SummerSlam is quickly approaching as we get further away from WrestleMania 32. The second biggest show of the year is being treated with more excitement following the move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. WWE got a bit lazy with SummerSlam in past years, but last year proved the show was once again important with the main event of Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker in their first match since Brock ended the streak at WrestleMania XXX. They will need another effort of big matches in the main event slots to continue the upward trend. Shows in New York always add an extra excitement level with the hot crowd and WWE’s respect for the market.
The current landscape of WWE is very fascinating. Roman Reigns, A.J. Styles, Kevin Owens and many others are making waves on television right now. We have big names returning, as it's likely that Seth Rollins, John Cena and Randy Orton will be healthy in time for SummerSlam. NXT is also calling up many new stars. Big Cass, Enzo Amore, Apollo Crews and Baron Corbin are all trying their luck right now with the dream of becoming fixtures on WWE television. Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe are good enough to get called up any time now. Triple H, Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon could also enter the fray with their storyline.
The stacked roster gives WWE many amazing options for SummerSlam. There is no excuse for the big summer show not to be stacked and challenge WrestleMania in terms of match quality and storytelling. Considering there can’t be fifteen matches on the card, this list will feature various options and feature some talent in multiple ideas. Using the current roster and realistic situations, these are fifteen possible scenarios that could be booked for a great SummerSlam 2016 show.
15 Triple H vs. Shane McMahon
14 John Cena vs. A.J. Styles
13 Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns
12 Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn – No DQ Match
11 Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose
10 Bray Wyatt vs. Brock Lesnar
9 Seth Rollins vs. A.J. Styles
8 The New Day vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass
7 Shinsuke Nakamura vs. John Cena
6 A.J. Styles vs. Finn Balor
5 Kevin Owens vs. Brock Lesnar
4 Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks
3 Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns
2 Kevin Owens cashes in MITB
1 Triple H and The Balor Club vs. Shane McMahon, John Cena, Randy Orton and A.J. Styles – WAR GAMES
We have already touched on the McMahon family story setting the table for a big showdown between Triple H and Shane-O-Mac. Both characters are great but WWE would be better suited using the situation to get others over. The Balor Club of Finn Balor, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows forming should be used as a stable that works with Triple H given Balor’s close relationship with The Game. Shane would need a team of faces to combat them. John Cena and Randy Orton being part of a team at this stage in their careers hoping to better the future of WWE would make perfect sense. If The Balor Club exists, that means A.J. Styles is their enemy and could fit into the picture. Fans have wanted War Games in WWE for years and the story would be perfect for WWE to finally pull the trigger at SummerSlam to find out who runs Raw.
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