Growing up, Summer Slam used to fall on or near my Birthday so for me, it was the perfect way to close out the summer before heading back to school. I think Summer Slam could benefit from being stadium show like WrestleMania because there are more weather friendly venues in the summer time. Plus, it would truly give the event that “Biggest party of the Summer” feel.
The ladder match at Summer Slam 1995 between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon is a great match that captivated the audience from beginning to end. Unfortunately, it is a victim of its own success because everyone remembers their classic encounter at WrestleMania 10 and as a result, the sequel gets lost in the shuffle.
A hallmark of Summer Slam are the amazing Intercontinental title matches. Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler in 2009 doesn’t get the credit it deserves. It was twelve minuets of bell to bell action that told a fantastic story in the process.
The fine folks over at Ring the Damn Bell invited me on as a guest blogger to help breakdown Top Five Summer Slam matches of all time. There have been so many amazing matches this event has produced over the years, it’s hard to narrow them down but that didn’t stop us from trying.