Summerslam 2007

|Date: August 26, 2007
|Venue: Continental Airlines Arena |City: East Rutherford, New Jersey
|Attendance: 17,441 |Buys: 537,000
|Brands: Raw, Smackdown & ECW

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The Party Is Over. Summerslam is always the biggest party of the summer but this show marks the return of Triple H. Triple H has been off TV for most of this year but one man that has taken exception, mostly with Triple H’s nickname of “The King Of Kings” is King Booker. Jerry Lawler has felt the brunt of King Booker’s jealousy and Booker beat Lawler in a match on Raw a few weeks ago. New Raw General Manager William Regal announced that not only would Triple H return at Summerslam but he will be taking on King Booker. Also from Raw, John Cena will be defending the WWE Championship against the man named as number one contender by William Regal, the man that he has never faced in a one on one match, Randy Orton. Since Orton was named as number one contender he has had the better of John Cena, hitting him with RKO’s and punts to the face.

Over on Smackdown brand, the World Heavyweight Championship is set to be defended as The Great Khali goes one on one with Batista. Khali had a big celebration after defeating Kane and Batista in a triple threat match at The Great American Bash. Batista would interrupt the celebration and challenge Khali to a match at Summerslam, a challenge that Khali accepted. Also from Smackdown, Rey Mysterio is to make his highly anticipated return as he takes on the man that took him out of action, Chavo Guerrero. Chavo smashed up Rey’s knee last year and after announcing that he would return at Summerslam, Vickie Guerrero announced that Rey would take on Chavo. Since then, Chavo has mocked Mysterio, even dressing up as him and mimicking his accent. Mysterio returns tonight.

The ECW Championship is set to be defended as champion John Morrison once again defends against CM Punk. Morrison told Punk that if he could beat him in a “15 minutes of fame” match then Punk would get a title shot. All Punk had to do was beat Morrison in 15 minutes and with one second to go, Punk won the match. The Intercontinental Championship is also set to be defended. Mr Kennedy and Carlito met in a number one contenders match but Umaga would take out both men. That led to William Regal making a triple threat match at Summerslam with Umaga defending the belt against both Carlito and Mr Kennedy. Kane and Finlay are two men that have had their problems as of late. It all stemmed from Finlay spilling coffee all over Kane in the back (sound familiar Chris Jericho?) and since then both men have interfered in each others matches. Vince McMahon was the man to make the match between the two at Summerslam. Also tonight divas from all three brands will take part in a battle royal to determine a number one contender to the Women’s Championship held by Candice Michelle.

In a dark match prior to the event Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch defeated Paul London and Brian Kendrick.

A video package kicks us off, first focusing on the return of Rey Mysterio and his match with Chavo Guerrero. And then both the Batista vs. Great Khali match and John Cena vs. Randy Orton. And the package of course ends on the return of Triple H.

Michael Cole welcomes us to the Continental Arena, he’s joined by John “Bradshaw” Layfield. They throw to Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler who in turn throw over to ECW’s Joey Styles and Tazz.

Kane vs. Finlay

This was an unexpected way to kick off the show! It’s a first time PPV meeting between these two men, a Summerslam debut for Finlay who spilt coffee on Kane. Kane has a 3-1-1 record at summerslam events so a decent record. Kane fires away with an uppercut and lays into Finlay in the corner. Kane hits an elbow drop but hurts himself, Kane’s ribs are taped up. Kane hits a powerslam and then another big uppercut. It’s all Kane in the early going as he hits more right hands and chokes Finlay on the middle rope. Finlay finally manages to land a boot and then goes up to the middle rope but Kane uppercuts him to the outside. On the outside Kane hits a boot and then tosses Finlay back into the ring. Kane heads to the top but Finlay hits him with a right hand and kicks Kane to the outside. Back in the ring and Finlay works the leg and ribs of Kane, hitting a senton bomb for a one count. Finlay applies a single leg crab and Kane screams in agony. Kane manages to get up to his feet and hits Finlay with an enzeguri.

Kane has lost more PPV matches than anyone else in history up to now and he takes Finlay down with a big boot. Kane hits a couple of clotheslines in the corner and then a sidewalk slam for the first near fall of the night. Kane heads to the top again before diving off with a big clothesline. Finlay gets out of the way of a clothesline in the corner and Finlay hits an Earthquake splash for a near fall. Finlay then looks under the ring and out comes Hornswoggle! Hornswoggle gets in the ring but then runs away when Kane sees him. Kane takes out Finlay and then goes after Hornswoggle, placing him in the ring and then grabbing him around the throat but Finlay stops him. Kane then tries to chokeslam Finlay but he can’t get him up due to the injured ribs. Finlay boots Kane in the ribs and then takes him down with a DDT for a near fall. Finlay then takes off one of the turnbuckle pads but the referee puts it back on.

With the referee’s back turned Finlay grabs his shillalah but Kane fights him off and grabs the shillalah himself. The referee takes it off him but when the referee turns his back, Hornswoggle gives Finlay another shillalah which Finlay smashes into Kane’s ribs. Finlay covers Kane who kicks out at 2. Finlay then tries a shoulder charge in the corner but Kane gets out of the way and chokeslams Finlay for the three!  Kane wins a match that could’ve gone either way! Another win at Summerslam for Kane! An entertaining enough match.

Rating: 6/10

Backstage the general managers William Regal, Jonathan Coachman, Teddy Long and Armando Estrada are partying backstage. Vince McMahon turns up and asks where the women are. Vince tells Estrada to look out for a woman asking for money, it’ll be the mother of his bastard child. Santino then turns up claiming that “Vincento” is his father. Regal tells him to go but in walks MVP. MVP asks Vince if he could invite Matt Hardy to an open challenge tonight but not a wrestling match. McMahon likes the idea. Regal hints that he might be Vince’s son. Coach asks if it’s possible but Vince says that he wouldn’t do an English woman with Coach’s.

Umaga (c) vs. Mr Kennedy vs. Carlito – Triple threat match for the Intercontinental Championship

It’s a first time triple threat match between these three men. This show marks Summerslam debuts for all three men in this match. The Intercontinental Championship last changed hands at a Summerslam event in 2002 when Rob Van Dam beat Chris Benoit for the title. Kennedy tries to get Umaga on side as the bell rings but he makes the mistake of slapping Umaga who knocks him down. Umaga then takes down Carlito before taking it in turns on both men. Umaga knocks Mr Kennedy out of the ring and Carlito rolls out of the ring too. Mr Kennedy has a very good PPV record. Both challengers get back into the ring but Umaga takes Kennedy back out of the ring before hitting a couple of Irish whips on Carlito. Umaga motions for his running arse splash on Carlito but Kennedy grab’s Umaga’s leg. Carlito then dropkicks Umaga out of the ring before Kennedy kicks the champion into the ring steps.

Back in the ring Carlito rolls Mr Kennedy up, grabbing the ropes as he does but the referee sees it. Kennedy hits Carlito with right hands but Carlito hits a springboard elbow for a near fall. Carlito hits lefts and rights but Kennedy throws him into the corner and then hits an inverted Russian leg sweep. Umaga pulls Mr Kennedy out of the ring and then gets in the ring and powerslam Carlito. Umaga goes up to the second rope and hits a diving headbutt on Carlito before hitting more right hands. I think all three of these men are heels so it’s tough for the crowd to get behind any of these men. Umaga attempts a splash in the corner but Mr Kennedy pulls Carlito out of the way. Kennedy then grabs a tv monitor and smashes it into Umaga’s head. Carlito hammers Kennedy off the apron and then pins Umaga who kicks out at two. Carlito tells Kennedy they need to double team Umaga. They attempt a double suplex on Umaga but can’t get him up. Umaga then reverses it and takes both men out with a suplex.

Umaga takes both men down with clotheslines, a Samoan drop on Carlito and then a spinning side slam on Kennedy for a near fall. Umaga hits a thrust kick on Carlito and follows it up with a running arse splash. Kennedy then ducks a clothesline and Umaga falls to the outside. Mr Kennedy hits the mic check on Carlito but Umaga breaks up the cover and hits the Samoan spike on Kennedy which is enough for the three! Umaga wins and retains the Intercontinental Championship tonight! Good match between these three.

Rating: 6.75/10

There’s a bit of a return VT for Rey Mysterio and then a video package hyping up the match.

Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero

This is the fifth PPV match between these two men, they are currently tied at 2 wins each. Chavo actually beat Mysterio at last years Summerslam. That gives Chavo a 1-0 record at Summerslam compared to Mysterio’s 1-3 record. Rey has silver body paint on to match his silver wrestling gear. That’ll be all over Chavo by the end of the match. Rey takes down Chavo early and we get some awesome chain wrestling form the two which ends in Chavo being sent to the outside. Chavo gets back into the ring and immediately goes to work on Mysterio’s knee. Chavo misses with a dropkick to the knee’s and goes flying to the outside. Mysterio then dives out at Chavo with a plancha before throwing Chavo into the ring steps. Rey kicks away at Chavo’s knee back in the ring and then hits a hurricanrana off the middle rope. Rey heads to the top but chavo crotches him up there and ties him up in a tree of woe. Chavo smashes Rey’s knee into the ringpost and then lays in some boots.

Chavo drops some elbows on Mysterio’s knee and then hooks the leg for a one count. Chavo then applies a leglock but Mysterio gets out of it with a leg scissors. Chavo goes right back to work on the knee and applies another leglock but Mysterio kicks his way out of it. Mysterio then has Chavo set up for the 619 but Mysterio’s knee gives out. Chavo then locks on a single leg crab but Mysterio makes it to the bottom rope. Chavo hits an uppercut but Mysterio counters a powerslam and heads to the ring apron. Chavo heads to the top and Rey goes up with him, tying Chavo up in a tree of woe. Mysterio lays in some boots and right hands until referee Charles Robinson pulls him away. Mysterio sends Chavo to the outside. chavo gets back in the ring and Mysterio hits a springboard seated senton for a near fall. Mysterio attempts a springboard moonsault for Chavo catches him but Mysterio counters into a swinging DDT for a near fall. Rey goes to the top but Chavo ducks a cross body. Chavo then hits the gorybomb for a near fall.

Rey bounces Chavo onto the middle ropes and then attempts the 619 but Chavo ducks it and hits two of the three amigos. Rey counters the third and hits a spinning head scissors, the 619 and the west coast pop for the three! Rey Mysterio beats Chavo Guerrero tonight!

Rating: 6.5/10

Todd Grisham is backstage with King Booker and Sharmell. Booker says that Mysterio’s win was a fairytale but Triple H’s return will be a tragedy. King Booker says that Triple H’s entrance will be the high point of his night because tonight Triple H will bow down to King Booker.

Mickie James vs. Maria vs. Beth Phoenix vs. Melina vs. Jillian Hall vs. Torrie Wilson vs. Victoria vs. Kristal vs. Michelle McCool vs. Kelly Kelly vs. Layla vs. Brooke – Women’s Battle Royal to determine a number one contender to the WWE Women’s Championship

This is the first time since 1998 that there is an all women’s match on a Summerslam PPV so all of these women are making their Summerslam debut tonight. The Women’s Champion Candice Michelle is at ringside to watch the match. This is an in-ring debut for Michelle McCool tonight. And possibly a PPV debut for Brooke too. All the women go at it with Mickie James and Beth Phoenix pairing off, Melina and Victoria teaming up. Brooke and Maria going at it. Beth Phoenix eliminates Brooke. Maria lays into Jillian Hall, choking her with her boot. Jillian eliminates Maria. Victoria and Michelle McCool go at it. Melina eliminates Layla. Kelly Kelly lays into Kristal. Torrie and Kelly Kelly then double team Beth Phoenix. Victoria stomps away at Michelle McCool. Kristal eliminates Victoria. Michelle McCool eliminates Kristal. Beth Phoenix and Melina eliminate Kelly Kelly. Mickie James eliminates Jillian Hall. Melina eliminates Mickie James.

So we’re down to a final four. Melina, Torrie Wilson, Beth Phoenix and Michelle McCool. Melina lays into Torrie whilst Beth and Michelle go at it. Michelle McCool and Torrie Wilson eliminate Melina. Torrie and Michelle McCool double team Beth Phoenix until Beth eliminates Torrie Wilson. It’s just Beth and Michelle now. Beth lifts Michelle up and throws her over the top and out of the match! Beth Phoenix wins the match! But she can’t celebrate for long as MVP music hits.

Rating: 3.75/10

MVP is out with a cool box and starts talking smack. He then challenges Matt Hardy to a beer drinking contest. This has got Stone Cold Steve Austin written all over it. Matt Hardy comes out and says that he is proud to be a common man. Matt says that he knows he can out-drink MVP. But tonight Matt has a substitute. Much like MVP did in the boxing match they were supposed to have. Stone Cold’s music hits and gets a huge pop. Austin bounces off the ropes and does some press-ups, limbering up for the beer drinking contest. Austin then hits a stunner on MVP!

Vince McMahon is backstage with the general managers when Cryme Tyme show up. Shad says that they could be Vince’s son because they, like Vince, like to make that money money, yeah yeah. They dance around, Coach and Teddy Long join them, as does Regal who is his usual hysterical self. It all ends and Ron Simmons shows up with his catchphrase.

There’s a video package for John Morrison and CM Punk.

John Morrison (c) vs. CM Punk – ECW Championship match

This is the third PPV match between these two men and Morrison has won the last two. This match marks Summerslam debuts for both men. Punk earned this match in his 15 minutes of fame match against Morrison. Punk has now fought at all of the “big four” PPV’s since being called up to ECW a year ago. Morrison takes Punk down early and applies a chinlock but Punk gets out of it and hits a hiptoss. Punk hits a big powerslam and then suplexes the champion onto the top rope before hitting a springboard dropkick. Morrison hits a knee to the face and then a neckbreaker onto the ring apron. Back in the ring and Morrison gets a near fall. The ECW champion hits a hard Irish whip and then lays in some right hands and elbows. Morrison hits a couple of uppercuts for a near fall and then applies a chinlock. So far tonight a male babyface has yet to lose. Punk gets out of the chinlock but Morrison drops him on the middle rope before hitting a big kick to the chest for a near fall.

Morrison goes back to the chinlock but Punk gets out of it again. Punk hits a sunset flip for a near fall and then a high cross body for a two count. CM Punk hits a knee to the face and then attempts his bulldog but Morrison put the brakes on. Punk hits an enzeguri for a near fall. Punk then hits a powerslam for a two count. Morrison ducks a clothesline and then hits a backbreaker and a neckbreaker for a near fall. Punk counters a neckbreaker into a spinning clothesline and then heads to the top and hits a moonsault for a near fall. Morrison hits a big right hand, an Irish whip but Punk back body drops him onto the top rope before clotheslining him down to the mat. Punk hits a big kick to the face and then pops Morrison on the top rope and attempts a hurricanrana but Morrison hangs on. Morrison rolls Punk up and uses the bottom rope (barely) and the referee counts the three! John Morrison retains the ECW Championship tonight but the ending was a bit sloppy.

Rating: 6/10

Triple H vs. King Booker

This is only the second PPV match between these two men. Triple H won the first at Wrestlemania 19. Booker is 0-4 at Summerslam PPV’s, Triple H is 5-4. Triple H has a big entrance for his return. As soon as the bell rings Booker hits triple H with some kicks but Triple H fires back with right hands before clotheslining the King out of the ring. Only The Undertaker has fought more PPV matches than Triple H up to now. And only The Undertaker has won more. Triple H hits more right hands but runs into an elbow. There’s a bit of a miscommunication than ends with Triple H clotheslining King Booker back out of the ring. Triple H heads outside and rams King Booker into the barricade before rolling him back into the ring. Booker hits some chops and right hands but Triple H hits his trademark facebuster for a near fall. Sharmell pulls Triple H’s leg, distracting him for a minute which allows King Booker to hit a dropkick to the knees. King Booker works the leg of Triple H now but Triple H counters a powerslam and hits a chopblock.

Triple H applies a figure four to King Booker but behind the referee’s back Sharmell rakes the eyes of The Game. Booker hits a big kick which gets him a near fall. Booker hits some right hands and elbows before laying in some boots in the corner. The two men slug it out until Triple H throws Booker out of the ring. Triple H then smashes Booker into the ring steps and then back into the ring. Triple H hits a big spinebuster and then sets up for the pedigree but Booker fights him off. Booker attempts the scissors kick, Triple H gets out of the way and Booker hits the Book end for a near fall. Booker hits a sidewalk slam and then heads to the top where he attempts a flipping legdrop.  Triple H gets out of the way and then hits the pedigree for the three! Triple H beats King Booker on his return. It was never going any other way.

Rating: 6.5/10

There’s a video package for Khali and Batista next.

The Great Khali (c) vs. Batista – World Heavyweight Championship match

This is the first singles PPV match between the two men. Batista is 2-1 at Summerslam PPV’s whereas The Great Khali makes his Summerslam debut tonight. The bell rings and Khali quickly takes Batista down to the ground. Batista fires back with some right hands but Khali pushes him hard into the corner. Khali hits elbows which takes Batista down and then a couple of big clotheslines. Khali boots Batista to the outside and has a little celebrate. Batista drops Khali on the top rope and then hits two clotheslines which can’t ground the big man. Khali hits the big chop which gets him a near fall. Khali then throws Batista into the ring post twice. Khali applies a nerve hold and then clubs away at the back of Batista. Batista is on a terrible PPV run in 2018, losing to the likes of Undertaker, Edge and Khali. Khali goes back to the nerve hold until breaking the hold and hitting a big boot for a near fall. Khali looks to hit the vice grip but Batista fights him off and drops him with a spinebuster.

Batista sets up for the Batista bomb but Khali fights him away. Batista then heads to the top but Khali catches him and hits him with the double armed chokeslam but only for a near fall! Ranjin Singh, Khali’s translator hands Khali a chair and he smashes it into the back of Batista. Well, Batista wins by disqualification but The Great Khali retains his title. Not a great match boys. After the match Batista knocks Khali down with a spear and then smashes him with the chair.

Rating: 3.5/10

Vince McMahon is backstage with Coach and when Regal says a woman has shown up. It’s Mae Young and The Fabulous Moolah! Regal tells Vince that Mae Young wants to have his son! Young then dives on McMahon and kisses him! Moolah manages to pull her off! That was quite a hard watch. Coach offers McMahon a tic tac. Vince declines and says that he quite liked it. Old chicken makes good soup!

John Cena (c) vs. Randy Orton – WWE Championship match

This is the first time these two men have had a singles match against each other on PPV. It feels like these two have led similar careers, rising to the top since their debut on smackdown in 2003. John Cena is 2-1 at Summerslam events, Orton is 2-2. This is Cena’s 11th consecutive PPV, ahead of anybody else. The crowd is hot for this one. Cena starts with a headlock and the crowd boo. Randy Orton counters with a headlock of his own but Cena gets out of it and Orton knocks him down. The crowd are behind Randy in this one. Orton goes back to the side headlock, he’s looking to become WWE Champion for the first ever time. Cena gets out of the headlock and tries to lock on the STFU but Orton crawls to the ropes. Orton hits some right hands and boots away at the champion. Both of these men lost at last years Summerslam, Cena to Edge and Orton to Hulk Hogan. Orton hits an uppercut and more right hands but Cena reverses an Irish whip and takes Orton down with a bulldog for a near fall.

Orton hits a hard clubbing blow to the back of the head and covers Cena for a near fall. Cena fights back and attempts a shoulder block but Orton gets out of the way. Orton then knocks Cena off the apron and into the announce desk before getting a near fall. Orton goes back to the chinlock but Cena gets out of it with a side suplex. Orton takes the advantage and stomps away at Cena, one limb after the next. Orton then attempts a knee drop but Cena gets out of the way. Cena tries a comeback but Orton hits him with a powerslam for a near fall. Orton once again goes back to the chinlock. Cena powers out of it but Orton knocks him right back down with a dropkick for a near fall. Randy Orton once again goes to the sleeper. How many times do we have to see a chinlock or a sleeper in one match? Cena backs Orton into the corner to break the hold and the champion hits lefts, rights and a couple of shoulder blocks before taking Orton down with a side suplex and motioning for the five knuckle shuffle. Cena hits his trademark move and motions for the FU but Orton counters it with an elbow. Orton then hits a backbreaker and Cena rolls out to the apron.

Orton drapes Cena over the middle rope before taking him down with a DDT for a near fall. Cena’s title reign has been fantastic but can he make another successful defence tonight? Nobody has defended a title on PPV successfully as many times as Cena has on this reign. This is his 9th title defence on PPV. Orton goers for the RKO but Cena counters it. Cena then tries to clothesline Orton but Orton ducks and Cena falls to the outside. Orton then throws Cena into the ring steps before rolling him back into the ring for a near fall. Cena hits a high impact neckbreaker on Orton and then heads to the top but Orton crotches him up there and sets up for a superplex. Cena fights Orton off and pushes him down to the mat before hitting a top rope fame-asser. Cena sets up for the FU but Orton grabs the top rope, nips down and pulls Cena head down onto the top rope. Orton sets up for a punt to the head but Cena gets out of the way and takes Randy down into an STFU! Orton is close to the ropes though and just manages to reach them.

Both men get to their feet and Orton hits the RKO out of nowhere! Randy is slow to make the cover though and Cena kicks out at 2. Cena then scoops Orton up out of nowhere and hits the FU! Cena hooks the leg and gets the 3! John Cena retains the WWE Championship once again! That is 9 straight PPV title defences for John Cena during this reign. A good match between these two men.

Rating: 7.25/10

And that was Summerslam 2007. Traditionally the second biggest show of the year and for the most part it was a good show. It was the first pay per view not to feature Jeff Hardy since his return to the company. The opening match was surprising placement with Kane against Finlay. I think Rey and Chavo would’ve been a better way to kick things off. Kane beats Finlay cleanly but this match just feels like it was thrown on the card. I don’t mind a random match now and again and the match could’ve gone either way but Kane was probably due a win. He loses a lot. It was a forgettable match but not a bad one by any means. Umaga then retained his Intercontinental Championship in another decent match. It was odd to put three heels against each other and I was surprised that it was Mr Kennedy that took the fall and not Carlito. No surprises that Umaga picked up the win though. He’s a good fit for the Intercontinental Championship on the cusp of the main event.

Rey Mysterio beat Chavo Guerrero in their fifth PPV match against one another. This could only go one way really. Again, another decent match but you’d expect it to be. I can see Mysterio being used in the main event scene soon as the Smackdown main event is really struggling at the moment. It’s a matter of time before they do Mysterio vs. Khali. I’m not sure where it leaves Chavo really but if they want to push him then maybe someone like Kane would be a good feud for him. Next up Beth Phoenix won the divas battle royal to earn a title shot against Candice Michelle. This was quite an unpredictable match really, there were a few divas that could’ve won but Beth is obviously the one they’re pushing and I can definitely see her winning the gold.

John Morrison retained the ECW Championship again, beating CM Punk. That’s the third PPV consecutively that Morrison has beaten Punk. They need to move the two guys in separate directions although ECW tend to get one match per PPV so Punk wouldn’t get on the big shows. Maybe introduce a couple more guys into the equation. Morrison is an interesting champion, he’s very talented and has a good look but his promo skills are erm interesting. It’s a new direction for ECW but I really think they need to pull the trigger on CM Punk. Triple H made a triumphant return, beating his old foe King Booker. Again, you could’ve bet your house on this result. It’s good to have Triple H back though and his match was Booker was decent. I’m sure Triple H will be back in the main event scene before long. Booker will be there or there abouts. I reckon Booker will turn face soon.

The Great Khali retained his World Heavyweight Championship against Batista in a pretty terrible match. Obviously they don’t want to give up on Khali yet and this was a way to keep Batista strong and in the title hunt. Khali looks great as a champion but he’s very sloppy in the ring and way too big to do anything. Batista can flourish with a good opponent but Khali is not it. I’m pretty convinced that Batista will get the title back but he’s going to have to wait a little longer. The main event was a good one between Cena and Orton. Cena retained his title again but Orton proved that he is a main eventer and belongs at the top. The psychology was great between these two men and although Cena won cleanly, I’d like to see another match between the two. The best match of the night.

Overall Rating: 57.8/100 (ranked joint 106th out of 214) 

Match Of The Night: John Cena vs. Randy Orton
Worst Match Of The Night: The Great Khali vs. Batista
Surprise Of The Night: John Morrison beats CM Punk again
Worst Booking Of The Night: Kane and Finlay on first
Superstar Of The Night: John Cena
Summerslam 2007 Will Be Remembered For: The returns of Triple H and Rey Mysterio

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