WWE SummerSlam Kickoff Results – (8/18/13)
Welcome to WWE's SummerSlam Kickoff Show!
Shawn Michaels, Josh Mathews, Booker T, Vickie Guerrero start out with pre-show analysis. Booker T hypes Bray Wyatt vs. Kane. Vickie Guerrero hypes Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian for the World Heavyweight Champion. The conversations shifts to Bray Wyatt being at an experience disadvantage tonight.
A recap of last Monday's battle royal airs, in which Rob Van Dam eliminated Mark Henry and won the opportunity to face Dean Ambrose for the United States Championship tonight.
Renee Young hypes WWE's social presence tonight, announcing that touts and tweets will be aired tonight during the Kickoff. Fans start filing into the Staples Center.
A promo airs for CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar. Heyman's previous business relationship with CM Punk is highlighted, followed by Heyman's betrayal at WWE Money in the Bank. Lesnar's first beatdown of Punk is shown, and the match is made official for SummerSlam. Punk's ambush with the camera on Lesnar is shown next, and the promo ends with Punk saying he's not afraid of Brock Lesnar.
Josh Mathews introduces Paul Heyman onto the kickoff. Heyman says "the best vs. the beast" is not a "David vs. Goliath" story, because in "the best vs. the beast," there is no hope. He says Lesnar will take CM Punk's best shot, and he will still win. Heyman announces that both parties in tonight's have agreed to a new stipulation: Punk vs. Lesnar will now be a No Disqualification match.
Shawn Michaels says that the new stipulation clearly favors Lesnar.
Two fans from Northern Ireland give their thoughts on their most anticipated matches: the fans want to see Bryan and Punk win. Fans are shown getting to their seats in the Staples Center.
A promo airs for Total Divas and the upcoming Natalya vs. Brie Bella match. The commentators put over the show, as well as Natalya's in-ring skill. A promo airs for Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn vs. Big E Langston & AJ Lee.
Renee Young shows some tweets from fans about SummerSlam.
A promo for John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship airs. It starts with John Cena's selection of Daniel Bryan last month, followed by Vince McMahon talking down to Bryan. Brad Maddox calls Bryan a troll, and McMahon says Bryan doesn't have ruthless aggression. Vince doesn't want Bryan or Cena to be champion. Triple H says Bryan could be the future of WWE. Vince tries to get Bryan to shave his beard, but Bryan shaves Barrett's beard. Referee Brad Maddox screws Bryan out of a win on Raw. Maddox attempts to be made the guest referee for the match at SummerSlam, but Triple H vetoes that, and volunteers himself by hitting Maddox with a Pedigree. Bryan says WWE wants a champion like John Cena, but Bryan doesn't want to be a parody like Cena. Cena says he has stood in for 12 years, taking on the best the business has to offer, all while holding the WWE Championship. At SummerSlam, Cena says he'll prove that even the best isn't good enough.
Josh Mathews asks Shawn Michaels for his thoughts about Daniel Bryan. Michaels says Daniel Bryan could definitely win tonight. He has the utmost respect for John Cena, but Bryan has a real chance tonight. Vickie says she wants a fresh face, why not Daniel Bryan? Booker T says Cena's been on top for a long time, and he's made a lot of money. He says the question is: Is John Cena still hungry like Daniel Bryan is? Michaels admits that Cena has earned everything he's worked for. Vickie disagrees. Michaels says that no one likes the guy on top of the mountain. Booker says it's the perfect time for Bryan to seize the opportunity. Michaels questions if Bryan will do it. Michaels says he absolutely believes Bryan will be WWE Champion one day, if not tonight. Vickie reminds everyone that Triple H is also in the match, adding a wild card.
Tony Dawson is out at SummerSlam Axxess. He meets two fans from Canada who won free tickets at Axxess. One fan wants to see Punk win. The other says meeting Randy Orton was the highlight of her trip.
Michael Cole, JBL & Jerry Lawler are at ringside. Cole notes that Lawler is 3-0 at SummerSlam, before hyping John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship. Triple H is noted as a wild card. Christian also gets one more match against Alberto Del Rio. The Ring of Fire match is hyped next, with the explanation that the fire is meant to keep everyone else out. The Best vs. The Beast in a No Disqualification match is hyped next, and JBL says Lesnar has taken out Randy Couture and Triple H, so it favors Lesnar.
The Shield's music hits, and Dean Ambrose makes his way to the ring through the crowd on his own. Rob Van Dam comes out next.
United States Championship: Dean Ambrose vs. Rob Van Dam
RVD tries to lock up with Ambrose, but he backs away. Eventually they do lock up, and RVD whips Ambrose. Ambrose comes back with a shoulder block. Ambrose taunts RVD with his own taunt as they have a standoff. They lock up again and Ambrose grounds RVD with a hammerlock. RVD gets up and Ambrose whips him. RVD hits Ambrose with a shoulder block of his own, followed up with a kick to Ambrose's jaw. RVD punches Ambrose in the corner and gets whipped by Ambrose. RVD flips over Ambrose's back and hits a clothesline. RVD grounds Ambrose with a side headlock. Ambrose puts RVD in the corner and chops him. RVD reverses a punch and puts Ambrose in the corner. He whips Ambrose into another corner and charges, but Ambrose gets a foot up. Ambrose gets a two count. Ambrose gets up and hits a neckbreaker. Ambrose cranks RVD's neck and grinds his forearm against RVD's face. RVD fights up, but Ambrose puts Ambrose against the ropes. Ambrose hits some punches, then runs the ropes and hits a dropkick for a two-count. Ambrose immediately goes to a headlock. RVD gets up and hits a clothesline followed by another kick to the face. RVD goes for his monkey flip in the corner. Ambrose moves, but RVD jumps off the second rope into a cross body. Two-count. Van Dam goes for a split-legged moonsault but Ambrose gets his knees up. Ambrose is in control and goes for his Headlock Driver but RVD hits another kick to Ambrose's face. RVD goes to the top rope, but The Shield's music plays and Rollins & Reigns make their way to the ring through the crowd. Ambrose slides out of the ring. Mark Henry's music hits, followed by The Big Show.
Back from a commercial, Ambrose is control, with The Shield, Big Show & Mark Henry at ringside. Ambrose locks in a rear chinlock. RVD fight out and runs at Ambrose, but Ambrose sends him through the second rope. The Shield walks toward RVD, but Big Show & Henry meet them. Ambrose comes out of the ring and goes for a suplex to the outside, but RVD counters and hits one of his own. RVD sets Ambrose up on the barricade and goes to the apron. He does his RVD taunt before dropping a spinning leg drop on the back of Ambrose's head. RVD sends Ambrose back into the ring and goes to the top. Ambrose gets up and RVD flips onto him for a two-count. RVD sweeps Ambrose's leg for another quick two-count. Ambrose whips RVD and hits a big spinebuster for another two-count. Ambrose hits a scoop slam and taunts the crowd. Ambrose goes to the top turnbuckle and goes for a senton, but RVD moves out of the way. RVD goes up to the top, but Rollins gets onto the apron and distracts RVD. Ambrose goes for the roll-up but only gets two. RVD hits Rolling Thunder and hits the Five-Star Frog Splash. RVD gets up but Reigns gets into the ring and hits RVD with a spear.
Winner: Rob Van Dam, by disqualification (Ambrose retains)
Show & Henry get into the ring and fend off The Shield. The Shield talks trash from the crowd as Show, Henry & RVD watch from the ring. Booker T compares The Shield to a pack of hyenas. Vickie and Booker bicker over Vickie being the Smackdown General Manager.
Renee Young is back at the Social Media Lounge. Some touts are shown with fans discussing their favorite SummerSlam memory. The Ring of Fire apparatus is being set up around the ring.
A promo is shown for Kane vs. Bray Wyatt. Their match will be opening SummerSlam. This concludes this year's SummerSlam Kickoff.