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We've been negative or at the very least critical in the last few postings when it comes to talking about SummerSlam. So I'm putting all the illogical booking and lack of card buildup behind me and focusing on the past.
Let's go back in time 20 years to SummerSlam '91. The main event of course was Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior vs. Sgt. Slaughter, Col. Mustafa, and Gen. Adnan. The show was also highlighted by the wedding of Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth.
But without a doubt the best match on the card was Mr. Perfect defending the Intercontinental title against Bret Hart. This was 1991, and I had just moved away to college. My roommate's mom taped the show for us and we had to wait and watch it when we were back in town the following weekend for Labor Day. I remember before the match started, I specially argued that there was no way that Mr. Perfect would lose to Hart.
Hart and Hennig stole the show. They were the second match on the card and put on one hell of a show. It was the best IC title match since the Ricky Steamboat-Randy Savage at Wrestlemania 3. Just thinking out loud it may be the best SummerSlam match in the history of the event. Of course, Hart stole the show a year later again in a match for the IC title. This time, he was defending against his brother-in-law Davey Boy Smith.
This was back when the Intercontinental title meant something. As of this posting, there is NO IC title match on the card. Or U.S. title match. Or tag team title match. It's a sign of the times. Four matches and a concert is all we have.
So today, I chose to remember a blast from the past and two of the all time greats of the wrestling business. Thanks Hitman and Mr. Perfect for helping me remember what it was I love about wrestling.
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