As the title of this review states, this is the best Summer Slam in a while, and ties with Money in The Bank 2011 as best Pay-per-views of 2011, at least in my opinion. This whole event is action packed and entertaining from top to bottom.
The show starts with an awful version of the national anthem by some tool from a band of the same name. My ears almost started bleeding, but don't worry, it's over soon enough. What follows is a pretty good video package, and some quality matches all throughout the night.
I will not spoil the results of the matches, just a few thoughts and a score.
1. Rey Mysterio, John Morrison & Kofi Kingston Vs. Miz, R-Truth & Alberto Del Rio
Wowsers, what an opener! First Miz comes out and....well...does his shtick, followed by R-truth to bring on the crazyness with an apparent vocabulary lesson, until Del rio comes and out and they shut up because...well...he's rich. That means he's dangerous. Then the other team comes out and the match starts. There is some awesome work, and wonderful high-flying parts that made for an action-packed, hard-hitting opening match, albeit with a somewhat confusing intro. 3.5/5
2. Mark Henry Vs. Sheamus
Another good match. I really liked the pace of this match, as even though it was a slower match, it was still hard hitting and would pick up the pace at certain spots. Both men worked hard to put on a good show, and their work speaks a ton in this match. Also the ending is quite the sight, and was really well done for making both men look good. The only thing I didn't like were some of the plants at ringside WAY-overreacted near the ending, but is was fun to see one them get launched a few rows back! 3/5
Cee Lo Green comes out and sings songs, songs that I recommend skipping.
3. WWE Divas Championship Match: Champion Kelly Kelly Vs. Beth Phoenix
I'll admit it, I was at last years summer slam, and this was my bathroom break. I might have enjoyed the match live, but after watching on DVD, the end ruins the whole match. I'm glad I took that time to use the potty and get some munch and drink. 2.5/5 the only not good match here, could've been good, but the ending screwed it up
4. Daniel Bryan Vs. Wade Barrett
Man, this one is a barn-burner right here. Great match from beginning to end. Truly deserving of the high spot on the card with great chemistry between the two in the ring. I don't want to give away too much, great moves and counters, and nice shocker of an ending made me stand up even though the winner was not who I expected or wanted. Really good semi main event, that I could see being a future Main Event. 4/5
5.Co-Main Event of The Night: No Holds Barred Match For The World Championship
World Champion Christian Vs. "The Viper" Randy Orton
The first of two absolutely fabulous main events here, and it's a hell-raising slobber-knocker from beginning to end. From the pre-match segment featuring a recent Hall of Fame Inductee, to both men playing their roles perfectly, this match is great all the way through. These two have amazing chemistry in that ring, and it really shows here. Great use of weapons, and even a bloody-finger makes an appearance. These men had meet a lot by this time, and this is the best of all their encounters thus far. A violent masterpiece, and a must-see match 5/5
6.Co-Main Event of The Night: WWE Undisputed Championship Unification Match
WWE Champion John Cena Vs. WWE Champion CM Punk
W/Special Ref. Triple H
The impossible happens, as Cena and Punk have a match that's even better than their last meeting at Money in The Bank. This here is a wonderful wrestling match with the only downside being the finishing 3 count, but in the end, the shock of what would follow just made it even better. Just a great match, a grand-class in mat-story-telling, as they say. And all of this leads to a shocking end that left me breathless at the time. Go out of your way to watch this 5/5
Overall, this event was amazing, especially live and after ordering the 2010 edition the year before on pay-per-view. This 2011 edition blows 2010 and even this years, out of the water. I recommend to Wrestling fans who want to see a part of WWE's version of "The Summer of Punk".