|"Fight" (Jim Johnston)|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||August 25, 2002|
|Venue||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|City||Uniondale, New York|
SummerSlam (2002) was the fifteenth annual SummerSlam professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It was presented by Foot Locker. It took place on August 25, 2002, at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. With this event, SummerSlam became the first WWE pay-per-view event to have events in the three major indoor venues in the NYC Metro Area. Madison Square Garden hosted the event in 1988, 1991, and 1998. The Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey hosted the event in 1989, 1997, and later in 2007.
The main match on the SmackDown! brand was for the Undisputed WWE Championship between The Rock and Brock Lesnar. Lesnar won the match and the championship after pinning Rock following an F-5. The main match on the Raw brand featured an Unsanctioned Street Fight between Shawn Michaels and Triple H, which Michaels won after pinning Triple H by reversing Triple H's Pedigree attempt into a jackknife roll-up. There was also an interpromotional match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship between Rob Van Dam from Raw and Chris Benoit from SmackDown, which Van Dam won by pinfall after performing a Five-Star Frog Splash. The other matches on the undercard included The Undertaker versus Test and Kurt Angle versus Rey Mysterio.
The main feud heading into SummerSlam on the SmackDown! brand was between The Rock and Brock Lesnar, with the two feuding over the Undisputed WWE Championship. On the June 24 edition of Raw, it was announced that Brock Lesnar would face off against the champion at SummerSlam. At the King of the Ring, Lesnar defeated Test in the Semi-Final tournament then during the latter event, he defeated Rob Van Dam in the King of the Ring tournament to earn the right to face the Undisputed WWE Champion at SummerSlam. At Vengeance, the pay-per-view one month before SummerSlam, The Rock defeated The Undertaker and Kurt Angle in a Triple Threat match to win the Undisputed WWE Championship by pinning Angle after executing a Rock Bottom. On the July 25 edition SmackDown, during The Rock's WWE Tag Team Championship match against The Un-Americans (Lance Storm and Christian), Lesnar interfered by nailing Rock's tag team partner Hollywood Hulk Hogan with an F-5. Due to Lesnar's interference, Rock and Hogan won the match by disqualification but not the titles. On the August 8 edition of SmackDown!, Lesnar would put his SummerSlam title shot on the line against Hogan with the stipulation added that if Hogan were to defeat Lesnar, he would face The Rock in a WrestleMania X8 return match at SummerSlam for the Undisputed title. At the end, Lesnar locked Hogan in a bear hug. When Hogan kayfabe passed out, the referee stopped the contest. After the match, Lesnar then nailed Hogan in the head with the steel chair, causing Hogan to bleed. The following week on SmackDown, The Rock took on the WWE Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit in a Champion vs. Champion match, which again involved Lesnar. During the match, Lesnar taunted The Rock while Rock was placed in the Crippler Crossface by Benoit. Rock, however, was able defeat Benoit following a Rock Bottom. On the final edition of SmackDown! before SummerSlam, after The Rock and Edge defeated Benoit and Eddie Guerrero in a tag match, Lesnar appeared to the ring for another stare down with The Rock, which led to a brawl between the two that ended the show.
Another feud heading into SummerSlam was between Shawn Michaels and Triple H. At Vengeance, Michaels returned after being out of wrestling (due to a back injury) for 4 years. Triple H was given the choice of deciding which brand he would appear for, SmackDown or Raw, and Michaels helped him decide by offering to reform D-Generation X (DX) on the Raw brand. Triple H chose to go to Raw, but the following night, as Michaels and Triple H were in the middle of reforming DX, Triple H turned on Michaels by nailing him with the pedigree. On the July 29 edition of Raw, Michaels was found in the parking lot, laying motionless following an ambush assault. He was also bleeding from the head due to someone putting his head through a car window. The next week on Raw, a security camera revealed to be Triple H that had attacked Michaels from behind. Triple H told Michaels that he did it to prove a point that Michaels was "weak". Michaels then told Triple H that he isn't 100% but he will be at SummerSlam. On the August 19 episode of Raw, Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff announced an Unsanctioned Street Fight between Triple H and Michaels for SummerSlam then later that night, Michaels interfered in Triple H's non-title match with The Rock and assaulted Triple H. At the beginning of the show, Brock Lesnar brought a front-row seat ticket to watch the main event between Rock and Triple H but even when Lesnar tried to interfere on Triple H's behalf, Michaels delivered a Sweet Chin Music on Lesnar. Michaels then leaped on top of Triple H and the security and ended the show by knocking Triple H down, sending a clear message that he's not weak as they head into their match at SummerSlam.
Van Dam and Benoit, meanwhile, had been feuding over the Intercontinental Championship since Benoit won it on July 29, 2002 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Shortly after this match, Benoit took advantage of what was referred to as "open season" on wrestler contracts and took his title with him to SmackDown, where he had originally been drafted. Benoit was still required to defend the title against a Raw roster member at SummerSlam and Van Dam defeated Jeff Hardy on the August 12, 2002 Raw in Seattle in a number one contender's match.
The first match was between Kurt Angle and Rey Mysterio. The match started off with Mysterio getting the advantage over Angle, as he hid under the ring, and when Mysterio's music hit, he took down Angle with a knees on top of the shoulders headscissors. The two entered the ring, which saw Mysterio hit a headscissors takeover. Mysterio then got Angle on the ropes for the 619, but Angle ducked and dominated Mysterio from that point on. However, Mysterio was able to hit a huge senton, from the ring to the floor on Angle. Mysterio then hit the 619 followed up by the West Coast Pop for a near pinfall. The finish saw Angle reverse an attempted diving hurricarana, directly into the Ankle Lock, which Mysterio could not escape, and tapped out.
The next match was a contest between Ric Flair and Chris Jericho. Jericho put Flair into the figure four leg lock. Jericho insisted that Flair tapped out, but the referee ordered the match to continue. Flair then won the match by putting the same move onto Jericho.
The third match of the night was between Edge and Eddie Guerrero. During the match, Guerrero targeted Edge's shoulder. Guerrero also countered a spear attempt by dropkicking Edge right in the shoulder, and decided to deliver a Frog Splash onto Edge's shoulder instead of onto his torso. However, Edge rallied with an Edgecution and a Spear to get the pinfall.
The next match was for the WWE Tag Team Championship. It was between The Un-Americans (Lance Storm and Christian) and Booker T and Goldust. During the match, Booker was able to hit a scissors kick to both Storm and Christian. But Test, made a run-in, giving Booker a big boot. Christian was able to make the cover, as a result, Storm and Christian retained the WWE Tag Team title.
The fifth match on the card was for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. It was a match between Chris Benoit and Rob Van Dam. Benoit went into this match holding the championship, that was exclusive to the Smackdown! brand, while Van Dam was on the Raw brand. Van Dam won the match, after pinning Benoit after a Five Star Frog Splash and taking the title from Benoit, and bringing it over to the Raw brand.
The Undertaker against Test was next. Lance Storm and Christian both interfered in the match, but received chokeslam from The Undertaker. Undertaker won the match with a Tombstone piledriver. After the match, Undertaker celebrated with an American flag.
The seventh match was the Unsanctioned Street Fight match between Shawn Michaels and Triple H. This was Shawn Michaels' first wrestling match since WrestleMania XIV. Michaels came out fast, utilizing a punch-kick offense to start and hitting a plancha. However, Triple H took the advantage in the match, as he hit a series of backbreakers to Michaels. Michaels retaliated many assaults by Triple H, as he hit Triple H with a ladder. Michaels was able to hit a splash on Triple H from the top rope through a table on the floor and his signature diving elbow drop off a ladder. The match came to an end when Michaels went for Sweet Chin Music which Triple H reversed into a Pedigree, but Michaels then reversed the Pedigree into a jackknife roll-up for the three count. After the match, Triple H struck Michaels with his sledgehammer twice, forcing Michaels to be carried away on a stretcher.
The main event was for the Undisputed WWE Championship between The Rock and Brock Lesnar. Brock Lesnar dominated early with some power moves. The Rock went for the Sharpshooter. However, Paul Heyman got involved in the match, as he was attacked by The Rock, which was followed by Heyman being delivered a Rock Bottom through the Spanish announcers table. The two gave each other a Rock Bottom. The match came to an end when Lesnar stopped a Rock Bottom and then hit the F-5 on The Rock for the three count, thus making Lesnar the new WWE Champion and the youngest WWE Champion in history. Lesnar remained the youngest world champion in WWE history until Randy Orton won the World Heavyweight Championship in 2004.
On the August 26 edition of Raw, due to the requirements of the Undisputed WWE Championship being defended on both shows, Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff, expected Brock Lesnar to be able to return on Raw the next night. Lesnar and SmackDown General Manager Stephanie McMahon appeared to announce that Lesnar's contract only required him to defend the title on SmackDown!, forcing Bischoff to establish the World Heavyweight Championship off the Undisputed WWE Championship. Henceforth the Undisputed title simply became known as the WWE Championship. On the September 2 edition of Raw, Bischoff awarded Triple H, Raw's designated number-one contender, the World Heavyweight Championship in the form of the Big Gold Belt.
The Undertaker went on to challenge Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship at Unforgiven, and again at No Mercy in a Hell in a Cell match. Shawn Michaels would return full-time to the ring at Survivor Series and win the World Heavyweight Championship from Triple H in the first ever Elimination Chamber match.
|1H||Spike Dudley defeated Steven Richards||Singles match||02:35|
|2||Kurt Angle defeated Rey Mysterio by submission||Singles match||09:20|
|3||Ric Flair defeated Chris Jericho by submission||Singles match||10:22|
|4||Edge defeated Eddie Guerrero||Singles match||11:47|
|5||The Un-Americans (Lance Storm and Christian) (c) defeated Booker T and Goldust||Tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship||09:37|
|6||Rob Van Dam defeated Chris Benoit (c)||Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship||16:30|
|7||The Undertaker defeated Test||Singles match||08:18|
|8||Shawn Michaels defeated Triple H||Unsanctioned Street Fight||27:20|
|9||Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) defeated The Rock (c)||Singles match for the Undisputed WWE Championship||16:01|
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