Throughout the long and illustrious history of WWE's SummerSlam extravaganza, Superstars have stepped up to the plate and delivered performances that helped elevate them to the next level of competition.
Those performances have stood the test of time and, upon further examination, were the impetus for so many current and future Hall of Famers to go on and achieve the tremendous success and championship glory that they did.
Whether it was Bret Hart's magical performance against Mr. Perfect at SummerSlam 1991 or The Rock's gutsy showing in 1998 against Triple H, Superstars have been seizing the opportunity and spotlight that comes along with a high-profile match at SummerSlam and thriving in the weeks, months and years that follow as a result.
On August 17, the current crop of Superstars will have the opportunity to join the ranks of past competitors who broke out with a single performance at the summertime spectacular. Will Dean Ambrose or Seth Rollins set themselves up for monumental success in a post-SummerSlam WWE? How about Roman Reigns, who already seems to have the proverbial rocket strapped to his back? Only time will tell.
In preparation for this year's show, and in hopes of a few performances that will one day join a revised version of this list, relive the 10 greatest breakout performances in SummerSlam history.