The WWE is ready to head out of the summer with a bang with SummerSlam 2014. This evening’s planned card of matches features the most intense rivalries that have been built up during these warm days. We’re here to compile all the results and highlights of this major PPV/special WWE Network event. Make sure you check out the live PPV Kickoff show on the WWE Network, starting at 7:30 p.m. EST!
Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro
Winner: Rob Van Dam!
Results/Highlights: Both men locked up, which Cesaro initially got the better of. RVD got back into the fight by leapfrogging Cesaro over him and then landing a nice kick to his jaw. Cesaro threw RVD to the ropes and RVD soon landed a nice Hurricanrana on Cesaro. The action spilled to the outside where RVD landed another kick and a Rolling Thunder on Cesaro. Back in the ring, Cesaro jumped on RVD with some stiff strikes and strongman suplexes. Cesaro soon locked RVD in a rear chin lock and kept him grounded for a while. RVD got up and soon ran to the ropes, but he got caught by Cesaro with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Cesaro then did his own Rolling Thunder motion, which was capped off by a double boot stomp to RVD’s stomach. RVD soon recovered and then launched into his signature offense. RVD’s flurry of comeback offense ended with a moonsault to Cesaro on the outside. RVD jumped to the top rope, but was met with an European Uppercut by Cesaro. Cesaro looked to slam him back down to the mat, but RVD pushed him off multiple times. Cesaro surprised RVD while he was airborne and landed another European Uppercut. Cesaro picked up RVD after a 2-count and booted him in the face. RVD soon got back to his feet, landed a side kick and finally landed his 5-Star Frog splash for the win.
The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler (WWE Intercontinental Championship)
Winner: The new WWE Intercontinental Champion, Dolph Ziggler!
Best Moments/Highlights: Before the bout began, The Miz spoke on all the big summer blockbuster films and its flood of non-human CGI characters. He told the crowd that they were in the presence of a real-life, human movie star. The match began with Ziggler and The Miz exchanging a nice series of moves and swift counters. Miz moved to the outside and got caught by a clothesline by Ziggler. Ziggler tried to roll up Miz in a School Boy pin, but Miz kicked out. He was met with a stiff kick to the chest, though. Ziggler tried to throw Miz into the ropes, but Miz countered and drove him in the ring apron. Miz worked over Ziggler for quite a while, but soon Ziggler gained his 2nd wind. Ziggler put down Miz with several moves and even landed a nice Superkick to Miz’s money maker. Ziggler only got a 2-count for that maneuver, though. Miz left the ring and tried to leave the match with his title in tow, but Ziggler landed a Baseball Slide to him on the outside. Ziggler tried to bring Miz back into the ring, but he was cut off when Miz kicked the ring ropes into his nether regions. Mix locked in the Figure Four Leglock for a few minutes, but Ziggler fought his way to the ropes. Ziggler got up, went for a Fame Asser, missed, landed awkwardly on his injured legs and got dropped with Miz’s Skull Crushing Finale. Ziggler surprisingly kicked out, though. Miz went for a finishing boot to the face but Ziggler ducked and finally finished Miz with his Zig Zag.
AJ Lee (c) vs. Paige (WWE Divas Championship)
Winner: The new WWE Divas Champion, Paige!
Best Moments/Highlights: Paige looked to shake AJ’s hand, but AJ decided to bite it instead. AJ even ripped out some of Paige’s hair. When both women got back into the ring, Paige landed a nice kick to AJ. Paige looked to boot AJ in the chest while she was laid over the middle ring rope, but AJ pushed her away. Paige woke up though and dropped her chest first into the side ring barrier. Back in the ring, Paige creepily crawled up on a prone AJ and landed some stiff punches. Paige then successfully landed some knees to AJ on the middle ring ropes. Both women soon found themselves fighting for real estate on the top ring apron, which AJ got the better off once she pushed Paige off. AJ then threw herself onto Paige while she was still on the outside. AJ threw Paige back into the ring and hit her Shining Wizard for a 2-count. Paige got back up and dropped AJ with a nice big boot. AJ looked to make Paige tap out to the Black Widow, but Paige countered with a DDT-type maneuver for the final pin. Afterwards, Paige picked up AJ and kissed her on the cheek.
Jack Swagger vs. Rusev (Flag Match)
Best Moments/Highlights: Lana did her usual routine of crapping on the pro-U.S. crowd and speaking on everything’s that wrong with Hollywood. She stated that Rusev represents the cold harsh truth of reality. After her speech, a group of U.S. military officials marched out to a chorus of “U.S.A.!” chants. Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter then made their entrance and proclaiming “WE THE PEOPLE!” A flag waving competition began between both men, but Rusev ran at Swagger before the bell even rang. Swagger soon caught Rusev with a boot and locked him in an early Patriot Lock submission attempt. Once the bell finally rang, Swagger went back to weakening Rusev’s now injured ankle. Rusev looked to move away from Swagger’s offense, but he soon got taken down by a clothesline from Swagger on the outside of the ring. Swagger went for a splash to Rusev but he countered by getting his knees up. Rusev, which still noticeably limping, began beating down Swagger with strikes. Rusev soon locked on a Bearhug on Swagger, which focused on further injuring Swagger’s mid-section. Rusev continued to beat on Swagger’s mid-section as the bout wore on. Out of nowhere, Swagger pulled himself back to his feet and slammed Rusev with a Belly to Belly Suplex, Swagger then went his signature comeback sequence and eventually landed his Swagger Bomb splash on Rusev. Swagger began struggling with a recovering Rusev, but he soon put Rusev back down with a Powerslam. Rusev got back to his feet and then kicked Swagger in the ribs and right in the mouth. Lana then gave the signal, which led to Rusev looking to lock in The Accolade. However, Rusev was unable to do it because of his injured ankle. Rusev chose to lock it in while standing on one foot instead. Swagger fought out of it and soon locked Rusev back in the Patriot Lock. Rusev shockingly fought Swagger’s ankle lock off and dropped him with a spinning heel kick. He then locked Swagger back into The Accolade, which led to Swagger passing out from the extreme pain. Rusev topped off his win by attacking Zeb Coulter. The Russian National Anthem began playing and the Russian Flag was raises, much to the displeasure of the live crowd in attendance.