WWE Summerslam 2016 Predictions
The 29th edition of Summerslam takes place this Sunday, August 21 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The “Biggest Show of the Summer” is going to be a four hour show stacked with 11 matches from both Raw and Smackdown Live.
And this year, Summerslam really feels different. The card features 11 superstars that were not on the WWE roster at this time last year. Eight wrestlers have been promoted from NXT and three have came across the world after wrestling in Japan. Added to the fresh faces is three main event matches that have grasped my interest the more the weeks pass. My only question about Summerslam is where is Bray Wyatt? He is not scheduled for a match and I can’t believe he won’t be there at all. So, where will Bray make his impact on the show? I’m not sure about that, but I am sure that I can’t wait to see this card unfold.
1. Carmella, Becky Lynch, & Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss, Natalya, & Eva Marie – Six-Woman Tag Team Match
The women of Smackdown Live have been grouped together for a tag team match that was made seemingly to give them a spot on the card. Without a championship on the show yet, these women don’t have much to fight for. So, putting them in a tag match to showcase all of them is all that can be done. But will Eva Marie finally be ready to wrestle? I’m not sure and I don’t really care all that much!
Winner: Carmella, Becky Lynch, & Naomi
2. Cesaro vs. Sheamus – Singles Match; First Match in a Best of Seven Series
Cesaro and Sheamus have been feuding for a couple weeks, each trying to prove that they deserve a title opportunity. Cesaro has gotten the upper hand in their matches, but Sheamus still interferes in Cesaro’s matches. This led to Cesaro doing the same and eventually to Mick Foley setting up this best of seven series. This feud will not end here so I believe the heel, Sheamus, will get the first win this weekend.
3. Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens – Tag Team Match
One of the hottest tag teams to come from NXT is Enzo Amore and Big Cass. The duo connect with the crowds like few others and have make a huge impact in the WWE in the short time they have been on the main roster. But they will be facing the team of Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens. “Y2KO” is a great team that few can match in the ring. Sure. Amore can talk better than most. And Cass is a big, imposing figure. But they do not have the experience or knowledge like Jericho and Owens do and that is why I have to pick them. I just want to hear Jericho call someone a “stupid idiot” and I’ll be happy!
Winner: Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens
4. The Miz (w/Maryse) (C) vs. Apollo Crews – Singles Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Th Miz has been holding the WWE Intercontinental championship for a while now and for good reason. Despite the hatred most show him, he is great at what he does. He is solid in the ring and can make people boo him with little effort. And I think he will continue on as champion as I do not think Crews is ready for this spot. It probably won’t be a clean finish, but The Miz will retain. I know Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan have been pushing new faces, but Crews needs something else. He has the potential, but it is not his time just yet. Just the lack of screentime on Smackdown Live should be an indication that this title is staying where it is. The Miz will continue to be a great WWE Intercontinental champion and do what he does best.
Winner: The Miz
5. Rusev (w/Lana) (C) vs. Roman Reigns – Singles Match for the WWE United States Championship
Let’s make this one easy. Reigns was a WWE World Championship contender who violated the WWE Wellness Policy and has since been “punished” by falling out of the top spot, but still remaining relevant. Rusev just married Lana in real life and is about to enjoy his honeymoon. Someone needs the WWE United States championship in his absence. Reigns has been pushed against the foreign heel and, compared to previous crowd reactions, has gotten a better response from the crowd. Any questions as to what will happen here?
Winner: Roman Reigns
6. The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) (C) vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson – Tag Team Match for the WWE Tag Team Championships
Most people have been waiting for the feud between The New Day and Anderson & Gallows. But most expected to see Big E in the match. But the newcomers from Japan took him out of action and after Big E suffered a contusion from an attack from Anderson and Gallows. Now, The New Day must go into this match without their powerhouse and I think that spells title change. The New Day have held the WWE Tag Team championships longer than any other team in WWE history and, now that they have that record, it seems like it is the time for a change. And they do not need the titles to make them entertaining. But putting the titles on Gallows and Anderson elevates them immediately.
Winners: Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
7. Sasha Banks (C) vs. Charlotte – Singles Match for the WWE Woman’s Championship; Dana Brooke is barred from ringside
Charlotte and Banks both had amazing runs in NXT. Then both were promoted to the main roster and Charlotte made the immediate impact. She won the WWE Divas Championship in September and held it until it was switched to the Woman’s championship after Wrestlemania. She then continued to dominate the women’s division until losing the title to Sasha Banks on Raw in July. Banks had been missing from the main roster for a while but returned with a vengeance and ended Charlotte’s reign. Now, the two square off again and it could possibly be one of the best matches of the night. With Dana Brooke barred from ringside, Banks will have a fair fight and should retain the championship here. But even if she retains, don’t expect this feud to be over just yet! And that is good for all of us.
Winner: Sasha Banks
8. John Cena vs. AJ Styles – Singles Match
The rematch from Money in the Bank finally takes place this Sunday at Summerslam. Styles got the victory in the first match and that was followed by Cena getting the upper hand when he teamed with Enzo and Cass to defeat The Club. But the second singles match from these two should be great. Despite what is said about Cena, he always seems to shine when the spotlight is on. There is a reason that he has been the face of the WWE for well over a decade. He always shows up and gives his all. And wrestling fans know what Styles brings to the table. He has wrestled around the world and hasn’t lost a step even at 39. I expect this to be a good, solid match that goes Cena’s way, setting up a third singles match between the two.
Winner: John Cena
9. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor – Singles Match for the WWE Universal Championship
Without a major title on Raw, Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley announced that the brand would be getting a new title, the WWE Universal championship, at Summerslam. Rollins was given a bye while Balor won a fatal-four way match and then beat Roman Reigns to earn this spot. But this is a huge opportunity for Balor as he was just drafted to the main roster on the draft in July. He is being pushed immediately to the top and rightfully so. He is a huge star and has the potential to carry the company for years to come. And while Rollins is still one of the best around, giving him the title would kill the push Balor has gotten. Despite having a stupid name, giving Balor this championship would continue freshen up the product. The Demon King is what Raw needs right now.
Winner: Finn Balor
10. Dean Ambrose (C) vs. Dolph Ziggler – Singles Match for the WWE World Championship
Dean Ambrose surprised most by coming out of Battleground and retaining the WWE World championship. Then, after being drafted to Smackdown Live, Ambrose quickly became the sole face of the blue brand. And after Ziggler won the right to fight Ambrose for the titles, Ambrose rose to the occasion and made himself even more believable as a man that can carry a show. But Ziggler stepped up as well. Their segments have been great and made me care more about this match than I thought I would. I really don’t care who wins this match. I think both guys deserve it. But I think Ambrose will retain and the feud will continue, with Ziggler getting more aggressive and winning the title in the future.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
11. Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton – Singles Match
The showcase match for Lesnar this summer is against the returning Randy Orton. Orton had been out of action for over nine months and returned to WWE in July with his sights set on Lesnar. The Beast was last seen at Wrestlemania in a disappointing match with Dean Ambrose. He then went on to fight Mark Hunt at UFC 200 and got the win, despite it being tainted after it was announced that Lesnar had failed a drug test prior to the fight. And now he returns to the WWE for a brief period to battle Orton. These two started with the WWE around the same time and this is their first PPV ever. And while I wasn’t too hyped about this match at first, the past three weeks or so have made me more interested. The back and forth between them and the promos from Paul Heyman have built intrigue in this match for me. And while I want to believe that Orton will beat Lesnar, I don’t think that the WWE will give Lesnar a clean loss yet. But I am still going to go against the odds and pick Orton to slay The Beast in my upset pick of the PPV. But it will take more than one RKO for Lesnar to go to Viperville and stay down for the three count.
Winner: Randy Orton
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