Liam Hoofe looks ahead at ten potential feuds that could take place in the WWE this summer…
With WrestleMania season officially done and dusted, and the rosters having settled down following all the debuts, returns and swaps – WWE fans can now begin to look forward to the company’s summer season. With plenty of new faces on both shows, the WWE should use this opportunity to provide fans with some exciting new feuds leading into SummerSlam and potentially beyond.
SummerSlam, which takes place in August, is often seen as the company’s second biggest show and tends to bring to a conclusion feuds that have been running through the summer months. With that time nearly upon us – here is a look at ten potential feuds we could see this summer.
Jeff Hardy Vs Broken Matt Hardy
The Hardyz’s current gimmick is not long for this world and it is only a matter of time before WWE gets fully hold of the rights to the broken gimmick that launched Matt and Jeff back into the spotlight in TNA and on the independent scene.
While both men were appearing broken towards the end of their run with Impact Wrestling, it was Matt who was the architect for the gimmick, and it will be Matt who WWE want to push with the gimmick, with Jeff potentially heading off to SmackDown to help boost their main event scene even further.
With that in mind, a feud between the pair seems the perfect launching pad for Matt’s persona in the WWE. The duo are likely to drop the belts to Sheamus and Cesaro in the near future and their defeat could cause cracks to begin to show in Matt’s mental state. A defeat in the rematch, perhaps down to a mistake from Jeff would be the perfect catalyst for Matt’s character change.
The Usos Vs The New Day
Kofi Kingston’s injury the night after WrestleMania has put a halt on the New Day’s debut on SmackDown; if anything, though, it could turn out to be a blessing in disguise – with the group bound to get a huge pop when they return to television. When they do finally arrive on Tuesday Nights, it is essential that they are pushed straight into SmackDown’s struggling tag team title division.
Fandango and Tyler Breeze are doing a good job with their fashion police gimmick at the minute, but their chances of winning the gold at Backlash are incredibly slim. The Usos are great in the ring and an extended programme between the two teams would help give the blue brand’s tag division an air of legitimacy again.
Naomi Vs Charlotte Flair
Charlotte’s recent face turn has come out of left field. The self-professed Queen was easily the best female heel in the WWE and a feud with Naomi seemed like the obvious direction to move in.
For now, though, the company has decided to have the two best women on the brand teaming up to face ‘The Welcoming Committee’, probably to help the other women get over on the roster and to leave fans waiting for a match between the two later down the line.
The pair will probably face off at SummerSlam – with both women heading into the event as faces, which will be a unique touch for a women’s match on the current roster and an interesting angle for a division that has played it very safe with face vs heel feuds for the last year or more.
The Revival Vs Sheamus and Cesaro
The Revival’s debut the night after WrestleMania was a great match, unfortunately, the pair were taken off TV straight away when Dash Wilder picked up an injury at a NXT live event days after their debut.
Sheamus and Cesaro continue to grow from strength to strength as a team at the moment and their feud with the Hardyz will likely end with them picking up their second tag team title win. A match between the two teams perfect sense – all four men involved are very talented in the ring, and given the right amount a match between them could steal whatever show it was put on.
Braun Strowman Vs Brock Lesnar
This match was rumoured to be on the table at WWE’s first Great Balls of Fire (still can’t get over that) event in July. Unfortunately for Braun, however, he has just picked up an injury that could keep him on the shelf for a couple of months.
Rest assured, though, the WWE are pretty damn high on Strowman right now and a big SummerSlam match with Brock Lesnar could be just what the former Wyatt family member needs to firmly establish him as a major player in the WWE.
The match pretty much sells itself, with Braun’s recent rise to the top almost emulating that of Brock Lesnar’s push way back in 2003. While the match itself might not be great, there’s no doubt that the two behemoths squaring up in the ring would be one hell of a spectacle.