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SummerSlam 1996 was the ninth annual SummerSlam professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. It took place on August 18, 1996 at the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.


During the Free for All match between Steve Austin & Yokozuna, the top rope broke when Yokozuna attempted a Banzai Drop, allowing Austin to pin him.

Pettengill hosted the "Bikini Beach Blast-Off" party during the Free for All, where a pool was set up for everyone. Guests included Sunny, Sable, Marc Mero, The Smoking Gunns, Marlena, Goldust, T.L. Hopper, Who, Jerry Lawler, The Bushwhackers, Aldo Montoya, Hunter Hearst Helmsley, and Shawn Michaels.

Paul Bearer turned on his long-time friend, The Undertaker, to align himself with Undertaker's arch-enemy, Mankind.

Vader had originally won the WWF Championship match twice, first by count-out (after he press-slammed Michaels onto the guard rail) and then by disqualification (when Michaels struck Vader repeatedly with Cornette's tennis racket), but because WWF championships can only change hands by pinfall or submission, Cornette demanded that the match restart both times. WWF President Gorilla Monsoon allowed this when Michaels agreed.


Faarooq was scheduled to face Ahmed Johnson in a match for the Intercontinental Championship at the event, but the match did not take place due to Johnson's legit injuries.


Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
  • Billy pinned Zip (4:00)
  • Henry pinned Jannetty (7:18)
  • Billy pinned Phineas (12:18)

Other on-screen talent

Spanish Commentators


  • Pettengill hosted the "Bikini Beach Blast-Off" party during the Free For All, where a pool was set up for everyone.
  • Pettengill also interviewed the debuting Faarooq Asad that night.
  • Vader and Michaels botched a high spot in which Vader was to move away from Michaels' diving elbow. Michaels simply repositioned himself in mid-air, landed on his feet, and began to yell at Vader.

See also

DVD & Video Releases

External links


1996 World Wrestling Federation pay-per-views
Royal RumbleIn Your House 6WrestleMania 12In Your House 7In Your House 8King of the RingIn Your House 9SummerSlamIn Your House 10In Your House 11Survivor SeriesIn Your House 12