The top 10 SummerSlams in history

#9 SummerSlam 2011

Venue: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles
Date: Aug. 14, 2011
What's notable: Undisputed WWE Championship Match; Alberto Del Rio cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase; the Randy Orton-Christian summer series hits a boiling point
MVP: CM Punk
Coolest threads: Rey Mysterio’s blue-and-white ensemble
Hidden gem: Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett
Move of the night: Mark Henry body slams Sheamus through a ringside barrier
Celebrity sighting: Cee Lo Green

The 24th installment of SummerSlam was also one of the best, featuring tremendous in-ring action, the big-event feel that has become a hallmark of SummerSlam, and a shocking finale that saw a new champion WWE Champion crowned in a matter of seconds. The opening Six-Man Tag Match of Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston & John Morrison vs. The Miz, R-Truth & Alberto Del Rio was unsurprisingly fast-paced and mesmerizing. In a classic “Irresistible Force vs. Immovable Object” showdown, freight trains Mark Henry and Sheamus battered each other as only two super heavyweights can.

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Match-of-the-night honors might be split between the two World Championship bouts. Fighting in a No Holds Barred Match for the World Heavyweight Championship, defending champion Christian fell to Randy Orton in a vicious encounter that involved Kendo sticks, the steel ring steps, chairs and tables. The main event, a rematch of the legendary Money in the Bank 2011 WWE Championship Match between CM Punk and John Cena, saw The Second City Saint settle all disputes as to who was the legitimate WWE Champion. The lone sour note of the evening came after Punk’s win, when Kevin Nash interrupted the celebration with a Jackknife Power Bomb. Moments later, the sneaky Del Rio, with the Money in the Bank briefcase and title contract in hand, exploited the opportunity and scored championship gold.