With the 24th annual Summer Slam just a few weeks away, let’s take a look at my top 30 Summer Slam matches of all time, starting with No.’s 30-21.
#30, Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio (Summer Slam 2002, Uniondale, NY)
The match was less than ten minutes but featured non-stop action from bell to bell. Angle picked up the win with Ankle Lock.
#29, Hakushi vs. 1-2-3 Kid (Summer Slam 1995, Pittsburgh, PA)
These two were the curtain jerker for the 1995 event and ended up being the second best match of the show. Hakushi was victorious via pin fall.
#28, The Legacy (Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase) vs. D-generation-X (Shawn Michaels and Triple H) (Summer Slam 2009, Los Angeles, CA)
While these two teams would go on to have better matches, this one went 20 minutes and was full of near falls. D-X got the win after HBK hit Sweet Chin Music on Rhodes for the pin.
#27, Intercontinental Championship: Owen Hart © vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (Summer Slam 1997, East Rutherford, NJ)
While this match wasn’t great, it holds significance because Owen botched a Tombstone Piledriver and temporarily paralyzed Austin. Once Austin was able to move, he rolled up Owen for the pin to win the title.
#26, Two out of three falls match: Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho (Summer Slam 2000, Raleigh, NC)
Although the match was just over 13 minutes long (short for a two out of three falls match), these two put on a very entertaining match. After swapping submission victories in the first two falls, Benoit used the ropes as leverage to pick up the deciding fall via pin fall.
#25, Ladder match for the Hardcore Championship: Jeff Hardy © vs. Rob Van Dam (Summer Slam 2001, San Jose, CA)
This match was full of high risk spots and went for almost 17 minutes. RVD was crowned champion after retrieving the title first.
#24, I Quit match: Ric Flair vs. Mick Foley (Summer Slam 2006, Boston, MA)
This match was pretty brutal as the two veterans (who did not get along behind the scenes until juts a few months before this match). The end (which was somewhat lame) came when Flair threatened to hit Melina with a barbed wire bat, forcing Foley to say ‘I Quit”.
#23, Intercontinental Championship: Lance Storm © vs. Edge (Summer Slam 2001, San Jose, CA)
The match opened the 2001 show and was an excellent wrestling match as it was likely Storm’s highest profile match in his WWE career. Edge picks up the pin fall win to become I/C Title.
#22, Hardcore Championship: Shane McMahon © vs. Steve Blackman (Summer Slam 2000, Raleigh, NC)
The match will forever be remembered for Shane’s fall from almost the top of the entrance stage. While it was obviously a padded fall, the fact that Shane went through with that bump is insane. Blackman picked up the pin fall win and the Hardcore Championship.
#21, World Heavyweight Championship: Chris Benoit © vs. Randy Orton (Summer Slam 2004, Toronto, ON)
Orton’s first World Title win came in very entertaining fashion as he and Benoit headlined the 2004 event. Lots of near falls and in the end, Orton countered a Crippler Crossface attempt from Benoit into a RKO for the pin.