OSR: WWE SummerSlam 2014 Review
The Countdown to the Biggest Party of the Summer continues in the OSR, as we go back to a year of complete dominance in the WWE for Brock Lesnar. This event, marked arguably his most definitive performance from Brock Lesnar throughout his current run with the WWE. There were clear up and coming stars in the WWE at this time, and the under card could see some clear consistency and development within this area. With several feuds drawing to a close, and others escalating to the next level, SummerSlam 2014 is a marked event in the history of the WWE. So, here in the OSR we go to the sunny side of America in Los Angeles for the WWE SummerSlam 2014 Review…
The shows opens straight away with Hulk Hogan making his way out. He cuts a standard Hogan promo, getting a nice reaction from those in attendance. He then cuts a very typical corporate promo, promoting the WWE Network, emphasizing the point of the 9.99 price tag. It then goes to a very Hollywood based promo. It looks at the various matches which will take place this evening. Stephanie versus Brie Bella is given notable prominence. It then looks at the feud that has being established between Brock Lesnar and John Cena, effectively making Lesnar out as an unstoppable monster. We then go inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California for the event itself.
WWE Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
The Miz makes his way out first, cutting a very antagonist promo on those in attendance getting himself a lot of heat. We are then quickly introduced to our announce teams as Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring to a okay-ish reaction. The match quickly gets underway, with Ziggler quickly going for a series of pinfalls using a variety of ways and means. They have a very good action paced match, with near finishes which sees Ziggler kicking out of the Skull Crushing Finale. However, Ziggler is able to counter an attack from The Miz into a Zig Zag to pick up the win and become the new champion in a thoroughly enjoyable opening match. Great performance and characterization from both men.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler, to capture the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
WWE Diva’s Championship: AJ Lee (c) vs. Paige
Both ladies make their way to the ring, as the history between the pair going back to WrestleMania XXX is shown. Both women receive average reactions, but it is difficult to work out the heel role here because it is almost being played by both women. The match begins with AJ being in control, with an impressive aerial five being used to gain even more momentum. The end of the match sees Paige counter the Black Widow into her rampage finisher to pick up the win. In all honesty, that was a very disappointing match. It could have delivered a lot more.
Winner: Paige, to capture the WWE Diva’s Championship
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars