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Tonight’s show starts with the ‘Doritos Jacked’ SummerSlam Kickoff Show featuring Shawn Michaels, Booker T, Vickie Guerrero, and Josh Mathews.
Josh welcomes everyone.
Josh asks Shawn what he is looking forward to the most and Shawn says that it is the concept of SummerSlam in L.A. He is looking forward to the WWE Title Match.
Booker T says that he is looking forward to Bray Wyatt versus Kane. Booker mentions that Kane made his debut in 1997 at Bad Blood.
Vickie says that she is looking forward to the World Title Match.
Shawn agrees with Booker about how it is an uphill battle to make his debut in a Ring of Fire Match.
We see how Rob Van Dam got his match on the Kickoff Show.
Booker is asked for his thoughts on the United States Title Match. He says that Rob will have to step up in his home town and he thinks that Rob will do it.
Shawn says that people are impressed with the Shield and what they have done. We will see if The Shield is for real tonight.
Vickie says that she brought Rob back so she is looking forward to this match.
Renee Young is in the Social Media Lounge and she wants people to make their predictions on social media. Renee wants people to send videos on Tout.
We take a look at the CM Punk video package that aired on Smackdown this week.
Paul Heyman is in the locker room and Josh says that this match is being compared as David versus Goliath and Paul tells him to stop and he calls the comparison preposterous. David versus Goliath is a story we tell our children that there is hope left in the world. That is not the case.
Historians say that David hit Goliath with a slingshot, but the truth is that David got in one shot but Goliath dominated David and laid him to waste. That is what will happen tonight.
Paul says that he comes up with an idea that even CM Punk will agree to. The match will be No Disqualification. CM Punk will end up a martyr tonight and he will be pushed into martyrdom by the beast incarnate, BROCK LESNAR
Josh asks how this will change the match and Booker says that it will work in Brock’s favor. Punk will not lay down. Shawn says that he was concerned about this match and he says that the no disqualification serves Punk well. He says that he did not think that Punk would have a chance against Lesnar, but this might help. Vickie says that she is afraid for Punk. Shawn says that being the smaller man helps to have a no disqualification stipulation.
We go to Tony Dawson who was outside the Staples Center earlier today. He is with two fans who came to SummerSlam with Northern Ireland.
We see people entering the seating area.
It is time to take a look at Total Divas.
Josh mentions that Total Divas will have a presence on the pay per view with Natalya versus Brie Bella.
Vickie says that she thinks Natalya will win. She wonders how Shawn or Booker know anything about Divas. Vickie says that she is proud of the product. Booker says that Brie better watch out because Natalya is a grappler and she can take down some men. Shawn says that people used to call him a diva and he says that he was a foxy dude.
We take a look at the mixed tag match and how we go to tonight.
We see Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston at Venice Beach working out. Langston talks about how his agility separates himself from others his size. AJ says that she uses the Black Widow because she doesn’t have the strength of others. She says that she has always been the champion, but now she has proof.
Renee Young is in the Social Media Lounge. She runs through some of the predictions that were submitted.
We take a look at how the WWE Title Match was set up and the build to tonight.
Josh asks Shawn if Daniel Bryan can win and Shawn says that he does think so. He likes John Cena, but he is a bit biased towards Daniel Bryan. He has known him since he was 18 and he is very talented.
Vickie says that Daniel Bryan is a fresh face.
Booker says that John Cena has been on the mountaintop a long time. Cena has made a lot of money. Is John Cena still hungry and will he step up to face Daniel Bryan.
Shawn says that John has earned everything he has gotten.
Booker and Shawn talk about getting worn down on top. Shawn and Booker say that the timing might be right for Bryan.
Booker says that if Cena chose Bryan, maybe Cena thinks that he can beat Bryan.
Vickie wonders about the motives of Triple H.
We are back with Tony Dawson outside with fans from Calgary and he asks them about what match they are looking forward to and one says that they are looking forward to the Punk versus Lesnar match.
We go to ringside for Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and John Layfield. They talk about the matches on the show. Jerry says that Triple H is the wild card for the WWE Title match. Jerry does not know who the no disqualification stipulation helps and John says that it will help Brock Lesnar. Michael says that he might have an advantage because he can use whatever he wants.
Match Number One: United States Title Match - Dean Ambrose versus Rob Van Dam
They circle each other and have some words for each other. Ambrose retreats into the ropes before locking up to try to get inside Van Dam’s head. They lock up and Ambrose with a waist lock but Van Dam with a standing switch. Ambrose with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Ambrose mocks Van Dam and they lock up again.
Ambrose with a hammer lock and he takes Rob to the mat. Van Dam gets back to his feet and he applies a side head lock and connects with a shoulder tackle. Van Dam with a jumping back heel kick and Rob shows Dean how to do the thumbs thing.
Ambrose pushes Van Dam and Van Dam with forearms. Van Dam with a clothesline followed by a side head lock take down. Ambrose with a punch and elbow in the corner and then he chops Van Dam. Ambrose runs his forearm across Van Dam’s face. Ambrose with punches in the corner but Van Dam with punches of his own.
Van Dam with an Irish whip but he runs into Ambrose’s boots and Van Dam is down. Ambrose gets a near fall. Ambrose with a neck breaker for a near fall. Ambrose works on the neck. Van Dam with an elbow but Ambrose with a knee. Ambrose with a drop kick with Van Dam against the ropes and Ambrose gets a near fall.
Ambrose with a reverse chin lock but Van Dam with elbow and clotheslines. Van Dam with a thrust kick and then he tries for the monkey flip but Ambrose moves out of the way. Van Dam with a cross body for a near fall. Van Dam with a slam and he goes for the Split Legged Moonsault but Ambrose gets his knees up.
Ambrose with a clothesline for a near fall. Ambrose takes too long and Van Dam with a kick to the head followed by a step over spin kick. Van Dam goes up top and The Shield’s music plays and Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins make their way to the ring.
Mark Henry’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring. He is followed by Big Show, accompanied by his music.
We go to a break.
We are back and Ambrose with punches to Van Dam and he gets a near fall. Ambrose with a crossface chicken wing into a sleeper. Ambrose gets Van Dam to his knees. Van Dam with elbows but Ambrose sends Van Dam through the ropes to the floor. Big Show and Henry make sure that Rollins and Reigns don’t do anything.
Van Dam with a suplex to Ambrose on the floor. Van Dam puts Ambrose on the ringside barrier for the corkscrew guillotine leg drop. Van Dam goes up top and hits a senton onto Ambrose for a near fall. Van Dam with a slam and he signals for Rolling Thunder and Reigns grabs the leg. Ambrose tries to attack Van Dam from behind but Van Dam with a body scissors roll up for a near fall.
Ambrose with a spinebuster for a near fall. Ambrose with a slam and then he goes to the apron and then up top. Ambrose misses a back senton splash when Van Dam moves. Van Dam goes up top and Rollins distracts Van Dam. Ambrose with a rollup for a near fall.
Van Dam with punches and Ambrose with a knee. Ambrose with an Irish whip but Van Dam with an elbow and then he hits a springboard side kick and Rolling Thunder. Van Dam goes up top and hits the Five Star Frog Splash but Roman Reigns with a spear and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Rob Van Dam (by disqualification)
After the match, Big Show and Mark Henry come into the ring to check on Van Dam.
Dean tells Rob that he couldn’t get it done.
We go to Josh Mathews and the panel of honor. Booker says that Van Dam had it won, but like a pack of hyenas, the Shield did what he thought they would do. Shawn says that the two big guys aren’t as nimble as the other two guys. Booker says that Rob’s stock went up after this match.
We go to the Social Media Lounge and Renee shows us some Touts.
We return to the announce table and we see the construction of the railing for the Ring of Fire.
We go to a Kane versus Bray Wyatt video package.
We see the fire from one side of the ring.
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