Slam summer is one of the biggest wrestling events of the year, and because of its importance, WWE likes to put on the biggest card possible to make the night live up to its billing. This often leads to top stars being a part of the show, and while that usually includes current young talent, that’s not always the case.
From time to time, WWE calls on names of veterans or legends who have a lot of experience and knowledge. Several wrestlers worked on this show when they were over 50, proving that age really is just a number, as they have put on some impressive performances over the years.
9 Bret Hart (2010)
During this period, WWE was using Bret Hart quite frequently as he and the company had gotten back on good terms. He teamed up with many of the then-roster stars in 2010 as they regrouped to take on Nexus in a 14-man tag team elimination match.
While adding the Hitman to this was a big deal and added tons of nostalgia to the situation, Hart had some health issues that meant he couldn’t contribute much to the game. While he was good to see, as far as his performance went, he didn’t have much to do.
8 General Adnan (1991)
Even though he was over 50, General Adnan stepped into the ring for the 1991 SummerSlam main event, where he teamed with Sgt. Slaughter and Colonel Mustafa will take on Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior. The heels had the advantage of numbers, which they exploited in an attempt to warm up throughout the encounter.
But when it comes to Adnan’s performance, not much was happening as he was just too old here. He did his best in the moment whenever he was tagged, but for the most part Adnan was away while Slaughter prepared the work for his band.
seven Goldberg (2019)
Goldberg may have been over 50 when he stepped into the ring to face Dolph Ziggler in 2019, but he still looked fantastic. The Hall Of Famer has always kept himself in great shape when it comes to his physique, and that always helps him bring tons of power to the ring.
That was important in this one, with the encounter against Ziggler being a staple squash match that was done to silence the young wrestler and make Goldberg look good. He came out shooting gates, hit his classic finishing moves and took the win, which meant there wasn’t much to his performance.
6 Jerry Lawler (2000)
This was another fairly short encounter and was set up more like a segment than a match, with Jim Ross getting involved here to help Jerry Lawler get the win. He and Tazz had been in a lot of trouble, and they did everything they could to push through that heat.
Lawler still wrestles today, so competing at this point in his career wasn’t something the King struggled with. Although he didn’t move with tons of pace, the commentator was more than able to hold his own in this one.
5 Vince McMahon (2006)
Vince McMahon is always the one leading by example, and that led to him stepping into the ring at a later age to mix it up with young talent. This happened in 2006 when he and Shane McMahon took on D-Generation X, which was an encounter filled with shenanigans as Umaga and Spirit Squad made their presence felt.
Vince may not have been the one to hit the flashy moves in this one, but he more than held on here, setting up some big moments. Plus, he brought the entertainment factor, knowing when to hype, sell, and provide great feedback that helped sell the game.
4 Hulk Hogan (2006)
At this point, Randy Orton was in his Legend Killer mode, taking out as many big names as he could, and that included Hulk Hogan. Because of this, the two ended up colliding at SummerSlam in 2006, which was ultimately won by the older wrestler.
The encounter itself was not one of the strongest, with Orton performing better against other older talents such as Mick Foley. However, while Hogan didn’t move as freely as he did in his youth, he still knew how to tell a story and get the fans behind him, which made for a solid performance.
3 Goldberg (2021)
While most wrestlers only compete once over the age of 50 at SummerSlam, that’s not the case when it comes to Goldberg, as the Hall Of Famer wrestled two matches later in his career. The second of them was the most impressive as he took on Bobby Lashley in a big match.
Unlike his previous performance which was a quick squash match to show off his power, this was a real encounter, and a great one at that. Both men went back and forth with big moves, and Goldberg had the chance to give an excellent account of himself in a fantastic game.
2 Ric Flair (2006)
After Ric Flair and Mick Foley took legit shots at each other via their respective autobiographies, the two entered the ring and mingled. They expressed their feelings in the ring as they fought in an I Quit match that was not lacking in blood and violence, with both men living up to the hype that surrounded it.
The Nature Boy competed for many years after that, so it’s no surprise he was able to put on a fantastic match with Foley. Flair took some crazy bumps here for a man his age, though, and the blood, sweat and tears were more than worth it, that performance people still remember.
1 The Contractor (2015)
Being able to take on Brock Lesnar when you’re over 50 is no easy task considering the hard-hitting nature the Beast brings to the ring. Their rivalry is iconic, however, and The Undertaker made sure this match lived up to the billing, with him and Brock going back and forth brilliantly.
The Deadman more than held his own throughout this one, selling a rib injury throughout which helped make whatever Lesnar did all the more impressive. He himself brought a lot of great moves here, and he delivered one of the best performances towards the end of his career.