The 20 Best WWE SummerSlam Matches of All Time
Since 1988, WWE SummerSlam has been the biggest event of the summer. The event is quite historic, providing a chance for many wrestlers to define their careers and create matches that last a lifetime. Here are the 20 best WWE SummerSlam matches of all time.
20. Team WWE vs. The Nexus-SummerSlam 2010
The Nexus were the spoilers of events, running in on main events and spoiling the broadcast. The team went on to attack John Cena in June 2010 and affirmed their dominance over the company. Having wrecked many events, they finally agreed to meet a WWE all-star team in an elimination match at SummerSlam.
The event was characterized by drama as the WWE team unleashed their first mystery member as Daniel Bryan (a former member of The Nexus). The two teams clashed for almost half an hour before finally coming down to Wade Barrett and Justin Gabriel against Cena and Bryan. Though the match was criticized of how it finished, the audience experienced something different from the normal wrestling routine.
19. Shane McMahon vs. Test – SummerSlam 1999
Their rivalry began when Test began dating Stephanie McMahon in 1999 and Shane, her brother, was against it. They took their rivalry to the ring and battled at SummerSlam in an event dubbed as “Love her or Leave her.” If Test won the match, he could date Stephanie without any incidents but if Shane won, Test and Stephanie would have to split. The fans were treated to a rare show of romance in WWE history as they watched anxiously.
The two put up a good fight, but it was Test who pinned Shane with an elbow drop to win the match thus deciding Stephanie’s fate. They both celebrated Test’s victory together in the ring after the match.
18. Triple H vs. The Rock – Ladder Match, SummerSlam 1998
Despite having wrestled each other many times over the years, the ladder match at SummerSlam 1998 was the most important match for both men as it defined their careers. Their heated rivalry first started when Triple H tried to grasp the Intercontinental Title from The Rock, and their battle at Madison Square Garden would be his last chance.
Heading into the match, the two unleashed their hatred upon one another and inflicted pain on each other without even trying to climb the ladder. They wrestled both in the ring and outside and any threat to climb the ladder was neutralized by the other counterpart. Finally, it was HHH who delivered a low blow that knocked The Rock back to the mat and then he grabbed the win to clinch the title. This victory marked HHH’s ascension to the top as a single legitimate star.