*Author’s note: I realize that, by the time you read this, Summerslam will have already come and gone. Unfortunately, I had an extremely busy weekend, though, so getting this recap in right away was not an option.
This week’s episode of WWE SmackDdown opens with the Wyatt Family in the ring. Bray Wyatt introduces himself, then Luke Harper and Eric Rowan. He has come to the conclusion their actions have been misinterpreted. He has a special little story to tell. Once, there was a special little boy. He went to school like everyone else, but kids can be so cruel. Even though this boy was bigger than everyone, he would cower to their harsh words. They would call him a freak and beat on him, sending him home running every day just for being himself. One day, this special boy decided to change the world. Instead of changing everything though, he ran away once again, hiding behind another crutch. This crutch gave him a new sense power and allowed him to be whatever he wanted. This crutch was a mask, and behind this mask, he gave himself a new name. That name was Kane. Behind this mask, he lived the lie, and we ate it up. No more likes. Wyatt knows who he is, and what he is. He walks on water just to prove he can. He’ll bit the snake off a head just to taste its poison. This Sunday, in the City of Angels, he will prove to Kane that one man’s hell is another man’s paradise. Follow the buzzards.
[adinserter block=”2″]Kane’s pyro goes off, and he comes from behind, assaulting Rowan and Harper. Wyatt is still in the ring, taunting Kane. Kane gets in the ring, and Wyatt charges. Kane blocks it and attacks him in the corner. Harper and Rowan are back in, and Kane fights them off until Wyatt nails him with a forearm to the face. Harper and Rowan are back in yet again, and they beat Kane down as Wyatt hangs upside down in the corner, taunting Kane. Wyatt kisses Kane before hitting Sister Abigail. The trio then stand tall over Kane.
MATCH 1: Damien Sandow vs. Christian
Sandow knocks Christian down with some rights and goes for a back suplex. Christian flips out and trips Sandow into the ropes. He goes for an uppercut from the floor, but Sandow sees it coming. Christian dodges an elbow and hits a second rope dropkick for 2. Sandow recovers and drops Christian gut-first across the top rope before kicking him to the floor. Outside, Sandow rolls Christian back in for 2. Sandow applies a waistlock, then hits Christian in the back before throwing him to the floor. Sandow heads out and sends Christian sailing over the ring steps. Commercials.
Back from the break, Sandow has Christian in a rear chinlock. Christian fights out before getting a knee to the gut. Sandow trips him from outside, then hits a series of kneelifts on Christian as he’s hanging off the apron. Back in, Christian comes in with a sunset flip. Sandow rolls through before getting hit with a back body drop. Christian mounts the corner for punches, ducks a clothesline and hits a falling inverted DDT for 2. Up top, Christian misses a cross-body. Sandow capitalizes with a flipping neckbreaker for 2. Christian dodges a corner attack, gets back in the ring and hits a sunset flip from the middle rope for 2. He mounts the second rope again and hits a spinning European uppercut. He goes for the Killswitch, but Sandow cartwheels out and throws Christian throat-first into the second rope. He hits a side-Russian legsweep and goes for the Cubito Aequet, but Christian sees it coming, rolls out of the way, then snags Sandow in a small package for 3.
WINNER: Christian. After the match, Sandow tries to attack Christian, but gets speared instead. Alberto Del Rio attacks Christian from behind. He tells Christian he will never get the gold. This is the end of the road for you, amigo. You’ll never be World Champion again. ADR hits him with the microphone, then goes for the rolling jujigatame. Christian counters into the Killswitch.
Renee Young is standing by with Rob Van Dam. She congratulates him on winning the battle royal on RAW, then asks about the US title match at Summerslam. His focus is on getting some gold, then says he’s not worried about the other members of The Shield, being joined by The Big Show and Mark Henry in the process. Show says he has unfinished business with The Shield. They are the hunters, but are about to be the hunted. Henry says the are going to need a shield, and at Summerslam, RVD won’t have anything to worry about.
MATCH 2: Kaitlyn and Natalya vs. Layla and WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee
Layla and Nattie start the match, and Nattie immediately hits a hip throw. Layla counters into a headscissors. Nattie kips up and rolls Layla up for 2. Layla counters a hip toss with a roll-up for 2, and Nattie counters into one for 2 as well. She goes for the Sharpshooter, but AJ begins screaming at her. The distraction is enough for Layla to attack from behind, and AJ hits a kick to the head from the apron. Layla rams her ass into Nattie’s face, then forearms her in the back. AJ tags in as Layla applies a leg scissors from the apron. AJ kicks Nattie, then applies a scissored sleeper. She pulls Nattie down by the hair after breaking the hold, then knocks Kaitlyn off the apron before going back to the sleeper. Nattie snaps AJ off her back, then tags in Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn runs into AJ with a shoulderblock, then hits a back elbow. A backbreaker by Kaitlyn gets 2. AJ counters a back body drop with a kick, but gets caught in a gutbuster off the ropes for 2 as Layla breaks up the pin. Nattie attacks Layla, and the referee pushes Nattie to the outside. Layla kicks Kaitlyn in the back of the leg, and AJ follows up with a shining wizard for 3.
WINNERS: Layla and AJ Lee. Layla really needs to stop trying to be cute.
Renee Young is now with Ryback. She asks if he’s not on Summerslam because of how brutal he has been to his opponents lately. He says he lives for brutality. Of course he’s not on Summerslam because people are scared. You have no idea…Ryback turns his attention to someone off-camera who is supposedly looking at him funny. We see that it’s a stagehand, who is visibly scared. Ryback begins intimidating him, then punches him in the gut before slapping him in the face. He then shoves the stagehand over a table before laughing and walking away. He goes back to Young and says people are definitely scared of him.
We get a “From the Vault” segment from November 1991, a match pitting El Matador against Kano.
MATCH 3: The Shield (WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose, and WWE Tag Team Champions Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins) vs. Rob Van Dam, Mark Henry and the Big Show
Rollins and Henry start the match. Henry shoves Rollins into the corner and knocks him down with a punch. He follows up with a bodyslam before tagging in RVD, who comes off the top rope with a side kick. RVD hits a rolling monkey flip, then follows up with a standing moonsault for 2. RVD escapes a back body drop, but Ambrose, who had made a blind tag, drops him from behind with a clothesline. He hits a short-arm clothesline, then tags in Reigns, who drops a knee and gets 2. Reigns hits a bodyslam for another 2 before applying a rear chinlock. RVD elbows out, but gets knocked down with a headbutt. He knocks Henry off the apron for good measure, but turns around right into a spinning dropkick. RVD tags in Show as Ambrose tags in. Show hits a pair of clotheslines and a back body drop out of the corner. He clotheslines Rollins to the floor, then hits a running hip bump on Ambrose. Reigns low-bridges Show, sending him to the floor. From behind, Henry throws Reigns over the announce desk. Rollins takes Henry out with a somersault plancha from the top rope. Show makes it in before the 10-count and blocks a DDT attempt before hitting the WMD. RVD tags in and hits the Five-Star Frog Splash for 3.
WINNERS: The Big Show, Mark Henry and Rob Van Dam.
MATCH 4: The Miz vs. Jack Swagger (w/Antonio Cesaro and Zeb Colter)
Colter asks the crowd about the song to “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”. He wants a way out. He calls Miz a phony and a fraud, with his head in the clouds. He is oblivious to what’s going on this country. He ought to be ashamed that he’s allowed this state to be overrun by illegal immigrants, freaks and bad actors. If Hollywood had any sense, they’d put the Real Americans’ names in lights. “The Real American Story” would do good, because it’s real. I feel awful for Cesaro that he has to be stuck with this crap. Swagger starts the match by backing Miz into the corner. Miz ducks a clothesline and gets in some mounted punches in the corner. Swagger shoves him to the other corner, but Miz blocks the charge and dropkicks Swagger in the knee. He works on the legs before Swagger kicks him away and hits an elevated belly-to-belly suplex. Swagger hits a running knee in the corner, followed by a running clothesline and a short-arm version. He does some pushups on Miz’s back as I could not care less about this match. Shoulderblock by Swagger off the ropes, followed by another one. Swagger goes for it again, but Miz blocks and hits the Reality Check. He fights Swagger off, dodges a chop-block, kicks the knee and hits a snap DDT for 2. Swagger dodges a running boot and goes for a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. Miz shoves him into the corner and hits a hanging clothesline. Outside, Miz goes to mount the top rope, but is distracted by Cesaro. Swagger knocks him off the apron, and the referee then ejects Cesaro and Colter. Miz gets back in the ring, avoids a clothesline by sliding under Swagger’s legs and stacks him up for 3.
WINNER: The Miz.
MATCH 5: Zack Ryder vs. Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel (w/Paul Heyman; non-title)
Ryder tries to roll Axel up, getting 2. He hits a couple of armdrags and applies an armbar before turning it into a hammerlock. Axel gets a rope break before elbowing Ryder away. Ryder recovers and throws Axel to the corner. He hits a back elbow and goes for a dive off the middle rope. Axel ducks, Ryder lands on his feet and hits a flapjack for 2. Axel rolls outside and suckers Ryder back into the ring, where he stomps Ryder down. Ryder escapes a suplex by landing on his feet, then hits a dropkick from the middle rope. Ryder hits a forearm in the corner and goes for the Broski Boot, but Axel slides to the floor. Ryder dropkicks him through the ropes and rolls Axel back in. Up top, Ryder misses a cross-body. Axel kicks Ryder in the chest, then clubs him in the back of the head repeatedly. Axel snaps off a back suplex, then connects with the Stone Cutter for 3.
WINNER: Curtis Axel.
After some commercials, Paul Heyman is still in the ring. He says that, last Monday on RAW, he got outsmarted by CM Punk. Well, congratulations, Punk-you pulled off the impossible. He and Lesnar conspired against Punk, and Punk responded by smashing Lesnar in the face with a camera. Ladies and gentlemen, all Punk proved was how right Heyman was all those years ago when Heyman hyped Punk as “the best”. Summerslam has a great pitch for the Lesnar/Punk match, but things have changed. Punk is now the target of revenge, and that revenge will come in the form of Lesnar.
MATCH 6-No Disqualification: Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett
Barrett backs Bryan into the corner and goes for a big overhand blow. Bryan ducks and attacks the leg before hitting a dragon screw. He applies a surfboard stretch, but instead hits a double stomp to the knees. Barrett reverses an Irish whip and hits a kitchen sink. Barrett stomps Bryan, then throws him to the corner, where he stomps him down. Bryan flips off a corner whip, ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own before clotheslining Barrett to the floor. Barrett avoids a baseball slide and rams Bryan into the barricade before whipping him into it. Bryan avoids a running boot, causing Barrett to crotch himself on the barricade. Bryan hits some Yes! Kicks to Barrett’s chest, the last one knocking Barrett into the timekeeper’s area. He slides a table into the ring as Barrett attacks him from behind. Barrett slams him into the announce desk before whipping him into the ring steps. Barrett pulls a kendo stick out from under the ring as Bryan rolls back in. Barrett unloads on him with cane shots before Bryan kicks him. Barrett drops the stick and rolls to the outside before Bryan can hit him with it. Bryan hits a suicide dive on the outside before rolling Barrett back in for a seated missile dropkick. Mr. McMahon’s music hits, and he mocks Bryan as we go to commercials.
[adinserter block=”2″]Back from the break, Barrett hits a neckbreaker for 2 as McMahon looks on from the outside. Barrett props the table up from before in the corner and looks for a running powerbomb. Bryan counters with a hurricanrana that sends Barrett to the floor. Bryan levels him with a running knee from the apron, then taunts McMahon before hitting some Yes! Kicks to the chest and leg of Barrett. Barrett blocks a suplex and hits his own, and now McMahon is mocking Bryan. Barrett whips Bryan face-first into the ring post, then rolls him back in the ring. He grabs a chair from under the ring, gets in and cracks Bryan over the back with it before ramming it into Bryan’s ribs. Barrett, still holding the chair, mounts the middle rope and goes for a chair-assisted flying elbow. Bryan avoids it and it hits a running dropkick in the corner, followed by a second one. He grabs the kendo stick and nails Barrett in the chest and shoulder in between Yes! Kicks. Barrett ducks the Buzzsaw and rolls Bryan up for 2, but Bryan counters into the Yes! Lock. McMahon yanks the referee to the floor, and as a result, doesn’t see Barrett tap out. Bryan and McMahon argue, and as Bryan turns around, Barrett nails the Bull Hammer. He calls for another official, and Brad Maddox runs down to make the count. Bryan manages to kick out at 2, and McMahon is pissed. Barrett picks Bryan up for a pumphandle slam, and Bryan escapes before hitting a roundhouse to the head. He goes for the pin, but Maddox doesn’t want to count. Bryan stares daggers at Maddox as McMahon hands Barrett the kendo stick from behind. Barrett charges in, but Bryan ducks, causing Barrett to nail Maddox. Bryan dropkicks Barrett into Maddox, knocking him to the floor. Barrett avoids the Yes! Lock and goes for a powerslam through the table. Bryan escapes and shoves Barrett through it. McMahon takes off his hideous jacket, pulls Maddox’s referee shirt off and puts it on himself. Triple H’s music hits, and he comes out in a referee’s shirt. He looks past McMahon and gets in the ring to officiate. Bryan goes up top and connects with the Flying Goat for 3.
WINNER: Daniel Bryan. After the match, Randy Orton’s music hits, and he comes out, briefcase in hand.
End of show.
Well, the main event was a lot of fun, but Orton coming out after the match ruined the ending. I get why he was out there, but that doesn’t mean he NEEDED to be out there.
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