Just as one WWE superstar is about to exit, one of the greatest WWE stars of all-time returns. While there wasn’t one great match that stuck out at WWE SummerSlam, one moment will be remembered for quite some time. On this night the Undertaker returned to the WWE and turned CM Punk’s celebration into a nightmare.
The Undertaker returned to WWE television after a several month layoff. Following the Underatker’s WrestleMania 25 classic against Shawn Michaels, he took some time off. Nobody was quite sure when he’d be back, but they knew he was coming. It was at WWE SummerSlam in which the dead man finally returned.
[adinserter block=”2″]CM Punk defeated Jeff Hardy to regain the WWE world title to close the show. Punk won a brutal TLC match by grabbing the belt from the ladder. Just as Punk began celebrating, the Undertaker’s music played. The dead man appeared from under the ring, choke slammed Punk and walked away.
The crowd went crazy for the return of Taker. The Undertaker returns on a night where we may have seen the last of Jeff Hardy. Jeff Hardy’s contract will expire with the WWE this week. Undertaker slips right back into the top babyface spot and presents a fresh new feud with CM Punk. Undertaker looked great tonight and the fans loved seeing him back to close the show.
In the other main-event, Randy Orton retained the WWE title against John Cena. This was a bizarre match that seemed to end several times before the final bell rang. Orton was disqualified and counted out before pinning Cena. However, Vince McMahon ordered the match restarted each time and would add new stipulations. The match was very similar to Steve Austin vs. Dude Love from WWE Over the Edge in 1998. A heel Vince McMahon did the same thing to babyface Steve Austin throughout the match.
Orton won with the RKO. The finish was really odd considering how much John Cena was buried tonight. In essence, even with a huge advantage by Vinnie Mac Cena couldn’t win the match. A fan ran in the ring right before the pin. The fan was actually Brett DiBiase, the brother of Ted DiBiase Jr. and the son of the Million Dollar Man. DiBiase is currently under a WWE contract and working in the developmental promotion. The WWE better be careful because the last thing they need to do is glorify the idea of a fan running into the ring.
Shawn Michaels also returned after his classic WM 25 match with the Undertaker tonight. HBK teamed with Triple H to reform DX. DX defeated Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr., the Legacy. This was definitely a turning point for the Legacy. Legacy had a lot of offense and held their own better with DX than they ever did with Shane McMahon. In the end, Cody Rhodes succumbed to Sweet Chin Music.
[adinserter block=”1″]Overall, it was a fun WWE SummerSlam event. I thought Punk and Hardy blew away everything else on the show. I just don’t get Randy Orton or John Cena at all. I remember when all of the top guys always had great main-events on WWE pay-per-views. I can’t remember the last time either of these guys delivered in a big spot. The Undertaker will be a nice change, but in the end the more things change the more they stay the same in the WWE.
Headlocks and Eye Gouges – It has been confirmed that the WWE has signed ROH wrestler Bryan Danielson. Danielson is a graduate of the Shawn Michaels Training Academy. Danielson was signed several years ago by the WWE and was released before he was brought up to the main roster.