SummerSlam (2011)

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SummerSlam (2011)
WWE SummerSlam 2011 IMAW wrestling poster.jpg
Promotional poster featuring various WWE wrestlers.
Tagline(s) "The Biggest Party of the Summer"
"Bright Lights, Bigger City" by Cee Lo Green featuring Wiz Khalifa[1]
Promotion WWE
Brand(s) Raw
Sponsor(s) 7-Eleven
Date August 14, 2011
Attendance 17,404[2]
Venue Staples Center
City Los Angeles, California
Pay-per-view chronology
Money in the Bank (2011) SummerSlam (2011) Night of Champions (2011)
SummerSlam chronology
SummerSlam (2010) SummerSlam (2011) SummerSlam (2012)

SummerSlam (2011) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE that took place on August 14, 2011. It was the twenty-fourth annual SummerSlam event[3] and the third consecutive SummerSlam at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. This was also the last WWE pay-per-view where Raw and Smackdown would be brands until 2016.[4][5][6] Six matches were scheduled for the event, with a seventh was added during the show when Alberto Del Rio cashed in his "Money in the Bank" briefcase and defeated CM Punk. SummerSlam attracted a sellout crowd of 17,404 fans at Staples Center in Los Angeles, grossing more than $1 million, marking the highest grossing SummerSlam held at Staples Center. The event garnered 296,000 pay-per-view buys, down from 350,000 buys the previous year.[7]


The professional wrestling matches at SummerSlam featured professional wrestlers performing as characters in scripted events pre-determined by the hosting promotion, WWE.[8][9] Storylines between the characters were produced on WWE's weekly television shows Raw and SmackDown with the Raw and SmackDown brands—storyline divisions in which WWE assigned its employees to different programs.[10]

At Extreme Rules in May, Christian defeated Alberto Del Rio in a ladder match to win the vacant World Heavyweight Championship for the first time, On the May 6 episode of Smackdown, he lost it to Randy Orton. After two unsuccessful attempts at regaining the title from Orton at Over the Limit and Capitol Punishment, Christian finally won the title for the second time at Money in the Bank in July, after he spat in Orton's face, provoking Orton to blow Christian low and get himself disqualified; as per pre-match stipulations enacted by Christian, he won the title. On the July 29, 2011 episode of SmackDown, the new Chief Operating Officer of WWE, Triple H, scheduled a title defense by Christian against Orton in a No Holds Barred match at SummerSlam.

On the July 11, 2011 episode of Raw, CM Punk announced the expiry of his WWE contract, en route lambasting WWE for failing to promote him as the "best wrestler in the world", and threatened some high authority figures like WWE Chairman, Vince McMahon, of defeating John Cena and leaving WWE with the WWE Championship. At Money in the Bank, Punk pinned Cena to win the title, and even after McMahon tried to have Alberto Del Rio, who won the Raw Money in the Bank briefcase earlier that night, cash in his contract against Punk. The latter nevertheless left the arena with the championship. The next night on Raw, McMahon dismissed Punk's claim to the title, and announced an 8-man tournament to decide the new WWE Champion. Later that night, Triple H relieved McMahon of his duties, and assumed control over WWE as Chief Operating Officer. On the July 25 episode of Raw, Rey Mysterio defeated The Miz in the finals to become the WWE Champion but lost it later that night to Cena. After the match, Punk returned to WWE with the title belt he had won at Money in the Bank. As they were now two wrestlers with a claim to the WWE Championship, a match between Punk and Cena was scheduled for SummerSlam to determine the undisputed WWE Champion. On August 8, 2011 episode of Raw, Triple H made himself the special guest referee for the Undisputed WWE championship match.[11]

The Divas rivalry heading into SummerSlam was between Kelly Kelly and Beth Phoenix over the WWE Divas Championship. On the edition of August 1 of Raw, Phoenix won a Divas battle royal to become the #1 Contender for the Kelly's Divas Championship at SummerSlam. After her victory, Phoenix turned into a villainess and attacked Kelly in and out of the ring, and later told Kelly that "her days as the cute, blonde little bimbo are over."[12] On the following week, Phoenix defeated Eve Torres in singles action, but was attacked by Kelly after the match.


Preliminary matches[edit]

The first match was a six-man tag team match pitting Kofi Kingston, John Morrison and Rey Mysterio against The Miz, R-Truth and Alberto Del Rio. Mysterio performed a 619 followed by a slingshot Splash on R-Truth to win the match.

Next, Sheamus faced off against Mark Henry. Sheamus executed a Brogue Kick on Henry but Henry rolled out of the ring. Henry tackled Sheamus through the barricade. Sheamus was counted out, giving Henry the win.

In the next match, Kelly Kelly defended the WWE Divas Championship against Beth Phoenix. Phoenix attempted a Glam Slam on Kelly but Kelly countered the move into a Roll Up to retain the title.

Next, Wade Barrett faced Daniel Bryan. Barrett executed Wasteland to win the match.

Main event matches[edit]

In the SmackDown! main event, Christian defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Randy Orton in a No Holds Barred match. Christian attempted an RKO through a broadcast table on Orton but Orton countered the move into an RKO through the broadcast table on Christian. Christian executed a KillSwitch on Orton for a near-fall. Orton performed a Snap Scoop Powerslam through a table on Christian and an Elevated DDT onto a Trash Can. Christian attempted a Sunset Flip out of the corner but Orton countered the move into an RKO on the steel steps to win the title.

In the main event, John Cena wrestled CM Punk to determine the undisputed WWE Champion. Triple H served as guest referee. Cena executed the Attitude Adjustment for a near-fall. Punk performed a GTS on Cena for a near-fall. Punk executed a GTS to win the title, despite Cena's foot being under the bottom rope.

As Punk celebrated his WWE Championship win, Kevin Nash returned and attacked Punk with a Jackknife Powerbomb. Alberto Del Rio cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and performed a Step Up Enziguiri on Punk to win the title.


Much like the previous year's SummerSlam, WWE promoted the event with its SummerSlam Axxess fan convention, held at the Nokia Plaza in LA Live on August 13 and 14.[13][14] R&B singer Cee Lo Green performed both "'Bright Lights Bigger City", the official theme song for the event, and his hit "'Forget You" during the broadcast.[1] The commentators for this event were Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Booker T.


No. Results Stipulations Times
1D Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) defeated Alex Riley[15] Singles match N/A
2 Kofi Kingston, John Morrison, and Rey Mysterio defeated Awesome Truth (The Miz and R-Truth) and Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez)[16] Six-man tag team match 09:36
3 Mark Henry defeated Sheamus by countout[17] Singles match 09:22
4 Kelly Kelly (c) (with Eve Torres) defeated Beth Phoenix (with Natalya)[18] Singles match for the WWE Divas Championship 06:33
5 Wade Barrett defeated Daniel Bryan[19] Singles match 11:47
6 Randy Orton defeated Christian (c)[20] No Holds Barred match for the World Heavyweight Championship 23:43
7 CM Punk (c) defeated John Cena (c) Singles match for the Undisputed WWE Championship with Triple H as special guest referee 24:07
8 Alberto Del Rio defeated CM Punk (c) Singles match for the WWE Championship
This was Alberto Del Rio's Money in the Bank cash-in match
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "WWE Corporate – SUMMERSLAM GROSSES MORE THAN $1 MILLION". August 15, 2011. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
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  5. ^ "WWE Present SummerSlam". WWE. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
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  7. ^ "WWE Reports 2011 Third Quarter Results" (PDF) (Press release). WWE. November 3, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks. Discovery Communications. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
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  11. ^ "Summerslam WWE Title Match Gets Special Guest Referee". Wrestling News PRO!. 
  12. ^ Plummer, Dale (August 1, 2011). "RAW: Triple H settles WWE Title controversy". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  13. ^ "WWE SummerSlam Axxess presented by National Guard". WWE. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  14. ^ "SummerSlam Axxess 2011". WWE. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  15. ^ "WWE News: Dark Match result prior to Summerslam PPV for the live crowd in Los Angeles". Pro Wrestling Torch. August 14, 2011. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Rey Mysterio, John Morrison & Kofi Kingston def. The Miz, R-Truth & Alberto Del Rio". WWE. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Sheamus vs. Mark Henry". WWE. Retrieved August 5, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Divas Champion Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix". WWE. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett". WWE. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  20. ^ "World Heavyweight Champion Christian vs. Randy Orton (No Holds Barred Match". WWE. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 

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