WWE’s summer classic is almost upon us, and as
usual, the company is pulling out all the stops. SummerSlam has become the
promotion’s summer WrestleMania, a major show where major angles culminate and
big-money matches take place.
This year is no exception on paper, as you have
Brock Lesnar facing Roman Reigns in what should be the end of their epic(?)
feud, Ronda Rousey challenging for the Raw Women’s Championship, AJ Styles and
Samoa Joe tangling for the WWE Championship, and Daniel Bryan finally getting
his hands on The Miz in a rivalry that is long overdue for a match.
Of course, that doesn’t guarantee a blockbuster of a
show, but it’s clear WWE views SummerSlam as a big deal. SummerSlam has produced
some truly amazing matches throughout the years, and it’s given us some turkeys
– and that range of match quality applies to the main events of each of the
previous 30 summer PPVs. Some main events have bored fans to tears, while
others have brought them to their feet.
Sometimes the strength of the PPV is measured by how
good the main event is. A truly memorable last match can elevate fans’ and
critics’ opinions of the event, while a forgettable bout can damage the PPV’s
With that said, let’s take a subjective look at the
SummerSlam main events through the years and see how they stack up.
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.