Now we know why Triple H was names the special guest referee in the WWE title match at SummerSlam. It had nothing to do with the supposed McMahon/HHH feud but instead was set up for Triple H and Randy Orton to turn heel.
These events bought about a great ending to a tremendous pay per view. Here is a match by match review of the event.
Rob Van Dam defeated Dean Ambrose (c) by DQ; Ambrose retains the US title - I'm still baffled how this match was on the kickoff show and not the main card. The crowd were fully behind this bout and both superstars put on great performances, especially RVD who has been very impressive since returning to the WWE. In the end, interference from Shield member Roman Reigns meant Ambrose retained the US title. I don't see the rivalry between RVD and Ambrose ending yet. Also, it looks as if Mark Henry and The Big Show will challenge Reigns & Rollins for the Tag titles at some point in the future.
Bray Wyatt defeated Kane in a Ring of Fire match - This match was kind of disappointing. I wasn't impressed at all by Wyatt's in ring performance during this match. He has a great gimmick that can go far but he needs to improve in the ring before he can go much further. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan managed to find a way in to the ring and virtually made it a 3 on 1 handicap match. Wyatt went on to win the match. I am intrigued by the ending as The Wyatt Family dragged Kane backstage with them but I was expecting the fire surrounding the ring to play some part. It was disappointing it didn't serve any purpose.
Cody Rhodes defeated Damien Sandow - I predicted Sandow to win the match as I felt he needed the win more than Rhodes at this point. However, I can't complain with a Rhodes victory. These two put on a really good match that would have been a great match if they were given more time. I don't think this feud has come to an end just yet. In fact, I can see Cody Rhodes being the next challenger for the World Heavyweight Championship, possibly winning the title and dropping it Sandow when he cashes his Money in the Bank briefcase in. Just a thought!
Alberto Del Rio (c) defeated Christian to retain the World Heavyweight Championship - Del Rio and Christian, unsurprisingly, put on a terrific match. The crowd were really in to it and it even received a number of 'This is awesome' chants. The only problem was the build up to the PPV match all but guaranteed a Del Rio win. Therefore, no one was really expecting Christian to win. That being said, Del Rio and Christian gave it their all to tell a good story and succeeded. The match ended after Christian hit a spear but failed to capitalize due to an injured shoulder. Del Rio locked in the Cross Armbreaker for the submission victory.
Natalya defeated Brie Bella - To be honest, I skipped this match. I have no problems with divas matches but this match didn't interest me one bit. Natalya got the win with the sharpshooter. At least Natalya won.
Brock Lesnar defeated CM Punk in a No DQ match - The match of the night without a doubt. Both men took vicious shots off one another. The No DQ stipulation was added on the kickoff show and it changed the way the match went. I was still expecting a Lesnar win but there was a bigger chance of CM Punk pulling off the victory with the added stipulation. Many would argue Punk needs the win more than a part time wrestler like Brock Lesnar but Punk was not hurt by this loss. He took 'the beast' to the limit and the only reason he failed to win was because constant interference from Paul Heyman. It will be interesting to see where Punk and Lesnar go from here.
Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn defeated Big E Langston & AJ Lee - This match wasn't given that much time but it went how I thought it would. Kaitlyn took AJ out with a spear outside the ring as Dolph Ziggler scored the winning pinfall over Big E Langston. I expect Dolph Ziggler to move on to other business after this PPV.
Daniel Bryan defeated John Cena (c) to win the WWE Championship; Triple H was special guest referee - I'll give credit where it's due. John Cena put on a good performance in this match. Daniel Bryan was excellent as usual. The most surprising thing about this match was probably John Cena losing clean. Bryan pinned Cena after hitting a vicious running knee straight to the skull of Cena. After the match, Cena shook the hands of both Daniel Bryan and Triple H before leaving. Triple H raised the arm of Daniel Bryan as fireworks went off on the stage and confetti came down from the rafters. However, the night wasn't over there.
Randy Orton cashed in Money in the Bank; Randy Orton defeated Daniel Bryan (c) to win the WWE Championship; Triple H was special guest referee - Although I kind of expected Randy Orton to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Bryan, it still came as a slight shock. Not as big of a shock as Triple H turning heel though. Orton came down to ringside with his briefcase. He held up the case before beginning to leave. He stopped halfway up the ramp and slightly looked over his shoulder. At that point, Triple H grabbed Daniel Bryan and hit him with a pedigree. Orton entered the ring and cashed in MITB to win the WWE title. Triple H and Orton celebrated as the show drew to a close.
Although it was a shock Triple H turned heel, I could see it coming after the WWE title match ended. My first clue was Triple H staying in the ring during the celebrations. The WWE tried to throw us off with the fireworks and confetti but I didn't buy it. The fact Michael Cole said at least twice 'Thank you for watching. What an event' also made me suspicious. The show would have usually ended immediately after saying that. Then, when Orton slightly looked over his shoulder after stopping halfway back up the ramp, that was the final piece. At that point, it was obvious Triple H was turning on Bryan.
I am very interested to see where this goes. Triple H and Randy Orton uniting could be an unstoppable force. I'm now looking forward to a Randy Orton/Daniel Bryan feud that will hopefully last for a while and will see Bryan winning back the WWE title. Fingers crossed!
Please let me know what you though of SummerSlam.