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SummerSlam is a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event, produced annually in August by professional wrestling promotion WWE. Dubbed as "The Biggest Party of the Summer," it is one of the original "Big Four" pay-per-view events of WWE (along with  WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, and Survivor Series) and is considered the WWE's second biggest event of the year behind WrestleMania.   The inaugural SummerSlam took place on  August 29, 1988, at Madison Square Garden in New York City and was broadcast via pay-per-view. From 2009 to 2014, SummerSlam was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and from 2015 to 2018, the event took place at the Barclays Center in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. History [ edit ]
In the 1980s,
Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation (WWF)'s main competition in the professional wrestling industry was from the Charlotte-based Jim Crockett Promotions, which was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). McMahon countered Jim Crockett's successful Starrcade closed-circuit television event, which began airing in 1983, with the WrestleMania franchise in 1985 and eventually forced Crockett to sell his company to Ted Turner, who renamed it World Championship Wrestling (WCW). The WWF continued to replace its  closed circuit programming with pay-per-view programming and added more pay-per-views to the lineup to capitalize on the success of its previous events. In addition to WrestleMania in March and Survivor Series in November, McMahon added a third pay-per-view for August, which he named SummerSlam. To keep the WWF from having a pay-per-view market monopoly, WCW began airing monthly pay-per-views, and both companies began bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue. The first SummerSlam was held on August 29, 1988 in  Madison Square Garden in New York City. SummerSlam became one of the WWF's (and later WWE's) most successful events and one of the "Big Four" pay-per-views, along with WrestleMania, Survivor Series, and Royal Rumble.  
Dates and venues [ edit ]
# Event Date City Venue Main Event 1 SummerSlam (1988) August 29, 1988 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden The Mega Powers ( Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage) vs. The Mega Bucks ( André The Giant and Ted DiBiase) with special guest referee Jesse Ventura 2 SummerSlam (1989) August 28, 1989 East Rutherford, New Jersey Brendan Byrne Arena Brutus Beefcake and Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage and Zeus 3 SummerSlam (1990) August 27, 1990 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Spectrum The Ultimate Warrior (c) vs. Rick Rude in a Steel Cage match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 4 SummerSlam (1991) August 26, 1991 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior vs. Sgt. Slaughter, General Adnan, and Colonel Mustafa in a Handicap elimination match with special guest referee Sid Justice 5 SummerSlam (1992) August 29, 1992 London, England Wembley Stadium Bret Hart (c) vs. The British Bulldog for the WWF Intercontinental Championship 6 SummerSlam (1993) August 30, 1993 Auburn Hills, Michigan The Palace of Auburn Hills Yokozuna (c) vs. Lex Luger for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 7 SummerSlam (1994) August 29, 1994 Chicago, Illinois United Center The Undertaker vs. " The Undertaker" 8 SummerSlam (1995) August 27, 1995 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Civic Arena Diesel (c) vs. King Mabel for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 9 SummerSlam (1996) August 18, 1996 Cleveland, Ohio Gund Arena Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Vader for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 10 SummerSlam (1997) August 3, 1997 East Rutherford, New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena The Undertaker (c) vs. Bret Hart for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship with special guest referee Shawn Michaels 11 SummerSlam (1998) August 30, 1998 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs. The Undertaker for the WWF Championship 12 SummerSlam (1999) August 22, 1999 Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Center Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs. Mankind vs. Triple H in a Triple Threat match for the WWF Championship with special guest referee Jesse Ventura 13 SummerSlam (2000) August 27, 2000 Raleigh, North Carolina Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena The Rock (c) vs. Kurt Angle vs. Triple H in a Triple Threat match for the WWF Championship 14 SummerSlam (2001) August 19, 2001 San Jose, California Compaq Center Booker T (c) vs. The Rock for the WCW Championship 15 SummerSlam (2002) August 25, 2002 Uniondale, New York Nassau Coliseum The Rock (c) vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Undisputed Championship 16 SummerSlam (2003) August 24, 2003 Phoenix, Arizona America West Arena Triple H (c) vs. Chris Jericho vs. Goldberg vs. Kevin Nash vs. Randy Orton vs. Shawn Michaels in an Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship 17 SummerSlam (2004) August 15, 2004 Toronto, Ontario Air Canada Centre Chris Benoit (c) vs. Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Championship 18 SummerSlam (2005) August 21, 2005 Washington, D.C. MCI Center Hulk Hogan vs. Shawn Michaels 19 SummerSlam (2006) August 20, 2006 Boston, Massachusetts TD Banknorth Garden Edge (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship 20 SummerSlam (2007) August 26, 2007 East Rutherford, New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena John Cena (c) vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship 21 SummerSlam (2008) August 17, 2008 Indianapolis, Indiana Conseco Fieldhouse Edge vs. The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match 22 SummerSlam (2009) August 23, 2009  Los Angeles, California Staples Center  Jeff Hardy (c) vs. CM Punk in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match for the World Heavyweight Championship 23 SummerSlam (2010) August 15, 2010  Team WWE ( John Cena, Bret Hart, Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan, Edge, John Morrison, and R-Truth) vs. The Nexus ( Wade Barrett, Darren Young, David Otunga, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Michael Tarver, and Skip Sheffield) 24 SummerSlam (2011) August 14, 2011 CM Punk (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio for the WWE Championship (Del Rio's Money in the Bank cash-in match) 25 SummerSlam (2012) August 19, 2012 Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H in a No Disqualification match 26 SummerSlam (2013) August 18, 2013 Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship with special guest referee Triple H (Orton's Money in the Bank cash-in match) 27 SummerSlam (2014) August 17, 2014 John Cena (c) vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship 28 SummerSlam (2015) August 23, 2015 Brooklyn, New York Barclays Center Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker 29 SummerSlam (2016) August 21, 2016 Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton 30 SummerSlam (2017) August 20, 2017 Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Universal Championship 31 SummerSlam (2018) August 19, 2018 Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship 32 SummerSlam (2019) August 11, 2019 Toronto, Ontario  Scotiabank Arena Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship 33 SummerSlam (2020) August 23, 2020 Boston, Massachusetts  TD Garden TBA References [ edit ] ^ Dee, Louie (2006-05-17). "Let the Party Begin". WWE.com . Retrieved . 2008-05-12 ^ a b Assael, Shaun. Sex, Lies, & Headlocks, 94–95. ^ "Could Brock Lesnar beat three men at SummerSlam to remain in the WWE?". ^ "WWE SummerSlam 2018 matches, card, location, date, start time, predictions PPV rumors". ^ Assael, Shaun. Sex, Lies, & Headlocks, 74–80. ^ Keith, Scott (2004). Wrestling's One Ring Circus: The Death of the World Wrestling Federation. Citadel Press. p. 160. ISBN . 0-8065-2619-X ^ Hamilton, Ian (2006). Wrestling's Sinking Ship: What Happens to an Industry Without Competition. Lulu.com. p. 160. ISBN . 1-4116-1210-8 ^ a b Martin, Adam (2008-11-20). "Reader Notes: Bret Hart, WWE in Elmira, 2009 PPVs". WrestleView . Retrieved . 2008-11-21 ^ "SummerSlam". World Wrestling Entertainment . Retrieved . 2010-03-18 ^ "WWE SummerSlam heading to Toronto in August 2019 after a four-year run in Brooklyn" . Retrieved . 27 August 2018 ^ "SummerSlam wrestling event coming to Boston in 2020". External links [ edit ]
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