WWE SummerSlam takes place on Saturday, July 30th and ushers in a new era for the company.
Astonishingly this will be the first pay-per-view/ Premier Live Event in history that will not be helmed by Vince McMahon as the former CEO retired from his position amidst a raft of controversy.
Since his departure, several backstage changes have taken place, most notably Triple H positioned as Head of WWE Creative and Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan named as co-CEOs.
The changes have brought an air of hope and optimism for revitalised creativity within the onscreen product turning SummerSlam from a decent show into a highly intriguing and must-watch spectacle.
The Summer Spectacular emanating from Nashville hosts the following card:
- Roman Reigns (c) vs. Brock Lesnar: Last Man Standing Match for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship
- Bianca Belair (c) vs. Becky Lynch: Raw Women’s Championship
- Liv Morgan (c) vs. Ronda Rousey: SmackDown Women’s Championship
- The Usos (c) vs. The Street Profits: Unified Tag Team Championships w/ Special Guest Referee Jeff Jarrett
- Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Theory: United States Championship
- The Mysterios vs. Judgment Day
- Pat McAfee vs. Happy Corbin
- Logan Paul vs. The Miz
Here are our predictions for SummerSlam.
Logan Paul vs. The Miz
WWE’s latest big name signing gets his first singles outing against his former tag team partner the Miz at the Biggest Party of the Summer.
At WrestleMania 38 Paul teamed with the Miz to take of the father and son duo of Rey and Dominick Mysterio. During the match, Paul put in a very impressive performance that received plaudits across the wrestling world. After the match, the Miz double-crossed Paul and hit him with the Skull Crushing Finale resulting in the YouTube celebrity signing with the company to get his revenge.
Prediction: Expect some balls-related comedy spots as Logan Paul picks up his first singles win over the Miz.
Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Theory: United States Championship
After weeks of pose downs and sneak attacks, Bobby Lashley defeated Theory at Money In The Bank to become the US Champion for the third time in his WWE career.
On the following episode of Raw, the former champ and current Money in the Bank contract holder announced his intention to defeat Lashley at SummerSlam.
Prediction: Lashley goes into the match with a tonne of momentum while Theory has his sights set on the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. Theory’s split focus gives Lashley the advantage and opportunity to retain his title.
The Mysterios vs. Judgement Day: No Disqualification Tag Team Match
Judgment Day have targeted the Mysterios in recent weeks and took their attacks to another level when they ruined Rey’s anniversary celebrations.
Rey Mysterio celebrated the 20th anniversary of his WWE debut with an emotional speech on a recent episode of Raw, but Finn Balor, Damien Priest and Rhea Ripley halted the party with a sneak attack, setting up the No Disqualification match at SummerSlam.
Prediction: Judgement Day need some momentum and their numbers game will help them get the edge over the Mysterios, but a potential return for Edge could even the odds and give the Mysterios the win.
Happy Corbin vs. Pat McAfee
Happy Corbin attacked Pat McAfee when the SmackDown commentator ridiculed him after his loss to Madcap Moss. Post-attack tensions grew and McAfee called out Corbin to a match at SummerSlam.
Corbin responded with the End of Days at ringside after Money in the Bank went off the air as a way of accepting the challenge and adding more fuel to the fire.
Prediction: Pat McAfee is another of WWE’s spectacle wrestlers taking to the mat on big occasions. At WrestleMania 38 he defeated Theory in a showcase outing and will do the same against Corbin at the summer spectacular.
Liv Morgan (c) vs. Ronda Rousey: SmackDown Women’s Championship
At Money In The Bank Liv Morgan won the women’s Ladder Match to claim the all-important briefcase, before later defeating Ronda Rousey to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
The victory was a special and emotional moment for Morgan as she captured gold for the first time in her WWE career. Since winning the title Morgan has had a target on her back and the former champion and UFC star Rousey is looking to take down the plucky underdog at SummerSlam.
Prediction: Liv Morgan is proving to be a popular champion and has brought a breath of fresh air to the main event scene, and should retain possibly due to interference from the returning Charlotte Flair.
The Usos (c) vs. The Street Profits: Unified Tag Team Championships w/ Special Guest Referee Jeff Jarrett
Two of wrestling’s finest tag teams have been at war over the past few months putting on banger after banger and SummerSlam will be no different. At Money in the Bank they tore the house down but the match ended in controversy as Montez Ford’s shoulder was off the mat during the final three count.
With this conclusion to their last match, the rivalry intensified and WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett was added to keep control of things. No doubt his inclusion in the match will have some meaning on the outcome of the bout.
Prediction: The Usos have been on top form as of late while the Street Profits are close behind and looking to claim the title of Undisputed Tag Team Champions. Expect another barnburner of a match with Dawkins and Ford emerging as the victors.
Bianca Belair (c) vs. Becky Lynch: Raw Women’s Championship
At last year’s SummerSlam Becky Lynch made her long-awaited return to defeat Bianca Belair in just 26 seconds, winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Since then, the two women have crossed paths multiple times in their quest for revenge and championship supremacy, most notably at WrestleMania 38.
At the “Show of Shows” the EST of WWE defeated Lynch for the Raw Women’s Championship resulting in Big Time Becks becoming unhinged and obsessed with getting her title back.
Prediction: Bianca Belair is a great champion, but we’re tipping Lynch to win her title back at SummerSlam.
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Brock Lesnar: Last Man Standing Match for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship
The epic rivalry continues one year after Brock Lesnar made his shock return to the company after Roman Reigns defeated John Cena. At WrestleMania 38 it looked as though the Tribal Chief had vanquished The Beast for good when he unified the WWE and Universal Championships.
However, Lesnar wasn’t finished with Reigns and made his comeback to set up a Last Man Standing encounter at SummerSlam.
Prediction: Lesnar has come close to taking the Head of the Table down but Roman Reigns is in “God mode” and looks unbeatable. Plus backup from The Bloodline is never far behind. Therefore, expect to see Reigns extend his history-making Undisputed WWE Universal Championship run and thwart a cash-in from Mr Money in the Bank Theory too for good measure.