Friday, August 15, 2014
Summerslam is this Sunday, and the main event is the WWE World Title match between John Cena and Brock Lesnar. There's a bunch of other stuff, too; this is as full an announced card as we've had in a long time. There are eight matches announced, so we could easily get an unannounced bout somewhere along the way, especially if one or more of the ones we know about end quickly. What's going to happen? I'm going to do my best shot at taking a guess. There are some forgone conclusions and some completely uncertain ones; all in all, this is going to be a tough show to call. But that isn't going to stop me from trying. Here we go:
Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton - I'm starting off here because to me this one is obvious. Reigns is going over as this is the first big singles match of his push to the top. The only question is whether he gets the clean win here or they some kind of DQ to lead to a rematch at Night of Champions to go for the decisive result. The most interesting thing here is whether Reigns will be able to go 10 to 15 minutes in a solo match. Orton is a good worker, but he isn't one to carry a bad worker to a great match. Reigns is going to have to show something here or else his rise to the top may be seriously reconsidered before it even gets going good.
Intercontinental Title Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz (champion) - Miz just got the belt at Battleground so it would be kind of silly for him to drop it here. Like the Reigns-Orton match the big question is whether this is going to be a one-off or if they're going to stretch it out through Night of Champions. Either way I think Miz walks out still champ. Should be a very good match regardless of the finish.
Diva's Title Match: AJ Lee vs Paige - AJ has held the belt for a little over a month, and already successfully defended against Paige so it might make sense to do a title change here. Both are good in the ring so extending their series another month to Night of Champions would be fine. I'll go with Paige getting the belt back here before dropping it next month in the final contest (for now) between the two.
Lumberjack Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins - We finally get a match between these two! The lumberjack rules are a hindrance in my book. They're perfectly capable of putting on a good straight up match or some type of Extreme Rules kind of thing. What this does do is give a way to have one guy or the other go over in such a fashion that the loser doesn't look bad. Seeing as how Ambrose has been getting most of the good digs in leading up to this, I like Rollins to get the win here. Should a decent match but for the reason I said, it could be better.
Grudge Match: Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella - This will probably run like a usual McMahon family member match. Stephanie's going to do WAY better than anyone thinks she will, and probably lose. Brie Bella is OK as a wrestler but this will probably be more of a brawl which might work better for her. This won't go but so long given the limitations of everyone involved, but I'd bet on it being entertaining. I got Brie winning here.
Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt - This is the rematch from the strange ending encounter from last month at Battleground. Rowan and Harper are banned from ringside, but Jericho won last month so Bray's got to get the favor returned here. Expect some crazy overbooked finish similar to what happened with Wyatt and Cena at Extreme Rules in May.
Flag Match: Rusev vs. Jack Swagger - This isn't as obvious as you might think. On the one hand, it's not time for Rusev to lose yet but a Flag Match is a perfect way to get a like Swagger more over without damaging Rusev's push. Rusev's matches with Big E exceeded expectations so there's no reason a better worker like Swagger can't get a better match out of him. Now that they don't have to go to a non-finish they can both really cut loose. I got Swagger winning because of the gimmicky way you can win and then getting wiped out afterward.
Main Event: Cena vs Lesnar - If nothing else, this match has a main event feel to it. This match should be a really physical encounter, and I mean that in a good way. I'm really looking forward to it. Now as far as who wins? This could go a few different ways. The worst possible outcome is a Cena straight up pinfall victory. I don't think that happens. If they have any sense on the booking team they'll realize that they didn't have Brock end the Undertaker's streak just to job clean five months later. So does that mean he's getting the title? I don't think so. Brock's a part-timer; if you're going to put the belt on him you do it in time for him to drop it WrestleMania. I'm betting on some kind of non-finish followed by.....wait for it.....the Seth Rollins cash in of his Money in the Bank contract! That's right, I'm picking Seth Rollins to walk out as champion!
Enjoy the show everyone!