Vince McMahon had a knack for creating pay per views on the same days as Jim Crockett Promotions in direct competition, which is how Survivor Series got its start when it went against Starrcade in 1987. The next year, the Royal Rumble made its debut in January which was followed by SummerSlam in August. Since then, SummerSlam has been a staple of the WWE as one of the “big four” pay per views, serving as the second largest behind WrestleMania. Some fans see WWE as having two different seasons; one that leads into WrestleMania and another that leads into SummerSlam. Since it is so highly regarded, we have gotten plenty of memorable matches over the years featuring some of the biggest names in WWE history.
On August 21st, 2016, WWE will celebrate the 29th SummerSlam as they return to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. We don’t know many of the names that will be wrestling yet, but we do know about the history of the SummerSlam event. You might be surprised to learn that a lot of WWE Hall of Fame members didn’t win a single SummerSlam match in their careers.
So who are these wrestlers that were never able to secure a victory at “The Biggest Party of the Summer?” Here are the 15 best wrestlers that had at least one televised match at the SummerSlam pay per view, but never went over.
15 Sgt. Slaughter
The large militaristic presence known as Sgt. Slaughter made his debut with WWE back in 1980 and made several returns. The most notable return came in 1991, where he would end up becoming a World Heavyweight Champion and had one of the most memorable heel runs in pro wrestling history.
13 Marty Jannetty
Some people remember Marty Jannetty simply for the fact that he was kicked by Shawn Michaels to break up The Rockers, but he had a very long and successful career outside of that. Jannetty made his debut back in 1984 and has kept up his wrestling recently, joining Chikara in 2011.
Back in 1995, Irishman David Finlay made his American debut with WCW, remaining with the company for five years and winning several championships. In 2001, Finlay would join WWE as a trainer before finally making his main roster debut in 2005. Finlay lasted another six years with WWE before semi-retirement and now works as a producer for the largest pro wrestling promotion in the world more than 40 years after starting his wrestling career.
11 Trish Stratus
Named the “Diva of the Decade” in the first part of the new millennium, Trish Stratus was certainly one of the most memorable female wrestlers around. The current yoga studio owner and WWE Hall of Fame 2013 inductee was a seven time Women’s Champion in WWE, and even held the Hardcore Championship once, taking it from Crash Holly back in 2002.
10 William Regal
One of the most respected names in all of professional wrestling, William Regal is a consummate pro that has been wrestling for more than 30 years. Regal made his WWE debut back in 1998, but soon departed back to WCW. Eventually, Regal would return to WWE where he would be a commissioner and a wrestler once again, and has even wrestled against the likes of Cesaro in recent years.
9 Honky Tonk Man
One of those “legends” that seems to be forgotten in pro wrestling history is the Honky Tonk Man, who made his WWE debut back in 1986. The Honky Tonk Man was known for his incredibly long reign as the Intercontinental Champion, holding the belt for 64 weeks. That reign is currently untouched, even after so many years.
8 Jeff Hardy
These days, it seems like all anyone can talk about when it comes to Jeff Hardy is The Final Deletion, but those that started watching WWE around a decade ago will certainly remember Jeff Hardy’s career there. Hardy spent time as a tag team member with brother Matt, while also having a solo career that saw him win world championships.
A larger than life figure that was portrayed as a Japanese sumo wrestler (despite being from the same Samoan family as Roman Reigns), Yokozuna was as imposing as it gets. Despite only having a brief run at the top with WWE, he was one of their biggest stars in the early 1990s and a perfect monster heel at the time.
6 Tito Santana
Not many wrestlers can say they were around the WWE for as long as Tito Santana was, as he was with the company between 1979 and 1993. Santana was more known for his WrestleMania matches throughout his career and became a member of the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.
It’s hard to find someone who weighs over 400 pounds and is still capable of aerial maneuvers, which is why Vader was a sight to behold in the squared circle. Wrestling all over the world, Vader made his debut with WWE in 1996 after spending time with NJPW and WCW, but left after only two years to return to Japan.
4 Booker T
After making a big name for himself in WCW as a member of Harlem Heat in 1993, Booker T would have a successful solo career where he won the World Heavyweight Championship in WCW four times.
3 Diamond Dallas Page
Another wrestler that found a lot of success over in WCW only to be a bit buried by the WWE is Diamond Dallas Page. Page signed with WCW in 1991 and won three World Heavyweight Championships in addition to United States, Tag Team and Television Championships before Vince McMahon bought the company that made him a star.
There’s one more WCW carry-over that never won a SummerSlam match and it’s the guy who will be included in the next WWE video game. Goldberg had the infamous streak while with WCW that was said to have reached 173 wins and he won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, holding it for 174 days.
1 Andre the Giant
A true spectacle in the world of sports entertainment, Andre the Giant was a 7’4” and 550 pound behemoth out of France that was billed as indestructible. Not only was he intimidating, but he was also endearing, finding success in the acting world in addition to his wrestling career.
Younger fans might be surprised to learn that Andre actually only had 13 pay per view matches with the WWE, with two of them coming at SummerSlam, both of which were losses. The first was in 1988 when he teamed up with Ted DiBiase against The Mega Powers of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage in the main event. The next year, Andre was teaming up with Big Boss Man and Akeem, where they would lose in a short match to Jim Duggan, Smash and Ax. Two years later, Andre made his final pay per view appearance in the United States, but was not competing in ring as he watched The Natural Disasters defeat The Bushwhackers.
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