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.
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin successfully defends the WWF Championship against The Undertaker at SummerSlam ‘98: August 30, 1998
The Texas Rattlesnake declared that he would do whatever it took to keep his championship. Defeating the Deadman would take everything Austin had to give and more. The Phenom was equally game, providing the holy-shit moment of the night when he delivered a guillotine leg drop from the top rope to Austin, who was laid out on the Spanish announcers’ table.
The never-say-die Texan rallied, reversing the Last Outlaw’s Old School with a low blow and a Stone Cold Stunner for the victory. Austin and Taker recognized the greatness of their match (No. 14 in SummerSlam history) with the supernatural superstar handing over the championship.
Not to be outdone, The Rock and Triple H took a page from Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon, agreeing to a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship. The two battered each other with ladders and chairs and knocked each other off the ladders for sick bumps. The Game needed a little help to defeat the Great One, and a low blow by Chyna allowed the former aristocrat to climb and grab the championship for the win.
Shawn Michaels won the Intercontinental Championship from Razor Ramon in a ladder match at SummerSlam ‘95: August 27, 1995
The rematch of Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon’s WrestleMania ladder match lived up to expectations (ranked No. 9 by WWE.com). The Heartbreak Kid proved too resilient for the Bad Guy. The two stole the show from their Kliq buddy Diesel. The WWF Champion was left to defend — successfully — against King Mable (Viscera).
The only other match to get recognized for its greatness — Hakushi’s win over the 1-2-3 Kid — received an honorable mention.
X-Pac and D-Lo Brown battle over the European Championship: September through October 1998
These two traded the title in a prominent (and quite good) feud in the fall of 1998. X-Pac won the title from D-Lo on the September 21 edition of Raw and dropped it back to Brown on the October 5 Raw.
D-Lo’s second reign would be short lived — X-Pac reclaimed the title on October 18 at Judgment Day. D-Lo never getting out of the mid-card was always disappointing (and really, this was the high point of his WWE run).
Take a look back at past European Champions at WWE.com. It’s worth shuffling through.
D-Generation X reunites for Raw 1,000: July 23, 2012
DX, everyone but “Ravishing” Rick Rude and Chyna, reformed for one night only. Good to see everyone, even X-Pac and the New Age Outlaws. Even cooler to see them ride out on the tank used to invade WCW.
Damien Sandow ate Sweet Chin Music and a Pedigree.