Liam Hoofe predicts the results of this Sunday’s WWE SummerSlam event…
WWE SummerSlam – the biggest party of the Summer and the WWE’s second biggest PPV of the year – comes to us live this weekend from Brooklyn, NY. The show, which has one seriously stacked card, is expected to run for over 6 hours and features some of the year’s most intriguing match-ups, including arguably the biggest main event of 2017 so far.
Here are my predictions for this Sunday’s show.
Pre-Show: Neville Vs Akira Tozawa (Cruiserweight Title)
This week’s go home shows were surprising, to say the least. One of the biggest surprises was Neville dropping his Cruiserweight title to Akira Tozawa on Raw. While the decision to do it on an episode of Raw was baffling, if they have done it to get the rematch out of the way quickly and they move Neville up the card, where he belongs, then I’m fine with that. Expect Tozawa to retain on Sunday, perhaps with a little help from Titus and Co.
Prediction: Akira Tozawa Retains
Pre-Show: The New Day Vs The Usos (SmackDown Tag Team Titles)
The New Day’s match with The Usos stole the show at last month’s Battleground and if given the right amount of time, the two teams could potentially do the same thing Sunday night, even if they have been relegated to the pre-show. The feud between these two teams has injected some real life back into the tag division in the last month and it is difficult to see where it is going to go once their feud comes to an end.
That does look to be the case on Sunday night, though, with smart money being on The New Day retaining their tag team belts and moving on to a new feud post-SummerSlam.
Prediction: The New Day Retain
Big Cass Vs Big Show
Big Cass has been excellent in his new heel role and his heat levels right now are borderline nuclear. Enzo Amore’s presence above the ring in this match might not be as cut and dry as it appears, either. While Enzo is likely going to help out The Big Show in this match, don’t be surprised if he doesn’t help Cass in an effort to prove his worth to his former friend. The Club interfering and forming ‘The Cass Club’ or something along those lines is also another possibility.
Whichever way this one goes down, Cass should walk away as the winner. Big Show doesn’t need a victory over an up and coming superstar.
Prediction: Big Cass Wins
Naomi Vs Natalya (SmackDown’s Women Title)
A lot of people are big fans of Naomi and her title reign, I am not one of them. While her initial title victory at Mania was a nice moment, her reign has not been particularly inspiring and I wouldn’t be too disheartened if she dropped the belt on Sunday. Natalya is a great heel performer and while she is not the most original choice for a big match at Summerslam, a victory for her would be more welcomed.
A Carmella cash in shouldn’t be ruled out on Sunday either, especially not after Corbin’s failed attempt this past Tuesday night. As much as I’d like to see her drop the belt, I suspect Naomi will live to fight another day on Sunday.
Prediction: Naomi Wins
John Cena Vs Baron Corbin
WWE will have to tread very carefully with their handling of Baron Corbin from now on. Following up The Lone Wolf’s failed cash in attempt with a big match defeat could end his chances as a main eventer on the main roster so a win on Sunday should be a must.
Unfortunately, I don’t see the WWE giving Cena yet another loss at SummerSlam, with big match John having suffered six defeats in a row at the event. Expect him to buck that trend on Sunday and walk away victorious, leaving Corbin with one hell of a mountain to climb.
Prediction: John Cena Wins
Sasha Banks Vs Alexa Bliss (Raw Women’s Title)
While this match has been cobbled together over the last few weeks due to Bayley getting injured on an episode of Raw, the two women involved are arguably the most talented on the Raw roster right now and I’m positive that they will put on a good show.
With such a big card, though, I do suspect that this match may end up being a very brief affair, especially considering it wasn’t planned in the first place. Bliss will retain here.
Prediction: Alexa Bliss Retains
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose Vs Sheamus and Cesaro (Raw Tag Team Titles)
I’ve been calling for a full blown Shield reunion for some time now, and while this may not be the complete works, I’m happy enough with it. Ambrose and Rollins were doing a whole load of nothing in the mid card and their careers had stalled; putting them together creates interest in the pair of them and the “will they, won’t they?” approach to their reunion is working well.
Sheamus and Cesaro have had a great run with the belts, but with Sheamus rumoured to be taking time off in the coming months, expect the former Shield members to walk away with the belts on Sunday.
Prediction: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins win
Kevin Owens Vs AJ Styles w/Special Guest Ref: Shane McMahon (US Title)
With rumours indicating that a match between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon will be taking place in the coming months, smart money here would be on AJ Styles retaining the belt. While Shane isn’t likely to out and out screw Owens, expect him to inadvertently cost him the victory in one way or another. This will no doubt lead to a programme between the two beginning properly next week on SmackDown, while AJ can move on to his next opponent.
Prediction: AJ Styles Retains
Rusev Vs Randy Orton
A cobbled together feud to give both men a match-up at SummerSlam, the best case scenario here would be if Rusev were to pick up the victory and begin an ascent towards the WWE title picture. As much as I’d love to see that happen, it seems a lot more likely than Orton will get the victory after doing the business for Jinder on the last three PPVs. Poor Ru-Ru.
Prediction: Randy Orton Wins
Finn Balor Vs Bray Wyatt
The two most wasted talents on the Raw roster will meet this Sunday night in what should be an entertaining affair. The two have been involved in an on-off feud for the last few months but things have heated up in the last few weeks, with Bray dumping blood on Balor after defeating him on the go-home show.
Finn needs the victory here. He needs to be established as a contender for the belt again in the coming months, while Bray, despite having PPV victories over Randy Orton and Seth Rollins this year, still remains at a loose end. It is also important the company keep Finn unbeaten as the Demon King.
Prediction: Finn Balor Wins
Jinder Mahal Vs Shinsuke Nakamura (WWE Title)
WWE has removed a layer of intrigue from this match with Baron Corbin failing to cash in on Tuesday night, but this is still one of the most interesting matches on the card. Jinder’s reign has been fairly lacklustre but many fans remain unsure as to whether Shinsuke is ready to run with the belt yet.
Personally, this one is a no brainer. Shinsuke is a massive talent and while, due to some poor booking, he hasn’t quite taken off in the way they would have expected, he is still a much better option as champion than Jinder. This match could go either way, especially with Jinder’s cronies hanging around ringside. I’m going to have faith in the company though and give this one to Shinsuke.
Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura Wins
Brock Lesnar Vs Samoa Joe Vs Roman Reigns Vs Braun Strowman (Universal Title)
SummerSlam has one hell of a stacked card, but the only match everyone really wants to see is this one. Everyone involved in this match is on fire right now and this is easily the biggest WWE match of the year so far.
Rumours of Brock Lesnar leaving the WWE have added even more fuel to this match and every man involved could stake a claim to being the victor, so let’s try and break them down. Roman Reigns is clearly being primed for another big Wrestlemania victory, so you can rule him out here, while I suspect there are still some legs left in more Braun/Roman matches, so let’s take Braun out of the picture too.
Joe is the most likely person to dethrone Brock on Sunday. The former NXT champion has been on fire in recent months and has helped make Raw the company’s best show once again. Having him take the belt off Lesnar on Sunday would be a huge moment for him and I wouldn’t rule that out totally.
The most logical conclusion, though, is Lesnar keeping hold of his belt. The stipulation that, if he loses, he leaves the WWE indicates that he is not likely to drop the belt Sunday. He still has some big potential matches with Braun and Finn Balor in the coming months before he ultimately loses to Reigns at Mania so expect him to hold on to the gold on Sunday.
Prediction: Brock Lesnar Retains
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