WWE SummerSlam Hall of Fame: The Top 11 Wrestlers in SummerSlam History

TC VreelandCorrespondent IIIJuly 29, 2011

WWE SummerSlam Hall of Fame: The Top 11 Wrestlers in SummerSlam History

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    We're all familiar with the WWE Hall of Fame.  The collection of former superstars, announcers, managers and celebrities who have significantly contributed to WWE in some form are typically announced in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania and inducted the night before.

    But what if there were a Hall of Fame for the "Biggest Party of the Summer," SummerSlam?

    Frequently one of WWE's most popular and attended pay-per-views, SummerSlam has been a staple in the world of professional wrestling since 1988.  Since then, many superstars have gone above and beyond to make SummerSlam one of the biggest nights for professional wrestling each year.

    Though it is quickly forgotten like many other pay-per-views, SummerSlam has held WWE together as one of the "Big 4," and it always delivers for the fans.

    This slideshow will take a look at 11 superstars who stand above the others at SummerSlam and could be inducted into a potential SummerSlam Hall of Fame.  I've included win/loss records for each superstar, as well as some of their memorable SummerSlam moments.

    Enjoy and thanks for reading! 

Kane

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    Record: 6-1-1

    Title Wins/Defenses: Two

    Kane is a powerhouse when it comes to matches at SummerSlam.  He has one of the most impressive records of any current WWE superstar and has obtained that record against some of the toughest opponents in WWE history.

    His lone loss (unless you count his stint as Isaac Yankem) came in a tag team match against The Unholy Alliance (Big Show and The Undertaker) in 1999, in which he and his partner, X-Pac, lost the Tag Team Championship.  The no-contest came against The Undertaker the next year.

    When he teamed up with his brother, Kane succeeded in obtaining the Tag Team Championships when they defeated Diamond Dallas Page and Kanyon to unify the WCW and WWE belts.

    Most recently, Kane defended his World Heavyweight Title against Rey Mysterio and could be poised for another match at this year's SummerSlam. 

Batista

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    Record: 4-1

    Title Wins/Defenses: One

    If WWE Titles could change hands after disqualifications, Batista would have scored two additional World Heavyweight Titles in 2006 and 2007.  In 2006, in his match against King Booker, Batista was attacked by Queen Sharmell and was awarded the victory, but not the World Heavyweight Championship.  

    The next year, The Great Khali got disqualified after attacking Batista with a steel chair, again preventing him from obtaining the title.

    Batista's only loss came in a triple threat match for the Intercontinental Championship in which Edge speared and pinned Chris Jericho to retain the title.

    Batista's other victories came over John "Bradshaw" Layfield in 2005 and John Cena in 2008. 

Shawn Michaels

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    Record: 6-4-1

    Title Wins/Defenses: Three

    Though Shawn Michaels doesn't have the best record in SummerSlam history, he does have one of, if not the greatest match.

    The 1995 ladder match between Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels has been consdiered not only the greatest match in SummerSlam history, not only the greatest ladder match in history, but some consider it the best match in WWE history.

    Aside from that, Michaels has also impressed the fans with his two performances as a member of D-Generation X and in matches against legends such as Bret Hart and Triple H. 

Big Show

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    Record: 4-0

    Title Wins/Defenses: Three

    The Big Show is a dominant superstar and has dominated SummerSlam every time he has appeared.

    With a spotless record, which includes a Tag Team Title win, two defenses (Tag Team and ECW Titles), and a three-on-one handicap victory, The Big Show could be one of the most impressive superstars in SummerSlam history.

    Though partial credit can go to The Undertaker and Chris Jericho for the Tag Team Title wins, Big Show takes all the credit when it comes to the other matches.  

    His ECW Championship defense against Sabu proved that the World's Largest Athlete could hang with the ECW Originals, and Big Show needed less than seven minutes to dispose of The Straight Edge Society.

    You could even add an extra win if you counted his victory over Bam Neely in the 2008 dark match.

    Will we see Big Show's continued dominance this year? 

Triple H

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    Record: 8-4

    Title Wins/Defenses: Three

    Triple H has taken part in some of the most brutal matches in SummerSlam history.

    In 2003, Triple H won the Elimination Chamber match and defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Goldberg, Jericho, Orton, HBK and Kevin Nash.  He also faced off against Shawn Michaels in an unsanctioned street fight in 2002.

    Triple H has also competed in a variety of other match types including a steel cage match against Mankind in 1996 and a ladder match against The Rock in 1997.

    Though he competed alongside Shawn Michaels as D-Generation X on two separate occasions, he still falls short of being a SummerSlam Triple Crown Champion by missing out on the Tag Team Championship. 

Kurt Angle

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    Record: 5-1

    Title Wins/Defenses: One

    Kurt Angle boasts an impressive record at SummerSlam and has taken on some tough opponents at the same time.  He holds wins over Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, Brock Lesnar and Steve Austin.  

    Meanwhile, Angle's only loss came in the 2000 main event which was a triple threat match against The Rock and Triple H.  In that match The Rock pinned Triple H to retain the WWE Championship, so the loss is a technicality at best.

    If Kurt had not left WWE for Impact Wrestling years ago, he could have potentially broken many SummerSlam records, as his last SummerSlam appearance was in 2005.

Hulk Hogan

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    Record: 6-0

    Title Wins/Defenses: Zero

    Though he never won or defended a title at SummerSlam, Hulk Hogan remains one of the biggest superstars to ever participate in the annual summer event.  Hogan also holds the largest undefeated record in SummerSlam history.

    Hogan headlined the first ever SummerSlam alongside Randy Savage, together known as the Mega Powers, as they took on the team of Ted DiBiase and Andre the Giant.  Hogan also had main event tag team victories with partners Brutus Beefcake and Ultimate Warrior.

    Hogan returned later in his career in 2005 and 2006 to take on Shawn Michaels and Randy Orton, respectively.  Though he was from a different generation, Hogan prevailed in both matches, even though they were nearly 20 years after his first SummerSlam match 

Undertaker

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    Record: 9-5-1

    Title Wins/Defenses: Two

    Although The Undertaker holds the record for most wins at SummerSlam, most matches at SummerSlam, most consecutive years with a match at SummerSlam, and even the most losses at SummerSlam, he has never won or successfully defended the WWE or World Heavyweight Championship.

    However, The Undertaker does have two Tag Team Title victories under his belt, including one with The Big Show and one with Kane.  He is also the only superstar to face himself at SummerSlam when he faced off against an impostor in 1994.

    It seems as though Undertaker may have a few years left in him, and if so, his records could continue to grow. 

Bret Hart

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    Record: 7-4

    Title Wins/Defenses: Four

    Bret Hart has had many memorable matches at SummerSlam including a mix of tag team and singles matches.

    His opponents have ranged from tough opponents such as The Undertaker, to silly gimmick superstars like Doink the Clown and Isaac Yankem, to those who were personally close to "The Hitman" including Davey Boy Smith and Owen Hart.

    Bret Hart participated in the two longest matches in SummerSlam history; the steel cage match against his brother Owen in 1994 and the Team WWE vs. Nexus match in 2010.

    At 21 years, Bret Hart's SummerSlam career has spanned longer than any other superstar, and it seems very likely that it will remain that way.

Ultimate Warrior

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    Record: 5-0

    Title Wins/Defenses: Three

    The Ultimate Warrior took part in each of the first five SummerSlams and won each match that he participated in.

    Though his first SummerSlam match was a quick squash victory over The Honky Tonk Man to win the Intercontinental Championship, he also defeated Rick Rude in a steel cage match in 1990 to win the WWE Championship.

    Warrior also defeated Randy Savage in 1992 and teamed up with Hulk Hogan in 1991 to take on Sgt. Slaughter, Colonel Mustafa and General Adnan in a handicap match.

    Warrior is one of only two superstars to remain undefeated at SummerSlam after five or more matches.

Edge

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    Record: 8-2

    Title Wins/Defenses: Four

    Edge is a SummerSlam Triple Crown Champion, having won or defended each the WWE Tag Team Championship, Intercontinental Championship and the WWE Championship at the annual summer event.

    What adds to Edge's impressive 8-2 record is the fact that his only two losses have come from a Hell in the Cell match against The Undertaker and a Tag Team Turmoil match which featured five other tag teams.

    Edge's first SummerSlam appearance was in 1998 when he and Sable defeated Marc Mero and Jacqueline.  His most recent match was at last year's event as a member of Team WWE who defeated The Nexus in an elimination style tag team match.

    SummerSlam was definitely one of Edge's most impressive pay-per-views. 

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