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SummerSlam (1996) was the ninth annual SummerSlam professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). 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.
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 being press-slammed by Vader 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 Intercontential Championship at the event, but the match did not take place due to Johnson's legit injuries.
Other on-screen talent