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WE HAVE OUR UNDISPUTED CHAMPION, FORMER WWF CHAMPION RETURNS, TWO CLASSIC MAIN EVENT BOUTS AND MORE: COMPLETE WWE SUMMERSLAM COVERAGE

By Mike Johnson on 2011-08-14 20:10:53
Cee Lo Green performed. I can't believe he didn't wear the Road Warriors inspired outfit. The Bellas, Rosa Mendes and Alicia Fox came out and danced with him for "Forget You." It's sort of silly to have HEELS smiling and dancing, but hey, that's WWE. The performance was good but Kid Rock still keeps his crown as best musical performer to ever appear on a WWE PPV.

WWE Divas champion Kelly Kelly (with Eve) vs. Beth Phoenix (with Natalya)

New outfit for Beth. It looked good.

Kelly went right after Phoenix but Phoenix was too powerful. Kelly nailed a spinning headscissors but at the end just dropped down and Beth went out of the ring anyway. Kelly did a handstand into a Tarantula like move. She went to the topes and hit a clothesline to the floor.

Phoenix was tossed back into the ring. Phoenix went for a backslide but Kelly ran up the turnbuckles to escape. Phoenix cut her off, then pressed and dropped her across the ropes. She almost lost Kelly.

Phoenix continued working over Kelly, then shoved her face into her butt to mock her. Phoenix slammed Kelly and covered her for a two, then cinched in a rear chinlock. Kelly started to fire her way out but Beth drilled her and used an over the shoulder backbreaker. Bruno Sammartino would be proud.

Kelly drilled Phoenix in the face to escape and nailed a neckbreaker. Kelly tried to fire up with offense but was nailed in the face and tied to the tree of woe. Phoenix began stomping her in the gut. Kelly slipped over and out, then rolled up Beth for a two count.

Phoenix choked her against the ropes and kicked her in the head. She reached for Kelly but was snapped across the ropes. Kelly went nuts screaming and smashing Beth's face into the mat. She went for the handspring elbow but Phoenix caught her and lifted her onto her shoulders. She maneuevered Kelly into the Glam Slam but Kelly reversed it into a forward roll and hooked Beth's legs, scoring the win.

Your winner and still Divas champion, Kelly Kelly!

Match was OK. Kelly was trying really hard but you could tell when she was out of position. Phoenix did a great job of carrying her. I was surprised by the ending and they did a good job.

We see Stephanie McMahon slamming a door and stalking off. It was Cena's dressing room.

Jimmy Hart told R Truth that he needs someone like him to watch his back and make sure he's not getting taken advantage of by the man with his conspiracy. Truth said that Hart was right and he needed to "think big, little Jimmy." Truth then went on a rant about Little Jimmys and Hart left. The Lakers' Ron Artest and his daughter were watching this all unfold.

Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett

Bryan grabbed Bryan in a side headlock and shoulderblocked him down. Bryan came back with a running knee. Daniel Bryan chants. Bryan began working over Barrett's arm but was popped in the face. Barrett covered him for a two count.

Barrett worked on Daniel's arm but Bryan flipped out of it and nailed a dropkick. He began stretching Barrett's arm, using his positioning to torque Barrett's arm and force him into a pinfall combination. Bryan nailed a running kick for a two count.

Barrett drilled him with a knee to the head and worked over Bryan in the corner. Bryan slipped under Barrett and used a Dragon Screw Legwhip, followed by a running dropkick to the face in the corner. Bryan covered him for a two, then maneuvered Barrett into a bow and arrow. Barrett was too big so Bryan jumped down on his knees, then nailed a kick to the best.

Barrett whipped Bryan into the buckles but Bryan ran to the top and backflipped over him. He rebounded off the ropes but was caught in an Uranage for a two count. Barrett used the ropes as a springboard to drop Bryan down over his knees. He locked in a rear chinlock. The crowd rallied Bryan and he began to elbow his way out of the move.

Bryan came back with a nice leaping clothesline and several European uppercuts. Barrett came back with a leaping forearm to cut off Bryan and cover him for a two count. He choked Bryan against the ropes and drilled him with knee strikes. Barrett nailed a running boot, sending Bryan to the floor.

Back in the ring, Barrett cinched in a side chinlock, trying to work Bryan down. Bryan mounted a comeback and dropkicked Barrett off the apron into the barricade. Bryan launched off the apron with a a leaping knee. The camera angle for that was awesome.

Bryan nailed a missile dropkick off the top for a two count. They went back and forth. It was good. Bryan grabbed the LeBell Lock but Barrett was able to reach the ropes. Bryan drilled Barrett with a flurry of kicks in the corner and placed him on the top rope. Barrett shoved Bryan off when he followed and Bryan was crotched on the top. Barrett clotheslined him off the top into the ring, nailed Wasteland and scored the pin.

Your winner, Wade Barrett!

Very good match. We saw more elements of the classic Bryan Danielson matwork and style here than we have in some time. Barrett and Bryan meshed really well in the ring and this was the best Barrett has looked in a long time. Now, the booking decision is certainly something to discuss but the body of work was entertaining.

Good video promo for the Orton vs. Christian match.

No Holds Barred: World champ Christian vs. Randy Orton

Christian said that he couldn't wait for this moment after he told Orton he had a major announcement that was going to change everything. He said that unlike Triple H, Teddy Long and Orton, he is a man of his word and introduced his best friend, Edge. Even though Christian is a heel, there was a big pop for that. With his haircut and sunglasses, Edge looked a little like Brian Pillman. They hugged in the center of the ring.

Edge took the mic. He said his entrance was fun, but he's been told by the WWE doctors that he'll never be physically cleared to wrestle ever again. The place booed. He said he booed too and it was a bitter pill to swallow. Edge said that he was OK because he felt like he passed the torch to Christian and Christian got to become the World champion. He said it was unfair Teddy Long made Christian defend the title 5 days after he won it. He said that Christian moaned and complained and moaned week after week and finally got his title back. Edge questioned Christian winning the World title by DQ. Edge said that he did a lot of really terrible things but he did it with style and didn't hide behind lawyers and clipboards. Edge told Christian that somewhere along the way, he became a disgrace to himself. Edge told him that he loves him and will love him to the day he dies, but Christian needs to hear this from Edge because he won't listen to it from anyone else. He says that he can't believe his best friend became a whining, moaning little bitch and walked out on Christian.

Good video promo for the Orton vs. Christian match.

No Holds Barred: World champ Christian vs. Randy Orton

Christian said that he couldn't wait for this moment after he told Orton he had a major announcement that was going to change everything. He said that unlike Triple H, Teddy Long and Orton, he is a man of his word and introduced his best friend, Edge. Even though Christian is a heel, there was a big pop for that. With his haircut and sunglasses, Edge looked a little like Brian Pillman. They hugged in the center of the ring.

Edge took the mic. He said his entrance was fun, but he's been told by the WWE doctors that he'll never be physically cleared to wrestle ever again. The place booed. He said he booed too and it was a bitter pill to swallow. Edge said that he was OK because he felt like he passed the torch to Christian and Christian got to become the World champion. He said it was unfair Teddy Long made Christian defend the title 5 days after he won it. He said that Christian moaned and complained and moaned week after week and finally got his title back. Edge questioned Christian winning the World title by DQ. Edge said that he did a lot of really terrible things but he did it with style and didn't hide behind lawyers and clipboards. Edge told Christian that somewhere along the way, he became a disgrace to himself. Edge told him that he loves him and will love him to the day he dies, but Christian needs to hear this from Edge because he won't listen to it from anyone else. He says that he can't believe his best friend became a whining, moaning little bitch and walked out on Christian

Christian screamed at Edge to come back but Orton began making his way to the ring.

Orton had the advantage early but Christian nailed several rights. Orton cut him off with a clothesline. Christian, on the apron, thumbed Orton in the eye and snapped him over the ropes. He nailed a flying elbow for a one count.

Christian choked Orton in the corner. Orton came back to whip Christian into the buckles and backdropped him. He began the Garvin stomps. Christian stood on Orton's back, forcing him against the ropes. Christian was grabbed for a DDT but Christian backdropped him over the top to the floor. Orton looked to be grabbing his left shoulder as he got up. They battled on the floor, where Orton slammed Christian into the barricade.

Orton and Christian battled to the announcing table. Orton went for a RKO on the table but Christian slipped out, grabbed the World title belt and took off through the crowd. Orton caught him halfway up the Arena and was forced back toward the ring with punches. Orton stomped Christian's head.

Back in the ring, Orton peppered Christian with punches in the corner. He charged but Christian sidestepped him and Orton nailed the ringpost shoulder-first. There was a sizeable "Let's go Christian" chant. Christian tossed Orton into the ring and grabbed a kendo stick from under the ring. He nailed Orton in the mid-section with it and lit up Orton's back before choking him with it. He covered Orton for a two count.

Christian missed a shot with the stick and Orton drilled him with a kick. Christian reversed a whip and nailed Orton in the throat with a thrust. He covered Orton for a two count. Orton slipped out of a charge in the corner and rolled up Christian for a two count. Christian came back with a spinebuster for a two count.

Christian grabbed the stick and came off the top with it but was drilled by an Orton dropkick. Orton was bleeding from the lip by this point. Orton nailed several clotheslines and a snap powerslam. He grabbed the kendo stick and wound up on Christian, but was caught with a kick. Orton came back with a near fall and nailed a Thesz Press for a two count.

Orton went for the hanging DDT but Christian slipped out and went for the Killswitch. Orton reversed that into a DDT for a near fall. Orton began smiling maniacally and teased the punt kick. He went for it but Christian rolled out of the way. Christian tried to post Orton's legs but Orton pulled his knees up and Christian hit the ringpost.

Orton went digging under the the ring and slid out a table, then a second. Orton brought one into the ring, then went to retrieve Christian. Christian tackled him into the ring apron and set up a table on the outside of the ring. Orton and Christian battled around the table. They then battled into the ring and up to the top. Orton nailed a superplex onto the flat table in the ring. Ouch. He covered Orton who kicked up at the last second.

Orton went to set up the table but it was already cracked and falling a part from the superplex. He placed it against one of the corners. Orton tried to send Christian into it but Christian stopped the breaks. He tried to spear Orton into it but Orton leapfrogged him. He went after Christian who reversed and tossed Orton over the top to the floor. They battled on the outside, where Orton reversed a whip, sending Christian into the steel steps.

Christian set up a portion of the steps against the ring and slammed Orton's head into them. Christian began dragging the limp Orton back towards the announcing tables. He grabbed a monitor and drilled it into Orton's face. He pulled Orton onto the table and attempted to nail a RKO through the table on Orton but Orton reversed and drilled Christian through the table.

Both men sold it like they were dead and eventually made it to the ring. Orton went for the RKO but Christian turned it into the Killswitch for a near fall that the crowd thought was the finish. Christian grabbed a pair of chairs for a Conchairto. He went for it but Orton rolled out of the wau. Orton grabbed one of the chairs and unloaded on Christian with it. He drilled Christian off the apron with it and Christian crashed through the table they left at ringside.

Orton grabbed the steel steps and brought them into the ring, then tossed more weapons from under the ring. Orton placed Christian on the steps and tried to stomp his head. Christian escaped but was caught and nailed with a scoopslam into the table in the corner. Orton drilled Christian with the kendo stick. He set up a trash can and nailed him with the hanging DDT onto the can. He ripped up his hand somewhere along the way as his fingers were all bloody

Orton set up for an RKO on the steps but Christian drilled him with the kendo stick. Orton came back to nail it on the steps and pinned Christian.

Your winner and new World champion, Randy Orton!

Excellent match. Unlike most matches with hardcore elements, they told a hell of a story and had a number of teases that came back into play later. Some of the reversals in the match were brilliance. Really great.


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