Heel/Face Summer Slam Predictions
As the summer winds to an end, there is still one thing to look forward to… Summer Slam. The biggest show in WWE outside of Wrestlemania is now just hours away and what better way to kill those last few hours than to take a look at the gigantic card (we’re getting 4 hours this year ladies and gents) and make a few predictions.
My fellow writer for H/F, Joe Montana, joined me in giving a few thoughts on what we think might happen in the Barclays this weekend. Take a look and let us know what you think in the comment section below!
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
Jason: This is rapidly becoming the next “Big Show vs. whoever” feud that goes on way too long. Both these guys can work, so it should be a good match but I’m only mildly interested. Orton is white hot right now so I think he gets the W but it wouldn’t surprise me to see Sheamus get a less-than-clean victory if they plan on doing anything with him and the MitB contract.
Joe: Yawn….We’ve seen it. It’s not a fresh match but it will hopefully be a good one. Orton hits the RKO Outta Nowhere and wins this one. I also think Sheamus cashes in later but loses.
Los Matadores vs. The Lucha Dragons vs. The New Day vs. The Prime Time Players (Tag Team Championship)
Jason: Color me uninterested on this one. For as hot as the tag team division got, it’s tailed off quickly. These teams can all work so there might be some good spots but as we saw in the Elimination Chamber, too many bodies can create a cluster-muck. In the end, I think the New Day walks out with the belts around their waists (well, two of them anyway) once again.
Joe: The only two teams that matter here are the New Day and The PTP. This will be a mess of a match with too many bodies to keep track of. I think the New Day will come away with the win. The Team of Three advantage proves too much for everyone else. NEW DAY ROCKS (Clap, Clap, Clap)
Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev
Jason: This gets another “meh” from me. This rivalry was over before it started. Zigs and Lana have never really meshed and one can only hope this is the end of it. I’d like to see Rusev get the win here and start another run but I have to think Dolph gets the win, coming off an injury, and we’re forced to suffer through another awkward romantic moment between Ziggler and Lana.
Joe: I would, and most of the WWE Universe will agree, rather see Lana vs Summer Rae (as Lana). The Ziggler/Rusev feud is a cold fish. Ziggler hits the ZigZag after a distraction from Lana and wins. Lana puts Summer Rae in the Accolade.
Stephen Amell and Neville vs. Stardust and Wade Barrett
Jason: I don’t know what it says about the card when I’m more excited about the celebrity match than half the other matches on this card. Amell showed some nice moves on Raw and has apparently been training like a mad man. He’ll hit his spots and let the others carry the match but this will be entertaining. In the end, team Arrow wins. And we all tune in to Arrow to see if it’s a good show or not.
Joe: Ok, I’m kind of digging the Cosmic Kings tag team. Amell is living the ultimate fans dream. He is a lifelong fan who finally gets to jump in the ring. He’s been training and should see a little action. Neville will carry the load and this is going to be a good match…not just a decent one. Have to go with Hollywood and say Amell wins it. Good conquers evil.
Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper vs. Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose
Jason: When this feud started, I was really on board. Bray going after Reigns, bringing his daughter into it…that was gold. But we’ve seen this for weeks now on Raw and Smackdown. I don’t see how this match gives us anything more than what we’ve seen unless the rumored heel turn happens. I think the Wyatt family goes over here as heels tend to get the W at Summer Slam.
Joe: The huge rumor is one of the former Shield members will turn heel. If this happens this match will be galactic. We’ve already seen this match week in and out but I still think it stays fresh and delivers some new spots. Barring a heel turn, I see Ambrose and Reigns winning.
Team B.A.D. vs. Team Bella vs. Team P.C.B.
Jason: Look out for the curve ball here. For weeks we’ve seen Team Bella get beat but here’s where they get some revenge. As my cohort Joe will go on to say, I can see Nikki being the last woman standing for Team Bella, but I think she goes Super-Cena and takes out the competition, getting Team Bella back on the board with a win.
Joe: Sasha Banks went way over on RAW getting the champ to tap out. Charlotte has a win as well. I can see all of Team Bella being eliminated but Nikki and us getting P.C.B. and B.A.D. going to town on the champ. Sasha and Charlotte will be the last two standing and this will again set the bar for future Divas matches. Team PCB wins. Can we please get some storyline?
Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens
Jason: Finally! A match I can get in to. Unlike the Wyatt vs. Drinking Bros match, we’ve seen this one for weeks and it never gets old. This match should get plenty of time and these two will put on a hell of a show. I think KO goes over here but both of these guys are on the upswing and a loss for either won’t slow them down. Match of the night potential here.
Joe: This match just might steal the show. Both of these guys can do it in the ring. We’ve seen new moves pulled out each time these two battle, so I’m highly anticipating some big spots. The winner will continue his big push and I’m hoping the loser doesn’t fall down the card. Cesaro pulls this one off after a brutal back and forth match.
Ryback vs. Big Show vs. The Miz (Intercontinental Championship)
Jason: Done with this feud. Ryback wins. Can we get him and the IC belt in some kind of storyline that actually matters?
Joe: I know I hated on Ryback when he won the title at Elimination Chamber but I’ve grown to like him with this belt. This feud however is not what the IC title needs to be legitimate. Big Show is over used and The Miz just doesn’t hold up in the ring. My prediction however is that the Miz steals this one. He’s just an AWESOME heel.
Seth Rollins vs. John Cena (Title for Title match)
Jason: Ever since Cena battled Owens, his game has been elevated to new heights. He’s actually become interesting again. And a match with Rollins is just what he needs to keep things rolling and show the doubters that he is one of the best ever. As for the ending, I have no idea. I’m not a fan of one guy holding two belts so I think something happens to cause both to retain their own titles. It’d be intriguing to see the titles switch holders, Cena with the heavyweight belt and Rollins with the U.S. Title, but I don’t see how the get there. I really have no idea what’s going to happen.
Joe: This match has so many potential endings its hard to narrow it down. The smark in me says that both walk out with their titles, somehow someway. The fantasy booker in me says that Rollins loses and Cena matches Flair, Sheamus tries to cash in and loses. Triple H is furious because Rollins spoiled Flair’s legacy and their feud starts. But I’m picking a non-finish in this one.
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
Jason: It’s interesting to see the heel moves (see: dick kicks) that Taker has been using since his glorious return at Battleground but let’s face it. The Undertaker can never been a true heel again. Ever. And make no mistake, this is going to be a fight and not a match. Taker looks to be in great shape and should be able to dish out as much as he’ll receive. I think the Undertaker gets one back here and it sets up the rubber match for Wrestlemania.
Joe: The match too big for Wrestlemania that we waited two years to have it at Summer Slam. I think Taker goes over. I don’t see him losing two in a row to Lesnar but you never know. Taker will hit three tombstones and two last rides and four choke slams before Lesnar goes down.
If we’re being honest, and this is just my opinion (I’m Jason), I think Summer Slam could leave us a little disappointed. (Especially if you saw NXT Takeover. WOW.) But there’s only one way to find out!
We’re just hours away now. Let us know what you think in the comment section below!