NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- WWE ( WWE) aired its 27 th annual SummerSlam pay-per-view on Sunday, Aug. 17 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The show has evolved to become the second-most important event on WWE’s calendar and has become unofficially known as “The WrestleMania of Summer.”
This year’s installment featured John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Stephanie McMahon’s return to the ring after more than a decade and Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins.
SummerSlam has a rich history and has delivered some all-time classic matches in its quarter-century history. So let’s take a look back at the 15 best matches in the pay-per-view’s history. Instead of ranking these, we’ll take a journey through time chronologically.
Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect (1991)
Get ready to see Bret Hart appear on this list a lot.
Mr. Perfect was the Intercontinental Champion during the fourth annual SummerSlam, and rising star Bret “The Hitman” Hart challenged him for the belt. Hennig was headed out the door thanks to some back injuries, and he made Hart, his friend in real life, look fantastic before he left.
The Hitman kicked out of the Perfect Plex and then locked in the Sharpshooter. The champion tapped out and Hart suddenly looked like a legitimate threat to take out the top dogs in the company.