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Published: August 16, 2010
By Jared Silberkleit - SummerSlam 2010 was easily one of the worst SummerSlams in WWE history. Although the main event delivered and saved the show from being a complete debacle, the rest of the PPV was completely boring and unsatisfying, especially for one of WWE’s “Big Four” PPVs. Steer clear of this train wreck snore fest but the main event is definitely worth a look.
1. Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler(c) vs. Kofi Kingston
The show kicked off with Ziggler and Kingston squaring off for the IC title. Kofi is all over Dolph at the start with punches and kicks, then clotheslines him over the top rope. He tries for a suicide dive but crashes into the barricade. Ziggler hits a neckbreaker back in the ring and puts on a sleeper hold. Kofi gets up but Ziggler puts him down and chokes him against the bottom rope. Kingston lands a few kicks but Ziggler sends him into the middle turnbuckle and puts on a rear chin lock. Kingston gets to his feet eventually and fights out of the hold, hitting a bunch of strikes and a dropkick. Kofi hits a Thesz press, some punches, and then the Boom Drop. Ziggler hits a Famouser for a near fall and Kofi hits a diving double sledge off the second turnbuckle. Kofi tries for the Trouble in Paradise but Ziggler avoids it and puts on the sleeper. The Nexus then comes out and attack both men and it’s a no contest. This was a really stupid way to book this match, which was finally picking up steam. The opening match of SummerSlam ends in a no contest just to put over Nexus, who had already performed an insurmountable amount of beat downs prior. Just an okay match with a terrible finish. Match Time: 7:03 Star Rating: **
2. Divas Championship: Alicia Fox(c) vs. Melina
Things didn’t get much better with the next match. The girls lock up, back up into the corner, then lock up again. Alicia takes Melina down with a headlock takeover and holds on, but Melina gets up to break the hold. Melina hangs Alicia up in the ropes and hits a double knee drop. Melina drives Fox face first into the mat and acts like she injured her knee, but stops selling and hits a big kick to the face. Fox works the arm with an arm bar but Melina fights out and makes a comeback. She hits some strikes and a double knees to the back before getting the win out of nowhere with a facebuster that looked like The Stroke. After the match LayCool come out to cut a promo no one cared about and proceeded to taunt Melina. Eventually they beat up Melina and Alicia. Typical Diva fare, very boring and the crowd couldn’t care less. Match Time: 5:25 Star Rating: *1/2
3. Handicap match: The Straight Edge Society vs. The Big Show
Lackluster continued to be the name of the game as SummerSlam chugged along with the next match. This is a match that would have been better suited for an episode of Smackdown. Big Show gets his cast taken off to show that his hand is healed. Show swats away Joey Mercury and Luke Gallows at the start, tossing Mercury over the top rope onto Gallows. Show hits CM Punk with a chop before the action moves to the outside. The SES swarm Big Show and start pounding away at him. Gallows splashes Show back in the ring before him and Mercury hit some elbow drops, followed by a Punk leg drop. Show makes a comeback after some triple teaming, but Punk kicks Show in the face and hits 3 high knees in the corner. Punk and Mercury try for a double bulldog but completely botch it. Show kicks out of the cover and dumps Punk over the top rope. Punk bails up the ramp, and Show gets the win by chokeslamming Mercury onto Gallows. Just a TV quality match, but some nice spots. Best match so far. Match Time: 6:51 Star Rating: **1/4
Before the next match, The Miz came out to cut a very good, but long, heel promo about how everyone wants him to be the 7th man for Team WWE in the match against Nexus, and how he was the key to victory. Miz ends the promo by saying that he will join Team WWE and lead them to victory. Not bad considering they had a lot of time to kill with the way the undercard was so rushed.
4. WWE Championship: Sheamus(c) vs. Randy Orton
After a truly unspectacular undercard, the main event matches began with the first of those being the WWE title match. This was a very long match but I thought it was definitely one of Sheamus’s better matches in his short WWE tenure. Sheamus backs Orton into the corner on each of the first two lock ups, and then poses, allowing Orton to kick him in the stomach and work over his midsection with more kicks. Orton hits a few clotheslines, the last of which sends Sheamus to the outside. Orton slams Sheamus’ head into the announce table before clotheslining Sheamus into the crowd. Orton beats on him for a bit before they reenter the ring to beat the count. Orton stomps away at Sheamus and hits a knee drop, followed up by more stomps. He slingshots Sheamus into the bottom rope, but Sheamus rolls to the outside and slams Orton into the barricade. Orton sends Sheamus into the barricade, but when he tries to send Sheamus into the steps, Sheamus reverses and Orton goes into them. Sheamus stomps away at Orton back in the ring, hits a short arm clothesline, and a knee drop for a near fall. Sheamus puts on a rear chin lock, but Orton fights out and then reverses a suplex attempt by Sheamus. Orton tries for the spike DDT but Sheamus fights out and tosses Orton to the outside, where he slams him into the barricade repeatedly. He rolls Orton into the ring and tries for a pin but only gets two. Sheamus hits a running forearm before applying a modified rear chin lock with an arm bar.
Orton fights out but gets sent into the middle turnbuckle with a drop toe hold. Sheamus hits a reverse DDT into a backbreaker and an Irish hammer, but only gets a two count. Sheamus puts on another rear chin lock but Orton gets up and hits a back body drop. Orton connects with his signature backbreaker and gets a near fall. They engage in a slugfest, with Orton getting the advantage and hitting some clotheslines and a powerslam. Sheamus charges Orton in the corner but goes shoulder first into the ring post, which is followed by Orton putting him up top and hitting a superplex. Sheamus hits the uranage backbreaker (which he stole from Roderick Strong and called the Irish Curse) for another near fall, but ends up going to the outside when he tries for the bicycle kick. Orton hits the spike DDT and gets set for the RKO, but Sheamus pushes him off and tries for the Irish Curse. Orton fights out of that and tries for the RKO, but Sheamus shoves him off and hits the bicycle kick. Orton kicks out of the cover at two and Sheamus gets pissed. Sheamus grabs a chair from the outside and struggles with the ref over it in the ring, leading to a disqualification. What a bad way to end a match that was going along really well. Sheamus tries for a chair shot after the bell, but Orton avoids it and low blows him. He beats up Sheamus and takes him to the outside, where he RKOs him on the announce table. Good match but had a crap finish that left a bad taste in the mouth. Still the best thing on the show at this point but the DQ finish was definitely a really bad way to cap it off. Looks like these two are headed for a lengthy feud. Match Time: 19:01 Star Rating: ***
5. World Heavyweight Championship: Kane(c) vs. Rey Mysterio
Instead of just a crappy ending to this world title match, we got a crappy match altogether (for the most part). YAY. Kane and Mysterio never had any chemistry together and this match showed why. Kane goes after Rey right at the start and pounds at him in the corner, but misses a splash. Kane hits a slam but misses a leg drop, and Mysterio tries to come back. Kane lands some punches but Mysterio hits a dropkick and goes for the 619. Kane avoids it and tosses Rey to the outside, but Rey does a roll and lands on his feet. Kane follows to the outside, then Rey runs off the ring apron with a seated senton to Kane. Kane catches Rey off the top rope back in the ring and puts him down before hitting a low dropkick. Kane slams Rey into the ring post on the outside and rolls him back in the ring to go for a cover, but Mysterio kicks out. Kane sends Rey into the corner and picks him up for a lengthy bear hug. Mysterio fights out but Kane picks him up for another bear hug. Rey fights out again and hits a dropkick and a hurricanrana, but Kane hits a clothesline when Rey tries for the 619. Kane tosses Mysterio out of the ring and big boots him off the apron when he tries to come back in. Mysterio sends Kane into the barricade and hits a diving headbutt back in the ring, but Kane hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker. Kane hits a backbreaker and stretches Rey out over his knee, and then hits a big sidewalk slam. Both guys end up on the top rope where Rey tries a super hurricanrana, but Kane holds on and Rey crashes to the mat. Kane tries for a diving clothesline but Mysterio avoids it. Mysterio hits a tilt a whirl DDT, a springboard leg drop, then a big kick to the head for a near fall. Kane opens up the casket he brought to ringside and tosses Rey in when he tries for the 619. Mysterio hits a springboard dropkick, setting up Kane for the 619 on the other side of the ring, but Kane counters. Rey finally hits the 619 and tries for a roll up, but Kane gets up and hits the chokeslam for the win. After the match Undertaker returns by popping out of the casket. He acts like he’s going to attack Rey but comes after Kane. Both try to chokeslam each other and Kane ends up hitting the Tombstone. Not a good world title match at all, but the ending sequence was pretty good. The first 11 minutes however, were really boring and better suited for TV. Match Time: 13:37 Star Rating: **1/4
6. Elimination match: The Nexus vs. Team WWE
An amazing development occurs before the start of the main event. The Miz comes out last for Team WWE, but John Cena announces that he took too long to make his decision and that they found someone else to be the 7th member who hates Nexus as much as they do. DANIEL BRYAN. YES, DANIEL BRYAN HAS RETURNED TO THE WWE. At this point I am freaking out and marking out like crazy. I think I had the chills the entire first 10 minutes of this match. This was a good main event that saved the show from being completely atrocious. Daniel Bryan starts the match with Darren Young of Nexus. Bryan takes Young down with a kitchen sink and some kicks to the back, then puts on a guillotine which he transitions into a crippler crossface to force the quick submission and first elimination of the match. Bryan kicks Justin Gabriel in the chest before tagging in Chris Jericho. Jericho hits a big suplex before tagging in R-Truth, who hits Gabriel with some right hands before hitting the suplex lift into a stunner. Gabriel tags in Michael Tarver, who pounds away at R-Truth. John Morrison gets a tag from Truth, and hits a ton of kicks to Tarver. Morrison hits the Starship Pain and Tarver is eliminated. Morrison squares off with Skip Sheffield, who tosses Morrison across the ring. Morrison hits some punches but Sheffield slams him down. Sheffield hits Morrison in the back before sending him into the corner. Sheffield hits several suplexes in a row, then eliminates Morrison after a huge lariat that came after Gabriel landed a kick to Morrison’s head. Sheffield instantly hits another lariat to R-Truth for another elimination. Sheffield hits a gorilla press slam to Jericho before tagging in Wade Barrett, who stomps at Jericho along with David Otunga as they tag in and out. Barrett puts a submission on Jericho, but Jericho fights out and hits a dropkick. Both men make tags to Bret Hart and Heath Slater respectively. Hart pounds away at Slater, landing an elbow drop and hitting a bunch of punches. Hart puts Slater in the Sharpshooter, but Sheffield made a tag. Hart uses a chair on Sheffield and gets disqualified, so he’s eliminated. Jericho comes in with a Codebreaker to Sheffield, then makes the tag to Edge who eliminates Sheffield after a spear. Gabriel is in and Edge hits him with a big boot and a spear. Edge gets a near fall before Gabriel gets one of his own after a big kick. Slater gets the tag and stomps at Edge before tagging in Barrett.
Barrett chokes Edge against the bottom rope, slams him face first into the turnbuckle, hits a backbreaker, and puts on a rear chin lock. Edge fights out of the hold but Barrett hits a neckbreaker and tags in Otunga. Otunga tries for the chokelift spinebuster, but Edge hits the Impaler DDT. Edge tags in Jericho, who hits some shoulder blocks, a running bulldog, and a Lionsault. He almost botches the Walls of Jericho but locks it in, forcing Otunga to tap out. After Otunga is eliminated, Jericho beats on Slater outside the ring, slamming him into the announce table before hitting a flying elbow off the top rope back in the ring. Jericho accidentally runs into Cena, allowing Slater to capitalize and hit a jumping neckbreaker to eliminate Jericho. Edge and Cena argue in the corner of the ring, leading to Slater rolling up Edge for another elimination. Edge and Jericho then beat up Cena on the outside, allowing Barrett to beat on him in the ring once they leave. Barrett hits a sidewalk slam but eats a suplex from Cena. Slater gets the tag and takes down Cena before sending him into the corner. Cena eventually makes the tag to Bryan, who hits a series of kicks to Slater. Bryan sends Slater to the outside where he hits a suicide dive. Bryan hits a missile dropkick and forces Slater to tap out to the crippler crossface for another elimination and it’s 2 on 2. The Miz then runs into the ring and nails Bryan with his briefcase while the ref wasn’t looking. Barrett covers and Bryan is eliminated. Barrett tags in Gabriel, and Cena hits his signature moveset, ending with the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena tries for the Attitude Adjustment but Barrett gets a tag and breaks it up. Barrett and Gabriel stomp at Cena before sending him to the floor, where they expose the concrete. Barrett DDTs Cena onto the concrete and rolls him into the ring before tagging in Gabriel. Gabriel tries for the 450 splash but misses and Cena covers him for the elimination. Barrett is then instantly caught in the STF and taps out after hanging on for a few seconds, so Cena wins. Very good main event that put Daniel Bryan over strong but ended with another Super Cena victory. This should make for some interesting Raws in the future, however. Match Time: 35:16 Star Rating: ***3/4
Overall PPV Rating: 5.25/10
My name is Jared Silberkleit. I am from Orange, CT and am a huge fan of pro wrestling. I mostly follow WWE and TNA but I also watch the smaller promotions such as ROH and DGUSA. I have been a lifelong WWE fan and have become a TNA fan over the past few years. Aside from wrestling, I also really love baseball and football and follow many other sports such as hockey and MMA. I have written for www.sportsgrumblings for two years.
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