Somewhere around 2001, the McMidas Touch had gone flat. With no more Monday Night Wars to dominate, and no more WCW to kick around like inanimate garbage, WWE seemed to scale back its frenetic storytelling, taking more of a leisurely pace in 2001. The audience slightly dropped, owing to the end of the wrestling boom, though many stuck around for what looked to be an historic angle.
A number of WCW malcontents, including Booker T and Diamond Dallas Page, stormed the WWE castle looking for a fight. They would be joined by ECW renegades such as Rob Van Dam and Tommy Dreamer, and suddenly, the ultimate professional wrestling holy war was about to play out on weekly television.
SummerSlam 2001 was one of the battlegrounds for this would-be unbridled chaos. While it was a quality show with a handful of top-flight matches, something was missing. It was apparent, given the manners in which DDP and Booker both lost, that nobody on the villain side was going to look good, unless they were part of the WWE machine previously (save for Van Dam).
In this "Invasion", the flesh was more than willing. But the spirit was somehow weaker than weak.
Here are 10 facts about SummerSlam 2001 you may not have known.