Oh my, it’s SummerSlam! The 2nd biggest show of the year where we have had tons of memorable moments like: Bulldog vs. Bret, TLC I, Austin breaking his neck but still continuing the match to defeat Owen Hart and much more.
Can you believe it’s been 25 years? SummerSlam’s silver show and just by looking at the card thus far, it looks watchable. I wouldn’t say good just yet. There are only five matches are on the card thus far. Well with that said, let’s start talk about the card.
Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler – Now this match could easily be for a championship and I can see this opening the show. This match can be a showstopper. Ziggler can put on great performances alongside Jericho. You can see the chemistry the two have and Ziggler will indeed show off his A-Game. The build-up towards this match is really good. Ziggler tore open six months of old wounds with his verbal attack on Jericho, reminding him of the fact that since the “end of the world as we know it” came and went, Jericho has yet to win a single pay-per-view match. The last man to be eliminated from the Royal Rumble went on to lose at Elimination Chamber, Wrestlemania, Extreme Rules, Over the Limit and Money In The Bank. Jericho only answered back with a Codebreaker. Since then, it’s been a battle of mind games which Jericho seems to be good at. Jericho however, if you look at the stats doesn’t have a great track record at SummerSlam (especially in 2005 with Cena, 2002 with Flair and the Elimination Chamber in 2003) I really look forward to this contest! This match reminds me VERY much of WrestleMania XIX with Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho. The difference is: Jericho is playing the role of HBK now.
Prediction: Dolph Ziggler wins! With Jericho going on tour and being the company guy he is, I can easily see him having a great 10-15 or maybe even 20 minute match with Ziggler to really put him over. Dolph needs this win to help build his credibility as a main event player and this can be the first step. If Ziggler were to lose, Jericho will still make Ziggler look good in the process. I see nothing but win-win. Who will be the biggest winner? The fans! I see this stealing the show like Barrett and Bryan last year.
Daniel Bryan vs. Kane – Hopefully this will be the conclusion of this very weird “love rectangle” angle with Punk, Danielson, AJ and Kane. I just found it silly. That’s all I really have to say here. Kane being a “fan favorite” for the 103483085th time just makes no sense at all. AJ, just using Kane to practically get revenge on her “ex” just to fill the card at SummerSlam, eh.
Prediction: Kane will win – I think the match will be pretty decent. Kane can have good matches when he’s motivated and Bryan can have a great match with just about anyone. Kane ending this match with a tombstone or a chokeslam would be an ideal finish as much as I would like to see the old veterans put over the younger guy.
CM Punk vs. Big Show vs. John Cena – Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship – This feud all started with Big Show interjecting himself into the match with John Cena vs. CM Punk into the 1000th episode of RAW costing Cena to win by Disqualification and since the title can’t change hands that way, Cena became the first man to unsuccessfully cash in the Money in the Bank. On the July 30th edition of RAW, during a match to determine Punk’s opponent for SummerSlam, Show threw Cena at Punk leading him to attack the both of them causing a no contest. General Manager AJ Lee decided instead to make the WWE Championship Match at SummerSlam a Triple Threat Match involving CM Punk, John Cena and The Big Show.
Prediction: John Cena wins to become the WWE Champion yet again – I think this match will be a decent match, not great, not good but decent. I think it’s a good way for Cena to win the title without Punk looking weak in the process. In case Brock Lesnar was pegged to win against Triple H, this is a way to send the fans home happy. I mean how long can they keep the title off Cena without putting him in some filler feud against a guy we know he’s gonna win against? No matter how hard you want to debate even with Punk as the champion, Cena is still the #1 guy. Cena and Punk will most likely conclude their feud in a Hell in a Cell match in October anyway. If Cena doesn’t win at SummerSlam, he will win it somewhere down the line. I just don’t see Punk holding the title for a calendar year. If Punk’s reign were to end at SummerSlam, it was a hell of a run.
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar – Technically, the seeds of this feud was planted ten years ago when Lesnar after his win at SummerSlam was exclusively signed to Smackdown leaving RAW without a champion (which later led to Triple H holding the Big Gold Belt). Lesnar and Triple H only went against once in a Triple Threat Match vs. The Rock in Australia 10 years ago for the WWE Championship. Seeing how this feud has become personal in the past few months with Lesnar “Breaking” Triple H’s arm and Lesnar’s manager, Paul Heyman going after Triple H’s wife, Stephanie McMahon and HBK now getting involved, this match truly will live up to SummerSlam’s tagline “The Perfect Storm”.
Prediction – Triple H wins in a very physical, intense match. I have a strong feeling this match will be a very physical gutcheck like Brock’s match with Cena at Extreme Rules and Triple H’s matches with the Undertaker the past couple of years. You can bet Heyman and HBK will both get involved in some capacity. There will be chaos and possibly some blood here. I see Triple H using the Sledgehammer then Pedigreeing Lesnar for the pin and win. This match I believe will close out the show but then again, we shall see. I believe this match will be a damn good one.
With the World Heavyweight Championship being “cancelled”, it leaves more questions than answers. Who will replace Del Rio? Will it be a multi-man match for the title? Will the title match open the show (again)? Will there even be a title match at all? I don’t know but I look forward to seeing it all unfold.
You can basically book it now, Ryback will take on one or two or possibly three lower midcarders. Hell, why not have him beat the tag team champions and have him hold the championship on his own? (Sarcasm). You can also book your thrown together Divas match (over/under it’s a tag match). There’s two fillers there. I hope there will be a United States or Intercontinental Championship match present too. I hope it’s the United States Championship, someone, anyone needs to get that United States Championship off Santino Marella. Hell, I’ll do it for free! I think I successfully predicted your last-minute filler matches.
SummerSlam, like most will indeed be more of a fun show which will have its ups and downs. Hopefully if it’s like WrestleMania this year, the main events will deliver. SummerSlam the past few years has been really disappointing. I predict overall that SummerSlam will be better than past shows, but not really good. Then again, the quality of the shows the past few years, that’s not really hard to outdo. Maybe that’s the jaded wrestling fan in me. TNA has proven me wrong this year, I’m hoping for WWE to follow suit.