SummerSlam 2006 was the nineteenth annual SummerSlam professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on August 20, 2006 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, and featured performers from the Raw, SmackDown!, and ECW brands. This marked the first inter-brand pay-per-view to feature the ECW brand.
The main match on the Raw brand was Edge versus John Cena for the WWE Championship, which Edge won by pinfall after hitting Cena in the back of the head with a pair of brass knuckles. The featured match on the SmackDown! brand was King Booker versus Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship, which Batista won by disqualification following interference from Queen Sharmell. The primary match on the ECW brand was The Big Show versus Sabu in an Extreme rules match for the ECW World Championship. Big Show won the match and retained the title after pinning Sabu following a chokeslam through a table. The featured matches on the undercard included D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) versus Vince and Shane McMahon) and Hulk Hogan versus Randy Orton.
Several of the existing feuds carried on after the event. D-Generation X continued feuding with The McMahons, defeating them and The Big Show in a Hell in a Cell match the following month. The feud between Batista and King Booker also continued, with the two facing off as part of a Fatal Four-Way match at No Mercy, which Booker won. The following month, at Unforgiven, John Cena defeated Edge in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match to win the WWE Championship and conclude their storyline.
The main feud heading into SummerSlam on the Raw brand was between Edge and John Cena over the WWE Championship. Edge won the WWE Championship on the July 3 edition of Raw by defeating then-champion Rob Van Dam and Cena in a triple threat match. The following week on Raw, after defeating Shelton Benjamin, Cena attacked Edge, who was providing commentary for the match. Edge, however, fought off Cena and executed an Edgecution followed by a spear. Later that night, as part of the storyline, Cena attacked Edge and Lita, Edge's girlfriend, at their hotel. On the July 15 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, Cena faced off against Edge for the WWE Championship. Cena won the match by disqualification after Lita interfered and slapped the referee. Since a championship cannot change hands via countout or disqualification, Edge retained the title. After the match, Cena attacked Edge and performed an FU through an announce table. Three weeks later, on the July 31 edition of Raw, a match between Edge and Cena for the WWE Championship was booked for SummerSlam, with the stipulation that if Edge got himself counted out or intentionally disqualified, he would lose the WWE Championship. On August 14, Edge went to Cena's father's house in West Newbury, Massachusetts, and slapped him.
The main feud on the SmackDown! brand was between King Booker and Batista over the World Heavyweight Championship. In January, Batista legitimately tore his triceps and was forced to vacate the World Heavyweight Championship. At No Way Out the following month, Batista cut a promo claiming that when he returned from injury, he would become World Heavyweight Champion once again. Batista made his in-ring return five months later, on the July 15 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, in a six-man tag team match. At The Great American Bash, Booker defeated Rey Mysterio to win the World Heavyweight Championship, and Mr. Kennedy defeated Batista by disqualification. On the August 4 edition of SmackDown!, Batista defeated Kennedy and declined any congratulations until after he won back the World Heavyweight Championship. The following week, on SmackDown!, Batista thanked Booker for holding onto "his" title and told him he would be needing it back at SummerSlam.
The main feud on the ECW brand was between The Big Show and Sabu over the ECW World Heavyweight Championship. On the July 25 edition of ECW on Sci Fi, Sabu requested an ECW World Heavyweight Championship match against Big Show, but ECW General Manager Paul Heyman denied his request. Later that night, after Big Show defeated Kane to retain the ECW World Championship, Sabu attacked Big Show with a steel chair.
In retaliation, Sabu attacked Big Show with a steel chair and executed an Arabian Facebuster, a diving leg drop with a chair. On August 11 at DSW Park Slam live event, Big Show defeated Van Dam to retain his title. On the August 15 edition of ECW on Sci Fi, a ladder match was set between Rob Van Dam and Sabu, with the stipulation being whoever won would be the number one contender to the ECW World Championship. Sabu won the match, and Big Show came out and executed a chokeslam on both Sabu and Van Dam.
Edge and John Cena continued to feud over the WWE Championship. On the August 21 edition of Raw, Lita threw John Cena's "Spinner WWE Championship" belt into the Long Island Sound and unveiled his own "Rated R-Spinner WWE Championship" belt. Jeff Hardy returned to WWE on the Raw brand and defeated Edge in a non-title match by disqualification. After the match, Cena stormed down to the ring, attacked Edge, and threw Edge into the Long Island Sound. On the August 28 edition of Raw, Cena challenged Edge for the WWE Championship with the stipulation being that if Cena lost, he would not challenge for the title again and would leave Raw to go back to SmackDown!. Edge accepted the challenge, stating that the match would take place in his hometown and it would be a match that Edge had never lost: a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match. Later that night, Cena faced the returning Chris Masters in a match; Masters was disqualified when Edge attacked Cena. At Unforgiven, Cena defeated Edge, winning his third WWE Championship. Cena went on to hold the title for over a year.
King Booker and Batista also continued to feud over the World Heavyweight Championship. On the August 25 edition of SmackDown!, Batista and Bobby Lashley defeated King Booker, Finlay and William Regal in a 3-on-2 handicap match. On the September 8 edition of SmackDown!, Batista faced Booker in a SummerSlam rematch for the World Heavyweight Championship, which he lost due to interference by Finlay. On the September 15 edition of SmackDown!, Lashley became the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Finlay, as Batista was scheduled to face Finlay. On the October 6 edition of SmackDown!, Batista and Lashley faced Finlay and Booker in the main event, which resulted in a no contest. SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long then announced that the World Heavyweight Championship match at No Mercy would be a Fatal Four-Way match. At No Mercy, Booker retained the World Heavyweight Championship.
Also on the August 25 edition of SmackDown!, Vickie Guerrero came down to the ring to apologize to Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero for getting involved in their match at SummerSlam. Later in the segment, however, Vickie turned heel by attacking Mysterio with a steel chair and aligning with her nephew, Chavo. On the following week, the villainous Vickie officially announced that she was now Chavo's business manager, while also declaring Mysterio an "insignificant chapter in her past." Chavo Guerrero would go on to face Mysterio in a Falls Count Anywhere Match at No Mercy, with Mysterio emerging victorious.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Dark Match: Carlito defeated Rob Conway (4:20)
- Chavo Guerrero defeated Rey Mysterio (10:59)
- The Big Show defeats Sabu to retain the ECW Heavyweight Championship (8:31)
- Hulk Hogan defeated Randy Orton (10:57)
- Ric Flair defeated Mick Foley in a "I Quit Match (13:12)
- Batista defeated King Booker (w Queen Sharmell) via disqualification. King Booker retains the World Heavyweight Championship. (10:29)
- D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels & Triple H defeated Shane McMahon & Vince McMahon (13:02)
- Edge (c) (w Lita) defeated John Cena to retain the WWE Championship (15:41)
Other on-screen talent
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- SummerSlam 2006 at Online World of Wrestling
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