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Wrestling cracker on Sunday - The ten craziest “SummerSlam” moments

If wrestling fans could only see two shows a year, it would be WrestleMania and SummerSlam! The 29th SummerSlam is taking place in New York City this Sunday (live on the WWE Network).

BILD reports live from the most important wrestling event of the summer - and hopes for extraordinary moments.

These have happened in abundance over the previous 28 years. Whether it was romantic weddings, completely crazy jumps or the destruction of superheroes. Every SummerSlam had its own magical moment.

BILD has put together the ten most spectacular events.

Wrestling fans will never forget these ten moments

★ Shane McMahon flies 15 meters ★

That Shane McMahon (46) probably drank too much magic potion as a small child, we have known not only since this year and the insane jump at WrestleMania 32 in Dallas. There he jumped from the "Hell In A Cell" cage onto the Undertaker (51) lying on the commentary table. Ouch!

But even earlier, the son of WWE owner Vince McMahon (70) dared to take one or two crazy leaps. So also at SummerSlam 2000 when he competed against Steve Blackman. For whatever reason he climbed onto the scaffolding of the stage. Well - they always come down. Also Shane McMahon.

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★ SummerSlam in England ★

Many of us wrestling fans remember this event as one of the very first WWE shows of our childhood. August 1992. SummerSlam in England, in the old Wembley Stadium. Where Germany lost the World Cup in 1966, our heroes appeared on the big stage in Europe for the first time. More than 80,000 fans from all over Europe flocked to the British capital and experienced an event they will never forget.

Undertaker against Kamala, The Legion Of Doom against Money Inc., Shawn Michaels against Rick “The Model” Martell or The Ultimate Warrior against the Macho Man. Yes, your mouth is still watering today.

People like to talk about the good old days. That evening it became a reality. Mainly thanks to the main fight between Bret Hart (59) and the British Bulldog († 2002), which the Bulldog was allowed to win and so freaked out an entire wrestling nation.

★ dream wedding! ★

All the romantics among wrestling fans freaked out a year earlier, because instead of a match, the main event was a wedding. Sorry? Yes! Not just any wedding, but the wedding between the macho man († 2011) and his Elizabeth († 2000), the first lady of wrestling. Although they had been a married couple in real life since 1984, according to the storyline they only got back together a few months before after years of radio silence.

The highlight of the love comeback should be the wedding at SummerSlam 1991. This mock wedding did not bring them much luck. In 1992 the couple separated. This time for real - and forever.

Undertaker versus Undertaker

No - this fight from 1994 will not go down in WWE history as the climax. Still, a match between the Undertaker and the Undertaker belongs on this list. The story behind it was just too brilliant (or stupid): The Undertaker lost a coffin match against yokozuna in January of that year and his soul flew skyward.

Shortly after the cult wrestler's disappearance, rumors surfaced that people had seen him somewhere in the world. Oha. The Million Dollar Man presented the Undertaker - but something was wrong with him.

It was suddenly evil and was a few centimeters smaller than the original. Let's make it short: The original returned at SummerSlam and defeated the evil doppelganger. There is not much to say about the match. It was pretty short and very painful, at least for the audience.

★ Paul Bearer turns against the Undertaker ★

As a child, one thing was clear to us. There is a Santa Claus and an Easter bunny. As a teenager, it was clear to us that neither of these exist. But Paul Bearer († 2013) does exist and he belongs to the Undertaker's side. The fat little man with the urn was simply part of the Undertaker. It didn't work without him. But then came SummerSlam 1996 and the boiler room match between Undertaker and Mankind.

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When both had fought their way out of the basement into the ring after almost 30 minutes, the unbelievable happened. Paul Bearer betrayed his protégé and joined Mankind. An absurdity. It couldn't be true. A resounding slap in the face caused traumatized wrestling fans.

★ Owen Hart breaks Steve Austin's neck ★

Wrestling is show. But not everything always follows the script and sometimes a single action changes the course of things or even entire careers. Like at SummerSlam 1997. Owen Hart († 1999) meets “Stone Cold” Steve Austin (51), who was a technically excellent wrestler up to this match. After the fight, he is no longer. It is the hot final phase when Steve Austin runs into a "tombstone" piled driver from Owen Hart.

As Austin later wrote in his biography, he actually didn't want to have the move performed on him because it belongs to Undertaker. Owen, however, carried out the action differently and put his legs forward - which is far more dangerous since the opponent's head can hit the mat unprotected if done incorrectly. That's exactly what he did. Anyone who saw this action back then will never forget it.

Austin broke several neck vertebrae, but made a comeback. But the technician was now a bat, because the body no longer allowed. Even though he got into the ring until 2003, he suffered continually from the effects of this action.

★ Brock Lesnar becomes the new mega-star ★

It was the summer of 2002 when a great era in WWE ended - and a new one began. The Rock (44) was toying with the film industry and was about to jump to Hollywood. Steve Austin was exhausted. It was only a matter of time before both heroes of the "Attitude Era" bid farewell to the WWE. The WWE needed a new hero. And found him in Brock Lesnar (39).

It wasn't until April 2002 that he celebrated his debut, destroyed opponents after opponents, became "King Of The Ring" and got the chance at SummerSlam 2002 to win his first WWE title - against The Rock. He used it.

Although he went into the fight as the "bad guy", the audience cheered the then 25-year-old more from minute to minute. He won. It was the handover of the torch. From The Rock to Brock. The world is still waiting for the rematch to this day.

★ Shawn Michaels is kidding Hulk Hogan ★

Legend against legend was the motto at SummerSlam 2005. It was to be a memorable finale to a great feud - thanks to two very big egos. Both Hulk Hogan, 63, and Shawn Michaels, 51, weren't known for lying down and losing for everyone. Hence, the plan of the feud was that there would be two fights. Everyone should win one. But that didn't suit Hulk Hogan, who wanted to win both matches.

Since the first match for SummerSlam had already been announced, the WWE could not go back and at least pulled through this one match. Hulk Hogan won - but Shawn Michaels insisted on making the Hulkster look ridiculous. So he sold the moves much stronger than normal and flew like a rubber ball through the ring. An unforgettable fight!

★ Brock Lesnar destroys John Cena ★

Wrestling is actually very simple. A good guy and a bad guy have a problem with each other - mostly because the bad guy does things that the good guy cannot approve of. Because verbal attacks are just not that exciting, the two then give each other a sour thing in the ring. Okay, that was a bit of an exaggeration, but basically not entirely wrong. In any case, the good guy always wins. In fairy tales it is not the wicked witches or stepmothers who win either. That's why Undertaker, Roman Reigns and John Cena (39) win practically every match.

But not that evening in Los Angeles. It was SummerSlam 2014 when Brock Lesnar looked for the WWE title of John Cena - and completely destroyed the WWE superhero. Never in wrestling history has a “heel” (a bad guy) been allowed to destroy a “baby face” (a good guy) so brutally and, above all, for a long time in the ring. Lesnar dismantled John Cena bit by bit. That evening the wicked witch and the wicked stepmother won - and Snow White had to go to the cemetery.

★ Undertaker cheats on Brock Lesnar ★

We're already at last year's SummerSlam, which lasted four hours for the first time in WWE history. In the main fight, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar met again, who together delivered the biggest shocker in wrestling history a year and a half earlier.

Undertaker at SummerSlam 2015

At WrestleMania 30 in April 2014, Lesnar ended the Undertaker's series of victories that had existed since 1991 (!!!). Last summer there was the rematch - and yes, Undertaker won.

But he couldn't win cleanly. Because after the referee overlooked the undertaker's task, he deliberately kicked Lesnar between the legs. Although he was able to win, the audience felt betrayed. Brock Lesnar won the decisive match a few months later on “Hell In A Cell”.

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