1. Singles Match
Dolph Ziggler w/Vickie Guerrero vs. Chris Jericho
Could Chris Jericho win the 'big one' at SummerSlam? Well that's what he did. Following a really good 13 minute opener of back and forth well paced action that Jericho's ribs be targeted by Ziggler. Despite struggling with breathing Chris Jericho would kick out of a schoolboy before throwing Ziggler shoulder first into the ring post and locking in the Walls of Jericho for the submission victory over Dolph Ziggler.
I remember watching this Pay Per View when it happened and I thought this was Match of the Night, let's see if I think otherwise after watching this show for a second time.
Rating-***1/2, Time-13:05, Winner-Chris Jericho via Submission
They show a clip from the Go Home Monday Night RAW to SummerSlam 2012, Brock Lesnar pulled Shawn Michaels out of a car before laying a beating on him for around five minutes before breaking his arm in the middle of the ring as Triple H looks on.
Backstage Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar are interviewed by Matt Striker, Heyman says that Triple H used his discression earlier in the night. Brock Lesnar says that this is a fight that Triple H cannot win, before finishing the interview.
2. Singles Match
Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
This match saw Kane control the majority, Kane delivered a chokeslam and did the gsture for the Tombstone Piledriver. Kane got Bryan up for the Tombstone but Daniel Bryan countered into a roll-up for the 1...2...3 to pick up the victory over Kane. There was nothing special here, it's funny to think that a month later these two were WWE Tag Team Champions.
Backstage Kane is raging that he lost to a garden Nome, Kane is tossing equipment all over the backstage area. Then Josh Matthews approaches him and says "I have been asked" that leads to Kane tossing him into a production crate.
Rating-**1/4, Time-8:02, Winner-Daniel Bryan
3. Singles Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
The Miz (C) vs. Rey Mysterio
For this match Rey Mysterio was wearing a Bat Man like out fit which looked really cool, but I never remember him wearing it afterwards. Anyway this match was solid, some okay sequences in this match but nothing that's setting the world on fire or anything. Mysterio hit the 619 but he missed the "Drop the time", Miz went for the Skull Crushing Finale into a roll-up from Mysterio to Miz for a 2 count. Miz threw Mysterio head first into the turnbuckle before delivering the Skull Crushing Finale for the 1...2...3 to Retain his Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam.
Rating-**1/2, Time-8:09, Winner-The Miz (C) to Retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Backstage Eve and Teddy Long are shown leaving AJ's GM Office before talking about her, CM Punk is shown walking into AJ's office before describing why it is unfair that he has been put in a match where he can lose his title without being the one defeated. Throughout all of this AJ was looking away from Punk obviously not listening to Punk's tordae at all.
4. Singles Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Sheamus (C) vs. Alberto Del Rio w/Ricardo Rodriguez
I thought the same thing watching this match in August 2016 as I did in August 2012 when it happened, this was just there. Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio wasn't an interesting rivalry, also because it went on to long. These two guys had a match at Money In The Bank, SummerSlam and Night Of Champions. Anyway, Del Rio worked over the arm of Sheamus for most of the match but Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick and got the victory to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. Moving on with the show.
Rating: **3/4, Time: 11:22, Winner: Sheamus To Retain The World Heavyweight Championship
5. Tag Team Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
R-Truth and Kofi Kingston (C) vs. The Prime Time Players (Titus O'Neil and Darren Young)
The story for this match was that Titus and Darren attacked R-Truth while Kofi Kingston wasn't at RAW...yeah. This match was okay, nothing incredible. I remember at the time I was actually looking forward to this match. But then it just happened and The Prime Time Players (who I was rooting for at the time) lost in 7 minutes...R-Truth and Kofi Kingston retain the WWE Tag Team Championships.
Rating: **, Time: 7:07, Winner: R-Truth and Kofi Kingston (C) To Retain The WWE Tag Team Championship
Next we had this dumb segment where Kevin Rudolf started singing 'Don't Give Up' , the WWE Divas came out...this was hard to watch.
6. Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship
CM Punk (C) vs. John Cena vs, The Big Show
At the time this match took place CM Punk was by far my favorite WWE wrestler, I was fully into his WWE Championship reign. I believe it was around 260 days by SummerSlam, but this Triple Threat Match was just there. It wasn't anything special. When most of the match is The Big Show dominating the reigning WWE Champion as well as John Cena, there's a problem. Punk and Cena worked in tandem for a fair bit of this match to take down the Big Show. But then the ending happened. Punk and Cena both had their submission holds locked in on the Big Show, Big Show taps out.
Punk and Cena are arguing with each other, then general manager AJ Lee comes down and stares at them both for what felt like an eternity. Then she just says "Restart the match". Then following an extra minute, Cena hits an AA on the Big Show. Punk throws him out of the ring before covering Big Show and getting the pinfall 1...2...3 to win the match and retain his WWE Championship.
Rating: ***, Time: 12:34, Winner: CM Punk To Retain The WWE Championship
7. "The Perfect Storm" Singles Match
Brock Lesnar w/Paul Heyman vs. Triple H
This match was supposed to be historic because it was Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H main eventing SummerSlam, but looking back I didn't see it from that perspective. Based on how disappointing this match was, I remember it most for it being the last match that Triple H had the long hair. This match was all hype, because it wasn't a stipulation match it felt underwhelming. If this was a No DQ match, Lesnar should have bloodied up Triple H, you need to use brutality in a Brock Lesnar match. The only brutality we got in this match was Lesnar taking is gloves off and punching Triple H in the head.
Brock Lesnar wins with his second Kimura Lock of the match, Lesnar walks out of the arena with Paul Heyman. The show then ends with Triple H crying and walking out holding his arm, the next day he had no hair and that has stayed.
Rating: ***1/4, Time: 18:49, Winner: Brock Lesnar
Overall Show Rating: C; This show was mediocre, when you put this show against the other SummerSlam's that took place in 2011 and 2013 then this show looks terrible. SummerSlam 2012 featured the underwhelming storm between Lesnar and Triple H, a WWE Title Triple Threat Match which Big Show dominated, and many other mediocre matches. My personal match of the night was the opener, Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler. Don't both watching this show back, it was underwhelming.