It’s officially SummerSlam week, and we are merely days away from the big event itself. The go home Raw and SmackDown Live shows are both done and dusted, so not only do we know the entirety of Sunday’s mammoth length card, but the time for talking is over and there’s nothing left to do for the Superstars but head to Brooklyn. There are an incredible fourteen matches on what will be a six-hour show if you include the two-hour kickoff, and here is exactly what you should expect from the marathon of wrestling.
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A war in the main event. It’s one of the biggest main events in SummerSlam history, both literally and figuratively. While WWE may have us guessing on who exactly is going to win, one thing you can be sure of is it’ll be one hell of a fight. Any combination of these four men clashing over the past few months has led to intense physicality and destruction, so all four in the same ring presumably closing the show will be somewhat of a spectacle. The whole Jon Jones situation may have muddied Lesnar’s waters, but it’s still probably safe to assume the same man who enters this war with the Universal Championship will be leaving with it.
If we’ve learned anything so far from Jinder Mahal’s WWE Championship reign, it’s that the Modern Day Maharajah struggles to get by without a little help from his friends, or even his enemies. The Singh Brothers, Great Khali, even John Cena, they’ve all helped ensure that nobody hinders Jinder and his WWE Championship. We will likely see something similar at SummerSlam. One of the main reasons Mahal has the title is to appeal to the Indian market, and next month WWE will tour India so they’re going to want Mahal to have the belt. Nakamura will get that championship from Mahal, just not quite yet.
Thanks to Bray Wyatt’s shenanigans on Raw this week we now not only know to expect The Demon, but WWE straight up told us Balor will once again become his alter ego. It has been a full year since Balor last felt the need to let his eerie other-self surface, and rest assured Wyatt will regret poking the bear come Sunday. You can fully expect a resounding win for Demon Finn at SummerSlam, and a continued ascent back to the top of the card where he belongs following on from that.
Before SmackDown Live this week Corbin and Cena’s match at SummerSlam had very little momentum behind it. A failed cash-in later and all of a sudden their bout this Sunday has a lot more purpose. Beforehand, it was probably fair to expect that Corbin would lose at SummerSlam, it’s what Superstars with the briefcase do. Well, sadly not much has changed when it comes to the outcome. If the rumors are true, then Corbin is in WWE’s bad books for an exchange he had with a military man on Twitter, so it’s unlikely he’ll be beating Cena in Brooklyn.
It took them a while, but six days before SummerSlam, old pals Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose finally got back on the same page. Their reward for getting along is a Raw Tag Team Title shot at the Barclays Center. There will likely be a handful of title changes at SummerSlam, the Cruiserweight Championship going back to the Neville Level and at least one of the Women’s Championships will change hands, but this one will be the most satisfying. It has been almost four years since The Architect held tag gold with a fellow Shield member so fans would love to see it happen once again.
It’s a feud that should really revolve around the WWE Championship, and at SummerSlam, it will come to a close for now. AJ Styles and Kevin Owens have been trading the United States Championship back and forth, sometimes inadvertently, but once The Phenomenal One wins in Brooklyn, KO’s focus will almost certainly shift to somebody else, Shane McMahon. The SmackDown Live commissioner will be special guest referee for this one, and when Owens looks for someone to blame for his SummerSlam loss that lucky person will be Shane-O Mac. Get set for an Owens versus Shane match somewhere in the not so distant future.
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Jason Jordan made himself some unlikely friends on Raw this week when The Hardy Boyz came to his aid against The Miztourage. Well, at SummerSlam on Sunday all six men involved in that segment will feature in a tag team match. At the moment it seems Jordan is on a path to being singled out for being given unearned opportunities by his long-lost father, Kurt Angle. With that in mind, it’s highly likely Chad Gable’s former tag partner and his veteran team mates will be victorious in their match at SummerSlam. On top of that Jordan’s beef with The Miz will likely continue, and Angle’s storyline son will probably not need to do much in order to get a shot at The Awesome One’s Intercontinental Championship.
NXT Takeover will return to Brooklyn for a third straight year, and what has been common place for the last two is that WWE’s so-called developmental stars have stolen the weekend. It’s NXT’s biggest show of the year and they want nothing less than to upstage SummerSlam before it’s even happened. It’s safe to say that will probably happen again. Bobby Roode, Drew McIntyre, Asuka, and everyone else on the card will deliver a show that no one watching will forget in a hurry.
There’s a lot to be excited for this year at SummerSlam, what can’t you wait to see? Let us know in the comment section!
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