The first thing to remember when looking back at these early WWF events is that they should be judged by the standards of that particular time. Of course, a lot of the content can't compare to the high athleticism of today but they are still very entertaining to watch especially if you were a fan at the time and are taking a trip down memory lane.
The inaugural Summerslam was held in 1988 at Madison Square Garden and is remembered really for two matches. The first being the Ultimate Warrior's crushing victory over the Honky Tonk Man, putting to an end the longest Intercontinental title reign of all time. The Warrior was still on the rise in terms of popularirty but the Garden went ballistic when he burst onto the scene to despatch Honky in about 30 seconds! The second is of course the main event where WWF World Champion Macho Man Randy Savage teamed with then best friend Hulk Hogan to defeat Andre The Giant and The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase in a decent match in which Miss Elizabeth distracted the Mega Bucks duo by removing her skirt which raised a few eyebrows at the time.
The rest of the card wasn't much to write home about with the exception of Demolition's World Tag Team Title defence over the Hart Foundation which was probably the best of the night. The 20 minute time limit draw between The British Bulldogs versus The Fabulous Rougeaus wasn't bad, neither was the bout between Koko B.Ware and the Big Bossman but the others offered little or nothing. The Ken Patera/Bad News Brown match was particularly dreadful.
The second annual Summerslam was an improvement on the original and once again featured a tag team main event, this time pitting Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake against Randy Savage and "The Human Wrecking Machine" Zeus (actor Tiny Lister). The match wasn't bad and went down well with the hot crowd in New Jersey, especially when Zeus felt 'pain' for the first time towards the end of the bout (Tony Schiavone sounded like he was about to explode on commentary!).
Elsewhere Ravishing Rick Rude pulled another good match out of the Ultimate Warrior in the Intercontinental Title rematch from Wrestlemania V; The Rockers & Tito Santana had a very good match with The Rougeaus and Rick Martel; and once again the Hart Foundation took the match of the night honours, this time against the Brain Busters (Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard). Greg Valentine versus Hercules was a stinker, although it did help continue the feud between Valentine and Ronnie Garvin; the Jimmy Snuka/Ted Dibiase bout should have been a lot better but wasn't helped by the cheap finish; the second six-man tag was never going to be anything special and neither was the Dusty Rhodes/Honky Tonk Man match. Mr. Perfect squashed The Red Rooster in the only other match on the card.