WWE presented their annual summer spectacular live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The show is the culmination of two storylines. One angle being the ‘who attacked the Undertaker’ and the other being the ‘Nexus vs Team WWE.’
The WWE has done a solid job building to both of these climaxes. Kane winning the money in the bank and cashing it in the same night was a nice change. However, it did seem a little predictable that Kane would be the one who attacked the Undertaker. The climax would come to an end in a match with Rey Mysterio challenging Kane for the world heavyweight championship.
After a solid match that had Kane retain the title, Kane attempted to put Rey in a casket that he had brought down for the match. After one failed attempt, Kane closed the lid and attempted to set Rey up for another try at putting him in the casket.
This time when Kane went to open up the casket, the Undertaker was waiting. Taker climbed out of the cage with Kane looking on is disbelief. After letting the moment set in, Taker went to Rey and asked him why? After Rey swore it was not him the Undertaker turned his attention to Kane and went after him. Kane was able to overpower Taker and tombstone him. The closing moment had Kane walking up the ramp laughing at what he had done.
An OK set up for another fued between Kane and the Undertaker with the world heavyweight championship in the balance.
In the main event of the evening, Nexus was set to take on Team WWE. The bout was a seven on seven elimination bout that featured Nexus members taking on Team WWE which leading into the show only had six members. They teased that the seventh member would be The Miz. Miz even came out during the show and said that he would accept Team WWE’s invite to join.
However, as The Miz was making his way to the ring, John Cena informed him that they had already filled the opening. The replacement, Daniel Bryan. Bryan was ‘fired’ from WWE for his actions during the initial Nexus run in.
The match overall was great, very exciting with great action from beginning to end. Bryan was given a great opportunity to show his in ring ability and he did. Even Bret Hart got to show us that he could still get around the ring a little.
It came down to the Daniel Bryan and John Cena against Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, and Wade Barrett. Bryan eliminated Slater when he reversed a Slater roll-up into an omaplata cross-face submission. The time that Bryan was in the ring was really the highlight of the match. Following the Slater elimination, The Miz came out and knocked out Bryan with the briefcase allowing Bryan to be pinned.
Of course, Cena was able to eliminate both remaining members of Nexus. First Gabriel after he missed the 450 splash then Barrett with STF. Overall, the main event saved the PPV which had two advertised title matches end in DQ. It is hard for me to like a show that has multiple DQ finishes in title matches.
There had been rumors of a possible John Cena turn, but in my opinion that will never happen. Cena is too much of a merchandise machine for the kids (my son included).
The Undertaker returning was, of course, the expected return and Daniel Bryan was the surprise. Both men received big responses from the fans when they appeared. I cannot say enough how impressive Bryan looked. I was a little surprised that the WWE gave him that chance to shine. They seemed to spend the entire time he was on the NXT show to bury him.
It does look like the WWE will continue the Nexus versus John Cena angle. We may also get a Miz versus Daniel Bryan story as well. The Undertaker will fued with Kane, probably leading into a meeting between the two at the Hell in a Cell PPV which is set to take place in October right here in Dallas.
Summerslam was not as spectacular as I would have hoped, but the main event was great. The eliminations played out well and the Nexus seven did a great job of handling the main event slot. The rest of the show kind of failed to live up to the hype that the Summerslam card gets.