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10 Times The SummerSlam Opening Match Was Better Than The Main Event – All About Wrestling


SummerSlam is coming into one other yr with massive adjustments as WWE runs a serious dome stadium as soon as once more. Annually’s occasion has been handled as one of the vital necessary nights of the yr. WWE primarily likes to promote it because the second-biggest present after WrestleMania. The cardboard is supposed to suggest the perfect of WWE annually with its presentation.

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One uncommon story that gives some curiosity is the opening match outperforming the principle occasion. Many wrestlers specific that they wish to open the present in the event that they must be in any spot apart from the present nearer. The recent crowd provides the platform for a show-stealer early within the night time. WWE noticed the next opening matches do higher than the principle occasion their respective reveals.

10 Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens Vs Enzo Amore & Large Cass (SummerSlam 2016)

An underrated SummerSlam opening match got here in 2016 when Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens formed their tag team to face Large Cass and Enzo Amore. Nobody would examine this match to Shawn Michaels vs Kurt Angle as an in-ring basic, however they entertained the group.

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SummerSlam 2016 featured a way more thrilling opening match between these two groups than the principle occasion involving Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton. The tag match gave us the star energy of Owens and Jericho displaying how nice that act would work.

9 Razor Ramon Vs Ted DiBiase (SummerSlam 1993)

WWE did a bizarre job reserving the SummerSlam 1993 card with solely a handful of standout matches. The opening bout noticed Razor Ramon and Ted DiBiase having an underrated enjoyable match that confirmed them at completely different levels of their careers.

Scott Hall was still getting the Razor character over, whereas DiBiase was having his last match in WWE. The match was adequate to be thought-about a robust opening and clearly outshone the disappointing principal occasion to finish in a DQ between Lex Luger and Yokozuna.


8 Chris Jericho Vs Dolph Ziggler (SummerSlam 2012)

WWE positioned Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler in a enjoyable mid-card program heading into SummerSlam 2012. The opening match labored completely between two thrilling performers having chemistry on the best night time. Jericho pulled out the victory as a face to get the viewers utterly invested within the occasion.

The present didn’t have a robust principal occasion that yr with Brock Lesnar vs Triple H disappointing in the principle occasion present nearer. WWE couldn’t get the dream feud to work between the 2 legends, which couldn’t observe the Jericho vs Ziggler opener.

7 Bam Bam Bigelow & IRS Vs The Headshrinkers (SummerSlam 1994)

WWE had a number of hype heading into SummerSlam 1994 for the cage match between Bret Hart and Owen Hart, however they didn’t get the opening match nor the principle occasion spot. The Million Dollar Corporation of Bam Bam Bigelow and IRS confronted the Headshrinkers within the opening match.

All 4 wrestlers performed their roles properly to ship a stable match. The primary occasion that yr ended up being moderately weak with the Pretend Undertaker character dealing with the true one. Most followers to look at this yr’s occasion would rank the tag match clearly above that stinker.

6 Bayley Vs Asuka (SummerSlam 2020)

Asuka had a high-profile spot on the SummerSlam 2020 card in each the Uncooked Girls’s Championship and SmackDown Girls’s Championship matches towards Sasha Banks and Bayley respectively. WWE chosen the Asuka vs Bayley match to open the night time in grand vogue.

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Bayley pulled out the victory to retain the SmackDown Girls’s Championship in an excellent opener. WWE had a weak principal occasion that yr with ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt vs Braun Strowman failing to dwell as much as the hype. Roman Reigns returning to assault them each was the one factor followers bear in mind in regards to the match.

5 Kurt Angle Vs Rey Mysterio (SummerSlam 2002)

SummerSlam 2002 is taken into account to be in the conversation for the greatest event in show history. One constructive to that’s the opening match, semi-main occasion, and principal occasion have been all seen as big success tales on the cardboard.

Rey Mysterio and Kurt Angle had arguably the best opening match in SummerSlam historical past to set the tone for the night time. Brock Lesnar vs The Rock was a formidable principal occasion, nevertheless it wasn’t as beloved the opening present stealer.

4 Hakushi Vs 123 Child (SummerSlam 1995)

WWE used to have enjoyable sprints within the opening match or early card placement during the New Generation Era. Hakushi and the 123 Child have been two of probably the most proficient in-ring staff and tore it up with restricted time within the SummerSlam 1995 opening match.

Each wrestlers made probably the most of their alternative throughout a yr with few stand out matches on the cardboard. Diesel and Mabel might have had the worst SummerSlam principal occasion ever and proved they shouldn’t have closed the present.

3 The Mind Busters Vs The Hart Basis (SummerSlam 1989)

WWE had an underrated tag workforce division through the New Technology Period with some all-time nice duos. SummerSlam 1989 showcased this with a stellar opening match between the Mind Busters and the Hart Basis.

Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard did properly throughout their quick WWE tag run collectively. The Hart Foundation also thrived when Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart broke out collectively. WWE went with a weak principal occasion that yr of Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake dealing with Randy Savage and Zeus in a stinker.

2 Seth Rollins Vs Dolph Ziggler (SummerSlam 2018)

SummerSlam spent 4 consecutive years on the Barclays Middle with the ultimate coming at SummerSlam 2018. This ended up being seen because the weakest of the 4 reveals attributable to a lackluster card. Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar had certainly one of their least eventful matches in a 6-minute principal occasion.

The present truly began off sizzling with Seth Rollins defeating Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship in a fun bout. Dean Ambrose returning to even the percentages with Drew McIntyre in Dolph’s nook added to the story.

1 Edge Vs Lance Storm (SummerSlam 2001)

WWE was hit and miss with the reserving of their reveals through the Invasion storyline. SummerSlam 2001 ought to have been a a lot greater present because of the influence of getting a WWE vs WCW card on the second-biggest occasion of the yr.

Edge defeating Lance Storm for the Intercontinental Championship was an incredible opening match. The primary occasion of The Rock dealing with Booker T was nowhere close to nearly as good because the opener. WWE benefited from having hungry younger skills eager to steal the present early within the card throughout this time.


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