|SummerSlam '09 - Staples Center - 8/23/09|
Finally, FINALLY in late 2009 the WWE was starting to reinvigorate the product with some new faces in prominent spots on the card. After years of the same five or six guys headlining every show, a few young lions were beginning to break through and the results were pretty exciting. Also, in contrast with earlier SummerSlams, this show wasn't missing many active stars and nothing felt like it got shortchanged (with one obvious exception).
To open the show we got a blistering speed vs. flash match for the I-C Title between Rey Mysterio and Dolph Ziggler. Dolph had been around for most of the previous year but it was around this time that his in-ring skills were starting to click. Working with Rey doesn't hurt of course, but I became a Ziggles fan during the second half of 2009, in no small part due to his work here. A helluva nice way to kick off the show.
A nondescript Jack Swagger vs. MVP match was next. Both of these guys showed some solid potential but the company didn't really move on either of them, and this was your garden-variety free TV match.
Tag Team Champions JeriShow defended against Cryme Tyme in a surprisingly good bout. JeriShow were able to restore a bit of prestige to the long-useless Tag straps, and this was just one of their successful defenses.
In one of two baffling inclusions on this card, we saw a rematch from WrestleMania 23 as Kane once again took on The Great Khali. This match sucked just as much as the first time, and oddly no one cared about it.