With the Toyota Center filled to the rafters, SummerSlam appeared to be coming early – following the monumental announcement of the first SmackDown World Heavyweight Title Match of the Booker T era. However, The Great White’s explosive clash with Alberto Del Rio came to a screeching halt before it got started, thanks to a controversial interruption from the boys in uniform.
SmackDown General Manager Booker T returned home to Houston, starting things off for the blue brand in electrifying fashion. After treating the WWE Universe a Spinaroonie in his tux, he proclaimed, “Houston, we have a problem!”
In a bold move, the five-time WCW Champion ordered the first-ever Irish-born World Heavyweight Champion, Sheamus, to apologize for his actions four days earlier on Raw. This included his “borrowing” Del Rio’s classic sports car, taking it for a joy ride and returning it completely trashed.
Prior to his match with Sin Cara, a contest created by SmackDown General Manager Booker T one week ago — Cody Rhodes proclaimed that the true reason his opponent wore a mask is that there is nothing special about him whatsoever.
And once the fast-paced contest got underway, the grandson of a plumber seemed just as concerned with taking off his mysterious foe’s covering as he was with winning. But, when he went for the mask one time too many, Sin Cara took advantage of his opponent’s obsession, rolling him up for the quick three-count.
While berating the WWE Universe for chanting “Yes!” with a fierce “No!” chant of his own — complaining about being labeled “unstable” and being put in a match with Kane at SummerSlam by Raw General Manager AJ Lee — Daniel Bryan was interrupted by The Big Red Monster.
But before physicality broke out, AJ Lee emerged — a special guest of SmackDown GM Booker T. After sharing a moment With The Devil’s Favorite Demon in which she thanked him for being sweet to her when others were so miserable, Miss Lee ordered Bryan to shake Kane’s hand — a demonstration that he did not have anger management issues and that they would have a good match at the coming pay-per-view.
However, after he reluctantly tried, Kane attacked, nearly chokeslamming his foe. Bryan failed to hit the “No!” Lock, before The Big Red Monster booted him out of the ring, chasing him and causing him to flee into the crowd. And with the masked Superstar left alone in the ring, AJ laughed on the top of the ramp, stating “That was great!”
In an effort to prove that he can do exactly what Ryback has done over the past few months, Jinder Mahal requested to face two competitors at the same time. In no time at all, the Punjabi Superstar impressively overcame the odds with the Camel Clutch — first on one of his opponents for the win and then on both opponents at the same time after the bell.
Nevertheless, when Ryback emerged after the match, Mahal wasted no time leaping out of town. With his adversary in retreat, Ryback sent a message of his own, hitting a double Shell Shocked on Mahal’s fallen opponents.
Vickie Guerrero came onto the “Highlight Reel” - the controversial show returning to SmackDown for the first time in two years - all by her lonesome, declaring that Dolph Ziggler would not appear on the show as schedule. As a result, she set herself up to suffer a sea of insults at the hands of the outspoken Chris Jericho.
But, when the question was once again raised as to whether Jericho could still win “the big one,” the first-ever Undisputed WWE Champion accepted a challenge to face Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam — reinstituting his Y2J persona in the process.
When The Showoff ambushed the outrageous grappler moments later, Jericho took him down. However, after a Vickie slap distracted Jericho, Ziggler recovered enough to hit the Zig Zag, blasting his newly named SummerSlam opponent with the Money in the Bank contract briefcase.
As a result of a Tout announcement by SmackDown General Manager Booker T earlier in the week, Epico & Primo and A.W.’s Prime Time Players squared off in a No. 1 Contender’s Match for the right to challenge the WWE Tag Team Champions. As they did, titleholders R-Truth & Kofi Kingston joined the SmackDown announce team for a ringside seat.
But just when it looked like his Superstars might be close to defeat, the crafty A.W. suddenly threw water on the WWE Tag Team Champions outside the ring, purposely provoking them to retaliate inside the ring and thereby giving his Prime Time Players the disqualification triumph over Epico & Primo.
Right or wrong, O’Neil & Young emerged with the WWE Tag Team Title No. 1 contender’s spot.
Before a tough matchup against Christian, Antonio Cesaro shared the word “victory” to the WWE Universe in five different languages. He then effortlessly rattled off something else in foreign speak, to put himself above the people that didn’t understand him.
The Swiss Warrior continued to show an incredible amount of versatility once the bell rang, including throwing Christian into the void long enough to hit him with a furious uppercut in midair. Still, after Captain Charisma countered his opponent’s Neutralizer for the second time of the night, he would ultimately reign supreme with an earth shattering Spear out of nowhere.
As the dust settled, though, Aksana distracted the former World Heavyweight Champion, allowing an incensed Cesaro to knock the victor from the ring — hurling him into the ringside barrier at full force.
Moments after The Miz caught Rey Mysterio’s legs to counter The Ultimate Underdog’s 619 attempt, The Awesome One looked ready to execute the Skull-Crushing Finale. But, at the last second, the masked Superstar countered once again, reversing to score a quick pin on the Intercontinental Champion!
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Dark Match: Wade Barrett defeated Zack Ryder
- Dark Match: Kofi Kingston defeated Heath Slater
- Sin Cara defeated Cody Rhodes (3:46)
- Jinder Mahal defeated ??? & Robbie Barnes (0:39)
- The Prime Time Players defeated Primo and Epico by disqualification (1:39)
- Christian defeated Antonio Cesaro (w/ Aksana) (4:09)
- Rey Mysterio defeated The Miz (4:45)
- Sheamus (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship ended in a no contest
- Dark Match: Randy Orton defeated Jack Swagger
- Dark Match: John Cena defeated Dolph Ziggler & The Big Show in a Two On One Handicap Match
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