Brock Lesnar vs John Cena: Summerslam 2014
We’re kicking off this list with undoubtedly one of the most lopsided victories in the history of professional wrestling, with John Cena vs Brock Lesnar. At the time, Brock Lesnar was white hot, coming off of the biggest win of his career by defeating the Undertaker at Wrestlemania, thus ending the 21 year streak of the deadman. John Cena, had also gotten one of the biggest wins of his career by winning his almost record breaking 15th world title reign in a hotly contested Money in the Bank ladder match. So the showdown was set, The Beast Incarnate and Conquerer of the Streak Brock Lesnar vs The 15 Time World Champion John Cena at Summerslam. If there was ever a match that had a big fight feel to it, it was this, so you could understand the shock that everyone in the crowd and everyone watching at home felt when Brock Lesnar utterly dominated and destroyed John Cena, with little to no offense or defense from the champ. 16 German suplexes and two F5’s later, we had a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and there was no doubt that he had earned the titles, and in convincing fashion. So with the amazing build up involving John Cena and Paul Heyman trading back incredible promo’s back and forth, and then the ultimate curveball of Lesnar dominating Cena, this match ranks at number 10 on the list
CM Punk vs Brock Lesnar: Summerslam 2013
Speaking of big fight feel matches and Brock Lesnar, who can ever forget this epic match up? CM Punk was on his own, after being stabbed in the back by long time friend and mentor Paul Heyman. Punk would seek revenge on Heyman, taking every chance he got to try and get his hands on him, but when you attack the client, you’re gonna have to take on his beast. Paul Heyman had called his beast back to the WWE to eradicate his problem with CM Punk, but the Second City Saint wasn’t going to back down from anybody. So match was set: The Best vs The Beast, CM Punk vs Brock Lesnar. This feud delivered on all levels including in ring competition, as the match was nominated for and many believe truly should have been, match of the year. In the end Brock Lesnar would claim the victory against Punk but one couldn’t take anything away from the strong attempt that Punk gave.
Bret Hart vs Owen Hart: Summerslam 1994
After two fairly recent Summerslam matches, let’s take a step back in time. The year is 1994, and earlier that year at Wrestlemania Bret and Owen Hart had put on a technical classic of a match that was undoubtedly one of the best Wrestlemania matches of all time. Owen would in the end come out the victor with a clean win over his older brother, but the score was not settled just yet. Later on that night Bret would wrestle his second match of the event for the WWF title against the giant Yokozuna and in the end defeat him after pinning him off of a failed Bonzai Drop attempt. Fast forward to Summerslam of the same year and we have the ultimate rematch between the two men only this time, it’s in a steel cage. (this was back when cage matches were really cool) No pinfalls, no submissions, the only way to win is to escape the cage and have both feet hit the ground. With the WWF title and the pride of being the best in the family at stake, the feud was very personal and you couldn’t help but be excited to see the match, no matter who you were rooting for. With the appearances of the Hart family coming to the event just to watch the two best in the family, it only made the match even more anticipated, and the two workhorses had no issue delivering. In the end Bret walked away with the win, but this is a match with infinite replay value and can be enjoyable everytime you watch it
Bret Hart vs Undertaker: Summerslam 1997
Now this match comes in for multiple reasons. One of those reasons is the undeniable amount of star power that it had, with two of the biggest stars at the time, Undertaker and Bret Hart, going at it with the third biggest name in the business Shawn Michael’s as the special guest referee. That should be enough to you to buy the PPV right? Well there’s even more at stake, with not only the WWF title, but the fact that if Bret doesn’t win the match he can never wrestle on American soil again. With Shawn Michaels who was never known at the time for his incredible friendships with either competitor, begged to be part of Summerslam, which landed him a part in the main event as the special guest referee. Of course no one expected him to be exactly impartial, but towards the end of the match Bret Hart was starting to get frustrated as he could not put The Undertaker away, and went outside to get a steel chair. Michaels would take the chair away from Bret, which led Bret to spit in the face of the referee. Shawn snapped and swung the chair at Bret’s head, but Bret had moved out of the way at the last minute, causing the chair to crack Taker right in the head. Bret would cover the deadman and Michaels would, reluctantly, count to three. The match itself is quite solid and can be rewatched numerous times and still be entertaining, and the story telling from all people involved is very impressive as well, which is what lands it at number 7 on this list.
Kurt Angle vs Stone Cold Steve Austin: Summerslam 2001
It was 2001 and the war between the Alliance and the WWF was being waged heavily on WWF TV. Many feuds were created due to this, and this is one of the ones that we are most thankful for. This feud was nothing more than personal, with Stone Cold attempting to break Kurt Angle’s neck and Angle kidnapping Austin at one point. The WWF title was at stake, but this was about more than that, this was about two men trying to do nothing more than destroy each other. If you get some time go to the Network and check it out the feud and the match were nothing short of spectacular and no amount of words I say can really do it justice, seriously go and check it out, you won’t be disappointed.