Former Daily Show host and noted wrestling fan Jon Stewart hosted the WWE's 2015 SummerSlam event, and even decided to enter the fray.
In a surprise twist, Stewart decided to help old rival Seth Rollins out at the end of a deadlocked match between Rollins, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and U.S. Champion John Cena. Stewart emerged in the ring with a chair in hand, and after appearing to deliberate which wrestler to aid, made a clear statement that his beef with Rollins was over. Rollins went on to finish Cena and leave the ring with both the World and U.S. title belts in hand.
The sold-out Barclays Center was stunned as the entertainer rewrote WWE history with one swift chair to Cena's midsection, giving Rollins the easy victory.
Rollins had previously called out Stewart after the host retired from his desk at the Daily Show, boasting that he could take over and “make that thing actually watchable.” Stewart, a longtime noted wrestling fan, shot back. Eventually, after Rollins appeared on the Daily Show, Stewart showed up on Monday Night Raw and, well, delivered a below the belt message (skip to 4:00).
But the two had recently appeared to make nice, and that new allegiance came to fruition at SummerSlam as Stewart helped Rollins take home both title belts.
Stewart engaged in various shenanigans as host, helping to play up the headlining fight, a rematch between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker. Stewart said in his opening comments that he was angry at Brock Lesnar for breaking The Undertaker's Wrestlemania winning streak in 2014.
“As a small weak man, I knew I was going to need a little backup to do that,” Stewart said, before bringing out WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley as backup to interview Lesnar. Foley then reversed course, admitting to being afraid of Lesnar and leaving the ring.
The broadcast, streamed live on WWE Network, teased Stewart's support of the Undertaker throughout.
In search of Lesnar and hoping to interview him before the fight, Stewart had a testy run-in with the wrestler's manager Paul Heyman, in the tunnel.
- Jeremy Woo