There were low expectations for several WWE Superstars at Sunday’s 2014 SummerSlam pay-per-view, but a few performers used the opportunity to showcase their talent and prove the doubters wrong.
Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Stephanie McMahon all showcased their in-ring ability Sunday night and exceeded the low expectations placed on them by the WWE Universe.
Here are the full 2014 SummerSlam results and the stars who shined.
|2014 SummerSlam Results|
|John Cena (c) vs. Brock Lesnar||Singles match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship||Brock Lesnar|
|Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon||Singles match||Stephanie McMahon|
|Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt||Singles match (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan banned from ringside)||Bray Wyatt|
|Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton||Singles match||Roman Reigns|
|Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins||Lumberjack match||Seth Rollins|
|The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler||Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship||Dolph Ziggler|
|Jack Swagger vs. Rusev||Flag match||Rusev|
|AJ Lee (c) vs. Paige||Singles match for the WWE Divas Championship||Paige|
|Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro||Pre-Show match||Rob Van Dam|
|Source: WWE.com. (c) denotes champion entering match.|
Stars Who Exceeded Fan Expectations
The WWE Universe expected Brock Lesnar and John Cena to have a memorable match, but there were much lower expectations for some of the other supporting bouts. Many of those performers took the low expectations and used them to fuel elite matches.
In no match was that notion more evident than Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho.
Wyatt lost to Cena and then to Jericho at Battleground, and many skeptics were questioning Wyatt's ability as a top star after those losses. Despite not having Luke Harper or Erick Rowan at ringside, Wyatt and Jericho put on an amazing show.
Jericho is widely considered one of the best in-ring technicians in wrestling, but many felt the battle between the two men last month didn’t live up to the hype. On Sunday at SummerSlam, both men brought their best.
The battle between Wyatt and Y2J was full of psychology and intense action, and much of the credit goes to the younger Superstar. With Wyatt’s in-ring ability catching up to his mic skills, the future is very bright for the charismatic character.
One bout that was lambasted during the build to SummerSlam was Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose in a Lumberjack match. Instead of turning out to be a poorly booked mess, it was executed well by the two performers and the wrestlers who surrounded the ring.
Rollins and Ambrose finally got the chance to go one-on-one, and the action in and out of the ring didn’t disappoint. The Lumberjack stipulation was viewed as an albatross for this match, but the combatants took the stipulation as a challenge and breathed new life into it.
The WWE Universe was treated to one of the most unique Lumberjack matches in history. While Kane’s interference was a poor booking decision, the battle between Rollins and Ambrose exceeded expectations.
The most surprisingly well-executed match of the night was the battle between Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella. While Brie looked sloppy at times and was rigid in her actions, McMahon looked like she had never left the ring.
McMahon looked to be in great shape, using her strength to overpower Brie and her cunning to become the female version of the Cerebral Assassin. Most fans believed this would be a terrible bout overall, but McMahon carried this long singles match and made Brie look competent.
With several undercard matches being much better than anticipated, the wrestlers who exceeded expectations helped make the 2014 edition of SummerSlam the best in years.
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