On paper, this looks like it could be the strongest SummerSlam card in a long time. The Brand Extension has really opened the doors for fresh matchups and new developments on both brands. When matches like AJ Styles vs. John Cena and Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton are considered afterthoughts, you know it’s a good card.

The event is taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, so we’re going to get a very hot crowd on Sunday, with plenty of hardcore fans making the journey to New York.

Things feel right going into Sunday, as Roman Reigns is no longer headlining the event, but rather, is in the midcard. It seems he’s going to have to climb his way back to the top, which should help him when he does eventually find himself in the top spot again.

There are now two brands and this is the first PPV with the Brand Extension in full effect. It should be a great baptism into the New Era. The WWE has to do some bold things to generate excitement post-SummerSlam, when creativity tends to get a little dry.

With that said, here are 10 bold predictions for SummerSlam.

10. Jon Stewart Gets Involved Again

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via variety.com

Jon Stewart has been announced for SummerSlam. Last year, we saw him get involved in the WWE World Championship match, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he gets involved in another match this year. Hopefully, it’s not in a really meaningful match this time, but you can’t rule it out. Either way, did WWE bring Stewart in just to do some skit? I don’t think so. He’ll get physically involved in a match on the card on Sunday.

9. Nia Jax Attacks Sasha Banks

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Why would Nia Jax attack Sasha Banks? Well, that’s because I have Sasha Banks retaining her Women’s Championship against Charlotte and she needs a new challenger after SummerSlam. It’d be logical for Nia Jax to be the no.1 contender with the way she’s been built on RAW this past month. Jax will be a different kind of challenger to Banks and so far, has looked like an unstoppable force. It’d be a great way to keep building babyface sympathy for Banks.

8. Chris Jericho And Kevin Owens Remain A Duo Post-SummerSlam

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Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens have been an incredibly entertaining duo and I don’t think their match at SummerSlam will be a one-off occurrence for the team. Win or lose, I see the WWE keeping them together for the rest of the year, before Kevin Owens moves back up to the main event scene. Jericho has gotten several partners throughout his career. He’s clicked with some and fizzled with others. This is one that just works and I wouldn’t mind seeing more of them after their match with Enzo and Cass.

7. Nikki Bella Will Fill In For Eva Marie

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The WWE has had a pretty rough week, having to suspend three of their superstars. One of those superstars is Eva Marie, who the WWE has seemingly been pushing in the hopes that she will improve in the ring. Eva was set to team up with Naomi and Natalya to take on Carmella, Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss. That leaves an opening on the heel team. With the heels in need of a third member, who better to bring in than Nikki Bella? Nikki is now cleared to return from neck surgery and doesn’t have a brand yet. Nikki going to SmackDown makes sense, because I’m sure WWE wants to keep John Cena happy and bring his woman to the same brand. SummerSlam would be the best time for a return.

6. Roman Reigns Will Win The United States Title… And Won’t Be Booed! 

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Roman Reigns has gotten the most heat in WWE these past two years, but it hasn’t been intentional. He was hot-shotted to the main event before he was ready and as a result, the fans turned on him. Now, Roman Reigns has been de-pushed into the midcard following a 30-day suspension a couple of months ago. He now finds himself going after Rusev, the reigning United States champion. I feel this is the time WWE will hit the reset button on Reigns and push him slowly through the midcard.

Reigns is where he should be on the card and I think the Brooklyn crowd will recognize that when he walks out champion.

5. Triple H and Shane McMahon Plant The Seeds For WrestleMania

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Triple H hasn’t been seen on WWE television since WrestleMania 32 and has even remained off-screen throughout the draft process and when Vince McMahon divided RAW and SmackDown among his two kids. I don’t think Shane is going to be in WWE all year just to play an authority figure without getting physical.

It’s very easy to foresee a Triple H/Shane McMahon match at some point, perhaps WrestleMania 33. SummerSlam would be a good time for Hunter to return and confront his brother in law to set up a feud.

4. Dolph Ziggler Turns Heel

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Dolph Ziggler isn’t walking out of SummerSlam as WWE World Champion, but he is walking out with something different about him. Once Dean Ambrose beats him to retain his title, he will extend his hand to Ziggler. Ziggler will seemingly accept it before attacking Ambrose and signifying his heel turn. It’s a simple, but effective way to turn him and it would make sense.

SmackDown doesn’t have many top heels and the main authority figures of the show are babyfaces. If a storyline between Ziggler and Ambrose will continue past SummerSlam into Backlash, a SmackDown PPV, it would make sense for Ziggler to go in as a heel to add a new element to the feud.

3. The Women’s Championship Match Steals The Show

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Sasha Banks and Charlotte tore the house down on the first post-draft RAW and I feel that was only the beginning. Sasha Banks stole the show in Brooklyn last year at NXT TakeOver against Bayley and I feel they will be extra motivated to do the same. Sasha and Charlotte are getting a match on the big stage. Expectations are really high for Finn Balor and Seth Rollins as well as Styles vs. Cena. That could hurt those matches when all is said and done. This is the event where WWE will really have to cement that it’s a new age for women’s wrestling. That’s why I feel this event will mean more to Sasha and Charlotte than anyone else.

2. The Undertaker Returns, Signs With SmackDown

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This is going by an earlier story published this week, as there have been hints that The Undertaker is returning to WWE. He was seen with Shane McMahon at a bar earlier this week in Austin, Tx. The key is his hair was dyed, which ‘Taker only does whenever he’s set to return to television.

Another factor is the only possible opponent left for ‘Taker on the WWE roster if he wanted one last WrestleMania match would be John Cena. Cena is on the blue brand and if ‘Taker comes back, it would make sense to go the brand he carried through the mid-late 2000s.

It’d be quite the sight for Shane McMahon to cut a promo at WrestleMania saying he’s just made a huge signing for SmackDown – and out comes his WrestleMania 32 opponent, The Undertaker.

That’s it for our bold predictions. What crazy possibility do you feel is going to happen at SummerSlam?

1. Goldberg Appears

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Goldberg is in Brooklyn this weekend doing promotional work for WWE 2K17. I don’t think WWE will let this opportunity go by without having Goldberg do something for them at the biggest party of the summer. Goldberg and Brock Lesnar have also been taking shots at each other all week. It could just be to help with the promotion for the game, but perhaps WWE has something up their sleeve.

A possibility would be Goldberg spearing Lesnar during or after his match with Randy Orton. The WWE is always looking for big-name opponents for Lesnar, so perhaps they feel they could set up Lesnar vs. Goldberg.

It’s a shot in the dark, but this list is ‘bold predictions’ for a reason.

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