Since SummerSlam began in 1988, there have been 285 wrestlers to compete in matches on the pay-per-view event. We've ranked the Top 50.
How? It's all quite scientific, actually. We've put together a database of every match that aired at the summer spectacular, who won, who lost and most importantly, who captured the gold. From there, we assigned scores for each competitor as follows:
1 point per (wrestling) appearance
10 points per victory
20 points for winning a championship
For example, when The Ultimate Warrior won the Intercontinental Championships at SummerSlam '88, he received 31 points. But when his opponent, The Honky Tonk Man, lost the match, he only received 1 point. Got it?
Adding these points up over a period of 30+ years, Wrestling Merchandise and Memories compiled a list of the Top 50 SummerSlam Superstars. Oh, and a few other factors to keep in mind:
To qualify, the match had to take place on the pay-per-view portion of the show. No dark matches, no kickoff show bouts and no free-for-alls.
These are only for wrestling matches; competitions such as "Diva Dodgeball" (SummerSlam 2004) wouldn't count.
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Ready? Here we go!
Jerry Lawler / Jim Neidhart / Tatanka
Kicking off the list is the unsual trio of WWE Hall of Famers Jerry The King Lawler, Jim The Anvil Neidhart, as well as Tatanka, who each scored 33 points over three SummerSlam appearances apiece. The King is undefeated at SummerSlam.
Sasha Banks has scored 34 points through four SummerSlam appearances. The Boss' biggest win at the event came in 2017, when she defeated Alexa Bliss to capture the Raw Womens' Championship.
Kevin Owens scored 35 points over five consecutive appearances at SummerSlam. The Prizefighter holds victories over Cesaro, the team of Enzo Amore and Big Cass (with partner Chris Jericho) and Shane McMahon, and has lost matches to Braun Strowman and AJ Styles.
The Texas Tornado
WWE Hall of Famer The Texas Tornado (a/k/a Kerry Von Erich) scored 42 points, despite only two appearances at SummerSlam. His first outing in 1990 was as a substitute against Mr. Perfect, capturing the Intercontinental Title. The next year, Tornado teamed up with Davey Boy Smith and Ricky Steamboat.
WWE Hall of Famer Razor Ramon scored 43 points through three SummerSlam appearances. In 1993, he defeated The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase. In 1994, he regained the Intercontinental Title over Diesel. And in 1995, The Bad Guy was defeated by Shawn Michaels in their famous ladder rematch.
Big E scored 43 points over the course of three SummerSlam appearances, always in tag team action. In addition to tagging with Kaitlyn in 2013, Big E captured the WWE Tag Team Championship with Kofi Kingston in 2015 and successfully defended the SmackDown Tag Team Championship along with Xavier Woods in 2018.
Alberto Del Rio
Alberto Del Rio scored 44 points through four SummerSlam matches. He competed twice in 2011, losing a six-man tag match and then defeating CM Punk for the World Title in a post-main event. In 2012, he lost to Sheamus, and in 2013, he defended the World Championship against Christian.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin scored 44 points over four matches at SummerSlam. He captured the Intercontinental Title from Owen Hart in 1997; defeated The Undertaker in 1998; lost the WWF Title to Mankind in 1999; and lost to Kurt Angle by DQ in 2001.
Batista scored 45 points, spread out over five SummerSlam matches. For three straight years, The Animal was in World Title matches, defending against JBL and winning by DQ against Great Khali and King Booker. He also defeated John Cena in 2008 and lost a Triple Threat match in 2004 to Edge.
WWE Hall of Famer Billy Gunn has 54 points over four SummerSlams, both as a Smoking Gunn and a New Age Outlaw. In 1998, he and Road Dogg defeated Mankind to win the WWF Tag Team Titles. He was also successful in tag team matches in 1993 and 1995, and lost to The Rock in 1999.
Dean Ambrose scored 54 points over four SummerSlams. He holds victories over The Wyatt Family (with Roman Reigns) and The Bar (with Seth Rollins) as well as a singles victory over Dolph Ziggler. The Lunatic Fringe's sole SummerSlam loss was to former teammate Rollins.
Roman Reigns scored 55 points, the result of five consecutive SummerSlam appearances. In 2018, The Big Dog defeated Brock Lesnar to win the Universal Championship and also holds wins over Randy Orton and (with partner Dean Ambrose) the duo of Harper and Rowan.
WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley (a/k/a Mankind and Dude Love) scored 55 points at SummerSlam over five matches. He defeated Steve Austin and Triple H for the WWF Title in 1999, and has wins over The Undertaker in 1996 and HHH in 1997.
WWE Hall of Famer X-Pac (a/k/a The 1-2-3 Kid) has 56 points for five SummerSlam appearances. His biggest win was in 2001, when he unified the WWF and WCW Light Heavyweight/Cruiserweight Titles. He's also defeated Jeff Jarrett and Road Dogg.
Dolph Ziggler can "show off" that he has scored 59 points over nine SummerSlam appearances. In 2014, Ziggler defeated The Miz to win the Intercontinental Title; he also holds two other victories. Ziggler's losses include Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Bill Goldberg.
Rob Van Dam
Despite having only three SummerSlam matches to his credit, WWE Hall of Famer Rob Van Dam has amassed 63 points. In 2001, RVD defeated Jeff Hardy to win the Hardcore Championship; in 2002, he beat Chris Benoit to win the Intercontinental Title. The following year, Vam Dam dropped a No Holds Barred match to Kane.
WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan has 66 points and was undefeated over six matches at SummerSlam. The Hulkster has wins over the teams of Ted DiBiase & Andre The Giant; Randy Savage & Zeus; Sgt. Slaughter, Col. Mustafa & Gen. Adnan; Earthquake, Shawn Michaels and Randy Orton.
The Big Show
The Big Show scored 67 points, appearing at seven SummerSlam events over a 17-year period. In 1999, he and The Undertaker won the WWF Tag Team Championship from X-Pac and Kane. Show also holds wins over Sabu, Cryme Tyme (with partner Chris Jericho) and against the entire Straight Edge Society.
Charlotte Flair cracks the top 10 of this list scoring 84 points and is undefeated over four SummerSlam appearances. She captured championship gold in two of those matches (defeating Sasha Banks, Carmella and Becky Lynch); won a three-team elimination match; and defeated Trish Stratus.
The Ultimate Warrior
WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior is undefeated at SummerSlam with 95 points, winning five consecutive events between 1988 and 1992. He twice won the Intercontinental Title (defeating The Honky Tonk Man and Rick Rude) and also has wins over Randy Savage and a team led by Sgt. Slaughter.
Brock Lesnar scored 110 points over seven SummerSlam appearances. In two of those matches, he captured the WWE Championship, over The Rock in 2002 and John Cena in 2014. The Beast Incarnate also defeated CM Punk in 2013 and Randy Orton in 2016, while suffering losses to Kurt Angle and The Undertaker.
WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart scored 141 points, appearing in 11 SummerSlam matches between 1988 and 2010. He captured the WWF Tag Team Titles from Demolition in 1990, the Intercontinental Championship from Mr. Perfect in 1991, and in 1997, The Hit Man defeated The Undertaker to win the WWF Title.
Seth Rollins has made the most impressive jump on this list since we began compiling it, scoring 147 points in just seven SummerSlam appearances. In four of those instances, he has gained championship gold, and holds victories over the likes of John Cena and Brock Lesnar.
AJ Styles has scored 34 points in our study, the result of four consecutive SummerSlam appearances. The Phenomenal One holds victories over John Cena, Kevin Owens and Ricochet at SummerSlam, and has a loss to Samoa Joe on his record.
Irwin R. Shyster
You tax cheats need to know that Irwin R. Shyster scored 34 points with four matches at SummerSlam. In 1991, IRS got the better of Greg Valentine; in 1992, he and Ted DiBiase lost to The Legion Of Doom.
The Miz scored 36 points over six SummerSlam appearances. Interestingly, four of those six matches were him defending or competing for the Intercontinental Championship. He also defeated Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam.
Paige scored 42 points in just two SummerSlam appearances. In 2014, she captured the Divas Championship from AJ Lee and at the 2015 event, she teamed with Charlotte and Becky Lynch to defeat Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Alicia Fox, Naomi, Tamina and Sasha Banks.
WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett scored 43 points over the course of three SummerSlam matches. In 1994, he defeated Men on a Mission's Mabel. In 1998, Jarrett lost a match (and his hair) to X-Pac. And in 1999, Double J defeated D'Lo Brown to win both the WWF Intercontinental and European titles.
WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix scored 43 points over the course of three SummerSlams. In 2007, she won an interpromotional battle royal over 11 women. In 2008, she captured the Women's Title in a mixed tag team match (with Santino Marella). And in 2011, she lost to Kelly Kelly.
Natalya scored 44 points in four SummerSlam appearances. She lost a Women's Battle Royal in 2007; won a six-woman tag team in 2016; defeated Naomi in 2017 to capture the SmackDown Womens Title; and lost to Raw Womens Champion Becky Lynch in 2019.
Chris Benoit scored 45 points, competing in five SummerSlam matches. His biggest win was capturing the United States Championship from Orlando Jordan, while he also defeated Chris Jericho in a two out of three falls match. He lost matches to Randy Orton, Eddie Guerrero and Rob Van Dam.
Rey Mysterio scored 48 points, the result of competing at eight different SummerSlam events between 2002 and 2012. He defeated Eddie Guerrero, Dolph Ziggler and Chavo Guerrero, while losing to Chavo Guerrero, Kurt Angle and Kane.
Finn Balor scored 54 points over four SummerSlam appearances. The Demon became the first Universal Champion by defeating Seth Rollins at SummerSlam 2016 and holds wins over Bray Wyatt and Baron Corbin.
The Rock scored 55 points at SummerSlam, having five matches. Among The Great One's victories, he defeated Billy Gunn in 1999, won a Triple Threat Match in 2000 and pinned Booker T to capture the WCW Title in 2001.
The British Bulldog
WWE Hall of Famer Davey Boy Smith (a/k/a The British Bulldog - no relation) scored 55 points. He won the Intercontinental Title at SummerSlam 1992 and won a tag team match and a bout against Ken Shamrock. Conversely, Smith went to a time-limit draw at SummerSlam with The Rougeau Brothers and lost to Sycho Sid.
WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle scored 56 points over six consecutive SummerSlam appearances. The Olympic Gold Medalist's sole loss in that time came at the hands of The Rock in 2000. However, Angle holds wins over Stone Cold Steve Austin, Rey Mysterio, Brock Lesnar, Eddie Guerrero and Eugene.
Kofi Kingston has scored 57 points over seven SummerSlam appearances. He captured the WWE Tag Team Championship in 2015, and won various tag team matches in 2011 and 2012. Kofi also had tag team losses in 2008 and 2016 tag team matches, and no-contests in both 2010 and 2019.
Guess what? Chris Jericho just made The List (well, this list), thanks to 61 points through 11 SummerSlam appearances. Y2J has defeated Rhyno, Cryme Tyme, The Nexus, Dolph Ziggler and Enzo & Cass. He's also lost matches to Chris Benoit, Ric Flair, Triple H, Edge, John Cena and Bray Wyatt.
The Fiend Bray Wyatt
Also known as The Fiend, Bray Wyatt has scored 65 points over five SummerSlam appearances between 2013 and 2020. Most recently, he regained the Universal Championship from Braun Strowman at the 2020 version of the event.
CM Punk scored 67 points over six SummerSlam appearances. He won the World Championship in 2009, defeated John Cena, John Bradshaw Layfield, and won a Triple Threat against Cena and The Big Show. Punk lost matches to John Morrison, Show, Alberto Del Rio (right after defeating Cena) and Brock Lesnar.
WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels is not only Mr. WrestleMania, but he's a contender for Mr. SummerSlam as well, scoring 71 points over 11 appearances. The Heartbreak Kid's victories were over Mr. Perfect, Razor Ramon, Vader, Triple H and the team of Vince & Shane McMahon.
WWE Hall of Famer Kane (a/k/a Isaac Yankem DDS) scored 91 points over 11 SummerSlam appearances between 1995 and 2013. He and The Undertaker unified the WWF and WCW Tag Team Titles in 2001. The Big Red Machine also holds victories over Rob Van Dam, Matt Hardy, Finlay and The Great Khali.
WWE Hall of Famer Triple H scored 102 points, boosted by 12 appearances at SummerSlam from 1995 to 2012. In 1998, The Game defeated The Rock to win the Intercontinental Title, and in 2003 he won the Elimination Chamber. HHH also has wins over Bob Holly, Eugene, The McMahons, Great Khali and Legacy.
WWE Hall of Famer Edge scored 130 points via 10 SummerSlam appearances. In 2000, he and Christian won the WWF Tag Team Titles and in 2001, he captured the Intercontinental Championship. Edge has wins over the likes of Chris Jericho & Batista, Eddie Guerrero, Matt Hardy and even John Cena.
Randy Orton scored 144 points, the result of 13 SummerSlam appearances between 2003 and 2020. Three times, Orton captured the WWE or World Championship, from Chris Benoit, Christian and Daniel Bryan. Orton has lost to Hulk Hogan, Drew McIntyre, Roman Reigns, Kofi Kingston, an Elimination Chamber Match, and to Brock Lesnar.
Although The Undertaker is synonymous with his work at WrestleMania, he also has 16 matches at SummerSlam under his part, scoring 156 points in total. The Dead Man has six losses to his name, but he also captured tag team gold in 1999 (with The Big Show) and in 2001 (with Kane). The Phenom's victories include Kamala, Giant Gonzales, Fake Undertaker, Kama, Test, Albert and Brock Lesnar.