3. Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman vs. Samoa Joe – SummerSlam 2017
With the exception of 2013, Brock Lesnar has main evented SummerSlam every year since his return to WWE in 2012. In 2017, Lesnar had to put his Universal Championship on the line against three of WWE’s biggest bruisers.
Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, and Braun Strowman stepped up as challengers for Lesnar’s title and the match they had resembled a tornado blowing through a small town.
There was no downtime in this match. Strowman destroyed every announce table with powerslams while his opponents hit their biggest moves to make off with the title.
In the end, it would be Lesnar who would walk away with the Universal Championship but not after surviving one of the most destructive matches in WWE history.
2. Edge & Christian vs. The Hardys vs. The Dudleys – SummerSlam 2000
One of the most underrated aspects of the Attitude Era was the WWF’s tag division. The three most iconic teams from those years were the Hardys, the Dudleys, and Edge and Christian.
At SummerSlam 2000, fans got to see history as these three teams put on the very first TLC match. They had battled in a Triangle Ladder Match at WrestleMania earlier that year but here they stepped it up a notch.
The first TLC match was a magical moment. Their WrestleMania match was crazy but this was far more impressive. Matt Hardy, in particular, took some ridiculous bumps including his back-first fall through two tables as pictured above.
This was a car wreck in the best way and changed how this style of match would be presented for years to come.
1. AJ Styles vs. John Cena – SummerSlam 2016
When AJ Styles debuted in WWE at the Royal Rumble in 2016, it was only a matter of time before he would collide with John Cena.
Their first match took place at Money in the Bank and saw Styles defeat Cena with help from Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. At SummerSlam, however, Styles was determined to beat Cena on his own.
Together they had a fantastic match. Cena’s style had become big move, kickout, lay there, repeat and it certainly worked with these fans.
Things built and built until finally Styles was able to put Cena away with the Phenomenal Forearm to a massive ovation from the crowd. This was truly a classic and it cemented Styles’ place atop the WWE.
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