The best swerves begin with subtle hints.
One of the best examples of this is the 1995 film, "The Usual Suspects," starring Kevin Spacey, which has one of the best film swerves of all time. Before we find out that Verbal Kint and Keyser Soze are the same man (played by Spacey), we see subtle hints throughout the film -- for one, the names. It is revealed that Keyser Soze is from Turkey, and "Soze" in Turkish means someone who talks a lot. His alter ego's name is "Verbal."
When Triple H made his way to the ring to referee the match between John Cena and Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam, he did so to the tune of his much rarer entrance theme "King of Kings."
This caught many off guard, but not enough to think twice about it. His referee shirt was without a standard WWE logo on it. Another peculiarity. The match went off, entertaining as expected. Daniel Bryan exhibited Dynamite-Kid like offense throughout the match, and finally elated the partisan crowd by winning the WWE title. John Cena, booed mercilessly throughout the match, shook the new champion's hand and walked away.
Here, the ruse was still building. Confetti began to fly, Triple H hugged the new champion, shook his hand then raised it and clapped from afar as Bryan had his moment. A minute later, Randy Orton emerged, briefcase in tow. He paused, walked away, turned his back.
Then came the swerve -- Triple H turned Bryan around, hit him with a Pedigree, and invited Randy Orton into the ring. Orton cashed in, 1-2-3, a new top villain in WWE is born.
A perfect swerve. The little things matter so much.
Perhaps the best part is it's predictability -- thousands of WWE fans likely predicted this outcome. But it didn't matter. It was the best outcome. There are many unanswered questions -- Why did Triple H do it? What will Vince McMahon think? Also, there is much money to be made from fans who were so happy when Bryan won, only for him to now chase a new champion, which can happen for several months and there still be interest.
The fall season of WWE is looking very good.
In the other highly anticipated match, Brock Lesnar defeated CM Punk with an F5. This match had some MMA infusion, with ground submission holds and counters. In the end, the fans got what they really wanted -- a CM Punk punch to Paul Heyman's face, before Lesnar hit his finish for the win.
Alberto Del Rio defeated Christian to retain his World Heavyweight title, and Cody Rhodes defeated Damien Sandow. I feel that after Christian/Alberto Del Rio wraps up, Cody Rhodes could be a solid next good guy challenge to Del Rio's gold ... with Damien Sandow's cash-in hanging like a cloud over the feud.
Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn defeated Big E Langston and AJ. Ziggler drops 10 elbows on his opponents as fast as a "10 punches in the corner," it's impressive. He's impressive. I wish he was in a higher profile match. Hopefully that will come for him again.
Natalya defeated Brie Bella in a #TotalDivas match. Natalya winning on pay-per-view is the headline to this match for me.
In the pay-per-view opener, Bray Wyatt beat Kane in a Ring of Fire match. Truthfully, the visual scene of the flames exploding every time someone fell on their back in the ring was better than the match itself, but the Wyatt Family crushing Kane afterwards was a good moment for the new popular team.
On the pre-show, Rob Van Dam vs. Dean Ambrose ended in a disqualification after interference from The Shield. It was a good match to kick off the festivities.
All in all, a good, fun pay-per-view ... with a terrific swerve.
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