The 29th edition of WWE SummerSlam promises to be one of the biggest events that the WWE has ever hosted. Two of the sport’s celebrities, Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton will square off one more time to see who’s really the best pound-for-pound fighter in the ring at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. With two of the biggest fan bases in the WWE, this will be a passionate match between Orton and Lesnar, and potentially among the best SummerSlam has ever seen.
This year Finn Bálor and Seth Rollins are also participating in SummerSlam. The two are competing for the WWE Championship, and a match with so much on the line only adds to the intensity of the event.
Among the largest reasons that SummerSlam 2016 is highly anticipated is because of the events that have preceded it. The SummerSlam matches have produced some of the most memorable moments in WWE history. Picking the top three SummerSlam matches will be tougher than escaping the Walls of Jericho, but I’ll do my best.
SummerSlam I, 1988 – The Mega Powers vs. The Mega Bucks
Where would the sport of wrestling be without the initiative SummerSlam. The biggest names in the game got in the ring to settle a score and it was among the greatest wrestling matches in WWF history. Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage (The Mega Powers) vs. Ted “The Million Dollar Man” DiBiase and André the Giant (The Mega Bucks) was a matchup between two hated rivals.
The Mega Bucks played the character of the villains as Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage were two of typically the most popular wrestlers in the history of the sport. In addition to that, the historic event happened at one of the most historic places in the country, Madison Square Garden. DiBiase started the match by calling out the Hulkster..a big mistake. The pair of Hogan and Savage had control for most of the match, and finished with both of them taking down DiBiase with a few brutal blends and some help from Miss Elizabeth. The good guys got the win, and the WWF was headed for decades for success.
1998 – “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs., SummerSlam XI The Undertaker
Ten years afterwards, the WWF (eventually shifting to the WWE) was a money making machine. With more stars than it could handle, every match seemed critical in the late 90s. This event was special because of the undercard also. The Rock and Triple H squared off for the Intercontinental Championship, a match won by Triple H which turned out to be the start of a promising career. Stone Cold pinned The Undertaker immediately after to hold on to his WWF Championship belt,” and delivered his signature move, “The Stunner.”
In the early 2000s, the WWF was shaped into the WWE, and the first time the WWE Championship was contested at SummerSlam was in 2002. The Rock, a WWF superstar was taking Brock Lesnar, an upstart in the WWE with a lot to prove. The match was a back and forth affair with both opponents pulling off their signature moves. Lesnar rescinded instantly into a fall and managed to prevent The Rock from pulling off another “Rock Bottom”. The win was a major upset, and made Brock Lesnar the youngest wrestler to ever be crowned World Champion in the WWE. 14 years after and Lesnar is going strong as one of the fan favorites.
The WWE has outlasted and outperformed its competition all through the years. With WWE SummerSlam now less than a week away, the anticipation is building. Find your WWE SummerSlam tickets here at The King Of Tickets to see all the high flying action dwell!
SummerSlam has been a staple of the WWE for decades. Share your thoughts on this one will stack up against some of the other great SummerSlam events. Highlights and the memories are endless so let us know which one you recall the most and why!