Since its inception in 1988, SummerSlam has been among the biggest events in all of professional wrestling. It has stood the test of time from the golden years throughout the Attitude Era and even today, SummerSlam remains a household name. It has been and will remain the WWE's second priority behind WrestleMania, but that doesn't make it any less significant.
The stars always come out in full force to celebrate the biggest party of the summer. Many dream matches also tend to take place at the event with surprising appearances sprinkled in. Here is the ranking of the last 10 SummerSlam from best to worst!
10 SummerSlam 2010
The outcome of the main event is among the many reasons behind the placement of SummerSlam 2010 at the bottom of the list. While most fans were pushing for The Nexus to pull through, John Cena had a vintage SuperCena performance to hand team WWE the victory.
The two World Championship matches were underwhelming on paper, and turned out to be even worse in real time as fans had little interest in seeing Kane take on Rey Mysterio, while Randy Orton faced Sheamus. It is one of the lowest rated major events in history and one that WWE wish they could change.
9 SummerSlam 2012
SummerSlam 2012 had all the potential in the world to be a significant pay-per-view. Unfortunately, WWE had it all wrong with the booking with blunders such as inserting Big Show into the Title match against John Cena and CM Punk.
The contest between Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio failed to capture the attention of fans and was one of the last straws for both Superstars in the title picture. The main event featuring Brock Lesnar and Triple H was highly anticipated as it had been years in the making, and saved this SummerSlam from being a complete disaster after all.
8 SummerSlam 2017
Aside from the two tag team contest and main event, SummerSlam 2017 was far from memorable. Matches like AJ Style against Kevin Owens fell way short of expectations, and that's not to mention the many duds on the card including John Cena against Baron Corbin, Big Cass against Big Show and Randy Orton versus Rusev.
The Fatal-4 Way between Brock Lesnar, Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman saved the day, as it was one of the better main events that year. This pay-per-view was filled with top talents all around the card, but the WWE failed to capitalize on its potential.
7 SummerSlam 2018
SummerSlam 2018 featured some of the best performers around the world. From pre-show to main event, WWE had all the tools in the world to put together a great pay-per-view. Such wasn't the case as SummerSlam didn't have nearly as many resonating moments as precedent events.
The main event between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns made matters much worse, clocking in at just six minutes and ten seconds. The saving grace of the event took place in the form of a contest between Samoa Joe and AJ Styles for the WWE Championship, as nothing else came close to matching it.
6 SummerSlam 2016
SummerSlam 2016 had some up and downs throughout the show, but the high profile contest between John Cena and AJ Styles certainly stole the show. None of the matches that followed up were able to match the momentum generated by both Superstars as they clicked on an incredible level that night.
Finn Balor and Seth Rollins' match for the WWE Universal Championship was also well-received, and fans were hoping to see it in the main event. But that would be the underwhelming bout between Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton, which was completely dominated by the former from start to finish.
5 SummerSlam 2014
In 2014, WWE was undergoing some major changes with the roster changing as many big names left the company. SummerSlam was highly anticipated that year following a brilliant edition in 2013, and the outcome was solid enough to re-watch the pay-per-view.
The highly anticipated main event bout between Brock Lesnar and John Cena lived up to its build, as both Superstars brought their A game that night. When it comes to other matches, the quality varied from solid to disappointing. Some duds such as Stephanie McMahon versus Brie Bella bring down the overall rating of the event, although it isn't bad by any means.
4 SummerSlam 2015
Fans never know what to expect when it comes to major WWE pay-per-views. The quality may range from classic to solid to outright bad, and this has been especially true throughout the 2010s. In 2015, it's safe to say that the company delivered with a very memorable SummerSlam that is still talked about to this day.
In the main event, The Undertaker defeated Brock Lesnar in a thriller that kept fans on their feet for its entirety. There were other solid contests such as Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns against The Wyatt Family, as well as Seth Rollins taking on John Cena.
3 SummerSlam 2009
This PPV is one of the best SummerSlam's from start to finish in the 2000s as WWE got it completely right with this card. The only exception being the underwhelming Randy Orton versus John Cena, which is essentially the reason behind bumping this event just outside of the top two.
As for the main event, it is considered to be one of the very best in modern history as CM Punk and Jeff Hardy stole the show in a TLC contest. The most other notable bout featured D-Generation X in a riveting contest against Ted DiBiase Jr. and Cody Rhodes.
2 SummerSlam 2011
WWE struck gold with the 2011 edition of SummerSlam as the event exceeded all expectations from the opening contest to headliners. Eight years since then, and many matches are now highly regarded by fans including the main event between CM Punk and John Cena.
The intense feud concluded in an epic battle that will be remembered for decades to come. Another highlight was the No Holds Barred contest between Randy Orton and Christian, which unexpectedly stole the show. It was arguably the best match both Superstars have put on during their lengthy careers, which speaks highly of their immense chemistry that night.
1 SummerSlam 2013
Not only was this event the best edition of SummerSlam in the past decade, but it is also good enough to hold its own against any other pay-per-view. It was one of those rare shows where everything came together for the WWE with the storylines generating plenty of interest among fans. And the matches only solidified the creative team's efforts as multiple Superstars had incredible showings.
From the highly acclaimed main event between Daniel Bryan and John Cena to the gruesome battle featuring CM Punk and Brock Lesnar, there wasn't a dull moment throughout the night. That's not to mention one of the most underrated matches in WWE history between Alberto Del Rio and Christian.