WWE SummerSlam (2002)

Date: August 25, 2002
Venue: Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Commentators: Raw Matches: Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler Smackdown Matches: Michael Cole & Tazz

Well, Well, Well, we have arrived to the number one pick on my SummerSlam countdown and we have finally left the 1990’s. So now without further ado the greatest SummerSlam of all time is 2002. This event takes place during the time of the “Brand Split”. If you don’t know what that is basically Monday Night Raw and its roster were in direct competition with Smackdown and its roster. Each show even had a separate general manager which you will see during the backstage promos of the event. So I’m sure some of you are asking yourselves why SummerSlam 2002? Well let me enlighten you. Continue reading

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WWE SummerSlam (1992)

Date: August 29, 1992 (aired August 31, 1992)
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Commentators: Vince McMahon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan

We’ve reached the Number Two spot on the countdown and is anyone surprised that we have yet to leave the 1990s? Neither am I.

This was probably the hardest spot to fill, especially because SummerSlam ‘92 could have easily been number one on my list. It has some amazing matches on the card, some of the greatest of all time. The fans were electric the whole day. And the fly over camera shots are simply spectacular. SummerSlam ’91 may have been my first, but 1992 is the one that solidified my love for the “Biggest Event of the Summer”.

SummerSlam ’92 was the first PPV in a long time that didn’t feature Hulk Hogan anywhere on the card. The first and only SummerSlam to be held in an open arena. And the first WWF PPV to be hosted outside the US. (In fact, there’s a petition that’s been circulating online for awhile now to get SummerSlam to return to Wembley. But only time will tell if that ever happens. And I hope that it does.)

A little bit of trivia: SummerSlam ’92 actually took place on August 29 but didn’t air in the United States until two days later. This is a feat that could never be pulled off now–at least not without spoilers–thanks to social media.

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WWE SummerSlam (1998)

Date: August 30, 1998
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Commentators: Vince McMahon and Jerry "The King" Lawler

Number three on the countdown moves forward a few years from the previous two entries but still took place during the 1990’s, more specifically during the Attitude Era. SummerSlam 1998 took place during the heat of the Monday Night Wars which I think helped not only motivate, but actually elevate every WWF Superstars performance. There are quite a few stipulation matches on the card which really help enhance the overall show. Not to mention that some of the feuds which were just starting really took shape at SummerSlam 1998 and would last for years, even existing still to this day. I would go as far to say that SummerSlam 1998 is not only in the Top Five SummerSlams of all time, but it is one of the best WWF PPV’s during the Attitude Era.

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WWE SummerSlam (1994)

Date: August 29, 1994
Venue: United Center (Chicago, Illinois)
Commentators: Vince McMahon and Jerry "The King" Lawler

It was a close call for the forth spot on my list of the Top 5 SummerSlam Events, and SummerSlam ’94 just managed to take it. It may not have a lot of big matches on the card, but the few that are there–whether it’s the emotional WWF Championship match, the (future) Outsiders battling it out for the Intercontinental Championship (IC), or one of the biggest returns (for the time)–make this a must-see show.

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WWE SummerSlam (1991)

Date: August 26, 1991
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon, Boobie (Bobby) The Brain Heenan, Roddy Piper

SummerSlam ’91 was the first SummerSlam I remember watching as a kid. I had just started watching wrestling the year before, witnessing the Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan battle it out in the Main Event of WrestleMania 6. Now, just a little over a year later, Hogan and Warrior were teaming up as “The Ultimate Maniacs” to fight for America!

But while the main event may have been what drew me to this PPV, it was the undercard that really sold me.

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Top 5 SummerSlam Events

With the 28th Annual SummerSlam only 5 weeks away, I’m going to countdown the Top 5 SummerSlam events eeeeeevvvver! Because when the WWE Network gives you access to every SummerSlam (among other WWE PPV events and programming) for only $9.99, why limit yourself to only the best matches?

Each Sunday for the next 5 weeks, I will reveal the next event in the countdown with a full review of each. And yes, there will be a test afterward.

Warm-Up Question: Are you ready?

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Super C (NES)

Although originally released in arcades in 1988 under it’s full name, Super Contra, it is Super C on the NES that I remember most.

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Credit to Konami

A side-scrolling shooter produced and released by Konami in 1988, Super C is a direct sequel to the Arcade/NES classic Contra. In it, one year has passed since the events of the original game and Bill Rizer and Lance Bean have returned in time to fight off the now-mutated alien forces that have attacked and possessed the troops of an allied military base.

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