WWE SummerSlam 2014: Victories That Fans Will Be Talking About for Years

Brad JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2014

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Of course, one particular victory at SummerSlam has been dominating discussion of the event, and with good reason. That particular bout will be discussed in this article, but it has to be said that SummerSlam was not a one-match card by any stretch of the imagination, and there were a couple of other notable victories that won't be forgotten any time soon.

One such win was Roman Reigns' somewhat expected victory over Randy Orton. Whatever you think of Reigns, it would seem that he is on the fast track to the top, and as such, SummerSlam 2014 will forever be a notable chapter in the story of his career.

It's unlikely that Reigns vs. Orton was the best match of the night to many, but it was almost certainly Reigns' best singles match to date. And, perhaps more importantly, it was evidence that he can work a lengthy one-on-one bout when he's paired with as good a worker as the Viper.

As backwards as it may sound, few would expect the top star in WWE to be able to consistently put on the best match of the night. You only have to look at John Cena's track record to find that most of his main event performances are rather average, with a few exceptions when he's put up against a really exceptional talent like Daniel Bryan or CM Punk.

What Roman Reigns proved at SummerSlam was that he can be part of a good match when he's paired with an opponent who can elevate him. There's certainly room for improvement, but it's not unrealistic to think that Reigns could do just that when working alongside high-level talent.

This time next year, we'll no doubt be talking about Reigns' SummerSlam 2014 win as the first of many—and would it be out of the question to see him as a worthy WWE World Heavyweight champion by then? Only time will tell.

Another star who picked up a win at SummerSlam was Dolph Ziggler, and it might just be the start of something big for the Showoff.

Both at SummerSlam and on Monday Night Raw, Ziggler made a point of making it known that the fans were responsible for him getting the opportunity to fight for the title. It has been clear for some time that crowds are ready for a major face run for Ziggler, and we could well be seeing it come to fruition.

If new WWE World Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is indeed a less present champ than we've grown used to, Ziggler may be the de facto top belt-holder on weekly television. If there was ever an opening for him to rise up the card, that would be it.

For the first time in a long time, the Intercontinental title might just be key to the main event scene—and if that proves to be true, it'll be Ziggler's win at SummerSlam that we remember as the moment that set him on the path to the top.

Finally, we come to what was certainly the biggest win of the night: Brock Lesnar's destruction of John Cena. Regardless of whether his victory ushers in a new era for WWE, as it seems it might, the match itself will definitely be a talking point for years to come.

For nearly a decade, Cena has held a stranglehold on the main event. Increasingly, fans have rejected the leader of the Cenation, which has presented great opportunities for WWE to tease certain segments of the audience with high-stakes matches.

Cena vs. CM Punk at Money in the Bank 2011 comes to mind, as does last year's SummerSlam where Cena defended his title against Daniel Bryan. Those matches are memorable because they represent the wholly unlikely event of someone managing to dethrone John Cena. But in both of those cases, it was by a hair's breadth.

What we saw last night was the drubbing that many of us have wanted to see Cena take for quite some time. Despite the fact that he is ostensibly a fan favourite, he's been a villain to many for quite a while.

The archetypal wrestling heel is a snake that always seems to weasel their way back into a position of power, typically holding a title belt. The only reason that fans keep coming back is the idea that, at some point, every villain gets their comeuppance.

For the legions of fans who have grown tired of seeing John Cena be the top dog in WWE, his defeat at SummerSlam 2014 was a simple case of just desserts.

The ongoing nature of a wrestling show means that what happens next is always a factor of how we view any particular event. However, we can be quite sure that Brock Lesnar's convincing victory at SummerSlam will live in the hearts of John Cena's detractors for a long time to come.