Summerslam weekend is upon us. Arguably, WWE's second-biggest show of the year after WrestleMania. As has become the norm for WWE PPVs nowadays, the card boasts a bumper ten matches. All the action will be streaming live on the WWE Network from 7 pm EST on Sunday, August 11, 2019, or from 5 pm EST if you want to catch the kickoff show.
Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship
WWE has had made sure Seth Rollins has a mountain to climb in this match. The Architect will take on Brock Lesnar, a man he struggled to beat at WrestleMania. Add to the mix that he has been beaten to within an inch of his life by The Beast this time around, it is going to take a minor miracle for Rollins to leave SummerSlam Universal Champion.
Becky Lynch vs Natalya for the Raw Women's Championship
There's no other reason for this match being booked other than the fact that Natalya is Canadian. Nevertheless, during this week's go-home shows, WWE has done a good job of making Nattie look obsessed with beating Becky Lynch. Plus, this one is now a submission match. Which Superstar will make their opponent tap first on Sunday?
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Kofi Kingston vs Randy Orton for the WWE Championship
This match has been a decade in the making, literally. In 2009, Kofi Kington faced Randy Orton in a match that should have been his breakout performance, but it wasn't. Instead, Kingston has been grinding away, and it took him another ten years to reach the pinnacle of WWE. The champ is out for revenge against The Viper for holding him down.
Bayley vs Ember Moon for the SmackDown Women's Championship
We're not exactly sure who WWE wants us to root for in this match. Neither Bayley nor Ember Moon's actions have been honorable during the build to SummerSlam. All we really want is a great match out of these two. It feels as if WWE doesn't think too highly of them, and a match of the night contender will prove why they are two of the best around right now.
Kevin Owens vs Shane McMahon
There's a lot more than a title on the line in this one. Well, for Kevin Owens at least. If KO loses to Shane McMahon at SummerSlam, he will quit WWE. If McMahon loses, we assume everything carries on as normal. We'd like to think it'll mean less Shane O'Mac on TV every week, but we know better than to get our hopes up.
Finn Balor vs Bray Wyatt
You may have seen Finn Balor versus Bray Wyatt before, but never like this. At SummerSlam, we will get our first look at The Fiend in an actual match. Everything WWE has done with Wyatt's new persona so far has been terrific. It has to transfer to the ring to be a long-term success, though. Fingers crossed that happens this Sunday.
AJ Styles vs Ricochet for the United States Championship
It wouldn't be a WWE PPV if there wasn't a match on the card that we have already seen a bunch of times before on regular TV. In WWE's defense, AJ Styles and Ricochet are two of the best wrestlers on the planet right now, so why not have them clash yet again at SummerSlam? Plus, this gets the US Title on the card too, so win-win.
Trish Stratus vs Charlotte Flair
WWE needed a place for Charlotte Flair on the SummerSlam card, and also as many Canadians as possible. Hey presto! This match was born. Trish Stratus has looked like she hasn't missed a step between the ropes during her last few cameos. This will be her first singles match in more than nine years, though. Can she get it done against The Queen?
Goldberg vs Dolph Ziggler
At Extreme Rules, The Undertaker returned to prove that his Super Showdown match was not a true reflection of his abilities. We're assuming this is Goldberg's chance to do the same. Odd choice to put him against Dolph Ziggler, but we're okay with it. Plus, there are rumors this won't be Goldberg's final foray into the ring. Watch this space.
Drew Gulak vs Oney Lorcan for the Cruiserweight Championship
It almost doesn't matter who WWE puts in Cruiserweight Title matches at this point, and we don't mean that in a bad way. Most fans watching SummerSlam won't have been locked into 205 Live so won't know Drew Gulak and Oney Lorcan. However, pretty much everyone in the division is capable of putting on a captivating match.