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
You never get a dull interview out of Matt Hardy. The returning TNA superstar sat down for a recent Straight Shoot interview on YouTube. Hardy checks in via YouTube and offers some interesting opinions on recent news including WWE cuts.
Matt spent a lot of time talking about the recent WWE cuts. Here are some of the highlights of the 25-minute interview.
Matt was most surprised that Drew McIntyre made the list of recent cuts, as are a lot of people. Matt thinks he got caught up in the 3MB gimmick and wound up on a certain path. He described it as a bad break. He’d like to see McIntyre in Ring of Honor or TNA.
I have to admit that I am somewhat surprised at the overwhelming support for Drew McIntyre. He has received universal praise as an underrated and under-appreciated talent throughout the IWC and his peers. I must have missed ..click here to read more
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 ..click here to read more
jeff hardy, Matt Hardy, Ring of Honor, TNA Wrestling
-We are LIVE from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ on March 28, 2010 for WrestleMania XXVI. Well, not me. I’m inside a one story house with a decently-furnished living room in South Jersey that belongs to my brother Josh, and we’re joined by friends Dave and Rob for this historic evening. Funny that our childhood heroes are all wrestling: Undertaker for Rob, Bret Hart for Dave, Shawn Michaels for me, and Vince McMahon for Josh (don’t ask).
-It should be noted that my feelings on this show may change in six months, as I’m writing this while coming off of the fumes of adrenaline from having just watched the show live. It’s like on IMDb when the users go see a hit movie, and ..click here to read more
Alicia Fox, batista, Beth Phoenix, bret hart, chris jericho, Christian, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Edge, Evan Bourne, Eve Torres, Gail Kim, Jack Swagger, john cena, Kane, Kelly Kelly, Kofi Kingston, Layla, Maryse, Matt Hardy, Michelle McCool, Mickie James, Money in the Bank, MVP, randy orton, shawn michaels, Sheamus, Shelton Benjamin, Ted DiBiase Jr., The Miz, The Undertaker, triple h, Vickie Guerrero, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania 26
From University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ
March 28, 2010
One of the biggest differences between WWE and TNA is that when WWE utilizes older wrestlers, it’s to their maximum.
In the fall of 2009, TNA went ahead with a considerable end-run to bolster their roster, with the target of running a monster three-hour episode of Impact, live on Monday, January 4, up against Raw.
To sweeten the pot and lure in casual fans not familiar with TNA, the company brought in Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff to be major players, while negotiating with Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, Ric Flair, and Jeff Hardy, as well as other familiar faces.
WWE, knowing that TNA was going to bring their best laid plans to that ..click here to read more
Alicia Fox, batista, Beth Phoenix, bret hart, chris jericho, Christian, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Edge, Evan Bourne, Eve Torres, Gail Kim, Jack Swagger, john cena, Kane, Kelly Kelly, Kofi Kingston, Layla, Maryse, Matt Hardy, Michelle McCool, Mickie James, Money in the Bank, Montreal Screwjob, MVP, randy orton, shawn michaels, Sheamus, Shelton Benjamin, Ted DiBiase Jr., The Miz, The Undertaker, triple h, Vickie Guerrero, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania 26
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 ..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 ..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
-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 ..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
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