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From The Network – WWE SummerSlam 2015

September 4, 2015 | Posted by Dylan Diot
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From The Network – WWE SummerSlam 2015  

WWE SummerSlam 2015
Brooklyn, NY

Your hosts are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and JBL.

Jon Stewart welcomes us to the show and lists some of the names we will see on the PPV. Stewart says he’s still upset about the end of the streak so he wants to interview Brock Lesnar about the rematch. He says he needs backup for his interview so he brings out MICK FOLEY!!!! Foley says he may have put the phone against his missing ear but he thought that he would be interviewing Rock, not Brock. Stewart asks if Foley is afraid of Lesnar, and Foley says he is. Foley says the only place he hasn’t been is Suplex City and he’s not about to go there now. He tells Stewart to have a nice day.

Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
Orton goes for the RKO right away but Sheamus bails. Sheamus grabs the microphone and he declares that he doesn’t looks stupid. He says everyone will respect the hawk and orton sweeps his legs, driving him onto the announce table. Dropkick by Orton and Sheamus bails again. Sheamus sends Orton into the post and back in, Sheamus goes up. Knee drop off the top by Sheamus gets 2. Sheamus stomps away on Orton in the corner and he hits two Irish Curses. Sheamus goes to the chin lock but Orton starts to fight out so Sheamus hits a knee to the midsection. Uppercuts by Orton and Sheamus cuts him off with a back elbow. Chin lock by Sheamus but Orton fights out again. Knee lift by Sheamus but Orton cleans house to come back. Orton back breaker and he hits an Exploder suplex taking Sheamus all the way to the floor!!! Back in, Orton with punches in the corner but Sheamus breaks with Snake Eyes. Running powerslam by Sheamus gets 2. Cloverleaf by Sheamus but Orton makes the ropes to break. Powerslam by Orton gets 2. Sheamus goes up but Orton catches him with the hanging DDT. Sheamus snaps Orton’s neck off the ropes and he slingshots INTO THE RKO OUTTA NOWHERE~!!!! Sheamus bails to the floor before Orton can roll into the cover!!! Orton misses the Punt and Sheamus hits White Noise for 2. Brogue Kick by Sheamus and he follows up with a second one for 3!!!
Winner- Sheamus ***1/2 (Another damn good opener from these two. I have to give them props, their two PPV outings have exceeded my expectations. Sheamus’ bailing tactics during the match were smart and they worked incredible hard to get the crowd engaged in their match when they were hesitant at the start.)

<b.WWE Tag Team Championships- Primetime Players (Titus O’Neal and Darren Young) © vs. The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E) w/Xavier Woods vs. Lucha Dragons (Kalisto and Sin Cara) vs. Los Matadores (Diego and Fernando) w/El Torito
Big E and O’Neal start and Kofi tags in and Big E tries to pin him for 2 as O’Neal saves. Huh, that’s a first. Sin Cara tags in and he hits a rolling senton before monkey flipping Kalist onto Kofi for 2. Tag to Big E and Kalisto trips him up before hitting a basement kick for 2. Handspring enzuigiri by Kalisto and Young tags in. O’Connor roll by Young gets 2 and Kofi tags in. Overhead belly to belly suplex by Young and he clotheslines Kofi. Swinging neck breaker by Young gets 2. Tag to Big E and he catches Young with a big splash on the apron as he went after Kofi!!! Fernando tags in and he jumps on Young in the ropes. Hilo by Diego gets 2. Double suplex by Los Matadores gets 2. Kofi tags in and the New Day works over Young in the corner. Basement dropkick in the corner by Kofi gets 2. Kofi goes to the chin lock but Young starts to fight out so Kofi works him over in the corner. Gutbuster/knee strike combo by New Day gets 2. Abdominal stretch by Big E but Young fights out. Back elbow by Big E gets 2. Tag to Kofi and Young fights out of the corner. Kofi springboards into the inverted atomic drop and O’Neal gets the tag. Big boot by Titus and he catches Kalisto with a back breaker. Rapid back breakers to Fernando and he hits an Avalanche in the corner. Fernando goes up and hits a crossbody off the top for 2 as Sin Cara saves. Tilt-a-whirl head scissors sends Fernando to the floor and he goes for a suicide dive but Fernando dropkicks him on the way down!!! Fernando goes up but Woods shoves him off the top into the ring. Torito goes for a double springboard crossbody to Woods on the floor but Woods catches him and hits a wheelbarrow gord buster on the floor!!! Backstabber by Fernando to O’Neal!!! Young hits a back suplex to Woods on the apron!!! Suicide spear by Big E to Young!!!! The Lucha Dragons go up with Diego but O’Neal catches them in the TOWER OF DOOM~!!!! Clash of the Titus to Fernando but Kofi kicks him out of the ring. He covers Fernando for 3!!!
Winners and NEW WWE Tag Team Champions- The New Day *** (Solid match filled with the usual crazy action you get from these four way tags. Los Matadores and Lucha Dragons really didn’t belong here so while some of the stuff they did was cool, especially Kalisto, it felt insignificant in the match. I’m glad New Day won though, they’re probably the best act in the company and should hold the belts for awhile. )

Jon Stewart talks to Neville and Stephen Amell backstage about being friends with Undertaker when the lights go out and he walks by.

Dolph Ziggler w/Lana vs. Rusev w/Summer Rae
Ziggler attacks to start and connects with a dropkick. Avalanche misses in the corner and Rusev stomps away. Rapid elbow drops by Rusev gets 2. Bear hug by Rusev but Ziggler fights out. Dropkick by Ziggler and he goes for the crossbody but Rusev catches him and hits the spinning Urinage for 2. Ziggler fires away but Rusev stops him. He attempts the press slam but Ziggler counters into a DDT. Ziggler cleans house and hits an Avalanche in the corner. Neck breaker by Ziggler and he hits an elbow drop for 2. Spinning heel kick by Rusev gets 2. Rusev goes up but Ziggler runs up and takes him down with a faceplant off the top for 2!!! Saito suplex by Rusev and he hits a summersault senton for 2!!! Sunset flip by Ziggler gets 2 and he grabs the sleeper. Rusev drives him into the corner to break and Ziggler catches him with the Fameasser for 2. Rusev presses Ziggler away and hits the Superkick. Accolade by Rusev and Summer goes after Lana but Lana slaps her. They go to the floor and Rusev confronts Lana, allowing Summer to attack from behind. Ziggler catches Rusev with a super kick and both men are counted out. Ziggler attacks Rusev after the match but Summer goes after him. Lana attacks Summer and they get separated.
Match ends in a Double Count-Out **3/4 (The work in this match was really good but there was no interest in the crowd in the contest and poor Rusev is being wasted with this Lana stuff. Combined with a crap finish, as a total package this match amounted to nothing.)

Video package for Neville/Amell vs. Barrett/Stardust airs.

King Barrett and Stardust vs. Neville and Stephen Amell
Neville and Barrett starts. Springboard crossbody by Neville and he hits a tilt-a-whirl head scissors. Tag to Stardust and Amell. Stardust shoves him down so Amell comes back with a big boot. Hip toss by Amell and Barrett tags in. Super kick by Barrett and Stardust tags in. Stardust stomps away in the corner and Barrett tags in. He works over Amell in the ropes and hits a big boot knocking Amell to the floor. Back in, Stardust tags in and hits a gordbuster for 2. Enzuigiri by Amell and Neville tags in. He throws some kicks at Barrett and hits a corner enzuigiri. Neville hits a second rope Phoenix Splash for 2. Neville low bridges Barrett and Amell goes up. Amell dives onto Stardust and Barrett on the floor!!! Back in, Neville goes up and hits the Red Arrow for 3.
Winners- Neville and Stephen Amell ** ( Stephen Amell did a good job, one of the better celebrity efforts. They kept things simple, Amell took good bumps and Neville came out of this the shining star, so this was a success. )

WWE Intercontinental Champion- Ryback © vs. Big Show vs. The Miz
Shoulders to the midsection by Ryback to Show and Show knocks him down with a chop. Ryback chases Miz back into the ring and Show catches both of them. Double suplex by Show and he goes up. Summersault senton by Show misses and he charges at both Miz and Ryback in the corner. Tilt-a-whirl power slam by Ryback to Miz gets 2. Ryback goes up and hits a big splash off the top. Show chokeslams Ryback onto Miz for 2. Spinebuster by Ryback and he hits a big splash. Shell Shock by Ryback but Miz catches him with the Skull Crushing Finale for 2!!! Miz covers Show for 2!!! Show hits the KO Punch on Ryback for 2 as Miz saves. KO Punch to Miz and Ryback clotheslines him to the floor. He covers Miz for 3.
Winner and Still WWE Intercontinental Champion- Ryback **1/4 (This was quick and painless. They packed a ton into a five minute period and got some hot near falls so it was a decent little sprint. )

Jon Stewart goes to Brock Lesnar’s locker room and Paul Heyman comes out. He confronts Heyman about Brock Lesnar ending Taker’s streak and tells him people don’t remember who beat the streak but the streak itself. Heyman says glory to Brock Lesnar and then mocks Stewart as the host, questioning that the company couldn’t get David Letterman instead.

Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper) vs. Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns
Harper and Ambrose start. Crossbdody by Ambrose and he hits a corner forearm into the bulldog. Harper is dumped to the floor and Ambrose follows out with a suicide dive. All four men brawl on the floor and AMBROSE RUNS THE ANNOUNCE TABLE AND DIVES ONTO WYATT IN THE CROWD!!!! Back in, Ambrose goes up and hits the flying standing elbow for 2. Wyatt catches Reigns with a urinage on the apron and Harper follows up with a suicide dive!!! Harper super kicks Reigns and Ambrose goes for a suicide dive but gets caught. Ambrose attempts a rebound lariat but Harper blocks with a boot and Wyatt quickly follows up with a back senton. Back in, Wyatt hits a release suplex and Harper tags in. Harper and Ambrose trade blows and Wyatt hits a hanging suplex onto the floor. Back in, Harper hits a big boot for 2. Crossface by Harper and Wyatt tags in. Back senton by Wyatt gets 2. Corner clothesline by Wyatt gets 2. Slingshot in the ropes by Harper gets 2. Ambrose comes back with the Jawbreaker lariat and Reigns tags in. He cleans house and Reigns hits a T-Bone suplex. A second one by Reigns and Harper comes back with a super kick. Sit-out powerbomb by Harper gets 2. Tag to Wyatt and Reigns backdrops Harper. Wyatt leaps off the second rope but eats a SUPERMAN PUNCH~!!! SUPERMAN PUNCH TO HARPER~!!!! Tag to Ambrose and they hit the Doomsday Device on Wyatt for 2 as Harper saves. SUPERMAN PUNCH~!!! Double powerbomb to Harper and Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds on Wyatt. Tag to Reigns and he hits the Spear for 3.
Winners- Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns ***1/4 ( Super fun brawl. They didn’t get enough time to tell an engaging story but they filled the match with intense action to make up for it and Ambrose and Reigns got a much needed win on a big stage. )

Video package for Rollins/Cena airs.

WWE Championship vs. US Championship- Seth Rollins (WWE) vs. John Cena (US)
Hip toss and a dropkick by Rollins to start but Cena controls Rollins with a side headlock. Belly to belly suplex by Cena gets 2 and he goes to the chin lock. Rollins fights out and catches Cena with the Blockbuster. Knee to the back knocks Cena to the floor and Rollins follows up with a suicide dive. A second one by Rollins!!!! Rollins finishes with a summersault plancha to the floor!!!! Back in, Cena cleans house and Rollins comes back with the Slingblade for 2. Rollins springboards in but Cena catches him and attempts the STF. Rollins gets to the ropes to block so Cena catches him with the Blue Thunder Bomb. Springboard Stunner by Cena and Rollins comes back with Meteora. Standing SSP by Rollins gets 2!!! Corner forearm by Rollins and he puts Cena on top. Rollins follows up and Cena fights him off. Rollins goes back up and puts Cena in the tree of woe. WARRIOR’S WAY BY ROLLINS GETS 2!!! AA by Cena gets 2!!! They trade blows and Cena catches Rollins with the inverted electric chair for 2. Guillotine leg drop off the top by Cena gets 2. They go up and Rollins catches Cena with the sunset buckle bomb. Rollins goes up and hits the Frog Splash for 2 as Cena rolls through!!! Rollins lands on his feet off of the AA attempt and he hits the enzuigiri. Rollins rolls through a crossbody into the AA for 2!!!! Rollins goes up for the Phoenix Splash but Cena moves. STF by Cena but Rollins is able to break. Cena catches Rollins with the Figure-4!!!! Rollins turns it over so Cena goes to the ropes to break!!! Cena goes up but Rollins follows up with a superplex. HE ROLLS THROUGH INTO THE FALCON ARROW FOR 2!!!! Rollins goes up and misses the Phoenix Splash. Cena hits the AA but he rams Rollins into the ref by accident, taking him out!!! Rollins catches Cena with the knee to the face!!! Jon Stewart comes out with a chair and he nails Cena in the midsection with a chair. Rollins hits the Pedigree on the chair for 3!!!
Winner and NEW US Champion- Seth Rollins ****1/2 ( A phenomenal match with an incredibly lame finish. The counters and transitions during this match were out of this world which led to some heart pounding and incredibly hot near falls. Rollins broke out some offensive he doesn’t always use and both him and Cena continue to bring it on PPV. The Stewart interference after his explanation on Raw the next night just comes across as so lame and a desperate attention ploy and just killed the end of an amazing contest. )

Video package for the Diva’s Revolution airs.

Elimination Match- Team Bella (Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, and Alicia Fox) vs. B.A.D (Naomi, Tamina, and Sasha Banks) vs. PCB (Paige, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch)
Brie and Becky start. Arm drags and a dropkick by Becky. Drop toe hold in the ropes by Brie and she hits a basement knee strike. Tamina tags in and she hits a super kick on Becky. Tag to Naomi and she leap frogs over Banks onto the back of Becky. Tag to Tamina and she slams Becky. Tag to Naomi and she hits a split leg drop. Regular leg drop by Naomi gets 2. Tag to Banks and Becky gets an O’Connor roll for 1. Tag to Tamina and she hits a clothesline for 2. Tamina knocks Becky to the floor with a head butt and she rams Becky into the apron. Charlotte catches Tamina with a Spear and B.A.D catches them with summersault pescados to the floor!!! Suicide dives by the Bellas!!! Fox and Paige fight on top and Paige knocks Fox onto the pile!!! Summersault senton off the top by Paige onto everyone!!! Back in, Brie tags in and she hits a faceplant on Tamina for 3. B.A.D is eliminated.

Rack Attack by Nikki to Becky gets 2 as PCB saves. Paige tags in and she fires away on Nikki. Knee strike in the corner by Paige and she hits a fall-a-way slam. Nikki catches Paige with the Alabama Slam on the floor!!!! Back in, they hit a double flap jack on Paige for 2 and Brie grabs a chin lock. Paige fights out so Brie catches her with a flying forearm for 2. Kicks to the chest by Brie and Paige comes back with a roll-up for 2. Fox tags in and she hits a Northern lights suplex for 2. Rear surfboard by Fox but Paige rolls out. Fox catches her with a dropkick and Nikki tags in. Suplex by Nikki gets 2. Tag to Fox and they hit a double suplex for 2. Paige begins to fight back and she catches Fox with a knee strike. Tag to Charlotte and she throws some chops. Spear by Charlotte and she grabs the Figure-8. Nikki breaks it up and Paige tackles her out of the ring. Charlotte and Fox both connect with big boots. Tag to Becky and she trades blows with Brie. Brie goes up and she misses a missile dropkick. Pumphandle suplex by Becky gets 3.
Winners- PCB **1/4 (The cries that this match was horrible were over exaggerated. The match was OK but it was just the girls doing stuff and the heat segment on Paige was super dull. The team format and the force-feeding of the concept of a Diva’s Revolution is killing these poor girls and it sucks cause a majority of these girls can go in the ring. This Diva’s Revolution so far can’t be viewed as any other than a giant disappointment to this point. )

Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens
They trade blows and Owens knocks Cesaro to the floor. Summersault pescado to the floor by Owens!!! TWISTING PESCADO TO THE FLOOR BY CESARO AS OWENS WAS BUSY BADMOUTHING COLE!!!! Back in, Cesaro goes up and hits a crossbody for 2. Double stomp by Cesaro gets 2. Cesaro charges on the floor but Owens tosses him into the barricade. Cannonball on the floor by Owens and back in, he covers Cesaro for 2. Short arm clothesline followed by a back senton by Owens. He hits a second one for 2 and he goes to the chin lock. Cesaro fights out and Owens catches him with an inverted TKO for 2. Summersault leg drop by Owens gets 2. Owens goes back to the chin lock and he toys with Cesaro. Cesaro fires back at Owens and he catches Owens with the Waterslide for 2. Owens goes up but Cesaro stops him and follows up. Gut wrench superplex by Cesaro gets 2. Uppercuts by Cesaro but Owens comes back with a backdrop. Springboard Tornado DDT for 2. Moonsault off the top misses and Owens catches Cesaro with a super kick for 2. Springboard uppercut by Cesaro gets 2. Running uppercut on the floor by Cesaro and back in, it’s the CESARO SWING~!!!! Sharpshooter by Cesaro but Owens makes the ropes to break. They go up but Owens fights him off so Cesaro catches him with a dropkick. He goes back up but Owens crotches him to block. Fisherman’s Superplex by Owens and he hits the Pop Up Powerbomb for 3.
Winner- Kevin Owens ***1/2 (This was a really good match but you can tell the crowd was getting tired and that they were waiting on the main event. A shame too, because the wrestling in this match was excellent but it was missing that energy and emotional investment to really put it over the top.)

Video package for Lesnar/Taker airs.

Brock Lesnar w/Paul Heyman vs. The Undertaker
Lesnar attacks before the ring introductions but Taker fires back. He clotheslines Lesnar to the floor and back in, the match officially begins. Lesnar takes Taker down and Taker fires back. Taker tries to go Old School but Lesnar catches him. Taker escapes an F-5 attempt and Lesnar catches him with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Release German suplex by Lesnar and it’s SUPLEX CITY BITCH~!!! Taker tries Lesnar into the turnbuckle to block a suplex and Taker hits snake eyes into the big boot knocking Lesnar to the floor. Lesnar is busted open as Taker rams him into the barricade. Leg drop on the apron by Taker and back in, Taker goes for the Chokeslam but Lesnar counters into the German suplex. He throws two more suplexes and Taker bails. Lesnar takes the announce table apart and he hits the F-5 putting Taker through the table!!!! Taker is able to beat the count back in and he catches Lesnar with the Chokeslam!!!! Tombstone by Taker gets 2!!! Lesnar sits up and starts laughing so TAKER SITS UP AND STARS LAUGHING AS WELL!!!! THEY START TRADING BLOWS!!!!! Lesnar with some shoulders to the midsection and he goes for the Kimura but Taker is in the ropes. Taker catches Lesnar with the Last Ride for 2!!! F-5 by Lesnar gets 2!!! Another F-5 by Lesnar gets 2!!! Taker catches Lesnar in the Hell’s Gate!!!! Lesnar escapes and catches Taker in the Kimura!!! The bell rings!!! Heyman thinks Lesnar made Taker tap but Charles Robinson says he never called for the bell. Taker goes low on Lesnar and he grabs Hell’s Gate!!!! LESNAR FLIPS OFF TAKER BEFORE PASSING OUT!!!!
Winner- The Undertaker **** (Great main event that was significantly better than their WrestleMania XXX encounter. It was a great fight and that sit up spot was unreal, brining this match to a whole new level. The finish was deflating but the idea of Taker being desperate with the low blow and the idea of Lesnar getting screwed will give them the chance for an intriguing build for their final match at WrestleMania unlike the Rollins/Cena finish which was only for publicity. )

After the match, it’s shown on the reply that Taker did indeed tap but the ref was focusing on counting Taker’s shoulders to the mat. Heyman rings the bell and he says everyone saw it. He declares that the winner was Brock Lesnar by submission.

The final score: review Very Good
The 411
People seemed divided on this show, as some people loved it and others hated it due to some of the poor booking. With the exception of Cena/Rollins and the Diva's Revolution match, the booking really didn't bother me like it has over the last few WWE PPVs and I thought in-ring wise this was a pretty damn good show. There was a ton of energy from a hot Brooklyn crowd and despite the four hour length, the show never felt like it dragged with the exception of the Diva's match. Rollins/Cena prior to the finish was tremendous and Lesnar/Taker had the awesome fight that their original WrestleMania match should have been. A lot of people who needed big wins got them and this showed lived up to expectations for the second biggest show of the year. This show is well worth checking out and I think this was one of WWE's best non-NXT efforts this year.