Airdate: Sunday, August 19th, 2012 (Pay-Per-View)
Location: The STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Results by WZRONLINE.COM
The 2012 WWE SummerSlam pre-show kicks off with Matt Striker and Scott Stanford at ringside. They plug tonight’s pre-show match as fans continue to pile into the Staples Center in Los Angeles. More hype for tonight’s matches. We go to a video for the WWE Title match.
Josh Mathews is backstage with Big Show. Show cuts him off and says tonight isn’t a Triple Threat. The only threat in the match is him. Show says he’s a living, breathing, angry giant – not some made up Hollywood super hero. Show says he’s a threat to any living man today. Show says he will crush John Cena and obliterate CM Punk, then become the new WWE Champion.
WWE United States Title Match
Antonio Cesaro vs. Santino Marella
We go to the ring and out first comes Antonio Cesaro with Aksana. Aksana takes the mic and cuts a promo before the match. She has Antonio say “great” in five different languages. Cesaro says he personifies greatness and they kiss. Out next comes the WWE United States Champion Santino Marella.
The match starts off winth some back and forth. Cesaro takes Santino to the corner and beats him down. Santino dodges a splash in the corner and pulls out the Cobra early. Cesaro hits him from behind and stop the Cobra from coming out. Cesaro goes back to work on Santino and beats him with headbutts. 2 count for Cesaro.
More offense by Cesaro and another 2 count. Cesaro keeps a headlock applied. The Cobra was down on the floor but a crew member has put it on the apron. Santino crawls for it but Cesaro pulls him back. Santino kicks off him and tries for it again but Cesaro hits a big gutwrench slam. Cesaro grabs the Cobra and rips it to shreds. Santino flips out and unloads on Cesaro. Santino misses the headbutt. Cesaro goes for his finisher but it’s countered. Santino pulls out a back-up Cobra. Aksana tries to distract him and it works. Cesaro with the front piledriver for the win and the title.
Winner and New WWE United States Champion: Antonio Cesaro
Triple H is backstage getting ready. Referee Scott Armstrong is in there with him. Triple H says this is the biggest match he will ever referee. Triple H says this is bigger than him, it’s about WWE – Scott’s family and everything. Triple H says referee’s discretion means they can bend the rules, hell even break them. Triple H says this match won’t end in a count out or DQ. He says someone wins by making the other tap out or getting the pin. Armstrong nods that he understands. Triple H promises him this is going to be a fight to the finish. Triple H tells Scott to let them fight.
- The announcers hype Lesnar vs. Triple H some more as fans continue to enter the arena. Striker and Stanford hype the other matches for SummerSlam.
WWE SummerSlam Opener:
The show opens with a video package highlighting some of the history of SummerSlam, as well as some of the main feuds heading into tonight's show.
The pyro hits and Michael Cole welcomes us to the show. He turns his attention to the first SummerSlam, talking about the main event of the Mega Powers vs. the Mega Bucks. They're eventually interrupted by Vickie Guerrero, who excuses herself. She introduces the one superstar in the WWE that shines brighter than any man in Hollywood history, Mr. Money in the Bank, Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler comes out to a nice reaction from the Staples Center crowd.
Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler
The lights go out and a man in a light up jacket appears at the top of the stage. The crowd goes wild as Chris Jericho makes his way to the ring with his ribs taped up.
The bell rings and both men stare each other down. Ziggler ducks to the outside to avoid a lock up and Jericho follows, giving chase. Ziggler heads back into the ring and so does Jericho, hitting a big back elbow and taking Ziggler into the corner with a nasty chop. Another big chop from Jericho and he hits Ziggler with a body press from the second rope before hitting a big shoulder block. Another big chop from Jericho lays Dolph out. Jericho soccer kicks Ziggler in the ribs before picking him up for a suplex. Ziggler reverses it and goes right for the ribs before driving Jericho down stomach first over his knee.
Ziggler punches Jericho, but Jericho fights back. Jericho is able to send Ziggler over the top and to the outside with a big back drop. Jericho plays to the crowd before trying for his springboard dropkick. Ziggler ducks and Jericho falls to the outside. Ziggler rolls back to the inside, but breaks the count to head out and toss Jericho into the ring apron. Jericho rolls into the ring and Ziggler gets a quick near fall.
Ziggler chokes Jericho and taunts him while the ref counts. Ziggler breaks and lets Jericho get up, only to hit a dropkick to the ribs for another near fall. Ziggler locks in what looks like a modified seated abdominal stretch, but Jericho is able to fight to his feet. The two men fight with Ziggler backing Jericho into the corner and hitting a giant splash. Ziggler gets another two count for his effort.
Ziggler shows off a bit, shaking his hips, before hitting a big neckbreaker and posing with his foot on Jericho's chest for a two count. Jericho begins to fight back, but Dolph lays in with the rights and takes Jericho into the ropes. Jericho rolls up Ziggler for two, but Ziggler comes right back with a big clothesline. Ziggler tries for another splash but Jericho moves and Ziggler crashes into the corner. Jericho hits a low dropkick, then a couple of shoulderblocks, but Ziggler goes for the ribs again and Jericho is stopped cold. Ziggler runs into a big boot from Jericho, and Jericho heads to the... (Continues on next page)