As the road to Summerslam 2020 keeps going we take another look at a past Summerslam event for our next edition of The Random Re-Watch Series. This edition we take a look at Summerslam 2015 takes place on August 23rd from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The theme tune for the show is Demi Lovatos Cool for the Summer which is a great song, maybe not for a wrestling show though.
The show opens with Jon Stewart in the ring. He welcomes everyone to show and says he still upset with Lesnar beating the Undertaker streak, he introduces Mick Foley. Foley mentions that he thought Stewart wanted help with The Rock not Brock Lesnar and refused to help him.
The opening video package finally airs and the opening match is Randy Orton vs Sheamus. At present Sheamus is the Money in the Bank holder and after some back and fourth Orton managed to hit the RKO but Sheamus would roll out of the ring to avoid a pin fall. Sheamus would avoid a second RKO, He would then deliver two Brogue Kicks to pick up the win.
Up next we had a four way Tag Team Match for the WWE Tag Team Championships. The Prime Time Players defend their championships against The New Day, Los Matadores and The Lucha Dragons. An entertaining four way but it just seemed a straight up match between The New Day and Prime Time Players would have been enough. The Dragon and Matadores offer some entertaining spots but feel out of place. The ending comes with a Tower of Doom spot and Titus hits the Clash of Titus but Kofi kicks him out of the ring and gets the win. The New Day win the Tag Team Championships here.
Backstage we see Jon Stewart talking to Stephen Amell, who will be in action later in the evening and Neville. The lights go out and The Undertaker walks past.
Dolph Ziggler and Rusev are out next and their match ends up in a double count out. The whole match is focussed around that Lana has left Rusev to side with Ziggler whilst Rusev has gone out and replaced Lana with Summer Rae. Lana and Rae would fight on the outside but are separated.
The ending of the match was supposed to continue the storyline of Rusev and Lana mainly but everything gets dropped soon after this as Rusev and Lana get engaged in real life and TMZ report it.
Our next match is the Stephan Amell Match. He is teaming with Neville to face the team of Bad News Barrett and Stardust. It’s hard to believe that WWE had Cody Rhodes play this character for so long. In hindsight such a missed opportunity for them and how the wrestling landscape would have been different today if WWE let Cody got over as Cody.
The match is a good showing for celebrity Amell who takes bumps and Neville comes out looking like a star. Amell does a dive to the floor on to Barrett and Stardust in a good move. Neville picks up the win for his team when he hits his finishing move The Red Arrow.
RyBack defends his WWE Intercontinental Championship next against The Big Show and The Miz. The match is short but enjoyable as they put a lot in. The ending comes when The Big Show hits a KO punch on Miz but Ryback ends up making the cover after knocking Big Show out of the ring to retain his championship.
Backstage we see Jon Stewart outside Brock Lesnar locker room door. Paul Heyman comes out and they discuss Lesnar defeating Undertaker streak.
Up next we see Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose teaming up to take on the Wyatt Family of Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt. All four men start brawling on the outside and Ambrose runs across the announcers table and hits a dive on to Wyatt in the crowd. Harper hits a cool looking suicide dive on to Wyatt and Reigns. Reigns gets the hot tag after Harper and Wyatt beat on Ambrose, Reigns then cleans house. The former Shield members hit a double power bomb on Harper and then Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds on Wyatt. Reigns then follows up with the spear on Wyatt for the win.
A great Tag match to watch, it was an intense fast match that’s reminiscent of the Wyatt Shield Match from earlier in the year.
The match up next was the WWE Championship and WWE United States Championship Match between Seth Rollins and John Cena. The match is a winner takes all. Seth Rollins comes out dressed in his all white power ranger looking outfit which is magnificent. Rollins would hit two suicide dives followed by a summersault plancha to the outside. Cena hits his springboard stunner for a close call, Cena hits a AA for a two count also. Rollins hits a buckle Bomb and a frog splash for another close call again. Rollins tried a Phoenix Splash but Cena moves and puts Rollins in the STF. Rollins would get out and hit a superplex into a Falcon Arrow for another two count. Rollins accidentally catches the ref, Jon Stewart comes out and hits Cena with a steel chair into the stomach. Rollins hits a pedigree and picks up the win.
An excellent match with some close, exciting falls. Only down side is the ending with Jon Stewart coming out to cost Cena the match. There was just simply no reason for Stewart to do that.
Up next was one of the first matches in the Divas revelation as Team Bella (Nikki and Brie Bella a long with Alicia Fox) take on B.A.D (Naomi, Sasha Banks and Tamina) and Team PCB (Paige, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair) the match is ok and Becky picks up the win for team PCB in what is a Elimination match.
Kevin Owens takes Cesaro next up in a match I totally forgot existed, the match doesn’t have the energy of the crowd to really compel them but the match is a great showing for both. We see some cool spots and shows why both men should be this high up on the card. If only the crowd showed the investment this match needed to put competitors over. Kevin Owens picks up the win after hitting the pop up powerbomb.
After a video package on the history of the main event Brock Lesnar and Undertaker make their way down to the ring. Lesnar attacks Taker before the bell, Lesnar begins to hit his suplexes. Undertaker takes control of the match and throws Lesnar into the barricade and Lesnar is bleeding. Lesnar regains control and hits a F5 through the announcers table. Taker is able to beat the count out and once back in the ring hits a chockslam. Taker then delivers a Tombstone for a 2 count. In the famous spot Lesnar sits up and starts laughing and Taker sits up and starts laughing too. Lesnar hits another F5 for a 2 count, Lesnar then delivers a third F5 but Undertaker counts out once again. Out of nowhere Taker catches Lesnar in the Hells Gate. Lesnar escapes and puts the Kimura and the bells rings. Charles Robinson says he never called for the bell. Undertaker hits a low blow and puts on the Hells Gate. Lesnar refuses to tap out and gives Undertaker the middle finger before passing out.
Afterwords Heyman argues that Undertaker tapped out and declares Lesnar the winner.
The main event is another excellent match but is let down by the finish. The match is much better than their Wrestlemania XXX match and continues the feud.
Overall this Summerslam has some great matches but also some ok matches. Looking back, it’s a good Summerslam event but is probably let down by some dubious booking. The end of the Cena and Rollins match just ends up being a publicity stunt involving Jon Stewart which is a really shame to end that match.