10 Fascinating WWE SummerSlam 2002 Facts

"The Next Big Thing" reaches the apex, and "The Heartbreak Kid" proves he's still got it.


If I said that the 2002 event was the greatest SummerSlam of all time, would you disagree? There have been some truly spectacular SummerSlams, but the 2002 version is my pick for the best event out of the 29 that we've seen. From top to bottom, it was a show that gave you everything.

For one thing, it gave us Shawn Michaels' return more than four years after his last WWE match, in a well-built battle for the ages with Triple H. To say that Michaels delivered in his first match back would be a wild understatement: it's an emotional five-star classic, telling a gritty story of revenge, determination, and character. You can't ask for much more.

But SummerSlam did deliver more. Brock Lesnar came through big on the early faith imbued in him, looking like a million bucks in winning the WWE Championship from The Rock in the main event. The build, where each man's athletic prowess was demonstrated in beautiful detail, led to a brilliant coda in Lesnar's ascension on SummerSlam night.

Factor in excellent matches featuring five of the six "SmackDown Six" members (Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, Edge, Eddie Guerrero, and Chris Benoit, who worked with Rob Van Dam), and SummerSlam 2002 reached rare heights in terms of WWE event quality.

Here are ten facts about SummerSlam 2002 you may not have known.


Justin has been a wrestling fan since 1989, and has been writing about it since 2009. Since 2014, Justin has been a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine. Justin also writes for History of Wrestling, and is a contributing author to James Dixon's Titan series.