As the calendar has hit August, WWE SummerSlam’s match card is coming together. On Sunday, August 19th, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The biggest wrestling event of the summer is coming up quickly, and the superstars of both Raw and Smackdown are heating up, for an event that could finally see the end of the reign of Brock Lesnar.
The Cruiserweight title hasn’t changed hands since the title was claimed by Cedric Alexander at Wrestlemania. Alexander will defend the belt at SummerS
lam against the winner of a fatal-4 way match on 205 Live Drew Gulak who could very much have a great opportunity to win the Cruiserweight championship for the first time. Gulak defeated Mustafa Ali, Hideo Itami, and the inaugural Cruiserweight Champion TJP on the July 24th episode of 205 Live. Will Gulak dethrone Alexander? Or will Alexander reign supreme?
SmackDown Tag Team Champions the Bludgeon Brothers, Harper and Rowan have yet to see who they will defend the belts against at SummerSlam. We do know the two teams that remain in the Number One contender’s tournament are. The New Day defeated Sanity to advance to face the Bar, Sheamus, and Cesaro who defeated the Usos to qualify. The finals of this bracket could be a great match. To be honest, The Bar were great tag team champions on Raw, I think they have the right pair that could finally end the reign of the dominate Bludgeon Brothers. Check Out SmackDown next Tuesday to see which team will be the number one contenders.
Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler will defend the title against a very formidable and one of the best superstars of the Raw brand, Seth Rollins. Rollins lost to Ziggler last month at Extreme Rules 5-4 in sudden death overtime of their 30-minute Iron-Man match, that saw Ziggler’s buddy Drew McIntyre cost Rollins a shot at regaining the Intercontinental Championship. Rollins defeated McIntyre and Finn Balor to earn another shot at SummerSlam. With Dean Ambrose still on the shelf still, the right call here for this championship is to let Seth regain the championship, to lose it to a returning heel Ambrose when he does return.
Monster in the Bank contract holder Braun Strowman has been forced to put his briefcase on the line in a match against Kevin Owens. Not unlike Edge defeating Mr. Kennedy in 2007 for his briefcase. Now Kevin Owens is no Edge, so the best thing for this match is to let the Monster do what he does best a win, and retain his briefcase, and by some chance Brock Lesnar retains the Universal Championship, let Braun cash in his briefcase in on him and finally put the championship on the Monster Among Men.Embed from Getty Images
The daughter of the “Dirtiest Player in the Game” is back after missing time due to an injury. And she returned with Flair. Charlotte Flair that is. Charlotte returned on Tuesday night saving friend Becky Lynch who had already earned a shot at Carmella’s SmackDown Women’s Championship. Charlotte went on that night to beat Carmella and added her name to the now triple threat match at SummerSlam. SmackDown General Manager canned James Ellsworth a couple weeks ago, so no James to help Mella stay Money on Tuesday nights. Will the inaugural Champion Becky Lynch become a two-time champion? Will Charlotte Flair get revenge on Carmella? Or will the “Princess of Staten Island” moonwalk her way to another successful title defense?
Rousey versus Bliss. Ronda Rousey is no longer suspended, and she is coming for Alexa Bliss’s Raw Women’s Championship. This match could be over quick. The story here could be similar to how fast Brock Lesnar defeated John Cena for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam in 2014. In all honesty, the “baddest women on the planet” deserves to have the belt heading towards the All Women’s Paper View Evolution.
Samoa Joe has a great opportunity to get his hands on his first World Championship in WWE. To do that he has to go through current WWE Champion AJ Styles. This match has the opportunity to be the best match of the night. It is definitely time for a new champion. After successfully defeating Rusev at Extreme Rules, Samoa Joe, however, is a different animal, the former NXT Champion, has what it takes to end Styles reign.Embed from Getty Images
It’s time for a change on Monday Night Raw. Lesnar and Reigns for the fourth time. Will it be the same result? If this past Monday showed anything Lesnar attacked not only the General Manager Kurt Angle, but he also attacked his own friend and advocate Paul Heyman. It’s time to Let Roman Reigns win the Universal Championship. I mean why not since in my understanding he is supposed to be the Face of Raw as he calls himself the “Big Dog”.
With two weeks to go, what else could SummerSlam hold? The Miz versus Daniel Bryan is bound to happen. What about the way Randy Orton has been torturing Jeff Hardy each week since returning at Extreme Rules? What about the B-Team’s Raw Tag Team Titles? Will we see John Cena versus The Undertaker Part Two? Where does Shinsuke Nakamura’s United States Championship fit into SummerSlam? Keep an eye on Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live the next two weeks to see what will happen.Embed from Getty Images