As WWE prepares to present the thirtieth SummerSlam in its long and illustrious history, it becomes imperative to honor and pay respect to the Superstars who have shaped the event and helped make it a success for the last three decades.
Icons and Hall of Famers, a Deadman and an Immortal, have all helped make the annual August event the 'Biggest Party of the Summer'.
They have been part of unforgettable moments, five-star classic matches, and even a few shocking conclusions that have created buzz among fans and excitement for the otherwise sluggish autumn months.
Without them, the likelihood the event is as memorable or beloved is incredibly low.
In 2017, two world titles will be up for grabs and superstars from Raw and SmackDown will look to etch their names in the history books, hoping to join their predecessors in being able to claim they made the spectacular better than it was before.
In preparation for Jinder Mahal, AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Braun Strowman, Finn Bálor, and the rest of the roster's awe-inspiring performances, journey through WWE history and relive the men who have shaped the foundation of WWE's annual extravaganza.
Erik Beaston is a freelance pro wrestling writer who likes long walks in the park, dandelions and has not quite figured out that this introduction is not for Match.com. He resides in Parts Unknown, where he hosts weekly cookouts with Kane, The Ultimate Warrior, Papa Shango and The Boogeyman. Be jealous.