- Tensions are high going into the biggest party of the summer. Will Stephanie McMahon make the former Divas Champion regret ever undermining her authority? Can The Champ overcome the challenge of The Beast Incarnate? Find out what breaks down heading into SummerSlam during with SummerSlam Kickoff.
– The 2014 WWE SummerSlam Kickoff pre-show kicks off with Renee Young, Booker T, Alex Riley and Ric Flair on the panel, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. They talk about some of tonight’s matches. Flair says he’s looking forward to seeing Randy Orton define himself as the best wrestler alive. They talk about Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena. Booker can’t call a winner. Riley says if Lesnar wins, it won’t be good for the WWE Universe. They talk about Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon now and we get a video package.
– We come back and get some more talk before going to JBL, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler at ringside.
Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro
We go to the ring and out come Rob Van Dam to a pop. Cesaro is out next to a nice reaction also.
They lock up and trade holds. Cesaro slams RVD first. RVD comes back and catapults Cesaro across the ring. RVD with a kick in the corner. More back and forth, more problems with the PS3 and iPad streams. RVD leaps out to the floor but lands on his feet. Cesaro turns around to a big kick. RVD gets a pop and hits Rolling Thunder on the floor. RVD rolls Cesaro back in and goes to work with kicks in the corner. Cesaro with a thumb to the eye. Cesaro turns it around and beats RVD down in the corner now.
Cesaro with a big gutwrench slam for a 2 count. Cesaro with more offense as we go to commercial.
We come back and Cesaro has RVD down on the mat. RVD fights to his feet but Cesaro catches him in mid-air with a big knee to the spine and a 2 count. Cesaro looks to go for Rolling Thunder, mocking RVD, but stomps on RVD’s chest instead. Cesaro with a 2 count. Cesaro with another headlock now. RVD comes back with clotheslines. Cesaro counters a kick but RVD turns it into a leg scissors for a 2 count. RVD drops Cesaro with a kick. RVD with a split legged moonsault for another pin. RVD sends Cesaro to the floor with a thrust kick. VD moonsaults from the apron out onto Cesaro.
RVD goes to the top but Cesaro knocks him off his feet with a big uppercut. Cesaro climbs up for a superplex but RVD knocks him to the mat. RVD goes for the frogsplash but Cesaro hits another uppercut. Cesaro climbs back up but RVD sends him back to the mat. Once again Cesaro hits another uppercut. RVD shoves him to the mat once again. This time RVD leaps off into an uppercut for a 2 count. More back and forth. Cesaro with a running boot for a 2 count. RVD drops Cesaro with a kick to the face. RVD eventually goes back to the top and nails the Five Star frogsplash for the win.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
– We go back to the panel for more hype. Renee has Jake “Mama’s Boy” Tucker from the Totino’s Bold Show Us Your Superstar contest that WWE has been running. We will hear more from him later Renee says. They talk about Orton vs. Reigns now. Flair praises Reigns but says Orton is the man today, the best wrestler in the world. Booker also goes with Orton. We get a promo for Lesnar vs. Cena and that’s it for the pre-show.