Liam Hoofe takes a look at fives twists we could see at WWE SummerSlam 2018…
The WWE’s second biggest event of the year, SummerSlam, is just under two weeks away. The show has not had the strongest of builds but the company has still managed to cobble together a fairly interesting card, which currently features a total of 10 matches.
The show will be a culmination of a few months worth of storytelling, and we will likely see the seeds planted for the next few months leading into the company’s next ‘Big 4’ event, Survivor Series.
SummerSlam has played host to some of the most iconic moments in WWE history, and the company is likely to want to pull out all of the stops at this year’s event to help give it a bit of a boost heading into the final third of the year.
With just under two weeks to go until the event, let’s take a look at five surprises the WWE could pull at SummerSlam 2018.
1: Becky Lynch turns heel
While fans were happy to see Becky Lynch defeat Carmella to secure a title shot at this year’s SummerSlam, the decision had seemingly come apropos of nothing. The WWE has done everything in its power to stunt Becky’s rise to the top, and then, out of the blue, it awards her a title shot at the company’s second biggest show of the year.
Many fans have chosen to just view the decision as a reward for Becky’s contributions to SmackDown over the past two years, but there is the possibility that it could be to set up a bigger angle for the company’s first ever all-female PPV, Evolution, which will take place in October.
The return of Charlotte Flair and her addition to the match could be the perfect opportunity to turn Lynch heel. Lynch and Charlotte have a well-documented friendship both inside and outside of the ring, but the lass-kicker has been living in Charlotte’s shadow for some time now.
SmackDown’s women’s division is currently lacking on the heel front. Carmella and The IIconics are currently the only heels on the brand, and the addition of a name like Lynch sets up some potentially mouth-watering clashes, notably, a showdown with Flair at Evolution.
2: Dean Ambrose returns
It feels like it’s been a lifetime since we last saw Dean Ambrose inside a WWE ring. The former WWE champion got injured at the end of 2017 and fans have been eagerly anticipating his return for the last few months.
The lunatic fringe has, reportedly, been training at the WWE Performance Center, and SummerSlam would be the perfect opportunity to bring him back into the mix.
Seth Rollins’ match with Dolph Ziggler would present Ambrose with the perfect chance to make his grand return, though whether that is to help or hinder Rollins is anybody’s guess. Ambrose has been in desperate need of a heel turn for some time now, and SummerSlam could be the perfect opportunity to pull the trigger on that.
Ronda Rousey has quickly become one of the WWE’s must-see performers. The UFC Hall of Famer has taken to wrestling like a duck to water and most fans are presuming that her match with Alexa Bliss in Brooklyn will result in her getting her face taste of gold in the company.
Whether she is champion or not, it seems likely that Rousey will feature in the main event of Evolution, but with the rumoured Four Horsewomen of NXT vs Four Horsewomen of UFC match being discussed once again, there is every chance that she won’t enter the event holding the women’s title.
Rousey has not been defeated in the WWE yet, but they could easily have Natalya screw her over at SummerSlam, setting up a match between the pair next month to keep Rousey ticking over until Evolution.
4: Brock Lesnar retains
Brock Lesnar’s Universal title run has been the biggest talking point in the WWE over the last six months, and after recently turning up in the UFC, most fans are presuming that the beast incarnate is going to drop his belt at SummerSlam.
While it would feel like a massive mistake, the WWE do enjoy swerving fans, especially when it comes to Lesnar, and there is still a possibility that he will walk away with the belt once again at SummerSlam.
Lesnar recently fell out with his advocate, Paul Heyman, and while there is some speculation that this could lead to Heyman joining forces with Reigns, or maybe even Strowman, there is every chance that the two men are in it together and they are planning to work together to make sure that Brock leaves Brooklyn with the belt around his waist.
Lesnar is likely heading to the UFC after his match at SummerSlam, but there is a possibility that the WWE will want Lesnar to enter the Octagon with the Universal belt over his shoulder.
5: Kevin Owens becomes Univeral Champion
The WWE faced a similar predicament when the two men met at WrestleMania 31, and instead of closing the show to a chorus of boos, they circumnavigated the situation and had Seth Rollins cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase and win the gold instead.
This time around, Braun Strowman is heading into the show holding the Money in the Bank briefcase, but he is being forced to defend it earlier in the night against Kevin Owens. Owens has been playing a very clever game over the last few weeks, and it would appear as if he is hoping that Strowman will lose control during their match, allowing him to win the briefcase as a result of a DQ or count-out, which is what the stipulation states is possible.
Having Owens then cash in on either Lesnar or Reigns later in the night would be a clever move, and would instantly establish Owens as the new ‘ultimate opportunist’ in the WWE. Owens is one of the company’s top heels, and having him come out on Raw the next night, and claim that he was never scared of Braun and that he was just luring him into a trap would be a great move.
Owens winning the gold would also send the majority of the WWE fanbase home happy, despite the fact that he is a heel, and it would finally mean we could see someone different in the main event scene on Raw.
Liam Hoofe – @liamhoofe
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