WWE SummerSlam 2012 Shrouds Wrestling In Controversy
Dubbed "The Biggest Event of the Summer," professional wrestling's WWE SummerSlam did not let down in this year's twenty-fifth edition, which saw many a controversial match in the heated pay-per-view event. The main event pitted Brock Lesnar against Triple H, who succumbed to a Kimura Lock that leaves Lesnar's "human wrecking machine" status intact. But the best match of the night may have been the first: a duel between Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler that set high expectations for the rest of the show. WWE champion and the "World's Largest Athlete" CM Punk did not disappoint as he fought to hold onto his gold title by throwing his opponent John Cena out of the ring. Sheamus likewise defended his World Heavyweight title against Alberto Del Rio, albeit in a less definitive match that saw a foul by the champion overlooked by the referee.
Other winners included Daniel Bryan, who delivered a powerful rollup; R Truth and Kofi Kingston in a team match against the Prime Time Players; and The Miz (pictured), who defended his Intercontinental title against fellow former world champion Rey Mysterio in an exciting battle of the greats. Kevin Rudolf performed the SummerSlam theme, "Don't Give Up," between the championship match and the main event, perhaps as a substitute for the conspicuously absent Divas match, which typically features wrestlers from the women's division.