Since its inception back in 1988, SummerSlam has been a mainstay on the WWF pay-per-view schedule and is looked as second only to WrestleMania. This summertime classic has seen some great action over the years starting off in Madison Square Garden with Hulk Hogan and the “Macho Man” Randy Savage beating the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase and Andre the Giant.
Some other notable main events from early SummerSlams include the classic battle between Bret Hart and The British Bulldog for the WWF Intercontinental Championship from Wembley Stadium in London and the real Undertaker vs the fake Undertaker from the United Center in Chicago in 1994.
SummerSlam stayed at the Staples Center in Los Angeles from 2009 to 2014 before going to Brooklyn where it will stay until at least 2017. This year’s SummerSlam event will be headlined by Brock Lesnar vs Randy Orton, two guys who have certainly had their share of main events at the summer classic over the years.
SummerSlam has had star studded matches and lots of highlights over the years and the landscape of the WWE certainly changed in 2001 when WCW was purchased by the McMahons. Here is a look back at the best match from every SummerSlam of the past 15 years since 2000.
16 2015 – The Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar
15 2014 – Roman Reigns vs Randy Orton
14 2013 – John Cena vs Daniel Bryan
13 2012 – Triple H vs Brock Lesnar
12 2011 – John Cena vs CM Punk
11 2010 – Team WWE vs The Nexus
10 2009 – Jeff Hardy vs CM Punk
9 2008 – The Undertaker vs Edge
8 2007 – John Cena vs Randy Orton
7 2006 – Ric Flair vs Mick Foley
6 2005 – Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio
5 2004 – Chris Benoit vs Randy Orton
4 2003 – Triple H vs Goldberg vs Chris Jericho vs Randy Orton vs Kevin Nash vs Shawn Michaels
3 2002 – The Rock vs Brock Lesnar
2 2001 – Rob Van Dam vs Jeff Hardy
1 2000 – The Rock vs Kurt Angle vs Triple H
The first SummerSlam of the 2000s saw some great action as Chris Benoit defeated Chris Jericho in a two out of three falls match, Edge and Christian successfully defended their WWF Tag Team Championships in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match against The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz, and The Undertaker battled Kane to a no contest. The Main event was a triple threat match for the WWF Championship which saw The Rock defend his title against both Kurt Angle and Triple H. These men are three of the greatest of all time and the match did not disappoint. Triple H hit a Pedigree on Angle on the announce table before The Rock even made his way to the ring. Stephanie McMahon accidentally hit Triple H with the belt. She would go on to give him a sledgehammer which he accidentally hit her with and then The Rock hit a People’s Elbow to win the match and retain the gold.
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