The biggest party of the summer turned out to be the most predictable pay-per-view of the year as while SummerSlam 2014 had some solid matches, it lacked the excitement the event has become famous for.
The kick-off match was announced late and saw Rob Van Dam go one-on-one with Cesaro in what is now said to be RVD’s last WWE match for a while. The athletic superstar’s contract ran out after SummerSlam and it seems they are sending Rob out on a high following his win from the five star frog splash.
The Miz defended his Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler, who seemed to have stepped up his game somewhat and the two delivered a solid match and shockingly Dolph got the win off the ZigZag and won his first title since the World Heavyweight Championship back in 2012. Whether WWE allow an injury-prone Ziggler to keep the title remains to be seen, but after how hard he has fought over the past two years he deserves a little bit of credit.
The second title on the line saw AJ Lee defending against birthday girl Paige. This was probably the best match these two have had with each other and it looked like it could go either way. Paige managed to fight out of the Black Widow and hit the RamPaige for her second Divas Championship in just four months.
Probably the match of the night for me saw Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins pinned into a ring surrounded by a human wall so they would finally sort out their differences. It was another great show by two of the guys who are without doubt the future of the business.
They managed to escape the ring and fight in the crowd until the lumberjacks brought them back and Kane involved himself in the match. Seth hit Dean with the case for the win after Kane caused a distraction and a brawl ensued. Goldust made a bee-line for Kane in the brawl so this could be a set up for something. Expect a rematch to be happening for the briefcase at Night of Champions.
Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt was probably the one match of the night that didn’t hit the same high note as all the others. Bray got the win from a Sister Abigail even though Chris put up a great fight, hitting the Codebreaker. Ultimately the Eater of Worlds looked the better of the two and took a much-needed win and boost to see him win for the first time without the support of Erick Rowan and Luke Harper.
Stephanie McMahon vs Brie Bella was the most anticipated Divas match in years, but it hit a sour note for me. The two had such a great build up and Steph looked fantastic, but she didn’t really deliver in the ring and Triple H had to involve himself before Nikki Bella appeared and attacked her own sister. What did The Authority offer Nikki to sway her? Do we really have to sit through Brie v Nikki? Great.
Roman Reigns v Randy Orton followed that shock development, but what wasn’t a shock was Roman getting the win off of The Spear again. However it did seem like the crowd were booing Roman part way through after he kicked out of an RKO and the crowd seemed a little fed up of his four moves of doom. Whether something come of his win or not still remains up in the air somewhat.
The main event was the biggest fight of the summer, and what a massively predicable let down it was. Brock Lesnar didn’t look fit to be competing against someone like John Cena. He was bright red, panting and sweating profusely then he forgot how to do any of his usual moveset and decided to keep hitting German Suplexes… 16 of them to be precise.
Cena looked like he was going to be sick a few times, before Brock finally hit the second F5 of the match to see him take the biggest title in WWE to add to his growing collection of accomplishments.
Whether or not he will keep it and unveil the new title tonight on Raw is something we await with bated breath, but we have to hope Seth Rollins is lurking and pounces at the opportune time to take the title away from a guy that in my eyes doesn’t fully deserve it.
So, Brock Lesnar crashed the biggest party of the summer. The beast is now at the head of the table. How will The Authority react to Plan C actually working? Will Brock join The Authority? We will see as we begin the build up to Night of Champions in just five weeks time!