SummerSlam 2018 is almost upon us and this year's offering is something of a loaded card. There will be no less than thirteen matches on Sunday night, three of which will take place on the kickoff show, and that doesn't even include a special performance from Elias. Here is everything you need to know about the event and all of its many matches.
Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship
It's the main event match that no one wants to see. Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns wrestled to a chorus of boos at WrestleMania 34, competed again at Greatest Royal Rumble, and here they are again for the third time in six months. Surely this has to be the final time? It has even reached a point where some fans finally want The Big Dog to win simply because they are sick of Lesnar being champion. Mission accomplished on WWE's part we guess.
AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe for the WWE Championship
This is arguably the match that should really be closing the show, but the lack of hype it has had strongly suggests that it won't be. There has been a worrying lack of interaction and storyline between AJ Styles and Samoa Joe in the build to this one even though there is so much history to build on. Luckily, these two are incredibly talented in the ring and will undoubtedly put on one of the best matches of the night.
Alexa Bliss vs Ronda Rousey for the Raw Women's Championship
Ronda Rousey may only have been a wrestler for six months but she has taken to the business like a duck to water. So much so that she may get her crowning moment against Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam. With WWE Evolution less than three months away, the women's titles will need to be on the strongest names possible. On Raw, that woman is The Rowdy One.
Braun Strowman vs Kevin Owens
The best possible outcome for the Universal Title match is that it ends with a successful Money In The Bank cash-in. Who exactly has the power to do that depends on the outcome of this match. Braun Strowman may hold the contract right now but by the time Reigns and Lesnar square off it could be in the possession of Kevin Owens. Unlikely, but either of these men as Universal Champion would be more popular than the two in the main event.
Dolph Ziggler vs Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship
There are a couple of matches on the SummerSlam card that we have already seen a few times before. When it comes to Dolph Ziggler versus Seth Rollins, we really don't mind. Not only because every time the two of them step between the ropes they create magic, but also because The Architect will have a returning Dean Ambrose in his corner.
Carmella vs Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch for the SmackDown Women's Championship
Becky Lynch has become one of the most popular Superstars on SmackDown Live and it seemed as if she was going to get her crowning moment at SummerSlam. Now that Charlotte Flair has been thrown into the match versus Carmella, that's not such a certainty. As mentioned above, WWE will want its women's titles on the strongest possible names heading into Evolution, and arguments could be made that both Flair and Lynch fit that bill.
Daniel Bryan vs The Miz
This match may not have any gold on the line, but it might very well be the biggest bout of the night. As pointed out on SmackDown Live this week, a match eight years in the making. The one we all wanted so badly after the two of them clashed on Talking Smack but thought we'd never get due to Daniel Bryan's retirement. He's back now though and who would have thought the number one name on his list of dream opponents would have been The Miz?
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Jeff Hardy for the United States Championship
Back to those matches that we have already seen before, and this one is more along the lines of one we aren't too excited to see again. It seemed nailed on that Randy Orton would be added to this match but it has remained a one-on-one. Some might consider that a good thing, however, you know that The Viper will cost Jeff Hardy the match at SummerSlam.
Finn Balor vs Baron Corbin
On to the polar opposite of Ziggler versus Rollins, a match we have seen multiple times before and it's confusing why WWE has booked it again, and at SummerSlam of all places. What makes it even more frustrating is the company's misuse of Finn Balor. Two years ago he was winning the Universal Championship at SummerSlam, on Sunday he will have a meaningless match against Baron Corbin.
The Bludgeon Brothers vs The New Day for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships
When The New Day and The Usos battled throughout the summer of 2017, WWE made the mistake of continually putting them on PPV kick off shows. That won't be happening at SummerSlam. The trio's Tag Team Title match versus The Bludgeon Brothers will be on the main card and if it is anything like New Day's match against The Bar last week, we are in for a treat.
Cedric Alexander vs Drew Gulak for the Cruiserweight Championship
If you have been sleeping on 205 Live recently, you should change that. The purple brand got a lot of attention when Triple H took the reigns and the booking has remained strong since then. Cedric Alexander's appearances have been kept few and far between which can be an effective way of booking a champion. That's why this match with Drew Gulak feels special and will likely set SummerSlam's kick off show alight.
Rusev and Lana vs Andrade 'Cien' Almas and Zelina Vega
At the last PPV, Rusev was competing against AJ Styles for the WWE Championship. Fast forward one month and he is on the kickoff show in a mixed tag match. Something of a fall from grace, but at least he gets to compete alongside his wife. Plus, judging by how the past couple of weeks have gone, he and The Ravishing Russian will pick up the victory at SummerSlam.
The B-Team vs The Revival for the Raw Tag Team Championships
Who would have thought that The Miztourage, sorry The B-Team, would have gone on the streak it currently finds itself on. Unbeaten since ditching The Miz and Raw Tag Team Champions. Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel will be hoping that winning streak can go on for at least one more match though. B-Team's title defense at SummerSlam will be The Revival's second shot at the championships in less than a week.