7. Chris Jericho Wanted to Align with Shawn Michaels – SummerSlam 2014
Chris Jericho is one of the most creative people in wrestling and he is always thinking of ideas for storylines. In the summer of 2014, he found himself in a feud with Bray Wyatt.
This rivalry was fine but largely forgettable but that wouldn’t have been the case if Jericho had his way.
He revealed in his book ‘No Is a Four-Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling but Succeeded in Life’ that he wanted to align himself with former rival Shawn Michaels at SummerSlam.
He explained his idea was to have no one to turn to after years of heel work ostracizing him from the locker room leaving him outnumbered by the Wyatt Family. As such, he would turn to a man he hated, Shawn Michaels, who he had nearly retired in 2008.
Unfortunately, the idea never got off the ground because Jericho mistimed a meeting with Vince McMahon, talking to the chairman while he was eating.
This is a no-no in WWE as McMahon is unlikely to pay attention while he eats. Sure enough, his only response to Jericho’s idea? “Bad cow”. He was eating steak.
6. The New Day’s Song has been Edited Out – SummerSlam 2015
When the New Day emerged in Brooklyn at SummerSlam 2015 they were one of the most over acts in the company. Their heel work was phenomenal and their efforts were supported by crowd.
They celebrated with a rendition of Alicia Keys and JAY-Z’s Empire State of Mind. Instead of talking about New York, they sang about New Day.
While it was very different, the song has been wiped from the WWE Network. WWE is careful to avoid copyright trouble so perhaps the song was still a little too close for people’s liking.
Thankfully for fans, the New Day won the Tag Team Championship on this night, meaning there is still plenty to cheer about.
5. Finn Balor Winning a World Title in his PPV Debut is a First – SummerSlam 2016
Finn Balor had an incredible bit of bad luck in 2016. His SummerSlam 2016 match for the Universal Championship appeared to be the match that would catapult him to the main event scene in WWE.
However, an unfortunate injury derailed those plans. In many ways, Balor’s push has never recovered.
On the other hand, Balor made history on this night as he became the first man in WWE history to win a world title in his pay-per-view debut.
Others came close, such as Sheamus winning the WWE Championship in his second pay-per-view in 2009, but Balor is the only one to do it in his first showing.
4. The MMA Four Horsewomen were in the Crowd – SummerSlam 2014
Years before the Four Horsewomen of MMA made the transition to pro wrestling, they were just fans. Famous fans, but fans nonetheless.
At SummerSlam 2014, Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, and Marina Shafir all sat ringside.
This was before Rousey stepped in the ring at WrestleMania 31, and way before they all made their in-ring debuts years later.
Since then, Rousey had her high-level run in WWE, Baszler worked her way up from NXT, serving as one of the best NXT Women’s Champions in history, while Duke and Shafir have been working in NXT, often appearing in the corner of Baszler.
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