Introducing your new WWE Heavyweight Champion of the world! That’s right, the night after SummerSlam and we have a new champ, not to mention a new Intercontinental Champion and Divas Champion. There’s definitely bound to be some bad blood spilling over.
Stephanie McMahon was first to rear her modest head, coming out to the sound of Daniel Bryan’s music. After comparing SummerSlam to WrestleMania, the owner went on to taunt everyone who lost last night, before introducing Brie Bella’s backstabbing sister, Nikki.
Calling her ‘selfish’ and ‘manipulative’, Nikki went on a rant about how sick her sister was and how she always felt like she was in her shadow: “I’d say I lost a sister, but I never really had one!” Brie then came down to the ring saying how she could forgive her sibling, before promptly being slapped in the face then running off crying.
All drama aside, we had tag-team action up first with Wyatt brothers Luke Harper and Erick Rowan facing the mountainous team Big Show and Mark Henry. Apart from temporarily being trapped in the opposite corner, the the world’s largest duo looked assured throughout, picking up the victory after Big Show knockout-punched Rowan into a World’s Strongest Slam.
Dolph Ziggler was seen in the back with Ric Flair calling the Miz an A-hole, before Dean Ambrose doused Seth Rollins with an ice bucket halfway through an interview…and then they started brawling. Rollins then went to complain to Chief Operating Officer Triple H who said that the two would face each other, just like last night, but the WWE universe would pick the type of match.
In the ring, it was the divas up next with new champion Paige competing against Natalya. Beforehand, Paige dedicated the match to ‘frenemy’ AJ, who then showed up and started prancing around. Unsurprisingly, Natalya got the win with a surprise roll-up for the three count.
After the break, COO Triple H unveiled a sparkly new WWE Heavyweight title belt before presenting it to the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar, who destroyed John Cena at SummerSlam to claim it. Paul Heyman had a little gloat on the mic, but to be fair to him, he said he respected Cena after last night even offering to make him a ‘Paul Heyman guy’. That respect soon vanished though and he finished on one of his usual rants.
Back to the matches and Ziggler was up against the Miz in an Intercontinental-title rematch from last night. Early on, Ziggler looked to hurt his knee and Miz pounced on it at every opportunity, slamming it into the steel post and locking in figure-fours. After the fight spilled outside the ring, the referee counted out Ziggler meaning that Miz got the win but failed to reclaim the title. Miz tried to attack his opponent after the bell but Ziggler hit the Zig-Zag before hobbling away.
Cesaro and Jack Swagger were next up in the ring, Swagger himself not fully fit after defeat to Rusev at Summerslam. Cesaro quickly went after the injured ribs of Swagger, hitting and kicking and stretching the torso whoever he could, and he got the win after poking Swagger in the eye and hitting the Neutraliser. Bo Dallas then came out after the match to criticise Swagger and telling him to ‘Bo-lieve’.
Another tag-team match, this time a six-man, up next with Randy Orton and Rybaxel up against Roman Reigns, Sheamus and, er, Rob Van Dam. The former team started well, keeping Sheamus well away from his partners but it was inevitable that he would get a tap to Reigns, who came in and started cleaning house. The match then descended into a brawl with everyone hitting their finishing move on everybody else, RVD eventually getting the pin after Five-Star Frog Splashing Curtis Axel.
Following this, the Usos faced the disturbing Goldust and Stardust in another, yes another, tag-team match. The energetic Usos were well in control for most of the match but somehow ended up losing after Stardust managed to sneak a roll-up for the win.
Jack Swagger’s Russian adversary Rusev (he’s actually Bulgarian) and Lana came down to the ring for further gloating but the leggy blonde was interrupted by Mark Henry who stormed down to the ring. Sticking up for America, Henry offered to give Rusev a personal tour of the ‘Hall of Pain’ before delivering the World’s Strongest Slam leaving the Russian/Bulgarian lying in the ring.
The Main Event now and the WWE universe voted for a Falls-Count Anywhere match between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. Straight away, Ambrose took the fight out into the crowd and then onto the entrance ramp, before introducing a steel chair once the match got back to the ring. Rollins fought back though and both men swapped blows with a kendo stick before Ambrose was Power-bombed into a pile of chairs that he introduced.
Corporate Kane then came ringside as Ambrose suplexed Rollins through a table and he broke up the pinfall before the two started brawling outside. He then choke-slammed Ambrose into the announce table before pulling out a pile of cinder blocks, which Rollins then Kerb-stomped Ambrose’s head into. The referee rang the bell and stopped the match when it became obvious that Ambrose needed some serious help.
Results in full:
Big Show and Mark Henry DEF Erick Rowan and Luke Harper
Natalya DEF Paige
The Miz DEF Dolph Ziggler via countout
Cesaro DEF Jack Swagger
Rob Van Dam, Sheamus and Roman Reigns DEF Rybaxel and Randy Orton
Stardust and Goldust DEF The Usos
Seth Rollins DEF Dean Ambrose