SummerSlam

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SummerSlam
The SummerSlam logo, since 2014.
The SummerSlam logo used since 2014
Nickname(s) "The Biggest Party of the Summer"
Promotion(s) WWE
Brand(s) Raw (2002-2011; 2016-present)
SmackDown (2002-2011; 2016-present)
ECW (2006-2009)
First event SummerSlam (1988)

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 considered the WWE's second biggest event of the year behind WrestleMania[3][4][5]. 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. From 2015-2018, the event took place at the Barclays Center in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

History

Madison Square Garden has hosted SummerSlam three times to date-- 1988, 1991 and 1998
The Staples Center in Los Angeles hosted SummerSlam from 2009-2014
The Barclays Center in Brooklyn hosted SummerSlam from 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 who 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).[6] 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 his 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 Madison Square Garden in New York City. 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.[7][8]

Dates and venues

# Event Date City Venue Main Event
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 (Ted DiBiase and André The Giant) with special guest referee Jesse Ventura
2 SummerSlam (1989) August 28, 1989 East Rutherford, New Jersey Brendan Byrne Arena Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake 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 World Heavyweight 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 special guest referee Sid Justice
5 SummerSlam (1992) August 29, 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 World Heavyweight Championship
7 SummerSlam (1994) August 29, 1994 Chicago, Illinois United Center The Undertaker vs. "The Undertaker"
8 SummerSlam (1995) August 27, 1995 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Civic Arena Diesel (c) vs. King Mabel for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
9 SummerSlam (1996) August 18, 1996 Cleveland, Ohio Gund Arena Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Vader for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
10 SummerSlam (1997) August 3, 1997 East Rutherford, New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena The Undertaker (c) vs. Bret Hart for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship with special guest referee Shawn Michaels
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. Triple H vs. Mankind in a Triple Threat match for the WWF Championship with special guest referee Jesse Ventura
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 at San Jose Booker T (c) vs. The Rock for the WCW Championship
15 SummerSlam (2002) August 25, 2002 Uniondale, New York Nassau Veterans Memorial 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. Kevin Nash vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Randy Orton vs. Goldberg 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 The Undertaker vs. Edge in a Hell in a Cell match
22 SummerSlam (2009) August 23, 2009[9] Los Angeles, California Staples Center[9] Jeff Hardy (c) vs. CM Punk in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for the World Heavyweight Championship
23 SummerSlam (2010) August 15, 2010[10] Team WWE (John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Edge, Chris Jericho, Bret Hart, R-Truth, and John Morrison) vs. The Nexus (Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, David Otunga, Skip Sheffield, Michael Tarver, and Darren Young)
24 SummerSlam (2011) August 14, 2011 CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena (c) for the Undisputed WWE Championship with special guest referee Triple H
25 SummerSlam (2012) August 19, 2012 Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H in a No Disqualification match
26 SummerSlam (2013) August 18, 2013 John Cena (c) vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship with special guest referee Triple H
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 The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
29 SummerSlam (2016) August 21, 2016 Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton
30 SummerSlam (2017) August 20, 2017 Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman 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, Canada[11] Scotiabank Arena TBD

See also

References

  1. ^ Dee, Louie (2006-05-17). "Let the Party Begin". WWE.com. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
  2. ^ a b Assael, Shaun. Sex, Lies, & Headlocks, 94–95.
  3. ^ "Could Brock Lesnar beat three men at SummerSlam to remain in the WWE?".
  4. ^ "=WWE SummerSlam's 30 main events ranked featuring Stone Cold, Triple H and Undertaker". 10 August 2018.
  5. ^ "WWE SummerSlam 2018 matches, card, location, date, start time, predictions PPV rumors".
  6. ^ Assael, Shaun. Sex, Lies, & Headlocks, 74–80.
  7. ^ Keith, Scott (2004). Wrestling's One Ring Circus: The Death of the World Wrestling Federation. Citadel Press. p. 160. ISBN 0-8065-2619-X.
  8. ^ Hamilton, Ian (2006). Wrestling's Sinking Ship: What Happens to an Industry Without Competition. Lulu.com. p. 160. ISBN 1-4116-1210-8.
  9. ^ a b Martin, Adam (2008-11-20). "Reader Notes: Bret Hart, WWE in Elmira, 2009 PPVs". WrestleView. Retrieved 2008-11-21.
  10. ^ "SummerSlam". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2010-03-18.
  11. ^ "WWE SummerSlam heading to Toronto in August 2019 after a four-year run in Brooklyn". Retrieved 27 August 2018.

External links

  • Official website
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