WWE SummerSlam 2015 Thoughts and Predictions

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WWE SummerSlam takes place this Sunday live from Brooklyn and the four-hour show is loaded from top to bottom. With 10 matches on the card, the WWE is going all-in for their summertime classic and making it look a lot like a Wrestlemania card. But instead of sitting here and talking about how grandiose this PPV is, let’s get right into the matches.

1. Rusev vs. Dolph Ziggler – Singles Match

This match was just announced on Monday’s RAW, but any fan could see this one coming. Since Rusev split with Lana, she has associated herself with Ziggler and that led to these two feuding. Then, Ziggler was out with an “injury” only to return this week and challenge Rusev to a match. With Lana in Dolph’s corner and Summer Rae now joining Rusev, this could get out of control, but should be a solid match. In the end, I think Ziggler gets the win, with Lana getting revenge against Rusev and Summer Rae.

2. Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro – Singles Match

Kevin Owens will wrestle his second match of the weekend at SummerSlam and must go against Cesaro, one of the most technically-sound wrestlers on the roster. But Owens has cooled off a bit since his feud with John Cena came to an end so I think he will pick up the win in this match and look to the next challenge. Although it wouldn’t be surprising if Cesaro won given his recent increase in popularity and TV time. But I’ll still stick with Owens here.

3. Ryback (C) vs. Big Show vs. The Miz – Triple Threat Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship

After Ryback’s injury, this match was taken off the card at Battleground. Now, fans finally get to see this match that has seemingly been building for over two months now. I’m not too sure what to think about this match. I don’t believe The Miz has a shot to win, but I didn’t think he would have won the WWE Championship either. I believe Big Show is there really to help get Ryback over. With that said, I think Ryback retains the title. I’m just not sure how this matchup will work.

4. Team Bella vs. Team B.A.D. vs. Team PCB – Three-Team Elimination Match

The success of this match will depend greatly on how much time these Divas will get and where this match is placed on the card. They have been given plenty of time on RAW lately so hopefully that will continue. But if this match is stuck between two high-profile matches, it will be viewed as a “popcorn match”. As for the match itself, it should be an interesting match. Team Bella and Team PCB are both good and should carry this match. Nikki, Brie, Alicia, Paige, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch can all hold their own in the ring. In Team B.A.D., the only one who I think is a good wrestler is Sasha Banks. I don’t know what WWE is thinking, but Naomi and Tamina both need a lot of work. With all of that said, I’ll go with Team PCB getting the win.

5. Prime Time Players (C) vs. The New Day vs. Los Matadores vs. The Lucha Dragons – Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship

It shocked me when The Prime Time Players won the titles by beating The New Day, but it doesn’t shock me that they haven’t done much of anything since then. Titus and Darren have traded wins with most of these teams and the matches they have lost have been mostly due to The New Day. I think Los Matadores and The Lucha Dragons were added to mix things up, but the real contenders are The New Day. And I believe they will regain the titles here. I still believe they are a great group that deserves to be on top and then continue to feud with The Prime Time Players.

6. Randy Orton vs. Sheamus – Singles Match

Ah yes, Randy Orton and Sheamus face off for what feels like the 763 time. I’ll be completely honest, I couldn’t care any less about this match. I like Orton to get the win here, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Sheamus later on in the night when the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is on the line.

7. Stardust and King Barrett vs. Neville and Stephen Amell – Tag Team Match

The star of Arrow, Stephen Amell, is the latest actor to get the chance to step in the ring and give wrestling a shot. I’m sure he will be limited as to what he will be allowed to do, but it is still pretty cool to see this matchup actually happen. Stardust has been at the top of his game lately and Barrett fits well with him in this match. Neville has been incredible since coming up to the main roster. And I think Amell will be able to hold his own as well. And he and Neville will get the three-count in the end as well.

8. Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper vs. Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose – Tag Team Match

Some of the best matches in the past few years were The Wyatts against The Shield. This match pits two-thirds of those groups against each other and I expect it to be just as entertaining as those old 3-on-3 matches. Wyatt and Harper work good together and will go all out in the ring. But so will Reigns and Ambrose. Reigns has improved a lot since the beginning of the year and Ambrose has always been a good wrestler. And even though I believe Reigns and Ambrose are the likely favorites to win, I’m going to pick Wyatt and Harper to get the win and continue this personal feud for a little while longer.

9. United States Champion John Cena vs. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins – Singles Match for the United States and WWE Word Heavyweight Championships

This matchup gained steam a few weeks ago after Rollins broke Cena’s nose. Rollins has faced all challengers but has usually taken the easy way out of his matches. This time, he is facing the “face of WWE” and will likely have to earn the win cleanly. Would I be surprised if Rollins tried some dirty tactic to win? Absolutely not. But I think we will get a great match from these two that will likely end with Cena raising both titles in the air after the bell has rung. But I do believe that this is just the beginning of a rivalry that could go on for quite a while. And Rollins likely to regain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the near future.

10. Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker – Singles Match

The scene was Wrestlemania XXX. The Undertaker put his streak on the line against Brock Lesnar. I was there in attendance and I stared in awe as the bell rang and Lesnar’s hand was raised. The Undertaker’s legendary Wrestlemania streak had come to an end. Fast-forward to 2015 and The Undertaker wrestled Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania 31 and then disappeared, as usual. Then, at Battleground, just before Lesnar was about to win the World Heavyweight Championship, The Undertaker reappeared and set up this revenge match for SummerSlam.

Now I understand that having The Undertaker wrestle at SummerSlam makes this event much bigger than it would have been. I get that. But I just hope this match is better than the first one. The Undertaker looked bad in that match and it didn’t end well for “The Deadman” that night in New Orleans. But I will believe in him and the WWE that they know what they are doing. This should be an epic battle that will bring the audience along for the ride. I expect The Undertaker to get his revenge and pick up the win, but it won’t be easy. And it probably won’t be the last chapter in this feud either.

Daryl Karpinski Jr.

 

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