Thursday, August 20, 2015

SummerSlam A to Z: X-Pac

X-Pac vs. Tajiri
Courtesy: WWE
By Kevin Hunsperger
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Coming up with an X for the A to Z idea was a no brainer.  Other than X-Pac, I don't know who or what I could have written about.  So thanks Sean Waltman for the name change in 1998.  Speaking of, I'd say was his biggest or at least most memorable SummerSlam match for me.

Hair today...
Courtesy: WWE
It was 1998 when he'd returned to the WWF and joined D-Generation X.  The group had recently turned good and leader Triple H was busy with the Rock and X-Pac had his hands full with "Double J" Jeff Jarrett.  The match was hair vs. hair and I'm glad X-Pac won because it finally meant an end to Jarrett's mullet.  The match was good and proved to me that the former 1-2-3 Kid was going to be a star.  

1-2-3 Kid vs. Hakushi
Courtesy: WWE
I personally liked the Kid character especially in the early days before signing with WWF.  Kid wasn't nearly as successful as he was after changing his name, look and attitude, but he had an excellent match against Hakushi in 1995.  

Unified champ
Courtesy: WWE
The other big win for him at SummerSlam was against Tajiri in 2002 when he unified the WWF and WCW light heavyweight championships.  But until I started doing my research, I'd forgotten this match existed.  I've mentioned before there's a big blur in my wrestling memory bank from 2000 until about 2007.  Coincidentally I became a father for the first time in 2000...

He lost the tag team titles with Kane as the duo faced the Big Show and Undertaker in 1999 and then beat former DX buddy Road Dogg at the event in 2000.  Love him or hate him, X-Pac or the 1-2-3 Kid is a part of SummerSlam history, giving fans some great matches through the years.  

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