WWE’s SummerSlam is fast approaching, and this year’s Biggest Party of the Summer™ has the most matches involving wrestlers who are women in the PPV’s history. We have Alexa Bliss defending her Raw Women’s Championship against Ronda Rousey, Carmella defending the SmackDown Women’s Championship in a triple threat match against Becky Lynch and Charlotte, and Rusev and Lana facing off against Cien Almas and Zelina Vega in a mixed tag team match on the pre-show, and two out of three of these have had high-profile builds on their respective weekly TV shows.
Over the previous thirty SummerSlam PPVs, women wrestled in a total of twenty matches. Some SummerSlams had multiple women’s matches and/or mixed tag matches, the 2001 and 2009 shows only had women in dark matches, and the 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2012 shows didn’t included any women’s wrestling.
It seems unlikely we’ll slam in the summertime without seeing any women pretending to fight each other in the future, unless they move this PPV to Saudi Arabia or something, and the all-women Evolution PPV is coming up this fall, so now seems like as good a time as any to rank all the SummerSlam matches in which women wrestled! They range from bona fide classics to dull disasters, and work as a microcosm of the how women have been booked in WWE over the decades.