10 Fascinating WWE SummerSlam 2013 Facts

The ultimate yin and yang: two all-time classic matches, and the birth of The Authority.


You can call it the WrestleMania 10 of SummerSlams. The 1994 'Mania featured two genuine five-star matches in Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart, and the ladder match between Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels. Just because Dave Meltzer gave the Harts' match a ****3/4 rating doesn't mean I can't give it five. It's five stars, damn it.

SummerSlam 2013 is in that boat of delivering two matches at or near perfection: CM Punk's no-disqualification war with Brock Lesnar, and John Cena's WWE Championship defense against Daniel Bryan, at a time when Bryan's popularity was going off the charts. It's not your ordinary two-match show, either: the Alberto Del Rio/Christian World Heavyweight title match would've been the best match of many pay-per-views, and takes a respectable third place here.

On technical merit, it's one of the greatest pay-per-views in WWE history, as the big matches delivered beyond even high expectations. However, tempering that enjoyment is the fact that SummerSlam 2013 birthed The Authority, which is probably due to respawn any time now (perhaps as you're reading this), going on four years of sucking the life out of Monday Night Raw like suit-wearing parasites.

Eh well, at least it led to the "YES" movement.

Here are ten facts about SummerSlam 2013 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.