Kurt Angle retains the WWE Championship against Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam: August 24, 2003
Not even Mr. McMahon, a steel chair and an F-5 could help Brock Lesnar defeat Kurt Angle. The battle of former amateur wrestlers saw the two toss each other around … a lot. But in the end, Angle managed to get the ankle lock on Lesnar, who tapped out.
In the Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship, the unexpected occurred: really good technical wrestling. But really, what would you expect from Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho. The two exchanged several near falls until Randy Orton and Kevin Nash entered the fray. Sweet Chin Music led to Big Daddy Cool’s demise (Y2J stole the pin). Who was next? Goldberg joined the match, buzz sawing through Orton, Jericho and Michaels. And the man appeared on his way to victory, but Triple H and his sledgehammer ended Goldberg’s run in brutal and bloody fashion. The night belonged to the leader of Legacy.
Brock Lesnar wins the WWE World Championship from The Rock at SummerSlam ‘02: August 25, 2002
Lesnar became the youngest WWE Champion in history with the win — his first WWE Championship. The Next Big Thing kicked out of a Rock Bottom in the hard-hitting affair (and a top 10 SummerSlam match). The Brahma Bull went for the People’s Elbow, but Lesnar turned him inside out with a clothesline. After a few reversals, Lesnar unleashed the F5 on The Rock to get the win.
SummerSlam 2002 also featured the returned of Shawn Michaels, who had left wrestling due to a back injury. The Showstopper hadn’t wrestled since losing the WWF Championship to “Stone Cold” Steve Austin at WrestleMania XIV. The Heartbreak Kid wasn’t coming back for a wrestling match with his buddy Triple H. He was coming for a street fight with the Game, who was revealed to be the perpetrator of a parking-lot attack that left Michaels in need of a wheelchair. The bloody brawl ended when Michaels reversed a Pedigree into a pin, an instant classic (the third best in SummerSlam’s history). The Game didn’t handle the loss well, attacking his former DX partner with a sledgehammer. Though Michaels was victorious, he left the arena on a stretcher.
The Rock wins the WCW World Championship from Booker T at SummerSlam ‘01: August 19, 2001
The WCW Invasion was still alive during SummerSlam, and the Great One had returned to save the WWF from the invading forces. Booker T held the WCW World Championship, and Shane McMahon was determined to make sure the title didn’t change hands. But Booker proved too cocky and his spinaroonie his undoing. The Most Electrifying Man in Entertainment kipped-up, Rock Bottomed the champ and covered him for the win.
Rob Van Dam defeats Magnus in a Bound for Glory series match on TNA Impact Wrestling: August 9, 2012
TNA blew a huge opportunity with the Bound for Glory Series to make a new star in Magnus. Instead of using the round-robin tournament to put over someone new (Magnus, the Pope), the company decided to go with the established guys (James Storm, Kurt Angle, Mr. Anderson, Jeff Hardy, etc.).
Magnus was the perfect dark horse. He has a good look (6-foot-3, 240 pounds and cut) and the potential to be a breakout international star in the UK, where TNA has strong television penetration. It just doesn’t make sense to waste Magnus’ potential and put over retreads, like this past Thursday in a loss to Rob Van Dam (or to Christopher Daniels or Bully Ray). None of those guys would lose anything by putting Magnus over. But Magnus could have gained.
Magnus didn’t have to win the tourney. If the plan is for James Storm to get the win, fine. But at least make a new star by going over some of the veterans.