Summerslam is just a couple weeks away on August 19th, so there’s no better time to take a look at the greatest matches in the history of one of the best WWE pay-per-views.
Top 15 Summerslam Matches of All-Time
15. Hulk Hogan vs. Earthquake (1990)
Hogan takes on one of the most underrated big men of all time, Earthquake… Of course Hogan kicks out of the finisher and Hulks Up for the win brother!
14. Million Dollar Man vs. Virgil (1991)
Good storyline here as Virgil would go on to defeat his boss for his coveted Million Dollar Championship.
13. Ravishing Rick Rude vs. Ultimate Warrior – Cage Match (1990)
An old school cage match for the WWE title, with two classic characters.
12. Edge vs. John Cena (2006)
One of many classic battles between the two, Edge pulls an old school heel move to get the win in this one.
11. Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock (2002)
Not the greatest technical match of all-time, but Brock vs. Rock for the WWE Title, it doesn’t get much bigger from a marketing prospective.
10. CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy – TLC (2009)
Hardy doing what he does best, combined with Punk’s talent, equals one of the best matches in Summerslam history.
9. Dudley Boyz vs. Hardy Boys vs. Edge & Christian – TLC (2000)
The top three tag teams of the Attitude era going at it in one of their legendary triple threat TLC matches, not much more needs to be said.
8. Edge vs. Undertaker – HIAC (2008)
Edge considers his battles with Undertaker in 2008 to be some of the best work of his career. I’m sure Taker feels the same. This bout lived up to HIAC standards, and then some.
7. Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect (1991)
Bret Hart’s wins his first Intercontinental Title from Mr. Perfect at Madison Square Garden in an absolute classic match. Two of the best in-ring performers in the history of WWE.
6. Bret Hart vs. Undertaker w/ Shawn Michaels as Special Referee (1997)
One of the more important matches in the history of Summerslam. The bout set the stage for the coming months as Michaels would go on to battle Taker in the first ever Hell in a Cell match, and of course up to the most infamous match of all-time in Montreal at Survivor Series.
5. Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart – Cage Match (1994)
Brother vs. Brother in arguably the best cage match of all-time. These two stole the show with entire Hart Family sitting ringside.
4. Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon – Ladder Match (1995)
The sequel that didn’t disappoint. While this match is not as highly regarded as their clash at Wrestlemania X, one could argue it was a better match. Michaels would ride the momentum of his victory all the way to the main event of Wrestlemania XII.
3. Triple H vs. Rock – Ladder Match (1998)
Another huge bout in the development of HHH and the Rock as main event stars. This match was for the Intercontinental title, as the two up-and-comers put on one hell of a show, en route to taking the next step as superstars. I think this match is historically more significant than Shawn/Razor II.
2. Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog (1992)
Bret Hart and Davey Boy put on an absolute pro wrestling clinic back in the summer of 92. In Bulldog’s home country the United Kingdom, the crowd was as unforgettable as the match. Bulldog came out on top to win the IC belt, in what was undoubtedly was his career moment.
1. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels (2002)
After a four and half year hiatus from wreslting, HBK came out of retirement, for what at the time was suppose to be a one-off. If anyone had ever questioned how great Michaels was in the ring, he answered any lingering doubts. Michaels and Hemsley would go on to steal the show, in one of best matches of all-time.
Michaels did not miss a beat in his return to the squared circle, pulling out all the stops: ladders, tables, chairs, blood, and huge bump and after huge bump. These two beat the living hell out of each other, bell to bell.
The drama was real in this match, because at the time no one knew if Michaels’ legitimately bad back, would hold up. No one ever thought they’d see him in the ring again, let alone jumping off ladders in his first match back.
The icing on the cake if of course is JR calling the match. He’s on record saying he cried at ringside following the conclusion of the match, and when Michaels’ hand was raised in victory, I’m sure he wasn’t the only one. That’s how good of a performance these guys put on, and when you factor that with the Michaels comeback storyline, you get the best match in the history of Summerslam.
Be sure to check out this year’s event as Brock Lesnar battles Triple H from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.