Although "Ravishing" Rick Rude was involved in a heated rivalry with Jake "The Snake" Roberts during the first SummerSlam in 1988, he was instead pitted against Junkyard Dog. At first, Rude's trunks had an image of JYD on them but he then removed those trunks to reveal pants with an image of Jake Roberts' wife!
Among WWE's famed "Big Four" events, SummerSlam typically has the least going for it.
After all, it doesn't have the prestige and "can't miss" element of WrestleMania, and it doesn't have the gimmicky fun of the Royal Rumble or Survivor Series.
And yet, SummerSlam always manages to have a charm all its own. "The Biggest Party Of The Summer" has always had a few highlights every year, going back to its debut in 1988 (when it was only the third PPV on the company's annual calendar).
In selecting the Top 50 SummerSlam Moments, we looked at the following criteria:
Whether it was a match, a sequence within a match, an interview or any other aspect, how memorable was it (or will it be) years later?
Did it have an impact on the WWE or the business altogether?
How likely are we to see it replayed in highlight reels or WWE documentaries for years to come?
Could it be considered it a major wrestling happening on its own?
If you'd like to be a part of this conversation, Tweet us at @canadianbulldog using the hashtag #Top50, or leave a comment below.
Ready? Here we go!
Dream Turned Nightmare
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The WWF World Title Match at SummerSlam '92 involving babyfaces Randy "Macho Man" Savage and The Ultimate Warrior was surrounded by controversy. Which man had struck a deal with Ric Flair and manager Mr. Perfect? Turns out, neither man was on Flair's side - The Nature Boy was trying to distract both men.