SummerSlam

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Madison Square Garden has hosted SummerSlam three times.

SummerSlam is a yearly professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event held in August by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The event is often called "The Biggest Party of the Summer."[1] Along with WrestleMania, Royal Rumble and Survivor Series, SummerSlam is one of the "Big Four" pay-per-views and was one of the original four yearly WWE pay-per-views.[2]

Dates and venues[change | edit source]

Event Date City Venue Main event
SummerSlam (1988) August 29 1988 New York, New York Madison Square Garden The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage) defeated The Mega Bucks (Ted DiBiase and André the Giant)
(with Jesse Ventura as special guest referee)
SummerSlam (1989) August 28 1989 East Rutherford, New Jersey Meadowlands Arena Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake defeated Randy Savage and Zeus
SummerSlam (1990) August 27 1990 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum The Ultimate Warrior defeated Rick Rude in a Steel cage match to retain the WWF Championship
SummerSlam (1991) August 26 1991 New York, New York Madison Square Garden Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior defeated Sgt. Slaughter, Colonel Mustafa, and General Adnan
(with Sid Justice as special guest referee) in a Handicap match
SummerSlam (1992) August 29 1992 London, England Wembley Stadium The British Bulldog defeated Bret Hart to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship
SummerSlam (1993) August 30 1993 Auburn Hills, Michigan The Palace of Auburn Hills Lex Luger defeated WWF Champion Yokozuna by countout
SummerSlam (1994) August 29 1994 Chicago, Illinois United Center The Undertaker defeated "The Underfaker"
SummerSlam (1995) August 27 1995 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Civic Arena Diesel defeated King Mabel to retain the WWF Championship
SummerSlam (1996) August 18 1996 Cleveland, Ohio Gund Arena Shawn Michaels defeated Vader to retain the WWF Championship
SummerSlam (1997) August 03 1997 East Rutherford, New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena Bret Hart defeated The Undertaker (with Shawn Michaels as special guest referee) to win the WWF Championship
SummerSlam (1998) August 30 1998 New York, New York Madison Square Garden Steve Austin defeated The Undertaker to retain the WWF Championship
SummerSlam (1999) August 22 1999 Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Center Mankind defeated Steve Austin and Triple H (with Jesse Ventura as special guest referee)
in a Triple Threat match to win the WWF Championship
SummerSlam (2000) August 27 2000 Raleigh, North Carolina Entertainment and Sports Arena The Rock defeated Kurt Angle and Triple H in a Triple Threat match to retain the WWF Championship
SummerSlam (2001) August 19 2001 San Jose, California Compaq Center The Rock defeated Booker T to win the WCW Championship
SummerSlam (2002) August 25 2002 Uniondale, New York Nassau Coliseum Brock Lesnar defeated The Rock to win the WWE Undisputed Championship
SummerSlam (2003) August 24 2003 Phoenix, Arizona America West Arena Triple H defeated Goldberg, Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, Kevin Nash and Shawn Michaels in
an Elimination Chamber match to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
SummerSlam (2004) August 15 2004 Toronto, Ontario Air Canada Centre Randy Orton defeated Chris Benoit to win the World Heavyweight Championship
SummerSlam (2005) August 21 2005 Washington, D.C. MCI Center Hulk Hogan defeated Shawn Michaels
SummerSlam (2006) August 20 2006 Boston, Massachusetts TD Banknorth Garden Edge defeated John Cena to retain the WWE Championship
SummerSlam (2007) August 26 2007 East Rutherford, New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena John Cena defeated Randy Orton to retain the WWE Championship
SummerSlam (2008) August 17, 2008 Indianapolis, Indiana[3] Conseco Fieldhouse The Undertaker defeated Edge in a Hell in a Cell match
SummerSlam (2009) August 23, 2009[4] Los Angeles, California Staples Center CM Punk defeated Jeff Hardy in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match to win the World Heavyweight Championship
SummerSlam (2010) August 15, 2010 Los Angeles, California Staples Center Team WWE (John Cena, John Morrison, R-Truth, Bret Hart, Edge, Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan) defeated The Nexus (Wade Barrett, David Otunga, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Darren Young, Skip Sheffield and Michael Tarver) in a 7-on-7 Elimination Tag Team Match
SummerSlam (2011) August 14, 2011 Los Angeles, California Staples Center CM Punk (c) defeated John Cena (c) in a Singles match for the Undisputed WWE Championship. Triple H served as guest referee
SummerSlam (2012) August 19, 2012 Los Angeles, California Staples Center CM Punk (c) defeated Big Show and John Cena in a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship.
Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) defeated Triple H in a No Disqualification, No Count-Out match.
SummerSlam (2013) August 18, 2013 Los Angeles, California Staples Center Daniel Bryan defeated John Cena (c) in a Singles match for the WWE Championship. Triple H served as guest referee.
Randy Orton defeated Daniel Bryan in a Singles match for the WWE Championship. Triple H served as guest referee (this was Orton's Money in the Bank cash-in)
SummerSlam (2014) August 17, 2014 TBA TBA TBA

DVD box set[change | edit source]

WWE released a complete DVD box set with the title SummerSlam: The Complete Anthology, which includes all the SummerSlam events, on August 5 2008.[5]

References[change | edit source]

  1. Louie Dee (May 17, 2006). "Let the Party Begin". WWE.com. http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/archive/summerslam06shoot. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
  2. Assael, Shaun. Sex, Lies, & Headlocks, 94–95.
  3. "Greatest Moments in Pay-Per-View History". WWE Magazine: 64–65. Special 2007.
  4. Martin, Adam (2008-11-20). "Reader Notes: Bret Hart, WWE in Elmira, 2009 PPVs". WrestleView. http://www.wrestleview.com/news08/1227214965.shtml. Retrieved 2008-11-21.
  5. WWE: SummerSlam: The Complete Anthology [DVD]. WWE Home Video.

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