Top 10 SummerSlam Matches in the Last 10 Years
Since going through every year from it's inception for SummerSlam would just be silly, I thought that from 2002 to 2012 would be the best choice because that's keeping a majority of the already known amazing matches out and giving a chance for some of the newer ones. I'm gonna try to stay somewhat impartial and limit 1 match per SummerSlam per year because anymore then that is just silly.
# 10: SummerSlam 2004 - Randy Orton vs Chris Benoit
I don't believe this match was that great, it was extraordinary and fun to watch, but not amazing. The set-up was decent and fun to tag along with but what really makes this match special is the fact it was Randy Orton's first World Heavyweight Championship reign. This got him kicked out of Evolution by Triple H, along with setting him up with a great rivalry with Triple H that had some very memorable matches. Even though this rivalry has been beaten to death, this match pretty much kicked off that amazing rivalry and for that it had to be place on this list.
# 9: SummerSlam 2007 - The King of Kings vs The King of the Ring
Triple H vs King Booker
Okay, so I couldn't stand Booker T's boring tenure as King Booker. It seemed to drag his character down and just made him kind of boring. But this match, was one of my favorite's he has ever had. Triple H was also coming back from a serious injury that could have sidelined him permanently, but instead he got came back and was challenged to a match by the King of the Ring, King Booker. This was a decent match that was definitely worthy of the hype it was given. It was a great way to bring back "The King of Kings," Triple H.
# 8: SummerSlam 2005 - Shawn Michaels vs Hulk Hogan
Dream match-ups tend to be a significant draw in WWE's history. From The Rock vs Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania X-8 to The Rock vs John Cena at WrestleMania 28. Dream matches have a factor to be played in WWE and this match was no slouch either. The match was tremendously fun to watch and didn't have a boring moment in it. Even though some people say Shawn Michaels "over-sold" a-lot of Hogan's moves, come on! It's Hulk Hogan for gosh sake. Hogan was part of the Finger Poke of Death, the most over-sold poke in the history of pokes. This match could have been a tremendous flop that everyone scratched their heads at but it turned out to be a very good back-and-forth style match that made us happy it was the main event.
# 7: SummerSlam 2006 - John Cena vs Edge
Possibly one of the greatest feuds in the history of the WWE, John Cena vs Edge. This rivalry didn't really culminate until Unforgiven 2006 but this match was still amazing. This match's build-up also gave us one of my favorite WWE moments of Edge and Lita in Mr. Cena's house. While in the house Edge slapped Mr. Cena and if I recall a week later on RAW talks about it and chants "Down goes Cena! Down goes Cena!" I love those lines and for me, that's one of those special moments where everyone just laughs cause it's so hysterical. The match in 2006 for John Cena vs Edge at SummerSlam was truly unique with Edge losing the title if he got himself disqualified. So heading into this match-up most knew it was going to be at least somewhat unique because Edge couldn't DQ himself or get himself counted out. Out of all the eh matches at SummerSlam 2006, this was definitely the "diamond in the rough."
# 6: SummerSlam 2010 - Team WWE vs The Nexus
John Cena, Bret Hart, Daniel Bryan, Chris Jericho, Edge, R-Truth and John Morrison vs Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, Health Slater, David Otunga, Skip Sheffield, Michael Tarver and Darren Young
If you don't remember this match, you were living under a rock in 2010. This was WWE's biggest feud of 2010 (I consider Wade Barrett vs John Cena to be a continuation of this feud). This match had one of the greatest build-ups for a match in SummerSlam history. The storyline was very unique and very interesting. This match even extended off into a great rivalry between John Cena and Wade Barrett. This match was decent, a little clunky and clustered, but still decent. I believe the reason this match was so great and the reason it's deserving of such a high spot on the top 10 countdown because of the build-up this match had. It's truly one of the better matches of 2010 and one of the more decent storylines in the last 3-4 years.
# 5: SummerSlam 2003 - The Elimination Chamber
Triple H vs Randy Orton vs Goldberg vs Chris Jericho vs Kevin Nash vs Shawn Michaels
Everyone remembers the first Elimination Chamber, but I don't think enough people remember the second Elimination Chamber and how truly exciting and revolutionary it was. This was the first time (in my mind) the dominance of Goldberg was shown, along with how the chamber could truly be used as a lethal weapon. The first chamber was definitely memorable, this one was memorable and more because of the fact 6 of those stars are pure 5-star athletes, along with the fact this was a World Heavyweight Championship match that made Goldberg vs Triple H such an amazing rivalry. Do yourself a favor and watch the ending of this match again.
# 4 - SummerSlam 2002 - The Icon vs The Next Big Thing
The Rock vs Brock Lesnar
How could you talk about any SummerSlam without mentioning the dominating match that was The Rock vs Brock Lesnar. This match was extremely amazing and well worth all the hype it was given, it even topped the Unsanctioned match between Shawn Michaels and Triple H, that we were given that same night just minutes before this match. This match was very well one of the best "dream matches" we have been given in the last ten years, possibly even better than The Rock vs Hulk Hogan. The Rock had already established himself as an Icon by defeating Hogan earlier that year, but Brock was a rookie just debuting earlier that same year. Brock became an Icon in a very short time and gave us a memorable moment by defeating the Icon, the Rock.
# 3: SummerSlam 2011 - Title Unification Match
John Cena vs CM Punk with Triple H as Special Guest Referee
This might be one of the, unfortunately, most rushed storylines in WWE History that could have gone down as one of the greatest rivalries in the world of wrestling. This match was amazing, and ended spectacularly. The only complaint that could even be given for this match would be that it was rushed. The match was amazing, lots of back and forth between the two and CM Punk won this amazing match-up, where Triple H was definitely a key factor. The night however didn't end with CM Punk leaving that night as WWE Champion, Alberto Del Rio decided to cash in his Money in the Bank contract from the Pay-Per-View earlier that year. Del Rio capitalized on a very beaten-up Punk to achieve his first WWE title reign.
# 2: SummerSlam 2009 - TLC Match
Jeff Hardy vs CM Punk
Oh My GODDDDDD!! Okay got that out of the system. Jeff Hardy and CM Punk at SummerSlam 2009 in a TLC match, how could this not be considered one of the best matches in SummerSlam history, period. This match how so many unique moments that made you cringe because of Jeff's "screw-it, you only live once" attitude. Jeff sacrificed his soul in this match that should have killed the rivalry that night, instead we got a decent cage match that was alright... This rivalry was very passionate in my eyes, especially since they brought in a lot of real world elements, like Hardy's substance abuse suspensions which made this rivalry very believable and very funny to watch. This match was very entertaining and it deserves to be #2 because of the fact Jeff gave so much in this match that you couldn't give him anything less than #2.
# 1: SummerSlam 2008 - Hell in a Cell
Undertaker vs Edge
What a tremendous rivalry. Many were questioning this match because, how could you top the TLC match these two had. They far surpassed that match and put an exclamation point on it at SummerSlam 2008. A remarkable match that saw the two go outside because of a spear from Edge to Undertaker. Edge getting chokeslammed through a table, and Undertaker getting some revenge on Edge by using a camera on him (like how Edge did at Survivor Series 2007). This match truly was significant enough of a beatdown from Undertaker to Edge that helped catapult a magnificent return at that years Survivor Series and put Undertaker right into the spotlight. This match was amazing, but what really holds a special place in my heart for this match was the ending. Undertaker choke-slamming Edge through the ring and burning him in "Hell." Truly was an amazing SummerSlam moment that left you wanting more.