SummerSlam in one of the longest-running Pay Per Views in WWE history, and one of the original “Big Four”, along with WrestleMania, Survivor Series, and the Royal Rumble. And as you’d expect with any PPV with an extensive history, there have been more than a few incredible matches which have taken place at this event over the years, from technical masterpieces, to the most ridiculous gimmick matches ever seen. For your consideration, we’ve gathered up what we believe are the absolute best matches to take place at SummerSlam over its lifetime, and there are a lot of them. Honestly, if you’ve never seen any of the matches on this list, make sure you remedy that, and soon.
13. Brock Lesnar vs John Cena, 2014
The match that turned every single Lesnar match after it into a series of German suplexes, this has to make the list for cathartic reasons, if nothing else. If there’s one thing fans had drilled into their heads for nearly all of John Cena’s career, it’s that he can always overcome the odds and rise above hate through the power of hustle, loyalty, and respect. Or something like that, the catchphrases run together after a while. Anyway, Cena was WWE World Heavyweight Champion largely because Daniel Bryan had been forced to vacate due to the injuries that would eventually contribute to the end of his wrestling career, so you can imagine how the fans felt about that. Meanwhile, Brock had just ended The Streak at WrestleMania and wasn’t particularly beloved by the fans either. However, that was about to change, as at SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar took John Cena, the man who could probably have a competitive match with God himself, and absolutely destroyed him for roughly ten minutes, before mercifully pinning him and taking the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for himself. Technically, it wasn’t much of a match, but for fans that were literally screaming for something different than the same old Cena match, it was everything they’d ever wanted wrapped up into a single extended beating.