SummerSlam 1997 Leaves Stone Cold Steve Austin Paralyzed – August 3rd, 1997 – Today in Wrestling History

SummerSlam 1997 WWF WWE

The tenth annual SummerSlam event took place at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It is the Pay Per View (PPV) event that is well known for the injury to Stone Cold Steve Austin. Due to a botched piledriver delivered by Owen Hart (RIP), Austin was temporarily paralyzed. This event in general was a charged one for fans as lots of storylines hinged on the outcome of the matches. One being Bret Hart’s challenge for the top title, held by The Undertaker.

SummerSlam 1997 was destined to be awesome

The match card for this event was quite balanced as far as match stipulations. Also, on hand was a great selection of titles on the line.

Matches on the card included:

Mankind challenging Hunter Hearst Helmsley in a steel cage match
Goldust took on Brian Pillman (RIP)
Animal & HawkThe Legion of Doom” took on Henry O. Godwin and Phineas I. Godwin
The first title match of the night was “The British BulldogDavey Boy Smith as WWF European Champion taking on Ken Shamrock (currently with Impact Wrestling)
Next was an 8 man tag featuring Jesus Castillo Jr, Jose Estrada Jr, Miguel Perez, and Savio Vega. They took on the team of 8-Ball, Chainz, Crush, and Skull

The fateful match between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Owen Hart came next as they fought over the WWF Intercontinental Championship.
The main event of the evening was Bret Hart challenging The Undertaker for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship with Shawn Michaels performing referee duties.

A sad wrestling Pay Per View

Not only did we witness the injury to Steve Austin, but this was the last SummerSlam Brian Pillman would perform at. Pillman would lose his life to a heart attack at the age of 35 in October 1997.

If you want to watch SummerSlam 1997 you can catch it on the WWE Network. You can also grab physical copies from eBay or Amazon.


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