Unforgettable Moments: The Top 10 Greatest Matches in SummerSlam History
SummerSlam, WWE's annual "Biggest Party of the Summer," has given wrestling fans numerous iconic matches over the years. From heart-pounding showdowns to jaw-dropping feats of athleticism, this pay-per-view event has delivered unforgettable moments. In honor of this weekend's annual rendition of the "Biggest Party of the Summer", we take a trip down memory lane to highlight ten of the greatest matches in SummerSlam history.
1. Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog (SummerSlam 1992)
In a classic Intercontinental Championship match, Bret Hart and British Bulldog delivered an emotionally charged contest at Wembley Stadium in London. The Bulldog's victory, in front of a record-breaking crowd, remains etched in the minds of fans as one of the most memorable moments in SummerSlam history.
2. Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon (SummerSlam 1995)
The birth of the Ladder Match phenomenon occurred at SummerSlam '95 when Shawn Michaels faced Razor Ramon for the Intercontinental Championship. Their daredevil antics and innovative use of the ladder set the stage for a new era of high-flying action.
3. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Undertaker (SummerSlam 1998)
In a brutal match for the WWE Championship, Stone Cold Steve Austin clashed with The Undertaker. The no-disqualification stipulation added an extra layer of intensity to the match, and the sight of Austin driving a zamboni to the ring remains an iconic moment in wrestling history.
4. TLC II - The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. Edge and Christian (SummerSlam 2000)
Tables, Ladders, and Chairs – oh my! The second TLC match at SummerSlam featured breathtaking stunts and high-risk maneuvers as three legendary tag teams battled for tag team supremacy. This match epitomized the wild and innovative spirit of the Attitude Era.
5. Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio (SummerSlam 2002)
In a showcase of technical wrestling prowess and high-flying acrobatics, Kurt Angle faced Rey Mysterio in a thrilling contest. This match demonstrated the versatility of both competitors and stands as one of the gems in SummerSlam history.
6. Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H (SummerSlam 2002)
Dubbed as "Unsanctioned Street Fight," this brutal encounter between former friends turned bitter rivals was a highlight of SummerSlam 2002. The personal animosity and sheer intensity of the match left fans at the edge of their seats.
7. John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar (SummerSlam 2014)
In a shocking and one-sided affair, Brock Lesnar dominated John Cena to capture the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The brutal nature of Lesnar's offense and Cena's determination to keep fighting created a captivating clash of titans.
8. AJ Styles vs. John Cena (SummerSlam 2016)
The dream match between AJ Styles and John Cena lived up to the hype. Styles' precision and athleticism clashed with Cena's resilience and power, resulting in a thrilling match that showcased the evolution of wrestling styles.
9. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (SummerSlam 2018)
In a historic match, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair collided for the SmackDown Women's Championship. The intensity of their rivalry was palpable, and their physicality in the Last Woman Standing match left an indelible mark on SummerSlam history.
10. Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar (SummerSlam 2019)
Seth Rollins faced "The Beast" Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship. Rollins' underdog story and determination to conquer the seemingly unbeatable Lesnar captured the hearts of fans, making this match a standout moment.
These ten matches represent just a fraction of the incredible moments that have taken place at SummerSlam over the years. From technical showcases to chaotic brawls, each match adds a unique chapter to the rich tapestry of wrestling history, ensuring that SummerSlam remains an event eagerly anticipated by fans worldwide.