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By Mike Johnson on 2012-08-19 20:30:00's WWE Summerslam 2012 PPV coverage is brought to you by THQ's WWE '13 videogame, which will be released on 10/30. For details on pre-ordering the game and all the features and talent that will be featured, click the graphic below:


WWE champion CM Punk vs. Big Show vs. John Cena

Cena was booed out of the place.   Punk came out wearing some snazzy hot pink tights.  Show dominated both early, showing his power.  The crowd went back and forth with Cena and Punk chants.

Show laid out Punk and Cena with big chops across the chest.   Cena and Punk tried to double suplex Show but he reversed it.  Show charged and hit Cena with a back splash in the corner, then followed up with one on Punk.  Punk saw it coming and dropkicked Show in the leg.  LA chanted for Punk, so they have rejected the teased heel turn.

Punk tried to go for the GTS but Show nailed Punk.  Cena tried to out-do him with an AA so Punk nailed Cena and Show collapsed down atop of him.  Show drilled Punk with a shot in the mid-section and stepped onto Punk's body, crushing him underneath.

Show whipped Punk hard into the turnbuckles and chopped him hard.   Show continued demolishing the champ and teased the KO punch but Cena came to life working him over.  Show speared Cena and covered him for a two count.

Show set up both for a Vader bomb off the ropes.  Punk rolled out of the way but Cena ate it.  Show covered him and Punk broke it up.   Punk unloaded with some punches but was shot over the top to the floor.  He followed Punk to the outside and tossed him into the ropes.  Punk bounced off and hit hard.

Show returned to the ring.  Cena nailed some shots but was cut off with a sideslam.   Cena made a comeback and went for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Punk took him out and nailed the flying elbow off the top for a two count.  Punk locked in the Anaconda Vice.  Show was able to power out and chopped Punk hard.  Punk rolled towards the outside.

Cena nailed Show with a shoulderblock and locked in a STF.  Show steps up and Cena lands on the buckles.  He tries for a bodypress but is caught and slammed.  Punk nailed the springboard clothesline.  He nailed a series of running knee lifts in the corner on Show.  He goes for the running bulldog but is thrown off.

Cenas goes to the top and hits the Alabama Jam onto the back of the neck of Show.  Cena locks on a STF as Punk locked on the Anaconda Vice.  Show tapped but no one knew who made him submit.  They both argued with the referee over who got the duke.

AJ Lee came out with her music and skipped to the ring.     Cena and Punk were face to face arguing.   Punk told her to "Do the right thing like Spike Lee" and told her to let the fans decide.  AJ ordered them to restart the match.

Show grabbed them both for a double chokeslam and covered Cena for a two count, then covered Punk as well.  Show  went for the KO but Cena ducked under and nailed the AA.  Punk dumped him out of the ring and covered Show for the pin.

Your winner, WWE champion CM Punk!

Much better than I expected going in.  They laid out a good story that made Show look like an unconquerable monster early.  The false finish was pretty clever and Punk "stealing" the win goes with his claims that he would do whatever he had to in order to retain the belt.  Enjoyable bout.

  WWE '13 Fact:  The only DX member not featured in WWE '13 will be Chyna...unless you count Hornswoggle as their mascot.

They showed Vince McMahon's star on the Walk of Fame. They then showed Maria Menounos (wearing a Bob Backlund shirt), music producer and SMW backer Rick Rubin, David Arquette (holding a WCW title belt) and Piers Morgan at ringside.

They aired a trailer for "The Day".  They showed the cast at ringside, doing the John Cena "You Can't See Me" hand gesture.

Kevin Rudolf performed.  There were all these shots of WWE personalities dancing that were completely embarrassing to watch.  All the Divas came out and danced, even Eve who's supposed to be a top heel.  Even worse, she was dancing next to Kelly Kelly, her hated rival.  Rosa was there.

WWE '13 Fact: While several WWE talents will have two different eras of their career featured in the game, Mick Foley takes the cake with all three of his personalities - Mankind, Dude Love and Cactus Jack appearing.  Oddly enough, Foley does not appear as himself in the game.


Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman vs. HHH

Lesnar tackled HHH into the corner and nailed a series of shoulderblocks.  HHH fired back but was forced back.  Lesnar went for the Kimura but HHH escaped.  He grabbed it again but HHH grabbed the ropes.   Lesnar didn't let go and scissored him.  HHH nailed him to escape and clotheslines Brock over the top to the floor.

Lesnar glared at him from the floor and hit the ring, killing HHH with knees and a clothesline.   Lesnar ate another sick clothesline to the floor.   This only made Brock madder and he stalked around ringside.  Heyman told him to remember it's his fight.  Lesnar ripped off his MMA gloves.

Lesnar used a double leg takedown and punched HHH in the back of the head.   HHH rolled to the outside and to the floor.  They battled back and forth with Lesnar getting the better of him.  Lesnar locked HHH's arm behind him and slammed him down hard on the announcer's table, which didn't give at all.  Ouch.

HHH staggered towards the ring and Lesnar pulled him in by his hair.  He kneed HHH in the gut and slammed him across the "once broken" arm.  Lesnar yelled "my house" at HHH and continued working on HHH's arm.  He stomped the hell out of HHH.

Lesnar went back to the Kimura and rammed HHH's shoulder into the turnbuckles.  Lesnar went for the F5 but HHH slipped out.  Lesnar caught him and launched him with a German suplex.    HHH fought back with a series of strikes and a DDT.

Lesnar caught him with a Kimura but instead of breaking it, he just slammed HHH on it.   HHH rolled to the outside and Lesnar followed.  HHH tried to whip him into the ring steps but Lesnar reversed.  So far, this isn't the monster MMA Brock that fought Cena at Extreme Rules but more the monster heel traditional wrestler Brock.

Lesnar drilled HHH into the Spanish Announcer's Table and flipped it over.  He dove off the table on its side down onto HHH with a big shot to the neck.    Cole said he was a "Butt-kicker."  Ugh.

Lesnar tossed HHH back into the ring.  HHH fired back but Lesnar rolled him up for a two count.   HHH kneed him to fire back and whipped Brock into the ropes.  Lesnar reversed and clothesline HHH across the face.  You could hear some "boring" screams.

Lesnar grabbed HHH who countered into a suplex.   Lesnar missed a charge in the corner.  HHH went for the Pedigree but was whipped hard into the corner and he took a Ray Stevens style bump over the top to the outside.  Haven't seen him do that for a long time.

Lesnar went to grab him on the floor but was launched into the corner of the announcer's table.   Lesnar began selling that he was hurt, playing off  guess his diverticulitis.  Lesnar was heard saying his stomach was hurt.  HHH nailed him in the gut again.  Lesnar rolled back in.  Heyman looked like he just lost his soul.

Lesnar went for the arm but HHH now had a weakness to attack and went after him with a series of knees.   Lesnar went down to one knee.  HHH nailed a spinebuster.  HHH went for the Pedigree but was lifted into the F5.  HHH slipped out and nailed the Pedigree for a near fall.

Lesnar lowblowed HHH.   Lesnar called for HHH to stand.  He nailed the F5 and covered HHH, who kicked out at the last minute.    Lesnar locked on the Kimura and locked it in, scissoring his body.  HHH grabbed the ropes and began nailing Lesnar in the kidneys and stomach, forcing him to break the hold.

HHH nailed the Pedigree but Lesnar grabbed the Kimura.  HHH tried to fight it off and nailed Lesnar.  They teased Lesnar was going to have his arm broken and he finally tapped.

Your winner, Brock Lesnar!

An OK match but a much slower and more deliberately paced delivered match than you might have expected.  They never seemed to go into a kickass series of sequences and while Lesnar looked impressive with some of the early bumps, this wasn't a repeat of the awesome madness of Extreme Rules PPV bout.  The finish was somewhat surprising since HHH lost clean via submission and WWE usually doesn't send people home from the big matches with a heel going over like that.  The story was goodand patterned after a Heavyweight boxing fight in a lot of ways  but by no means was it a spectacular finish.

HHH refused medical help after and spent a long time in the ring recovering.  There were some boos and finally a "HHH" chant.  He demanded an EMT get out of the ring and shoved him away.  The ever sensitive crowd in LA began chanting, "You tapped out."  HHH told the crowd that he was sorry.  He was holding his arm to the side as if it was injured.  The cameras followed him all the way out to the back. 

As the show went off the air, Michael Cole said, "This is the end of HHH."

WWE '13 Fact: Steve Blackman is among the wrestlers who was motion captured for the game that were not announced this weekend, so he appears to be a downloadable character.


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