What made this year's SummerSlam so special? Probably the most significant factor was Stephanie McMahon (facing Brie Bella) in her first in-ring appearance in over a decade. Stephanie McMahon has been one of my favorite female superstars since her debut.
Despite the fact that I am not a fan of Brie at all, her match was fantastic. She showed that she is STILL leaps and bounds above the competition. She looked great and has a presence that makes everything she does exciting.
The entire match was great, but the best part was the end when Nikki Bella turned on Brie to cost her the match. She is not aligned with Stephanie and HHH. The ongoing feud between the 3 of them will be very entertaining was it unfolds, especially thanks to Stephanie's immense talent on the mic.
As if Stephanie's triumphant return to action was not exciting enough, there were so many other incredible matches at SummerSlam. There were 3 titles on the line, and all 3 changed hands.
Dolph Ziggler defeated The Miz in what was an exceptional match to win the Intercontinental Championships. I love both Ziggler and The Miz, so was happy with the outcome either way and just enjoyed a fabulous match.
Paige defeated AJ Lee for the Divas title, which was very upsetting to me. Not only is AJ Lee my favorite Diva, but I am not fond of Paige at all and I don't think she was ready to have the title at all, or even challenge for it with so many other talented Divas who have been waiting much longer.
In the main event match, Brock Lesnar defeated John Cena in one of the most brutal and decisive matches I have ever seen. I have never seen Cena be completely destroyed like that. I respect Cena and while I was a bit tired of him always being champ, I did not want Brock to win it(even though I knew he would).
I have no respect for Lesnar because he only shows up when he feels like it. He left WWE years ago to do UFC and when they tired of his attitude, he come back to WWE, but only part time to big matches, which is disrespectful to WWE fans and the talented guys in the locker room who deserve a title shot more than he does.
As entertaining as the title matches were, there was one match that topped them all(in my opinion). The Lumberjack match with Dean Ambrose finally getting Seth Rollins in a match, months after Seth betrayed him and their former partner Roman Reigns.
What made it so phenomenal is that Lumberjack matches are designed to keep both parties in the ring, and this match was anything but contained. Ambrose fought the Lumberjacks just as much as he did Seth Rollins, and it was utter chaos. Chaos, as it happens, makes for a very entertaining match.
In the end Rollins took advantage of a distraction to hit Dean with his Money In The Bank briefcase and pick up the victory. No mater the outcome, this match was perfect from start to finish. Those two guys are the future of the company and deserve to be main eventing right now.
And speaking of their former partner Roman Reigns, he was in a grueling match against Randy Orton. Although Orton is a heel and many people are against him and on a Reigns bandwagon, I was hoping Randy would win. It was a fun match to watch anyway though.
There was also an insane match between Bray Wyatt and Chris Jericho. I am a huge fan of both of these guys. I was a Jericho fan like 12 years ago, and have been a loyal fan ever since. Bray has the most amazing energy I have ever seen. Not that he is energetic, although he can be, but he has this charisma that just sucks you in.
Their feud thus far has been epic and I hope it continues because no matter who comes out on top, the fans are the real winners. On this particular night, however, it was Bray Wyatt that was victorious, avenging his loss to Jericho at Battleground.
Honestly, this was a PPV that lived up to all the hype and then some. WWE PPVs are always top notch, but SummerSlam was on another level, and with the talents the company has right now, I am confident they will be this good each and every time.
If you don't have the WWE Network, you are missing out big time. Not only does your subscription get you this and every PPV live each month, but there is a library of every WWE, WCW and ECW PPV of ALL TIME, plus tons of specials and original programming like WWE Countdown(my favorite WWE original).
If you do not have the WWE Network and/or did not watch SummerSlam, I would love to know one good reason why not(comment). I know I can't think of any.