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Ranking the 8 greatest SummerSlam main events of all time

Divesh Merani
ANALYST
Modified 01 Apr 2020
Top 5 / Top 10
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#1 British Bulldog vs Bret Hart (1992)

Smith vs Hart
Bulldog vs Hart

In 1992, WWE decided to have SummerSlam take place outside North America. They went with Wembley Stadium in London, England and put on a show that remains fondly remembered more than 25 years later.

One of the main reasons for SummerSlam '92 being such a wild success was the main event. The Intercontinental Championship was originally supposed to be won by Shawn Michaels, but the decision to have the show over in the UK sparked a change in plans.

Plans were made for homeboy "British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith to challenge brother-in-law Bret Hart for his IC Championship in a highly personal match. The build-up to the summer event saw the Hart family "fall apart", making this match even more personal. It would be the first Intercontinental title match to main event a pay-per-view and the only one until last month's countdown fest between Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins. This match truly had a big fight feel.

The stage was set for this titanic clash with the dark blue skies of London just above the two Harts. They had an incredible back and forth match which went for close to 30 thrilling minutes, as the British Bulldog would valiantly fight and ultimately triumph after countering a Sunset Flip.

After the referee's hand hit the mat for the three count, the Wembley crowd erupted into one of the most surreal reactions to a WWE match possibly in history. It was a stunning match, one fitting of the only WWE event at Wembley.

What makes this match so astonishingly legendary was the fact that Bulldog actually forgot everything in the match just when it started. Hart had to carry his brother-in-law through the entire half an hour match, doing most of the work. You couldn't tell though, signifying just how good the Hitman was in the ring.

This by far was the greatest carry-job in WWE history bar none. It was that good. After the match, the crowd popped immensely for their local hero winning the Intercontinental Championship in the main event of SummerSlam. It truly was the greatest main event in SummerSlam history.

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Published 06 Aug 2018, 03:33 IST
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