SummerSlam (2002) was the fifteenth annual SummerSlam professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on August 25, 2002 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. … see full wiki
Many fans hail this event from 2002 as the best Summerslam ever, and honestly, it is very hard to argue against that opinion. For me, it's still very difficult to decide between this and Summerslam 2001. The only reason I feel this way is because I have to see 2001's version again to be completely sure. This event goes down as a classic for a few reasons; with the first being the return of Shawn Michaels to inring action after a 4 year hiatus. As well as the burial of the Rock, and the elevation of "The Next Big Thing" Brock Lesnar.
1-Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio
This match saw the debut of Rey Mysterio on ppv in the WWE with his mask. Note, he lost it back in the old WCW(World Championship Wrestling) at Superbrawl IX in 1999. This was an excellent opener that was very hard to follow. These two put on a wrestling clinic meshing Angles mat base style with Mysterio's lucha. The match was so action packed it nearly stole the show. They blended really well together to deliver a very fast pace, high flying and ground base match, with an even better finish. Despite the match being pretty short, they did a lot more with their energy. Believe me when I tell you that this match did its job as an opener. 4.5/5
2-Chris Jericho vs. Ric Flair
It was amazing watching Jericho practically being buried for months around this time. After being the very first Undisputed Champion, by defeating both Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, back at Vengeance 2001 in the same night. Oh well, in any case, this was a solid match up that was pretty entertaining. There were plenty of hard chops, some good mat base wrestling, along with both guys trying to pull out their submissions. The finish was pretty good, and these two continued to feud. 3.75/5
3-Eddie Guerrero(R.I.P.) vs. Edge
In some cases around this time during the show. The event for whatever reasons would begin to slow down. Well this certainly wasn't one of those occasions, because the event still moved at full speed. The story here was pretty much Eddie claiming he was never speared by Edge. The action was very solid, and there was a somewhat nice blend of wrestling with a few spots. Eddie would eventually work on Edge's shoulder which was actually injured at one point. The match was very good, but I just didn't care for the sudden ending. They would continue to feud after this and deliver better matches. 4/5
4-Tag Team Championship Match Un-Americans(Christian & Lance Storm) vs. Booker T and Goldust
I really did like the Un-American stable, which was obviously an Anti-American, but Pro-Canadian group. Even though it's just entertainment, they were a heel group that made some real good points at times; such as the average American teen not knowing one word of the Bill of Rights, but they knew every Britanny Spears song. Anyway, this is a match that has grown on me with time. The only problem that I have with it, is that it's just way too by the numbers. The action was pretty good, however, the match was only meant to put over its dual storyline, which was displaying the numbers game to establish the heels as a credible stable. Along with Booker and Goldust as the odd couple who were close, but "missed it by thismuch". 3.75/5
5-Intercontinental Championship Match Chris Benoit(C)(R.I.P) vs. RVD
An awesome match from start to finish, yet very weird also. These guys put on a wrestling clinic. RVD brought to the party his educated feet, while Benoit also delivered his no nonsense style of physical wrestling. There were many good moments, and this match would go down as a lost classic. The weird thing about it was, these two wouldn't continue to feud over this belt, despite how great this match was. This is one of the best on the card. 5/5
6-Undertaker vs. Test(R.I.P)
You will hear many fans mention 2002 and 2001 as being Test's best WWE run, and that's no exaggeration, with this match being among his better ones. The match was above decent, but the predictable interference made the match better than what it really was. This was mainly because Undertaker had just dropped the belt the previous month. Therefore, this was his transition into a face, after spending several months as a murderous monster heel. The match did its job, even though it wasn't hard to get the fans on UT's side. 4/5
7-Non-Sanctioned Street Fight Match Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels
Rules: There are none. It can only end in pin fall or submission.
The best match of the night, and it's my personal match of the year for 2002. Screw the other bout that was picked. This match was only the beginning, in a long series of wars between these two, that would carry on for a couple of years off and on. This was a match where the rules were completely thrown out the window, and the Non Sanctioned stipulation was used to its full effect. The bout contained weapon use, table crashes, ladders, and there was blood. These guys gave each other nasty beatings. The commentary also added a great deal to the match, with the sick ending only continuing the feud. The only problem that I can see was this bout not being the main event. 5/5
8-Undisputed Championship Match The Rock(C) vs. Brock
Like several others I know, I felt it was too early for Brock's massive push. But in retrospect, up to this day, he's still the best wrestler WWE had built from the ground up, and he would later prove that he wasn't too green to carry the company. He would also go down in my book as one of the most believable monster heels as well. This was a solid match that saw quite a bit of high impact offense. These two tried hard to some how equal the previous match, but there was no way to pull that off. The bout did have a big match feel. It was fast paced, with stiff offense, solid wrestling along with finisher counters. But outside of the match outcome; the shocker was the crowd turning on the Rock, and becoming pro Brock almost as if they were programmed to do it. My biggest gripes with the match was the unnecessary interference. 4.25/5
Summerslam 2002 isn't only hailed as the best Summerslam of all time, but also the best event of that year. This I'm not too sure on, but I plan on revisiting all those events. In any case, it's a very solid event and I can't recommend it enough.
Pros: -Many lost classics, and not a bad match on here
Cons: -Main event was heavily overshadowed
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