs. Sheamus.
Mark Henry vs. Sheamus
Mark Henry drops Sheamus early with a quick shoulder block. Sheamus fights back with a few right hands and body shots. Henry drops Sheamus with two big headbutts. Sheamus fights back with big forearms to the back of Henry getting a big reaction from the crowd in Los Angeles. Henry quickly tosses Sheamus over the top rope. Henry picks up Sheamus on the outside and tosses him back in with ease. Henry then levels Sheamus with a big clothesline and follows it with a body splash. Henry tosses Sheamus against the ropes and then drops his body over the back and head of Sheamus. Sheamus attempts a comeback, but Henry drops Sheamus over his knee. Henry sends Sheamus chest first into the corner. Henry misses a corner splash. Sheamus with axe handle shots to the chest of Henry. He finally drops Henry after hitting the ropes and jumping at Henry hitting another axe handle shot. Sheamus drops knees over the body of Henry. Sheamus gets Henry tied up in the ropes and Sheamus hits a few forearms to the chest. Sheamus with a knee lift, but both men collide in the middle of the ring. Sheamus is up top and connects with a flying shoulder block. Henry dodges the Brouge Kick. Sheamus comes back and connects with it on his second attempt. Henry falls to the outside. Sheamus struggles to pick up Henry. Henry fights back, picks up Sheamus, launches him into the steel ring post back first and then tosses Sheamus with force into the ring barricade breaking it down! The referee had already started the count. Sheamus is crawling towards the ring in pain. The referee gets to 10 and calls for the bell.
Winner via countout: Mark Henry
After the match, Sheamus rolls in the ring and Mark Henry heads up the ramp. They show a replay of Henry throwing Sheamus through the ring barricade.
Backstage, Josh Mathews is with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Christian. He promises to stay champion tonight and knows something no one else does. Christian says since we are in Hollywood, he compares himself to Harry Potter as a strong franchise and says Randy Orton is like the movie “Cowboys & Aliens” – a flop.
Cee Lo Green performs “Bright Lights Bigger City” for the crowd in Los Angeles. They bring out the WWE Divas as Green performs “Forget You.”
WWE Divas Championship
Kelly Kelly (c) w/ Eve Torres vs. Beth Phoenix w/ Natalya
Kelly with some big elbows to Beth early on. Kelly with her tilt-a-whirl head scissors takedown. Kelly back flips and locks her boots around the head of Beth on the ring apron. Kelly with a flying clothesline from the corner. Beth drops Kelly with a big clothesline. Big cheers for Beth from the crowd. Beth lifts up Kelly and drops her over the top rope. Beth body bumps Kelly in the head in the corner. Beth twirls Kelly around over her shoulder. Beth with a modified torture rack on Kelly. Kelly falls back with a neckbreaker on Beth. Beth picks up Kelly and throws her into the corner into a tree of woe. Kelly fights back, but Beth drops her in a side slam. Beth misses a kick to Kelly on the ring apron and Kelly drops her head first off the ropes. Kelly stomps Beth's face into the mat a few times firing up. Kelly flips into Beth in the corner. Beth counters looking to drop Kelly down face first when Kelly counters into a rollup for the win.
Winner and still WWE Divas Champion: Kelly Kelly
After the match, Kelly Kelly and Eve take off to the ramp as Beth Phoenix and Natalya look on upset.
Backstage, we see Stephanie McMahon leaving John Cena's locker room.
Backstage, R-Truth is talking with Jimmy Hart about how tonight was another conspiracy. Hart said Truth needs someone like him to look out for him. Truth realizes he is Little Jimmy. Hart takes off. Truth walks off upset and we see a shot of Ron Artest looking on confused with his daughter backstage.
Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett
Wade Barrett goes after Daniel Bryan with some big right hands into a headlock early on. Bryan catches Barrett with a knee to the gut. Bryan with big uppercuts to Barrett. Bryan drops Barrett with a quick dropkick. Bryan drops Barrett down and starts stretching him Stu Hart style. Bryan catches Barrett with another dropkick. Bryan with a Dragon Screw on Barrett. Bryan with a dropkick to the face of Barrett in the corner. Bryan then applies a surfboard and stomps Barrett's knees off the mat a few times. Bryan with a kick to the chest. Barrett catches Bryan with a swinging side slam. Barrett bounces Bryan off the top rope and then drops Bryan off his knee. Bryan with another quick clothesline. Barrett responds with a flying elbow to the side of the head. Barrett with a sick looking big boot sending Bryan to the outside. Both are brawling on the ring apron. Bryan sends Barrett into the ring barricade and then catches Barrett with a flying knee to the face jumping off the ring apron. Back in the ring, Bryan catches Barrett coming off the top rope. Bryan with kicks to the legs of Barrett. Bryan with repeated kicks to the chest of Barrett that he closes out with a huge kick to the head. Bryan counters a Wasteland attempt into a guillotine choke. Bryan breaks it and gets the LeBell Lock applied. Barrett reaches the ropes to break it up. Bryan with more kicks to the chest of Barrett. Barrett crotches Bryan up on the top rope and then clotheslines him off the ropes. Barrett with Wasteland on Bryan and gets the pinfall.
Winner: Wade Barrett
We are shown a shot of National Guard members at ringside.
A video package runs hyping Christian vs. Randy Orton.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship – No Holds Barred Match
Christian (c) vs. Randy Orton
Before the match, Christian grabs a mic and says he has an announcement. He introduces the man that will be in his corner tonight: the Rated R Superstar and his best friend, Edge. Huge reaction for Edge. He reminders everyone that doctor's said he would never be cleared again to compete in a WWE ring. Edge said when he left, he was happy and he felt he was part of passing the torch to Christian. He said no one deserved to become the World Heavyweight Champion more than him. Edge added it wasn't fair that Teddy Long made him defend his title just days later…but Christian continued to complain week after week. He puts over Christian becoming a 2-time champion, but by disqualification? Edge said not to get him wrong, he did bad things in his career, but he did it with style and wasn't boring. He said he didn't hide behind suits and contracts. Edge said along the way, Christian has become a disgrace to himself. He said Christian needs to hear this…he didn't know his best friend would becoming a whining, moaning, crying little bitch. Edge drops the mic and heads to the back.
We got ring introductions for the challenger Randy Orton and champion Christian.
The bell rings and here we go. The two exchange shots early on. Orton with a clothesline. Christian with a flying elbow off the top. Orton drops Christian and gets in a few stomps to the body. Christian pushes Orton up against the ropes and stands over Orton's back applying pressure. Orton attempts his DDT through the ropes, but Christian counters and tosses Orton over the top rope. On the outside, Orton tosses Christian into the ring barricade. Orton clears the main announce table and attempts an RKO over it, but Christian counters. Christian grabs his belt and runs into the crowd. Orton catches up to him on the arena steps and they start brawling. Orton pushes Christian back down ringside and tosses him in the ring. Orton with right hands to Christian in the corner. Christian grabs a kendo stick after dropping Orton in the ring quickly. Christian drives it into the body of Orton and then cracks it across his back and chest a few times. Christian then starts choking Orton with it. Orton fights back with an uppercut. Christian catches him with an elbow coming off the ropes. Orton with a close rollup. Christian with a spinebuster. Orton is bleeding in his mouth. Christian grabs the kendo stick again. Christian is up top, looks to hit Orton with the kendo stick, but Orton counters with a dropkick. Orton with a series of clotheslines and a powerslam. Christian with big boots to Orton in the corner. Orton with a rollup for a two count. Christian slaps Orton, hits the ropes and Orton catches with him a Thesz press. Christian counters a DDT attempt through the ropes. Orton comes back dropping Christian off his back in a reverse neckbreaker. Orton backs up for a punt in the corner. Christian rolls out, trips up Orton, grabs his legs, but Orton pulls Christian face first into the steel ring post.
Orton pulls out two tables from under the ring. He puts one in the ring and when he comes back out, Christian drives him into the ring and Christian sets up the other table near the ring. Both are now up on the ring apron and now up top on the turnbuckle. Orton with a superplex on Christian over the top of the table that wasn't setup in the middle of the ring. Orton puts the table up in the corner. Christian with a reverse DDT on Orton. Christian misses a spear, counters an RKO and sends Orton over the top rope. On the outside, Orton sends Christian into the steel ring steps flipping over. Orton grabs the bottom part of the steel steps and puts them up against the ring. Christian sends Orton face first into it. Christian clears the Spanish announce table and hits Orton in the head with a TV monitor. Christian puts a dazed Orton on top of the table. Christian picks up Orton, looks to hit his own RKO, but Orton counters and hits the RKO on Christian crashing through the table. Christian pulls himself back in the ring. Orton rolls back in as well. Christian with the Killswitch. Real close count. They show a replay and it looked extremely close. Christian bails and grabs two steel chairs back to the ring. Christian puts a chair under Orton's head. He spits in Orton's face and attempts a conchairto. Orton moves. Orton grabs a chair and cracks it over the back of Christian. Orton uses the chair to hit Christian in the body with it sending Christian off the ring apron crashing through the table at ringside. Orton brings the steel steps in and starts tossing trash cans and kendo sticks into the ring. Orton tosses Christian back in. Orton with a powerslam on Christian through the table in the corner. It looks like Orton cut his hand during that spot. Orton grabs a kendo stick and breaks it hitting Christian over the back with it two times.
Orton grabs Christian through the ropes and gives him a DDT over a trash can. Orton is firing up for an RKO. When Christian stands up, he hits Orton in the face with a kendo stick. Christian springboards off the corner and Orton catches him with an RKO over the steel steps! Orton with the cover and gets the win.
Winner and NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Randy Orton
After the match, we see various highlights leading to the finish. Back live, Randy Orton is up on the turnbuckle and is holding up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. We see a shot of WWE officials helping Christian to the back.
A video package runs showing WWE in Los Angeles this week to promote Summerslam.
Backstage, we see a shot of Triple H in his referee shirt talking with his wife Stephanie McMahon.
A video package runs hyping John Cena vs. CM Punk.
Undisputed WWE Championship
Special guest referee: Triple H
John Cena vs. CM Punk
Big reaction for CM Punk. Booker T on commentary referred to Punk as “stone cold bad.” During Cena's entrance, he looked in the camera and said, “This is where I started. I used to walk the concourse of this place.” Another big reaction for Cena. We got ring introducions for the champions CM Punk and John Cena.
Triple H calls for the bell and here we go. Amazing atmosphere in Los Angeles tonight. Crowd is fired up. Punk with a headlock, quick shoulder block and Cena is back up. A loud “LETS GO CENA – CENA SUCKS” chant. Cena with a headlock takedown and shoulder block. Loud “CM PUNK” chant starts up as Punk smiles. Cena with a snapmare into a headlock. Punk catches Cena with a quick side kick and then applies a body scissors submission. Cena with a knee to the gut and gutwrench powerbomb that looked pretty ugly. Cena with a quick snap suplex. Cena with a quick scoop slam and elbow combo on Punk. Cena goes back to a headlock. Punk with a quick big boot on Cena. Punk with a knee to the gut as Cena came off the ropes. Punk goes back to the body scissors submission. Punk with a dropkick that sends Cena to the outside. Cena recovers and rolls back in. Punk with a quick charge to the body of Cena and follows that up with a kick to the body. Punk with an abdominal stretch that Cena counters into a side slam. Crowd starts a “FRUITY PEBBLES” chant. Punk catches Cena with a high knee to the head. Cena with a series of shoulder blocks and Punk counters the twisting powerbomb. Punk with the high knee, but Cena counters the bulldog into his twisting powerbomb. Punk tries to counter the five knuckle shuffle. Cena holds onto Punk's leg and attempts an STF. Punk counters out and gets Cena locked in a modified triangle. Cena breaks out and gets in a headlock choke. Punk with an anaconda vice on Cena. Cena counters back into an STF. Punk turns his body and gets his foot on the bottom rope. Punk dumps Cena over the top rope. Punk with a suicide dive to Cena through the ropes. Both men are down. Triple H starts the count. He gets to 10, but decides to stop the count and tosses both men back in the ring to keep this match going. The fans cheer this on.
Cena and Punk exchange shots. They boo on Cena offense and cheer for Punk offense. Some chops now. Punk dodges an AA. Cena with a huge dropkick on Punk! Cena with the five knuckle shuffle. Punk counters an AA with a close rollup. Punk catches Cena with a kick to the back of the head. Punk with a cover and Cena kicks out. Cena counters a GTS attempt. Cena with a big powerslam and gets a two count after a pinfall attempt. Cena starts going up top and Punk catches him with a high knee. Punk catches Cena with a bulldog off the second rope, covers and gets a two count. Punk is on the ring apron, springboards up, Cena side steps him and gets the STF locked in. Punk is screaming out in pain. Punk is pulling himself to the ropes. Punk gets the bottom rope. Cena with an AA. Cena hooks the leg…1…2…Punk kicks out with force. Cena can't believe it. Cena thinks it was 3 and argues with Triple H a little bit. Cena tells Triple H not to make any mistakes. Cena goes back up top. Punk side steps the leg drop attempt. Punk with the GTS. Punk hooks the leg…1…2…Cena gets a shoulder up. Punk is staring at Triple H shocked. Punk is favoring his left knee. Punk pulls Cena towards the corner. Punk is going up top, slaps his knee and connects with a flying elbow. Punk hooks the leg and Cena gets another shoulder up after two. A loud “RANDY SAVAGE” chant starts up. Punk argues with Triple H regarding the count. Cena with a small package for a two count. Punk catches Cena with another knee to the chest. Cena with big right hands. Punk with a kick to the gut and another high knee to the jaw. Punk has Cena up for the GTS and connects! Punk hooks the leg, Cena's foot is on the rope and Triple H counts the pinfall. Michael Cole is yelling at Triple H that Cena's foot was on the bottom rope.
Winner and Undisputed WWE Champion: CM Punk
After the match, Triple H grabs the WWE Championship and hands it to CM Punk. Back in the ring, John Cena is arguing with Triple H about his foot being on the bottom rope. Outside the ring, Punk is standing up on the announce table holding up the WWE Championship. Punk gets back in the ring and Triple H holds up his arm. Triple H leaves the ring clapping for Punk. As Punk is celebrating, Kevin Nash hits the ring and levels Punk with a clothesline. Nash grabs Punk and hits the Jacknife Powerbomb. Triple H comes running back down the ramp asking what is going on. Nash bails into the arena crowd.
Alberto Del Rio is walking down the ramp with his “Money in the Bank” briefcase with a new referee.
CM Punk (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio
Punk is just starting to sit up as Del Rio nails him with a kick to the head. Del Rio gets the pin.
Winner and NEW WWE Champion: Alberto Del Rio
At ringside, Triple H is shocked and having words with the new referee. Alberto Del Rio celebrates at the top of the ramp holding up the WWE Championship as the PPV goes off the air from Los Angeles.