WWE Battleground is now in the books and we're on the homestretch to SummerSlam. Going into the event, we have the beginning of the brand extension. The WWE Championship is on SmackDown, as well as the Intercontinental Championship, while RAW has the Women's, Tag Team and United States Championships.
Some storylines concluded at Battleground, including Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens' feud, The New Day against The Wyatts and Dean Ambrose against his former Shield brothers. Some feuds are continuing going into SummerSlam, the finishes to Battleground provided strong hints at storylines continuing going into Brooklyn a month from now.
SummerSlam is traditionally WWE's second biggest event of the year and for 2016's edition to live up to that standard, here are five things that we want to see happen. To be clear, this list isn't necessarily what we believe will happen, but rather a wish list for what we'd like to see happen.
Roman Reigns got to return from a 30-day suspension and land himself a main event payday at Battleground. The WWE has punished talents before when failing a wellness policy test in the middle of a push and they should make an example of Reigns. If they want their policy to be taken seriously and show that no one on the roster is exempt from ramifications, the WWE should bump Reigns down the card at SummerSlam and have him do the job to a fellow RAW Superstar who could use the victory.
Countless others have lost their spot following a failed drug test and WWE can't give Reigns special treatment here. Perhaps him taking the pinfall at Battleground and losing to Balor on RAW was a sign of things to come.
You can't leave Reigns off the card altogether, because he's built up some credibility with many wins. Having someone like Cesaro beat Reigns would be a much needed statement win for Cesaro and could signal Cesaro getting a top babyface push on RAW, essentially taking Roman's spot, which is something we all want to see.
Finn Balor is immediately being thrust into the main event scene but I don't think it's too soon at all. Judging by the reaction to his win over Reigns on RAW, I don't think anyone thinks it's too soon. While it would provide a feel-good moment at SummerSlam for Finn Balor to win, you get the feeling Rollins and Balor will be a feud that carries through the fall.
With that scenario, expect a screwy finish at SummerSlam that causes Balor to lose. From there, it will start to become unclear whether Mick Foley is going to be a face GM or a heel GM. This is one scenario where I wouldn't mind a screwy finish because Balor/Rollins is a feud I want to see for the next few months.
Kevin Owens just did the job to Sami Zayn at Battleground, but it's now time to start building KO as a legitimate WWE Universal Title (I can't believe I'm saying that) contender. Going into SummerSlam, Owens has to be built back up to the main event picture on RAW.
Owens should walk out of SummerSlam with a big win and look like a title contender going into the fall.
The WWE, after months of implying a SummerSlam showdown between Sasha Banks andf Charlotte, elected to have Sasha get the title win on RAW, rather than SummerSlam.
Perhaps they felt the new era of RAW had to start with a bang.
The WWE has actually done a good job in building some prestige behind the Women's Championship. Recent champions AJ Lee, Nikki Bella and now Charlotte all recently had a run of at least 10 months with the title.
Sasha Banks was the second woman taken in the draft and Charlotte was RAW's second pick. Sasha is the perfect woman to have the next long run with the Women's Championship. Charlotte's had a long run in the title picture. SummerSlam should have Sasha defeat Charlotte again, with a new contender emerging, perhaps Nia Jax or a returning Nikki Bella.
It seems like logic would indicate that AJ Styles will get the big win at SummerSlam after having to do the job to Chris Jericho at WrestleMania. With The Club now split up and Styles and Cena each holding a victory over the other, SummerSlam should be where this feud ends. We've seen Cena come out on top in too many rubber matches, and those victories have stalled pushes of budding stars.
While AJ Styles is an established star due to his fame around the world, he needs a signature win over a major WWE name.
While it's logical for this to happen, there's a small part of me, and I'm sure a lot of you, that WWE will inexplicably give Cena a victory he doesn't need over The Phenomenal One.
If only one of these five things will happen at SummerSlam, it has to be this. Styles must score the big win over John Cena.
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