Promotional poster featuring Brock Lesnar
|Tagline(s)||The Perfect Storm|
|"Don't Give Up" by Kevin Rudolf|
|Date||August 19, 2012|
|City||Los Angeles, California|
SummerSlam (2012) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE that took place on August 19, 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. It was the twenty-fifth annual SummerSlam, and the fourth consecutive one to be held at the Staples Center. The event received 358,000 buys, up from the 296,000 buys that last year's event received.
SummerSlam featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing feuds, plots, and storylines that played out on WWE's primary television programs. Wrestlers portrayed villains or heroes as they followed a series of events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.
The most highly promoted match on the card featured Triple H facing Brock Lesnar billed as "The Perfect Storm". On the April 30, 2012 episode of Raw, Lesnar attempted to renegotiate his contract with General Manager John Laurinaitis. Triple H (in his corporate role as Chief Operations Officer) intervened, and declared that the contract Lesnar had agreed to upon re-signing with WWE was still valid and thus Lesnar could not add any other clauses to it. This led to a brawl between Lesnar and Triple H resulting in the latter having his arm broken by Lesnar via the Kimura armbar. Triple H returned at No Way Out, not only addressing Lesnar and the lawsuits brought against WWE, but also challenging him at SummerSlam, in exchange for his dropping the lawsuits that his legal representative, Paul Heyman, made against WWE and Triple H. On the June 18 episode of Raw, Heyman made an appearance, rejecting Triple H's challenge on behalf of Lesnar. After further goading from Heyman, Triple H attacked him. Meanwhile, it was announced that Lesnar would respond to Triple H's challenge on the July 2 edition of Raw; however, at the event it was announced that he will instead return at the 1000th episode of Raw on July 23. On Raw 1000, Heyman again declined the challenge, but after Triple H's wife Stephanie McMahon slapped him (due to making remarks about their children), Heyman accepted on behalf of Lesnar. Then on the August 6, 2012 episode of Raw, Shawn Michaels made an appearance to announce he'll be in Triple H's corner at SummerSlam. However, Michaels would not make it to SummerSlam after Lesnar used a Kimura lock to break his arm on the August 13, 2012 episode of Raw.
In another featured match, CM Punk defended the WWE Championship against John Cena and Big Show in a Triple Threat match. In recent weeks, Punk has claimed that even though he is WWE Champion, he often feels as if he's pushed to the background in favor of stars like Cena and The Rock. At Raw 1000, The Rock declared he'll be getting a WWE Title shot at the 2013 Royal Rumble PPV. That same night Cena cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to challenge Punk for the title. After Big Show's interference led to a DQ, The Rock rushed the ring to help fend off Show. Punk would then attack Rock, hitting him with a GTS. The following week, Cena and Show would fight in a #1 Contender's match for a shot at the WWE Title at SummerSlam. After Punk's interference led to a no contest, new Raw General Manager AJ Lee announced that Punk would defend the title against both Cena and Show in a Triple Threat match at SummerSlam.
Daniel Bryan had proposed marriage to AJ on July 16 edition of Raw, which she accepted and agreed to have the wedding as part of Raw 1000. However, during the ceremony, AJ rejected Bryan, and it was announced that she was named as the new GM of Raw by Vince McMahon, which led Bryan to get angry and destroy the wedding decorations in the ring. He was later confronted and insulted by CM Punk, The Rock, and even guest star Charlie Sheen. After a loss to Sheamus in a street fight on July 30 episode of Raw, Bryan underwent a psychological exam (under orders from AJ as retaliation for finding out that Bryan planned on having her committed to a mental institution after they were legally married) and was attacked by Kane (who claimed he was Bryan's "anger management therapist"). On the August 6 episode of Raw, AJ booked Bryan to wrestle Kane at SummerSlam.
Another match on the card was between Dolph Ziggler and Chris Jericho. At Money in the Bank Ziggler won the Money in the Bank Ladder Match for the World Heavyweight Championship contract, while Jericho failed to win his Money in the Bank Ladder Match for the WWE Championship contract. The next night on Raw, Jericho interrupted Ziggler's victory speech. Ziggler then put Jericho's recent performances under question, claiming that Jericho "can't win the big ones anymore" and "lost his touch". Jericho responded by nailing Ziggler with a Codebreaker. On Raw 1000 during a 6-man tag team match, Ziggler hit his tag-team partner Jericho, causing him to lose the match. On the July 27 edition of SmackDown, Jericho (wearing Ziggler's gear) threw Ziggler in the ring to be brogue kicked by Sheamus. On the August 6 edition of Raw Ziggler faced Alex Riley, but lost due to being distracted by Jericho. It was announced on the August 10 edition of SmackDown that Ziggler would face Jericho at SummerSlam.
The same night, The Prime Time Players (Titus O'Neil and Darren Young) defeated Epico & Primo by disqualification to earn a WWE Tag Team Championship match against reigning champions Kofi Kingston and R-Truth at the pay-per-view.
A scheduled match that would have featured Sheamus defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio, because Sheamus hit Del Rio with Irish Curse Backbreaker and pinned him, but Del Rio put his leg on rope and referee didn't see.
The first match that aired from the show featured Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler. Jericho's rib injury came into play when it cost him to much time to cover Dolph after hitting him with a Frankensteiner off the top rope. Dolph was very close to victory after catching Chris with his knees when he tried for the Lionsault and then hit the Zig Zag. After kicking out at 2, Chris hit Ziggler with the Codebreaker but the momentum from the move knocked him out of the ring. When he got back into the ring, Chris made Dolph tap out to the Walls of Jericho.
The second match in the pay-per-view is between Daniel Bryan and Kane. Kane went crazy after Bryan slapped him in the face. Kane's anger opened things up for Bryan but he was unable to apply the No Lock. Bryan went for a flying head butt off the top rope but Kane grabbed him by the throat when he landed and then gave him the chokeslam. Kane was still angry about the slap and decided to give him the Tombstone Piledriver instead of going for the win. Bryan was able to reverse the move and rolled up the Big Red Monster to get the win. Following the match, Kane was shown tearing apart the backstage area while searching for Daniel Bryan.
Next is the Intercontinental Championship match between the reigning champion The Miz and Rey Mysterio. During the match, Mysterio was able to hit the 619 but missed when he tried dropin' the dime on The Miz. A few moments later, Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale to get the win.
Main event matches
The World Heavyweight Championship was on the line next with Sheamus defending his title against Alberto Del Rio. Near the end of the match, Sheamus executed an Irish Curse Backbreaker on Del Rio and would then follow up for a pinfall, but Del Rio had his foot on the ropes, which should have resulted in a rope break, but referee Mike Chioda didn't see that and thus allowed Sheamus to retain his title.
The next match is for the WWE Tag Team Championship between R-Truth and Kofi Kingston and the number one contenders The Prime Time Players. Kofi got rid of Titus O'Neil with a flying body press outside of the ring. Inside of the ring, R-Truth hit the Lie Detector on Darren Young to get the win.
A Triple threat match was up next, which featured CM Punk defending his WWE Championship against John Cena and Big Show. Show dominated the match, but Cena and Punk were able to eventually wear him down. Punk trapped Show's head in a move with his legs while Cena put Show in the STF, which caused Show to tap out. Because of the confusion over who won the match, AJ Lee came to the ring and restarted the match. Cena was able to hit Show with the Attitude Adjustment. Punk however, then tossed Cena out of the ring and pinned Show to get the win.
The main event featured Brock Lesnar vs Triple H. Lesnar was focused on the arm of Triple H which he broke a few months ago. He slammed Triple H on his arm on top of the announcers table. The referee refused to start the count when Triple H was outside of the ring. Brock controlled the match until Triple H tossed him stomach-first into the announcers table. Brock has had some major problems with his stomach that led to him retiring from UFC. After many knees to the gut, Triple H hit Brock with the Pedigree but was only able to get a 2 count. Lesnar got back into the bout with a blatant low blow. He then connected with the F5 but Triple H was able to kick out. Brock then put Triple H in the Kimura lock and refused to break it when Triple H reached the ropes. Triple H got out with a few shots to the body and the hit another Pedigree. When he went for the pin, Brock put Triple H in the kimura lock again and the fallen Triple H could do nothing but tap out. Following the match, Triple H seemed to be completely beat, and the announcers wondered whether he was going to retire.
The following night on Raw, Dolph Ziggler challenged Chris Jericho to a rematch, to which the general manager AJ Lee made official, with the added stipulation that Ziggler's Money in the Bank contract and Jericho's WWE contract were on the line. Ziggler would go on to win the bout, resulting in Jericho being terminated from the company; this was done so Jericho could join his band Fozzy on their European tour. Jericho was eventually rehired and would later return at the 2013 Royal Rumble.
Later on during the same show, CM Punk announced his intentions of defending his WWE Championship against John Cena in the near future. On the August 27 episode of "Raw", AJ announced that Punk would defend the title against Cena at WWE Night of Champions, continuing their feud. Punk lost WWE Championship at the 2013 Royal Rumble against The Rock.
Daniel Bryan and Kane continued their rivalry following the match, which led to the formation of Team Hell No, and thanks to The Shield, they would end up working together and getting along, including winning the WWE Tag Team Championship at the 2012 Night of Champions.
Lastly, Brock Lesnar announced on Tout during the show that he had quit the WWE since there was no more competition. In reality, Lesnar was taken off television as he had limited appearances on his contract. He would return on the January 28 episode of Raw. Triple H announced his retirement on the August 27 episode of Raw, but returned on the February 25 episode of Raw. On the March 4 episode of Raw, which celebrated "Old School Raw", Triple H challenged Lesnar to a match at Wrestlemania 29. Paul Heyman would accept the challenge and declare the match to be a No Holds Barred match, with the added stipulation that if Triple H loses, he will have to retire. On the April 1 episode of Raw, Shawn Michaels returned and announced that he will be in the corner of Triple H at WrestleMania. At the event Triple H defeated Lesnar after hitting him with his signature Sledgehammer and the Pedigree on the metal steps in the ring. The two had their rubber match at Extreme Rules in a steel cage match which Brock Lesnar won.
|1‽||Antonio Cesaro (with Aksana) defeated Santino Marella (c)||Singles match for the WWE United States Championship||5:08|
|2||Chris Jericho defeated Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) by submission||Singles match||13:05|
|3||Daniel Bryan defeated Kane||Singles match||8:02|
|4||The Miz (c) defeated Rey Mysterio||Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship||9:09|
|5||Sheamus (c) defeated Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez)||Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship||11:22|
|6||R-Truth and Kofi Kingston (c) defeated The Prime Time Players (Titus O'Neil and Darren Young)||Tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship||7:07|
|7||CM Punk (c) defeated John Cena and Big Show||Triple threat match for the WWE Championship||12:34|
|8||Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) defeated Triple H by submission||No Disqualification match||18:36|
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