|King Brain and a stunned looking Vince McMahon at SummerSlam 92|
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I think it's safe to say I would not be doing the SummerSlam A to Z blogs if it weren't for the letter V: Vince McMahon. He revolutionized wrestling/sports entertainment as we know it today, first starting with the Wrestlemania pay-per-view. Then came Survivor Series and third of the "Big Four" ppvs, SummerSlam. It's the highlight of the summer and has been going strong since 1988.
|JR, Vince & The King|
Vince was behind the scenes for the first couple of years. In 1990, he was on commentary, sat out a year and was back behind the mic for several years to follow. He worked the booth with everyone from "Rowdy" Roddy Piper to Bobby "The Brain" Heenan to Jerry "The King" Lawler. Vince did that until 1997, months before adopting the evil Mr. McMahon character on screen.
|Vince's head meets the trash can|
Vince wrestled sporadically through the Monday Night Wars and beyond. His only match at SummerSlam came when he and son Shane tagged up against Triple H and Shawn Michaels, collectively known as Degeneration X. Considering Vince was just days away from his 61st birthday and had only had a handful of matches under his belt I thought he did pretty well in this contest. There was plenty of outside interference, but I am amazed at the bumps Vince (and Shane) took throughout the course of the match (including that trashcan shot to the head).
It appears his wrestling days are behind him, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him pop up again at the summer tradition somewhere down the road. As they say, you never know what's going to happen in the World Wrestling Feder... oops, my bad. In the WWE.