Top 10 Moments In WWE SummerSlam History - The Roar
Top 10 Moments In WWE SummerSlam History
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The WWE’s annual summer event is quickly approaching and we here at the Roar are joining in on the excitement by taking a look back at some of the more memorable moments from past SummerSlam events!
Shawn Michaels Costs The Undertaker the WWE Championship (1997)
Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart were in the midst of a heated (and real life) professional rivalry, and WWE Champion, The Undertaker had to contend with this volatile dynamic as well as his challenger, Bret Hart.
Tensions boiled over between Hart and guest referee Michaels – who had been calling the match down the middle – and one chair swing shifted the whole championship scene.
With the crowd clamoring for something new and The Rock making his first entry into the world of Hollywood, the young and intimidating Brock Lesnar took not only the WWE Championship, but the moniker of “The Next Big Thing”.
Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage For the WWE Championship (1992)
The WWE Championship was on the line between two of the most explosive personalities in company history!
Added into the spectacle was the mystery of who was an ally of the heel pair of Ric Flair and Mr. Perfect.
If you take some time to go “old school”, this one is worth a watch.
The Rock and Triple H Climb The Ladder To The Main Event (1998)
With the parallel rise of their individual careers, Triple H and The Rock were the young studs in the WWE holding down the middle of the card as the leaders of their respective factions – The Nation and D-Generation X.
The months long rivalry between the two groups culminated with an exciting ladder match for The Rock’s Intercontinental Championship in the legendary Madison Square Garden.
Shawn Michaels Ping Pongs Around The Ring vs. Hulk Hogan (2005)
In the summer of 2005, Shawn Michaels turned heel for a brief moment in a feud with Hulk Hogan.
While Hogan, notorious for playing his backstage politics card, wanted to ensure he was the ‘hero’ of the match and was victorious, the veteran HBK decided to pull off one of the most exaggerated and passive aggressive performances of all time.
If you’ve never seen this match, go back and give it a look. It’s Michaels doing his most cartoonish overselling.
Since people are talking about Hulk Hogan let’s remember the time he tried to screw over HBK so Shawn Michaels purposely over sold the entire match to get back at him. pic.twitter.com/VJmeNKzKUe
During what is arguably the greatest time for the tag team division in WWE, The Hardyz, The Dudleys and Edge & Christian ushered in a whole new era of brutality with the first ever Tables, Ladders & Chairs match for the WWE World Tag Team Championships.
This match is the foundation for all the ladder based spectacles that came after it.
The British Bulldog vs Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart at the ’92 SummerSlam in London’s Wembly Stadium is perhaps one of the most celebrated and beloved ‘Slam main events in WWE history.
It was the main event for the WWE Intercontinental Championship that featured the hometown hero, Bulldog against his real life brother-in-law, Bret Hart with Bulldog’s wife and Bret’s sister, Diana looking on from the crowd.
If you’re looking for an old school watch, check this one out!
Entrances for the IC Title match to close out SummerSlam 92
First, hometown favorite British Bulldog is accompanied by Lennox Lewis. A hero's welcome indeed
Next, Bret Hart storms down the aisle to a decidedly different reaction than he'd get in the US. He looks awesome though pic.twitter.com/kyYjiLYY0V