WWE PPVs CALDWELL'S WWE SSLAM PPV RESULTS 8/18 (Hour 2): Lesnar vs. Punk brutal fight
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WWE Summerslam PPV Results
August 18, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif.
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor
Hour Two Results
The second hour opened with Michael Cole, JBL, and Jerry Lawler reacting to the first hour. Cole then threw to a video package on Summerslam Axxess earlier this week, including Maria Menounos winning a Divas tag match with Natalya on Sunday morning.
Backstage: The Miz brought in Menounos for an interview. Mixed reaction of indifference and light boos for Maria's presence. After Menounos talked, Fandango's music interrupted. Apparently FandangoRae are following around Miz tonight. Miz and Maria then busted out a Dancing with the Stars dance-set to upset FandangoRae.
4 -- NATALYA (w/Cameron and Naomi) vs. BRIE BELLA (w/Nikki Bella and Eva Marie)
Back in the arena, Hart music played to bring out Natalya along with Cameron & Naomi for Divas singles action. After the trio entered the ring, the Bellas were introduced along with Eva Marie. The Total Divas match started with some slaps and hurt feelings playing out in the ring. Meanwhile, the crowd tried to "take over" with chants for just about anything they could think of.
Natalya wanted the Sharpshooter, but Brie kicked her away and chaos broke out ringside. After order was restored, Natalya re-applied the Sharpshooter. This time, Brie was forced to tap out, giving Natalya the Total Divas win.
WINNER: Natalya via submission at 5:18. Is anyone really split-screening Total Divas and Summerslam later on? Didn't think so.
Earlier Today: Ryback showed up at catering again. Ryback didn't like the server, who sold concern that whatever was in Ryback's bowl would end up in his face. Ryback noted that the soup is cold, to which the server noted is supposed to be cold. Ryback said he knew that, then demanded the soup be removed from his presence. The server went for it, then Ryback noted The Big Guy doesn't like cold soup. Ryback then poured the soup down the server's shirt, making spilling noises. Ryback then pulled out a bucket of liquid and poured it over the server's head. "Feed me more-on," Ryback said.
Ringside: Lawler said Ryback sure isn't an ambassador for WWE's B.A. STAR campaign. Cole let the line float over the air before transitioning to a plug for C.M. Punk vs. Brock Lesnar. A long-form video package followed on Punk vs. Lesnar.
In-ring: Brock Lesnar's music played to bring out Lesnar in his trademark PPV beanie and Jimmy John's MMA shorts. As Lesnar came to the ring with Paul Heyman, JBL hyped Lesnar beating Randy Couture in a UFC cage and Triple H in a WWE cage. After a pause, Cult of Personality played to bring out C.M. Punk to a loud reaction from the pro-Punk crowd. Once both men were assembled in the ring, the ref called for the bell to begin the fight.
5 -- C.M. PUNK vs. BROCK LESNAR (w/Paul Heyman) -- No DQ match
As soon as the bell sounded, Lesnar charged Punk and punished him in the corner. Lesnar put the boots to Punk's chest and body as Heyman smiled ringside. Meanwhile a giant "Smarten Up Dixie" sign was visible facing the camera. Lesnar continued to beat on Punk, prompting JBL to say Punk has to do something soon to stay in this match. So, Punk delivered knees to Lesnar's face before knocking him to the floor. Punk then delivered a suicide dive that rocked Lesnar on the outside.
Next, Punk lifted up the ring steps and turned around, only to eat a shoulder-smash from Lesnar, whose chest was super-red at this point. Lesnar teased an F5 on the floor, but Punk blocked and ran Lesnar into the ringpost. Punk followed with a double axehandle smash from the top rope. Punk then hopped onto the announce table and jumped at Lesnar with a flying clothesline.
Punk spotted Heyman in the corner, then started to walk over toward him, prompting Heyman to trip over himself in a comical heel way. Punk got his hands on Heyman, but Lesnar smashed him from behind. Lesnar nicely tossed Heyman aside to follow up with smashes to Punk, including chucking Punk clear over the Spanish announce table to the floor. Lesnar followed by smashing Punk into the regular announce table. Lesnar wasn't done with the tables, as he pulled off the lid, placed it on Punk's back, and proceeded to jump on the lid, crunching it across Punk's back.
Back in the ring, Punk tried to fight back with kicks, but Lesnar destroyed him with a clothesline. Cole called it a "sickening assault" from Lesnar as Lesnar trash-talked Punk and Heyman chuckled on the outside. Lesnar continued to have fun with Punk, looking more like himself working with Punk compared to working with Triple H last year. "C'mon, baby girl," Lesnar called out to Punk before punishing him with more knees.
At 9:00, Punk fought back with kick strikes, rocking Lesnar. Punk then climbed to the top rope and wanted a double axehandle, but Lesnar caught him in mid-air and delivered a powerful overhead suplex, taking the air out of the building. Heyman demanded that Lesnar finish Punk, who sold the effects of taking a beating in this match.
At 10:00, Lesnar lifted up Punk for a backbreaker across his knee, then a suplex for a two count. Lesnar continued to make pin attempts before settling into a reverse chinlock. Punk's face sold immense pain, drawing a sympathetic "C-M-Punk" chant from the crowd. Punk then bit his way out of the chinlock - since it's No DQ - and followed with hard strikes that rocked Lesnar. Punk then came off the top with a big knee to the face that put Lesnar down in the corner.
At 12:00, Punk delivered his trademark high-knee in the corner, then he wanted a second, and he connected. Punk wanted a third high-knee, but Lesnar blocked, only to have Punk slip out and nail a roundhouse kick to the head. Punk then climbed to the top rope for a Macho Man elbow drop, and he connected. Punk covered, but Lesnar kicked out in-time.
At 13:30, Punk wanted the GTS, but Lesnar slipped out. Lesnar then scooped up Punk for the F5, but Punk slipped out and nailed a kick to the head. Punk tried to follow up with the GTS, but Lesnar grabbed Punk's left arm in mid-air and slapped on the kimura lock, popping the crowd. The announcers referenced Lesnar snapping Triple H's arm last year as Lesnar applied the hold in-full. Punk fought the kimura, then countered into a triangle-choke. Heyman shouted at Lesnar to fight out as Lesnar teased tapping out.
Suddenly, Lesnar lifted Punk into the air and powerbombed him to the mat, but Punk maintained the submission. Lesnar again teased tapping as the crowd was in a frenzy. But, Lesnar again powered to his feet, lifted Punk in the air, Punk tried to hit him with forearms to the head, but Lesnar delivered a running powerbomb clear across the ring. Sick. Both men sold on the mat as the crowd buzzed. Lesnar then covered Punk for a nearfall.
Reset at 16:40. "C-M-Punk" chant from the crowd as both men sold and Heyman tried to get Lesnar re-focused. Suddenly, Lesnar delivered the Three Amigos suplexes, drawing a light "Eddie, Eddie" chant from the fans. Cole referenced Eddie Guerrero as Lesnar contemplated his next move. His next move required a trip to the outside, where Lesnar eyed a chair ringside. Lesnar longed after the chair, then slowly turned around and saw Punk coming at him, which gave Lesnar time to get the chair up to block. But, Punk got the best of the situation by grabbing the chair and landing two shots to the back.
Back in the ring, Lesnar stole the chair from Punk and went for a big chair shot, but Punk kicked him low. Heyman complained to the ref, but the announcers noted it's No DQ. Punk, with the chair in-hand, climbed to the top turnbuckle at 20:00. Punk balanced himself, lifted the chair in the air, and flew at Lesnar with a leaping chair-assisted elbow smash to the face. Punk sold the effects to himself, then slowly covered Lesnar for a nearfall. "Incredible," Cole remarked with the perfect tone.
At 21:00, Punk brought a chair shot to Lesnar's back, then cussed to no one particular, which was bleeped in the audio feed. Punk, fired up, brought more chair shots to Lesnar, then Heyman hopped on the ring apron to steal the chair. This allowed Lesnar to attack Punk from behind. Lesnar had the F5, but Punk grabbed hold of Heyman's tie. A tug-of-war ensued over the tie, then Punk won the advantage and nailed the GTS. Punk had the pin, but Heyman broke up the pin simultaneous to Lesnar rolling a shoulder to escape.
Punk chased Heyman around the ring, then back into the ring, but Lesnar intercepted Punk back into the ring. Lesnar went for the F5, but Punk countered with a mid-air DDT. Punk covered, but Lesnar kicked out just before three. Punk followed right up with the Vice as Heyman freaked out ringside. Lesnar teased tapping out as Heyman tried to find hair to pull out. Suddenly, Heyman re-entered with a chair, which Punk stopped. Punk stood on the chair, then Punk lifted Heyman to his feet, stared at him, cocked his fist, and KO'ed Heyman in the mouth. Punk then slapped The Vice on Heyman, forcing Heyman to tap out over and over.
Suddenly, Lesnar smashed a chair over Punk's body, ending Punk's control of Heyman. Lesnar followed with another vicious-looking chair shot to Punk's body. A third to the back. Lesnar the put Punk on his shoulders for the F5 and connected right on the chair. Lesnar then slid the chair away, covered Punk, and it was good for the pin and the win.
Post-match, Lesnar slowly helped himself to his feet using the chair as the crowd soaked in another disappointing match result. During a replay of the high points from the match, the announcers stressed Punk having this match won several times if not for Heyman's interference. Back live, Heyman and Lesnar left, while Punk was given a Standing Ovation in the ring once he came to his feet. JBL hyped Punk's fight against Lesnar before Punk kicked the turnbuckles in frustration on the way out.
WINNER: Lesnar at 25:17. An excellent, show-stealing brawl/fight/scrap. Lesnar works so much better with smaller opponents like Cena and Punk who he can ragdoll around and then take their offense when they make comebacks. The match gave Lesnar the three count he needed, but also kept Punk strong and on his quest to get final revenge on Heyman and Co. down the line. (****1/2)
After the match segment, WWE ran a video package on Night of Champions next month. Back to the announcers, Cole and Co. reacted to Punk showing great fight against Lesnar tonight. Cole then fed to a video from the WWE Live house show in Portland, Oregon on Friday. At the event, Brandon Hendrix and three friends won tickets to Summerslam; they were positioned ringside back live at the PPV.
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