As often seems to be the case in pro wrestling, some of the superstars on the roster who are the least visible are the most over. That was the case with both Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam (RVD), though probably much more the latter, back in 2001 during the Invasion storyline between the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
Hardy was a longtime tag team mainstay with his brother Matt while RVD had come over from Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), where his reputation obviously preceded him. Despite being a heel, Van Dam received a great deal of cheers from the WWF fanbase, who loved him for his high flying hardcore style.
The two were paired up for a feud over the hardcore championship (appropriate enough) and they had a series of good matches, the last of which came on this date in history (Aug. 19, 2001) at SummerSlam.
And they stole the show.
What's most impressive about this match is it was on a card that featured a ton of top talent all up and down the line up, including the double main event of The Rock vs. Booker T and Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Kurt Angle.
Even more impressive is that this was the finale of a feud in which they had already had multiple matches. We had seen these two work together and while it was good, how it could it get better? More impressive still, was that this was a ladder match that didn't need too many insane high spots to get it over with a title on the line that no one really took seriously.
And this wasn't long after the infamous tables, ladders, and chairs matches around the same time. Amazing stuff.
Hit the jump to watch the match in its entirety.