The SummerSlam logo, since 2012.
|First event||SummerSlam (1988)|
SummerSlam is a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event, produced annually in August by professional wrestling promotion WWE. The inaugural SummerSlam took place on August 29, 1988 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York and was broadcast via pay-per-view, unlike the Royal Rumble of that year which was broadcast as a television special on USA Network. Dubbed as "The Biggest Event of the Summer", it is considered one of the "Big Four" original pay-per-view events of WWE (along with WrestleMania, Royal Rumble and Survivor Series),. Although the Royal Rumble generally attracts a larger viewership, SummerSlam has been touted by WWE as their second biggest event of the year after WrestleMania. Beginning with the 2009 event, SummerSlam has remained exclusive to the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
In the 1980s, Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation (WWF)'s main competition in the professional wrestling industry was from Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP). McMahon countered Jim Crockett's successful Starrcade pay-per-view, which began airing in 1983, by making the WrestleMania franchise. After WrestleMania III, the most successful professional wrestling pay-per-view event in history, McMahon created the Survivor Series franchise, which aired the same day as Starrcade '87 in November 1987. After defeating Crockett in the ratings, McMahon created the Royal Rumble, an event airing for free on the USA Network in January 1988, which set a ratings record for the network with eight million households tuning in to watch the event. In retaliation, Crockett created the Clash of the Champions event, which aired simultaneously with WrestleMania IV. WrestleMania IV garnered higher ratings, and not long after, Crockett filed for bankruptcy and sold his company to Ted Turner, who renamed it World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
As the WWF continued to replace its closed circuit programming with pay-per-view programming, Vince McMahon added more pay-per-views to the lineup to capitalize on the success of his previous events. In addition to WrestleMania in March, the Royal Rumble in January, and Survivor Series in November, McMahon made an event for August, which he named SummerSlam. To keep the WWF from having a pay-per-view market monopoly, Turner began airing monthly WCW pay-per-views, and both companies began bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue. SummerSlam became one of World Wrestling Federation (later World Wrestling Entertainment, and eventually just WWE)'s most successful events and one of the "Big Four" pay-per-views, along with WrestleMania, Survivor Series, and Royal Rumble. Those four events, along with King of the Ring, are known as the "Classic Five".
The first SummerSlam was held on August 29, 1988 in Madison Square Garden in New York City. In 2002, WWE instituted a brand extension,where the roster was split and wrestlers and pay-per-views were made exclusive to the RAW and SmackDown! brands. As a result, SummerSlam, WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, and Survivor Series were the only four events featuring wrestlers and matches from both brands. The 2006 event was the first to also feature the newly made ECW brand. In 2007, however, all pay-per-views began once again featuring talent from all three brands, until ECW was dissolved in 2010.
Dates and venues
|1||SummerSlam (1988)||August 29, 1988||New York City, New York||Madison Square Garden||20,000||The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage) vs. The Mega Bucks (Ted DiBiase and André the Giant) with special guest referee Jesse Ventura|
|2||SummerSlam (1989)||August 28, 1989||East Rutherford, New Jersey||Meadowlands Arena||20,000||Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake vs. Randy Savage and Zeus|
|3||SummerSlam (1990)||August 27, 1990||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||The Spectrum||19,304||The Ultimate Warrior (c) vs. Rick Rude in a Steel Cage match for the WWF Championship|
|4||SummerSlam (1991)||August 26, 1991||New York City, New York||Madison Square Garden||20,000||Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior vs. Sgt. Slaughter, Colonel Mustafa, and General Adnan in a 2-on-3 Handicap match with special guest referee Sid Justice|
|5||SummerSlam (1992)||August 29, 1992||London, England||Wembley Stadium||80,355||Randy Savage (c) vs. The Ultimate Warrior for the WWF Championship
Bret Hart (c) vs. The British Bulldog for the WWF Intercontinental Championship
|6||SummerSlam (1993)||August 30, 1993||Auburn Hills, Michigan||The Palace of Auburn Hills||23,954||Yokozuna (c) vs. Lex Luger for the WWF Championship|
|7||SummerSlam (1994)||August 29, 1994||Chicago, Illinois||United Center||23,000||Bret Hart (c) vs. Owen Hart in a Steel Cage match for the WWF Championship
The Undertaker vs. "The Undertaker"
|8||SummerSlam (1995)||August 27, 1995||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Pittsburgh Civic Arena||18,062||Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Razor Ramon in a Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship
Diesel (c) vs. King Mabel for the WWF Championship
|9||SummerSlam (1996)||August 18, 1996||Cleveland, Ohio||Gund Arena||17,000||The Undertaker vs. Mankind in a Boiler Room Brawl
Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Vader for the WWF Championship
|10||SummerSlam (1997)||August 3, 1997||East Rutherford, New Jersey||Continental Airlines Arena||20,213||Owen Hart (c) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWF Intercontinental Championship
The Undertaker (c) vs. Bret Hart for the WWF Championship with special guest referee Shawn Michaels
|11||SummerSlam (1998)||August 30, 1998||New York City, New York||Madison Square Garden||21,588||The Rock (c) vs. Triple H in a Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship
Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs. The Undertaker for the WWF Championship
|12||SummerSlam (1999)||August 22, 1999||Minneapolis, Minnesota||Target Center||17,370||Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs. Mankind vs. Triple H for the WWF Championship with special guest referee Jesse Ventura|
|13||SummerSlam (2000)||August 27, 2000||Raleigh, North Carolina||Entertainment and Sports Arena||18,124||The Rock (c) vs. Kurt Angle vs. Triple H for the WWF Championship|
|14||SummerSlam (2001)||August 19, 2001||San Jose, California||Compaq Center||15,293||Stone Cold Steve Austin (WCW) (c) vs. Kurt Angle (WWF) for the WWF Championship
Booker T (WCW) (c) vs. The Rock (WWF) for the WCW Championship
|15||SummerSlam (2002)||August 25, 2002||Uniondale, New York||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum||14,797||Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H in a Unsanctioned Street Fight
The Rock (c) vs. Brock Lesnar for the Undisputed WWE Championship
|16||SummerSlam (2003)||August 24, 2003||Phoenix, Arizona||America West Arena||16,113||Kurt Angle (c) vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship
Kane vs. Rob Van Dam in a No Holds Barred match
Triple H (c) vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Nash vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Randy Orton vs. Goldberg in an Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship
|17||SummerSlam (2004)||August 15, 2004||Toronto, Ontario||Air Canada Centre||17,640||Kurt Angle vs. Eddie Guerrero
Chris Benoit (c) vs. Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Championship
|18||SummerSlam (2005)||August 21, 2005||Washington, D.C.||MCI Center||18,156||Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero in a Ladder match
John Cena (c) vs. Chris Jericho for the WWE Championship
Hulk Hogan vs. Shawn Michaels
|19||SummerSlam (2006)||August 20, 2006||Boston, Massachusetts||TD Banknorth Garden||16,168||D-Generation X (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) vs. Vince & Shane McMahon
Edge (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship
|20||SummerSlam (2007)||August 26, 2007||East Rutherford, New Jersey||Continental Airlines Arena||17,441||John Cena (c) vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship|
|21||SummerSlam (2008)||August 17, 2008||Indianapolis, Indiana||Conseco Fieldhouse||12,480||Batista vs. John Cena
The Undertaker vs. Edge in a Hell in a Cell match
|22||SummerSlam (2009)||August 23, 2009||Los Angeles, California||Staples Center||14,116||D-Generation X (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) vs. Legacy (Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase, Jr.)
Randy Orton (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. CM Punk in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for the World Heavyweight Championship
|23||SummerSlam (2010)||August 15, 2010||14,178||Team WWE (John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Edge, Chris Jericho, Bret Hart, R-Truth, and John Morrison) vs. The Nexus (Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, David Otunga, Skip Sheffield, Michael Tarver and Darren Young) in a Seven-on-seven elimination tag team match|
|24||SummerSlam (2011)||August 14, 2011||17,404||Christian (c) vs. Randy Orton in a No Holds Barred match for the World Heavyweight Championship
CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena (c) for the Undisputed WWE Championship with special guest referee Triple H
|25||SummerSlam (2012)||August 19, 2012||14,205||Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler
CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena vs. Big Show for the WWE Championship
Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H
|26||SummerSlam (2013)||August 18, 2013||14,500||CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar in a No Disqualification match
John Cena (c) vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship with special guest referee Triple H
|27||SummerSlam (2014)||August 17, 2014||TBA||John Cena (c) vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship|
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