It's one of those SummerSlams that gets lost in the shuffle, due to a lack of earth-shattering moments. SummerSlam 2008 wouldn't be found among the ten worst SummerSlams ever, and is even a sneaky candidate to crack the ten best. No, it's not the 2002 or the 1992 shows, but SummerSlam 2008 is one of those simple shows where the action was way better than average, and even featured some enthralling angle development.
There are three true highlights, and two of them were matches. The Undertaker's return from a brief time away to battle Edge inside Hell in a Cell could well be their best one-on-one match together, topping their excellent WrestleMania main event. Preceding that brawl was John Cena and Batista's most high-profile one-on-one match to that point, and it more than delivered, especially considering that Cena was compromised by injury.
The best storyline going at the time did not have a representative match on the card, but still advanced with a legitimate "holy eff" moment. Shawn Michaels, flanked by wife Rebecca, was ostensibly going to retire from the ring, until Chris Jericho crashed the speech, throwing more gas onto the company's most heated angle.
It's a SummerSlam worth checking out, and may be the most underrated event bearing its name.
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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.