Since SummerSlam began in 1988, there have been 258 wrestlers to compete in matches on the pay-per-view event. We've ranked the Top 50.
How? It's all quite scientific, actually. Over a period of several weeks, we culled a database of every match that aired at the summer spectacular, who won, who lost and most importantly, who captured the gold. From there, we assigned scores for each competitor as follows:
1 point per (wrestling) appearance
10 points per win
20 points for winning a championship
So, if, say, The Ultimate Warrior won the Intercontinental Championships at SummerSlam '88 (which he did), he would receive 31 points. But when his opponent, The Honky Tonk Man, lost the match, he only received 1 point. Got it?
Adding these points up over a period of 27 years, Canadian Bulldog's World compiled a list of the Top 50 SummerSlam Superstars. Oh, and a few other points to keep in mind:
To qualify, the match had to take place on the pay-per-view portion of the show. No dark matches, no kickoff show bouts and no free-for-alls.
These are only for wrestling matches; competitions such as "Diva Dodgeball" (SummerSlam 2004) wouldn't count.
Lastly, this weekend's SummerSlam hasn't been accounted for because the matches haven't happened yet.
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Wrestling Superstar (and CBW spokesman) Virgil scored 32 points through two consecutive SummerSlam appearances. In 1991, he captured the Million Dollar Championship by defeating his former employer Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase. The following year, Virgil came up short, losing to the newcomer Nailz.
You tax cheats need to know that Irwin R. Shyster scored 34 points with four matches at SummerSlam. In 1991, IRS got the better of Greg The Hammer Valentine; in 1992, he and Ted DiBiase lost to The Legion Of Doom; In 1993 he defeated 123 Kid; and in 1994 he and Bam Bam Bigelow beat The Headshrinkers.