The Undertaker defeats CM Punk inside Hell in a Cell: October 4, 2009
Three years ago, CM Punk found himself defending a championship in Hell in a Cell against an unbeatable monster — The Undertaker. Sounds familiar. The Straight Edge Superstar came into the match the World Heavyweight Champion. He wouldn’t leave with the title. The Undertaker tombstoned Punk straight to hell.
Kane debuted at WWF Badd Blood 15 years ago this week: October 5, 1997
The Big Red Monster’s first WWF appearance came 15 years ago this week at WWF Badd Blood (WWE.com has a career retrospective). Kane, as promised by Paul Bearer, made an immediate impact in the main event match — Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker in Hell in a Cell. The Devil’s Favorite Demon ripped off the cage door, stared down his brother, summoned fire to come out of the posts, and then delivered a Tombstone piledriver on ‘Taker, handing Michaels the victory.
I’ll remember Badd Blood for Kane’s genesis — but also the death of Brian Pillman, who was found dead in a Bloomington, Minnesota, hotel room on the afternoon of the pay-per-view, which was held in St. Louis, Missouri.
WWF Intercontinental Champion “the British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith: August 29, 1992 to October 27, 1992
I forgot how short Davey Boy’s Intercontinental Championship reign actually was — just about two months. The Bulldog would win the championship in a classic match with Bret “Hitman” Hart at SummerSlam and drop it to “the Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels on Saturday Night’s Main Event. He’d never win the belt again.
Walter Payton watches Razor Ramon’s back at SummerSlam ‘94: August 29, 1994
The Bad Guy (Scott Hall) was set to challenge his future Outsiders tag team partner, Diesel (Kevin Nash), for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam ‘94. But he needed an equalizer to Big Daddy Cool’s tag partner, Shawn Michaels. Enter Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton (SummerSlam originated from the United Center in the Windy City).
Sweetness tried to keep Michaels in check, although the Heartbreak Kid broke free long enough to attempt a super kick on Ramon, who was being held by Diesel. Ramon moved and Michaels gave his bodyguard Sweet Chin Music. Ramon pinned Diesel to capture the gold and celebrate with the Hall of Famer.
D-Generation X defeats the McMahons in the main event of SummerSlam ‘06: August 20, 2006
Looking back on SummerSlam 2006, the card was loaded with dream matches. Maybe not Big Show and Sabu (Show retained the ECW Championship) or Chavo Guerrero beating Rey Mysterio (Chavo just doesn’t have it). Take a look:
Hulk Hogan defeated Randy Orton.
WWE Champion Edge defeated John Cena.
Ric Flair won an “I quit match” against Mick Foley.
Batista defeated World Champion King Booker T by disqualification.
Hulk Hogan defeats Shawn Michaels at SummerSlam ‘05: August 21, 2005
Shawn Michaels must really not have wanted to lose this battle of icons. His exaggerated bumps throughout the match were comical, especially when the sexy boy’s face met the Hulkster’s big boot. The Heartbreak Kid’s Sweet Chin Music couldn’t finish off Hogan, and the Showstopper’s end was the same as nearly every Hogan opponent: an atomic leg drop.
The show stealer though was a ladder match between Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero. At stake: custody of Mysterio’s son Dominick. An odd storyline indeed, especially when Vickie Guerrero is the voice of reason. She pushed Eddie off the ladder and held down Latino Heat while Mysterio climbed the ladder and grabbed the briefcase to keep his family intact.
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.
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin wins the Intercontinental Championship from Owen Hart at SummerSlam ‘97: August 3, 1997
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s first Intercontinental Championship victory was marred by an accident. Owen Hart delivered a sit-down piledriver that temporarily paralyzed the Rattlesnake. Austin managed to school boy the King of Harts — just barely — for the win. WWE.com still ranked the match among SummerSlam’s 25 best (No. 19), lauding the technical display from Austin and Hart. I can’t get over the move that nearly ended Austin’s career. In an alternate reality, there never would have been an Attitude Era (or, at least, the Austin-McMahon feud). Luckily for us — and Austin — he overcame the injury.
The main event saw WWF Champion the Undertaker take on Bret “Hitman” Hart, with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee (ranked 12th in SummerSlam history). The Canadian hero vowed to never wrestle in the United States again if he lost the match. Michaels also made the pact, swearing he’d be an impartial referee. However, the bad blood between the Hitman and the Heartbreak Kid boiled over during the match and the Deadman was just an innocent bystander caught in the middle.
Hart spit on Michaels, who swung a steel chair at the Excellence of Execution. Hart ducked in time for the Showstopper to brain the Undertaker. Hart covered the leveled Phenom for the win, leaving New Jersey with the WWF Championship and his career intact.