WWE Summerslam 2011
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It’s the biggest event of the Summer, and it continues do shine in Hollywood! The WWE Universe will be watching as the Superstars of World Wrestling Entertainment bring SummerSlam to the Staples Center. Last year’s show saw WWE and World Heavyweight Championship Matches and a 7-on-7 battle pitting the best of Raw against the upstart Nexus. Who knows who the superstars of Raw and SmackDown will top themselves?
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This wasn't the greatest PPV of 2011 but it wasn't the worse. If you want a PPV to watch while you kick back and relax for a bit, then I recommend this.
maybe they will bring back vhs tapes.worst decision ever !!!
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1. THE MIZ, R-TRUTH, ALBERTO DEL RIO VS REY MYSTERIO, JOHN MORRISON, KOFI KINGSTON-right here we had a great opening match pitting three of my favorite guys in Miz, Truth and Del Rio going at it against the baby faces they were semi feuding against prior to this. The match was faced paced with every one getting some shots in. The "face" team hit some high spots towards the end on their way to a victory. I really was hoping for the "heel" team to pull this out but they all would play big parts later on.
I loved the segment here with Punk and Steph, very funny.
2.SHEAMUS VS MARK HENRY-ah yes the match leading up to the match, and by that the final push of Henry to finally get the title. Here he was pitted against fellow tough guy Sheamus in a really good contest. Sheamus really brought it in this match taking it to Henry and looking great doing it. Still Mark was way to strong for him here beating him down for most of the match. On the outside he would ram him through the barricade and get the count out win.
3.[DIVA'S TITLE]KELLY KELLY VS BETH PHOENIX-now usually the diva's matches do not end up being all that great. They usually have to have Beth Phoenix or Natalya in them to be any where near good in my opinion. Thankfully they are both here with Beth in the match and Natalya on the outside in her corner. This match was better than most thought it would be I am sure with Kelly even looking good here. She some how comes out on top much to my chagrin. Still it was a good match with Kelly using her speed and Beth showcasing her strength.
4.DANIEL BRYAN VS WADE BARRETT-my boy Barrett was in action here against submission and wrestling machine Bryan the match here was great with both guys pulling out all stops to win the match. Bryan in particular came to play here pulling off stuff like a flying knee to the outside. Still by boy Wade comes out on top after another good match.
5.[NO HOLDS BARRED WORLD TITLE]CHRISTIAN VS RANDY ORTON-now this was a great match right here. One of my favorites Christian put the belt on the line against Orton here in a very entertaining and brutal match. These guys basically went to war right here using everything they could get their hands on. From in the ring to the outside and using everything that could be a weapon. The action here was excellent and was one of the most entertaining in a long time. Randy would get the belt back after a nasty RKO but still it was a great match.
6.[UNDISPUTED WWE TITLE]CM PUNK VS JOHN CENA-the final match of the night was the one every one was looking forward to. As CM Punk returned to do battle once again with arch nemesis John Cena in another main event. In a rematch to the classic they put on a month prior. Once again they deliver a great match with a lot of solid back and forth action. There are near falls a plenty and a lot of drama, the crowd is so into this one. I love the "Macho Man" elbow drop that Punk does which send the crowd into a "Randy Savage" chant. The one thing I do not like about this match is that for some reason they refuse to give Punk a solid win over Cena. In their last one Cena only let go of the STF and was distracted by outside interference. In this one Cena gets a foot on the rope that guest referee Triple H does not see. Why can't they give him a clean win, still the shocker was yet to come. After the match Kevin Nash hit the ring and jackknifed Punk allowing Del Rio to cash in the MITB briefcase and win the title.
All in all I would say this was an excellent Summerslam event. The special feature on the DVD was an interview with Del Rio.
6-Man Tag Team Match
Rey Mysterio, John Morrison, and Kofi Kingston v. The Miz, R-Truth, and Alberto Del Rio 3.3/5
- Good opener here. Lots of action, and six noticable names. Mysterio gets the pinfall victory for his team.
Sheamus v. Mark Henry 3/5
- Mark Henry gets the countout victory, by planting Sheamus threw the barricade. Cool spot, excpet for the obvious plants in the crowd. Good little matrch here.
Kelly Kelly(c) (w/ Eve) v. Beth Phoniex (w/ Natalya) 2.4/5
- Kelly gets the upset victory over Beth Phoniex. Unfornately.
Wade Barrett v. Daniel Bryan 3.7/5
- Very good match. Two young guys making the most of match and they did great! Wade gets the pinfall victory.
No Holds Barred Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Christian(c) v. Randy Orton 4.3/5
- Honestly, I felt this match was the best of the night. They stole the show. I loved this match. Good spots, and they have great chemistry in the ring together. Randy Orton gets the win after a sick RKO on the steel steeps, and wins the World championship.
Undisputed WWE Championship Match, with Triple H as the Guest Referee
WWE Champion John Cena v. WWE Champion CM Punk 4.1/5
- Its hard to follow the match they had at Money in the Bank, but they tried hard and came close. Just close. But it was a very entertaining match up. CM Punk gets the pinfall victory, event though Cena's foot was on the rope. After the match as CM Punk celebrates, Kevin Nash makes his way to the ring and lays Punk out with a Jack Knife Power Bomb.
WWE Championship Match
CM Punk(c) v. Alberto Del Rio (Raw Money in the Bank winner)
- Del Rio cashed in and wins the WWE Championship.
SummerSlam 2011. 7.7/10.
-There's a guitar rendition of our national anthem by the guitarist of Tool, Adam Jones (at least I think thats the name). Its not bad but nothing that special honestly.
-A video package is shown, hyping the main event tonight of John Cena vs. CM Punk, good way to hype it.
-The pryo goes off and we are welcomed to L.A.
-Six Man Tag Team Match, The Miz, The Truth & Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston, John Morrison & Rey Mysterio: We start off with an appearance by The Miz, as he talks about being at Summerslam, The Truth interrupts and the crowd instantly starts a "What?" chant. Alberto Del Rio comes out, the crowd cheers big for him. The faces make their entrances and we have our opening match. Its good fast paced action, with Morrison and Truth getting into it and Truth targets John's neck. Kofi gets the tag and takes it to Miz hitting a nice springboard splash. Del Rio prevents a pinfall and kicks Rey off the apron. Kofi hits Miz with a stomp and tag Rey who takes it to all three men. After Kofi and Morrison hit splashes to the outside, Rey hits a splash off the top and pins Truth to win the match. 8/10. Hot opening match.
-Backstage John Laurenitis demands an apology from CM Punk for his actions on Raw. He jokingly apologizes and Stephanie of all people makes an appearance and wishes Punk luck. Stephanie even offers a handshake, but Punk says "I know where that hands been". Great line to end the segment by Punk.
-Sheamus vs. Mark Henry: After Henry had taken out Kane, The Big Show and Koslov it appeared no one would face The World's Strongest Man. Enter Sheamus who had said on Smackdown he wasn't afraid of Henry. Sheamus gets a good reaction, while Henry doesn't get much of one. Sheamus had to use a lot of force to down the bigger Henry, while Mark shows his strength edge knocking down Sheamus but he can't keep him down. Mark just wears down his opponent, but misses a vader bomb off of the top rope. Sheamus just keeps hammering Henry til he knocks him down, he does also hit a nice shoulder block from the top rope. On the outside Henry slams Sheamus into the ring post then runs him through the barricade, much to the crowds shock. Sheamus can't get back to the ring in time and is counted out. 8/10. Good hard hitting match.
-Christian is backstage and says Randy Orton is over matched in their No Holds Barred Match tonight.
-We now have a live performance by Cee Lo Green singing the Summerslam theme song, "Bright Lights, Bigger City" and another one of his singles. Its not very good honestly, the crowd doesn't seem to care all that much and a few of the divas are brought out to spice up interest, it doesn't work. When you see this on DVD (if this is on there) its best to skip it. Its however not as bad as Kid Rock's performance at Wrestlemania 25.
-Divas Championship Match, Kelly Kelly (Champion) w/Eve vs. Beth Phoenix w/Natalya: Kelly uses her quickness to take it to Beth and she does initially dominate. Michael Cole even comments on Kelly's outfit calling a move the "Flying Candy Cane", King says he has a response but can't say it on the air (kinda funny and gross). Beth locks on a nice overhead submission but Kelly doesn't tap. The crowd seems to be behind Beth more than Kelly and while Beth tries she just can't seem to keep Kelly down. Kelly reverses the Glam Slam and rolls up Beth for the win to retain her title. 6/10.
-We see Stephanie walking out a locker room and it turns out to be John Cena's room.
-R-Truth is talking to someone and it turns out to be hall of famer Jimmy Hart, who talks about wanting to manage R-Truth, who starts to agree but of course comes to the conclusion that Jimmy Hart is little Jimmy, pretty funny actually.
-Wade Barrett vs. Daniel Bryan: A year ago these two were on opposite teams and now we have a one on one match between the two former Nexus members. Bryan uses his vast submission knowledge to wear down Barrett who tries to use his strength but keeps getting stopped. Bryan gets caught in a sideslam but kicks out and Wade takes over. Barrett does take a nasty header into the barricade, and Bryan comes with a flying knee off the ring apron. Bryan hits some vicious kicks that sound painful, but Wade kicks out. Barrett manages to escape the LaBell Lock and he hits a huge clothesline off the top rope. Wade hits Wasteland and covers Bryan for the win. 10/10. Great match.
-No Holds Barred Match For The World Heavyweight Championship, Christian (Champion) vs. Randy Orton: This has been quite a long standing rivalry that started all the way back in May, and after 3 PPV face offs we have this match. Christian comes out and says the suprise he had up his sleeve was none other than his best friend Edge, who gets a huge reaction from the crowd. Edge talks up Christian and it turns into him pointing out that Christian's tactics made him a disgrace and that his best friend had become a whiny, little.... (well you get it), and Edge walks off. So now its one on one and early on Orton stomps and wears down Christian. Orton goes shoulder first into the ring post and the crowd seemed to be cheering for Christian a good amount. Christian nails Orton with a kendo stick a few times and even tries choking out Randy with the stick. Orton hits a huge superplex onto a flattened table, later Christian goes for an RKO but Orton counters into one of his own slamming both through the announce table. Back in the ring Christian hits the Killswitch but it was only a 2 count. Christian ends up going through a table on the outside and Randy brings numerous weapons into the ring. Orton hits an RKO on the steel steps in the ring and covers to win the World Title. One word: Wow. 11/10.
-Champion vs. Champion, CM Punk (WWE Champion) vs. John Cena (WWE Champion) Special Referee: Triple H: After the Match of the Year they had at Money In The Bank PPV we have this champion vs. champion match. The crowd goes nuts for CM Punk when he comes out and expected Cena gets a massive chorus of boos. Once the bell rings the crowd cheers Punk loudly, initially drowning out the Cena fans. Throughout this match it was debated by the announcers what Triple H would do and there was plenty of tension without being over the top. Punk uses his submission style to wear down the bigger Cena and of course Cena hits his stereo-typical offense. The back and forth action here is a lot like their MITB match, Punk counters Cena's offense and even locks on a unique submission move but Cena reverses it and gets an STF on Punk, but Punk locks on the Anaconda Vice. After a dive to the outside knocks out both men, Triple H counts to 9 then goes outside and throws both men back in. After a dueling exchange Cena hits a dropkick and goes for the AA, but gets rolled up for 2. Tons more back and forth action, Punk doesn't tap to the STF and he kicks out of the AA. Punk goes for a Macho Man style elbow but only gets 2, which gets a big Randy Savage chant from the crowd. Punk hits a second GTS goes for the cover and gets the win even though Cena's foot was on the rope. Your Undisputed WWE Champion, CM Punk. 11/10. Afterwards Triple H raises Punk's hand which Punk seems stunned by.
-Shockingly Kevin Nash hits the ring and Jacknife Powerbombs Punk, which had the crowd going nuts. Alberto Del Rio comes down, cashes in his MITB contract, hits a kick to Punks head and makes the cover and now Del Rio is the Undisputed Champion.
What a Summerslam, the first great one in years. The main events are well worth watching and even the divas match wasn't bad. Worth catching the replay and getting on DVD when its out.
Sheamus vs. Mark Henry 3/5
WWE Diva's Championship: Kelly Kelly(c) (w/ Eve) vs. Beth Phoniex (w/ Natalya) 3/5
Wade Barrett vs. Daniel Bryan 3/5
No Holds Barred Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Christian(c) vs. Randy Orton 4/5
Undisputed WWE Championship Match, with Triple H as the Guest Referee: WWE Champion John Cena v. WWE Champion CM Punk 5/5(Del Rio cashed in and wins the WWE Championship with help from one Triple H"s best friends)
Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston, John Morrison vs. The Miz, Alberto Del Rio, R-Truth - Each member of one team had a personal issue with a member of the other team & even fought in singles matches in the previous weeks leading up to this six man tag. This was a very fun opening match that was fast paced & full of non-stop action featuring a bunch of high flying from the babyface team while R-Truth pulled out some of his old athletic moves, Alberto sneaking in his shots, and Miz even pulling out a modified face first DDT that looked like it really hurt.
Sheamus vs. Mark Henry - Mark Henry showed that he had the power advantage early by beating on Sheamus followed by tossing him over the top rope & pressing him back into the ring before focusing on his back with a backbreaker & various splashes. Sheamus tried fighting strength on strength against Henry with a shoulder block from the top rope along with delivering the crow kick that knocked Henry out of the ring but Mark continued to use his strength that including ramming Sheamus into the post on the outside before crashing through the ringside barricade. This was one of those matches that was solid & kept both men strong as Sheamus brought the fight while Mark was still showcased as strong & dominate.
WWE Divas Champion Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix - Eve was in Kelly's corner while Beth had Natayla in her corner as they recently re-formed their alliance under the name "Divas Of Doom." Kelly used her athleticism early to get the best of Beth such as a head scissors & a dive off the top onto the floor. Beth rebounded with her power such a pressing & hanging Kelly on the top rope along with the back breaker with Kelly just refusing to lie down & keep fighting. By diva match standards, this was nice & the best divas match on PPV in quite sometime.
Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett - As the commentators noted, it was only around a year ago that these men were both rookies on the first season of NXT along with later being members of Nexus while it was last year at SummerSlam that Bryan was the mystery member of Team WWE competing against Barrett's Nexus in the main event. Bryan worked over Barrett's legs with various stretches & kicks while also pulling out various moves like the missile dropkick & running knee strike off the apron. Both men traded momentum back & forth against each other including moments like Bryan delivering a flying clothesline only for Barrett to return it later with a flying forearm. This was another good match as it was the performance that Barrett has needed after his long running losing streak.
No Holds Barred Match: World Champion Christian vs. Randy Orton - Before the match, we get a special treat as Edge returned to confront Christian about his actions over the previous weeks. Christian was in control early but tried to run away when Orton regained the advantage only for Orton to chase him into the crowd & dish out punishment there. The fans had dueling chants as a kendo stick came into play causing Orton to bleed from the mouth before he caught Christian in mid-air with a dropkick. Orton pulled out & setup tables which Christian was superplexed onto one that was laid out on the ringmat. They exchanged their signature moves with Orton delivering an RKO though the announce table while Christian delivering a Killswitch in the ring but it was when Christian once again showed the ultimate sign of disrespect that sent Orton's anger into overdrive involving a chair, trash can, table, and the steel steps. This match ranks right up there with their first two matches in this series as a high quality encounter as Christian was able to pull more out of Orton than most were able to do.
WWE Champion John Cena vs. WWE Champion C.M. Punk w/Triple H as the special referee - Cena was in control right off the bat grounding Punk with various takedowns & headlocks while Punk attempted maneuvers like a body scissors only for Cena to power out & reverse into a side slam. Both men were being able to counter & reverse each others signature holds like Cena's comeback with shoulderblocks being stopped by Punk's high knee & a series started by a submission attempt by Punk reversed into an STF countered by a keylock & turned into a crossface. Triple H as a referee didn't really start to play a factor until later on as there was a moment where he took matters into his own hands to make sure the match didn't end in a draw with both men later questioning his count after each hit one of their signature moves only for the other to kick out of it. They pulled out all the stops here & even did things out of their normal move set like Cena's dropkick & Punk doing a move that got a chant of "Thank You Savage" from the crowd. This was just like their match the previous month where Cena stepped his game up & put on a performance while Punk showcased why he was one of the best in the WWE but stay tuned after the match as we got a few surprise appearances leading to something happening that nobody expected when the match started.
In the end, this event completely craps over the show the previous year as it was a solid show from top to bottom as there wasn't a bad match on here & we got some of the best performances from the talents involved in recent months or even longer so this is a show worth going out of your way to see.