| Date: August 24, 2003 | CityPhoenix, AZ | Venue Southwest Airlines Arena | Attendance 16,113 |
SummerSlam 2003 was a joint brand PPV with stars from Raw and Smackdown competing. The two main events saw Kurt Angle challenge Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship. Whilst Triple H defended his World Championship against Goldberg, Chris Jericho, RVD, Randy Orton and Kevin Nash inside an Elimination Chamber.
Original plans for the World Championship was to have a singles match between Triple H and Goldberg. Due to Triple H sustaining an groin injury, this match was changed to protect Triple H. An Elimination Chamber match was held, with The Game coming in last.
An interesting fact, is that Randy Orton, who debuted a year earlier, made his PPV debut at SummerSlam 2003. In actual fact Randy Orton joins a very small unique list who wrestlers to have a World title match in their PPV debut.
In a very much first and last moment, during the WWE Championship match Kurt Angle forced Brock Lesnar into submission. This was Brock Lesnar’s first tap out in his 16 months in WWE. To date, this is Brock Lesnar’s only submission loss (other than the dodgy SummerSlam 2015 finish against the Undertaker).
Sunday Night Heat
Matt Hardy beat Zach Gowen via forfeit.
Rey Mysterio pinned Shannon Moore.
Summerslam 2003 Results
World Tag Championship
Sylvan Grenier & Rene Dupree (c) beat Bubba Ray & D-Von Dudley when Dupree pinned D-Von.
The Undertaker pinned A-Train
Shane McMahon pinned Eric Bischoff
WWE U.S. Championship – Fatal Four Way Match
Eddie Guerrero (c) beat Rhyno, Chris Benoit, and Yoshihiro Tajiri (10:50) when he pinned Rhyno.
Kurt Angle beat Brock Lesnar (c) via submission.
Kane pinned Ron Van Dam
Elimination Chamber Match for World Heavyweight Championship
Triple H (c) beat Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels, Bill Goldberg, Randy Orton, and Kevin Nash (19:15) in an “elimination chamber” match.
Jericho pinned Nash (8:16).
Goldberg pinned Orton (13:02).
Goldberg pinned Michaels (15:22).
Goldberg pinned Jericho (16:06).
Triple H pinned Goldberg (19:15).
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