In a recent listing of the 15 Signature SummerSlam Moments over at WWE.com, matches that involved Edge managed to pop up three times! Below are the write ups for the matches and a few digitals can be found in the gallery.
Hell in a Cell has always been a figurative title for a barbaric match type, but at SummerSlam 2008, when The Undertaker faced Edge, the name suddenly took on a much more literal meaning.
The crazy match-up saw Edge Spear The Phenom through a wall of the cell and The Undertaker drop The Rated-R Superstar face first onto steel steps with his patented Snake Eyes, among a number of other sinister acts. The moment that takes the cake, however, came after The Undertaker won the match: With Edge and The Undertaker standing on adjacent ladders, The Deadman hoisted Edge before sending him hurdling toward the mat with a chokeslam. The impact was such that Edge was driven through the canvas, and moments later, The Undertaker closed SummerSlam with a scary burst of fire that shot up from the hole in the ring.
On the wide spectrum of SummerSlam innovations, few match up to the Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match, whose landscape-changing start came at SummerSlam 2000 in a Triple Threat Tag Team Match. Won by the championship-rich duo of WWE Hall of Famer Edge & Christian, the first TLC match broke down barriers. Yes, the WWE Universe had seen many stunning Ladder Matches by that point. And in 1997, the now-defunct ECW introduced a Tables & Ladders Match.
But tables, ladders and chairs? The lethal trio has since produced some of WWE’s most remarkable matches. Today, of course, the TLC Match is perhaps best recognized as the backbone of WWE’s annual December pay-per-view, WWE TLC, an entire card devoted to matches that include any combination of the three weapons.
John Cena and his all-star Team WWE, featuring Bret Hart, Chris Jericho, Edge, R-Truth and John Morrison, were one man short for their Seven-on-Seven Elimination Match against the Wade Barrett-captained Team Nexus at SummerSlam 2010. Their surprise seventh member? Former Nexus member Daniel Bryan.
After Nexus kicked him out for showing regret about the group’s initial attack on WWE, Bryan returned to WWE as the Nexus-stopper, submitting Darren Young off the bat and allowing Team WWE to get an early lead. Though the advantage would sway throughout, Bryan stayed in until almost the bitter end. With Barrett and Justin Gabriel the last Superstars standing for Team Nexus, The Miz jumped Bryan from behind with his Money in the Bank briefcase, setting up the “submission specialist” for a pinfall. Before he was eliminated, however, Bryan put away Nexus member Heath Slater in addition to Young, making the then-humble Bryan an important cog of Team WWE.