SummerSlam Coverage: WWE Championship Match
Aug 18, 2013 - by Michael Riba
WWE Championship Match (w/Triple H as Special Referee Match) – John Cena (c) vs. Daniel Bryan
Cena takes Bryan down with a headlock, but Bryan fights back to his feet. They lock up and Cena takes Bryan down again. Bryan counters with a monkey flip and goes for the Yes Lock, but Cena rolls to the outside. Cena gets Bryan in a headlock again and then takes him down to the mat. Bryan comes off the ropes, but Cena rolls him up and gets a one count. Bryan backslides Cena down and gets a two count. Bryan takes Cena down, but then it ends in a stalemate. Bryan goes for the surfboard submission, but Cena powers out. Cena tosses Bryan to the outside and Bryan hits the announce table hard. Back in the ring, Cena decks Bryan with a right hand. Cena elbows Bryan in the corner and then slams him to the mat. Cena goes for the cover, but Bryan kicks out at two. Bryan comes back and kicks Cena down in the corner. Bryan backs away and charges, but Cena counters. Bryan drops Cena with a flying clothesline. Bryan kicks Cena in the chest and goes for the big kick, but Cena ducks and unleashes the Five Moves of Doom on Bryan. Cena goes for the Five-Knuckle Shuffle, but Bryan moves. Bryan goes for the Yes Lock, but Cena fights out. Cena comes back and hits the Five-Knuckle Shuffle and sets up for the AA now. Bryan fights out and delivers a dropkick from the top rope. Bryan goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out at two. Bryan begins to work over Cena’s injured elbow. Bryan kicks Cena on the back a couple times, but Cena trips him and goes for the STF. Bryan reverses and locks the STF in on Cena. Cena fights out, but Bryan delivers a suplex. Bryan goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out at two. Bryan locks Cena in the Yes Lock, but Cena gets free. Bryan locks Cena in a face-lock, but Cena backs Bryan into the corner. Cena hits the AA and goes for the cover, but Bryan kicks out at two. Cena goes up top and Bryan goes up after him. Bryan delivers a superplex to Cena and hangs on to the ropes. Bryan delivers the diving headbutt from the top and goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out at two. Cena rolls out of the ring. Bryan goes after Cena, but Cena counters and drops Bryan to the mat. Cena goes up top again. Cena hits the leg drop and goes for the cover, but Bryan kicks out at two. Cena sets Bryan on the top rope and sets up for an AA, but Bryan elbows his way out of it. Bryan goes for a hurricanrana, but Cena holds him up. Cena shoves Bryan down and locks in the STF. Bryan counters and locks in the Yes Lock. Cena gets to the ropes and Bryan has to break the hold. Bryan dropkicks Cena in the corner and goes for it again, but then Cena counters with a huge clothesline out of the corner. Both men struggle to their feet. They exchange rapid right hands and Bryan goes to the ropes. Bryan goes for a moonsault, but Cena catches him. Cena goes for the AA, but Bryan reverses into a DDT. Bryan goes for a cross-body, but Cena catches him. Cena goes for the AA, but Bryan rolls him up for a two count. Bryan kicks Cena in the side of the head and gears up for another one and connects and gets the pin fall.
Winner and NEW WWE Champion: Daniel Bryan.
After the match, Cena and Bryan shake hands. Bryan shakes hands with Triple H as well as confetti begins to fall from the rafters.
Randy Orton’s music hits and he marches to the ring with the Money in the Bank briefcase. Orton stops short of the ring, holds the briefcase over his head, and turns around and walks away. Bryan celebrates and Orton stops walking. Triple H pedigrees Daniel Bryan. Orton hands Triple H the briefcase.