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411s WWE SummerSlam 2014 Report: 08.17.14
Posted by Scott Slimmer on 08.17.2014



Welcome to 411's WWE SummerSlam 2014 Report. For even more coverage, don't forget to follow me on Twitter at @ScottSlimmer.

We are LIVE in beautiful Los Angeles, California.


Kickoff Show Match
Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro
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Cesaro tries to whip Van Dam to the corner, but Van Dam reverses and whips Cesaro to the corner. Van Dam hits a monkey flip and follows up with a back heel kick in the corner. Cesaro gets back to his feet and whips Van Dam to the ropes, but Van Dam flips over Cesaro and catches him with a hurricanrana. Cesaro rolls to the outside to catch a breather, but Van Dam follows him out. Van Dam catches Cesaro with a thrust kick followed by Rolling Thunder. Cesaro retreats back into the ring and catches Van Dam with a thumb to the eye. Cesaro traps Van Dam in the corner and stomps a mud hole in him. Cesaro hits the gutwrench powerbomb in the middle of the ring and stands triumphant as we head to a commercial break. We return from the break with Van Dam in a rear chin lock on the mat. Van Dam fights back to his feet and goes for a leapfrog, but Van Dam catches him in mid-air and counters into a backbreaker. Cesaro hits the ropes and connect with a modified Rolling Thunder that ends in a double stomp instead of a senton. Van Dam rolls up Cesaro with a leg scissors for a two count and follows up with the split leg moonsault for another two count. Cesaro rolls to the outside, but Van Dam takes him out with a moonsault off the ring apron. Van Dam rolls Cesaro back into the ring and heads up top. Van Dam sets up for the Five Star Frog Splash, but Cesaro catches him with an uppercut. Cesaro heads up top and goes for a superplex, but Van Dam pushes him back down to the mat. Van Dam again sets up for the Five Star Frog Splash, but Cesaro again catches him with an uppercut. Cesaro heads up top and goes for a superplex, but Van Dam again pushes him back down to the mat. Van Dam once again sets up for the Five Star Frog Splash, but once again Cesaro catches him with an uppercut. Cesaro looks to have the superplex this time, but Van Dam counters again. Van Dam launches into the Five Star Frog Splash, but Cesaro catches him with an uppercut in mid-air. Cesaro hits the Neutralizer, but Van Dam kicks out at two. Van Dam drops Cesaro with a thrust kick and follows up with the Five Star Frog Splash for the three count.

Match Result: Rob Van Dam defeats Cesaro with the Five Star Frog Splash.
Match Length: 7:58
Slimmer's Rating: **½


We start off the main show with Hulk Hogan! Hogan comes out to the stage to welcome the WWE Universe to SummerSlam and promote the WWE Network.



Intercontinental Championship Match
The Miz (Champion) vs. Dolph Ziggler
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Ziggler ducks a straight right punch and hits a Thesz press. Miz rolls out of the ring to protect the moneymaker, but Ziggler follows him out. Ziggler chases Miz back into the ring and rolls him up for a two count. Ziggler tries to whip Miz to the corner, but Miz reverses and whips Ziggler chest-first into the corner. Miz stomps on Ziggler and delivers a low boot to the face for a two count. Miz locks in a rear chin lock, but Ziggler fights back to his feet and breaks the hold. Ziggler hits the ropes and charges at Miz, but Miz levels him with a big boot. Ziggler climbs to his feet in the corner, but Miz catches him with his patented corner clothesline. Ziggler regains control with a neckbreaker and gets a two count. Ziggler goes for the Fameasser, but Miz counters and tries to whip him out of the ring, but Ziggler skins the cat back into the ring. Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Ziggler counters out. Miz tries to lock in the Figure Four Leg Lock, but Ziggler kicks him away. Ziggler catches Miz with a super kick RIGHT TO THE MONEYMAKER and gets a two count. Miz gets back to his feet and successfully locks in the Figure Four Leg Lock. Ziggler stretches toward the ropes, but Miz drags him back to the middle of the ring. Ziggler valiantly crawls toward the ropes again, and this time he makes it to the bottom rope to break the hold. Ziggler hits the Fameasser, but Miz springs right back to his feet and hits the Skull Crushing Finale for a LOOONG two count. Miz goes for a low boot to the face, but Ziggler ducks and hits the Zig Zag for the three count.

Match Result: Dolph Ziggler defeats the Miz with the Zig Zag.
Match Length: 7:44
Slimmer's Rating: **¾



Divas Championship Match
AJ Lee (Champion) vs. Paige
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Paige offers a handshake to start the match, but AJ BITES PAIGE'S HAND! Paige tries to flee out of the ring, but AJ pulls out a clump of hair along the way. Paige rolls out of the ring and AJ goes for a running knee shot from the apron, but Paige catches AJ on her shoulders and drops her face-first on the barrier. Paige skips around the ring before rolling AJ back into the ring. Paige goes for the most suggestive cover since Edge pinned Beulah and then repeatedly head butts AJ. Paige takes AJ up top, but AJ shoves Paige off the turnbuckle and all the way down to the arena floor. AJ DIVES OFF THE TOP TO THE OUTSIDE AND TAKES OUT PAIGE! AJ rolls Paige back into the ring, but Paige catches AJ with a super kick. AJ regains control and locks in the Black Widow, but Paige counters into the Rampage DDT for the three count.

Match Result: Paige defeats AJ Lee with the Rampage DDT.
Match Length: 4:57
Slimmer's Rating: **¾



Flag Match
Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter vs. Rusev w/ Lana
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Rusev ambushes Swagger before the match even begins. Rusev shoves Swagger into the corner, but Swagger fights out and locks in the Patriot Lock. It takes the referee, Colter, and Lana to get Swagger to break the hold. Rusev says that he's injured, and Lana tells the referee that Rusev will not be able to compete. The referee just doesn't give a damn and calls for the bell to begin the match. Rusev rolls out of the ring, but Swagger follows him out and levels him with a clothesline on the outside. Swagger rolls Rusev back into the ring and goes for the Swagger Bomb, but Rusev gets his knees up into Swagger's injured ribs. Looks like the story of the match is going to be Swagger's injured ribs versus Rusev's injured ankle. Rusev is having all sorts of trouble standing, but he props himself up on the ropes to stomp on Swagger. Rusev locks in a bear hug in the middle of the ring and continues to work over the ribs. Swagger breaks the hold and goes for a belly-to-belly suplex, but he can't pull it off due to the injured ribs. Rusev beats Swagger down to the mat, but Swagger gets back to his feet and clotheslines Rusev. Swagger whips Rusev to the corner, waits for him to rebound, and levels him with a big boot. Swagger successfully connects with the Swagger Bomb, but his injured ribs affect his ability to make the cover. Rusev kicks out at two. Both men get back to their feet and Rusev goes for a thrust kick, but Swagger catches the leg and goes for the Patriot Lock. Rusev kicks Swagger away, but Swagger spins around and hits a belly-to-belly slam. Rusev gets back to his feet and connects with a stiff kick to the injured ribs and another kick to the face. Lana calls for Rusev to crush, but Rusev can't lock in the Accolade due to the injured ankle. Rusev locks in a modified Accolade with one knee on the mat to protect the ankle, but Swagger picks the ankle and rolls through right into the Patriot Lock. Gotta admit, that was a heck of a sweet counter. Swagger has the Patriot Lock in the middle of the ring, but Rusev rolls to his back to relieve the pressure. Rusev goes for a spin kick to the head but basically whiffs. Rusev locks in the Accolade properly even though his ankle is in incredible pain. Both guys are doing a great job of selling their respective injuries. Swagger refuses to tap, but he passes out from the pain, so the referee has no choice but to call for the bell.

Match Result: Rusev defeats Jack Swagger with the Accolade.
Match Length: 8:56
Slimmer's Rating: ***¼


Rusev knocks out Colter after the match, and both Swagger and Colter are motionless in the ring as the Russian flag is raised.



Lumberjack Match
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
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Ambrose heads right for Rollins and takes him down. Rollins tries to roll out of the ring, but the lumberjacks immediately toss him back in. Ambrose chops Rollins and grinds his forehead into the top rope. Rollins regains control with a back kick to the gut and whips Ambrose out of the ring. Ambrose throws a few shots at the lumberjacks as they roll him back into the ring. Rollins goes to the ground and pound and follows up with a scoop slam for a one count. Ambrose fights back to his feet and starts swinging. Ambrose heads up top and goes for a moonsault, but Rollins knocks him off balance and ties him up in the tree of woe. Rollins stomps on Ambrose until Ambrose tumbles to the mat. Rollins drags Ambrose back to the middle of the ring and locks in the Million Dollar Dream. Ambrose breaks the hold and goes for a running crossbody, but Rollins ducks. Ambrose gets to his feet on the apron and Rollins tries to suplex Ambrose back into the ring, but AMBROSE COUNTERS AND SUPLEXES ROLLINS OUT OF THE RING AND ONTO THE LUMBERJACKS! A brawl erupts outside the ring, and the lumberjacks try to pull apart Ambrose and Rollins. Ambrose back body drops Rollins over the barrier and into the crowd. The lumberjacks push Ambrose back into the ring, but AMBROSE TAKES OUT THE LUMBERJACKS WITH A SUICIDE DIVE! AMROSE RUNS ACROSS THE ANNOUCNE TABLES AND DIVES INTO THE CROWD TO TAKE OUT ROLLINS! Ambrose chases Rollins into the crowd and up into the stands. Corporate Kane makes his way to the ring and orders the lumberjacks to follow Ambrose and Rollins into the crowd. Rollins tries to powerbomb Ambrose off a balcony, but the lumberjacks arrive in time to stop him. The lumberjacks carry Ambrose back toward the ring, but Rollins decides he's had enough of this. Rollins heads for the stage, but another set of lumberjacks cut him off. The lumberjacks carry Rollins to ringside, but AMBROSE COMES OFF THE TOP AND TAKES OUT ROLLINS AND THE LUMBERJACKS! Ambrose rolls Rollins into the ring and goes for Dirty Deeds, but Rollins blocks. Rollins shoves Ambrose to the ropes, but Ambrose springs back and hits a gorgeous clothesline for a two count. Ambrose hits the Curb Stomp, but Kane breaks up the pin. Goldust charges into the ring to confront Kane, but Kane drops him. All of the lumberjacks rush the ring. CHAOS HAS ERUPTED! Most of the lumberjacks toss each other out of the ring, leaving Ambrose alone with Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Ambrose low bridges the ropes to dump Harper and Rowan when they charge him, but he turns around to eat a MitB briefcase shot to the head from Rollins. Rollins makes the cover and gets the three count.

Match Result: Seth Rollins defeats Dean Ambrose with a MitB briefcase shot to the head.
Match Length: 10:38
Slimmer's Rating: ****



Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt
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Jericho whips Wyatt to the outside and gives chase. Jericho beats Wyatt around ringside and rolls him back into the ring. Jericho heads back into the ring and heads up top, but Wyatt pushes him off and all the way down to the arena floor. Wyatt heads to the outside and slams Jericho's lower back into the ring apron. Wyatt whips Jericho into the ring steps and then drives his knee into Jericho's face, sandwiching Jericho's head between his knee and the steps. Wyatt rolls Jericho back into the ring and posts him in the corner. Wyatt slides out of the ring and delivers a running punch, sandwiching Jericho's head between his fist and the ring post. Wyatt heads back into the ring and locks in a modified rear chin lock. Jericho fights back to his feet, but Wyatt drags him back down to the mat. Jericho again fights back to his feet and breaks the hold. Jericho hits an enzuigiri but only gets a one count. Jericho heads up top and goes for a diving knee shot, but Wyatt slides out of the way. Wyatt drops Jericho and hits a running senton. Wyatt charges at Jericho in the corner, but Jericho catches him with a running drop kick for a two count. Wyatt goes to the ground and pound and goes for Sister Abigail, but Jericho counters into a rollup pin for a two count. Jericho locks in the Walls of Jericho, but Wyatt powers up and crawls to the ropes. Wyatt pulls Jericho out to the ring apron and hits a DDT right on the apron. Wyatt drags Jericho back to the middle of the ring and gets a two count. Wyatt heads up top, but Jericho follows him up and hits a top rope hurricanrana. Wyatt gets to his feet in the corner, but Jericho catches him with a clothesline. Jericho follows up with another running clothesline and looks for the lionsault, but Wyatt pops up into Exorcist Walk to freak out Jericho. Wyatt charges at Jericho, but Jericho ducks a clothesline and hits the Code Breaker for a two count. Jericho kicks Wyatt out of the ring and goes for a baseball slide to the outside, but Wyatt slide out of the ring and connects with a taped thumb to the throat. Wyatt hits Sister Abigail into the barricade and tosses Jericho back into the ring. "Let's Go Wyatt! Y2J! Let's Go Wyatt! Y2J!" Wyatt hits Sister Abigail and gets the three count.

Match Result: Bray Wyatt defeats Chris Jericho with Sister Abigail.
Match Length: 12:46
Slimmer's Rating: ***¼



Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon
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Brie slides behind Stephanie and goes for a rear waist lock, but Stephanie shoves her to the corner. Stephanie traps Brie in the corner and kicks her down to the mat. Stephanie slams Brie face-first into the match and tosses her across the ring. Stephanie goes for a slap, but Brie blocks. Brie goes for the Yes Lock, but Stephanie rolls out of the ring to safety. Brie goes for a suicide dive, but Stephanie counters with a double ax handle that drives Brie's face into the ring apron. Stephanie rolls back into the ring, and Brie barely makes it back into the ring to break the referee's count. Stephanie hits a DDT for a two count and follows up with a clothesline. Stephanie hits a flipping facebuster for another two count. "You've still got it! You've still got it! You've still got it!" Stephanie locks in a bow-and-arrow and then grinds her boot into Brie's face. Stephanie goes back to the bow-and-arrow, but Brie connects with a boot the face. Stephanie charges at Brie, but Brie hits a Thesz Press. Brie traps Stephanie in the corner and goes to work with a volley of kicks. Brie tosses Stephanie across the ring, traps her in the opposite corner, and once again goes to work with the kicks. Brie heads up to the second rope and hits a missile drop kick for a two count. Brie goes back to the ground and pound, but suddenly Triple H makes his way to ringside. Nikki Bella follows Triple H to ringside. Stephanie goes for the Pedigree, but Brie counters into the Yes Lock. Stephanie is about to tap, so Triple H pulls the referee out of the ring. BRIE WITH A DROP KICK OUT OF THE RING TO TRIPLE H! Brie stands over Triple H and leads the crowd in a Yes chant. Stephanie tries to crawl out of the other side of the ring, but Nikki cuts her off. Stephanie is trapped between Brie and Nikki BUT NIKKI LEVELS BRIE! HEEL TURN BY NIKKI! Nikki helps Stephanie back to her feet, and Stephanie hits Brie with the Pedigree for the three count.

Match Result: Stephanie McMahon defeats Brie Bella with the Pedigree.
Match Length: 9:11
Slimmer's Rating: **¾



Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton
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Reigns lands two punches to start the match, and Orton flees out of the ring. Rollins chases Orton back into the ring and levels him with a back elbow shot. Reigns beats Orton into the corner and goes for the mounted punches, but Orton pushes him away. Reigns clotheslines Orton over the top rope and follows him out. Reigns goes after Orton on the outside, but Orton whips Reigns into the ring steps. Orton rolls Reigns back into the ring and locks in a rear chin lock. Orton releases the hold and goes into the Garvin Stomp. Orton goes for a standing knee drop, but Reigns rolls out of the ring. Orton whips Reigns to the corner and charges after him, but Reigns gets his boots up in Orton's face. Orton takes Reigns up top and hits a gorgeous top rope superplex. Reigns got some serious air on that one. Both men get back to their feet and Reigns locks in a rear chin lock, but Orton falls backward to break the hold. Reigns goes back to the rear chin lock on the mat, but Orton fights back to his feet and counters into a back suplex for a two count. Orton locks in a chin lock of his own, but Reigns fights back to his feet and hits a Samoan Drop. Reigns and Orton slug it out in the middle of the ring, but Reigns takes control with a running clothesline. Orton ends up on the bottom rope, so Reigns heads to the outside and hits his patented apron drop kick. Orton tumbles out of the ring but gets back to his feet and whips Reigns into the barricade. Orton rolls Reigns back into the ring and gets a two count. Orton back suplexes Reigns on to the announce table, but it doesn't break. Orton whips Reigns into the ring steps and then rolls him back into the ring. Reigns cuts off Orton as he tries to climb back into the ring and takes him up top. Reigns goes for a superplex of his own, but Orton head butts Reigns back down to the mat. REIGNS HEADS UP TOP AND HITS A SAMOAN DROP OFF THE SECOND ROPE! Reigns sets his sights on Orton and hits the Superman punch. Reigns calls for the spear, but Orton counters into a power slam for a two count. Orton drags Reigns out to the ring apron and hits his patented rope-assisted DDT. Orton sets up for the RKO, but Reigns evades. Reigns hits the ropes and goes for another Superman punch, but Orton counters into the RKO for a LOOONG two count. Orton sets up for the Skull Punt, but Reigns slides out of the way and hits the spear for the three count.

Match Result: Roman Reigns defeats Randy Orton with the spear.
Match Length: 16:26
Slimmer's Rating: ***¾



WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
John Cena (Champion) vs. Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman
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Cena charges Lesnar to start and traps him in the corner, but Lesnar muscles Cena all the way across the ring and pounds on him in the opposite corner. F-5 BY LESNAR LESS THAN A MINUTE INTO THE MATCH! Lesnar makes the cover but only gets a two count. Lesnar is completely in control, and he presses his advantage with a German suplex. Lesnar stalks Cena, drags him back to his feet, and hits another German suplex. Lesnar stands over Cena, who is barely able to move. Cena gets up to his knees, so Lesnar drives a knee into Cena's ribs. Lesnar suplexes Cena in the middle of the ring, and it's been all Lesnar up to this point. Cena rushes Lesnar into the corner, but Lesnar regains control with a pair of knees to the ribs. Lesnar locks in a smothering rear chin lock. Cena fights back to his feet, so Lesnar slams him back down to the mat. Lesnar delivers another knee to the ribs and stands on Cena's hand to prevent him from getting to his feet. Lesnar hits two more German suplexes and follows up with a third. Lesnar hits a fourth German suplex, and the referee has to check to see if he needs to stop the match. Lesnar goes for a casual cover, but Cena kicks out at two. Lesnar hits yet another German suplex, and Cena is completely out of it at this point. Lesnar orders the referee to check on Cena but then delivers another German suplex. Cena blocks the next German suplex attempt and gets Lesnar down to his knees. CENA COUNTERS THE F-5 INTO THE ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT, BUT LESNAR KICKS OUT AT TWO! Lesnar laughs as he climbs back to his feet. Cena charges Lesnar, but Lesnar gets a double leg takedown and mercilessly beats Cena on the mat. Brock repeatedly orders the referee to ask Cena if he's ready to give up, but of course Cena doggedly refuses. Lesnar goes to the rolling Germans, waits for the referee to check on Cena, and hits another series of rolling Germans. Lesnar cockily stands over Lesnar, but Cena gets a drop toe hold into the STF. Lesnar can't get to the ropes, but he rolls out of the STF into mounted punches. Lesnar drags Cena back to his feet and hits the F-5 for the three count.

Match Result: Brock Lesnar defeats John Cena with the F-5.
Match Length: 15:49
Slimmer's Rating: ****





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