|Date: August 18, 2013
|Venue: Staples Center |City: Los Angeles, California
|Attendance: 17,739 |Buys: 298,000

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The biggest party of the summer returns and there are seven big matches tonight. The WWE Championship is set to be defended and champion John Cena was given the opportunity to pick his opponent. Cena chose Daniel Bryan whose popularity has soared in recent months. Vince McMahon is somebody not happy with John Cena’s choice and has since tried to make Daniel Bryan more corporate by offering to give him a haircut and shave off his beard. Brad Maddox would serve as a special guest referee in a match between Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett and Maddox would fast-count Barretts pinfall to give him the victory. Maddox offered to be the special guest referee in the Summerslam main event but Triple H would pedigree Maddox and put himself as the special guest referee.

The World Heavyweight Championship is the only other title set to be defended on the main show as Alberto Del Rio defends against Christian. Christian won a triple threat match against Randy Orton and Rob Van Dam to earn the title match. Christian has since beaten Del Rio twice in non-title matches and a third victory tonight will crown him as the new champion. Another big match tonight is between Brock Lesnar and CM Punk. Paul Heyman turned his back on CM Punk last month at Money In The Bank and Lesnar attacked CM Punk on the Raw after that show. CM Punk went on to challenge Lesnar to a match at Summerslam which Paul Heyman accepted on behalf of his client. Cody Rhodes will also have the opportunity to get his hands on the man that stopped him from winning Money In The Bank, his former friend Damien Sandow. Rhodes has since thrown Sandow’s briefcase into the Gulf Of Mexico leading to Sandow unveiling his own leather briefcase.

Bray Wyatt made his debut a few weeks ago and attacked Kane, ruling him out of the Money In The Bank ladder match. Kane gets a match with Bray Wyatt tonight, a match that Kane has made a “Ring of fire” match. The ring will be surrounded by fire, like an inferno match, but that is simply to keep Erick Rowan and Luke Harper out of the match. We’ll also have a mixed tag team match as AJ Lee and Big E take on Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn in a rivalry that is developed over the last few months. Dolph split up with AJ after Money In The Bank and that led to repeated attacks from Big E. Also tonight Natalya will go one on one with Brie Bella following a rivalry that has mostly taken place on new reality programme Total Divas.

On the pre-show Rob Van Dam defeated Dean Ambrose by disqualification in their match for the United States Championship.

The show kicks off the the host for the evening, The Miz coming out, welcoming everybody to the show and running down the two main events of CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar and the WWE Championship match of John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan with Triple H serving as special guest referee. The Miz is interrupted by Fandango and Summer Rae who dance about.

There’s a video package hyping up the event and specifically the WWE Championship match and The Best vs. The Beast. The music in the background of this VT will later be used as Akira Tozawa’s theme music.

Lilian Garcia introduces newcomer Jojo to sing America The Beautiful.

Flames shoot up around the ropes with each impactful maneuver.

Kane vs. Bray Wyatt – Ring Of Fire match

So this is basically an inferno match but instead of having to set your opponent on fire, the flames are there to keep people out. It’s a PPV debut for Bray Wyatt (who used to wrestle as Husky Harris). Kane is 7-2-1 at Summerslam events so it’s not a bad event for him, having only lost 2 of his 10 prior matches. The bell rings and the flames are ignited. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan watch from the outside and Kane goes right to work on Wyatt with lefts and rights. Kane hits a clothesline but Bray takes the advantage with a running boot and a couple of headbutts. Kane counters a suplex with one of his own and then hits a low dropkick. Wyatt actually avoided it and then hits a splash in the corner and a cross body. Wyatt lays in some right hands and counters a chokeslam before running into a big boot. Kane hits an Irish whip and a splash in the corner and then a sidewalk slam. There’s an eerie red light over the ring.

Wyatt hits a reverse elbow and knocks Kane down. He then asks for something and Luke Harper tries to hand him a kendo stick but the stick catches on fire before it can get to Wyatt. Kane hits a chokeslam as Harper and Rowan try but fail to get into the ring. Kane hits another chokeslam and then pulls Bray Wyatt up to his feet and hits another chokeslam. Kane motions for a chokeslam but Harper and Rowan put a sheet over the flames and get in the ring. Harper and Rowan attack Kane, taking him down. The crowd chant for Undertaker. Harper hits a big clothesline on Kane and Rowan follows it up with a splash. They then help Wyatt up to his knees and bring Kane to him. Wyatt hits a spinning DDT and hooks the leg for the three! After the match The Wyatt Family drop the ring steps on Kane’s head. I mean, they clearly didn’t, they even angled it so the big hole in the middle would protect Kane. They then carry Kane to the back. Bray Wyatt wins in his debut tonight. A strange match but I liked the uniqueness.

Rating: 6.5/10

We go to the kick-ff panel with Josh Mathews joined by Booker T, Shawn Michaels and Vickie Guerrero. Good panel to be fair. Booker says that the Wyatt Family have flipped the switch, Michaels is impressed with Wyatt from a business point of view whilst Vickie Guerrero is impressed with Brad Maddox’s booking.

We’re shown some interview from Paul Heyman that was on the kick-off panel. Basically Heyman doing what he does best. He says we will never see CM Punk again. He also announces that both parties have agreed to making tonight’s match no disqualification.

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Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow

This is a first time PPV match between these two former friends. Cody is 0-1 at Summerslam whilst Sandow makes his Summerslam debut tonight. Damien Sandow gets on the mic before the match and says that Rhodes was always his sidekick and tonight he sends him back to the circus he came from. Cody no longer has a moustache. The bell rings and the two men go right at it. Rhodes hits a chop and some right hands and then a big back body drop. Rhodes hits a front-first suplex for the first near fall of the night. Sandow throws Rhodes out to the apron and then sweeps him to the mat below. Sandow then rams Rhodes into the ring apron before rolling him back into the ring and hitting a couple of kidney punches. Sandow hits a suplex for a two count and then hits some knees to the back. Sandow then applies a surfboard stretch but Rhodes backs Sandow into the corner to break the hold.

Rhodes looks for cross-Rhodes but Sandow counters and hits a side Russian leg sweep and the elbow of disdain for a near fall. Sandow hits some knees to the back and then locks on the move Edge used to call Edge-o-cution. Sandow breaks the submission hold  and hops up to the middle rope but Cody gets up, hits some headbutts and then a muscle buster for a near fall. Cody hits a clothesline, reverse elbow and a right hand before hitting an uppercut reminiscent of his brother Goldust. Rhodes then hits a springboard missile dropkick and a kick to the gut like Hardcore Holly used to. Sandow hits a neckbreaker for a two count. Rhodes counters a sunset flip for a near fall and then hits a disaster kick for another near fall. Sandow avoids a shoulder charge in the corner and rolls up Rhodes for a two count. Rhodes then hits Cross-Rhodes and hooks the leg for the three! Cody Rhodes wins the match! A really solid match between these two.

Rating: 6.75/10

There’s a video package hyping up the World Heavyweight Championship. The VT is a retrospective look at Christian’s career which almost makes it seem that if Christian doesn’t win this match then it’ll be the end of his career.

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Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Christian – World Heavyweight Championship match

This is the second pay per view match between these two men, Christian defeated Del Rio at Extreme Rules 2011. Del Rio is 1-2 at Summerslam events, Christian is 3-2. Del Rio hits a kick and some right hands in the early going and then a shoulder knockdown. Christian hits a couple of slaps and then sends Del Rio out of the ring. Del Rio avoids a baseball slide and slides in the ring but Christian drops him on the top rope and heads to the top. Christian leapfrogs over Del Rio but gets caught with an elbow. The World Heavyweight Champion heads to the top but christian goes up with him. Del Rio manages to slide away from Christian and hit a big enzeguri to the back of the head. Del Rio ties Christian up in a tree of woe and then kicks him in the chest. On the outside and Del Rio throws Christian into the barricade. Back in the ring and Del Rio gets a two count before applying an armbar. Christian gets out of the arm bar with right hands but ends up getting hit with a flapjack and a low dropkick.

Alberto Del Rio hits a double stomp to the back of Christian and then pins his challenger for a two count. Del Rio hits a dropkick to the shoulder as he’s clearly targeting that area now. Del Rio looks for a guillotine but Christian moves out of the way and Del Rio crashes to the outside. Christian then heads to the top and hits a cross body to the outside. Del Rio stomps away at Christians shoulder and then heads to the top but Christian gets his legs up! Christian hits a right hand and then a missile dropkick off the middle rope. Christian lays in some right hands and then heads to the top, avoids an enzeguri and then hits a cross body for a near fall. Del Rio hits a headbutt but Christian counters a side suplex. Del Rio counters the unprettier and then hits a backstabber for a near fall. Del Rio hits a running enzeguri for a near fall and then goes up to the middle rope for a senton but Christian gets out of the way. Christian goes up to the middle rope and hits a flying elbow before motioning for an unprettier but Del Rio forces him into the corner.

Del Rio pops Christian on the top rope but Christian fights him off and looks for a sunset flip powerbomb but Del Rio counters. Christian then hits a top rope hurricanrana for a two count. Christian looks for a spear but Del Rio counters with a dropkick. Del Rio starts a “si” count and looks for the cross-arm breaker but Christian counters with a drop toe hold and an uppercut from the outside. Del Rio hits a superkick as Christian gets back in the ring and gets a two count. Del Rio looks for another superkick but Christian counters and rolls Del Rio up for a two count. Christian then hits a spear but his shoulder hurts too much to capitalise. Del Rio then looks to lock on the cross-arm breaker and he locks it on! Christian taps out. Del Rio retains the World Heavyweight Championship tonight! Great match between these two.

Rating: 7.5/10

After the match Renee Young interviews Del Rio who says that it’s a great night. Del Rio says that he is a hero to the Mexican people.

We’re shown some footage from Summerslam Access which included a tag team match between Natalya and Marie Menounos and Brie Bella and Eva Marie. Natalya pinned Eva Marie for the win.

The Miz is backstage and introduces Maria Menounos. Maria explains that The Bella Twins weren’t happy about Marie congratulating Natalya. Fandango and Summer Rae interrupt with some dancing so The Miz and Maria do some dancing of their own.

The rivalry between these "Total Divas" co-stars has only intensified since the E! show began.

Natalya vs. Brie Bella

This is a first time meeting between these two girls. It’s a Summerslam debut for both. Natalya is joined by Cameron and Naomi whilst Brie Bella is accompanied by Nikki Bella and Eva Marie. Brie Bella applies a headlock which Natalya fights out of. Both girls counter hiptosses and Brie does the old Shawn Michaels flip. They then get into a slapping contest until Natalya looks to set up for the sharpshooter but Brie gets to the bottom rope. Nikki and Eva pull Brie out of the ring but Natalya goes after her and rolls Brie back into the ring. Nikki and Eva pulls Natalya off the ring apron behind the referees back and Brie follows it up with a baseball slide. A “JBL chant” breaks out. Back in the ring and Brie hits a stomp to the back of the head and then hits a legdrop. “Michael Cole” and Jerry” chants break out. Brie hits another legdrop and then applies a chinlock. Natalya fights out of it but Brie takes her right back down.

Brie hits a shoulder charge and then a clothesline before hitting a facebuster. Brie goes back to the chinlock but against Natalya fights out of it with a jawbreaker. Natalya hits a clothesline and then locks on the sharpshooter! Brie manages to get out of the hold and send Natalya into the bottom turnbuckle. Again Nikki and Eva get involved but Cameron and Naomi fight them off. Brie Bella smashes Natalya into the mat and then locks on the chinlock again. Natalya powers out of it but Brie rolls her up for a two count. Brie hits a running knee, a kick and then looks for a sunset flip but Natalya counters with an Alabama Slam and locks on the sharpshooter. Brie taps out! A big win for Natalya tonight. A much better match then I expected.

Rating: 5.75/10

We’re shown catering backstage where Ryback is complaining about his food to the chef. Ryback then pours his soup down the chefs shirt before tipping the whole soup over the chef. He calls him a feed me moron.

There’s a video package next for CM Punk and Brock Lesnar.

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CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar – No Disqualification match

This is a first time match between these two men. Punk is 4-2 at Summerslam events, Brock Lesnar is 2-1. The bell rings and Lesnar powers CM Punk into the corner and hits him with shoulder charges. Punk tries to fire back with forearms but Lesnar is too powerful. Punk hits some right hands and knees but Lesnar catches a kick and throws Punk across the ring. Lesnar hits some kicks and chokes Punk with his boot. Punk hits a boot and a high knee which takes Lesnar down before kneeing Lesnar again which sends Brock out of the ring. Punk hits a suicide dive and then picks up the ring steps but Lesnar shoulder charges them out of Punks hands. Lesnar looks to ram Punk into the ringpost but Punk counters and sends Lesnar face-first into the post. Punk heads to the top and hits a double axe handle. Punk gets up on the announce table and hits a flying clothesline to take Lesnar down. Punk then goes after Heyman who falls over. Lesnar attacks Punk from behind and then lays in some boots.

Brock throws Punk over the announce desk and then back over it! Lesnar hits a belly to belly suplex on the outside and then launches him back into the ring. Punk hits some kicks but Lesnar drops him with a clothesline. Lesnar applies a bear hug but Punk elbows his way out of it. Brock hits a knee to take Punk down and follows it up with more knees to the ribs. Brock goes back to the bear hug but Punk fights out of it with elbows and kicks. Punk then heads to the top but Lesnar catches him and hits a fallaway slam. Brock hits a backbreaker and a powerslam for a two count. Lesnar applies a chinlock but Punk gets out of it by biting the ear of Lesnar. Punk hits kicks and forearms to rock Lesnar and then a flying knee drop from the top rope to take the big man down. Punk hits two high running knees and tries for a third but Lesnar catches him. Punk slides down and hits a roundhouse kick and a flying elbow drop for a near fall. Punk motions for go to sleep but Lesnar slips down and sets up for the F5 but Punk slips down!

Punk hits a big kick to the side of Lesnar’s head and then scoops Brock up for go to sleep but Lesnar counters and locks the kimura lock on! Punk manages to counter and loci on a triangle hold but Brock counters with a powerbomb. Punk still has the triangle hold applied but again Brock scoops Punk up for a powerbomb. Lesnar hits a big running powerbomb and both men are down. Brock is first up and pins Punk for a two count. Lesnar hits three consecutive suplexes for a near fall and then leaves the ring and grabs a steel chair. Punk goes up to the top and dives down at Lesnar who blocks it with the chair. Punk grabs the chair and smashes it into Lesnar’s back. Brock gets into the ring and Punk follows. Lesnar grabs the chair out of CM Punk’s hands but Punk hits him with a low blow! Punk goes to the top with the chair and hits an elbow drop with it! Punk hooks the leg but Lesnar kicks out. Punk smashes the chair across CM Punk’s back two times and tries for a third but Heyman pulls the chair out of his hand and throws it to the mat.

The distraction is enough for Lesnar to attack Punk from behind and set him up for the F5 but Punk grabs onto Lesnar’s tie! Punk slips down and hits go to sleep! He hooks the leg but Paul Heyman makes the save! Punk chases Heyman around the ring and back into it but Lesnar scoops Punk up for the F5 just for Punk to counters into a DDT! CM Punk hooks the leg and gets a near fall and then locks on the anaconda vice! Heyman gets in the ring with a chair so Punk breaks the hold and stands on the chair. Punk then lays Heyman out with a right hand and locks the anaconda vice on him! Lesnar attacks Punk from behind with a chair three times and then hits an F5 onto the chair for the three. Brock Lesnar beats CM Punk tonight in an incredible match. Punk gets a standing ovation after the match.

Rating: 9.5/10

We’re shown a VT off a fan that has to take a splash from Mark Henry. He takes it and is fairly fine after. Got his VIP tickets though.

Langston drags Dolph to the corner of the ring to sustain a slap across the face from the erratic AJ.

Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn vs. Big E Langston & AJ Lee

A first time mixed tag team match between these four. It’s a Summerslam debut for AJ, Kaitlyn and Big E whilst Dolph Ziggler has drawn one and lost two matches at this event. I can’t remember the last time there were two matches at a PPV involving women. Ziggler uses his speed in the early going and dropkicks Big E to the mat. Big E hits a belly to belly suplex as he looks for his first PPV victory tonight. Big E hits a splash for a two count and then locks on an abdominal stretch. Big E then sets up Ziggler for AJ to slap him and she does. Ziggler hits a dropkick on Langston. Big E tags in AJ so in comes Kaitlyn. AJ is undefeated on PPV going into this one. Kaitlyn hits her with a backbreaker but AJ hits a spinning kick for a two count. AJ hits a snapmare ad applies a cravat but Kaitlyn powers out only to run into AJ’s elbow. AJ gets a two count and then hits two neckbreakers before skipping around the ring.

AJ leaps on Kaitlyns back to lock on a sleeper but Kaitlyn backs into the corner to break it up. AJ hits a dropkick from behind but Kaitlyn then hits a shoulder tackle. AJ then tags in Big E and in comes Ziggler with a dropkick. The pace quickens as Dolph hits a splash, neckbreaker and ten elbow drops for a two count. Big E avoids a fame-asser and hits a big backbreaker for a two count. Kaitlyn broke up that cover but AJ hits her with a running knee before the two girls take the fight to the outside. Big E hits a running shoulder charge in the corner and looks for a second but Ziggler avoids it. AJ grabs Zigglers foot but Kaitlyn wipes her out with a spear. In the ring Big E hits a big clothesline on Ziggler for a two count. The straps come down and Big E sets up for the big ending but Ziggler slips down the back and hits the zig-zag for the three! Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn win the match!

Rating: 4.5/10

The Miz is backstage but is once again interrupted by Fandango. Miz lays him out with a big right hand.

At ringside are some actors that I’ve never heard off.

Back to the kick-off panel who all predict the main event. Shawn Michaels predicts Daniel Bryan, Booker T doesn’t make a prediction but Vickie Guerrero predicts Daniel Bryan too.

There’s a video package next for John Cena and Daniel Bryan.

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John Cena (c) vs. Daniel Bryan – WWE Championship match with Triple H serving as special guest referee

This is a first time PPV meeting between these two men. Daniel Bryan is 1-2 at Summerslam, John Cena is 4-5. There’s a bit of wrestling in the early going. Cena hits a headlock takeover but Bryan gets out of the hold. A “you can’t wrestle” chant breaks out and Cena seems to take it as a challenge. Cena takes down Bryan but Bryan fires back with a nice monkey flip. Bryan then looks for the yes lock but Cena retreats out of the ring which is rare for Cena to do. A “Daniel Bryan” chant breaks out. Cena applies another headlock but Bryan gets out of it. The two men exchange pinfalls and Bryan takes the advantage with a dragon screw leg whip. Bryan looks for a surfboard but Cena powers out. Cena then attempts the attitude adjustment but Bryan uses the ropes to escape to the apron. Cena then knocks Bryan to the outside and Bryan hits the announce desk pretty hard.

Danial Bryan reverses an Irish whip on the outside and sends Cena into the ring steps. Bryan then sets Cena up for a suplex off the ring steps but Cena counters and hits the suplex himself. A “you still suck” chant breaks out aimed at the man who has been WWE Champion since Wrestlemania. Back in the ring and Cena hits some rights and lefts and a hard Irish whip. Cena hits a sit-out powerbomb for a two count and then applies a chinlock. Bryan elbows his way out of the chinlock and hits some right hands and kick to the crowds enjoyment. Cena hits a knee but Bryan hits him with a big clothesline. Bryan hits some kicks but Cena ducks one and bounces off the ropes, hitting two shoulder tackles and a side suplex. Cena motions for the five knuckle shuffle but Bryan kicks him in the head. The two men counter each others submission attempts and Cena then hits a side suplex and the five knuckle shuffle. Cena sets up for the attitude adjustment but Bryan lands on his feet, hits a dropkick and then heads to the top and hits a missile dropkick for a near fall.

John Cena has a shiner emerging under his eye. Daniel Bryan hits him with kicks and then targets the injured left elbow of the WWE Champion. Bryan hits more kicks and Cena then counters a neckbreaker and looks for the STF but Bryan counters and locks on an STF of his own! Cena gets out of it but Bryan hits a German suplex for a two count. Cena sets up for attitude adjustment but Daniel Bryan wriggles out and locks on a crossface. Cena tries to get out of it but Bryan adjusts his hold to a sort of chokehold. Triple H has been very quiet in this match, making no impact at all so far. Cena rams Bryan into the corner to break the hold. Cena then hits attitude adjustment out of nowhere but Bryan kicks out of the pinfall. Cena heads to the top but Bryan hits him with a right hand up there. Bryan looks to go up with him but Cena fights him off. Bryan hits a running dropkick and then a superplex. Bryan hung on to the top rope with his legs, he then goes to the top and hits a flying headbutt fora near fall.

Cena rolls out of the ring and Bryan looks for a suicide dive but Cena hits him with a right hand. Cena then heads to the top and hits a flying fame-asser for a near fall. Cena pops Bryan on the top rope and looks for a top rope attitude adjustment but Bryan fights him off with elbows. Bryan looks for a top rope hurricanrana but Cena manages to hang on. He then drops to the mat and almost spikes Bryan on his head. Cena locks on the STF and Bryan manages to wriggle away so Cena changes the hold to a chinlock. Bryan then counters into a yes lock! Cena gets to the ropes to break the hold but Daniel Bryan hits him with two running dropkicks and then looks for a third but Cena takes him down with big clothesline. The two men get to their feet and exchange right hands and the two men knocks each other down with shoulder charges. The two men then exchange slaps and then kicks. Bryan looks to leapfrogs over Cena and I think Cena meant to catch him but he didn’t. Cena scoops up Bryan but Bryan hits a DDT.

Daniel Bryan heads to the top and dives off but Cena catches him and then sets him up for attitude adjustment but Bryan rolls up Cena for two count. Bryan hits a big kick to the side of the head and then hits a running knee which is enough for the three! Daniel Bryan wins the WWE Championship tonight for the first ever time! Triple H hands him the title and Bryan celebrates as the fans cheer him on with yes chants. Another great match tonight. After the match Cena swings Bryan around and then shakes his hand before shaking the hand of Triple H. Cena leaves the ring and Daniel Bryan continues to celebrate. Daniel Bryan and Triple H shake hands. Confetti and streamers then pour from the ceiling and fireworks shoot off from the entrance ramp.

Rating: 8.5/10

Randy Orton’s music then hits! He is the current Money In The Bank holder and Orton bounds down to the ring! Bryan challenges Orton to get in the ring. Randy holds up the briefcase. Randy then turns his back and heads back up the aisle. Bryan goes back to celebrating and Orton stops. Randy turns around. Triple H then spins Daniel Bryan around and hits him with the pedigree! Randy Orton slides into the ring and asks to cash in his Money In The Bank contract!

Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Randy Orton – WWE Championship match

Randy Orton turns Daniel Bryan over and pins him! Triple H counts the three! What a shocking finish to Summerslam! Triple H just put the WWE Championship on a plate for Orton. We finish Summerslam with Randy Orton as the new WWE Champion!

Rating: N/A

And that was Summerslam 2013. I have to say, I really enjoyed that show. It felt like the best PPV that WWE have put on in a long time. The opening match was really entertaining, it wasn’t a wrestling classic but I enjoyed the match. It told a really good story that culminated with Luke Harper and Erick Rowan getting into the ring and helping Bray Wyatt win. It was the right result and I think they need to keep Bray Wyatt winning to keep up the mystique. Kane get’s carried to the back at the end and it would be cool to see him join The Wyatt Family. Cody Rhodes then beat Damien Sandow in a good match between these tow former friends. It pretty much puts an end to the feud unless Sandow gets his heat back this week and it leads to a gimmick match down the line. I’d also like to see Rhodes beat Sandow for the Money In The Bank briefcase but we’ll have to see if this is the end.

Alberto Del Rio beat Christian in one of the more predictable matches on the card to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. I didn’t really give Christian a chance. Christian seemed like a strange choice to have in this match but they do have chemistry and they put on a good match. With no roster split at the moment there are plenty of contenders for Del Rio especially as the World Heavyweight Championship is a secondary title at the moment. Natalya then beat Brie Bella in a match that wasn’t a classic but was actually better than I thought it would be. It’s nice to have two matches involving Divas. Natalya wins though and you get the impression that this is leading up to a six diva tag team match with Natalya, Naomi and Cameron against The Bella Twins and Eva Marie.

Brock Lesnar beat CM Punk in a match that I loved. These two men had a lot of chemistry and fair play to Lesnar, he sold a lot from Punk to the extent that you believed Punk could have won the match. Brock won, with a lot of help from Paul Heyman and I think the feud between Punk and Heyman is far from over. With Lesnar only working part time it means that we might not get this match again but it’ll be interesting to see where the rivalry between Punk and Heyman goes. Great match tonight. Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn beat AJ Lee and Big E in their tag team match. This match wasn’t great but it did the job. I like how they went down the mixed tag team match route and it might put an end to these intertwined rivalries. Which is why it made sense that Ziggler and Kaitlyn won. Maybe it’ll lead to Kaitlyn getting another title match against AJ though.

And in the main event John Cena and Daniel Bryan put on a fantastic match that led to Daniel Bryan winning the WWE Championship. It was really good fun and I think Cena would have surprised people with his performance in this match. There was a huge pop and celebration when Daniel Bryan won the match but that did not last long. Out came Randy Orton and between him and Triple H, they screwed over Bryan and cost him the match. What a way to cash in the Money In The Bank briefcase. It made Randy Orton the hottest heel in the business instantly. There’s a different feel to things at the moment, I think this could lead to a really good angle. It capped off a really enjoyable show from top to bottom. Second best Summerslam of all time in my opinion, narrowly behind 2002.

Overall Rating: 70/100 (ranked joint 5th out of 292)

Match Of The Night: CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar
Worst Match Of The Night: Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn vs. Big E & AJ Lee
Surprise Of The Night: Randy Orton cashes in Money In The Bank
Worst Booking Of The Night: N/A
Superstar Of The Night: Randy Orton
Summerslam 2013 Will Be Remembered For: Daniel Bryan winning and then losing the World Heavyweight Championship to Randy Orton