For today’s TTR Daily Wrestling Star, we’ve picked the high flyin’ NXT sensation, Sami Zayn!

For today’s TTR Daily Wrestling Star, we’ve picked the high flyin’ NXT sensation, Sami Zayn!

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1999: Mankind vs Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs Triple H for the WWF Championship, WWF Summerslam on August 22nd, 1999.

When Stone Cold defeated The Undertaker in a First Blood match at WWF Fully Loaded to retain the WWF Championship, the stipulation of the match meant Mr. McMahon had to leave WWF TV. While Austin had got rid of 1 rival, Undertaker was still around, and wanted his WWF Title back. But things were about to get complicated, thanks to someone already being #1 contender…

Triple H had already beaten The Rock in a #1 contender’s match, and was set to be next in line. With 2 men trying to claim they should face Austin at Summerslam, it was announced HHH and Undertaker face Austin in a triple threat, and if either man won the match, they’d take on Austin. When the WWF Champion was found beaten up backstage, Chyna was replaced Austin, making it a 3-way #1 contender’s match. When Chyna managed to pin HHH, she became the next challenger, which annoyed the Game.

HHH challenged Chyna to that spot, and thanks to a returning Mankind, Chyna picked up the win once more…only for Mankind to request a match with Chyna for the title shot. This would be granted, and Mankind would win, before HHH attacked. Shane McMahon would return, and book HHH vs Mankind, with the title shot on the line, and Shane as special guest referee. Commissioner Shawn Michaels also placed himself in, as a 2nd referee, and when HHH hit a back suplex, both his shoulders and Mankind’s were down, HBK and Shane counted BOTH men’s shoulders down, so it was decided HHH and Mankind would face Austin. Needing someone special to take charge of this match, WWF put Jesse Ventura in as guest referee, making his 1st appearance in 9 years…and this would annoy HHH, who had previously had a confrontation with “the Body”.

From the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 22nd, 1999, WWF Summerslam main event would be a Triple Threat for the WWF Championship. Enjoy this video of Stone Cold defending the WWF title against Triple H and Mankind, with Jesse “the Body” Ventura as special guest referee!

Today’s TTR Daily Wrestling Star is 3-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, “the King of Strong Style”, Shinsuke Nakamura!

Today’s TTR Daily Wrestling Star is 3-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, “the King of Strong Style”, Shinsuke Nakamura!

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2005: Hulk Hogan vs Shawn Michaels, WWE Summerslam on August 21st, 2005.

In 2005, the WWE would announce Hulk Hogan would take his place in their Hall of Fame, celebrating the legendary career of the Immortal one. During his induction, the fans chanted for “One More Match”, and less than a month later, they would get their wish, as Hogan teamed with Shawn Michaels to defeat Muhammad Hassan and Khosrow Daivari at Backlash. But on July 4th, 2005 episode of Raw, when Michaels returned the favour, while the match result was the same, the aftermath was so much different..

Having been invited to Raw to be a part of Carlito’s Cabana, Hogan found himself facing up to both Carlito and Kurt Angle, who after insulting Hogan’s daughter, then began to beat Hogan down. Michaels would make the save, and a tag match announced for later that night. Hogan and Michaels would pick up the win, before both did Hogan’s traditional posedown…only for Michaels to deliver Sweet Chin Music to Hogan, shocking the WWE fans in attendance, and watching around the world.

Appearing on Piper’s Pit a week later, Michaels said that the fans wanted this, wanted Hogan to fight 1 more match, and so Michaels challenged Hogan to face him at Summerslam. Hogan would accept the match a week later, before heading on a tour of US to promote his reality show, Hogan Knows Best. While gone, Michaels took a cheap shot by parodying Hogan, as well as suggesting the Hulkster lived off an old reputation, while Michaels was constantly re-inventing himself. When Hogan returned, the two had a face to face discussion, where HBK would suggest Hogan couldn’t hang with him, while Hogan said he was here for the fans, while Michaels was just here for himself. When Hogan asked “Whatcha gonna do?”, Michaels showed him, by superkicking Jerry Lawler (who was hosting the discussion). The two men brawled, before Hogan cleared Michaels out of the ring…

On August 21st, 2005, the main event of WWE Summerslam from the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. would be billed as “Icon vs Legend”, as Hulk Hogan would face off against Shawn Michaels for the first time ever…and here is that match in full for you to enjoy!

For today’s TTR Daily Wrestling Star, it’s 1 half of the ROH Tag Champions, reDRagon, we’ve picked Bobby Fish!

For today’s TTR Daily Wrestling Star, it’s 1 half of the ROH Tag Champions, reDRagon, we’ve picked Bobby Fish!

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2012: Chris Jericho vs Dolph Ziggler in a match with Ziggler’s Money in the Bank Briefcase and Jericho’s career on the line, WWE Raw on August 20th, 2012.

It was clear to see that when Chris Jericho made his return to the WWE on the January 2nd, 2012, the fans were delighted to see him back. The 6-time World Champion has always had a way to entertain the fans, but during this return, 1 man took exception to this, feeling that Jericho wasn’t quite living up to his reputation, and perhaps lost his touch…

Having recently won the Money in the Bank briefcase, Dolph Ziggler would appear on Raw to gloat he would follow in the footsteps of previous winners, by successfully cashing his briefcase in, and become 1 of the WWE’s biggest names ever. Jericho interrupted, only for Ziggler to run him down for his return…so, Jericho silenced Ziggler with a Codebreaker.

Jericho would continue to get under Ziggler’s skin, including taunting the Show-Off by wearing Ziggler’s shirt and delivering another Codebreaker. Ziggler wouldn’t take it lying down though, and attacked Jericho during the Highlight Reel interview with Vickie Guerrero. When the 2 clashed at Summerslam, Jericho came out victorious, ending an entertaining match with the Walls of Jericho. 24 hours later, Ziggler requested a rematch, to which Raw GM, AJ Lee would set it up…and up the ante too. If Ziggler won, Jericho’s contract would be ripped up….but if Jericho won, he would gain Ziggler’s Money in the Bank briefcase.

That meant, during the August 20th, 2012 episode of WWE Raw from the Save-Mart Arena in Fresno, California, there was lot at stake for 2 of WWE’s entertaining stars. Here’s the full video, as Chris Jericho faces Dolph Ziggler, with Jericho’s career and Ziggler’s Money in the Bank briefcase on the line!

Today’s TTR Daily Wrestling Star is “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived”, TNA’s Austin Aries!

Today’s TTR Daily Wrestling Star is “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived”, TNA’s Austin Aries!

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2012: Brock Lesnar vs Triple H in a No Disqualification Match, WWE Summerslam on August 19th, 2012.

After an 8-year absence, Brock Lesnar made a surprise return to the WWE, appearing at the end of Raw to drop John Cena with an F-5. It was revealed John Laurinaitis had re-signed Lesnar to bring legitimacy to the WWE, and the night after Lesnar fought Cena at Extreme Rules, Lesnar’s plans to re-negotiate his contract, ended in a bad way for the C.O.O. of the WWE….

Interrupting Lesnar’s negotiations with Laurinaitis, Triple H stated Lesnar would have to work under the original contract. Taking this as a sign of disrespect, Lesnar attacked and locked the Kimura Lock on Triple H, breaking the Game’s arm. Lesnar’s advocate, Paul Heyman would appear in the following weeks to announce Lesnar had quit his contract, and was suing the WWE for breach of contract.

When HHH returned, he challenged Lesnar to drop the lawsuit, and face him in a match at Summerslam. Heyman would refuse the first time, but during an argument between Heyman and Stephanie McMahon, the Billion Dollar Princess slapped Heyman, and Heyman accepted the match on Lesnar’s behalf. With Heyman backing Lesnar, Shawn Michaels announced he’d be heading to Summerslam to be in HHH’s corner. But just a mere 6 days before, Michaels would suffer at the hands of Lesnar, as Lesnar repeated what he did to HHH, snapping HBK’s arm with the Kimura Lock.

On August 19th, 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Brock Lesnar and Triple H would main event WWE Summerslam in a No Disqualification match, and here is that match in full for you to enjoy!

Today’s TTR Daily Wrestling Star choice is the “Real American”, Jack Swagger!

Today’s TTR Daily Wrestling Star choice is the “Real American”, Jack Swagger!

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1996: The Undertaker vs Mankind in a Boiler Room Brawl, WWF Summerslam on August 18th, 1996.

After many creepy videos, the psychotic Mankind made his WWF debut during the April 1st, 1996 episode of WWF Monday Night Raw, and it’s safe to say he was no April Fool. After a debut win over Bob Holly, Mankind would really make a name for himself, going after one of WWF’s biggest stars in the Undertaker.

Interrupting Undertaker’s match with Justin Hawk Bradshaw, Mankind would beat down Undertaker, diving off the apron with an elbow drop, before applying the Mandible Claw. It would be another month before the next attack, where Mankind would help the bizarre Goldust lock Undertaker in a Casket during an in-ring segment, before repeating the feat at In Your House: Beware of the Dog.

Undertaker would finally get chance to get his hands on Mankind, in a singles match at King of the Ring, only for Paul Bearer to inadvertedly hit Undertaker with the Urn, gifting a win to Mankind. Mankind had got into the head of Undertaker, and would attack yet again in a Goldust match, appearing through the ring. With Mankind hanging around often in the Boiler Room, he challenged Undertaker to a Boiler Room Brawl, a match that would begin in the Boiler Room, and only end when one man is successful in making his way to the ring, and raising the Undertaker’s urn.

On August 18th, 1996 at the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, WWF Summerslam would see The Undertaker and Mankind take part in the Boiler Room Brawl. Here’s that match in full, as well as the shocking aftermath that took place…