A couple of days ago we looked at the first half of WWE's second biggest show of the year, SummerSlam. If you missed it then you can read part 1 here. Today we will be reviewing the last half of the show and thoughts on the finish of the main event. Please feel free to leave your thoughts on SummerSlam in the comments below.
First and foremost this match had the most consistently strong buildup on television prior to the pay per view. Lesnar looked like an unstoppable monster, Heyman was an evil ringleader and Punk was the underdog who just wouldn't stay down. From the moment this match began the intensity was off the charts.Everything they did to each other looked devastating and brutal which had the crowd on the edges of their seats right until the very end when Lesnar planted Punk with an F5 on a chair to pick up the win. Lesnar has been incredible since his return to WWE a little over a year ago. He could easily phone it in and get by on his size or name but he has continuously been in some of the best matches at each show he is on. Brock did a great job of dominating Punk and also sold well for him when necessary. Punk's blind rage to get his hands on Heyman ended up costing him the match when he was so close to getting a win over Lesnar. This is one of those matches that legitimately looked more like a fight than a wrestling match but told a great story at the same time. Honestly not enough good things can be said about this match and if you missed it then you need to go out of your way to see it or run the risk of missing what could possibly be match of the year.
Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn vs Big E Langston & AJ Lee
It really seemed like these would be two separate singles matches on this show but we were given a mixed tag match instead. It was just a little short bbut they used the time they had well. Langston dominated Ziggler early with some very solid power moves. The women got in the match and Kaitlyn proceeded to brutalize AJ for most of it. As the match started to break down AJ grabbed Dolph's leg from the outside to interfere but Kaitlyn retaliated by spearing AJ on the floor. Dolph then hit the Zig Zag for the win. It was a fun match while it lasted and did a good job of keeping the crowd into the show between main events.
This match had all the potential in the world to be a phenomenal match and it more than lived up to that potential. Daniel Bryan and Cena went out and had one hell of a wrestling match. Bryan did what he does best with Cena from bell to bell. Cena still looked strong but this was Bryan's night and he was allowed to shine on a huge stage. The one big thing to take away from this match was that if you still think John Cena can't wrestle then you don't get it and never will. Both men should be commended for the match they put on which was an absolute 5 star classic and a very strong pick for match of the year. This match played out perfectly with the tempo starting out slow as the two men felt each other out and built to an amazing crescendo, Daniel Bryan landed one of his vicious kicks to Cena's head followed up by a beautifully struck kenta knee to John Cena's face followed by a 1…..2…..3. The unthinkable happened at that moment and Daniel Bryan was the new WWE Champion. The crowd erupted as Bryan led them in their chants. Bryan looked into the camera and thanked his family for supporting him followed by pyro exploding on the stage and confetti falling from the ceiling. It was a true moment in this sport that fans had been waiting for and were thrilled to witness. Just then Randy Orton's music rang through the arena and the mood changed drastically and immediately. As Orton made his way to the ring with his money in the bank briefcase Daniel Bryan laid his newly won WWE Championship in front of him and dared the The Viper to enter the ring and take it from him. Orton turned back at the ramp and then the special referee from the match did the unthinkable and took Bryan's moment away from him and the fans with one swift pedigree. Orton then cashed in his money in the bank briefcase and pinned Daniel Bryan to become the new WWE Champion.
WWE did an incredible job with the finish to this match. They gave Bryan a clean pin victory over the top man in the company for the WWE Championship and followed it up with a huge celebration. They took the fans on a ride and built them up to an incredibly happy and excited frenzy and then flipped the switch. They took everyone from the joy they were feeling and dragged them into anger and despair. Viewers and fans were furious with this ending because they had screwed Bryan and stolen this magical moment from them all. The funny part is that most people don't seem to understand that this is exactly the reaction WWE was seeking when they decided to do this. They wanted fans booing, screaming and cursing at their televisions or computer screens. They managed to create an ending that made you feel all of those emotions again in a time when most fans have become so jaded to the product and don't allow themselves to get excited or worked up about what they see. In the end everyone should thank them for making us all feel what it means to be passionate and a true fan again.
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