One of my favorite matches of all time.
Triple H has stated in multiple interviews that he was elated when creative approached him about a possible feud with Shawn Michaels, due to the main event talent shortage caused by the brand extension.
The story told between Shawn and Hunter leading to the match was fantastic and laid the foundation for a feud (my favorite) that would continue for two more years.
Shawn returned after four years and proved he was still able to wrestle, whereas Triple H began a heel run that would lead to his domination of RAW for the next one-and-a-half years.
The match itself was an unsanctioned match, basically a street fight. It was an excellent match that lived up to all the hype. It was an awesome sight to see Shawn Michaels, who was effectively retired, reignite his career with one great match.
The match stole the show at SummerSlam 2002, with a fantastic ending, setting Shawn up for a return at the inaugural Elimination Chamber at Survivor Series.
The unsanctioned match ended with Triple H violently hitting Shawn in the back with a sledgehammer, playing on the back injury that kept HBK away from the ring for four years.
Both Triple H and Shawn Michaels were brilliant in this match. Maybe I'm showing bias, as this was the first pay-per-view I ever saw. Regardless, I truly believe this is the greatest match Triple H has ever had at SummerSlam.
Will there be more in the future? Most likely, as Triple H's return to the ring is inevitable. But everything is speculation at this point. In the mean time, let's hope we get a classic match out of this year's SummerSlam.