SummerSlam (1996)

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SummerSlam (1996)
SummerSlam 1996.jpg
Promotional poster featuring Shawn Michaels and Vader
Tagline(s) Opposites Attack!
Promotion World Wrestling Federation
Sponsor(s) Stridex
Date August 18, 1996
Attendance 17,000
Venue Gund Arena
City Cleveland, Ohio
Pay-per-view chronology
In Your House 9: International Incident SummerSlam (1996) In Your House 10: Mind Games
SummerSlam chronology
SummerSlam (1995) SummerSlam (1996) SummerSlam (1997)

SummerSlam (1996) was the ninth annual SummerSlam professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It was presented by Stridex. It took place on August 18, 1996, at the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.


Faarooq Asad had been scheduled to face Ahmed Johnson in a match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship at the event, but the match did not take place as Johnson was legitimately injured. Before the main event Vader used a new version of his theme "Vader Time" with quotes in a interview with Dok Hendrix for the final hype for the main event.


During the Free for All match between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Yokozuna, the top rope broke when Yokozuna attempted a Banzai Drop.

Todd Pettengill hosted the "Bikini Beach Blast-Off" party during the Free for All, where a pool was set up for everyone. Guests included Sunny, Sable, Marc Mero, The Smoking Gunns, Marlena, Goldust, T.L. Hopper, Who, Jerry Lawler, The Bushwhackers, Aldo Montoya, Hunter Hearst Helmsley, and Shawn Michaels.

Paul Bearer turned on his long-time protege, The Undertaker, to align himself with Undertaker's arch-enemy, Mankind.

Vader had originally won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship match twice, first by countout (after he press-slammed Michaels onto the guard rail) and then by disqualification (when Michaels struck Vader repeatedly with Cornette's tennis racket), but because WWF championships can only change hands by pinfall or submission, Cornette demanded that the match restart both times. WWF President Gorilla Monsoon allowed this when Michaels agreed.


No. Results Stipulations Times
1F Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated Yokozuna Singles match 01:52
2 Owen Hart defeated Savio Vega Singles match 13:23
3 The Smoking Gunns (Billy and Bart) (c) (with Sunny) defeated The Bodydonnas (Skip and Zip), The New Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Leif Cassidy), and The Godwinns (Henry O. and Phineas I.) (with Hillbilly Jim) Four-way elimination match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 12:18
4 Sycho Sid defeated The British Bulldog Singles match 06:24
5 Goldust (with Marlena) defeated Marc Mero (with Sable) Singles match 11:01
6 Jerry Lawler defeated Jake Roberts Singles match 04:07
7 Mankind defeated The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) Boiler Room Brawl 26:40
8 Shawn Michaels (c) (with Jose Lothario) defeated Vader (with Jim Cornette) Singles match for the WWF Championship 22:58
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • F – indicates the match was broadcast prior to the pay-per-view on Free for All