We begin with Daniel Bryan making his way to the ring. We see footage to see why this match is taking place.
Match Number One: Wade Barrett versus Daniel Bryan with Guest Referee Brad Maddox
Bryan isnâ€™t sure what to make of the referee situation but they lock up and Barrett with a side head lock. Bryan with a drop kick. Barrett with forearms to Bryan and he sends Bryan to the floor. Bryan pulls Barrett to the mat and then slams his leg into the apron a few times. Baryan with kicks to the injured leg and then he hits a dragon screw leg whip. Bryan with a few seated splashes onto the leg.
Barrett goes to the floor and Bryan with a baseball slide and then he goes to the apron and misses the running knee of the apron and Barrett with a boot to the head. Barrett with an Irish whip into the ringside barrier. Barrett rolls Bryan back in and he punches Bryan in the corner and follows with kicks.
Barrett puts Bryan on the turnbuckles and connects with forearms to the back and a knee to the midsection and Bryan falls to the floor. Barrett wants Maddox to start the count and then he goes after Bryan on the floor. Barrett slams Bryanâ€™s head into the announce table and then he Irish whips Bryan into the ring steps.
Barrett sends Bryan back into the ring and Bryan with punches to Barrett. Barrett with a knee and a snap mare followed by a reverse chin lock. Bryan with elbows and Barrett with an Irish whip and Bryan floats over and hits a flying clothesline and then he clotheslines Barrett over the top rope to the floor.
Bryan with a suicide dive onto Barrett. Bryan rolls Barrett back in and he goes up top for a missile drop kick and Bryan kips up. Bryan with kicks to the chest and he misses the round kick. Barrett with a rollup for the three count.
Winner: Wade Barrett
After the match, Bryan backs Maddox into the corner and Maddox gets to the floor before Bryan can destroy him.
We go to commercial with Damien Sandow and Randy Orton with their briefcases in the back.
We are back and Cody Rhodes is at the announce table and Damien Sandow has cuffed the New Fangled SandowCase to the turnbuckle.
Match Number Two:Damien Sandow versus Randy Orton
They lock up and Sandow with a side head lock. Sandow with a shoulder tackle and Orton drops down and Sandow with a side head lock instead of going over Orton. Orton with a back elbow followed by a European uppercut. Orton punches Sandow in the corner and the referee warns Randy.
Sandow with a forearm and head butt followed by shoulders but the referee pulls Sandow out of the corner. Orton blocks a suplex and Orton with a suplex. Orton with a near fall. Orton runs his boot laces across Sandowâ€™s face. Orton punches Sandow and Sandow punches back. Orton gains the advantage.
Sandow with an Irish whip but Orton comes out of the corner with a clothesline for a near fall. Orton with a reverse chin lock into a side head lock and Sandow hits a belly-to-back suplex to escape the hold. Orton sends Sandow over the top rope and Sandow stays on the apron. Orton with a drop kick that sends Sandow to the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Sandow knocks Orton off the turnbuckles and he gets a near fall. Sandow punches Orton as we watch footage from the WWE App when Orton hit a backdrop driver onto the ringside barrier. Sandow with shoulders in the corner followed by an Irish whip. Orton gets his boot up and Orton with forearms. Sandow pushes Orton off the turnbuckles to the floor.
Sandow sends Orton back in and he gets a near fall. Sandow with boots to the back. Sandow with a forearm across the head for a near fall. Orton with punches but Sandow with a knee for a near fall. Sandow with a side Russian leg sweep followed by the Elbow of Disdain for a near fall. Sandow with a knee to the back followed by a reverse chin lock.
Sandow pulls Orton to the mat by the hair and he maintains the reverse chin lock. Orton with a belly-to-back suplex and both men are down. Orton with two clotheslines and he ducks a clothesline and Sandow knows the power slam is coming so he holds on to the ropes and Sandow with a snap flip neck breaker for a near fall.
Orton with an Irish whip but Sandow with an elbow and Orton with a power slam to Sandow. Orton sees Sandow on the apron and he sets for the IEDDT and hits it and then Orton looks around for the spot to turn to the mat and punch it before the RKO. Sandow avoids the RKO and he goes to the floor.
Sandow with a shoulder that sends Orton to the apron and then he sends Orton into the ring post. Sandow tells Cody to take notes and he returns to the ring but Cody tries to pull the briefcase off the ring post. Sandow cares more about the metaphorical prize and that allows Orton to recover and hit the RKO for the three count.
After the match, Orton takes his briefcase and leaves.
Rob Van Dam balances himself while stretching.
Dean asks how you could be lazy and unproductive and be brought back. Rollins says that the old guard has to go. The icons living off their reputations have to go. They are the emergent leaders of the new generation. They are younger, hungrier, and better.
Roman says that the challenge has been made but who will accept it? Nobody is on their level. He will not beg but he will ask nicely. If there are two men who want to take the titles from them, come on.
Dean asks if there is anyone in this battle royal who will beat him and no one. CM Punk is a catchphrase, but Ambrose is the best in the world. John Cena has the trophy, but Dean says that he is the real WWE Champion. Dean says that if Andre The Giantâ€™s ghost isnâ€™t in this battle royal, he is not losing at SummerSlam.
We go to commercial.
We are back and John, Michael, and Jerry talk about the CM Punk versus Brock Lesnar match on Sunday.
Brock says that many see it as a personal issue between Paul and Punk with Brock there as his muscle. It is personal between him and Punk. He never liked Punk. Punk calls himself the Best in the World. Brock says that the only reason why he let Punk exist this long out of respect for Paul.
Brock says that the corporate idiots are calling this match â€˜The Best versus The Beastâ€™. He says the Beast is the Best and you are looking at him.
Punk thinks that because he tapes his hands, has some tattoos and takes some MMA classes at his local gym that he is a tough guy. He isnâ€™t. People have asked him if there is any professional jealousy, but what does he have to be jealous of? Was Punk an NCAA Champion or UFC Champion?
Brock points out that he was the Undisputed Champion when Punk was wrestling in front of 100 people in a high school gym. He will give Punk credit. Holding the WWE Title for 434 days is impressive, especially for a guy like him. Punk has never faced anyone like him because there is no one else like him.
Brock says Size Does Matter. At SummerSlam, CM Punk will learn what it truly means to be victimized by Brock Lesnar.
Josh Mathews asks CM Punk about his match tonight against Paul Heyman. Punk says that there isnâ€™t a man alive who is afraid of Paul Heyman in a one on one fight. It looks like Paul did say something stupid when he made the challenge. Paul is anything but stupid. He does it cold and calculating. This is a chess game for Punk. When you come for the King, you best not miss. Punk says that he has a good feeling that he will see Brock tonight. In the end, the best is the best.
We go to the Goldman Box and Langston says that Dolph Ziggler begged for him to be in his corner because he needed him. Langston says that he never needed Ziggler. He will break Ziggler in half at SummerSlam. Show off . . . Show Over.
Match Number Three:Great Khali and Natalya (with Hornswoggle) versus Big E Langston and AJ Lee
The men start off and AJ tags herself in so that means we get to see the women wrestle, but she skips around Khali and then she slaps him. Natalya sends AJ to the mat and then into the turnbuckles. Natalya with kicks to AJ followed by a short arm clothesline. Natalya tries for a power slam but AJ escapes and she sends Natalya into the turnbuckles. AJ with a kick for a near fall.
We see Dolph and Kaitlyn watching in the back.
AJ sends Natalya into the turnbuckles and she kicks Natalya. AJ with a snap mare and cravate. Natalya with elbows but AJ sends Natalya to the mat again and gets a near fall. AJ with a kick to the back and AJ returns to the cravate. Natalya gets back to her feet and she punches Natalya but AJ with a kick to the midsection followed by a Shining Wizard for a near fall.
AJ yells at Hornswoggle and she tries to kick Hornswoggle but misses. Natalya with a double leg take down and AJ taps to the Sharpshooter but the referee did not see it. Natalya with another Sharpshooter and AJ taps out in front of the referee.
Winners: Natalya and Great Khali
After the match, Langston attacks Khali and then Hornswoggle. Khali with a chop to Langstonâ€™s head.
Vince McMahon walks in the back as we go to commercial.
We are back and the SummerSlam Kickoff show is a full hour.
Vince McMahon makes his way to the ring. Vince says that there appears to be some controversy from the opening match between Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett. We go to the video tape. Vince says that we are due an explanation and he wants the referee to come to the ring.
Vince asks why Brad appointed himself the referee in the match. Brad says that Daniel Bryan matches tend to get out of hand so the WWE Universe would approve an authority figure with the guts to make the right decision no matter how unpopular it would be.
Vince points out that it is a fast count.
Brad says that he was a bit excited to have the referee shirt on. He says that he did the best that he could.
Vince says that there is no need to apologize if you did the best you could. People make mistakes.
Brad asks for a second chance. He would like to be the official for the match at SummerSlam between John Cena and Daniel Bryan.
Vince asks the people of Sacramento if they want Brad to be the referee of that match. Vince asks Brad if he was the referee in that match, would he be impartial and call it right down the line, regardless of any issues with Daniel Bryan or John Cena? Brad says yes.
Would Brad stop calling Daniel Bryan names like troll and dwarf and stop commenting on Danielâ€™s emaciated physique.
Vince makes it official. Brad Maddox is the . . .
Triple Hâ€™s music interrupts Vinceâ€™s announcement and he makes his way to the ring.
Triple H says that he is not out here to air any dirty laundry. Vince tells the people of Sacramento not to feed Hunterâ€™s ego any more.
Hunter says that he couldnâ€™t hear Vince because 15,000 people were screaming his name. Hunter says that they have not been agreeing on a lot of things lately. Because of the importance of the match on Sunday and the fact that there is a lot more on the line than the WWE Championship, he agrees that we need someone to take control of the match. You need someone impartial. You need somebody who will call it right down the line. You need someone with the guts to do what is right and not be intimidated by anyone or anything.
Hunter says that Vince is not referring to Brad Maddox. It seems like you are talking about him. Hunter with a kick and Pedigree to Maddox.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Four: Kane versus Titus Oâ€™Neil (with Darren Young)
Kane with a kick and punch to Titus followed by a back elbow. Kane sends Titus into the turnbuckles and follows with an uppercut and suplex. Kane with a drop kick to Titus and he gets a near fall. Kane with punches to Titus in the corner but Titus with a knee and punches.
Titus with a European uppercut but Kane with a big boot to the chest and Kane with an Irish whip and clothesline into the corner. Kane with a second Irish whip and clothesline followed by a side slam. Kane grabs Titus by the throat and Darren tries to distract Kane but it does not work and Kane gets the three count after the choke slam.
After the match, The Wyatts appear on the TitanTron and theyâ€™re here. They make their way to the ring. Bray sits down in the Family Rocking Chair while Harper and Rowan make their way into the ring but Kane is not there.
Kane is on the stage and he has outsmarted the Wyatt Family. Kane sets off the pyro on the ring posts.
We go to commercial.
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