Other the last month I’ve taken us all on a trip down memory lane as we watched, remembered and read our favorite and not so favorite moments in Summerslam. For every match made in heaven (Thanks to Savage and Elizabeth) there is a match made in hell (I’m looking at you Summerslam 2010). However even taking out the highs and lows it was fun to go back and see matches I had completely forgotten about (Alundra Blayze and Bull Nakano) as well as moments I may have missed from not watching (Hogan and Orton). I enjoyed doing this project possibly more than anything else I’ve done so far and I have enjoyed all the comments, likes and banter about each of these events. It seems like every single Summerslam had a top-level match or something that I enjoyed beyond belief (Not looking at you Summerslam 2010). There are some real gems of matches in Summerslam history and hopefully I either helped you remember some of your favorites that you had forgotten or helped show you some matches that you never knew existed. I’ve been touting in every article my favorite match of the night and told you I would rank my top five of all time. I initially thought this was going to be easy however it’s turned out to be extremely difficult. I don’t rate matches like some do with stars and numbers instead it’s what I enjoyed and kept me entertained. So here you go my top five matches and events in Summerslam history.
5) John Cena vs. A.J Styles (Summerslam 2016): This was super tough as this and others were very close ultimately it came down to the finish. The absolute work of art that Cena and Styles put on at Summerslam had me in awe the second time around. Watching it live I remembered being on the edge of my seat wondering if Styles would win, the second time around was no different. You know it’s a great match when you know the ending and how it goes and you are still on the edge of your seat. The transitions and counters along with each man leaving everything they had in the ring just to show the other they were the best was incredible. I think they told a great story and this match in my opinion sold Vince McMahon on A.J. Styles being a main eventer moving forward.
4) Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon (Summerslam 1995): These two are the gold standard for ladder matches in wrestling. If you haven’t seen Bret and Shawn in a ladder match a few years prior do yourself a favor and go watch it but it doesn’t hold a candle to this. This match is also for the intercontinental title which shows up twice on this list. This match is memorable and enjoyable for me on many different levels growing up I was a huge Shawn Michaels fan and I remember being a kid and seeing this result. Watching this back now as an adult still gives me the feels and the match is just laid out perfectly. Shawn and Razor always had great chemistry and it showed in this match.
3) Edge & Christian vs. Hardy Boyz vs. Dudleys (Summerslam 2000): Take the ladder match I previously spoke about turn the volume to one hundred and add tables and chairs. Also put three of the greatest tag teams in this match and let them go. This is simply a match that you have six guys willing to do anything to get over. This revolutionized the ladder match again and catered to an audience that WWE never really tapped into before. It’s a train wreck, its wrestling and it’s almost perfect all at the same time.
2) British Bulldog vs. Bret Hart (Summerslam 1992): What can I say about this match other than perfect? This is simply flawless and they gave the crowd what they wanted at the end of the night (looking at your Summeslam 1993). Bulldog and Bret Hart put on a technical masterpiece that could still stand today even when work rate is higher than ever before. You likely can’t find many if any flaws with this match and Bret Hart is amazing.
1) Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H (Summerslam 2002): This match had it all. A masterful heel turn, a returning legend, and no disqualifications. If you ask me this match solidifies Shawn Michaels as the greatest in ring performer of all time. He is gone for four years and decides to dust off some boots and jeans and go into the ring like he never missed a day. It was brutal, it had psychology and they told a brilliant story in the ring. This may be my favorite match of all time not just my favorite Summerslam match.
Honorable Mentions: Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart, Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle, Edge vs. Undertaker and Seth Rollins vs. John Cena.
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