The 2015 edition of SummerSlam marked the WWE’s 28th edition of the PPV event, one that has been highly touted over the years as one of the ‘Big 4’ PPVs, along with WrestleMania, Survivor Series and The Royal Rumble. The event has had its share of big highlights over the years, starting with its first major title change when The Ultimate Warrior beat The Honky Tonk Man for the Intercontinental Title during the first SummerSlam in 1988 in Madison Square Garden.
This year’s card gave us a solid night of WWE action, as, despite some strange booking decisions, it was a very exciting event enough it was a little bit long (four hours).
While we had some great matches at this year's SummerSlam, there have been plenty of duds over the years at the biggest event of the Summer. From poorly booked finishes to matches that just didn’t make sense, the event has had its share of awful bouts for fans to sit through.
Today, we analyze the awful matches from the last 27 years. Giving you matches that had bad finishes, poor effort or that just didn’t make sense to book in the first place.
20 Nailz vs Virgil (1992)
19 Kurt Angle vs Eugene (2005)
18 The Undertaker and Kane vs Diamond Dallas Page and Chris Kanyon (2001)
17 Big Bossman vs The Mountie (1991)
16 Shane McMahon vs Eric Bischoff (2003)
15 Rick Rude vs Junkyard Dog (1988)
14 Diesel vs King Mabel (1995)
13 Kofi Kingston and Mickie James vs Santino Marella and Beth Phoenix (2008)
12 Nikolai Volkoff and ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan vs The Orient Express (1990)
11 Kane vs Bray Wyatt (2013)
10 Greg Valentine vs Hercules (1989)
9 The Oddities vs Kaientai (1998)
8 Tatanka vs The Berzerker (1992)
7 Ric Flair vs Mick Foley (2006)
6 The Undertaker vs Giant Gonzalez (1993)
It’s tough to find much good in the wrestling career of Giant Gonzalez, who was dressed up in a weird outfit complete with fake muscles and hair. By SummerSlam 1993, Gonzalez and Taker had fought a few times and it was time for this awful feud to end. The Undertaker was able to put the big man away with a clothesline and in the end Gonzalez made a face turn when he turned on his heel manager Harvey Wippleman, giving him a chokeslam.
5 Goldust vs Brian Pillman (1997)
4 Bret Hart vs Isaac Yankem D.D.S. (1995)
3 The Undertaker vs The Undertaker (1994)
In 1994, the WWE gave the real Undertaker (Mark Calloway) some time to heal a back injury. The setup for his main event match with a second Taker came when Ted DiViase claimed he was bringing Taker back to WWE. Instead he brought in an imposter (Brian Lee, who also wrestled as ‘Chainz’ in WWE). Lee was about two inches shorter than Calloway and was probably 15-20 pounds lighter. The two went at it for just less than nine minutes, with the match being pretty lame. The ‘real’ Taker got the win, performing three Tombstone piledrivers and finally getting the pinfall victory. Thankfully they dropped the ‘fake’ Taker angle and allowed The Deadman to move on.
2 Lex Luger vs Yokozuna (1993)
1 Batista vs The Great Khali (2007)
2007 was a tough year for the WWE’s second major title – the World Heavyweight Championship. The belt was won by The Undertaker at WrestleMania in March of that year, and later Edge used a ‘Money in the Bank’ to cash in and win the belt. The ‘Rated R Superstar’ had the belt for just about two months before he had a pec injury and had to forfeit the title. Enter The Great Khali, who was given the belt after winning a battle royal on SmackDown. The former bodybuilder was no in-ring specialist by any means and at SummerSlam 2007, he took on former title holder Batista for the belt in a singles match. The semi-main event was not even given seven minutes and concluded with Khali using a chair to get disqualified to lose the match – but not the title. Ouch.
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