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Chairshot Classics- WWE SummerSlam 2012

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We see Teddy Long and AJ leaving the RAW General Manager’s office and are speaking of how fantastic of a job she is doing. After they finish up, the camera pans over, and there stands CM Punk. Punk sighs before entering and we see AJ Lee in the office. Punk is speculating that a Triple Threat match is an unfair way for him to lose the Title, as he may not even be the one pinned and still lose it. He then says that the only reason she made this match is because he turned down her proposal on RAW, leaving her humiliated in the ring. Punk finishes by saying he will retain the Title either way and AJ Lee doesn’t have anything to say as he exits the room.

We return to the arena and Cole and “The King” introduces us to the next match that is for the World Heavyweight Title. The package begins with Alberto Del Rio spouting off about his championship DNA and his pedigreed upbringing. He then calls Sheamus a peasant and deems him unworthy of a Championship. Sheamus agrees with him from the back on the following week and says “..a change of cars is a good place to start..” He then steals Del Rio’s black Ferrari and takes it for a joy ride around San Antonio. Sheamus returns the vehicle, but it is not in the same shape it was when he left. It’s full of dents and scratches with the interior destroyed. Del Rio tells Sheamus he called the Police and Sheamus offers a Title match instead. The police enter, and instead of arresting Sheamus, they try to jump him. He fights them off for a second but is eventually overcome. This ends with Del Rio using an armbar on Sheamus.

Richardo Rodriguez, the personal announcer of Del Rio, announces Alberto and he enters the arena driving what Cole says in a new 250,000 Ferrari. Cole and Lawler continue to talk on where Del Rio made his fortune, running farms in Mexico. In my eyes he is a cartel drug dealer. The challenger receives nothing but heat as he enters the ring. The Champion, Sheamus, on the other hand gets an explosive pop when he enters the arena. Sheamus stops to admire the new car before he makes his way to the ring with purpose. He raises the Title high to get some more pop from the fans before handing it over. The ref checks the two and signals for the bell. The collar and elbow starts and they are really shoving each other around with the hold. Del Rio shoves Sheamus into the corner and the official is forced to separate them. Sheamus is able to quickly transition the next collar and elbow into a side headlock but Del Rio is able to shove him into the corner once again and force the separation. They collar and elbow once again and this time they hit the ropes so hard they tumble to the outside, with Sheamus colliding with the announce table. Del Rio bounces him off it one more time, but Sheamus is still able to get a few punches in and toss Del Rio back into the ring. Del Rio is able to land a few big kicks and knocks Sheamus into the corner. He then uses the refs five count to choke Sheamus with his boot. Del Rio and the ref argue over this, and Sheamus strikes with a Russian leg sweep. Sheamus hooks the leg and Del Rio kicks out of the first cover of the match.

Alberto finds himself being pounded in the corner, but when the ref separates the two, Del Rio is quick to attack and tosses Sheamus back into the corner. He then delivers a brutal kick to the side of Sheamus’s skull. Del Rio tries for a DDT, but the Celtic Warrior is able to pick him up for a rolling senton. Sheamus tries for a crucifix powerbomb, but Del Rio wiggles free and lands on the top rope facing the crowd. This doesn’t work out and Sheamus starts to club his back before picking him up for an electric chair drop. Before he gets Del Rio up, Del Rio is able to remove the turnbuckle cover. He escapes with a backslide and unleashes a kick to the back of Sheamus. Sheamus is quick to go for the Brogue Kick but Del Rio manages to avoid it leaving the leg of Sheamus tangled in the ropes. Sheamus falls to the apron and when he stands, a dropkick to his midsection sends him off the apron. Del Rio joins him on the outside and shoves Sheamus’s back into the steel steps before returning him to the ring. Del Rio then hits an ax handle from the top turnbuckle and tries for a pin. Sheamus is able to stop this by getting the shoulder up. A side headlock is next from Del Rio and the crowd starts to pop for a comeback from Sheamus. He is able to stand this up and unload some punches to the midsection of De Rio to escape the lock. He tries for a reverse neckbreaker, but Del Rio pushes himself free and delivers a few shin kicks. These leave Sheamus kneeling and Alberto takes him to the mat with a big boot. He tries for another cover but Sheamus still kicks out.

Ricardo argues with the ref over the near fall, while Del Rio stomps the head of Sheamus. He takes a moment to gather some heat from the crowd before choking the Champ with the second rope. Once the ref forces the break, Del Rio gets a couple more stomps in before locking in a sleeper hold. Sheamus finds his footing and escapes the holds with a triplet of headbutts. The Celtic Warrior hits the ropes, but is met with a gutbusting knee from Alberto. A double stomp is delivered to the back of Sheamus before he hooks the leg for another cover that Sheamus kicks out of. The frustration is ever present on the face of Del Rio as he mockingly pounds his chest like Sheamus, saying “Brogue” with each hit. This gets some serious heat from the fans as Del Rio waits for Sheamus to rise. Del Rio strikes but is met with a flying double ax. Two more follow the first ax handle and Del Rio finds himself in the corner from them. Sheamus charges with a shoulder, but Alberto avoids it, leaving the shoulder of Sheamus to go crashing into the ring post. Sheamus finds his way to the apron and is able to unload a headbutt along with a few punches to keep some momentum. He takes to the top rope but Alberto is able to kick his leg out from under him causing Sheamus to land spread eagle on the top turnbuckle. Alberto joins him up there and uses an armbreaker to send them both crashing to the canvas. Del Rio hooks the leg but Sheamus isn’t through yet and gets the shoulder up. Del Rio locks in the Cross Armbreaker and the crowd explodes when Sheamus picks Del Rio up with one arm and slams him to the mat. Both men are slow to rise and the crowd is at full force with “Sheamus” chants. The first move is made by Sheamus as he lifts Del Rio for White Noise. Sheamus now hooks the leg, but Del Rio is the one who now kicks out. The crowd is on their toes and chanting “Brouge” as the Celtic Warrior pounds his chest and waits for Del Rio to rise. Del Rio avoids the Brogue Kick but is still tackled into the corner by Sheamus. Del Rio is tangled in the ropes and Sheamus uses this to his advantage, clubbing Del Rio in the chest ten times. Sheamus puts Alberto back into the corner and tries for another ten count. He gets to five before Del Rio lifts him and gives Sheamus the snake-eyes onto the earlier exposed turnbuckle. Del Rio then nails the Brogue Kick and it looks to be over when he hooks the leg. The call is close but Sheamus narrowly kicks out and the building is shaking at this point. Rodriguez is on the apron arguing and this is when Del Rio pulls his own manager into the ring after slapping him. Del Rio whispers in his manager ear before the ref intervenes. As the ref is distracted, Rodriguez attempts to throw Del Rio his shoe. Sheamus catches it and plants it upside the head of Del Rio. The Irish Curse Backbreaker follows and Sheamus hooks the leg. He is rewarded the three count but Del Rio had his foot on the ropes in time. The ref signals for the bell and hands the Strap over to Sheamus. Sheamus leaves with the Strap as Del Rio is left to argue with the official in the ring. These two had some great chemistry and the match was paced very well. Good stuff and worth the watch. Match Time- 11:22

 

We see a quick clip of the WWE and their visits with the National Guard. After this we see all the California National Guard members in the arena as they chant “USA”. This leads into the back where Triple H is speaking with a referee about the No DQ match he has tonight with The Beast. He tells the ref that the match ends one of two ways, submission or pinfall, and it will be a fight to the finish, so “Let us fight.”

We re-enter the arena just as the challengers in the next Title match enter. these are the Prime Time Players and they are made up of Titus O’Neil and Darren Young. The PTP are without their manager here and that is because AW, or Abraham Washington, was let got three weeks prior for the following on-air quote. “Titus O’Neil is like Kobe Bryant in a Colorado hotel.. He’s Unstoppable.” This is in reference to Kobe’s 2003 rape accusations that were dropped when the accuser refused to testify. Definitely done in poor taste but some fans disagreed with the firing and brought signs to SummerSlam to show that. Allegedly these were all confiscated at the door. The Tag Team Champions are next and they receive some pyro along with some pop from the fans. The champs, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth quickly make their way to the ring and are ready to go. R-Truth and Darren Young kick it off and Truth is quick to tackle him to the mat to unload some punches. The momentum stays in Truth’s favor, using some big right hands and a shoulder block to do so. Young manages to reverse an Irish whip but Truth leapfrogs him and uses a hip toss to slam Young to the mat. After a split from Truth, he hits the ropes for a dancing leg drop. He hooks the leg of Young and the first cover of the match is easily kicked out of.

 

Young lands a kick that enables him to drive R-Truth into the corner like a freight train. This allows Young to make a tag, but when Titus enters, Truth is fast to switch his focus to him. He is still trying to fight off Young as well and this catches up to him when O’Neil flattens him with a big boot. Titus now hooks a leg, but Truth kicks out at the count of one. A reverse chinlock is applied by Titus and when Truth is able to stand it up, Titus sends him right back to the canvas with some huge clubs to the back. Titus hits the ropes but this doesn’t go as planned because R-Truth springs to life and hits a huge kick. The tag is made and Kofi Kingston enters for the first time. He uses a springboard off the top rope to do so, and catches Titus with a flying punch. This only staggers the big man, so Kofi sends him into the ropes with a high dropkick. Titus returns with a clothesline, but Kofi ducks it and now he hits the ropes. Kofi goes sky-high and takes O’Neil off his feet with a lariat. He hits the leg drop next and gets the crowd fired up with his pre Trouble in Paradise antics. Darren Young distracts him, though, and when Kingston tries to attack him, Young jumps off the apron. Titus uses the distraction to leave the ring and Kofi is quick to start to chase after him. Kofi is able to duck the clothesline of Young, who was waiting to ambush, and flattens him with a clothesline of his own. When Kofi turns around he is clobbered by a clothesline from Titus O’Neil. R-Truth tries to come to the aid of Kingston but the official is there to stop him. Kofi is returned to the ring and Titus tries for a cover that is kicked out of.

Darren Young is tagged in, and the PTP uses a double team maneuver on Kingston. Titus picks Young up for a powerplex, but instead of flipping him over, he drops him face first onto Kingston. Young then hooks the leg, but Kingston manages to kick out. Young uses a side naked choke and the crowd starts with the “Kofi” chants. Kofi wiggles free, and after a few punches, they return to their feet. Young tries for an atomic drop, but Kingston shifts and falls onto the chest of Young. Kingston tries for a quick pin, but Young is able to kick-out at two. Young responds with a quick scoop slam and a cover of his own. Titus tags in, but Kofi tries to rally behind the chants bearing his name. He gets a few punches in before Titus gets him in an abdominal stretch. The clapping begins and Kofi is able to escape the hold. Titus lifts him for what looks like a sidewalk slam and Kingston reverses it into a tornado DDT. The crowd is electric as they wait for a hot tag. Both men are able to make the tag, but R-Truth strikes first with a clothesline. Young is quick to his feet and is able to reverse an Irish whip. R-Truth comes back spinning like a top for a back elbow. A falcon arrow is next from Truth and he makes a cover. He has it won, but Titus enters just in time to break up the cover. Kofi comes in to help and Titus tosses him from the ring. Kingston catches the top rope and pulls himself back into the ring. Titus charges him and Kofi pulls the top rope down, sending O’Neil to the outside. Kingston gets some ridiculous air when he springboards to the outside for a huge crossbody on Titus. Back in the ring, Young tries to steal the win with a school boy pin. It’s close, but Truth kicks out. Young hits the ropes but when he returns is met with Truth’s finisher, What’s Up!?/Shut Up!. This move was called “Little Jimmy” during R-Truth’s Heel runs. Truth hooks the leg for the three count and Kofi Kingston and R-Truth retain the Tag Team Titles. I found this match just meh with a few decent high spots. I would not say it is must watch by any means, but decent none the less. Match Time-7:07


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