August 18, 2013
Live coverage: WWE SummerSlam 2013
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Join SLAM! Wrestling's Matt Bishop and Nolan Howell starting at 8 p.m. ET for live coverage and thoughts of tonight's WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view extravaganza, which emanates live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and is headlined by a WWE Championship match between John Cena and Daniel Bryan.
We'll have live thoughts and opinions as the show rolls on, so be sure to continually refresh for the latest news and results from "The Biggest Party of the Summer."
For a preview of tonight's event from SLAM! Wrestling's Jon Waldman and Matthew Asher, click here.
To read an interview with the No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship Daniel Bryan from our own Greg Oliver, click here.
And for predictions from former two-time World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Zigger, as told to SLAM! Wrestling contributor Jan Murphy, click here.
SummerSlam 2013 Results
United States Championship: Dean Ambrose vs. Rob Van Dam
On the Kickoff Show: With Van Dam in position to drop the frog splash, The Shield's music hit and Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins came through the crowd to distract. That failed, though, when Mark Henry and The Big Show came down to even the odds. After a commercial, the match continued. Van Dam would eventually hit the frog splash, but Reigns charged in and speared him.
Winner via disqualification: Rob Van Dam
Ring of Fire Match: Kane vs. Bray Wyatt
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan have been trying to find ways to get into the ring, and eventually do by putting a fire retardant blanket over the flames. They beat up Kane and hold him up for Wyatt and Wyatt puts him away. Following the encounter, they smash Kane's head with the steel steps and then carry him to the back.
Winner via pinfall: Bray Wyatt
Grudge Match: Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow
Rhodes was able to overcome his face being clean-shaven to beat Sandow here. He even hit a Muscle Buster! Big win for Rhodes here. We'll see where he goes from here.
Winner via pinfall: Cody Rhodes
World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian
Del Rio retained the title, forcing Christian to tap out to the cross-armbreaker. At one point in the sequence, Christian stacked Del Rio up and had his shoulders pinned clean to the mat for about 10 seconds, but it was completely ignored by the referee. Horrible, horrible blown spot. Very good match, though.
Winner via submission and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Alberto Del Rio
Grudge Match: Natalya vs. Brie Bella
In a long match, Natalya makes Bella tap to the Sharpshooter. Nikki Bella, Eva Marie, Naomi and Cameron all got involved at one point.
Winner via submission: Natalya
Grudge Match: CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar
Lesnar won with an F5 on a chair after a long, brutal battle. Both men pulled out plenty of MMA moves, including Punk locking Lesnar up in a triangle choke and the Anaconda Vice. Lesnar had the kimura. Paul Heyman got involved plenty of times, including breaking up a pinfall after a GTS and then getting involved when Punk had the Vice locked in. Tons of hard-hitting action here. Fantastic match.
Winner via pinfall: Brock Lesnar
Nolan Howell: Absolute classic. Absolute. Classic. The Lesnar vs. Punk match was all you could ask for in sports entertainment. It told a story. It had hard hits. High spots, rest spots, you name it. It all blended together in a perfect collage of violence. Both men have just told a story that can be read for centuries.
Mixed Tag Team Match: Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn vs. Big E Langston & AJ Lee
Ziggler and Kaitlyn won when Ziggler pinned Langston after the Zig Zag. Certainly a good enough match, but the crowd wasn't all that into it considering the awesome match it came after.
Winners via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn
Nolan Howell: That was what it was. Nothing really wrong, but it was in the snack/bathroom break slot for a reason.
WWE Championship: John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan
Nolan Howell: This is one of the best builds I have seen in a long, long time. However, after Lesnar vs. Punk, I'm not so sure it can live up to the hype. Cena is always capable of having a beautiful dance with the right partner and Bryan is certainly fleet on his feet in this situation. But, here we are! The whole enchilada is right here and it is going to be very interesting to see play out.
Back-and-forth match to start with both men having their moments. Cena blasts Bryan into the announce table and then suplexes him on the floor. But Bryan starts to take over and goes to work on Cena's injured elbow.
The match is getting hot and heavy now. Both men trading their submission holds. Cena even hit Bryan with an Attitude Adjustment but Bryan kicked out.
They have a big slap fight, but Bryan counters Cena at every turn. Eventually, Bryan kicks Cena in the head and then destroyed him with a running knee and THAT DOES IT. New champ!
Winner via pinfall and NEW WWE Champion: Daniel Bryan
After a long stream of confetti and fireworks, Randy Orton's music hits and he comes down to the ring. He stares Bryan down, but walks away. But as he does, Triple H grabs Bryan and gives him the Pedigree. Orton comes back, cashes in.
WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton
Orton rolls Bryan over and pins him.
Winner via pinfall and NEW WWE Champion: Randy Orton
Nolan Howell:A weird ending to a weird night, but it makes so much sense. The match screams like a last minute booking, which explains the awkward pace during the bout. Still, Cena and Bryan brought it and it turned out to be a very good match, especially when presented in context of the few weeks prior. Orton cashing in puts a nice little McMahon touch on the whole thing. HHH being the man to take the belt away from Bryan is what people will be intrigued in. Why did he do it? Is he really in cahoots with his father-in-law? Is this strictly his move? Maybe a blend of both? Fans at the arena were allegedly livid at the close of the show and that means there is intrigue. With Cena allegedly going on the shelf soon for his banged up elbow, this match did its job and then some. There is now a new story people want to see while the man of the hour rides the pine. Overall: Very worthwhile show, especially the major title matches and Lesnar vs. Punk. If you find the time, make sure you catch SummerSlam and sit back and enjoy what could quite possibly be WWE's best offering of the year.