We come back from a break for discussion on tonight’s main event. Graves goes with Lesnar, Saxton goes with The Undertaker and Booker believes Taker will dominate. We go to a video for Taker and Brock to wrap up the pre-show.
Stewart is backstage trying to get more autographs for his son, this time Stephen Amell and Neville. The lights go low and smoke fills the room as Stardust plays mind games. (It looked like Taker walked by here. I was in the crowd that was popping for it.)
We see Jon Stewart knocking on Brock Lesnar’s door backstage. Paul Heyman answers and says now is not a good time. They talk about The Streak and Stewart says wrestling fans were not happy about that and he’s a real wrestling fan. They go back and forth and Heyman knocks Stewart, saying David Letterman must not have been interested in hosting SummerSlam. Heyman goes back in, shuts the door and we hear him ranting about Stewart.
– They air a video with various stars talking about tonight’s main event.
Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker
We go to the ring and out comes Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman to a big pop. The Undertaker is out next for his grand entrance. Taker enters the ring but Lesnar attacks him before Taker even gets his jacket off. The bell hasn’t even rang. Lesnar beats Taker up but Taker fights back and knocks Lesnar out of the ring. Taker takes his jacket off as Lesnar regroups on the floor.
Lesnar comes in and we get the bell. Lesnar tackles Taker and unload son him. Taker with shots to the jaw that stuns Lesnar. Taker walks the rope but Old School but Lesnar turns it into a F5 attempt. Dueling chants for both men now. That’s blocked with a knee to the gut. Lesnar with shoulder thrusts in the corner now. Lesnar hits a belly to belly after a boot in the corner. Lesnar with a German suplex. Lesnar says, “Suplex City bi###!” and the crowd pops. Lesnar goes for another German but Taker drives him face first into the turnbuckle. Taker nails Snake Eyes and a big boot that sends Lesnar to the floor.
Taker follows and we see that Lesnar’s forehead is busted open. Taker keeps control and rams Lesnar back into the apron as Heyman looks on concerned. Taker with the big leg drop on the apron. They trade jabs and big rights and lefts now. Taker grabs Lesnar’s throat for a chokeslam but Lesnar slides out and turns it into a German. Lesnar with another suplex. Taker tries to fight off another German attempt but Lesnar hits it anyway. Lesnar goes to the floor and takes monitors off the German announce table. Taker follows and hits an elbow to the face. Taker goes for a powerbomb but Lesnar blocks it. Lesnar hits a F5 on Taker, sending him through the announce table.
Fans chant “this is awesome” as Lesnar rolls back in the ring. Taker barely makes it back in the ring before the 10 count. Lesnar waits for Taker to get up and says he’s going to kill him, calling him a son of a bi###. Taker is beat up. He crawls over to Lesnar but collapses. Lesnar smiles. Taker looks up from his knees and says Lesnar will have to kill him. Taker smacks Lesnar and nails a chokeslam. Heyman yells from ringside. Taker scoops Lesnar for a Tombstone and nails it but Lesnar kicks out at 2.
Lesnar sits up and starts laughing. Taker sits up also and laughs in Lesnar’s face, mocking him. They trade blows from the mat and get to their feet. Lesnar with shoulder thrusts in the corner. Lesnar applies the Kimura Lock in the corner but the referee won’t break it. Taker turns that into a Last Ride for a close 2 count. They get up and Lesnar nails a F5 for another close 2 count. They get up and Lesnar hits a third F5 but Taker still kicks out. Taker pulls Lesnar in for Hell’s Gate as Heyman screams from ringside. Lesnar breaks it and applies the Kimura again. Taker turns it into a 2 count. They keep struggling and the bell rings out of nowhere. Referee Charles Robinson yells at the timekeeper, saying he didn’t call for the bell and it was only a 1 count. Heyman is in the ring going nuts. Lesnar is standing but Taker comes from behind with a low blow. Taker applies Hell’s Gate again. Cole says the confusion was over whether or not Taker tapped.
Lesnar gives Taker the middle finger while in Hell’s Gate. He passes out a few seconds later for the win.
Winner: The Undertaker
– After the bell, Taker’s music hits and he makes his exit. We see Lesnar recovering in the ring. Heyman is yelling about how Taker tapped out. We go to replays and see that Taker did tap out. Lesnar and Heyman are pissed at the referee now and he leaves the ring. Heyman goes and starts ringing the bell. He’s pissed, “no! no! no! no! no!” Heyman says he saw it, the timekeeper saw it, everyone else saw it – Taker tapped out and he announces Lesnar is the winner. We go back to replays. Cole says the record books will show Taker as the winner. Lesnar and Heyman make their exit and look back at the crowd as his music plays and SummerSlam goes off the air.
I loved Jon Stewart’s backstage verbal confrontation with Paul Heyman. Stewart’s points came across very well and I expected nothing less from a true knowledgable longtime wrestling fan.
Taker vs Lesnar….I have to lot to say here. The match was great. Lots of “This is awesome” chants. Lots of chants and support for Taker. Anyone who doubted the fans’ support for Taker was proven wrong. I’m glad he was announced as the winner. But the controversial finish was booed and people were still talking about it as they left the arena. I believe WWE’s plan and their reason for the controversy is to continue the feud. Taker’s been open to working more shows so I guess it’s possible he’ll work Night of Champions next month from Texas. But I think WWE will save Taker vs Lesnar, if they are having another match will be saved possibly for Survivor Series, but I think it’s more likely they’ll unfortunately save it for WM32. One thing’s for sure. The rivalry cannot end this way. It’s too big not to have a more definitively clean finish, one not surrounded by controversy. Taker officially being the winner was the right call, but the way it happened with the controversy surrounding his win sucked.
By the way, Taker’s wife was in the crowd for obvious reasons.