Summerslam (1996)

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WWF Championship: Shawn Michaels vs. Vader, Boiler Room Brawl: Mankind vs. The Undertaker, Tag Team Championship: Smoking Gunns vs. The Godwins vs. The New Rockers vs. The Bodydonnas, Jerry Lawler vs. Jake Roberts, The British Bulldog vs. Sycho Sid, Owen Hart vs. Savio Vega, Goldust vs. Marc Mero Written by Anonymous

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Final WWF PPV appearance for Chris Candido, better known as Bodydonna Skip. See more »

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Decent Wrestling Card
11 January 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

SummerSlam '96 was a decent wrestling card with pretty good matches throughout-not the greatest SummerSlam event or WWF PPV ever but watchable enough.

During 1996, the WWF were losing against WCW when it came to PPV buy rates and TV ratings. However, the WWF still put on some good events even though WCW events were better.

There aren't any bad matches on this event really with the exception of the four corners tag team match. This PPV is memorable in some ways-for starters Jake "The Snake" Roberts makes his first SummerSlam appearance since SummerSlam '91 (where he disrupted the wedding of the Macho Man and Elizabeth). Jake was a Christian in 1996 and whilst he didn't have the killer instinct he had had from 1986-1992, he was still a decent performance.

There are four matches that really stand out for me. The late Owen Hart faces Savio Vega in a strong opening match. Sycho Sid faced the late British Bulldog in a powerful battle between two powermen. However, it's the last two matches that were fantastic.

The Undertaker faced tough rival Mankind in a Boiler Room Brawl-it was a heated match which ended in a shocker when the Undertaker's manager Paul Bearer (who had been with the 'Taker for nearly six years)turned on him and joined Mankind.

The main event stole the show. Talented WWF champion Shawn Michaels faced monster heel Vader (a wrestler who the WWF never capitalised on) in a strong match far superior to the outings they had had on the road leading up to SummerSlam.

All in all, a strong SummerSlam event.


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