SummerSlam 1992 was the first-ever WWF PPV in the United Kingdom, and till date the only SummerSlam to happen there. The PPV had a large audience, and the atmosphere of the show was great. The most famous match from the show is its main event between Bret Hart and The British Bulldog, which is universally considered to be one of the best wrestling matches ever. However, how good were the other matches? Find out in this article as we rank all the matches!
8. The Undertaker vs. Kamala
The feud between Undertaker and Kamala was very bad. I actually liked Kamala’s character work as he did his job well. But, his in-ring stuff wasn’t good, and neither was Undertaker a good wrestler yet. As a result, this match ended up being a disaster. Well, not exactly a disaster as it was just more than 3 minutes long, but you get the point. (DUD)
7. Virgil vs. Nailz
Nailz had made his first WWF appearance by attacking The Big Boss Man. So he should have faced Boss Man at SummerSlam right? Apparently the WWF didn’t think so, and instead we got Nailz taking on Virgil. No one was really interested in this match, and I’m glad this was only 3 minutes long. (1/4*)
6. Crush vs. Repo Man
Funny how these two wrestlers had been tag team partners in the past, but there was no mention of that. Of course their characters were way different by this point, but still it could have been interesting if they made the feud around that fact. Anyway, this was also a short match which was pretty much a squash. Crush won the match which was the obvious result. (1/2*)
5. The Natural Disasters vs. The Beverly Brothers (WWF Tag Team Championships)
There’s not much to talk about here. Neither of the tag teams were great in-ring geniuses and thus, the action was just average with not much interesting stuff. The crowd was hot for The Natural Disasters which made this contest a bit more watchable, otherwise it was just a standard tag team match. (*1/2)
4. The Legion Of Doom vs. Money Inc.
Let’s talk about the opening match of the show now. LOD made their famous entrance on motorcycles, which was quite cool. About the match, it was a fine opener. You won’t find anything much different in this match than a regular tag match, but things don’t necessarily have to be complicated all the time. Despite this not being very good, this has to be one of LOD’s best matches in WWF. This match also marked the end of LOD’s first run in WWF. (**1/2)
3. Shawn Michaels vs. Rick Martel (No Hitting In The Face)
I know the stipulation sounds very dumb, but the two wrestlers did a pretty good job working around the angle. Rick Martel and Shawn Michaels are more than capable of pulling off a great wrestling contest, but on this night it wasn’t about wrestling. The match did have good wrestling sequences though, but it was more about the entertainment part, which it 100% succeeded in. Sherri was at ringside during the match, and I would say she also helped this match. (**1/2)
2. Randy Savage vs. The Ultimate Warrior (WWF Championship)
The rematch from their great encounter at WrestleMania VII. The build-up to this match was very good. Mr. Perfect, who was known to be a very good manager had teased being in the corner of either Savage or Warrior throughout the build-up. We obviously saw Ric Flair and Mr. Perfect getting involved in the match, but they actually added to the match. While it was certainly not as good as the WrestleMania VII bout, the two men pulled off a very entertaining contest. The match was full of drama and great storytelling. WWF could have done better than a count-out finish, but it didn’t hurt the match. (****1/4)
1. Bret Hart vs. The British Bulldog (WWF Intercontinental Championship)
Finally onto the main event and the best match of the night. Bret Hart went from one family affair to another as he faced his brother-in-law, England’s own, The British Bulldog. Tensions were high in the family before the match. Simply put, the match is absolute magic. It is an absolute masterpiece and in my opinion is the best SummerSlam match of all time. There are no words to describe this great encounter. The whole stadium exploded when The British Bulldog won the match, giving us an unforgettable moment. (*****)
And that’s all for today’s post, thank you all for reading. Stay tuned for the next part of this series where we will take a look at the final PPV of 1992, Survivor Series. Have a nice day!
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