The Summer Spectacular has given wrestling fans many memories throughout the years. In this two part series, Sean Beckerman looks back at the greatest matches in SummerSlam history. Part One features the Early Years (1988 – 1997) of the event known as the “Mania of Summer.” Back in 1988, the World Wrestling Federation was exploding nationally. Wrestlemania was well established and the previous year featured the launch of the Survivor Series. Now all the WWF needed was a massive event between the two Pay Per View’s so on 29th August 1988, Summerslam was born. It has gone on to become arguably the second biggest event of the year (close to the Royal Rumble). The early years featured several firsts in the history of the WWE. Some examples of this include being the first WWE PPV held outside of North America, the first WWE PPV held outdoors, the only PPV where the WWE offered a million dollar grand prize to one lucky viewer, and the only wrestling PPV where the main event was not a wrestling match. So get ready to relive the history of the Summer Sizzler and go Beyond The Bell on the SNS Radio Network.
WNL returned to the airwaves on 8-1-11 on the SNS Radio Network located @ www.snsradionetwork.com with "The Outlaw of the IWC" The TreyDawg & "Mr. Money on the Mic" JJ (ALL CAPS) $exay. The boys opened the show with some "News of the Week" sponsored by Wrestling-Online.com.After the break JJ talked with TV and Movie Actor Ricky Schroder about his latest project "On the Mat" CMT's 1st Original movie in which he plays a wrestler in this romantic comedy. Ricky talked about working on Silver Spoons, the cast of the show including Alfonso Ribeiro, working as a child star, Being a wrestling fan and meeting Andre the Giant, Preparing for the role by watching Youtube, The Finisher he wanted to use ...but his costar wouldn't have it, upcoming projects, portraying a wrestler and the casual publics view of pro wrestling. JJ & Trey jumped into the RAW Recap before hitting the next break. The boys opened the phone lines and read a few emails before journeying down to that magical land of Burkina Faso for a special email from royalty before closing out the show with another Living Colour hit from the 80's...Glamour Boys...lol on this latest episode of WNL.
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Here's the full match listing for the July 30th, 2011 event:
~6 ROUNDS OF 5 MINUTES EACH!~ Johnny Saint vs. Johnny Kidd
~12 LARGE:SUMMIT TOURNAMENT MATCH!~ Mike Quackenbush vs. Claudio Castagnoli
~12 LARGE:SUMMIT ROUND ROBIN MATCH!~ Fire Ant vs. Jigsaw
~SIX MAN TAG ACTION!~ El Generico/Scott Parker/Shane Matthews vs. Icarus/Chuck Taylor/Johnny Gargano
~SOMEONE HAS TO STOP HIM!~ Green Ant vs. Tursas
~LADIES TRIOS BOUT!~ Mima Shimoda/Portia Perez/Tsukasa Fujimoto vs. Sara Del Rey/Daizee Haze/Makoto