Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler Vs. Kofi Kingston - If you remember last year's opener between Rey Mysterio and Dolph Ziggler, then it would be safe to say this year's event was going to start off strong but that wasn't the case here. Dolph was accompanied by Vickie Guerrero as he entered this return match for the Intercontinental title againt Kofi. Kofi started out aggressive and strong hitting various moves until Dolph gained the upperhand with numerous counters and reversals. As the match went on, it began to develop into a very good back and forth encounter until the Nexus showed up out of nowhere just to make their presence known and to preach about their 7 on 7 match scheduled to take place later on. The ending was certainly disappointing and the reason behind it, it should have never happened to begin with. 2.5/5
Divas Champion Alicia Fox Vs. Melina - Melina returned to her hometown of L.A. as she entered the match in some unusual entrance attire. We saw Melina using some interesting wrestling moves that we don't normally get from her before it looked like Melina reinjured herself which gave Alicia the opportunity to take control. From there, Alicia worked on the arm before Melina suddenly regained the momentum as it led her regaining the Divas championship. The aftermath involved LayCool (Layla & Michelle McCool) coming out and ruining Melina's emotional celebration. But overall, this match was more of a one-woman show that showcased Melina winning back her Divas title a part from LayCool making their appearence. 2/5
Big Show Vs. Straight Edge Society: CM Punk, Joseph Mercury, & Luke Gallows - This was a 3 on 1 handicap match that was held under tornado rules which allowed all three members of the S.E.S. to be in the ring at once. Though, that didn't make a difference as the Big Show nearly dominated all of the S.E.S. after revealing his hand was healed from the attack CM Punk had on it. Big Show dominated the early portions of the match before missing a huge chop and hitting the ring steps before the S.E.S. was able to work over Big Show for a brief period until Big Show came back and was able to prevail over Punk, Gallows, & Mercury. 2.25/5
WWE Champion Sheamus Vs. Randy Orton - This was a rematch from their title match they had back at the Royal Rumble with the added on stimpulations being if anyone interferes, they would be suspended and the other, if Orton loses, he will never recieve another WWE title shot as long Sheamus is champion. This match started out very physical with Orton being very aggressive to the point he was able to gain the momentum on the outside before the match spilling out into the crowd for a brief amount of time. From there, Orton continued to dish out his methodical and calculating pace onto Sheamus until Sheamus turned the tables and threw Orton into the ring steps that injured his shoulder. After that, the match was able to pick up with both men able to reverse the momentum various times and coming out with numerous counters to their signature moves with the crowd getting more and more into it. As the match was great, the ending was disappointing with Sheamus using his championship advantage to retain his title which caused Orton to go in an intense mode that saw a huge post match brawl before Orton delivering a RKO to Sheamus on the announce table. This match was definitely better then their Royal Rumble match with the aftermath giving more life to the feud. 4/5
World Champion Kane Vs. Rey Mysterio - The big story here was the debate over who was the one who attacked and took out the Undertaker. Kane entered the match bringing a casket to ringside promising he will put Rey in it. With all of that aside, this was a "David vs. Goliath" match that resembled their feud back in 2008 which Rey used his speed and agility at his advantage. Rey used that same strategy here with Kane heavily working on Rey's back using various moves such as bearhugs and ramming Rey into the steel ring post to inflect more damage on Mysterio's back. The closing moments of the match includes a very good series of counters until Kane one armed chokeslammed Rey to keep his World title. The aftermath showcased Kane inflecting more punishment onto Rey until the Undertaker made his return and declared the man who was guilty of attacking him. 3.5/5
John Cena, Bret Hart, John Morrison, Edge, R Truth, Chris Jericho, & Daniel Bryan Vs. Nexus [7 on 7 Elimination Match] - Earlier in the night, the Miz came out and announced he accepted the offer to be the 7th member of Team WWE. Though to the surprise of many, John Cena announced the Miz was not the 7th member. The Miz was out picked by his NXT rookie, Daniel Bryan. This was the best match of the night that saw Daniel Bryan showcasing his extraodinary wrestling skills by taking it to Nexus memeber, Darren Young, and making him tap out for the early elimination. From there, eliminations did not come all at once. The powerhouse player of Nexus, Skip Sheffield, has a good showing eliminating two members of Team WWE while Bret Hart made his first SummerSlam appearence in 13 years as he was on fire the short time he was in the match. The problems among Cena, Jericho, and Edge was there that caused the eliminations of Jericho and Edge. Once it came down to the final four, the Miz reappeared and helped Wade Barrett and Justin Gabriel to eliminate Bryan. At that point, Cena was pinned against the wall to over come the odds that featured Barrett and Gabriel taking it to Cena that showed Cena taking a hard DDT on the concrete floor before Cena fought back strong to gain the win for his team. This was definitely the best match on the card and it did wonders for the younger guys like Bryan, Barrett, Gabriel, & Heath Slater to elevate them into superstardom. 5/5
Overall, this year's SummerSlam had a lot of flops to it and if it wasn't for two matches in the line up (Orton/Sheamus and the 7 on 7 match), I would have given this up and maybe I should've. So if you're a big fan of the Orton/Sheamus feud, the Nexus angle, or just want to see the return of the Undertaker, I give this a recommendation. But if not, I do not recommend this event at all.