The next SummerSlam will mark the 30th anniversary of the biggest party of the Summer. It started in 1988 at Madison Square Garden and the event has traveled across the United States and abroad. There have been some major main events and major moments. Here are the five biggest things to ever happen at SummerSlam.
When given the nickname “The Next Big Thing,” it’s safe to say WWE is highly invested. Lersnar had only been on the WWE roster for a few months and after winning the King of the Ring, he earned a title shot against The Rock. The match saw Lesnar win the title as The Rock’s full-time wrestling career came to an end. WWE wanted a star and he had arrived. [Image: Photo via WWE.com] Anybody who has seen Shane McMahon wrestle, whether it’s 10 years ago or this year, knows he isn’t afraid. In a hardcore match, Shane climbed about 50 feet in the air using the entrance ramp and came crashing down in possibly the biggest back body drop in WWE history. I’m not sure how many trained wrestlers would take that bump; let alone the son of billionaire who could easily sit at home and do nothing. [Image: Photo via WWE.com] There was so much hype around Finn Balor as fans waited months for his main roster debut. He got off to a big start by being an early draft pick and winning a tournament to wrestle Seth Rollins. Despite getting injured early in the match, Balor was able to get the three count and his career seemed destined for big things. Unfortunately, the injury Balor sustained during the match forced him to relinquish the title 24 hours later. [Image: Photo via WWE.com] There aren’t too many first in WWE, but The Hardy Boys, Dudley Boyz and Edge & Christian got the chance with TLC. They literally put their lives on the line taking one insane bump after another. It was a match that would set the tone for tag team wrestling and also shortened some careers. What those six men accomplished will never be duplicated. [Image: Photo via WWE.com] The Honky Tonk Man was Intercontinental Champion for 64 weeks, which is still a record today. His opponent for SummerSlam got injured last minute and WWE had to scramble with another game plan. The champion stood in the ring waiting as the Ultimate Warrior’s music and he sprinted forward. 31 seconds later and the Ultimate Warrior ended the lengthy reign. [Image: Photo via WWE.com]