WWE SummerSlam 2013 Results: Did Daniel Bryan Beat John Cena For The WWE Championship? [FULL RESULTS]
Roughly one month after WWE Money in the Bank saw WWE and ECW legend Rob Van Dam make his return to the ring, WWE SummerSlam took over the Staples Center in Los Angeles for a night of high-flying action from some of the biggest WWE Supestars and Divas currently competing in the promotion. With Daniel Bryan set to challenge John Cena for the WWE Championship, plus a huge No Disqualification match between Brock Lesnar and CM Punk,the WWE certainly seemed poised to deliver one of their most exciting pay-per-view events of the year.
So, who were the big winners and losers at WWE SummerSlam 2013?
WWE SummerSlam 2013 Results: Kane vs Bray Wyatt - Ring of Fire Match
The night began with what could arguably be considered one of the most highly-anticipated matches of the evening, as Kane took on relative newcomer Bray Wyatt - acting leader of the bizarre new Wyatt Family trio that's terrorized the Big Red Machine on Raw in recent weeks. Unfortunately, it also turned out to be one of the night's most predictable matches...right up until a rather bizarre post-match ceremony carried out by the Wyatt family.
As advertised, the flames which surrounded the ring kept fellow Wyatt Family members Luke Harper and Erick Rowan safely outside of the ring, giving Kane ample room and freedom to put a beating on the much smaller Bray Wyatt. The Wyatt family leader certainly put up a fight of his own, though the WWE Superstar certainly seemed unable to do more than briefly stun the Big Red Machine during his in-ring debut. Within minutes, Kane took complete control of the match.
Just when it looked like Kane had dispatched the leader of the Wyatt family, Harper and Rowan used a blanket to extinguish the flames on one side of the ring, quickly pouncing on Kane just when it looked like he might dispatch Bray Wyatt with a series of chokeslams. Instead, Kane found himself on the receiving end of a devastating finisher from Bray Wyatt.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
WWE SummerSlam 2013 Results: Cody Rhodes vs Damien Sandow
This match was virtually guaranteed to take place the moment that Damien Sandow screwed his former tag team partner out of a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship, during last month's Money in the Bank pay-per-view. It was also easily one of the best contests to take place during SummerSlam 2013, showcasing two WWE Superstars who are likely to have long, successful futures with the company.
Sandow controlled the match's early moments, dominating Cody Rhodes with a surprisingly diverse array of offensive maneuvers that kept the third-generation WWE Superstar at bay for several minutes. The one-sided nature of the match wouldn't last though, after a massive top turnbuckle counter from Rhodes quickly turned the tides in the formerly-mustachioed competitor's favor.
While it wasn't an entirely downhill battle, Sandow would never recover his momentum, and ultimately found himself on the losing end of the Cross-Rhodes just a few minutes later. He still might not be a Money in the Bank briefcase holder, but something tells us that Cody Rhodes certainly emerged with a few more fans after WWE SummerSlam 2013.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
WWE SummerSlam 2013 Results: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs Christian - World Heavyweight Championship
We didn't see this one coming. Particularly after the WWE rolled out the big promotional package for Christian, touting his long and storied career in the WWE on the heels of what could be the first day of his first run as World Heavyweight Champion.
Alberto Del Rio and Christian started their World Heavyweight Championship match relatively slow, but the Match of the Night candidate didn't take long to pick up, as both champion and challenger aimed to prove why they deserved to walk out of WWE SummerSlam 2013 with the World Heavyweight title wrapped around their waist.
Del Rio returned to much of the same sort of offensive that allowed the World Heavyweight Champion to make such a quick heel turn earlier this year, with punt kicks and other offensive maneuvers focused on rattling the skull of Christian - much the same way that Del Rio captured and defended his title against former champion Dolph Ziggler.
When he wasn't attacking his opponent's cranium, Del Rio focused on Christian's shoulder, theoretically minimizing the threat of several key maneuvers in Christian's offensive repertoire. You don't need your shoulder to duck though, as Del Rio learned when an overzealous kick attempt sent the Mexican superstar crashing to the mats which surround the ring.
Even a Backstabber from the top turnbuckle wasn't enough to dispatch Christian, who looked for a roll-up pin victory moments later, only to find himself on the wrong end of a massive enzugiri kick from the World Heavyweight Champion. Still, the challenger persisted, and that dedication paid major dividends for Captain Charisma at WWE SummerSlam 2013.
Well, in a perfect world it would have. .
Instead, the World Heavyweight Championship eluded Christian yet again. After surviving a number of monstrous kicks from Del Rio, Christian planted the World Heavyweight Champion with a massive spear, but failed to capitalize due to the ensuing pain in his injured shoulder. Alberto Del Rio seized his opportunity, grabbing hold of Christian's arm, and locking in a massive armbar to secure that forced his challenger to tap-out.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
WWE SummerSlam 2013 Results: Natalya (with The Funkadactyls) vs Brie Bella (with Nikki Bella & Eva Marie)
Natalya picks up the win with a sharpshooter.
(Side Note: Is there anybody out there that doesn't use WWE Divas matches as an intermission?)
WWE SummerSlam 2013 Results: CM Punk vs Brock Lesnar - No Disqualification Match
We're not certain there was ever a question, but Brock Lesnar wasted no time proving just how dominant his strength would allow him to be during WWE SummerSlam 2013, driving CM Punk into the turnbuckle within seconds of the opening bell. Saying it was ugly doesn't do justice to the beating that Punk survived in the early moments of his No Disqualification match against Brock Lesnar, with the former UFC champion throwing Punk around the ring like a ragdoll during the early moments of the match.
Punk persisted though, managing to drive Lesnar out of the ring with a series of knees to the jaw, before resorting to some high-flying offensive maneuvers to keep his much larger opponent stunned long enough to maintain control. It wouldn't last though.
With Lesnar seemingly stunned at ringside, Punk turned his attention to former manager Paul Heyman, but the decision quickly cost the former WWE Champion all of the ground he'd gained against the man the WWE used to bill as the Next Big Thing. Lesnar rounded the corner like a freight train, plowing into Punk before launching into an offensive blitz that would have left lesser men incapable of standing. Lesnar threw Punk across both ringside announcer's tables, neither of which actually crumbled, before throwing his much smaller opponent half the length of the ring with a massive belly-to-belly suplex.
The beating continued for several minutes, but Lesnar just couldn't seem to dispatch Punk. Slowly but surely, the kicks and high knees from Punk took their toll on Lesnar, forcing the former UFC Heavyweight Champion to grab a steel chair from ringside. Even that wouldn't help though, as CM Punk quickly turned the weapon in his favor, unleashing a beating on Lesnar that culminated with Punk's Go To Sleep finisher.
Once again, Paul Heyman proved to be the thorn in Punk's side though, distracting the Straight Edge Superstar just when it seemed as if he would finally beat Lesnar. It was just enough to give Lesnar the time he needed to recover, and he wouldn't go down again during the final few moments of the contest.
With a massive F5, Brock sent Punk crashing into the same steel chair he'd just been battered with, and there was no getting back up for Punk this time. With Paul Heyman beaming outside the ring, Lesnar rolled over and covered Punk to secure the win he'd been promising for weeks.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
WWE SummerSlam 2013 Results: Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn vs Big E Langston & AJ Lee
For some reason, the decision makers in the WWE seem to think that the fallout from Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee's former relationship is more interesting/important than a variety of high-quality matches from the WWE SummerSlam 2013 card. Perhaps not, but the WWE Superstars and Divas involved in the mixed tag match at least proved they'd earned their spot on the WWE SummerSlam 2013 card.
The match opened with back-and-forth action between Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston, who dominated his former partner with a variety of slams and submission holds that quickly put momentum squarely in the corner of Langston and Lee. That trend continued moments later when WWE Divas Kaitlyn and AJ Lee hit the ring; however, the tables quickly turned for Dolph Ziggler's former friends.
With her former boyfriend Ziggler back in the ring, WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee tried to provide the distraction necessary to give her tag team partner, Big E Langston, the upperhand. Instead, Kaitlyn dropped Lee with a massive spear outside of the ring, leaving Ziggler free to dispatch Langston with the Zig Zag for the pinfall victory.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn
WWE SummerSlam 2013 Results: John Cena (c) vs Daniel Bryan - WWE Championship
The crowd at the Staples Center was on fire for Daniel Bryan, erupting in "Yes!" chants when the challenger emerged from the back area and continuing to show their throughout the final contest of WWE SummerSlam 2013. WWE Champion John Cena didn't enjoy quite the same reception, instead being greeted by a chorus of boos when he hit the ring, though that's hardly a first for the Champ.
In a strange way, John Cena dominated the vast majority of his WWE Championship match against Daniel Bryan, controlling the tempo through devastating counters and a few uncharacteristic decisions to retreat from the ring. Surprisingly, it looked like Cena's (extremely unpopular) strategy just might be enough to pick up a win; however, a new WWE Champion walked out of WWE SummerSlam 2013 on Sunday night.
After surviving the relatively limited offensive arsenal of John Cena, Daniel Bryan sprung into action with his own diverse array of counter-maneuvers and submission holds. Unfortunately, for the challenger, nothing seemed to be enough to put Cena down for the count either. Bryan pulled out more wrestling moves than you'd typically see on an entire WWE broadcast in his quest for the WWE Championship, but even Cena's own STFU finisher wasn't enough to put the WWE Champion down for the night.
The back and forth action continued for several minutes, with both Bryan and Cena trading momentum almost constantly for the remainder of the match. Sadly, if we actually rated matches around here, the WWE Championship match at WWE SummerSlam 2013 likely wouldn't be able to claim more than three out of five stars. For all the crowd's excitement, John Cena's continue inability to do anything but lay motionless on the mat or oversell the Five Moves of Doom kept the final contest of WWE SummerSlam 2013 from ever feeling like any sort of instant classic -- or even a Match of the Night candidate for that matter.
Shockingly, the end of the match came without any fast counts from guest referee Triple H, who was seemingly only involved in the match to stroke his own ego, and no post-match shenanigans from John Cena after a rather surprising loss. Instead, new WWE Champion Daniel Bryan celebrated the beginning of his first WWE Championship amidst deafening cheers and applause from the WWE Universe....until Randy Orton showed up.
Suddenly, it was clear why Triple H was present, as the former WWE Superstar-slash-executive-slash-who-even-knows-anymore spun Bryan around for a vicious and unprovoked Pedigree that left the newly crowned champion unable to defend himself against Orton. Without a single punch, the Apex Predator cashed-in his Money in the Bank briefcase, and pinned the lifeless Daniel Bryan to begin his eleventh run as the WWE Champion.
Winner: Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton
What did you think of all the action from WWE SummerSlam 2013? Disappointed with the fact that Daniel Bryan still isn't going to be the WWE Champion? Were you hoping to see a different outcome in one or more matches from the WWE SummerSlam 2013 card?
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