WWE SummerSlam 2004 Preview
August 15, Toronto, Canada
Icon vs Icon
The Rock vs Shawn Michaels
The WWE’s version of the Summer Games begins this Sunday in Toronto Canada for the biggest SummerSlam of all time. For the first time ever SummerSlam will be a special 4 hour event. The stage is set for the biggest main event in SummerSlam history. Two icons finally go head to head one on one for the first time ever in one of the biggest matches of all time. 2 years ago at WrestleMania 18, The Rock defeated another icon, the legendary Hulk Hogan in Toronto. The Rock heads into Toronto this Sunday knowing that this will be his last match and what fitting way would it be for Rock to win his last match in style. However for Rock to do this he will face one of the greatest athletes in WWE history, The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels. For many years both of them men have despised each other. Shawn Michaels vows to humiliate Rock in the country where he once humiliated Canada’s own Bret the Hitman Hart. Shawn believes that he is the best and in this ring no one can touch him. Shawn claims that no one is in his league. Rock believes that he’s done it all but one thing he hasn’t done is defeat Shawn Michaels. A match that many believed would never take place but this dream match will finally take place at SummerSlam. Who will go down as the greatest of all time?
WWE Title Match
Eddie Guerrero © vs The Undertaker
This Sunday at SummerSlam will mark the exact 6 month reign of Eddie Guerrero’s WWE Title reign. It has been an incredible story for Latino Heat as he has overcome obstacle after obstacle to retain his championship. Eddie’s reign started on February 15 at No Way Out and many believe that finally Eddie’s time as champion will come to an end. His opponent is none other than the phenom, the man from the darkside, The legendary Undertaker. Since returning at WrestleMania 20, Undertaker has been unstoppable. At The Great American Bash The Undertaker buried Mordecai and Paul Bearer alive. Then The Undertaker sent Kane on his last ride and now that Undertaker has no thorn on his side, he has simply one goal and that is to once again become the WWE Champion. It’s been 2 long years since he last held the WWE Title but now The Undertaker is better than ever. Lets not sell Eddie short, he did retain his WWE Title against The Undertaker and Kane back at Judgment Day in a triple threat match. However this past Thursday on Smackdown The Undertaker made Eddie submit. Will Eddie’s lying, cheating and stealing tactics work to get one over The Phenom this Sunday? Will he overcome another obstacle to continue his reign or will the ultimate master of the mindgames The Undertaker finally end the reign of Latino Heat?
World Heavyweight Title Match
Chris Benoit © vs Randy Orton
This Sunday, live on pay-per-view, Randy Orton attempts to become the youngest World Champion in WWE history. In order to accomplish this, he must defeat current World Heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit. At only 24 years of age, Orton would beat out past youngsters Brock Lesnar (25), Yokozuna (26) and The Rock (26). Orton believes that it is his destiny to become world champion this year and he believes it will be at SummerSlam. Orton has been on a roll this year beating legends like Mick Foley and The Rock. Orton also won the King of the Ring to receive his SummerSlam title shot. Orton also had the longest reigning Intercontinental title reign in the last 7 years. Orton has not lost in one on one competition this year on ppv but neither has Chris Benoit. Lets take you back at the Royal Rumble, Benoit and Orton started off the Royal Rumble but Benoit went on all the way to win the Rumble. Benoit then went on to become champion at WrestleMania and went on to beat several top challengers including Orton’s mentor HHH. With HHH failing to capture the belt, will Orton also fail to capture the belt? Will Chris Benoit continue to reign supreme on Raw, will he make Orton tap? Or will Orton put an end of Benoit’s dominance on Raw. Watch SummerSlam this Sunday to see if Orton reaches his goal.
#1 contenders Last Man Standing Match
Kurt Angle vs Edge
It’s been eight years since Kurt Angle won an Olympic goal medal but this Sunday Kurt steps in to the ring with one of his biggest rivals in WWE’s version of the Summer Games. A rivalry that has been developing for months could possibly finally come to an end this Sunday in a brutal last man standing match. Both men are fierce rivals and it seemed as if their feud was over at The Great American Bash but Kurt Angle believed that was just the beginning. Edge thought that he would have nothing to do with Kurt anymore when Edge was drafted to Raw however Kurt also ended up on Raw as a draft pick. These rivals continue off their heated feud on Raw and at SummerSlam the stakes will be high because the winner of this match will become the #1 contender for the world heavyweight title. Both men vow to beat the hell out of each other. This match will be physically intense to say the least, Angle and Edge this Sunday as Edge returns home. Kurt vows to humiliate Edge in his home town. Which man will walk out of SummerSlam in one piece and which man will walk out of SummerSlam broken? Will Edge defeat Kurt Angle or will it be a bad homecoming for Edge?
HHH vs Rey Mysterio
Last month HHH was drafted to Smackdown and he disrespected the Smackdown superstars. Rey Mysterio beat HHH by count out in a gauntlet match to end HHH’s hopes of a title shot at SummerSlam and later on in that same match HHH cost Rey the chance of becoming the #1 contender. HHH then took shots at Rey’s family and HHH claims that a guy like Rey would never become a main eventer. Rey believes that size does not matter and he can hang in there against the very best in the WWE. Will it be game over for Rey Mysterio this Sunday or will Rey get his biggest victory to date at SummerSlam?
Plus for the first time ever we will see the biggest ladder match of all time as 8 men compete in an 8 man ladder match for the Intercontinental title. Also the United States Championship will be on the line as John Cena defends his title against Booker T. Plus Y2J Chris Jericho will take on Rob Van Dam. Also we will see a mixed tag match with a lot on the line as Matt Hardy and Lita team up to take on Val Venis and Dawn Marie. If Matt and Lita lose then Val gets to sleep with Lita but if Val and Dawn lose then they must split up. Tune in this Sunday for the biggest SummerSlam of all time.
Final Card for SummerSlam
Icon vs Icon: The Rock vs Shawn Michaels
WWE Title Match: Eddie Guerrero © vs The Undertaker
World Heavyweight Title Match: Chris Benoit © vs Randy Orton
HHH vs Rey Mysterio
#1 Contenders Last Man Standing Match: Edge vs Kurt Angle
Rob Van Dam vs Chris Jericho
Intercontinental Title 8 Man Ladder Match: Tajiri © vs Batista vs Rhyno vs Charlie Haas vs Ric Flair vs William Regal vs Eugene vs Kane
US Title Match: John Cena © vs Booker T
Mixed Tag Match: Matt Hardy and Lita vs Val Venis and Dawn Marie
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