August 29, 1988
SummerSlam 1988
A new summertime tradition was born in WWE as New York's Madison Square Garden hosted the inaugural SummerSlam. A capacity crowd witnessed a main event showdown between The Mega-Powers, WWE Champion Randy Savage & Hulk Hogan, and The Mega-Bucks, Andre the Giant & The Million Dollar Man, which culminated when Miss Elizabeth removed her skirt to distract guest referee Jesse “The Body” Ventura. Elsewhere on the card, The Honky Tonk Man’s record Intercontinental Title reign came to an unceremonious end when The Ultimate Warrior answered the Elvis impersonator’s open challenge and demolished the champion in less than a minute.
August 28, 1989
SummerSlam 1989
“Feel the heat” was an apropos tagline for SummerSlam’s return to pay-per-view in 1989. Calling the Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., home, the second event saw Hulk Hogan enlist Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake for battle against Randy Savage and Hogan's silver-screen nemesis, Zeus, in a tag team bout. For a second consecutive year, The Ultimate Warrior struck gold, defeating rival Rick Rude for the Intercontinental Title, and tag team artistry was on full display in the opening match, The Brain Busters vs. The Hart Foundation. Plus, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, donning stars-and-stripes face paint, teamed with Demolition for a Six-Man Tag Team Match against Andre the Giant & The Twin Towers.
August 27, 1990
SummerSlam 1990
Nearly 20,000 WWE fans packed the Philadelphia Spectrum to watch a SummerSlam rematch between Ultimate Warrior and Rick Rude — this time, inside a steel cage and with Warrior’s WWE Championship at stake. Hulk Hogan settled the score against Earthquake once and for all, “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase bought off Dusty Rhodes’ valet, Sapphire, and The Texas Tornado scored Intercontinental Championship gold against fellow second-generation Superstar Mr. Perfect. The Hart Foundation also won its second World Tag Team Title, trumping Demolition in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match.
August 26, 1991
SummerSlam 1991
The Biggest Party of the Summer returned to Madison Square Garden for “A match made in heaven, a match made in Hell.” There, all of WWE (minus The Undertaker and Jake Roberts) celebrated the heavenly matrimony of Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth, while Hulk Hogan & The Ultimate Warrior vanquished turncoat Sgt. Slaughter, Col. Mustafa & Gen. Adnan in a hellish 2-on-3 Match. Also, Virgil finally scored retribution against The Million Dollar Man, The Road Warriors won World Tag Team Championship gold and Bret Hart’s singles career took off with a mesmerizing win over Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect.
August 29, 1992
SummerSlam 1992
The first pay-per-view to take place outside North America, SummerSlam 1992 was literally WWE’s Biggest Party of the Summer ever. More than 80,000 members of the WWE Universe converged at London’s Wembley Stadium to witness national hero The British Bulldog face brother-in-law and Intercontinental Champion Bret “Hit Man” Hart in an emotionally charged fight that some have pegged as SummerSlam’s greatest match. Also at the event, WWE Champion Randy Savage dueled with Ultimate Warrior in an instant classic and Hawk & Animal, entering the ringside area on matching motorcycles, dispensed of Money Inc.
August 30, 1993
SummerSlam 1993
Nearly 24,000 WWE fans were on hand inside Michigan’s Palace of Auburn Hills to celebrate a supremely patriotic edition of SummerSlam. The show was the culmination of No. 1 contender Lex Luger’s summer-long Lex Express bus tour. Despite the support of the masses, Luger faltered in his attempt to dethrone evildoing WWE Champion Yokozuna. Plus, Michigan natives and World Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner turned back Jim Cornette’s Heavenly Bodies, while Bret Hart was left to deal with the unsavory antics of Jerry “The King” Lawler and Doink the Clown.
August 29, 1994
SummerSlam 1994
So hot, it’s scary! SummerSlam 1994, held in Chicago’s United Center, had WWE fans seeing double, as The Undertaker returned from a mysterious hiatus to do away with Ted DiBiase’s imposter Undertaker. With the WWE Title hanging in the balance, brothers Bret and Owen Hart stepped inside the steel cage to display their Dungeon teachings, Tatanka shocked the world by selling out to The Million Dollar Corporation, and Women’s Champion Alundra Blayze and Bull Nakano locked up in an astoundingly physical match. Plus, Chicago Bears great Walter Payton seconded Razor Ramon as The Bad Guy defeated Intercontinental Champion Diesel.
August 27, 1995
SummerSlam 1995
Emanating from Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena, SummerSlam 1995 saw that year’s King of the Ring, the 500-plus pound King Mabel, challenge WWE Champion Diesel in the main event. But the evening’s Match of the Night honors belonged to Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon, who waged war yet again in a brilliant Ladder Match a year and a half after they made the match type famous at WrestleMania X. In addition, Bret Hart fought demonic dentist Isaac Yankem, Barry Horowitz scored an unthinkable victory on pay-per-view, and Hakushi and 1-2-3 Kid upped their aerial game in a fast-paced opener.
August 18, 1996
SummerSlam 1996
With roughly 17,000 watching in attendance inside Cleveland’s Gund Arena, The Undertaker and Mankind brought their rapidly escalating rivalry to a whole new level at SummerSlam 1996, competing in WWE’s first Boiler Room Brawl. Mick Foley’s masked persona won that outing after a treacherous act of betrayal by The Phenom’s longtime ally, Paul Bearer. In the WWE Title Match, meanwhile, new championship threat Vader twice defeated titleholder Shawn Michaels, first by count-out and then by disqualification. Yet, at the urging of The Mastodon’s manager, Jim Cornette, the bout was restarted both times, paving the way for HBK to heroically claim victory.
August 3, 1997
SummerSlam 1997
An errant chair strike by guest referee Shawn Michaels decided the outcome of a hard-fought main event between Bret “Hit Man” Hart and WWE Champion The Undertaker at SummerSlam 1997, which took place before 20,000 WWE fans inside the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. Aside from that controversial finale, the event was marked by a devastating development that ended up serving as a turning point in a WWE Hall of Fame career, as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin broke his neck in Intercontinental Title-clinching victory against Owen Hart. Elsewhere, Triple H and Mankind demolished each other in a brutal steel cage opener that brought the WWE Universe to its feet.
August 30, 1998
SummerSlam 1998
The WWE Universe took a ride on the “Highway to Hell” as SummerSlam returned to its birthplace of MSG for an Attitude Era sizzler. The inimitable Undertaker challenged WWE Champion “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and Triple H and The Rock gave WWE fans an idea of what to expect in the years ahead with their breathtaking Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match. Also, Owen Hart ventured into Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den for an MMA-influenced fight, X-Pac shaved Jeff Jarrett’s golden locks and D’Lo Brown and Val Venis collided in a competitive European Title Match. The event even featured a cameo by the Insane Clown Posse, who rapped The Oddities down to ringside.
August 22, 1999
SummerSlam 1999
Minneapolis’ Target Center was the site of SummerSlam 1999. The historic night was capped off with Mankind’s WWE Title victory over “Stone Cold” and Triple H in a match officiated by none other than then-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura. Other new champions produced that night included The Unholy Alliance of Big Show & The Undertaker, who won the World Tag Team Titles, and Jeff Jarrett, who took home the Intercontinental and European Championships. Arguably the lasting memory of the evening, however, belonged to the fiercely contested Greenwich Street Fight between Shane McMahon and Test, in what was Shane-O Mac’s ill-fated attempt to prevent Test from courting his sister, Stephanie.
August 27, 2000
SummerSlam 2000
The last SummerSlam of the 20th century heated up Raleigh, N.C., with a true WWE innovation: the first Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match. In that harrowing adventure, pioneers Edge & Christian retained the World Tag Team Titles against Matt & Jeff Hardy. The WWE Championship was on the line in a Triple Threat Match involving The Rock, Triple H and Kurt Angle, while Chyna left the event with her second Intercontinental Title. And all those who witnessed it no doubt remember Steve Blackman chasing Shane McMahon up a tall trestle — a riveting scene that ended with Blackman launching himself into a 30-foot elbow drop onto The Boy Wonder, who’d already been swatted off!
August 19, 2001
SummerSlam 2001
The 2001 edition of SummerSlam was purely focused on the intense rivalry between WWE and The Alliance of WCW and ECW. In front of a raucous crowd in San Jose, Calif., The Rock battled Booker T for the WCW Championship, while turncoat “Stone Cold” Steve Austin defended his WWE Title against Kurt Angle. The Undertaker was joined by Kane in his quest for vengeance against DDP and Kanyon inside a steel cage, while high-flyers Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam clashed in a dream Ladder Match for the WWE Hardcore Championship.
August 25, 2002
SummerSlam 2002
Nearly 15,000 New Yorkers packed into the Nassau Coliseum for a historic night in WWE. The rookie juggernaut, Brock Lesnar, just months into his WWE career, challenged The Most Electrifying Man in Entertainment, The Rock, for the Undisputed WWE Championship. The championship showdown was preceded by a match that would have been the main event on any other show, as Shawn Michaels made his return to the ring after four years away to take on his former friend, Triple H, in an unsanctioned Street Fight.
August 24, 2003
SummerSlam 2003
The heat was on in Phoenix as Summerslam came to the America West Arena in 2003. Triple H risked his coveted World Heavyweight Championship inside the ominous Elimination Chamber against an all-star lineup of challengers, including Goldberg, Randy Orton and Chris Jericho. In a rematch from WrestleMania XIX, Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar clashed for the WWE Championship. Also at the Biggest Party of the Summer, Eric Bischoff clashed with Mr. McMahon’s daredevil son, Shane, in a brutal Falls Count Anywhere Match, while former tag team partners Rob Van Dam and Kane brawled.
August 15, 2004
SummerSlam 2004
The cure for the summertime blues came thanks to WWE, who presented the 17th annual SummerSlam from Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. The 2004 edition of The Biggest Party of The Summer featured Randy Orton becoming the youngest World Champion in sports-entertainment history and a battle for the ages between mat wrestling experts Kurt Angle and Eddie Guerrero. In one of the more unique bouts in SummerSlam history, Kane and Matt Hardy fought for the right to marry the lovely Lita in a “Till Death Do Us Part” Match.
August 21, 2005
SummerSlam 2005
A true dream match unfolded in our nation’s capital at SummerSlam 2005, as two eras of WWE’s history collided when “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan took on Shawn Michaels. John Cena defended his WWE Championship against Chris Jericho, while Batista put up his World Heavyweight Title against JBL. Championships weren’t the only thing on the line that night, as Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero locked horns in a Ladder Match for custody of Mysterio’s son, Dominick.
August 20, 2006
SummerSlam 2006
2006 saw one of the most star-studded SummerSlams in history, capped off by a raucous WWE Championship Match between John Cena and Edge. Before the fireworks exploded , DX clashed with Mr. McMahon & Shane McMahon in a match that saw a cavalcade of villains interfere on behalf of the McMahon Family. Legendary rivals Ric Flair and Mick Foley brawled in Boston during a vicious “I Quit” Match, while Hulk Hogan tried to avoid being the next name on “Legend Killer” Randy Orton’s list of conquests. SummerSlam 2006 also marked the first time the ECW Championship was defended at The Biggest Party of The Summer, when Big Show put his title on the line against the death-defying Sabu.
August 26, 2007
SummerSlam 2007
The Biggest Party of The Summer returned to New Jersey for the first time in 10 years in August 2007. This year’s SummerSlam featured another chapter in the epic rivalry between John Cena and Randy Orton, as the two battled for the WWE Championship. Two titans of the squared circle, Batista and The Great Khali, fought over the World Heavyweight Championship, while Triple H made his triumphant return from a torn quadriceps to try to knock King Booker off his throne.
August 17, 2008
SummerSlam 2008
It was hellishly hot at SummerSlam 2008, when The Biggest Party of The Summer rolled into Indianapolis’ Conseco Fieldhouse, as Hell in a Cell engulfed the squared circle for an intense bout between The Undertaker and Edge. For the first time ever, John Cena faced Batista in a match the WWE Universe had been dreaming of for six years. Triple H successfully defended his WWE Championship against the monstrous Great Khali, while Matt Hardy overcame the unmatched power of Mark Henry to capture the ECW Championship.
August 23, 2009
SummerSlam 2009
The Biggest Party of The Summer went Hollywood in 2009, taking up residence at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center with a massive event. CM Punk defeated Jeff Hardy in a vicious Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match to claim the World Heavyweight Championship, only to get a big surprise after the bell. Two years after their first SummerSlam clash, John Cena and Randy Orton rekindled their rivalry, meeting once again for the WWE Title. WWE’s past and present collided when DX battled The Legacy, while giants of the ring battled as Kane took on The Great Khali.
August 15, 2010
SummerSlam 2010
With The Nexus running roughshod over WWE, John Cena had no choice but to join forces with some of WWE’s biggest stars, including WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart and the returning Daniel Bryan, to fight the rebels. In other action, Rey Mysterio set out to regain the World Heavyweight Championship from Kane, while Randy Orton challenged Sheamus for the WWE Championship.
August 14, 2011
SummerSlam 2011
SummerSlam returned to the City of Angels and the STAPLES Center for the third consecutive year in 2011 with a lineup of historic proportions. In the main event, the two Superstars who laid claim to the WWE Championship, John Cena and CM Punk, battled to crown an undisputed champion, with Triple H serving as guest referee. The heated rivalry between World Heavyweight Champion Christian and Randy Orton reached its boiling point at SummerSlam, with the two butting heads in a No Holds Barred Match for the title.
August 20, 2012
SummerSlam 2012
“The Perfect Storm” played out at The Biggest Party of The Summer, as Triple H fought back from a broken arm suffered at the hands of Brock Lesnar to take on The Anomaly in the center of the ring. WWE Champion CM Punk’s long reign was threatened, as he faced both John Cena and Big Show in a Triple Threat Match. Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio clashed over the World Heavyweight Title, while anger management candidates Daniel Bryan and Kane unleashed their rage on each other.
August 19, 2013
SummerSlam 2013
The Biggest Party of The Summer returned to Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center for the fifth consecutive year in 2013 with a true scorcher of an event. The show began as eerie newcomer Bray Wyatt went toe-to-toe with Kane in a Ring of Fire Match, where the squared circle was completely surrounded by flames. Brock Lesnar stomped into the City of Angels hoping to demolish a former Paul Heyman Guy, CM Punk. Daniel Bryan’s dream summer reached its apex, as he challenged John Cena for the WWE Championship, only to have glory snatched from him at the last moment.
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