One of WWE's biggest annual events is SummerSlam, and it has seen many notable moments take place throughout its history. There was Miss Elizabeth revealing her skirt to distract the Mega Bucks, and there was Daniel Bryan capturing the WWE Heavyweight Championship, only to lose it when Triple H hit him with a pedigree and Randy Orton cashed in his Money in the Bank opportunity. For all of the surprises that have taken place, however, there are a number of planned scenarios that didn't work themselves out.
Whether they were alleged appearances, backstage altercations, hidden injuries, contract ransom demands being made or bar tabs being run up the day of the event, SummerSlam has had more secrets than many fans might know about. For example, we know about Michael Cole has been the primary presence behind the WWE commentators table for many years, but what some may not know is that a current manager stood up for him to be a major part of one year's announce team for the main event.
While not all the decisions that were made were good ones, it would have been interesting to see some of the alleged ones that didn't end up happening. We could have been looking at a very different WWE today than what we are seeing. Here are the 15 backstage SummerSlam stories and urban legends you probably didn't know about:
15 John Cena Was Not Originally Booked To Win At SummerSlam 2010
14 Ric Flair Was Supposed To Be At SummerSlam 1988
13 Alberto Del Rio Got The SummerSlam Shaft In 2011
12 Shawn Michaels Wrestled At SummerSlam 1990 With An Injured Knee
11 Paul Heyman Had To Fight To Get Michael Cole & Tazz To Call The SummerSlam 2002 Main Event
10 The Undertaker Was Slated To Compete Against The Shield At SummerSlam 2013
9 The Original Booking For Sting At SummerSlam 2015
8 Ric Flair's Alleged SummerSlam 1992 Bar Tab
7 Jesse Ventura Was Taken To Court Over His SummerSlam 1999 Appearance
6 Vader Was Originally Supposed To Defeat Shawn Michaels At SummerSlam 1996
5 Road Warrior Hawk's Condition At SummerSlam 1992
4 The Infamous Vince McMahon vs. Nailz Fight
3 The Ultimate Warrior Demands A Raise The Day Of SummerSlam 1991
2 Arguably The Greatest Match In SummerSlam History Was Not The Original Plan
1 The U.S. Didn't See SummerSlam 1992 Until Two Days Later
One of the most memorable SummerSlams was in 1992, as we've mentioned multiple stories from that specific event. The event was also memorable because it was the first pay-per-view event outside North America, held in Wembley Stadium in London, England. The event was originally slated to take place in Washington, D.C., but changed because of the growing popularity of the promotion in the United Kingdom. What is remarkable is that the event actually took place on August 29, 1992 in London - an entire two days before fans in the United States had access to the event or its results on August 31. While it would be impossible to hide now because of the internet, results were kept under wraps at the time.
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