SummerSlam is one of WWE’s longest-running Pay Per Views and one of the legendary “Big Four”, a massive show which WWE likes to tout as “the biggest PPV of the summer”. And when you have a Pay Per View that has been around for roughly three decades, you get all sorts of weird statistics and interesting facts that crop up from years and years of matches. As a result, we’ve picked through the entire history of SummerSlam to come up with some items about WWE’s big summer party that we thought you’d find interesting. Enjoy!
13. The Birthplace of TLC
While Ladder Matches, TLC Matches, and Money in the Bank matches have been heavily featured at WrestleMania over the years, and everyone remembers the incredible matches between The Dudley Boyz, The Hardy Boyz, and Edge & Christian during the Attitude Era, in many ways the very first TLC match in WWE history has become some sort of forgotten classic, simply because it didn’t take place at WrestleMania. That’s right, for the first official Tables, Ladders, and Chairs (Oh My!) match, you have to go back to SummerSlam 2000, when the feud between WWE’s three top tag teams got so intense that they were bringing their signature weaponry into their matches all the time. Tired of watching tag team matches on Raw devolve into hardcore matches on a constant basis, Commissioner Mick Foley demanded that they get it out of their systems in a big blow-off match. Thus was born TLC, and the first-ever match of its kind blew everyone away, setting the bar for all three teams even higher than before.