Carmella Vs Charlotte Vs Becky Lynch
Oddly enough, this match could be excellent, providing the champion is kept as far away from the action as possible. The brewing tension between Charlotte and Becky Lynch promises to spill over in this match, and those two women are always absolute magic together in the ring.
Their issues will allow Carmella to sneak a victory though, and potentially set up a match between the two of them at Evolution in October.
Prediction: Carmella Retains
Kevin Owens Vs Braun Strowman
This is one of the hardest matches on the card, largely because whoever wins could end the night as the Universal Champion. A DQ finish feels far too obvious given how much the WWE has put emphasis on it, but that doesn’t mean that a screwy finish should be ruled out.
KO’s recent alliance with Jinder Mahal could play a part in the end of this match-up, and given the rumoured Owens Vs Reigns match at Hell in a Cell, I’m going to predict that Braun loses his briefcase here.
Prediction: Kevin Owens Wins
The Miz Vs Daniel Bryan
Perhaps the most anticipated match on the card, Sunday’s encounter between The Miz and Daniel Bryan has been billed as a bout eight years in the making, and while there is nothing on the line in this match, it will no doubt be one of the night’s most exciting encounters.
While the build for the match could have been a little stronger on SmackDown, the company has done a good job at delving into the history of these two men, and this match feels like the first chapter in a story that will hopefully, build towards next year’s WrestleMania.
With that in mind, and given Daniel Bryan’s current contract situation, I think The Miz will take the victory on Sunday night. Having Bryan win would draw a line under the feud before it even gets started, and having The Miz come out and taunt Bryan every week for the foreseeable future will make for excellent television.
Prediction: The Miz wins
Dolph Ziggler Vs Seth Rollins
Dean Ambrose’s return to Raw this week has made this match one of the most interesting on the card.
Ziggler and Rollins have been smashing it in the ring together over the last couple of months, and they will no doubt deliver again on Sunday night. What makes this match so intriguing now though, is the possibility of a Dean Ambrose heel turn on Seth Rollins.
Fans have been talking about Dean Ambrose turning heel for some time now, but in my opinion, Sunday night is a little too early. If the WWE wants to hold off on a match between the two men until WrestleMania, which would be the most logical plan, then they should have Ambrose turn on Rollins a little later down the line.
Instead, on Sunday, the WWE should have Drew McIntyre inadvertently cost Dolph Ziggler the Intercontinental title, planting the seeds for a feud between those two men and beginning a push up the card for McIntyre.
Prediction: Seth Rollins wins back the Intercontinental Title
Ronda Rousey Vs Alexa Bliss
This one is slightly more difficult to call than it first appears. Rousey is easily the biggest female star in the WWE, and it makes sense to get the title around her waist as soon as possible. However, the company will host the first ever all-female PPV in October, and they might want to cap off the occasion by giving Rousey her first title win in the company, instead of having her simply defending the belt at the event.
My initial thought was that Natalya may have cost Rousey her belt here, but given recent events, that now seems unlikely. This match can one of two ways- either Rousey destroys Bliss and wins the belt, or Bliss manages to find a way to keep hold of her belt, for now.
That being said, SummerSlam is the second biggest show of the year, and if heels are picking up big wins elsewhere on the card, then Rousey’s victory will be provided as a moment to celebrate.
Prediction: Ronda Rousey Wins
Samoa Joe Vs AJ Styles
If given enough time, the match between Samoa Joe and AJ Styles could easily be the best match of the weekend. The two men have an incredible chemistry in the ring, and despite their age, they are still two of the finest performers in the WWE, as they’ve demonstrated over the last couple of weeks.
The build for this match has been great, and Joe has really shone as SmackDown’s top heel. AJ has been an excellent champion but it’s time the WWE give Joe the belt. The former NXT champion has come out on the wrong end of several big feuds, and a run with the WWE title is more than what he deserves for his recent efforts.
Prediction: Samoa Joe Wins
Brock Lesnar Vs Roman Reigns
Credit where it’s due, I’m actually fairly excited for this match-up. The most intriguing thing about this bout is that it could feasibly end with any of four men holding the Universal title. With Braun Strowman and Kevin Owens wrestling earlier in the night, there is every chance that either man could cash in at the end of the night and win the title.
As for Brock and Roman, it’s fairly difficult to call who will win. Lesnar looks likely to leave the WWE after SummerSlam, but he is being advertised for Raw on Monday night, which means he could lose the belt to a cash-in then. The company swerved fans at WrestleMania, and there is every chance they will pull the same trick again on Sunday night.
There is also the Heyman factor. While it would appear as though he is back in cahoots with Lesnar, questions still remain over the piece of paper that he handed to Roman Reigns on Raw this past week.
I’m basing this one purely on my earlier prediction of Owens beating Strowman to win the briefcase. Reigns will pick up the hard-fought victory here, only for Owens to cash in on him straight after the match, and walk away with the Universal title.
Prediction: Roman Reigns Wins
Extra Prediction: Kevin Owens cashes in, becomes Universal Champion
Liam Hoofe – @liamhoofe
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