Promotional poster featuring several WWE wrestlers
|Tagline(s)||The Biggest Party of the Summer|
|"The Enemy" by Godsmack and "Cobrastyle" by Teddybears feat. Mad Cobra|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||August 20, 2006|
|Venue||TD Banknorth Garden|
SummerSlam (2006) was the nineteenth annual SummerSlam professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on August 20, 2006 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, and featured performers from the Raw, SmackDown!, and ECW brands. This marked the first inter-brand pay-per-view to feature the ECW brand.
The main match on the Raw brand was Edge versus John Cena for the WWE Championship, which Edge won by pinfall after hitting Cena in the back of the head with a pair of brass knuckles. The featured match on the SmackDown! brand was King Booker versus Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship, which Batista won by disqualification following interference from Queen Sharmell. The primary match on the ECW brand was The Big Show versus Sabu in an Extreme rules match for the ECW World Championship. Big Show won the match and retained the title after pinning Sabu following a chokeslam through a table. The featured matches on the undercard included D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) versus The McMahons (Vince and Shane) and Hulk Hogan versus Randy Orton.
Several of the existing feuds carried on after the event. D-Generation X continued feuding with The McMahons, defeating them and The Big Show in a Hell in a Cell match the following month. The feud between Batista and King Booker also continued, with the two facing off as part of a Fatal Four-Way match at No Mercy, which Booker won. The following month, at Unforgiven, John Cena defeated Edge in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match to win the WWE Championship and conclude their storyline.
The main feud heading into SummerSlam on the Raw brand was between Edge and John Cena over the WWE Championship. Edge won the WWE Championship on the July 3 edition of Raw by defeating then-champion Rob Van Dam and Cena in a triple threat match. The following week on Raw, after defeating Shelton Benjamin, Cena attacked Edge, who was providing commentary for the match. Edge, however, fought off Cena and executed an Edgecution followed by a spear. Later that night, as part of the storyline, Cena attacked Edge and Lita, Edge's girlfriend, at their hotel. On the July 15 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, Cena faced off against Edge for the WWE Championship. Cena won the match by disqualification after Lita interfered and slapped the referee. Since a championship cannot change hands via countout or disqualification, Edge retained the title. After the match, Cena attacked Edge and performed an FU through an announce table. Three weeks later, on the July 31 edition of Raw, a match between Edge and Cena for the WWE Championship was booked for SummerSlam, with the stipulation that if Edge got himself counted out or intentionally disqualified, he would lose the WWE Championship. On August 14, Edge went to Cena's father's house in West Newbury, Massachusetts, and slapped him.
There’s a line between business and personal. You don’t cross that line, and what Edge did to my family was way, way over the line. For a sliver, for a millisecond, I respected Edge for being a very smart WWE Champion because not everybody kicks down the door of the saloon and wants to challenge everybody to a gunfight. I respect somebody who picks their spots, but after what happened this week...f*** him. I’ll tell you, that sumbitch’s plan really backfired on the psychological warfare, because I can guarantee you my dad and my brothers are going to be front row center looking on [at SummerSlam]. I know that they’ll be right there. They are why I fight; they’re the reason I go to war. The WWE Championship is everybody’s prize, but the other reason that I fight is to provide my family with a better way of life
The main feud on the SmackDown! brand was between King Booker and Batista over the World Heavyweight Championship. In January, Batista legitimately tore his triceps and was forced to vacate the World Heavyweight Championship. At No Way Out the following month, Batista cut a promo claiming that when he returned from injury, he would become World Heavyweight Champion once again. Batista made his in-ring return five months later, on the July 15 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, in a six-man tag team match. At The Great American Bash, Booker defeated Rey Mysterio to win the World Heavyweight Championship, and Mr. Kennedy defeated Batista by disqualification. On the August 4 edition of SmackDown!, Batista defeated Kennedy and declined any congratulations until after he won back the World Heavyweight Championship. The following week, on SmackDown!, Batista thanked Booker for holding onto "his" title and told him he would be needing it back at SummerSlam.
The main feud on the ECW brand was between The Big Show and Sabu over the ECW World Heavyweight Championship. On the July 25 edition of ECW on Sci Fi, Sabu requested an ECW World Heavyweight Championship match against Big Show, but ECW General Manager Paul Heyman denied his request. Later that night, after Big Show defeated Kane to retain the ECW World Championship, Sabu attacked Big Show with a steel chair. The following week, Heyman once again denied Sabu's request for an ECW World Championship match.
Big Show is ECW Champion now. That's a long term investment for us. You're all scarred up because you'll do anything to win. I can't subject Big Show to that.
In retaliation, Sabu attacked Big Show with a steel chair and executed an Arabian Facebuster, a diving leg drop with a chair. On the August 15 edition of ECW on Sci Fi, a ladder match was set between Rob Van Dam and Sabu, with the stipulation being whoever won would be the number one contender to the ECW World Championship. Sabu won the match, and Big Show came out and executed a chokeslam on both Sabu and Van Dam.
|Commentator||Jim Ross (Raw)|
|Jerry "The King" Lawler (Raw)|
|Michael Cole (SmackDown!)|
|John "Bradshaw" Layfield (SmackDown!)|
|Joey Styles (ECW)|
|Carlos Cabrera (Spanish)|
|Hugo Savinovich (Spanish)|
|Ring announcer||Lilian Garcia (Raw)|
|Tony Chimel (SmackDown!)|
|Justin Roberts (ECW)|
|Referee||Mike Chioda (Raw)|
|Jack Doan (Raw)|
|Chad Patton (Raw)|
|Nick Patrick (SmackDown!)|
|Charles Robinson (SmackDown!)|
|Mickie Henson (ECW)|
Before the event went live on pay-per-view, Carlito defeated Rob Conway in a dark match following a Backcracker. The first match of the event was Chavo Guerrero versus Rey Mysterio in a grudge match. Both men took control during the match. Vickie Guerrero interrupted the match and tried to stop both men from fighting. She pulled Chavo out of the ring and tried to stop him, but he kept on fighting. Vickie then tried to plead with Mysterio but accidentally shoved him off the ropes. Chavo took advantage by performing a frog splash on Mysterio for the victory.
The second match was an Extreme Rules match for the ECW World Championship between champion The Big Show and Sabu. In the beginning, Sabu gained the advantage in the match as he threw chairs into Big Show's head and leapt off a chair to put Big Show head first through a table. As a result, Big Show began to bleed. After some back and forth action, Sabu took the upper hand as he performed a Spike DDT on Big Show through a table. Big Show performed a Showstopper on Sabu through a table for the victory.
After winning the diva search contest, Layla was congratulated in the divas locker room for winning it after the rest of the divas pretended that Layla had no real reason to call herself a WWE diva.
The third match was between Hulk Hogan and Randy Orton. Orton took the advantage in the match, as he focused on Hogan's injured knee. The match saw Orton perform an RKO on Hogan. As Orton went for the pin, Hogan had his feet on the ropes. The referee did not see his feet and originally gave Orton the victory. Later, the referee saw that Hogan's feet were still on the ropes and restarted the match. Hogan won the match when he performed a leg drop on Orton for a pinfall victory.
The fourth match was an "I Quit" match between Ric Flair and Mick Foley. In the beginning, Foley used his hand-puppet, Mr. Socko, to apply the Mandible claw, but Flair did not quit. The ring was surrounded by many hardcore objects, including Foley's signature bag of thumbtacks. Flair was thrown into these objects several times. He managed to hit Foley with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire. When Foley got up, Flair charged him over the top rope onto a trashcan. Foley was unconscious until Melina, Foley's friend, came with officials to check him. Foley was unable to continue, so the referee rang the bell, giving Flair the victory. Flair continued the assault, and Melina saved Foley. As Flair was ready to hit Melina with the bat, Foley quit the match and gave Flair the victory.
The fifth match was for the World Heavyweight Championship between Batista and the champion King Booker. During the match, Booker set Batista up for the scissors kick, but as he performed the move, Batista countered it into a suplex powerslam. Batista tried to hit perform a Batista Bomb, but Queen Sharmell interfered by kicking Batista as he tried to lift Booker. As a result, Booker was disqualified, so Batista won the match but not the title because a title cannot change hands by disqualification.
The sixth match was a tag team match between D-Generation X (DX) (Shawn Michaels and Triple H) and The McMahons (Vince and Shane). Before the beginning of the match, the Spirit Squad interfered on the behalf of the McMahons but were tossed out by DX until Finlay, William Regal, Mr. Kennedy, and The Big Show interfered. Triple H controlled the first three, while Michaels fought Big Show, who slammed Triple H through the ECW announce table. The match officially began as the McMahons took advantage and performed several tag team moves on DX, including the Hart Attack and the Doomsday Device. Shane tried to pin Michaels, but Michaels kicked out of the move and got up. He clotheslined Shane and tagged in Triple H. The McMahons were knocked to the floor, but Umaga interfered as the final man on the behalf of the McMahons. Armando Alejandro Estrada distracted the referee while Umaga hit Triple H the Samoan Spike. He also tried to hit Michaels with a Samoan Spike, but Kane came to prevent Umaga from attacking DX by chasing him away. Vince tried to take advantage of Umaga's attack by pinning Triple H, but Triple H kicked out of the cover. Vince McMahon attacked the referee and then put a trash can on the face of Triple H, who was laying in the corner. Shane tried to hit Triple H with a Coast-To-Coast but Michaels hit Shane with Sweet Chin Music. Vince tried to rescue his son, but a trash can was smashed on his head by Triple H. Michaels superkicked Vince, who went straight into Triple H's Pedigree for DX's pinfall victory.
The main event was between Edge and John Cena for the WWE Championship. In this match, the stipulation was that if Edge got disqualified, he would lose the title to Cena. During the match, Cena used several blows and slams on Edge. He also performed a belly-to-belly suplex on Edge and kept an eye on Edge's valet, the WWE Women's Champion Lita. Edge took advantage and connected with chokeholds and a flying clothesline, but Cena was able to recover. Lita tried to interfere, but Edge warned her not to get him disqualified. Lita threw a steel chair into the ring, but Edge threw it back outside the ring, and Cena took advantage. Cena then applied the STFU on Edge. Lita tried to interfere again, but Edge warned her once again. Edge made it to the ropes, and while the referee told Cena to break the hold, Lita handed Edge a pair of brass knuckles. As Cena broke the hold, Cena put Edge on his shoulders again for the FU, but this time Lita jumped on Edge's back when Cena had Edge set up for the FU, and Lita was the recipient of the FU instead of Edge. Edge then jumped off of Cena's back and hit Cena in the back of the head with the brass knuckles to win the match and retain his championship.
Edge and John Cena continued to feud over the WWE Championship. On the August 21 edition of Raw, Lita threw John Cena's "Spinner WWE Championship" belt into the Long Island Sound and unveiled his own "Rated R-Spinner WWE Championship" belt. Jeff Hardy returned to WWE on the Raw brand and defeated Edge in a non-title match by disqualification. After the match, Cena stormed down to the ring, attacked Edge, and threw Edge into the Long Island Sound. On the August 28 edition of Raw, Cena challenged Edge for the WWE Championship with the stipulation being that if Cena lost, he would not challenge for the title again and would leave Raw to go back to SmackDown!. Edge accepted the challenge, stating that the match would take place in his hometown and it would be a match that Edge had never lost: a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match. Later that night, Cena faced the returning Chris Masters in a match; Masters was disqualified when Edge attacked Cena. At Unforgiven, Cena defeated Edge, winning his third WWE Championship. Cena went on to hold the title for over a year.
King Booker and Batista also continued to feud over the World Heavyweight Championship. On the August 25 edition of SmackDown!, Batista and Bobby Lashley defeated King Booker, Finlay and William Regal in a 3-on-2 handicap match. On the September 8 edition of SmackDown!, Batista faced Booker in a SummerSlam rematch for the World Heavyweight Championship, which he lost due to interference by Finlay. On the September 15 edition of SmackDown!, Lashley became the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Finlay, as Batista was scheduled to face Finlay. On the October 6 edition of SmackDown!, Batista and Lashley faced Finlay and Booker in the main event, which resulted in a no contest. SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long then announced that the World Heavyweight Championship match at No Mercy would be a Fatal Four-Way match. At No Mercy, Booker retained the World Heavyweight Championship.
Overall reaction to the event was good. Ken Anderson from The Wrestling Blog praised the "I Quit" Match, giving it 33⁄4 stars. He also praised the tag team match between D-Generation X and Vince and Shane McMahon, giving it 31⁄4 stars. However, he criticized the opening match between Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero, calling it a "mess" and saying that "the crowd hated it so much that Vince is probably going to push the angle for another six months." Anderson gave the match 11⁄2 stars, the lowest rating he gave to any match at the event along with Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Orton. Anderson criticized the match between Hogan and Orton, saying he "just didn't care" and calling the angle leading up to the match "a total mess." However, he praised the Boston crowd for being "alive the entire match." He also gave the ECW World Championship match 2 stars, stating that "the crowd was still six millions times more into this match than they were for the opener."
Anderson gave the World Heavyweight Championship match 21⁄2 stars, calling it "a nothing match." He gave the WWE Championship match 31⁄2 stars, the second highest rating he gave to a match from the event.
|1||Chavo Guerrero defeated Rey Mysterio||Singles match||10:59|
|2||The Big Show (c) defeated Sabu||Extreme Rules match for the ECW World Championship||08:30|
|3||Hulk Hogan defeated Randy Orton||Singles match||10:56|
|4||Ric Flair defeated Mick Foley (with Melina)||"I Quit" match||12:47|
|5||Batista defeated King Booker (c) (with Queen Sharmell) by disqualification||Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship||10:30|
|6||D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) defeated Vince and Shane McMahon||Tag Team match||13:02|
|7||Edge (c) (with Lita) defeated John Cena||Singles match for the WWE Championship, if Edge was disqualified he would have lost the title.||15:41|
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
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