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The History of SummerSlam

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The History of SummerSlam
© 2008 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Intro
SummerSlam has been the annual end-of-summer WWE PPV event ever since debuting in 1988. This show is generally regarded as the second most important event of the year next to WrestleMania.

Top 3 SummerSlam Cards
1 – SummerSlam 92: This was the first WWE PPV held outdoors and the first to take place outside of North America. The main event was a match for the Intercontinental Championship which saw the British Bulldog win the title from his brother in law, Bret Hart. That match won the Pro Wrestling Illustrated match of the year award.
2 – SummerSlam 02: The Nassau Coliseum crowd was into this card which featured incredible action from start to finish. The card saw the WWE PPV debut of Rey Mysterio, the return of Shawn Michaels after a five year hiatus, and the crowning of Brock Lesnar as the then-youngest WWE champion.
3 – SummerSlam 91: Amazingly, the main event of this card was not a wrestling match. The show ended with the wedding of the “Macho Man” and the late Miss Elizabeth. The card featured several memorable moments including Bret Hart’s first WWE singles title victory, the WWE PPV debut of Sid, and the Mountie spending a night in a NYC jail.

Worst 3 SummerSlam Cards
1 – SummerSlam 93: The Lex Express bus tour came to a screeching halt after his “victory” over Yokozuna. Thankfully, the match between The Undertaker and Giant Gonzalez was the last time WWE fans got to see these men in the ring together.
2 – SummerSlam 95: The main event of this show was King Mabel vs. Diesel. I don't need to say anymore.
3 – SummerSlam 89: The main event featured the debut of Zeus. For those that are unfamiliar with this storyline, Zeus was the enemy of Rip in the classic movie No Holds Barred. All I can say about the match is that the movie was more entertaining and this movie is one of the few movies left that have not been put onto the DVD format.

Title Changes
88 - Intercontinental Title: The Ultimate Warrior beat The Honky Tonk Man
89 - I-C Title: The Ultimate Warrior beat Rick Rude
90 - World Tag Team Title: The Hart Foundation beat Demolition in a best of 3 falls match
90 - I-C Title: Kerry Von Erich beat Curt Hennig
91 - World Tag Team Title: The Legion of Doom beat The Nasty Boys
91 - I-C Title: Bret Hart beat Curt Hennig
92 - I-C Title: Davey Boy Smith beat Bret Hart
94 - I-C Title: Razor Ramon beat Diesel
95 - Women's Title: Bertha Faye beat Alundra Blayze
97 - I-C Title: Steve Austin beat Owen Hart
97 - WWE Title: Bret Hart beat The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels was the referee
98 - World Tag Team Title: The New Age Outlaws beat Mankind & Kane
98 - I-C Title: Triple H beat The Rock in a Ladder Match
99 - I-C & European Titles: Jeff Jarrett beat D-Lo Brown to win both titles
99 - Hardcore Title: Al Snow beat The Big Bossman
99 - World Tag Team Title: Big Show & Undertaker beat Kane & X-Pac
99 – WWE Title match: Mankind beat Champ Steve Austin & Triple H, Governor Jesse "The Body" Ventura was the referee.
00 – I-C title: Chyna wins the title in a tag match featuring Champ Val Venis & Trish Stratus vs. Eddie Guerreo & Chyna
00 – Hardcore Title: Steve Blackman beat Shane McMahon
01 – I-C Title: Edge beat Lance Storm
01 – Light Heavyweight Title: X-Pac beat Tajiri to unify the WWE Light Heavyweight title with his WCW Cruiserweight title
01 – Ladder Match for Hardcore title: Rob Van Dam beat Jeff Hardy
01 – Tag Team Titles: Kane & The Undertaker beat Kanyon & Dallas Page in a Cage Match
01 - WCW Title: The Rock beats Booker T
02 – I-C Title: Rob Van Dam beat Chris Benoit
02 – WWE Title: Brock Lesnar beat The Rock
04 – World Heavyweight Title: Randy Orton beat Chris Benoit
05 – U.S. Title: Chris Benoit beat Orlando Jordan
08 - I-C & Women's Title: Santino Marella & Beth Phoenix beat Mickie James & Kofi Kingston
09 - World Heavyweight Title: CM Punk beat Jeff Hardy in a TLC Match
10 - Divas Championship: Melina beat Alicia Fox
11 - World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton beat Christian in a No Holds Barred Match
11 - WWE Championship: WWE Champion CM Punk beat WWE Champion John Cena in a unification match where Triple H was the special guest referee
11 - WWE Championship: Alberto Del Rio beat CM Punk
13 - WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan beat John Cena
13 - WWE Championship: Randy Orton beat Daniel Bryan

SummerSlam 88 – Madison Square Garden; New York, NY 8/29/88
- The Rougeau Brothers & British Bulldogs fought to a time limit draw
- Bad News Brown pinned Ken Patera
- Rick Rude beat The Junkyard Dog via DQ
- The Powers of Pain beat The Bolsheviks
- I-C Title: The Ultimate Warrior won the title from The Honky Tonk Man
- Dino Bravo pinned Don Muraco
- Tag Team Title: Champions Demolition pinned The Hart Foundation
- Big Bossman pinned Koko B. Ware
- Jake Roberts pinned Hercules Hernandez
- Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage beat Andre the Giant & Ted DiBiase - Jesse Ventura was referee

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