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SummerSlam Coverage: WWE Championship Match

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.

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25 Responses

  1. Mattyman says:

    Bryan wins

  2. ~J* says:

    Bryan is beyond over, the cena hate is strong in the staples center.

  3. ~J* says:

    bryan gave cena a mouse under his eye, nice of him.

  4. ~J* says:

    cena with the botched styles clash off the rope almost snapped bryan’s neck!

  5. dave says:

    very audible “DDT” from Cena and I missed what followed

  6. ~J* says:


  7. RS says:

    I have just one word… YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

  8. ~J* says:

    thanks trips and orton… :(

  9. dave says:

    The celebrations were going on a little too long for it to just end like that lol

    You screwed Beard!

  10. mackdeezy says:

    Whenever cena is champ he always pushes a younger guy. Thats one of the silver linings to cena’s reigns.

  11. Joe B says:

    From a downer to the best thing that could happen.

  12. Joseph says:

    Orton’s win is what prevented me from buying SS.

  13. Joe B says:

    Whats the odds the HHH explains this with having to do with him mentoring Orton years ago?

  14. Bobby says:

    Well WWE. You had me. Now with Orton as champ you lost me. Can’t take anymore Orton as champ.

  15. brad says:

    Maybe they can have HBK in Bryan’s corner since he trained him and have Trips in Orton’s corner.

  16. leg lover j says:

    BullSh*t PPV

  17. Steve-o says:

    You fans demand that orton turn heel, and the best way he can do it to really get over and it pisses everyone off. Just proves you can never please a wrestling fan

  18. dave says:

    Moan all you want about Orton being WWE Champion but the bigger picture is awesome. Orton hasn’t been WWE Champ for nearly 3 years.. he obviously hasn’t done a lot to “deserve” a title shot but he is obviously HHH’s idea of what a WWE Champion should be, so your anger just plays into that.

    I’m not a huge fan of Orton, either.

    Don’t act so butthurt.

  19. Joe B says:

    I’m just happy DB isn’t champ. I didn’t like him, then I started to, but it seems like every week my opinion of him changes, especially when they try to build him up too much. Tonight I was getting sick. Everyone was reporting that Cena would drop the title because of surgery, so I was half expecting him Bryan to take it, depending on Orton, but seeing Bryan pop right up after every move was boring. Cena hit some big moves, and Bryan is running across the ring before Cena can get up, meanwhile Cena barely had the strength to get up from his own moves. If I were running WWE, I would give Bryan the title because the fans are all over him, but as a fan, no better way for the show to end.

  20. MIKEY!!!!!! says:

    If anything, WWE today is a prime example of what happens when fans are TOO EASY to please..

  21. ~J* says:

    Bryan is BEYOND over…orton aint exactly putting the asses in the seats.

  22. Highfly says:

    turning orton heel and hopefully having HHH be a heel is a GREAT move. HHH was/is the best heel to every be in the company so returning to that form is good. Plus the one thing WWE really lacks right now is a top heel. I mean ADR? give me a break. Orton is alright, but maybe he can become a top heel. Christian would also be a great choice as a top heel, but we probably won’t see that happen either.

    Good for the WWE tonight.

  23. Joe B says:

    I wasn’t exactly paying attention tonight, but Orton gets a good pop when his music starts. It makes sense for him to take it, who else is in the title picture? Cena, I don’t know how long he’ll be out, but evidently long enough that he agreed to drop the title. Sheamus is out. Mark Henry, just had his shot, and he has his thing going on. WWE lacks main eventers right now.

  24. Joe B says:

    I’ll admit that Punk didn’t cross my mind, but his past 2 major PPV matches have been losses. His lone PPV win this year was against Y2J, who is only in WWE to put over talent.

  25. Joe B says:

    I think they should go Brock vs Orton, if and only if Brock is willing to work a champ’s schedule. Probably the best match tonight was CM vs Brock, and by no means was that solely because of Punk. If they have to do heel vs heel, why not?

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