These are not necessarily the best Summerslam matches ever, but my most memorable, for various reasons.
* * Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake vs. Randy Savage & Zeus (1989):
The match itself had nothing special because everyone knew Hogan and Beefcake would defeat Savage and Zeus.
However, the angle behind the match was very imaginative. Zeus, the evil character defeated by Hogan in the movie No Holds barred, came in the real world to seek revenge.
In other words, the showdown was a huge commercial strategy to sell the film produced by WWE and released in June the same year.
I was 13, and I really got in the whole storyline.
* * Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog (1992):
Considered by many as the best Summerslam match ever, it was special for me because of the amazing atmosphere at the London's Wembley Stadium.
Beyond the quality of the match, I remember I had the chills despite it was in my living room, miles away, not even live (it aired three days later on pay-per-view).
The hype was uncommon and the crowd was incredible.
I also think it was the first time ever the Intercontinental Title was on the line for the main event at a major pay-per-view and it fully deserved such spotlight.
* * Undertaker vs. Undertaker (1994):
That not-so-great match was a peak of my favorite storyline ever.
To make a long story short, The Undertaker battled Yokozuna in a casket match at the 1994 Royal Rumble after unmatched promos from Paul Bearer and his protégé.
The Deadman had the upper hand until nine wrestlers, hired by Mr. Fuji to help Yokozuna since it was a no disqualification match, came to the rescue. The Undertaker battled them all but they were too many and they have put him in the casket, left as dead.
Then, a few weeks later, there has been promos in which many persons stated they have witnessed various paranormal signs from The Phenom.
In April, The Million Dollar Man claimed he brought back The Undertaker to WWE, but Paul Bearer warned everyone he was not the real Undertaker. At the beginning of the summer, Bearer declared he has found the real Undertaker and challenged DiBiase's one.
* * Shawn Michaels vs. Vader (1996):
A good match overall, with HBK at the top of his game.
A weird outcome with the WWE Championship on the line; Vader won the match twice, but once by countout and once by disqualification.
Jim Cornette, Vader's manager, asked to re-start the match both times and Michaeals accepted. In the third down, the Heartbreak Kid pinned Vader to retain.
* * Edge vs. The Undertaker (2008):
To end their grueling feud, Edge and The Undertaker battled in a Hell in a Cell match. The Ultimate Opportunist lost the match.
After the battle, there has been a truly memorable moment when The Phenom chokeslammed Edge throughout the ring from the top of a ladder, then a flame blown from the hole with no Edge in sight.
What a way to end a rivalry! But Edge returned back few months later, just like that, at Survivor Series.