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Sunday, July 30, 2017

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Eyes On WWE: The 5 Worst Summerslam PPVs

By @TrueGodImmortal

In reality, the biggest show of the summer has been more lackluster over the years than exciting. The truth is, while WWE builds the show up very well, it sometimes misses the mark. In the history of the event, we've seen some great contests and of course we've seen some terrible matches. Sometimes, we get a great card and other times, we get a terrible card. Today, I wanted to look at the latter and the times that we get the terrible shows. Let's take a look at the worst Summerslam events.

5. Summerslam 2006

-I wasn't as invested in wrestling during this period due to real life, but I saw this show live and was disappointed. Extremely disappointed. I thought about putting shows from the 80s on this list or even the 1994 edition, but at least that card had a classic and solid IC Title Match with a decent tag team match. Aside from a decent John Cena vs Edge match with a solid build, the show suffers from a pointless DX vs The McMahons match, a very mediocre Batista vs Booker T match, and a confusing Big Show vs Sabu ECW Title Match. Even the Hulk Hogan vs Randy Orton match was well below any high expectations. Just not a fun PPV to sit through.

4. Summerslam 2007

-It still surprises me that I ordered this PPV. It bothers me actually. I was excited. I figured CM Punk was set to become the ECW Champion. Triple H would make a triumphant return. Cena vs Orton seemed like a big match. Rey Mysterio would be coming back as well. I figured, there's no way WWE could mess this up, right? I was very wrong. The Triple H return was awkward and lackluster, and the match itself was very disappointing. The Rey Mysterio return did nothing for me and the match itself against Chavo Guerrero just didn't go well. The only highlight on the show would be the Cena vs Orton match, but even that was slightly disappointing. Without any real highlights minus a decent triple threat and a mostly solid main event, this card falls way below the standards of the best.

3. Summerslam 1993

-This would be no. 1 if it wasn't for the fact that the top 2 choices had the opportunity to he better and literally just out right refused to be. It was interesting to say the least with this PPV, as watching Lex Luger vs Yokozuna as the main event told me that the WWF wasn't in the best place at that time. Losing Hulk Hogan, and trying to find his replacement couldn't have been easy and the same could be said for the lack of in ring work from Randy Savage, another legend. There are slight bright spots on this show with Shawn Michaels vs Mr. Perfect and Razor Ramon vs Ted Dibiase in his final WWF PPV match, but the rest of the card, including The Undertaker vs Giant Gonzalez was absolutely dreadful to watch. Even worse? After Lex Luger wins the match by DQ but doesn't win the title, he has the dumbest celebration of all time as if he became champion. A hilarious end to a terrible event. 

2. Summerslam 2010

-This show had potential. WWE was working toward a new era it seemed with the Nexus, but they were still in the Cena era. It was really odd to be honest. It seemed like every time the WWE attempted to move forward, Cena would bring them back. In addition to that, the card on paper was lackluster. CM Punk and the Straight Edge Society against the Big Show, a short and pointless Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston match, Melina vs Alicia Fox, an awful Kane vs Rey Mysterio match with a laughable Undertaker appearance, with the only decent match coming from Randy Orton and Sheamus as Orton was settling in as a fan favorite. The main event is really too long and it was anti climatic as Daniel Bryan returning after two months of being "fired" didn't really have a huge impact. Plus, Cena killing the Nexus momentum just killed the whole group. It was over after that. For that, this show definitely has to make the list.

1. Summerslam 1995

-The truth of the matter? There was no way in hell this PPV could be great. There was a great IC Title Match between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon, which should have closed the show. For some reason, Vince was an idiot and decided to close the show out with the absolute worst main event ever in Summerslam history: Diesel vs Mabel. Add to that the fact that they wasted other top wrestlers on lackluster matches (Bret Hart and The Undertaker), and in reality, this is the most disappointing Summerslam because of what it could have been. And, once again, the show was closed out by Diesel vs Mabel. Diesel vs Mabel. Diesel vs FUCKING MABEL. Enough said.



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