All posts tagged Randy Orton

WWE SummerSlam & NXT Takeover Results


Two of the biggest events of the WWE calendar took over Brooklyn, NY this weekend, let’s run through the results, and get you ready for 7 more hours of WWE action this week.

WWE SummerSlam

-Brock Lesnar defeated Randy Orton via TKO

Well, on the bright side, it doesn’t get much more definitive than a knockout victory.  On the down side, this match ending was shockingly abrupt for a PPV main event.

Lesnar won the match after Orton kicked out of an F5 near fall, causing Lesnar to snap and mount Orton for some ground and pound.  After catching Orton with an elbow strike, blood began to pour from the Viper’s head onto the canvas as he lay motionless.  After being checked on by doctors and some more ground and pound, the match was stopped.   Following the match Shane McMahon confronted Lesnar, eating an F5 into the pool of Orton’s blood.

It was certainly a unique and “real” finish but not sure something that should be the culmination of a weekend of events and a 6 hour show.  I would have preferred something more feel good to wrap things up, be it Rollins/Bálor’s to push the importance of the Universal Title, AJ Styles’ win over John Cena to send the “smarky” crowd home happy, or Dean Ambrose’s win to keep up the idea that SmackDown’s championship is important.

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WWE Battleground Results and Live Photos


WWE Championship: Dean Ambrose defeated Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins to retain the WWE Championship

An action-packed main event, with a number of nods to the history of the Shield, including a Shield style powerbomb and Seth Rollins’ sneak attack chair shots.  The finish came after Rollins hit Reigns with a Pedigree and a Buckle Bomb but Reigns rebounded with a Superman punch and a spear.  With Rollins neutralized, Ambrose swooped in and hit Reigns with a Dirty Deeds to keep the championship on SmackDown.  The SmackDown roster sans Bray Wyatt came down to the ring to celebrate the victory.  An overall strong match which will likely set up a Rollins & Stephanie vs. Reigns conflict over losing the championship for the Raw brand.

Not surprisingly I suppose, the live DC crowd was solidly behind “Anyone But Roman” in this match.  I was pleasantly surprised that with the presence of the commissioners and GMs of the respective brands there was not chicanery and the finish was clean.  I do hope that now the draft has taken place and the rosters are set, we stray away from the Raw vs. SmackDown feuding brands and onto traditional rivalries as separate shows.

The Highlight Reel with Randy Orton

With Orton and Jericho headed to different brands, this was purely promotion for Orton-Lesnar.  While I think everyone knew going in how this was going to end, with an RKO out of nowhere, it had some fun elements.  Orton surprisingly referenced Lesnar’s USADA drug tests and Chris Jericho is killing it currently with his “drink it in man” shtick.

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WWE SummerSlam 2015 Results


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Another biggest party of the summer has come and gone and controversy reigns supreme once again, only this year it wasn’t a Money In The Bank cash-in but a disputed finish.  While Takeover set a high bar for the weekend, SummerSlam was an enjoyable card in its own right.  Of course when a non-finish occurs in a WWE main event the keyboard warriors come out of the woodwork to declare the show as “Worst SummerSlam ever.”   While the finish wasn’t perfect, for me it didn’t detract from a Lesnar-Undertaker war that was way more enjoyable than I had anticipated.

The Undertaker was awarded the match over Brock Lesnar after Lesnar passed out in the Hell’s Gate submission. 

The confusion began when the bell rang while the Undertaker was locked in Brock Lesnar’s Kimura but the referee (or the cameras) did not see Taker tapping out but the timekeeper rang the bell.  Charles Robinson restarted the match and one Taker low blow later, the Deadman slapped on Hell’s Gate and Lesnar defiantly refused to tap out.

Overall, the match was a fun physical brawl built to give Taker some of his mojo back while also protecting their $$$ draw, Brock Lesnar.  So while not a satisfying finish, it makes total sense to me.

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WWE Summer Slam 2015 Preview

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The Wrestlemania of the summer is here! Now 4-hours, SummerSlam kicks off tonight at 7 PM from Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, NY on pay-per-view and the WWE Network.  Following last night’s Takeover this show has a lot to live up to, so let’s run down the card and get you ready for tonight’s festivities!

Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker 

Not much needs to be explained about the main event of SummerSlam.  At Wrestlemania XXX, Brock Lesnar ends the streak and he and Paul Heyman spend over a year reminding the WWE Universe of that fact at every turn.  Now, the Deadman has returned to take another shot at the Conqueror after costing him the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Battleground.  I suppose you could bring up their previous encounters in the mid-2000s, but this one is all about redemption for the Streak.

Amazing stat: this will be Undertaker’s first SummerSlam match 7 years, and his first non-WrestleMania pay-per-view match in 5 years.

Winner Takes All- WWE World Heavyweight Championship vs. WWE United States Championship:  Seth Rollins vs. John Cena

What started out as a war of words, with Cena chastising the Architect’s cheating ways as champion, turned violent during a United States Championship match between the two on the July 27th Raw.  During the Cena victory, Rollins broke Cena’s nose with a brutal knee strike, putting the status of a Winner Takes All match in question.  After emergency surgery, Cena finally accepted the match to co-main event SummerSlam.

Despite widespread criticism of his reign, as a huge fan of 1980’s Ric Flair, Rollins has been killing it the cowardly heel champion role and with Cena’s recent turn as United States Champion his in-ring work has been some of the best of his career.  I’m expecting another great match from two of WWE’s top talents.

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The Day After: Payback


If only for a few minutes…Sierra. Hotel. India. Echo. Lima. Delta. SHIELD.

The crew from the Chad Dukes Wrestling Show had the privilege of being live and in person for last night’s WWE Payback in Baltimore, Maryland.  Having not watched the pay-per-view broadcast yet, I can only speak to the live experience, but this was an excellent show.  Save for a lull following the Divas match and the re-airing of the Daniel Bryan promo from Raw (which took a bit of steam out of the crowd for Neville-Barrett), the crowd was lively all evening leading to a fast-paced exciting main event match which saw Seth Rollins retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Let’s hit the results and live notes:

Fatal Four Way for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins retained over Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, & Roman Reigns by pinning Orton after a Pedigree. 

It wasn’t the prettiest Pedigree, but I’m falling in love with this finish the more I think about it this morning. First, it plants the seeds of a Triple H-Rollins conflict down the line.  Rollins has been playing the ungrateful child card for months, how soon until he slips up and claims he is the master of the Pedigree?  Second, Seth needs a finisher, why not the Pedigree for the golden boy of the Authority?

On to the match.  Loved the pace, I’m having trouble recalling a slow moment in this match, highlighted by the brief Shield reunion.  If you were unlucky enough to miss it, midway through the match Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose triple power bombed Randy Orton throughout the English announce table.  The joy would be short-lived as Rollins would soon find himself on the receiving end of TWO power bombs of Kane onto himself and the Spanish announce table.

Kane and J&J interfered throughout making for a chaotic atmosphere.  Kane took out Reigns and Ambrose leading into the finish sequence of J&J RKOs and a draping DDT for Rollins.  But before Orton could hit the RKO on Rollins, Kane struck again sacrificing himself to the RKO so Rollins could hit the Pedigree for the win.

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