WWE SummerSlam 2002 Review
With the recent rumours of the Brand Split returning to the WWE turning out to be fruitless, it seems only fitting to going back to when the Brand Extension was actually in place and The Biggest Party of the Summer hit Long Island, New York. This event was notable for not only the mixed bag of matches, but more importantly the return of Shawn Michaels for what was originally earmarked as a one night only thing which actually lasted over seven years. But also, this event was notable for the continuing rise of Brock Lesnar in his rookie year in the WWE. I can remember aspects of this event vividly, I can remember buying the VHS from Woolworth’s and exchanging it many times as it was faulty. But anyway, here we go with the WWE SummerSlam 2002 Review…
Sadly the opening package for the show has being seemingly edited out on the WWE Network for some reason. I cannot recall the original opening package without digging out the VHS but from what is shown, there are brief moments where the two main feuds for the evening, Triple H versus Shawn Michaels and The Rock versus Brock Lesnar are shown. We then go inside the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where for the first time Michael Cole and Tazz are their for the shows entirety representing the SmackDown brand whilst JR and The King are there representing the RAW Brand. In a way, this makes the respective brands seem more significant in the bigger picture and makes SmackDown look less of the ugly sister. Anyhow, after a brief moment we are off to the first match of the evening;
(SmackDown) Rey Mysterio vs. Kurt Angle
This is quite surprising to see as the opening match, but then you do have to remember that this is Mysterio’s WWE PPV debut but he has done very well with his opponent for the evening. Kurt is introduced first, but is quickly ambushed from behind by Mysterio. They have a very good match with a nice dynamic and fast paced between them where Kurt convincingly sells the offence offered by Mysterio. The running theme throughout the match is Kurt’s desire to break the ankle of Mysterio, but despite this they still work very well with one another with Kurt picking up a very convincing win.
Winner: Kurt Angle
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
(RAW) Chris Jericho vs. Ric Flair
Where this feud was built from is really beyond me, I know Jericho attacked Flair with a chair around this time but I cannot recall much else. A couple of video clips are shown from the previous weeks RAW where their feud really heightened. Anyhow, the match gets underway very quickly and whilst it is to some extent a nicely technical match, it moves at an absolute snails pace. Unfortunately, in this match Flair does look very old and out of place, struggling to keep up with the pace of Jericho. A near finish comes for Jericho when he makes Flair taps out to his own Figure Four, but is holding onto the bottom rope as it happens so it doesn’t count. After a low blow, Flair then makes Jericho tap out to the Figure Four in a horrifically bad match.
Winner: Ric Flair
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars