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WWE SUMMERSLAM 2002 match results:
ratings out of 10
1)Rey Mysterio vs Kurt Angle-A great way to start Summerslam with fast paced action.Rey Mysterio gave it his all in the match but Kurt came out on top.(10/10)
2)Ric Flair vs Chris Jericho-This match was just under average,quite slow as Ric Flair is old and should of retired a decade ago.it had a few good pointers.1)lots of cheating and 2)Ric Flair won.(5/10)
3)Edge vs Eddie Guerrero-This match was quite good compared with the match before but was really short.Eddie Guerrero had the upper hand in this match but before he could know a spear was delivered and Edge won the match.(7/10)
4)WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP-Booker t and Goldust vs Lance Storm and Christian-There's not much to say about this match,it was dull and boring and to make things worse,Test had to come in and interfere helping the Un-Americans pick up the win.Worst match of the night (3/10)
5)WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP-Chris Beniot vs Rvd-This match was an absolute best making up for the other bad matches before it.Both wrestlers went out and tried there best and you'll no what i mean when you watch it.At the end you will be sitting on the edge of your seat wondering who will win until RVD climbs the top rope and lays down a five star frog splash picking up the victory.Great Match (10/10)
6)Undertaker vs Test-This match was good two giants colliding in the ring looking to destroy each other.When the matches begins you can tell that it will be a very slow paced match but after you know it starts to become enjoyable.Undertaker picks up the win with a Last Ride.(7/10)
7)HHH vs Shawn Michaels-This match had to have been the highlight of the night for me.It was fast paced,bloody and Shawn Michaels showed us some stupendous moves picking up the win with a roll up pin,but it did not end there for HHH as he picked up a sledgehammer and whacked into Shawn Michaels not once but twice.Great match with a sad ending (10/10)
8)WWE CHAMPIONSHIP-Brock Lesnar vs The Rock-I had to cheer for Brock Lesnar all the way in this match.He is bigger in size and is quite fast for a man his size.Special surprise also for Paul Heymen lets just say it involves an announcers table and the Rock Bottom.But The rock slipped away in the end and got caught in the F-5!! by Brock Lesnar pinning 1,2,3 and becoming new WWE Champion.(8/10)
WWE SUMMERSLAM 2002 Overall rating (8/10)
Ratings out of 10.
* Kurt Angle vs Rey Mysterio (8) Outstanding opener. These guys work so well together and Mysterio proves that he can have an entertaining match with anyone.
* Ric Flair vs Chris Jericho (4) The first half of this one is really good. That's all I can say.
* Edge vs Eddie Guerrero (6) A fairly entertaining match that the crowd was not into. A few sloppy spots by Edge drops the rating on this one. Eddie is great as usual.
* Christian & Lance Storm vs Booker T & Goldust (5) One of the better tag title matches on a WWE show in the past few years. That is not counting the Angle/Benoit era of course.
* Chris Benoit vs Rob Van Dam (7) A match with some really awesome spots that never really seems to take off. Good but could have been a lot better.
* Undertaker vs Test (3) Your basic Undertaker match. Not much too it. Not terrible.
* Triple H vs Shawn Michaels (9) One of my favorite matches. Michaels looks like he never left. Amazing storytelling here with HHH working on the back of HBK. Some brutal spots with the chair and a table. Match of the night.
* The Rock vs Brock Lesnar for the WWE Title (7) This one was hard to grade. The wrestling here is not so great but the crowd heat is incredible. For workrate I would score it a 5. The insane fan reactions definitely get a 10. Rock loses and the fans don't seem to mind.
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Match 1: Kurt Angle vs Rey Mysterio Rey started immediately with a hurracanrana and monkey flip. Angle regained control and unsuccessfully attempted to apply his ankle lock. Mysterio then attempted the 619, but Angle escaped. Angle then slowed down the pace and started to wear the young Mexican down. Mysterio attempted a few comebacks, but Angle used his superior strength to wear down his foe. Eventually, Angle applied a half crab which Mysterio countered by rolling up the Olympic hero. Angle escaped at 2 and continued to wear down Mysterio while the sold out crowd chanted "Angle Sucks!" over and over again. An irate Angle attempted and Angle Slam, but Rey slid off his shoulders and started to get some offense in, including a vicious leg drop off the top rope, a 619 and a Huracanrana. Angle withstood Mysterio's assault, and a minute later applied the ankle lock. A few seconds later Mysterio tapped out. Winner: Kurt Angle
Match 2: Ric Flair vs Chris Jericho Ric Flair started the match with a few "whooos" and a couple of slaps to Jericho's face. Jericho countered with some vicious punches and a suplex. A few chops by Flair had little effect on Fozzy's lead singer, and Jericho continued his assault, eventually clotheslining Flair outside the ring and slamming Flair into the security wall. Jericho then tossed Flair back in the ring and continued to pound the 16 time World Champion. Somehow the legendary Flair gathered some strength and hit Jericho with his trademark knife edge chops. After being initially stunned, Jericho gathered himself and once again started to beat down on Flair. Jericho then charged Flair in the corner, but missed. Flair took control with some more chops and an assault on Jericho's lower back. Slowly Jericho fought his way back though, and both men exchanged offense for a few minutes. Jericho managed to get Flair in the Figure Four. Flair reached down deep and made it to the ropes before Jericho could break his leg. A distracted Charles Robinson missed Flair hit Jericho below the belt. Flair applied the Figure Four, and Jericho submitted. Winner: Ric Flair
Match 3: Edge vs Eddie Guerrero Edge took early control of the match, but Eddie fought back quickly with a series of kicks and elbows. Edge fought back with a power slam and went for the first cover but only managed a two count. Eddie then took the action outside the ring and attacked the young Canadian like a rabid dog. Edge's shoulder appeared injured and Eddie went after it like a savage sensing the final kill. Edge remained on the defensive for several minutes, his shoulder being continuously wrenched by the hyper aggressive Latino Heat. Several times, Edge fought back, but each time Guerrero had an answer. Eddie finally attempted the 5 star frog splash, but Edge got his knees up. Edge then Edgecuted Eddie, but Eddie kicked out. Eddie then hit the 5 Star on Edge's shoulder, but Edge kicked out. Edge then hit spear with everything he had and pinned Latino Heat. Winner: Edge
Match 4: Tag Team Championship - Booker T and Goldust vs Christian and Lance Storm The Un-Americans came to the ring disrespecting the U.S. by carrying an upside down American flag. JR and the King voiced their disgust. Goldust and Booker T gained an early advantage over the Un- Americans and it appeared that they might make short work of their opponents. Storm and Christian battled back, though, and after a series of cheap shots gained control of the match. Goldust was being hammered by the American haters and could not make the tag to his partner. After several near falls, Goldust finally made the tag, but referee Nick Patrick missed the tag and Storm and Christian continued to wear out Goldust. With everything he had left, Goldust fought back and he and Christian clotheslined each other at the same time, knocking each other out. Christian was the first to get up and Storm and Christian tried a concerto as a helpless Booker T looked on. Goldust ducked and made the tag to Booker T who proceeded to clean house on both Un-Americans. Lance Storm, trying to help Christian, Mistakenly knocked out Patrick. Booker T then hit Christian with a superkick and went for the cover. Patrick was still out though and no count was made. Test then interfered by big booting Booker T. Patrick by this time was revived and counted one, two, three. Winners: Christian and Lance Storm
Match 5: Intercontinental Championship - Rob Van Dam vs Chris Benoit RVD sent an early message with a bunch of hard kicks to the Rabid Wolverine who was forced to regroup outside the ring. And regroup he did, driving RVD to the mat and using a series of holds to wear down RVD. After a vicious suplex by Benoit, referee Earl Hebner asked RVD if he could continue. RVD said, "yes" and suffered for a few more minutes at the hands of the reigning champ. An inside cradle by RVD seemed to inspire him for a moment, but just as soon, Benoit took control with a few knife edge chops. A split legged moonsault then went awry for the SoCal high-flyer, and Benoit attempted the high-risk flying head butt off the top rope and missed. Van Dam countered with the 5-Star, but Benoit rolled away and applied the Crippler Crossface to a hurt RVD. RVD managed to find the ropes, and the match continued with Benoit in control. Several minutes later, Benoit cinched in the Crossface again., RVD, broke free! Nevertheless, Benoit continued his relentless assault including three German Suplexes and another Crossface which RVD escaped from. Finally, RVD got some offense in with a springboard, near fall, Rolling Thunder, and another near fall. Benoit fought back and went for a suplex off the top rope and RVD countered in the air and turned it into a body slam. With Benoit prone on the mat RVD went for the 5 Star and hit it. One-two- three. RVD is the new Intercontinental Champion. Winner: RVD New Intercontinental Champion
Match 6: Undertaker vs Test Undertaker began the match with an adulterated assault on the Un-American. He went old School, put Test managed to pull the Deadman off balance and Taker fell on the ropes and suffered the consequences. Test took control and took Taker outside the ring and slammed him into the ring steps before rolling him back in the ring. Test then began to outpower his bigger opponent with a series of kicks and arm locks keeping Undertaker off his vertical base. The two then exchanged punches and Undertaker's soup bones gave him the advantage. This time he attempted Old School and hit it. Test attempted the Pump Handle Slam, Taker countered, Went for the Chokeslam. Test tried to counter, but Taker nailed it. Test kicked out, however, and Lance Storm and Christian both rushed the ring. They got Chokeslammed for their trouble. But, in the confusion, Test hit Taker with the Big Boot. He went for the cover, but Taker kicked out at two. Undertaker came back with the Tombstone Piledriver and pinned Test. Undertaker celebrated with the crowd by proudly carrying an American flag. Old Glory never looked better. Winner: Undertaker
Match 7: Unsanctioned Match - Triple H vs Shawn Michaels Shawn Michaels showed little ring rust early and shocked Triple H with a Reverse Plancha early. Michaels maintained control with a clothesline and then went under the ring and brought out some Hardcore artillery. Triple H countered with a knee to the gut, but Michaels withstood the knee and nailed Triple H in the head with a trash can. Michaels went for Sweet Chin Music, but Triple H ducked and responded with a brutal backbreaker. Triple H then dominated his former mentor for the next several minutes, hitting the smaller Michaels with a series of elbows and a hellacious shot to the back. Triple H went for the pin but Michaels somehow managed to not only kick out but attempt a pin of his own. The comeback was short, however, as Triple devastated Michaels with a DDT on a steel chair, before whipping him like a scalded dog with a leather belt. The Cerebral Assassin brought a sledgehammer into the ring. Michaels escaped, But Triple Ha put the former World Champion n an abdomen-able stretch. Another chair shot later and Michaels lay prone on the mat. Triple H then hit a back breaker onto a steel chair, but Michaels refused to be pinned. Triple H went for the Pedigree, but Michaels broke the hold with a shot to the groin. Triple H went for another chair shot, but Michaels countered wit Sweet Chin Music to the chair which blasted Triple H in the face. Triple was busted wide open. Michaels took the offensive and buoyed by the crowd began to repay his former protege with a Jason Giambi like chair shot to Triple H's bloody face. The Showstopper then brought out a ladder and used like a battering ram on Triple H's face and abdomen. Finally Michaels tossed him into the ring and went for the pin. He got a two-count before Triple H kicked out. Micheals then hit the Superplex but still couldn't pin The Game. After some more brutality by both competitors, Michaels brought out a table. With Hunter prone outside the ring, Michaels hit a flying body slam off the top turnbuckle and smashed Triple H through the table. Michaels brought the ladder in the ring and rolled Triple H on to the mat. He then hit an elbow smash off the top of the ladder. A bloodied and battered Triple blocked Sweet Chin Music and went for the Pedigree. Michaels countered with a roll-up and pinned Triple H. A furious Triple H nailed Michaels with a sledgehammer and knocked the winner of this unsanctioned match into oblivion. Winner: Shawn Michaels
Match 8: Undisputed WWE Championship - Brock Lesnar vs The Rock The most anticipated World Championship match in recent history began with The Rock sprinting to the ring and getting right down to business with The Next Big Thing. Brock, however, was ready and took early control with a backbreaker and a series of shoulders To The Rock's ribs. The action quickly spilled outside the ring and Paul Heyman, Brock's agent, got in a few cheap shots before Brock continued to force the action. The Rock attempted a comeback, but Heyman was there once again to make sure that Lesnar stayed in control. Lesnar maintained control with a simple but brutal attack before The Rock sucked out of a shoulder charge and Lesner went shoulder first into the ring post. The Rock attempted several clotheslines before getting Lesnar off his feet. The Rock then went for the Sharpshooter, but Heyman interfered again. The Rock then got the Sharpshooter on Lesnar, but Lesnar refused to tap. Heyman then was brought in the ring the hard way, but the interference allowed Lesnar to recover and nail The Rock with a steel chair to the ribs. Brock tried to squeeze the life out of The Rock with a bear hug before turning into a suplex. Brock then used his amateur skills and rode The Rock for several minutes. The Rock appeared out of it and referee Mike Chioda counted one, two, but before he could get to three, The Rock fought back and broke Lesnar's vise grip. The Rock countered with a shot to the groin, but Lesnar then hit two straight shoulder into a prone Rock. On Lesnar's third attempt, Rock ducked and Lesnar hit the ring post with his exposed shoulder. The Rock then took the offensive and cleared the Spanish announce table of its monitors. Paul Heyman then felt what it's like to be on the receiving end of a Rock Bottom on the announce table. The Rock then hit the Rock Bottom on Lesnar, but Lesnar kicked out at two. Lesnar countered with a Rock Bottom of his own, bit only managed a two count. The Rock hit a Spinebuster and then went for the People's Elbow, but Lesnar got up and clotheslined the champion. Lesnar hits the F-5 and wins the Undisputed Champion! Winner and New Undisputed Champion, Brock Lesnar
Overall a pritty good PPV, I thought Vengeance was the PPV of the summer! Overall Mark= B
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
What follows is my rundown on all the matches of the 2002 SummerSlam (the
15th SS for those counting),
SPOILERS ahead, by the way. And ranting. Each match is rated out of
Match 1: KURT ANGLE vs REY MYSTERIO (9). I was a little apprehensive about RM being booked against a non-Cruiserweight, but Kurt Angle proved me wrong selling the high-flying moves flawlessly. There's some fantastic fast-paced action in this and great spots from Mysterio's 619, West Coast Pop and Tumbing Senton, to Angle's amazng German suplex reversal of Mysterio's jumping bodyscissors. Great action and, for me, the match of the evening. ANGLE WINS w/ the Ankle lock, making Mysterio tap out.
Match 2: RIC FLAIR vs CHRIS JERICHO (2) Awful finish to an abysmal match. [What are the WWE bookers doing with Jericho- he has lost 5 of his 7 PPVs this year and only won the other 2 cheaply]. I don't know one person who considers Ric Flair a good wrestler- how can a quote, unquote legend get away with using only 2 moves for 30+ years? This is an atrocious match and further adds to Jericho's decline (through no fault of his own). I didn't think he could sink any lower than jobbing to John Cena, but here's proof: FLAIR WINS (which is, to be honest, a goddamn disgrace) as Jericho taps to the Figure Four. The first-ever Undisputed champion is plummeting due to pathetic match booking.
Match 3: EDGE vs EDDY GUERRERO (8.5) Scientific wrestling at its very best here courtesy of Guerrero, who uses an innovative series of moves to methodically wear down Edge's shoulder (even Frog Splashing the damn thing!) EDGE WINS w/ the way too over-used Spear. (The constant use of it in run-ins have made me sick of it). Good work from both guys- Edge for his selling and Guerrero for his scientific wrestling.
Match 4: THE UN-AMERICANS (LANCE STORM & CHRISTIAN) vs BOOKER T & GOLDUST (6) Good Tag team psychology from the Un-Americans in this decent match. STORM & CHRISTIAN WIN when Test does a run-in, flattening Booker T w/ the Big boot. (Anyone else miss Storm's Canadian Maple Leaf single-leg crab? He hasn't used it in ages)
Match 5: ROB VAN DAM vs CHRIS BENOIT (7.5) Not as good as their recent RAW match, but pretty damn good nevertheless. Very stiff contest. Benoit's series of Northern Lights suplexes to break down RVD's arm are memorable, but VAN DAM WINS THE IC TITLE in the end w/ the Five Star Frog Splash.
Match 6: TEST vs THE UNDERTAKER (6) While big men matches aren't my thing, this is one of the better types of those matches. 'TAKER WIN w/ his seldom-used Tombstone piledriver.
Match 7: SHAWN MCHAELS vs TRIPLE H (7.5) Impressive return for HBK who delivers an Elbowdrop from the top of the ladder and a Splash through a table to Triple H. JR and 'The King' do a great job of hyping HBK's back injury which really helps sell Triple H's offense. His backbreaker on a chair is quite cringe-worthy. SHAWN WINS w/ a double leg pick-up and roll through reversal of the Pedigree. (HHH's shoulders aren't even down by the way). The post-match action is the real shocker, though, as HHH works over Michaels' back w/ his trusty sledghammer.
Match 8: BROCK LESNAR vs THE ROCK (7). Lesnar is OK, but I'm still waiting for him to live up to his CONSIDERABLE hype. The real shock of this match is the Nassau Colisseum fans' booing of The Rock! BROCK WINS THE UNDISPUTED TITLE w/ the F-5. I was hoping he'd pull out a 450 Splash (which I've heard he can do quite well). Big cheer for Lesnar as he captures the gold.
THE VERDICT: Apart from Flair's match there were no VERY bad matches at this year's SummerSlam. Mysterio & Angle's match was outstanding, and Edge & Guerrero's was also pretty good. The only bad thing was seeing Jericho slipping further down the WWE ladder. A 'face turn might be a good remedy, but he can't go on losing to rookies and pensioners (!)
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1. Kurt Angle Vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. - Debut on WWE of Rey Jr. and clean
victory for heel wrestler. Haha. 8.5/10
2. Chris Jericho Vs. Ric Flair - Another surprising ending, Flair defeated Jericho in a clean way, though whole the match contained only really basic moves and billion of chops. 6/10
3. Eddie Guerrero Vs. Edge - Eddie worked on Edge's shoulder all the time. Edge won by Spear. 7/10
4. WWE Tag Team Championship: Booker T./Goldust Vs. Champs- The Unamericans(Christian/Storm) - End was full of action and the Unamericans retained! 8/10
5. Intercontinental Championship: Champ-Chris Benoit Vs. RVD - I noticed that crowd was kinda weird and cold. They weren't even into that match. And its so Great names. RVD and Crippler! They've put tears and blood into that match. You can see there RVD without ponytail, that is really uncommon. And it ended in a clean way! New champ. I have to rate 9.5. If Benoit won then it would be 10. 9.5/10
6. The Undertaker vs. Test - Taker easily won. 6.5/10
7. Hardcore match: HBK Vs. HHH - Awesome bout with nice jump through table. Shawn won. 9/10
8. Undisputed Championship: Champ-The Rock Vs. Brock Lesnar - Crow finally woke up and was against face. "Rocky Sucks" and Let's go, Lesnar!" you can hear very often through all the match, Lesnar won and it was great to see him as a new champion. I was satisfied. 10/10
Rate of the pay per view : 9.0/10
Kurt Angle vs Rey Mysterio : **** Great opener and the first match of Rey Mysterio in pay-per-view
Ric Flair vs Chris Jericho : **3/4 correct match
Edge vs Eddie Guerrero : ***1/2 Good match
The Un-Americans vs Booker T and Goldust : *** Nice tag team match, I love the team of Booker T and Goldust
Chris Benoit vs Rob Van Dam : ***3/4 A very good match between two great technician.
Undertaker vs Test : **1/2 Not a bad match
Triple H vs Shawn Michaels : ****1/2 An excellent match, I love everything of this match
The Rock vs Brock Lesnar : **** A great match, the end of the match was epic.
Despite some people's comments on this event, SummerSlam 2002 was NOT played
before a dead crowd and the matches were fantastic. It was probably the best
SummerSlam event since 1992 when the WWF were in Wembley Stadium,
Kurt Angle VS Rey Mysterio was the opening attraction and anyone who doesn't like this match must be either a zombie or a robot. It was non-stop action.
The rest of the matches were pretty good as well and SummerSlam had something for everyone. None of the matches in my opinion could be described as bad-and I am the harshest critic ever when it comes to the WWE.
The penultimate match pitted Shawn Michaels VS Triple H in a non-sanctioned match (anything goes). Michaels had not wrestled for the WWF/WWE since WrestleMania XIV in March 1998 (he had wrestled one match for his own promotion between WM XIV and this event). Michaels had been forced to retire due to major back problems and subsequent surgery on his back. So I wasn't expecting a great match...but as usual, Shawn Michaels exceeded expectations. He wrestled a fantastic and heated match against Triple H in which ladders, tables, fire extinguishers and the like were used. Shawn eventually beat Triple H. This was a brilliant match and the best of the night. Credit must go to Michaels-it was a great match in it's own right but even more impressive is the fact that Michaels still hasn't properly recovered from back surgery (and probably never will) but still managed to carry Triple H to a great match.
The main event pitted WWE Champion The Rock VS rising star Brock Lesnar. It wasn't the best match in WWWF/WWF/WWE history but fantastic enough. There was certainly enough to keep you on the edge of your seat and another highlight was seeing Brock's manager Paul Heyman being put through a table by The Rock. Interesting also was the "Rocky Sucks" chants from the fans who were clearly behind Brock (no doubt The Rock will return to WWE as a heel).
All in all, a satisfying WWE event. Anyone who doesn't like it must be hard to please.
This event was very hyped and hyped well I was so excited going into it. The event started off with what I thought was one of the better matches of the night Rey Mysterio vs Kurt Angle. Good match as expected as Kurt Angle won with the ankle lock, the crowd was really into this and both men worked well together. Next was what I figured to be the worst match of the night, Chris Jericho vs the over the hill 52 year old Ric Flair. The match was a little better than expected but still nothing great, Flair had to resort to about a dozen chops throughout the match and their timing in the finish was poor, Flair actually won with the figure-four which is rare. Match 3 was Edge Vs Eddie Guerrero, pretty good match here onlike problem was Eddie worked on Edge's right shoulder a lot, it may be good for old school fans and good for all the psychological crap but I like most fans like the high impact moves but other than that it was a good match. Next up we had the jealous Canadians, which all countries are of the USA, Christian & Lance Storm defend their tag titles against Booker T and Goldust, decent match but why keep the belts on the two weiner Canadians which the crowd cares nothing about? The fans like Booker T and Goldust a lot more this was just stupid to keep the belts on the Canadians, plus they cheated with help from Test which they would need in reality. Match 5 was the one I was looking to most of the night as Chris Benoit defended his IC title against RVD, this match for me was disappointing it was good but not as good as I'd hoped, Benoit worked on the arm a lot which I hate, however he did it more interesting than most do, he hit 3 straight northern-lights suplexes and floated over to hold onto the arm after each one, that was pretty cool hadn't seen it before, however the match was still a let down but RVD did win back his IC title so I'm glad for that. Next up we saw a dumb Canadian fall despite trying to cheat as Undertaker defeated Test with a tombstone piledriver, afterwards he held up the beautiful American flag in the ring, however Taker should retire along with Flair he's over the hill too. And up next was the match of the night! I'm pretty sure it surpassed anybody's hopes for this match as HBK actually went about 25 minutes and put on a great match against Triple H! Amazing considering the man hurt his back so badly over 4 years ago, this match will be remembered forever! It was truly amazing considering what we all expected from HBK. And the main event was the very very hyped Rock vs Brock for the world title, the match was ok I suppose but the Rock acted really dumb in the match which kind of affected it. Lots of Rocky sucks chants and the crowd was glad to see a new champion in Brock Lesnar crowned. I think it's too soon to make Brock champ. But this was a good event and HBK wrestling and putting on a great show makes it an awesome ppv!
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This is one of the most famous Summerslam that WWE has ever produced in my opinion. I have always love this on WWE DVD Collection. The DVD is worth it. There's plenty of good stuff on the extras section of this DVD. On top of plethora of post-match interviews, there's some pretty good training videos featuring The Rock and Brock Lesnar. I have to say, Brock Lesnar's training might be a bit over the top. You do get a bonus match with Brock Lesnar Vs Hulk Hogan from Smackdown that year. The DVD also has tons of stuff from Shawn Michaels such as interviews and video montages. Now to the venue, the New Yorkers crowd was really getting into the matches and one of the loudest. I love all their chants. The PPV and the wrestlers roster at the time was divide by two brands at the time: Smackdown show, and the Raw show. It was supposed to help boost WWE, by having two leagues like NFL does. It didn't work, and WWE cut the idea years later. The first match on the card is Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio. This would be Rey's first WWE pay-per-view appearance. This match was pretty good for the opening. I do have to say Olympic Hero, Kurt Angle's attire looks really awful. He looks like a candy cane. Hard to take him for a badass with an attire like that. There was a pretty good spot to check out where the referee blocks a dive so Mysterio sentons jump over the ref out onto Angle! Overall: The fast-paced match got the crowd into it. Plus, Kurt Angle was great as the villain. Ric Flair vs. Chris Jericho was another great match. They did a bit of violent feud leading to this match. We see video clips of the two taking shots at each other and Flair destroying Jericho's band Fozzy's equipment before this match. This was Ric Flair's first-ever Summerslam appearance, believe it or not. Both did a pretty good job in my opinion. Edge vs. Eddie Guerrero is the third match on the card. Honestly, I don't know what the feud was about. It had little build up. Watching Guerrero and Edge work is a joy to watch. The fourth match is probably the worst match of the night. World Tag Team Championship: The Un-Americans (Lance Storm and Christian) vs. Booker T and Goldust. I have always thought of the 2002's Un-Americans as the lame heels group that try too hard to be the 1997's Hart Foundation with their anti-Americans views. Booker and Goldust had got ridiculously over as a team due to their comedy skits backstage. This was the Daniel Bryan and Kane of its days. Interpromotional Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship: Chris Benoit vs. Rob Van Dam was next. Another fantastic match. Van Dam worked really hard and had one of his best WWE matches but Benoit was just brilliant throughout, controlling the match and working the shoulder. They used some nice psychology and eventually won the crowd over. Big thumbs for this match. Undertaker vs. Test is the second worst match of the night. Taker was coming off the back of a not-so-successful heel run, and Test was a member of the Un-Americans so this was a natural fit really. Undertaker was the American hero, as Test is the Canadian threat. Both were pretty good, but the match was so slow due to their height and weight. Plus, the buildup was pretty lame. The next match was the Unsanctioned match between Triple H VS Shawn Michaels. This was Shawn Michaels first match since 1998's WrestleMania XIV. We see a fantastic video montage showcasing the Triple H-Shawn Michaels violent feud. The whole feud last for years after this, until 2006. Unsanctioned Match: Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H was a gem. Lot of weapons, blood and violent. This was Shawn Michaels return to wrestling since the crippling back injury that nearly end Shawn's career. I love this match. If there was any doubt as to whether or not Michaels could still "go", this would put an end to them. Triple H was looking as good and as crisp as he did prior to his first quad injury. This was need for both men. The main event is next. We get a video montage of Brock Lesnar's rise to the top, and The Rock winning the WWE Championship at Vengeance follow with training. It was intense. WWE Championship: The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar was great. Brock had had something of a meteoric rise, winning the King of the Ring and beating Hulk Hogan on his way to this match. Rock was on his way to Hollywood full-time so there wasn't much doubt as to the outcome here. The Rock would take a sixth month hiatus from WWE and would not return until late February 2003, when Vince McMahon booked him in a WrestleMania X8 rematch with Hulk Hogan at No Way Out. The crowd was really on Brock here. Explosive match, electric crowd. It was the match worth to end the night. Overall: great PPV. Probably my favorite Summerslam. Without giving out too much away, just check out the PPV.
Match 1: Kurt Angle vs Rey Mysterio - A very excellent opener. Kurt
Angle portrays the heel that uses his height advantage against the
smaller Mysterio. Mysterio just recently turned WWE at this time,
making him more of a new hit for the crowd. Angle dominates with some
submission maneuvers, Mytsterio counters with high flying techniques as
well. Angle takes the win in the end. Great opener.
Match 2: Ric Flair vs Chris Jericho - At this point Ric Flair was a face in the WWE scene. This was shortly before he aligned himself in an alliance with Triple H, which would eventually add Randy Orton and Batista. Jericho really shows us that Ric Flair can still compete in a top form even though he is a lot older. Some of the things Jericho did, really proved to Flair that he can still have a high intensity match. In the end Ric Flair scores the win, much to the surprise of the fans.
Match 3: Edge vs Eddie Guerrero - This feud was one of the more memorable feuds on SmackDown in 2002. Edge and Guerrero had an epic battle on SmackDown, which was one of the 2002 matches of the year. They also had this great contest as Summerslam that same year just to make it look like a great feud. Both men proved that they are WWE Championship material in the ring. Edge picks up the win, but both put on one hell of a match.
Match 4: The Un-Americans (c) vs Booker T & Goldust for the World Tag Team Championship - Christian, Lance Storm and Test formed a short lived stable known as The Un-Americans. Christian and Lance Storm really branched from that group as a shortly lived tag team that did hold the straps on several occasions. Booker T and Goldust really played the underdog challengers for most of the year in the tag team division. They came close in this particular challenge, but in the end The Un-Americans retain their tag gold.
Match 5: Chris Benoit (c) vs Rob Van Dam for the Intercontinental Championship - One of the better matches of the night. A high intensity, high impact match. These two both came from WCW and ECW. Van Dam competed in WCW as Robby V and donned the Rob Van Dam name once in ECW, as to Chris Benoit who has always just went by his real life name. The fact of the matter is that these two tore down the place for WWE's secondary title. In the end Rob Van Dam captures the title once again after executing a perfect Five Star Frog Splash on Benoit.
Match 6: The Undertaker vs Test - Complete Undertaker dominance. Test does take some time to beat down the Undertaker and put up a fight, but Undertaker hits a good amount of power moves and then lands the finishing touch for the win against Test.
Match 7: Shawn Michaels vs Triple H in an Unsanctioned Street Fight - For the first time since 1998 we see Shawn Michaels return to the ring against the man he formed D-Generation X with, Triple H. This was the match of the night for sure. Sound stuff. It went back and forth the whole time, with no clear cut favorite to decide. Triple H seemed in control, with most fans believing that he would defeat his friend. Shawn battles back and finds a way to defeat Triple H in the end. Triple H takes it out on HBK with his sledgehammer in the end.
Match 8: The Rock (c) vs Brock Lesnar for the Undisputed Championship - Lesnar really wasn't over at this point in his career. After winning the King of the Ring Tournament he still really wasn't that over with the fans. The match was a pretty solid back and forth battle for the title. Two greatly sized athletes in an epic war for the richest prize in WWE. In the end Brock Lesnar nails The Rock with his F5 to capture his first of three WWE Championships. This match really put Brock Lesnar over with the fans. This match made his career, considering he beat one of the best.
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