I doubt it's a secret that Summer Slam hasn't been truly outstanding in a very long time, with the last three years or so delivering sub-par events. WWE once again focuses on the wrestling aspect. I have to admit that the show is a lot easier to get through on DVD than it was on PPV, since we had to sit through music shows. Thankfully the fast forward button allows those looking for good wrestling to skip through the bullshit.
This event had a very interesting card as it features a WWE Champion vs. WWE Champion match in the form of CM Punk vs. John Cena. This is the first time in a very long time, quite possibly ever I found myself looking forward to a Cena match. Their last bout at Money in the Bank was excellent, and they deliver a second time here. The rest of the card is very solid, since there isn't a bad match on here.
1 - Three Man Tag Team Match
Rey Mysterio, John Morrison, & Kofi Kingston vs. Miz, R-Truth, & Alberto Del Rio
A very solid opener where they got a nice amount of time to put on a good match, and the fact all these guys had long running grudges pushes this from your basic filler match. Rey's team delivered with the high flying, while Miz's team got their chances to look good also. The action was quick paced and non stop. It did its job getting the crowd open. 3.75/5
2- Sheamus vs. Mark Henry
I was surprised to see the face turn for Sheamus, and it made perfect sense putting him against Mark Henry. This was a hard hitting, high impact match that saw these two punish each other really well. There were some really good moments like Sheamus kicking Henry out the ring, and later Henry punishing his back, along with tossing him back inside of the ring. The closing minutes were the best, and the ending actually made sense. Mark Henry's heel turn was the best thing for him, especially considering where it took him later. 3.5/5
3 - Divas Championship Match
Kelly Kelly (Champion) vs. Beth Phoenix
This is a really good women's match, the best in I don't know how long. Kelly Kelly has gotten a lot better, and the speed vs. strength story was well worked here with Beth playing her part really well as always. She carried Kelly to her best match to date and the action was non stop. Beth tried to squeeze a submission out of her, and Kelly would apply her own holds. It was kind of funny with the crowd behind Beth despite her being the heel. The ending was predictable but it still worked out. It could have done without the screaming on Kelly's part though. 3.5/5
4-Wade Barrett vs. Daniel Bryan
Some consider this the sleeper match, and how right they are. This was an awesome match up and they both brought their A game. WWE has some great young talent and I'm glad to see that some of them are being pushed. This was excellent from bell to bell with great wrestling, that featured good lock ups and submission attempts from Bryan. The high spots worked out well also, with Bryan delivering a flying knee to Barrett, and Barrett would later return the favor. As the match went on, it became obvious who was taking it, and I do believe the right man won. This victory for him was very much needed. 4.25/5
5- No Holds Barred Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Christian (Champion) vs. Randy Orton
This is the best match in their rivalry. Christian kept the fans in the dark about a surprise he would reveal for this event, and he finally uncovers what it was. He believed it to be an advantage in his favor, unfortunately for him it just didn't work out that way. The match was a one on one war to the finish. These two took the fight into the crowd, and it later came back to the ring and became hardcore, with kendo sticks and tables. They would counter and eventually hit each others finishers on one another. Later, something would take place sending one of them into an overdrive of violence. The ending was fantastic yet brutal. Definitely among the highlights of this event. 4.75/5
6-WWE Champion vs. WWE Champion Match w/special referee Triple H
CM Punk (Champion) vs. John Cena (Champion)
If CM Punk doesn't win superstar of the year I'm going to be pissed. This match proves how great of a talent he is, by pulling out another spectacular performance from John Cena; something that not just anyone can do. This was a repeat performance of greatness as they almost matched their previous bout. This match once again featured a very good mix of wrestling and sports entertainment. They would exchange grapples and counter their finishers. Triple H wasn't just a body either, as he tossed both men back in the ring to make sure a count out would not play in the outcome. This match just had it all, even with some Randy Savage chants. The ending and aftermath added to it, and capped off the show on a high note. Match of the Night for me. 4.75/5
After thinking about it, this was a better event than Money in the Bank, but not by much. Where the previous event featured a better main event with a real cool surprise. This had the better overall card I think, with every single match being watchable. Summer Slam was fun to watch again. Imagine that! Highly recommended.
Pros: -Main Events, solid card all around
Cons: - Some of the more average matches could have been better, the music show should have been left off
WWE SUMMERSLAM 2011 Spoilers 1. THE MIZ, R-TRUTH, ALBERTO DEL RIO VS REY MYSTERIO, JOHN MORRISON, KOFI KINGSTON-right here we had a great opening match pitting three of my favorite guys in Miz, Truth and Del Rio going at it against the baby faces they were semi feuding against prior to this. The match was faced paced with every one getting some shots in. The "face" team hit some high spots towards the … more
SummerSlam (2011) was a professional wrestlingpay-per-view event produced by WWE that took place on August 14, 2011. For the third consecutive year, SummerSlam was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, and it was the 24th annual SummerSlam event. Six matches were originally scheduled for the event, but a seventh was added during the show when Alberto Del Rio cashed in his "Money in the Bank" briefcase and defeated CM Punk. It was later announced that SummerSlam attracted a sellout crowd of 17,404 fans at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, grossing more than $1 million. This marks the highest grossing SummerSlam ever held at the Staples Center. The event however garnered only 301,000 PPV buys, down from 350,000 buys the previous years.