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2010 SummerSlam – The Nexus Vs. Team Raw (Daniel Bryan Returns)

This is WWE’s most important PPV since WrestleMania. The Nexus angle has been one of the better things in WWE in a while and it feels kind of edgy. Since when has WWE felt edgy?

Along with Nexus, The Miz is over like hot cakes, Sheamus has done a great job as champion, and even Randy Orton seems like he has a little fire in his belly. Many people can be made tonight. We’ll see what WWE thinks is hot after this show is over. Let’s only hope they can continue to give the newer guys the rub. It’s sorely needed.

1. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston

Vicki is all dolled up tonight.

Hmmm. The match was ok, with both guys doing their normal spots. Nothing special, but nothing was wrong either. Kofi missed the Trouble In Paradise and Dolph locked in the sleeper hold. Then the Nexus came in and jumped both guys. Dolph was dumped out on the floor and Kofi was jumped Nexus style. Darren Young hit his full nelson-like slam and then Wade Barrett hit his fireman’s carry slam.

Winner: Who knows?

I think it was fine to do it this time, and it did give them heat. But if they do it continuously throughout the show, it could get old quickly.

Jericho and Edge tried to get Miz to join the team. Jericho promised him it’d be bigger than both Avatar and the Titanic.

2. Alicia Fox vs. Melina

They should’ve worked together more before this match. I think they had some good ideas, but the timing was off. There was a delay on the Matrix move that Melina stole from Trish and it stopped the match dead. Then, she hit a one legged drop kick, or maybe it wasn’t supposed to be a one legged drop kick. She beat Fox with a face buster. It wasn’t very competitive.

Winner: Melina

Melina started to cry and Josh Matthews came into the ring to interview her. Michelle McCool and Layla came out to chastise her and she tried to beat them both. Of course, that didn’t work. Alicia tried to get her kicks in on Melina and LayCool beat up Alicia too.

3. The Straight Edge Society vs. The Big Show

Fun match for what it was. They did all the big man and strong man spots. It wasn’t much of a match as it was tornado style, so it was more of a brawl. The best part was early on when Show cleaned house on Joey Mercury and Luke Gallows and then he looked at CM Punk and Punk grabbed the tag rope. Show choke slammed Mercury onto Gallows for the win. Punk ran off.

Winner: The Big Show

Kane and Sheamus had a romantic talk backstage. Not quite Heidenreich and Snitsky, thankfully. They teased something down the line.

The Miz came out and cut a great promo about how all of Team Raw came out and tried to butter him up. His best line was that John Cena told him that he was the only one who could see him. He said he would join Team WWE and he will lead them to victory. It was fantastic stuff. He’s got “it”.

4. Sheamus vs. Randy Orton

Pretty long match which started slowly and ended hot, but had a bad finish.

Orton tried to hit the RKO and Sheamus pushed him off, but Sheamus also fell down in doing it so the announcers weren’t certain if Orton hit the move or not. Sheamus went for the Diamond Death Drop (can’t remember what Sheamus calls it), but Orton got out, missed the RKO again, and took the big boot of death. Orton kicked out and Sheamus went to get a chair and when the referee tried to get it away from him, he tossed him out of the ring and was DQ’d.

Sheamus tried to hit him with the chair, but Orton moved, kicked him low and tried to RKO him through the announcers’ table, but it didn’t break. That must’ve sucked.

Winner: Randy Orton by DQ

Sheamus was out of it, but no sign of Miz.

5. Rey Mysterio vs. Kane

For whatever reason, this was a very long match. It started off hot and just tapered off. Kane really slowed the match down.

Near the end, Kane opened up the casket he brought down to the ring and Rey went from the 619 and Kane blocked it and dumped him into it. Then Rey kicked him off. He went for the splash off the middle of the top rope and Kane supposedly kicked up his feet, but Rey still went for the pin anyway. Kane eventually choke slammed him for the win.

Winner: Kane

Kane chokeslammed him twice more and then gave him the tombstone. He opened up the casket again and The Undertaker was in it. The Taker doesn’t look a day over 65. Taker grabbed Rey and asked him if he heard of an eye for an eye. And then he coughed. Yes, this happened. He then turned to Kane and grabbed his throat and Kane grabbed his and then Kane tombstoned him. And that was all. What a farce this was.

I saw a link on WWE.com where they spoiled Daniel Bryan actually being the 7th guy on Team Raw tonight. Let’s see if that happens.

6. The Nexus vs. Team Raw (John Cena, Edge, R-Truth, Chris Jericho, John Morrison, Bret Hart, and Daniel Bryan)

Well, it’s Daniel Bryan. The WWE leaked story was right.

It was Bryan and Young in early and Daniel Bryan tapped him out a version of the cross face.

Bryan tagged out to R-Truth who worked with Michael Tarver and John Morrison pinned Tarver with the Starship Pain.

It’s now 7-5 for the Raw team.

Sheffield clotheslined Morrison after he was kicked in the head by Justin Gabriel trying to run the ropes and pinned him. He then clotheslined R-Truth and pinned him too.

It’s now 5-5.

Bret got in there with Heath Slater and used all his trademark Bret stuff and put him in the Sharpshooter, but someone threw a chair in the ring and Bret hit Sheffield with the chair for the DQ. Poor Bret must not have known the rules and said that it wasn’t him who threw it in and thus he shouldn’t get DQ’d.

Jericho hit Sheffield with the Codebreaker and then Edge hit the Spear on Sheffield for the elimination.

It’s now 4-4. The crowd is very hot for this match, which makes up for a lot of the tepidness of the show.

Jericho tapped out Otunga to the Walls of Jericho after hitting a lionsault from a far distance. Jericho bumped into Cena and Slater rolled up Jericho. Edge and Cena tried to come in the ring together. Slater bonked Edge into Cena and he was rolled up too.

It’s now 3-2 Nexus. Edge speared Cena and he and Jericho stomped Cena on their way out.

Bryan came in and gave Slater hell. He looked like a young Dynamite Kid and finally tapped him out with a cross face.

The Miz came in and hit Bryan with the briefcase while the ref’s back was turned and Barrett pinned him.

It’s 2-1 Nexus. Justin Gabriel and Wade Barrett vs. John Cena.

Barrett pulled away the mats on the outside and DDT’d Cena on the cement floor. He rolled him in and had Gabriel go up top for the 450. He missed. Then Cena pinned him. Barrett came in and Cena immediately put him in the STF and Barrett tapped.

Winner: Team Raw

The main event saved this show. I’m not sure if I agree with Team Raw winning, but hopefully they have something interesting forthcoming.

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3 thoughts on “2010 SummerSlam – The Nexus Vs. Team Raw (Daniel Bryan Returns)

  1. Something that struck me during his introduction was the lack of build for Bryan… simply “Hey, here’s Daniel Bryan.”

    Perhaps they were short on time? I don’t believe Bryan deserved a tease-tron like Jericho on his debut, but at least Cena could have mentioned more about this ‘mystery man’ to get the crowd excited.

    But anyways…

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