On August 29, 1988, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) introduced pro wrestling fans to SummerSlam, a late summer event featuring its biggest stars in marquee match-ups.
If you come, come heavy, or not at all.
That must have been the McMahon motto, as the inaugural SummerSlam card was slammed with top talent including The Mega Powers, The Mega Bucks, The Ultimate Warrior, Demolition, The Hart Foundation, The British Bulldogs, Jake "The Snake" Roberts and many more.
Even Frenchy Martin!
Probably the highlight of this event for me, as an impressionable lad, was the main event, where the lovely Miss Elizabeth ripped her skirt off to distract special guest referee Jesse Ventura to help The Mega Powers secure the win, on this date in WWE history.
Those highlights and more after the jump.
The British Bulldogs and The Fabulous Rougeaus wrestled to a time limit draw (20:00)
Bad News Brown defeated Ken Patera
Rick Rude defeated Junkyard Dog by disqualification
The Powers of Pain (with The Baron) defeated The Bolsheviks (with Slick)
The Ultimate Warrior defeated The Honky Tonk Man to win the Intercontinental Championship
Dino Bravo (with Frenchy Martin) defeated Don Muraco
Demolition (with Mr. Fuji) defeated The Hart Foundation (with Jimmy Hart) to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship
The Big Boss Man (with Slick) defeated Koko B. Ware
Jake Roberts defeated Hercules
The Mega Powers (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated The Mega Bucks (with Bobby Heenan and Virgil)
Fast-forward to 2011 and it's still going strong. What's your best SummerSlam memory from over the years?