We see suplexs for days in our Main Event between Brock Lesnar and John Cena. Roman Reigns faces off against Randy Orton. And the undercard is stacked with Title opportunities including The Miz Vs. Dolph Ziggler for the IC Strap. All this and more at SummerSlam 2014!
The date is August 17, 2014 and the summer’s biggest event is upon us. 17,357 fans are in the Staples Center for the sixth consecutive SummerSlam to take place here in Los Angeles, California. We get a few sponsors for the evening including Totino’s Bold, The Film “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” and Diet Mountain Dew. We also get three theme songs. They are- “Sunshine” by TeddyBears, “GDFR” by Flo Rida Feat. Sage the Gemini and “Lights Go Out” by Fozzy, Chris Jericho’s band. This would be the last PPV to use the “Scratch” logo for the main emblem and would switch the Titles soon after. The WWE Network is available at this point in time and the PPV buys show this, with only 147K purchasing it this way. Enough of the outside and lets head to the inside!
The show opens with the crowd popping for the “Real American” theme song of “The Immortal”, Hulk Hogan, as he comes out posing. The Hulkster gets the Hulk-A-Maniacs fired up by talking about SummerSlam being “..a night where dreams are made..”, Brother! Before long this turns into a promo for the Network and Hogan finishes with “Whatcha gonna do brother, when The WWE Network, Hulk Hogan and SummerSlam run wild on you?” The Hulkster poses, obviously, before leaving the arena. I’m a “Hulkster guy” but this is a very strange way to kick off the show.
Up next is a video to introduce the matches for the night. It is presented by “Authority Studios” and “Follow The Buzzards Films”. This is cool stuff here and it does a great job painting the picture that is the SummerSlam 2014 card. The narrator has some awesome names for the matches and they use some cheesy CG that really worked well here. The names for the matches the narrator chooses are- Superman Vs. The Serpent, The Ayatollah of Rock N Rolla Vs. The Eater of Worlds, The Lunatic Fringe Vs. Mr. Money in the Bank, The Bella of the Ball Vs. The Billionaire Baroness and finally, The Beast Vs. The Champ. This made up for the Hogan open and let’s hope we can keep the ball rolling as we see the inside of the Staples Center for the first time this evening.
Michael Cole welcomes us into the sold-out arena for the 27th edition of the Summer Spectacular. Cole is joined by Jerry “The King” Lawler and John “Bradshaw” Layfield. The Intercontinental Title is on the line in the first match and the Champion is out first. The Miz cuts his normal “I’m better than you” Heel promo as he makes his way out. He throws some shade here saying ‘I have something that Drax the Destroyer to Hercules, to every single person in here wishes they had, The Moneymaker.” He then points to his face. Drax is played by Batista in Guardians of the Galaxy and Hercules was played by one, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The challenger is a man who’s familiar with kicking off SummerSlam, having done it two other times, Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler gets a positive reaction from the crowd, The Miz not so much.
The trusty collar and elbow kicks us off and after a side headlock from Miz, they hit the ropes. The Miz comes out ahead with a shoulder block. After some leap frogs and blocked arm drags, Ziggler hits the sunset flip. The count is close early but The Miz kicks out. Ziggler tries to punch “The Moneymaker” but The Miz hits the deck and rolls from the ring. When he returns to the ring, Ziggler hits the first half of a Lou Thesz press but before he can deliver any strikes, The Miz is able to roll from the ring once again. Ziggler meets him out there and flattens him with a clothesline. After he returns Miz to the ring, Ziggler rolls the Champ up but he is able to kick-out. The Miz finds his opportunity when he reverses an Irish whip to the turnbuckle. The impact is serious and Ziggler falls to the canvas. The Miz stomps away on Dolph before hitting the ropes. Ziggler is seated and smoked with a running big boot. The Miz hooks the leg but Ziggler is quick to kick-out.
A side headlock from Miz doesn’t last long before Ziggler rallies behind the crowd, and elbows, to escape. This doesn’t go as planned and he is taken of his feet from another big boot from The Champion. The Miz takes to the top rope and is taunting Dolph to stand. The ax handle backfires when Dolph lands a punch to the midsection. A clothesline is next from Dolph and this leaves Miz in the corner. A splash from Ziggler leads into a swinging neckbreaker and Ziggler hooks the leg. Its close, but The Miz gets the shoulder up. The Miz again saves the Moneymaker when Ziggler tries for a superkick. When The Miz spins to avoid it, Ziggler hooks his leg and rolls him up. Once again, Miz kicks out. We get a back and forth that starts when Miz reverses into a Skull Crushing Finale. This is reversed into a superkick from Dolph. Ziggler again hooks a leg, but to no avail. The crowd is really into this one and let out a huge sign when The Miz kicks out, The Miz slides from the ring and grabs his Title. When he walks by the ring Ziggler nails him with a baseball slide. It doesn’t take long for them to find the ring and continue the match. Miz is first to strike and takes Ziggler of his feet. The Champ then applies the Figure-Four and Ziggler is struggling to escape. Dolph almost makes it to the ropes but The Miz pulls him back to center. Ziggler once again makes the ropes and the ref breaks the hold. They are slow getting to their feet, but Ziggler strikes first with the Fame-ass-er. The Miz no-sells it and nails a Skull Crashing Finale soon after. The Miz lazily covers and the crowd erupts when Ziggler gets a shoulder up. After a quick argue with the ref, The Miz turns around and he is met with the Zig-Zag. Dolph hooks the leg and the crowd explodes as Dolph Ziggler becomes the new Intercontinental Champion. This is the first time since the 2008 that the Title changed hands at SummerSlam. The last was a mixed tag match in which Beth Phoenix pinned Mickie James thus allowing Santino Marella to become champion. This is a great match and was paced well. Worth the watch here folks. Match Time-7:51
We see a clip for the Stephanie McMahon/ Brie Bella feud that began with a slap from Steph. She would then go on to bring “Megan” out to the ring. Megan claims to have had a affair with Brie’s husband, Daniel Bryan. Brie would slap the physical therapist Megan, and she presses charges for this. Brie is then arrested and read her Miranda Rights. This builds to Brie being interviewed after the clip by Tom Phillips. She reflects on her “incarceration” and this is all lame stuff here.