The 23rd annual WWE SummerSlam came to you, live on pay-per-view, from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. For months, the renegade group known as The Nexus has torn through everything in the WWE from Superstars to announcers to Hall of Famers and even assaulting WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon and it appeared that the group would be unstoppable until John Cena, the first and hardest hit victim of The Nexus, secretly formed a team capable of taking out The Nexus as Cena recruited Edge, Chris Jericho, R-Truth, John Morrison, The Great Khali, and even WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart to Team WWE. While this team seemed to be the quintessential “dream team”, the team came very close to falling apart with the departure of Edge & Chris Jericho, but the two Superstars were able to finally put their egos aside to rejoin the team, but The Nexus would handicap the team by assaulting The Great Khali and making the final member of Team WWE a thing of much debate. United States Champion & “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” The Miz stepped forward to potentially join the team, but told John Cena & Bret Hart that he would let the team know on Sunday. Regardless of the status of a potential seventh member, Team WWE would face the seven members of The Nexus in an Elimination Tag Team Match! The WWE Championship will be up for grabs as “The Biggest Event of the Summer” as Sheamus would defend the prestigious gold against “The Viper” Randy Orton and, in an announcement made by the anonymous General Manager of RAW, anyone who interferes in the title match will be suspended indefinitely, but the GM also revealed that Randy Orton will only get the one shot at the WWE Title while Sheamus is still the champion! In an intensely personal battle where both combatants have accused the other of being The Undertaker’s assailant, Kane will defend the World Heavyweight Championship against the former champion, Rey Mysterio! As payback for exposing the bald head of CM Punk and exposing the identity of Joey Mercury, The Straightedge Society set out to cripple Big Show by damaging the powerful right hand of “The World’s Largest Athlete”, but at SummerSlam, Big Show will get his shot at revenge as he faces CM Punk, Luke Gallows, & Joey Mercury of The Straightedge Society in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match where all three of The Straightedge Society members will be allowed to be legal in the match at the same time! After SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero played a very instrumental role in Dolph Ziggler taking the Intercontinental Title from Kofi Kingston, a new side of Kofi showed through as Kofi assaulted the new champion moments after Dolph won the gold. After witnessing how Dolph won the gold, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long announced that Dolph Ziggler will make his first defense of the Intercontinental Title against former champion Kofi Kingston at SummerSlam! Only two weeks after making her return to the WWE, Los Angeles’ own, Melina, will get the opportunity to regain the title that she never lost as “The A-List Diva” will challenge Alicia Fox for the Divas Title!
- Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler (c) & Kofi Kingston fight to a No Contest when The Nexus appears; Dolph Ziggler (c) retains.
- Divas Championship: Melina (in her return to pay-per-view) def. Alicia Fox (c) by pin following a front neckbreaker to win the Divas Title.
- 3-on-1 Tornado Handicap Match: Big Show def. The Straightedge Society (CM Punk, Luke Gallows, & Joseph Mercury) by pinning Luke Gallows & Joseph Mercury following the chokeslam on Joseph Mercury on top of Luke Gallows.
- WWE Championship: No Interference: Randy Orton def. Sheamus (c) by DQ after Sheamus inadvertently knocks down the referee; Sheamus (c) retains.
- World Heavyweight Championship: Kane (c) def. Rey Mysterio by pin following the chokeslam to retain.
- 7-on-7 Elimination Tag Match: Team WWE def. The Nexus
“The Biggest Event of the Summer” kicks off with gold on the line as new Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler, with SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero in tow, would make his first defense of the title against the enraged former champion, Kofi Kingston! Dolph Ziggler looked like he was honing in on a successful title defense after catching Kofi Kingston in the sleeper hold, but in a shocking turn of events, The Nexus rushed the ring and assaulted both competitors, sending the Intercontinental Champion to the outside before the pack of vicious Superstars surrounded Kofi Kingston and proceeded to pick apart Kofi before Wade Barrett puts the finishing touches on the assault with the devastating Barrett Wasteland! After the assault, Nexus leader Wade Barrett states that what they did was just a “little taste” for what they have in store for Team WWE! Barrett continues that the roster is so “divided” by the Superstars’ own “egos”, that there is no way that Team WWE can find a seventh member worthy of taking them on! Barrett then proclaims that The Nexus is “united behind a common purpose” before stating that “you are either Nexus or against us”! Can Team WWE find their seventh member in time for the main event?
Backstage, Edge and Chris Jericho plead their case to United States Champion & “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” The Miz and tell The Miz that, if he joins Team WWE, it could be a huge “blockbuster” that could be bigger than Avatar or Titanic! The Miz responded by telling Edge & Jericho that he will let them know! Is The Miz going to be Team WWE’s seventh member?
The Divas would be in action at SummerSlam as Los Angeles’ own Melina would make her return to pay-per-view as she would challenge Alicia Fox for the Divas Title that Melina never lost! After tweaking her previously injured knee earlier in the match, Melina would utilize a front neckbreaker en route to defeating Alicia Fox en route to winning the Divas Title! After the match, the new Divas Champion was set to be interviewed, but the self-proclaimed “co-Women’s Champions” LayCool came down to the ring and ridiculed Melina by telling the new champion that they see “cellulite” on the Diva! This led to Melina attacking Layla & Michelle McCool, but Layla would grab the ankles of Melina as McCool delivers a vicious kick to the new champion! McCool would then follow that up by delivering a knee to the head of Melina on the outside! What will the fallout of this attack by LayCool?
After Big Show unmasked The Straightedge Society’s leader, CM Punk, as well as Joseph Mercury, The Straightedge Society rebounded by injuring the right hand of “The World’s Largest Athlete”, Big Show would face The Straightedge Society’s CM Punk, Luke Gallows, & Joseph Mercury in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match with all of the competitors allowed in the ring at the same time! Before the match officially began, Big Show summoned a WWE trainer to remove the protection on the right hand, signifying that the hand is fully healed! In the end, it was Serena leading CM Punk away from the ring as Big Show leveled Luke Gallows with the Knockout Punch and planted Joseph Mercury with a chokeslam on top of Gallows en route to pinning both Superstars for the win! How will The Straightedge Society respond to the loss? How will Luke Gallows & Joseph Mercury react to CM Punk leaving them behind?
Backstage, WWE Champion Sheamus confronts World Heavyweight Champion Kane and asks to borrow Kane’s casket for his WWE Title match! Kane refuses and Sheamus responds by telling Kane that people have been calling him “the real big red monster” and ordering Kane to stay out of his way! The confrontation then ends with Kane admitting that Sheamus has “guts”, but that he will “spill” them all over the floor if Sheamus ever talks to him like that again!
It was then the scheduled time for the WWE Championship match, but United States Champion & “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” The Miz came out to address his status with Team WWE! The Miz would allege that, when he arrived to the arena earlier, he was met by John Cena, who supposedly admitted that he was “wrong” about The Miz before getting on his knees and begging Miz to be a part of Team WWE! The Miz continues that Bret Hart even admitted to The Miz that Miz was the real “Excellence of Execution” and Chris Jericho gave him Fozzy’s latest CD, but that he threw it in the trash! Miz continues that his former tag team partner, John Morrison, even admitted that Morrison was the “Marty Janetty” in their tag team and Miz was the “Shawn Michaels”, only “better”! Miz also states that Edge gave him a “lifetime supply” of Slim Jims and R-Truth wrote him a “crappy rap”! The Miz then proclaims that he is WWE’s “only hope” and that he is the “future” before announcing that he will be the seventh member of Team WWE! Now that the ultra confident Miz has joined Team WWE, it makes the Team WWE Vs. The Nexus match a 7-on-7 affair! Can Team WWE prevail to stop the reign of The Nexus or will The Nexus rise to the challenge and defeat seven of the WWE’s biggest Superstars?
Then it was time for the WWE Title to be decided as Sheamus would defend the prestigious gold against “The Viper” Randy Orton with the stipulations that any Superstar who interferes in the match will be suspended indefinetly and, as long as Sheamus is the WWE Champion, Randy Orton will not get another shot at the gold! After Sheamus threw everything he could at Randy Orton to no avail, Sheamus resorted to going to the outside and grabbing a steel chair! The referee would try to take the steel chair away from the WWE Champion and Sheamus would inadvertently knock the referee to the outside, prompting a disqualification meaning that Sheamus retains the WWE Title! After retaining the WWE Title by disqualification, Sheamus was set to blast Randy Orton with the steel chair, but Orton dodged the chair shot and caught Sheamus with a low blow! After fully realizing that Sheamus retained the WWE Title by disqualification in his only opportunity at the WWE Title as long as Sheamus is champion, Randy Orton snapped and sent Sheamus to the outside before delivering a vicious RKO on top of the announce table, leaving the WWE Champion incapacitated! How will Sheamus respond to this attack by Randy Orton? What is next for Randy Orton?
With accusations against each other over the assault on The Undertaker, it was time for the World Heavyweight Title to be decided as Kane would defend the title against former champion Rey Mysterio with a casket set up at ringside by Kane! At the end of a hard-fought match, it was Kane planting Rey Mysterio with the chokeslam to finally end the match and successfully retain the World Heavyweight Title! After the match, Kane tried to put Rey Mysterio in the casket, but Rey fought back briefly before Kane delivered a second and even third chokeslam to Mysterio! Kane then picked up a helpless Rey Mysterio and spiked Rey with the Tombstone Piledriver! Kane would then drag Rey Mysterio towards the casket, but when Kane opened the casket lid, the casket was already occupied by none other than Kane’s brother, The Undertaker! Fresh out of his vegetative state, a groggy and weakened Undertaker slowly climbed out of the casket and entered the ring before getting in the face of Rey Mysterio and ultimately telling Rey that he “believes” Mysterio! The Undertaker would then grab Rey by the throat, but Undertaker would turn his gaze to his brother, Kane, before grabbing Kane by the throat in a symbol of Kane being the one truly responsible for the attack that left him in a vegetative state! However, with The Undertaker still very weak from spending months in a vegetative state, Kane was able to counter and ultimately spike his own brother with the Tombstone Piledriver before leaving the ring with his World Heavyweight Title! How will The Undertaker respond to Kane’s Tombstone Piledriver? Is The Undertaker in any kind of shape to seek vengeance?
Then it was time for the much-anticipated main event as the future of the WWE would be on the line as the ruthless and seemingly unstoppable group known as The Nexus; Wade Barrett, David Otunga, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Darren Young, Skip Sheffield, & Michael Tarver would face the all-star Team WWE; John Cena, Edge, Chris Jericho, R-Truth, John Morrison, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, & United States Champion The Miz in a 7-on-7 Elimination Tag Match! However, Team WWE would undergo a shocking and last minute “roster change” as, when The Miz made his entrance, John Cena stopped “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” and informed Miz that he was “too late” because Team WWE could not wait until the day of SummerSlam to find out if they had a seventh teammate so they already found their seventh member! Cena then makes the absolutely shocking announcement that the seventh man is none other than former Nexus member, Daniel Bryan! After Team WWE chased The Nexus out of the ring, The Nexus regrouped and the 7-on-7 Elimination Tag Match got underway! After his shocking addition to the team, “The American Dragon” Daniel Bryan starts the match out against Nexus member Darren Young and Bryan makes quick work of Young by forcing Young to tap out to the Crossface, eliminating Darren Young and giving Team WWE the one man advantage over The Nexus! The next elimination would send The Nexus deeper into the wrong side of the numbers game as John Morrison would hit Starship Pain on Michael Tarver en route to eliminating Tarver, leaving Team WWE with a seven-to-five advantage over The Nexus! Following a kick to the back of the head by Justin Gabriel, Skip Sheffield was able to catch John Morrison with a vicious clothesline en route to eliminating John Morrison! Skip Sheffield would then follow up with another vicious clothesline to R-Truth en route to eliminating R-Truth and evening the odds between Team WWE and The Nexus! Hall of Famer Bret Hart would get tagged in and would lock Nexus member Heath Slater in the Sharpshooter, but Wade Barrett would slide a steel chair in the ring and Bret would then release the hold to grab the chair while Heath Slater tagged in Skip Sheffield! Bret would proceed to waylay Skip with the chair and, much to the dismay of Bret and Team WWE, the referee called for the disqualification, eliminating Bret Hart! Chris Jericho would then enter the ring and hit the Codebreaker on Skip Sheffield and, following the Spear, Edge would pin and eliminate Skip to once again even the odds between Team WWE and The Nexus! The next elimination would come at the hand of Chris Jericho as Jericho would force David Otunga to submit to the Walls of Jericho! Jericho would then immediately go after Heath Slater, but things would start to fall apart after Jericho inadvertently knocked John Cena off of the apron as Heath Slater would be able to take advantage of the brief distraction to hit Jericho with a modified neckbreaker en route to eliminating Jericho! This would lead to a confrontation between John Cena and Edge; a confrontation that Cena would try and walk away from the confrontation, but Heath Slater would shove Edge into Cena and roll Edge up to eliminate Edge as well! After getting eliminated, Edge would spear John Cena off of the ring apron before Edge & Chris Jericho would attack Cena on the outside before The Nexus would roll Cena into the ring as only John Cena & Daniel Bryan remained for Team WWE against the three remaining members of The Nexus! Then, for the first time since the beginning of the match, Daniel Bryan would enter the match and would dominate Heath Slater before locking in the Crossface on Slater and forcing the Nexus member to tap out, evening the odds for Team WWE with an even 2-on-2 match! A fired up Daniel Bryan would then dare either Wade Barrett or Justin Gabriel to come, but The Miz would rush the ring and blast Daniel Bryan from behind with the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase, which would allow Wade Barrett to eliminate Daniel Bryan, leaving The Nexus with a two-on-one advantage over John Cena! Wade Barrett & Justin Gabriel would then proceed to dissect John Cena before Barrett would plant Cena with a DDT on the exposed concrete on the outside before rolling Cena back into the ring! Justin Gabriel would then go for the 450 Splash on John Cena, but Cena would roll out of the way and take advantage of Justin Gabriel missing the move to eliminate Gabriel, leaving John Cena to go one-on-one with Wade Barrett and Cena would catch Barrett in Cena’s STF en route to forcing the Nexus leader to submit, cementing Team WWE’s dominance and triumph over The Nexus! Now the question remains, where does The Nexus go from here?