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
The TNA Wrestling roster continues to bleed as the promotion’s biggest stars exit stage right in 2014. It appears that the next man up is Kurt Angle. Angle’s deal is coming due in a few months and if it were up to him we will all be seeing him at WrestleMania 31.
I don’t think anyone could argue that Kurt Angle is the biggest star in TNA Wrestling. That also makes him a prime target for a budget cut when his contract comes due. Angle reportedly makes more money than anyone on the roster. In the last twelve months TNA has seen three of its big five walk due to finances in AJ Styles, Hulk Hogan, and Sting. That is why it is no surprise to hear that Angle is on the bubble. What is a surprise is that Angle’s future is not resting on finances according to the former champion.
Angle ..click here to read more
Kurt Angle, TNA Wrestling
For a man who lost over $300 million and is reeling a bit, the last thing Vince McMahon needs to do is shut the door completely on the idea of a return by Kurt Angle to the WWE.
Triple H, Kevin Nash, Chris Jericho, Batista and Goldust have all made a return to the ring in the last two years, with the idea that bringing back veterans to the company will promote the company more and bring back the fans to the arenas and improve pay-per-view buys.
So far, those attempts and rehashing the past have only left the company looking a bit foolish and unsure of itself. McMahon, as reported in What Culture, has stated he is not totally open to the idea of the 1996 Olympian returning to the company that made home an even bigger household name.
Angle has spent his entire wrestling career in the WWE or as a ..click here to read more
Jeff Jarrett, Kurt Angle, vince mcmahon
Kurt Angle may have wrestled his last match in the Impact Zone. According to a new report, Angle will miss time with an injury. Coincidentally the time off will overlap the end of his contract meaning he is potentially done in TNA.
Dave Meltzer broke the news in his latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Meltzer reports that Angle underwent reconstructive knee surgery. The surgery will keep him out of action for five months. That would keep him on the shelf until October while his contract runs out in September. Meltzer also points out that TNA is not advertising him on a January 2015 UK tour which leads him to believe that the company thinks Angle is done.
Meltzer also goes on to report that Angle wants to go back to the WWE for one last run. “He’s talked about wanting to go back to WWE, but there’s no way he ..click here to read more
Kurt Angle, TNA Wrestling
-Imagine my delight when I discovered that Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time” was the primary theme for this show. It’s cheesy, it’s campy, it reeks of the eighties, and thus it conjures up many great memories of my youth watching wrestling. It’s the perfect little ditty to get myself into the wrestling spirit, especially an event as grand as WrestleMania.
-And so it was, the 22nd version of WrestleMania, taking place at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL, on April 2, 2006. For the fourth straight (and final) year, Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler handled Raw and Michael Cole and Tazz did Smackdown, crossing over for one match. In two months, there’d be a third child born in the Brand family, although it’d be dead before age 4. But the kid was an outmoded concept anyway, so no need to shed tears.
-Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child sings the National Anthem. ..click here to read more
Bobby Lashley, Chris Benoit, Edge, JBL, john cena, Kurt Angle, Mark Henry, Matt Hardy, mick foley, Mickie James, Money in the Bank, randy orton, Rey Mysterio, ric flair, Rob Van Dam, shawn michaels, The Undertaker, triple h, Trish Stratus, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 22
From The All-State Arena in Chicago, IL
April 2, 2006
A scant fourteen hours before he would have won the World Heavyweight Championship from Batista at a rare Sunday SmackDown taping, Eddie Guerrero was found dead in a Minnesota hotel room at the age of 38.
Despite beating the alcoholism that plagued much of his life four years ago, Guerrero’s weakened circulatory system, a body worn down by the rigors of the ring, and a life numbed by drugs, both prescription and elicit, all came back to haunt him at a time when his diligence and courage were heralded as one of wrestling’s greatest fairy tales.
Guerrero’s death was a blow to not only his family, friends, and fans across the globe, but to WWE itself. Guerrero’s rise to the main event scene in World Wrestling Entertainment wasn’t just a reward for cleaning up his life. Statistics showed ..click here to read more
Bobby Lashley, Candice Michelle, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, JBL, john cena, Kurt Angle, Mark Henry, mick foley, Mickie James, Money in the Bank, randy orton, Rey Mysterio, ric flair, Rob Van Dam, shawn michaels, The Undertaker, Torrie Wilson, triple h, Trish Stratus, Vickie Guerrero, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 22
-Thanks to a slickly produced “WrestleMania Goes Hollywood” campaign, which presented itself with faux movie trailers featuring WWE talents, this was a show that was looked forward to by many, myself included. And so on April 3, 2005, WrestleMania XXI came to us from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.
-The commentary teams are the same for the third year in a row, although there are two inter-brand matches, with Michael Cole and Tazz of Smackdown covering one and Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler of Raw covering the other. That’s why interbrand stuff annoys me the rest of the year: it feels like it means more come WrestleMania time. And really, how many times can you hear Cole or JR say “Hey wait a minute, he’s not on this show; what is he DOING here?” without ruining the freshness of the invasion? If there’s ..click here to read more
batista, Christy Hemme, Eddie Guerrero, hulk hogan, JBL, john cena, Kurt Angle, Motorhead, randy orton, Rey Mysterio, Roddy Piper, shawn michaels, The Undertaker, triple h, Trish Stratus, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 21
From The Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
April 3, 2005
Since the day that Vince McMahon gained majority interest of the World Wrestling Federation from his aging, ailing father Vincent J., the younger Vince had grandiose dreams for the wrestling enterprise.
But wrestling is, of course, a bad word to McMahon. “Wrestling” conjures up scorn and mockery from the mainstream media, which is the very group that McMahon wants to charm most. While Vince has taken many a potshot at the mainstream, even on his own WWE programs, it’s done with a “sour grapes” bent.
McMahon has wished for years that his televised events would get the same respect that American Idol, Monday Night Football, Survivor, Seinfeld, CSI, and other wildly popular contemporary shows receive. Other than a war with WCW in the latter half of the 1990’s, he’s never seen other wrestling ventures as direct ..click here to read more
batista, Chris Benoit, chris jericho, Christian, Christy Hemme, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, hulk hogan, JBL, john cena, Kurt Angle, Motorhead, Paul Orndorff, randy orton, Rey Mysterio, Roddy Piper, shawn michaels, Shelton Benjamin, Steve Austin, The Undertaker, triple h, Trish Stratus, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 21
-80% done. Abso-sanely incredible. Now I know how my boss Eric Gargiulo felt when he came over to Ellis Island ninety-three years ago with nothing but three dollars in his pocket and the dreams of calling matches involving fluorescent lighting tubes. Like my good friend Eric, I can see the Island. I’m not quite there, but I’m close.
-And it’s apropos that I bring up a New York landmark, as the huddled masses of the WWE roster rolled into Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 14, 2004, which was the earliest WrestleMania to date. With 12 matches stretched over a five hour (yes, you read it right) time slot, there’s little doubt that Vince McMahon wanted this event to be completely and utterly memorable. Would it live up to the high expectations?
-Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler are providing commentary for Raw again, ..click here to read more
Bill Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Kane, Kurt Angle, mick foley, randy orton, ric flair, shawn michaels, Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, triple h, WrestleMania 20
From Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
March 14, 2004
Poor WWE. Despite being the most lucrative, proliferative, and memory-composing wrestling entity to ever be seen, it feels like that they sometimes can’t win.
On the one hand, fans criticize World Wrestling Entertainment for clinging to the past like rats to the hull of a sinking ship. In recent years, the likes of Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin have been “brought off the bench” to star in an occasional segment wherein they usually wind up destroying somebody who could use a victory to solidify himself.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, WWE also takes it in the shorts when things change TOO much. The company’s innovative experiments of the past decade, such as the brand extension, guest hosts on Raw, the Diva Search, having two world titles, and other concepts ..click here to read more
batista, Bill Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, Chris Benoit, Christian, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, Kane, Kurt Angle, mick foley, Paul Heyman, randy orton, ric flair, Rikishi, Sable, shawn michaels, Stacy Keibler, Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, Torrie Wilson, triple h, Trish Stratus, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 20
Once again, I am starting a new series of columns. This time, each column will focus on an event, wrestler or angle that should have been all-around more successful than it was, but for whatever reason, didn’t live up to expectations. For my first installment, I will look at one of my favorite PPVs, an event I happened to be at in the front row, and at the same time, a let down to many, that being the 19th installment of WrestleMania.
Now, after reading that first paragraph, you might be wondering how it could be such a letdown if it’s one of my favorite events? You raise a good question, one that I can and will explain over this column.
WrestleMania XIX, which took place in Seattle, WA on March 30th, 2003, and in all honesty, had the makings of one of the best ‘Mania events in history. The building was ..click here to read more
Booker T, Brock Lesnar, Chris Benoit, chris jericho, hulk hogan, Kurt Angle, Matt Hardy, Rey Mysterio, Roddy Piper, shawn michaels, Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, triple h, Trish Stratus, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 19
-What I wouldn’t give to relive the WWE WrestleMania 19 era. I was 19 years old and making insane money delivering pizza for just 25 hours a week. Seriously, the tips I made were great, given I live in the midst of middle class suburbia. I had few bills, not a care in the world, free from the restraints of school, yada yada. The only thing missing was a quality WWE product. At this point, you had a better chance of getting chlamydia from Paula Deen than getting three straight good weeks of Monday Night Raw.
-Speaking of the promotion, it was March 30, 2003, and we go way out to the land of Wozniak, Seattle, WA, in the confines of Safeco Field. This is the first time that we have two commentary teams covering WrestleMania, with Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler handling Raw duties, and Michael ..click here to read more
Brock Lesnar, chris jericho, hulk hogan, Kurt Angle, shawn michaels, Steve Austin, The Rock, vince mcmahon, WrestleMania 19