CM Punk’s return to WWE was triumphant against John Cena as he became the Undisputed WWE Champion, but Alberto Del Rio took the title when he cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase at Summerslam 2011.
The rematch to the most anticipated match of the year, Cena VS. Punk, was to finally put to rest who was the better man. HHH, who had taken over control of WWE from Vince McMahon, inserted himself into the match by becoming the special guest referee. Appearances by HHH’s wife Stephanie McMahon during the event made the show even more exciting. Punk said some unflattering remarks towards the McMahons and continue to do so at the pay-per-view.
Another return to the WWE saw Edge confront Christian right before Christian defended the World Heavyweight Championship against The Viper Randy Orton. Christian wanted Edge as his insurance policy in retainining his championship. However, Edge told Christian that he was disappointed in his whining and that he would not help Christian at all in his match. Fans of WWE hardcore or extreme rules matches will love the amount of weapons and violence in the bout. With the war both men have gone through the last several months, the end featured a shocking ending.
Two of the largest athletes in the WWE, Sheamus and Mark Henry battled. Henry had been taking out other large athletes like Big Show and Kane. Henry attempted to do the same to Sheamus, but Sheamus refused to go down. Henry ended up slamming Sheamus through the protective barricade and setted for a count out victory. Rey Mysterio made his last appearance on PPV at SummerSlam coming out dominate and victorious in a six-man tag team match teaming with John Morrison and Kofi Kingston against The Miz, R-Truth, and Del Rio.
The most surprising encounter saw Daniel Bryan against Wade Barrett. A very strong stiff back and forth fight between the two. Bryan drilled Barrett with several kicks to the head and directly to Barrett’s face. Barrett used his power and size to get the advantage against Bryan and eventually got the win. These two are rarely shown on PPV, but showed the world that they deserve a regular spot on the big shows.
WWE: SummerSlam 2011
Distributed by e One
Run time of 180 minutes
Released on Sep. 13, 2011