So here it is! The ultimate compilation of great and historic SummerSlam WWE matches. Here are the 50 greatest matches ever from the biggest party from the WWE summer extravaganza.
50. MILLION DOLLAR CHAMPIONSHIP: TED DIBIASE VS. VIRGIL (August 26, 1991 – New York, NY)
One of the most underrated matches in WWE history, and Virgil’s greatest match ever, sees Virgil pay off years of indifferent abuse from Dibiase, knocking him out on an exposed turnbuckle, all while Rowdy Roddy Piper, Virgil’s motivator, did one hell of an acting job at the commentary table.
49. ROCKERS/TITO SANTANA VS. FABULOUS ROUGEAU BROTHERS/RICK MARTEL (August 28, 1989 – East Rutherford, NJ)
Go ahead, find the weakest worker in the match, I dare you. Just a tremendous back and forth contest with three skilled faces, and three heels who knew the formula. Just think, if Strike Force never broke up, this would have been an amazing TLC ..click here to read more
batista, bret hart, British Bulldog, Brock Lesnar, Christian, Curt Hennig, Daniel Bryan, Dudley Boyz, Edge, hulk hogan, jeff hardy, john cena, Kurt Angle, Matt Hardy, Mr. Perfect, Owen Hart, Scott Hall, shawn michaels, Steve Austin, The Rock, TLC Matches, triple h, Ultimate Warrior, Wade Barrett, WWE SummerSlam
I saw greatness on Thursday night. On Thursday night, I saw what tag team wrestling was all about.
If you watched the TNA Impact wrestling match between the Hardys and The Wolves, you saw the passing of the torch of one great combination to another.
I am not a huge fan of the current state of tag teams in the business because of the continual changes and thrown together teams we see night after night. But watching these two teams in the ring, you could sense there was something special on the screen and possibly the finest hour of the Hardy’s in some time. Even on the losing end of the match, Matt and Jeff showed us vintage moves, cohesion and an intensity we remember all too well from the team’s time in the WWE.
The Wolves may be the best tag team in the business today (a match with the Usos would ..click here to read more
Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Impact Wrestling, jeff hardy, Matt Hardy, TNA Wrestling
The WWE Money in the Bank match has produced some of the most exciting moments of the last ten years. The glorified ladder match features daredevil heroics, extreme punishment, and intense action. Today I look back and celebrate the top five Money in the Bank matches in WWE history.
I don’t think anyone realized in 2005 when the WWE announced the first Money in the Bank match the significance this match would have on wrestling history. Stars were made, history was written, and memories have been cemented forever thanks to this innovative match. With two new matches around the corner I thought today would be a great time to look back and count down the top matches in MITB history. Since we aren’t quite ten years into MITB I went with a top five as opposed to a top ten. Leave a comment if you agree, disagree, or want to mention ..click here to read more
Alberto del Rio, Alex Riley, Carlito, Chris Benoit, chris jericho, Christian, CM Punk, Edge, Evan Bourne, Finlay, Jack Swagger, jeff hardy, John Morrison, Kane, Ken Anderson, King Booker, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Matt Hardy, Montel Vontavious Porter, Mr. Kennedy, R-Truth, randy orton, Rey Mysterio, Shelton Benjamin, The Miz, WrestleMania 21, WrestleMania 23, WrestleMania 24, wrestlemania 25, WWE Money In The Bank
These Top-25 lists are picking up steam, so I’ll take the WWE approach of beating a good thing into the ground. With Money in the Bank coming up, it’s a good idea to look back at two decades-plus of WWE’s greatest ladder matches, and figure out what the best of the bunch truly are. There’s no bad matches to be found here; every entry is rewatchable time and time again. With TLC and Money in the Bank upping the ante of the classic ladder match, this list will cover a lot of ground, and no doubt provide a little argument fodder. Enjoy!
(Note: this list only includes matches which ended with the retrieval of a belt, briefcase, etc. As such, the TLC 2012 match with The Shield vs. Ryback and Team Hell No is excluded. Otherwise, it’d have likely been top ten).
25. Chris Jericho vs. Christian – Vacant Intercontinental Title, Ladder ..click here to read more
Chris Benoit, chris jericho, CM Punk, Eddie Guerrero, jeff hardy, john cena, Matt Hardy, Money in the Bank, Rob Van Dam, Scott Hall, shawn michaels, The Rock, triple h
It would appear that TNA Wrestling’s frozen checkbook has finally thawed. TNA will be reuniting one of the most famous teams of WWE’s Attitude Era when they bring back Matt Hardy to reform the Hardy Boyz.
News broke earlier this week that TNA has re-signed Matt. As you may recall, Matt had one of the most embarrassing runs of his entire career in TNA. Matt came to TNA in the midst of a downward spiral which ended his long WWE career. Battles with wrestling’s infamous demons eventually drove Matt away from TNA. To say that this is redemption for the former WWE tag team champion would be an understatement.
Hardy lasted a total of eight months in TNA back in 2011. Matt’s outside of the ring troubles followed him inside of the ring as he showed up out of shape and just appeared out of sync throughout his entire ..click here to read more
jeff hardy, Matt Hardy, Ring of Honor, TNA Wrestling
WWE Extreme Rules is now several years old and it has had its share of great matches. With the 2014 edition looming, I thought it would be fun to take another look back and expand my top five to a top ten list of the best matches in WWE Extreme Rules history.
As always these are my favorite matches in Extreme Rules history. Yours may be different, so if you think I missed one leave a comment and let me know. The beauty of this list is that with the WWE Network, you can go back and watch every single one of these and relive the extreme memories. Otherwise grab a chair, lay out a table, and climb the ladder because these are the top ten matches in Extreme Rules history.
Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena Extreme Rules Match (Extreme Rules 2012) - I don’t know if it was the hype, the ..click here to read more
Alberto del Rio, batista, chris jericho, Christian, Edge, jeff hardy, john cena, Rey Mysterio, WWE Extreme Rules, WWE Extreme Rules 2009, WWE Extreme Rules 2010, WWE Extreme Rules 2011
From Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX
April 5, 2009
There have been many to criticize WWE for not knowing their history, often distorting facts and erroneously relaying anecdotes with the frequency of a con man on the witness stand. But this time, WWE is going to be taken to task for its poor math skills as well.
WrestleMania XXV was dubbed “The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of WrestleMania”, which implies that WrestleMania began in 1984. While one may argue that the idea for event’s inception may have come from the year of Ronald Reagan’s re-election, the first event, clearly, took place in 1985.
“The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of WrestleMania” was a repeated phrase, used dozens of times per broadcast in the weeks leading to the April 5 bonanza. It seemed almost apropos that a company would get something wrong, and then to their guns, continuing to ..click here to read more
Big Show, chris jericho, Christian, Edge, Finlay, Howard Finkel, jeff hardy, Jimmy Snuka, john cena, John Morrison, Kane, Matt Hardy, mickey rourke, Money in the Bank, MVP, randy orton, ric flair, Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, Santino Marella, shawn michaels, Shelton Benjamin, The Miz, The Undertaker, triple h, wrestlemania, wrestlemania 25
From Ford Field in Detroit, MI
April 1, 2007
Being World Wrestling Entertainment has its share of diverse ways in which it can present its product. With an impressive active roster, a tremendous amount of classic legends willing to appear, expansion into wrestling-starved foreign countries, and a stranglehold on social media and merchandise licensing, even when the product falters, WWE still manages to thrive.
In 2006, WWE found itself spinning its wheels. John Cena, while a popular champion to youthful audiences, was getting choruses of boos from the more “time tested” fans who were used to wrestling being more coarse, bloody, raw (pun intended), and risqué than a near-thirty year old man in rainbow-ish t-shirts, trucker caps, and sneakers running his mouth as if he were the Disney Channel’s version of Eminem.
Since WWE was keen on keeping Cena champion long term (a strategy that has paid off ..click here to read more
batista, Bobby Lashley, Chris Benoit, CM Punk, Degeneration X, donald trump, ECW, Great Khali, jeff hardy, john cena, Kane, Ken Anderson, Matt Hardy, Melina, Money in the Bank, MVP, Paul Heyman, randy orton, Rob Van Dam, Sabu, shawn michaels, Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Tommy Dreamer, Umaga, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 23
-For the remaining nine reviews, since they’re all 4 hours (and one is 5), I’ll be chopping out a little bit of quantity to make it my standard 4000+ word format. Which is a shame because for this show, I want to rant forever.
-Who was the April Fool on April 1, 2001 as we come to you from the Reliant Astrodome in Houston, TX for WWE WrestleMania X-Seven? Well, Vince had just bought WCW so they were finished, and ECW was days away from its bankruptcy hearing, so the biggest non-fool was Vince. Wait, why am I wasting time? I only have 4000 words to tell you that this is the greatest wrestling show in the history of time, so let’s just do it!
-Your hosts are Jim Ross and Paul Heyman, who had taken over for Jerry Lawler one month prior when Lawler quit the company. ..click here to read more
Chris BenoitChyna, chris jericho, Christian, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, Iron Sheik, JBL, jeff hardy, Kamala, Kurt Angle, Matt Hardy, mick foley, Raven, Sgt. Slaughter, Shane McMahon, Steve Austin, Team 3D, The Big Show, The Rock, The Undertaker, triple h, vince mcmahon, WCW, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 17
From The Houston Astrodome in Houston, TX
April 1, 2001
After two straight WrestleManias in which the WWF held a sizeable lead over WCW in the Monday Night Wars, the Monday before WrestleMania X7 would see Vince McMahon pull the plug for good.
On Friday, March 23, 2001, McMahon purchased selected assets of World Championship Wrestling from parent company AOL-Time Warner, ending WCW’s 13 year existence. After gutting the corpse of talent contracts and the film library, McMahon left WCW for dead, effectively monopolizing the wrestling industry for himself.
On Monday, March 26, wrestling fans were treated to a surreality of Vince McMahon being the first face seen as Nitro hit the airwaves for the final time. Raw and Nitro would be simulcast , with the WWF overseeing both shows. As Nitro came to a close at the 10 o’clock hour, Shane McMahon revealed, ..click here to read more
Chris Benoit, chris jericho, Christian, Chyna, Dwayne Johnson, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, Iron Sheik, JBL, jeff hardy, Jim Ross, Kurt Angle, Matt Hardy, mick foley, Paul Heyman, Raven, Sgt. Slaughter, Shane McMahon, Steve Austin, Team 3D, The Big Show, The Rock, The Undertaker, triple h, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 17
From The Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, CA
April 2, 2000
If the WWF could be declared winners of the Monday Night Wars just one year prior to WrestleMania 2000, then the current time period would be akin to smashing WCW’s corpse into powder with a shovel. In August 1999, WCW let one of their best talents slip through the cracks, as Chris Jericho arrived in the World Wrestling Federation to much fanfare, almost immediately rising to a high profile level that he never got to sniff in Eric Bischoff’s dwindling circus.
Five months later, in January 2000, after a booking shake-up and a rash of upper card injuries, chaos reigned in WCW at one of the company’s weakest thresholds. In the turmoil, beleaguered man-in-charge Bill Busch granted releases to four men that helped salvage the horrible booking with their in-ring work: Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, ..click here to read more
Big Bossman, Chris Benoit, chris jericho, Christian, Chyna, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, jeff hardy, Kane, Kurt Angle, Linda McMahon, Matt Hardy, mick foley, Shane McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Team 3D, The Big Show, The Rock, triple h, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 2000
It’s War Games, Survivor Series, and Royal Rumble all in one – it’s the Elimination Chamber? Devised in kayfabe by Eric Bischoff over a decade ago, the Chamber has been used to decide both championships and championship opportunities. The oft-stated forboding nature of this domed structure is palpable enough to have spun off its own annual PPV each February.
There have been 16 such Elimination Chamber matches to date, and here they are, from worst to best.
The Godawfully Ghastly
16. ECW Championship: Big Show (c) vs. Rob Van Dam vs. CM Punk vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Test vs. Hardcore Holly (12/3/06, December to Dismember)
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Lashley, Test (2)
Any hopes that ECW diehards had of their resurrected brand fulfilling the lost appeal of the original, died in Augusta, GA on this night. Vince McMahon monkeyed with Paul Heyman’s creation one last time before dismissing Paul E one day later, and the result ..click here to read more
batista, Big Daddy V, Booker T, Chris Benoit, chris jericho, CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, ECW, Edge, Fit Finlay, Great Khali, JBL, jeff hardy, John Morrison, Kane, Kofi Kingston, MVP, R-Truth, randy orton, Rey Mysterio, Rob Van Dam, Santino Marella, shawn michaels, The Big Show, The Miz, The Undertaker, triple h, Umaga, Vladimir Kozlov, Wade Barrett, WWE Elimination Chamber