First in-ring WWE PPV appearance for Shawn Michaels since WrestleMania XIV in 1998.
The 6th summerslam ppv in a row in which the intercontinental championship changed hands.
Eighteen wrestlers performed on the PPV, and fifteen of them held a WWE world title at some point in their career. One had in the past (Ric Flair), seven would in the future (Rey Mysterio, Adam Copeland, Eddie Guerrero, Jay Reso, Booker Huffman, Chris Benoit, and Rob Van Dam), one won the title at this event and would win more in the future (Brock Lesnar), and six were both past and future world champions (Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, Mark Calaway, Shawn Michaels, Paul Levesque, and Dwayne Johnson). Out of everyone who wrestled a match on the show, only Lance Storm, Dustin Rhodes, and Andrew Martin never held a world championship.