SummerSlam

SummerSlam is a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced annually in August by professional wrestling promotion WWE. Dubbed as "The Biggest Party of the Summer,"[1] it is one of the original "Big Four" pay-per-view events of WWE (along with WrestleMania, Royal Rumble and Survivor Series)[2] and is considered the WWE's second biggest event of the year behind WrestleMania.[3][4] The inaugural SummerSlam took place on August 29, 1988 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and was broadcast via pay-per-view. From 2009-2014, SummerSlam was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and from 20152018, the event took place at the Barclays Center in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

WWE SummerSlam
The SummerSlam logo 2012.
WWE SummerSlam logo 2012
Nickname(s)"The Biggest Party of the Summer"
Promotion(s)WWE
Brand(s)Raw (2002–2011; 2016–present)
SmackDown (2002–2011; 2016–present)
205 Live (2018–2019)
ECW (2006–2009)
First event1988

HistoryEdit

Madison Square Garden has hosted SummerSlam three times to date-- 1988, 1991 and 1998
Staples Center hosted SummerSlam six years in a row-- 2009-2014 the tagline was called California Sun
Barclays Center hosted SummerSlam four years in a row-- 2015-2018

In the 1980s, Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation (WWF)'s main competition in the professional wrestling industry was from the Charlotte-based Jim Crockett Promotions, which was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). McMahon countered Jim Crockett's successful Starrcade closed-circuit television event, which began airing in 1983, with the WrestleMania franchise in 1985 and eventually forced Crockett to sell his company to Ted Turner, who renamed it World Championship Wrestling (WCW).[5] The WWF continued to replace its closed circuit programming with pay-per-view programming and added more pay-per-views to the lineup to capitalize on the success of its previous events. In addition to WrestleMania in March and Survivor Series in November, McMahon added a third pay-per-view for August, which he named SummerSlam. To keep the WWF from having a pay-per-view market monopoly, WCW began airing monthly pay-per-views, and both companies began bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue.[2] The first SummerSlam was held on August 29, 1988 in New York's Madison Square Garden. SummerSlam became one of the WWF's (and later WWE's) most successful events and one of the "Big Four" pay-per-views, along with WrestleMania, Survivor Series and Royal Rumble.[6]

Dates and venuesEdit

# Event Date City Venue Main Event Ref.
1 SummerSlam (1988) August 29, 1988 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage) vs. The Mega Bucks (André The Giant and Ted DiBiase) with Jesse Ventura as the special guest referee
2 SummerSlam (1989) August 28, 1989 East Rutherford, New Jersey Brendan Byrne Arena Brutus Beefcake and Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage and Zeus
3 SummerSlam (1990) August 27, 1990 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Spectrum The Ultimate Warrior (c) vs. Rick Rude in a Steel Cage match for the WWF Championship
4 SummerSlam (1991) August 26, 1991 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior vs. Sgt. Slaughter, General Adnan and Colonel Mustafa in a Handicap elimination match with Sid Justice as the special guest referee
5 SummerSlam (1992) August 29, 1992
Air date August 31, 1992
London, England Wembley Stadium Bret Hart (c) vs. The British Bulldog for the WWF Intercontinental Championship
6 SummerSlam (1993) August 30, 1993 Auburn Hills, Michigan The Palace of Auburn Hills Yokozuna (c) vs. Lex Luger for the WWF Championship
7 SummerSlam (1994) August 29, 1994 Chicago, Illinois United Center The Undertaker vs. "The Undertaker"
8 SummerSlam (1995) August 27, 1995 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Civic Arena Diesel (c) vs. King Mabel for the WWF Championship
9 SummerSlam (1996) August 18, 1996 Cleveland, Ohio Gund Arena Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Vader for the WWF Championship
10 SummerSlam (1997) August 3, 1997 East Rutherford, New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena The Undertaker (c) vs. Bret Hart for the WWF Championship with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee
11 SummerSlam (1998) August 30, 1998 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs. The Undertaker for the WWF Championship
12 SummerSlam (1999) August 22, 1999 Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Center Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs. Mankind vs. Triple H in a Triple Threat match for the WWF Championship with Jesse Ventura as the special guest referee
13 SummerSlam (2000) August 27, 2000 Raleigh, North Carolina Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena The Rock (c) vs. Kurt Angle vs. Triple H in a Triple Threat match for the WWF Championship
14 SummerSlam (2001) August 19, 2001 San Jose, California Compaq Center Booker T (c) vs. The Rock for the WCW Championship
15 SummerSlam (2002) August 25, 2002 Uniondale, New York Nassau Coliseum The Rock (c) vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Undisputed Championship
16 SummerSlam (2003) August 24, 2003 Phoenix, Arizona America West Arena Triple H (c) vs. Chris Jericho vs. Goldberg vs. Kevin Nash vs. Randy Orton vs. Shawn Michaels in an Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship
17 SummerSlam (2004) August 15, 2004 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Air Canada Centre Chris Benoit (c) vs. Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Championship
18 SummerSlam (2005) August 21, 2005 Washington, D.C. MCI Center Hulk Hogan vs. Shawn Michaels
19 SummerSlam (2006) August 20, 2006 Boston, Massachusetts TD Banknorth Garden Edge (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship
20 SummerSlam (2007) August 26, 2007 East Rutherford, New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena John Cena (c) vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship
21 SummerSlam (2008) August 17, 2008 Indianapolis, Indiana Conseco Fieldhouse Edge vs. The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match
22 SummerSlam (2009) August 23, 2009 Los Angeles, California Staples Center Jeff Hardy (c) vs. CM Punk in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for the World Heavyweight Championship [7]
23 SummerSlam (2010) August 15, 2010 Team WWE (John Cena, Bret Hart, Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan, Edge, John Morrison and R-Truth) vs. The Nexus (Wade Barrett, Darren Young, David Otunga, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Michael Tarver and Skip Sheffield) [8]
24 SummerSlam (2011) August 14, 2011 CM Punk (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio for the WWE Championship in Del Rio's Money in the Bank cash-in match
25 SummerSlam (2012) August 19, 2012 Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H in a No Disqualification match
26 SummerSlam (2013) August 18, 2013 Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship with Triple H as the special guest referee in Orton's Money in the Bank cash-in match
27 SummerSlam (2014) August 17, 2014 John Cena (c) vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
28 SummerSlam (2015) August 23, 2015 Brooklyn, New York Barclays Center Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker
29 SummerSlam (2016) August 21, 2016 Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton
30 SummerSlam (2017) August 20, 2017 Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Universal Championship
31 SummerSlam (2018) August 19, 2018 Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship
32 SummerSlam (2019) August 11, 2019 Toronto, Ontario Scotiabank Arena Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship [9]
33 SummerSlam (2020) August 23, 2020 Orlando, Florida Amway Center Braun Strowman (c) vs. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt in a Falls Count Anywhere match for the WWE Universal Championship [10][11][12]
34 SummerSlam (2021) August 21, 2021 Paradise, Nevada Allegiant Stadium Roman Reigns (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Universal Championship [13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dee, Louie (May 17, 2006). "Let the Party Begin". WWE. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Assael, Shaun. Sex, Lies, & Headlocks, 94–95.
  3. ^ Paddock, Matty (August 21, 2017). "Could Brock Lesnar beat three men at SummerSlam to remain in the WWE?". The Independent. Archived from the original on August 22, 2017. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  4. ^ Jorgensen, Jack; Silverstein, Adam (August 19, 2018). "WWE SummerSlam 2018 matches, card, start time, location, 2018 date, PPV rumors". CBS Sports. Archived from the original on August 22, 2018. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  5. ^ Assael, Shaun. Sex, Lies, & Headlocks, 74–80.
  6. ^ Keith, Scott (2004). Wrestling's One Ring Circus: The Death of the World Wrestling Federation. Citadel Press. p. 160. ISBN 0-8065-2619-X.
  7. ^ Martin, Adam (November 20, 2008). "Reader Notes: Bret Hart, WWE in Elmira, 2009 PPVs". WrestleView. Retrieved November 21, 2008.
  8. ^ "SummerSlam". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  9. ^ Crosby, Jack (August 27, 2018). "WWE SummerSlam heading to Toronto in August 2019 after a four-year run in Brooklyn". CBS Sports. Archived from the original on May 28, 2019. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  10. ^ Johnson, Mike (May 8, 2020). "SUMMERSLAM WEEKEND WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN BOSTON, MAYOR SAYS ALL MAJOR EVENTS NEED TO MAKE ALTERNATIVE PLANS". PWInsider. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
  11. ^ Tedesco, Mike (May 8, 2020). "WWE SummerSlam will not take place in Boston, mayor announces no events will take place". WrestleView. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
  12. ^ Mike Johnson (July 6, 2020). "WWE SummerSlam Update". PWInsider. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  13. ^ WWE.com Staff (June 5, 2021). "Las Vegas to host SummerSlam at Allegiant Stadium". WWE. Retrieved June 5, 2021.

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