Archive for the ‘2002’ Category

1. Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio

This has to be one of greatest openers in WWE history. Rey Mysterio was on his prime at this time and was explosive with his lucha arsenal. Angle was already proven as a wrestling machine and he tore the house down with Rey. They knew how to blend different styles and deliver a wrestling clinic. Must see.
Grade: B+

 

2. Chris Jericho vs. Ric Flair

Flair was still in great shape and could but was still suffering from ring rust. Thankfully, Jericho is a world class performer and helped out on the cause. Really fun match with lots of heelish tactics.
Grade: B-

 

3. Edge vs. Eddie Guerrero

Guerrero came back to the WWE after being released from the company a year earlier. He was on proving ground and delivered with fantastic matches with RVD for the Intercontinental title. Edge broke away from his partnership with former best friend Christian during the Invasion angle and has since made a name for himself. Eddie was on fire throughout this match working on the shoulder. Edge still had a long way to go to become a main event superstar but was on the right path giving solid performances.
Grade: B

 

4. WWE Tag Team Championship
Lance Storm & Christian (c) vs. Booker T & Goldust

Storm & Christian along with Test had formed an alliance sharing the common goal of hatred towards America, calling themselves the Un-Americans. Booker T & Goldust stepped up to the plate to defend America’s honor and value their country with pride. Awesome tag team match that omitted most of the tag team match cliches. Three out of four wrestlers are tag team specialists so it helps out on the cause.
Grade: B-

 

5. Intercontinental Championship
Chris Benoit (c) vs. Rob Van Dam

This was a inter-promotional match between Raw & Smackdown talent. Benoit was blazing on the intensity in this match and it seemed like he had no ring rust despite being away from wrestling for over a year. RVD was fantastic working on the head and applying numerous kicks. This was a wonderful pairing as both are adaptable to any style or situation in wrestling.
Grade: B+

 

6. Undertaker vs. Test

Same as Storm & Christian, Test was on a crusade to destroy America. Perhaps the most proud American in the WWE, The Undertaker steps in to defend his colors against the Canadian. The match was ok, despite Taker’s misfortune wrestling big men. Nothing to spectacular but it suffices. Taker was the Undisputed Champion a month prior and was the main event for most of the PPV’s in 02 and being in a match with Test was sort of a downgrade for the Deadman.
Grade: C

 

7. Non-Sanctioned Street Fight
Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H

I’ll break it to you, Shawn Michaels is my favorite wrestler of all time. I remember ordering this PPV with the hope to see my hero wrestler one more match but I was also worried he wouldn’t be the same he was before. My expectations and I believe everybody else’s were overwhelmed. HBK was playing with everyone by having his back give up on him to do the miraculous comeback and perform like the Showstopper. It felt like he never missed a day of wrestling despite being 4 years away from it. Triple H also performed his part extremely well and here comes my only complaint. Trips came back in January and was on a role but his matches weren’t even near as he was before he left. I understand he was wrestling his best friend but you could easily tell his motivation with this match as opposed to his previous big matches that year. Despite that complaint, Match of the Year! Also it’s so funny that the greatest match in SummerSlam history never officially took place lol!
Grade: A+

 

8. Undisputed Championship

The Rock (c) vs. Brock Lesnar w/Paul Heyman

Brock Lesnar debuted in MARCH 2002!  He destroyed many superstars in his path and won the King of the Ring in less than 3 months in WWE. He’s on month five and he’s in the main event against the Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment. Lesnar had gotten rave reviews as being this huge prodigy and this was his proving ground against the WWE’s top guy. Both put out a phenomenal wrestling contest that gave Lesnar all the credibility in the world on being taken serious as a great worker. Another must see.
Grade: A-

 

Special Features:

Post Match Interviews – Quite self-explanatory

Sunday Night Interview – Kurt Angle’s interviewed

SummerSlam Commercials – Again self explanatory

Byte This! – WWE’s radio show where superstars are interviewed and the guest is Shawn Michaels

Brock Lesnar vs. Hulk Hogan – DUD (More of a segment than a match and it’s Hogan’s last appearance until February 2003)

 

In conclusion, this was the most complete and exciting card in SummerSlam history. The opener was brilliant and it never slowed down from there. The final two matches are still talked about today. Another reason why it was exciting is because the WWF now WWE had a over-populated roster and decided to divide the superstars in it’s two weekly shows, Raw & SmackDown!, as seprate wrestling promotions. Really great and unique concept that helped the WWE on the long run as both brands had open spots available and fresh feuds. This is another important year in Wrestling that everyone should check out.

Verdict: 9.75/10

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