The 22nd annual WWE SummerSlam came to you, live on pay-per-view, from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Quick Match Results
- Pre-Show 15-Diva Battle Royal: Special Referee- Chavo Guerrero: Beth Phoenix def. 14 Divas from RAW, SmackDown, & ECW.
- Intercontinental Championship: Rey Mysterio (c) def. Dolph Ziggler by pin following a super hurricanrana to retain.
- MVP def. Jack Swagger by pin following the Playmaker.
- Unified Tag Team Championship: Big Show & Chris Jericho (c) def. Cryme Tyme by Chris Jericho (c) pinning JTG following the Knockout Punch by Big Show (c) to retain.
- Kane def. The Great Khali (with Ranjin Singh) by pin following a DDT.
- D-Generation X (in their pay-per-view return) def. Legacy by Shawn Michaels pinning Cody Rhodes following Sweet Chin Music.
- ECW Championship: Christian (c) def. William Regal by pin following the Killswitch in eight seconds to retain.
- WWE Championship: Randy Orton (c) def. John Cena by pin following the RKO to retain.
- World Heavyweight Championship: TLC Match: CM Punk def. Jeff Hardy (c) to win the World Heavyweight Title.
- World Heavyweight Championship
- Intercontinental Championship
- Unified Tag Team Championship
- D-Generation X Vs. Legacy
- WWE Championship
- ECW Championship
- MVP Vs. Jack Swagger
- Kane Vs. The Great Khali
Before "The Biggest Event of the Summer" officially got underway, the fans in Los Angeles were treated to a 15-Diva Battle Royal featuring Divas from all three brands! Chavo Guerrero would serve as the Special Referee for the match that featured Diva’s Champion Mickie James, Beth Phoenix, Gail Kim, Natalya, Kelly Kelly, Layla, The Bella Twins, Katie Lea Burchill, Maria, Jillian, Eve Torres, Rosa Mendes, Alicia Fox, & Melina. The match even featured the two most powerful Divas in the WWE square off as RAW & SmackDown’s resident strongwomen, Beth Phoenix & Natalya, did battle. In the end, it was a big assist by the Special Referee Chavo Guerrero that allowed "The Glamazon" Beth Phoenix to win the match! However, after the match, the Divas got their revenge on Chavo as several of the Divas held the Special Referee down and allowed Hornswoggle to deliver the Tadpole Splash to Chavo!
In what would promise to be a memorable SummerSlam, the 22nd annual "Biggest Event of the Summer" kicked off with Rey Mysterio defending the Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler. Despite his impressive performance in the contest, Dolph Ziggler once again fell to the veteran Rey Mysterio as "The Ultimate Underdog" narrowly retained the Intercontinental Championship. Will Dolph Ziggler continue to pursue the Intercontinental Championship or will a second defeat to Rey Mysterio make Ziggler rethink challenging Rey a third time?
In a match many would describe as a "culture clash", MVP squared off with Jack Swagger and, in the end, it was "The Franchise Player" MVP who hit the Playmaker on "The All-American American" Jack Swagger for the win. Have we seen the last battle between these two?
Then it was time for Big Show & Chris Jericho to defend the Unified Tag Team Titles against Cryme Tyme, but before the match, Jericho had a few things to say. Jericho proclaimed that Big Show and himself are "bigger than celebrities" and that their greatness has been cemented in the WWE. Jericho then hands the microphone to his behemoth backup, Big Show, but before "The World’s Largest Athlete" could get a sentence out, the #1 Contenders, Cryme Tyme, interrupted the duo.
Taking a step towards proving that they are what they say they are, "the most dominant tag team in WWE history" Big Show & Chris Jericho, were able to defeat Cryme Tyme and hang on to the Unified Tag Team Titles! Who will be the next tag team to try and take the titles from Big Show & Chris Jericho? Can any one team beat the duo?
In a match pitting a "monster" against a "giant", Kane squared off with The Great Khali. The end of the brutal match came when Kane pulled Ranjin Singh into the ring and threw Singh into his brother, Khali, to distract "The Punjabi Nightmare" long enough for Kane to plant the big man with an earth-shaking DDT to pick up the win! After all that Kane has done to Khali and his brother, has Kane seen the last of "The Punjabi Nightmare"?
"The Biggest Event of the Summer" marked the pay-per-view return of one of the most controversial tag teams in WWE history, D-Generation X. The green-clad duo of Triple H & Shawn Michaels made an "explosive" return to pay-per-view with tons of various explosions, as well as a group of soldiers firing rifles into the air! After such a grand entrance, DX had to get their game faces on as "The Game" & "The Showstopper" would face off with Legacy. After the unreal beat down that Legacy put on DX this past Monday night, Triple H & Shawn Michaels were ready to fight. However, much of the match actually saw Legacy getting the better of the historic team, but things got really interesting towards the end of the match when Cody Rhodes laid Shawn Michaels out with the Cross Rhodes and Triple H, in turn, laid out Rhodes with the Pedigree! Triple H then turned to Ted DiBiase and took the third-generation star over the SmackDown announce table, taking DiBiase out of the equation. Back in the ring, Shawn Michaels & Cody Rhodes barely beat the ten-count of the referee. Then, out of nowhere, the always resilient Shawn Michaels blasted Cody Rhodes with Sweet Chin Music to pick up the win for DX! Does this end Legacy’s quest to rid themselves of D-Generation X or will this rivalry continue between these two teams?
In a match that could prove to be his last stand as ECW Champion, Christian defended the ECW Title against William Regal. However, Regal brought his large back up; Vladimir Kozlov & Ezekiel Jackson. It looked as though victory might be impossible for "Captain Charisma", but in a lightning quick delivery of the Killswitch, Christian made sure that Kozlov & "Big Zeke" would not even get the opportunity to interfere as Christian pinned William Regal to retain the ECW Championship in just eight seconds! After the embarrassing loss, Regal put his large cohorts to good use as Ezekiel Jackson & Vladimir Kozlov decimated the ECW Champion before Regal made Christian suffer by locking in the Regal Stretch. It looks as though Regal is far from being done with Christian. What will Christian do to try and combat such a vicious trio?
In what would prove to be one of the most bizarre, confusing, and controversial title defenses in the history of the WWE Championship, Randy Orton defended the prestigious championship against the five time World Champion, John Cena. During the course of the match, it looked as though Cena was closing in on winning the WWE Title for a fourth time, however, the always conniving Randy Orton laid his plan into place as Orton intentionally shoved the assigned referee in the match, causing a disqualification and a title retention for Orton! However, WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon was watching the proceedings closely as RAW Ring Announcer Lilian Garcia was informed by the Chairman that the match would be restarted by the order of Mr. McMahon! Furthermore, if Orton got disqualified again, he would lose the WWE Championship. The match then restarted, but shortly after the match got underway again, Orton took the WWE Title belt and walked out of the match, taking the count-out loss and managing to slither his way out of the contest with the WWE Championship still in his possession! However, Mr. McMahon once again informed Lilian Garcia that the match would be restarted again! Now if Orton got counted out or disqualified, he would lose the WWE Championship! The match started again and Cena locked in his STF on Orton, but when it looked like Orton might be close to tapping out to the maneuver, a rambunctious WWE fan jumped the barricade and attacked the referee! Amongst the confusion, Cena released his STF and Orton slid out of the ring. After the fan was forcefully shown the exit, the match was restarted for a third time! Once again, the match restarted and Orton was quick to take advantage as the WWE Champion quickly rolled up John Cena and used the ropes to his advantage to get the victory and retain his championship! However, a second referee came to the ring and explained to the assigned referee that Orton had his feet on the ropes. With this new information, the original referee restarted the match for a fourth time! In the mean time, Orton again slid to the outside and "The Viper" baited Cena towards the ropes and used a modified RKO to hang Cena up on the middle rope. Orton then followed up with his traditional RKO and, after the match was restarted four times, Orton finally got the victory over John Cena and truly retained his WWE Championship. Through all of the confusion and controversy, the bottom line is that Randy Orton is still the WWE Champion. Has Orton seen the last of John Cena or will Cena be looking for a rematch?
Then it was time for, what would promise to be, an unforgettable match as Jeff Hardy defended the World Heavyweight Championship against CM Punk in Jeff’s specialty- a TLC Match. The grueling and career-shortening match saw both men go through tables and even saw CM Punk utilize a superplex onto a ladder! During the match, Jeff Hardy may have taken his biggest risk to date as "The Extreme Enigma" climbed a monumentally huge ladder and jumped from the ladder and delivered the Swanton Bomb on CM Punk, putting the #1 Contender through the announce table! With both champion and challenger laid out on the floor, EMT’s came to the aid of Jeff Hardy, trying to get the champion on a stretcher to take him out of the arena. However, the never-say-die attitude fueled Jeff Hardy to refuse any medical attention and get back into the match to try and retain the World Heavyweight Title. Both Jeff Hardy & CM Punk fought on top of the ladder set up underneath the World Heavyweight Title belt, but CM Punk was able to shove Jeff off of the ladder and gain possession of the title belt to become the new World Heavyweight Champion! However, CM Punk’s championship celebration was cut short by the lights going out in the Staples Center and the familiar sound of a gong rang through the arena. Then, he appeared, "The Deadman" himself, The Undertaker returned to the WWE with authority as "The Phenom" delivered a huge chokeslam to the new World Heavyweight Champion! The Undertaker has returned to the WWE and has his sights set on CM Punk and the World Heavyweight Championship. What will be Undertaker’s next move and how will CM Punk respond to this attack by the legendary Undertaker?