The Evolution of WWE’s Summerslam: 25 Years of Pain Revisited


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When your name is Shane McMahon and you’re the boss’ son, there’s really no need to take a seven-story leap onto your back during a live PPV broadcast. But, Shane doesn’t have fear in his heart, so that’s exactly what he did in his match with Steve Blackman for the Hardcore championship. To this day, it remains one of the scariest stunts ever attempted during a WWE broadcast.



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After Michael Jordan retired for a few years then decided to come back to play for the Washington Wizards, it was apparent that his magic had waned in his years away from the game. When Shawn Michaels came back to WWE in-ring action after spending 5 years on the DL for a severely injured back, no one was quite sure how the “Michael Jordan of wrestling” would rebound. To make things worse, he was facing his former best friend Triple-H in a street-fight. Not only did Michaels show he could still “go”, he put on the performance of a lifetime, and won what is still remembered as one of his very best matches. (SIDE NOTE: This is one of the greatest matches of all-time IMO)



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When Shawn Michaels was running roughshod over the WWE in the 90’s, Hulk Hogan was taking the NWO to new heights in rival promotion WCW. The stars never lined up for a potential match between the two legends until 2005, when Shawn’s back was healthy and Hogan had returned to the company he helped build. Michaels played the role of the “heel” (bad guy) for the match, a decision he would later go on to say he agreed to only to appease Hogan’s giant ego. Watch the match and see just how over the top Michaels plays the part to spite the Hulkster.

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