On August 19, WWE will take over Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, for its annual SummerSlam pay-per-view.
The Biggest Party of the Summer has always played second fiddle to WrestleMania, but management has already put together a card to rival ‘Mania 34.
The thought of seeing another match between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns doesn’t excite everyone in the WWE Universe, but at least we will finally get the AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe feud we have been waiting for.
As of this writing, WWE.com has confirmed seven bouts for the event, but with this being one of WWE’s supersized PPVs, we should expect the card to double in the coming weeks.
We don’t know which team will take on The Bludgeon Brothers for the SmackDown tag titles yet, so we will focus on the other six bouts. Let’s go through the announced matches and predict some winners.
Kevin Owens vs. Braun Strowman
Had WWE simply booked this match as another singles contest between Kevin Owens and Braun Strowman, it would have been much easier to predict.
However, Raw commissioner Stephanie McMahon agreed to a special stipulation. If Strowman loses by any means, KO will win the Money in the Bank contract.
This gives The Prize Fighter the upper hand. All he needs to do is have someone come out and attack him so Strowman gets disqualified and he gets the case.
They won’t be able to outdo the bump KO took off the top of the steel cage at Extreme Rules, but this match may end up being more interesting.
The Monster Among Men is almost always the favorite heading into a match, but Owens is the safer bet in this scenario.
Prediction: Owens wins and takes the MITB briefcase.
Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler (Intercontinental Championship)
Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins manage to steal the show every time they step into the ring together, so it makes sense for WWE to keep this feud going for as long as possible.
Their Ironman match at Extreme Rules was a lot of fun, but they are just as capable of tearing down the house in a standard singles bout.
Drew McIntyre’s presence will give Ziggler the advantage and likely mean he retains the Intercontinental Championship. Then again, we have seen someone at ringside accidentally cost their friend a title many times before.
The Architect might regain the IC belt, but it’s more likely we will see The Showoff pick up the win to establish himself as a dominant champion.
Prediction: McIntyre helps Ziggler pick up the win.
Carmella vs. Becky Lynch (SmackDown Women’s Championship)
The most recent edition of SmackDown Live saw Becky Lynch defeat Carmella to earn a shot at her Women’s Championship at SummerSlam.
With James Ellsworth officially fired by Paige on the same show, Carmella is once again by herself. This is great news for The Lass Kicker.
All of Mella’s big wins have happened because of Ellsworth’s interference. Her Money in the Bank victory, her cash-in and most of her title defenses have been won by dirty tactics.
The Princess of Staten Island has been a good heel champion, but it’s time for Lynch to take her rightful place back at the top of the SmackDown roster.
Prediction: Lynch makes Carmella tap out to win the title.