Mankind wins the WWF Championship in a three-way match with Triple H and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin with Jesse “the Body” Ventura at SummerSlam: August 22, 1999

Mick Foley’s WWF Championship reign was short lived. The next night on Raw — in Ames, Iowa, — I witnessed Triple H win his first WWF World Championship, taking the title from Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy.

At SummerSlam — with then Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura serving as referee — Foley walked away with the richest prize in wrestling after double-arm DDTing Austin for the pin. The triple-threat match was a good one (23rd best in SummerSlam history). The match was surreal with Ventura reprising his role as special referee, which he originally did at the very first SummerSlam in the main event between the Mega Powers and the Mega Bucks.

In a Greenwich Street Fight, Test beat Shane McMahon and won the heart of Stephanie McMahon (well, temporarily).Shane didn’t approve of their love — and her heart would later belong to Triple called it the 24th best match in SummerSlam’s history.

Also on the card:

The Rock won a “kiss my ass match” over Billy Gunn.

Big Show and The Undertaker won the WWF Tag Team Championships from X-Pac and Kane.

In a title-for-title match, Jeff Jarrett won the European and Intercontinental championships from D-Lo Brown.

The Acolytes (Bradshaw and Farooq) won a tag team turmoil match that included Edge and Christian, the Hardy Boyz, Mideon and Viscera, Droz and Albert (Tensai), and Bob and Crash Holly.

Al Snow won the Hardcore Championship, pinning the Big Boss Man.

Ivory successfully defended the Women’s Championship against Tori.

Ken Shamrock won a Lion’s Den match with Steve Blackman.

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