WWE’s SummerSlam event is one of the biggest they host every year. Behind WrestleMania, SummerSlam has always been seen as one of the “major” shows on the calendar, and fans everywhere are excited for what WWE bills as “the biggest party of the summer”.
While the “New Era” has been WWE’s favorite buzzword to describe their fresh, young talent since May, this will be the first event where it really feels like the “New Era” of Superstars will be given their chance to shine. Here, I will take a look at each match, and give my predictions for what might happen this Sunday in Brooklyn.
Enzo and Cass vs. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens
This match really doesn’t have any significance or importance, as it has no bearing on any future Tag Team Championship match for either team. Either way, this feud has been comedy gold thus far, and many fans are excited to see what will come of this match. Winner: Enzo and Cass
The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) (c) vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson- WWE Tag Team Championship
In the first championship match of the night, the short-handed New Day will take on two members of The Club, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. The New Day will have to compete in this match without Big E, who was story-line injured by The Club a few weeks ago. With the New Day holding the titles for 364 days come the time this match takes place, I expect WWE to allow the New Day to reach that magical one year mark. Winner: The New Day
Rusev (c) vs. Roman Reigns- United States Championship
After being suspended for a month for violating the WWE’s Wellness Policy, Roman Reigns has quickly slid down the card. No longer main-eventing pay-per-views every month, he has found himself now competing for a midcard title. Either way, this has the potential to be a pretty good match. It’s not hard to see that WWE has not completely given up on Roman Reigns, but he is definitely still being punished for breaking the Wellness Policy. I think that this will be a close match, with Reigns looking like the winner, before Rusev wins by some sort of shady method to keep the championship. Winner: Rusev
The Miz (c) vs. Apollo Crews- Intercontinental Championship
The Miz has always been one of the WWE’s best heels, in my opinion. His ability to draw reactions from the crowd has always been great, and his movie star gimmick has been one of his best. He’s held the Intercontinental Championship since the night after WrestleMania when he defeated Zack Ryder on Monday Night Raw. Now, he will face one of the most exciting new faces in WWE, Apollo Crews. Crews wrestles at a mile a minute pace, and he’s no stranger to athletic maneuvers and flying off of the top rope. Expect Crews to put on a visual showcase in this match, and I see him walking out of Brooklyn as the new Intercontinental Champion. Winner: Apollo Crews
John Cena vs. AJ Styles
In the “old-timers” match on the SummerSlam card, we see John Cena face off against AJ Styles yet again, however this time, there will be no interference from Styles’ Club partners. All that AJ Styles has done since joining the WWE in January has been putting on phenomenal matches, and expect the same here. John Cena himself has been on a roll as of late, having some great matches and being top notch on the microphone, as he always has been. These two have really built up a great feud, where it genuinely can feel at times like they don’t really like each other. This should be a long match, and has the chance to possibly be one of the best on the entire card. Winner: AJ Styles
Sasha Banks (c) vs. Charlotte- Women’s Championship
Two of the women who were a part of the “Divas Revolution” in July of 2015 square off in this championship match. While many (myself included) thought that Sasha would win the title here at SummerSlam, WWE shocked the fans by having her beat Charlotte on the July 25th episode of Monday Night Raw. Either way, this will be a fantastic match, and I still see Sasha winning in Brooklyn, only instead of taking the championship, she will retain it. Winner: Sasha Banks
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler- WWE World Championship
In one of the most interesting matches on the card, we see Dean Ambrose defend his WWE World Championship against Dolph Ziggler. While Ziggler has been a fan favorite for many years due to his great work ethic and ability to steal the show, the WWE has been hesitant to push him to the top of the card, due to his multiple injuries, most notably, his concussion history. He’s a fantastic worker, and a very talented man, but I do not see him really challenging Ambrose for the title. Winner: Dean Ambrose
Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor- WWE Universal Championship
In my opinion, this will be the match of the show, and surely has the potential to be match of the year. These two men will meet in the ring for the very first time, and it will be for WWE’s new flagship championship. We all know what Seth Rollins is capable of, his command of the ring is unlike anyone else in the company. He is the top heel, and has picked up where he left off when he had to be sidelined due to a knee injury. He is arguably the best overall wrestler in the company. But now enters Finn Balor, the Demon King, who has ruled the roost in NXT for a while, before making his debut on the first Raw after the brand split. He won a fatal-four way match, then pinned Roman Reigns clean to be placed into this match. These are two fantastic workers, and expect a long match, with many false finishes and big spots. Winner: Finn Balor
Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton
The main event of the evening will undoubtedly be this matchup of megastars. Randy Orton will be competing in his first match since returning from a shoulder injury, and this will also be Brock Lesnar’s first match since Wrestlemania in early April. Since then Lesnar fought and defeated Mark Hunt at UFC 200, where we also learned he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. There was no discipline from WWE when this news came about, but it has certainly played a role in Orton and Lesnar’s feud. While this will not be the most technically proficient match on the card, it should be pretty entertaining. Expect plenty of visits to Suplex City and a few RKO’s out of nowhere in this one. Winner: Brock Lesnar
So there you have it, my predictions for the 2016 edition of WWE SummerSlam. We only have a few days left of waiting to see what will happen, and many members of the WWE Universe are excited for this loaded card.
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