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On this date in wrestling history in 1998, Bam Bam Bigelow, Sabu and Taz fought for 30 minutes to a draw at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia. That was back when almost every match had a time limit as opposed to being "set for one fall" which is what they'll do for most of the matches scheduled for this evening's big show. Not that there's anything wrong with that but hey, times change.
The show opens with "Lunatic Fringe" Dean Ambrose doing a power walk down the ramp and a recap of the craziness from Monday Night when Amrose cost Rollins his "Beat the Clock" win. He reads a lost of funny stipulations for his match against Rollins at SummerSlam including a "Loser Washes Triple H's Car Match" which gets a good belly-laugh from the crowd. The Rollins comes out and tells him to cut the sheep dip. After some verbal fisticuffs and copious use of the figure "$9.99," Ambrose announces that their SummerSlam match will be a lumberjack match. Rollins isn't intimidated and he tells Ambrose he's the future of this company, "this company" being WWE. Rollins also breaks the news that The Authority has booked Orton to go up against Ambrose in tonight's main event and just for a refresher, the guys in the truck roll some footage of RKO whooping up on Roman Reigns. Cole and JBL put Orton over and hype SummerSlam, we hear some coming attractions and it's time for the first break.
Back from the land of commercials, RybAxel is in the squared circle and Mark Henry comes out to a warm reception followed by Big Show. After the bell, Axel tries to get cute but running circles around Henry and then slipping out. Henry and Show talk strategy briefly which probably only consists of the words, "squash that little dude." Axel retreats and we get a nice standoff between Henry and Ryback. Henry gets some good offense in on Ryback and almost gets a slam by Axel interferes and momentum shifts to RybAxel. Henry eventually gets the tag and cleans house. Henry hits a World's Strongest Slam on Ryback as Show chokeslams Axel and gets the pin.
Result: Big Show and Mark Henry defeat RybAxel via pinfall.
Backstage, Ziggler is cracking some jokes about Seth Rollins with Adam Rose and some ladies when Rollins arrives and breaks it up. He talks some smack to Ziggler and then advises Ziggy that they'll meet in the ring later tonight. Book it.
SummerSlam promos roll, followed by commercials.
After the break, JBL and Cole shill the holy bejeezus out of the WWE Network. Sin Cara is in the ring and Sandow comes out dressed like he's with the Border Patrol. His promo is something like a "Real Americans" from earlier this year. After drawing a mess of heat, the bell rings.
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