SummerSlam 2018 – Match Card and Predictions

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The night after what will probably be another successful NXT TakeOver event, WWE’s “Biggest Party of the Summer” will take place. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, SummerSlam is happening tomorrow. This year’s event will be one of the longest SummerSlams in history, at a confirmed 6 hours long. Whether or not it is spectacular remains to be seen, but some of the matches look promising. I’m hoping that this event will be much better than what the main roster events have been for the past few months. But having nearly 15 matches in one PPV, WWE may, in fact, be trying a bit too hard to ensure success. With all that in mind, here’s all you need to know about the show.

Matches and Predictions

Elias’ Concert

Yeah… this is happening. I’m most likely part of the small minority of wrestling fans that haven’t listened to his songs that were recently released. I’m only assuming that this is happening as an excuse to have Bobby Lashley be a part of the event since he has been feuding with Elias for the past few weeks. Can’t really say I’m excited about this.

Raw Tag Team Champions The B – Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) vs The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson)

Once known as The Miztourage, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel have been on a tremendous winning streak since the Superstar Shakeup that happened back in April. Their winning streak took them straight to the opportunity of the Raw Tag Team Championships, which they won last month. The Revival has been on the main roster for about a year and still have not won the tag titles on either brand. They were such a dominant team during their time in NXT and had won the tag titles there on two separate occasions. They haven’t had the same success on the main roster, which is really sad to see. Both teams have a lot to prove when they face off on Sunday.

Prediction: I would love to see The Revival winning the tag titles. They’ve proved many times that they can carry those titles to a new level and that they have the momentum to be more than every other tag team on Raw. So, it’s no surprise that I’m rooting for them to win.

Rusev and Lana vs Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega

Real life married couple Rusev and Lana have been feuding with Cien Almas and Vegas for the past couple of weeks. The feud began between Vega and Lana, which later escalated to this mixed tag team match at SummerSlam. It seems as if after his first title opportunity ended, Rusev finds himself in yet another lackluster feud. Don’t get me wrong, I love Andrade, but this match just doesn’t interest me. Had this been the Rusev that had the same tenacity and ruthlessness when he first arrived, I would be rooting for him and his wife to win the match. When they had him commit to his “Rusev Day” gimmick and stuck him with Aiden English, I lost immediate interest. As with Lana, she’s talented, but it seems like WWE just rushed to make her a competitor. If this were still the age of when women were referred to as “Divas”, she would most likely have won the title at least 5 times. She had a singles match against Zelina this week which made her look strong and took away the little momentum that Lana had.

Prediction: I’m rooting for Zelina and Andrade to win the match. Almas is a former NXT Champion and had quite a successful reign. Pairing him with Vega boosted his career and the two have made quite the impact during their time in NXT. I have full confidence that Almas is going to be either a future WWE or Universal champion.

Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander vs Drew Gulak

I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen a single episode of 205 Live. For those of you who may not know what 205 Live is, it’s the show in which the Cruiserweight division participates in. The only episode I’ve seen was back in October 2017 when I went to a live show of Smackdown Live. I’m still upset that they never put the belt around Austin Ares and actually let him go. He’s found success in other companies since his departure, but he should have been the face of the division. Same goes with Neville and Hideo Itami.

Predictions: I watched Cedric Alexander during the Cruiserweight Classic series and was amazed by his performance. I have no doubt that he has the talent, charisma, and passion of a champion. With that in mind, I’m going with Cedric as the winner of the match.

**The three matches I just talked about will be on the Pre-Show. For the past couple of years, WWE has had a Pre-Show segment before every PPV to make room for other matches and talk about the matches that will be a part of the main show. **

Daniel Bryan vs The Miz

This is a match that the entire WWE Universe has been anticipating for a long time. The rivalry between Daniel Bryan and The Miz goes all the way back to the first episode of NXT, in which Miz attacked Bryan after his match against Chris Jericho for having disrespected him. The Miz was assigned to mentor Bryan during this time, which made it even more personal. Fast forward to the Night of Champions PPV in 2010, where Daniel and Miz fought in a match for the United States title. Bryan won the match, which catapulted his career to a higher level. Since then, Miz has held resentment towards Bryan.

Since then, both superstars have had successful careers. Miz is closing in to beating Chris Jericho’s record for most wins of the Intercontinental Championship and has gone on to become WWE Champion. Daniel Bryan has won many titles since then and had the match of a lifetime at Wrestlemania 31, where he headlined the show and became a three-time WWE Champion. A few years later, Bryan was forced to retire due to injuries but was given the position of general manager of Smackdown Live soon after. It was his rivalry with the Miz that was brought back up in what could be called the greatest segment in the recent history of the WWE, featured below.

This segment is nearly two years old, but people are still talking about what transpired. It definitely came up when Daniel Bryan announced that he was medically cleared to come back and fight. It took a while, but the entire WWE Universe are finally going to see the next chapter of what I call one of the greatest feuds in WWE History.

Prediction: This is probably the hardest match of the night to predict. I have always been a fan of Daniel Bryan, even when he was a part of Ring of Honor. I did not like the Miz for so long due to many reasons but after seeing the segment, I instantly became a fan. As much as this goes against my admiration for Bryan, I’m rooting for the Miz to win the match on Sunday. I’m secretly hoping they give Bryan the similar storyline that they gave to John Cena after he lost to The Rock at Wrestlemania 28. After that match, Cena had one of the worst years ever since he joined the company but managed to redeem himself after he beat The Rock the following year. There have been rumors circulating around the wrestling world that Miz is set to win the WWE Championship before the end of the year. If it does happen, I hope he holds on to the title until Wrestlemania. Then Bryan could enter the Royal Rumble match, win it, have a chance to redeem himself and beat Miz at next year’s Wrestlemania.

Finn Balor vs Baron Corbin

For every great match like the one between Miz and Daniel Bryan, we get a match like this one. No, I’m not saying this because of Balor. I’m having a hard time trying to understand why Corbin is still in the WWE. He doesn’t have any real charisma and quite frankly, he doesn’t really have much to offer. It’s no surprise that the took away his opportunity to successfully cash in his opportunity as the holder of the Money in the Bank briefcase. Somehow the company thought it would be a good idea to have him cut his hair and rename him as Constable Baron Corbin. Meanwhile, Finn is still being given these ridiculous matches instead of being considered for championship opportunities. He’s proven to draw in a crowd and be a successful champion. His run as NXT Champion was amazing to see. The Demon persona that he takes on during special matches is always a pleasure to watch. The company still doesn’t seem to have hope that he could carry either the WWE or Universal titles since his injury, which is a grave mistake.

Prediction: Since we will most likely be seeing Lesnar lose the title to either Roman or whoever wins the match between Kevin Owens and Braun Strowman, Finn could be a potential candidate for a shot at the title that he never lost and was forced to relinquish due to injury. Winning this match and ending this ridiculous feud with Baron will hopefully be enough to prove to the company that he should be a top star. Either way, my pick for the winner of this match is Finn

United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura vs Jeff Hardy (And Probably Randy Orton)

I’m glad that they finally put a championship belt around Shinsuke. It was a travesty that his feud with AJ Styles didn’t pan out to be as excellent as the feud they had during their time in New Japan Pro Wrestling. The way WWE handled to feud was a huge middle finger to the entire WWE Universe. It’s forced me to be ashamed that I thought their feud would be phenomenal. But regardless, this seems to be another filler match. It breaks my heart to say it, but the way it’s been handled hasn’t quite attracted my attention. The most significant thing to come out of this feud is the heel turn of Randy Orton. I love seeing Orton play a heel character because that’s when he’s at his best. But what he’s done with this turn so far has been one of the most uncomfortable things I’ve ever seen in my life. I have no doubt that he’ll be added to the match, or at least make some sort of interference.

Prediction: Jeff Hardy has been one of my favorite wrestlers for a long time, right next to Eddie Guerrero. I was super happy when he won the WWE Championship back in 2008. He wasn’t meant to win the title, but the company gave him a chance and it was incredible to see him win it. Nakamura is one of the best wrestlers in the world, but he hasn’t been given the opportunity to shine like when he was in NXT. His debut match against Sami Zayn is one of the greatest matches in WWE history. But it was leaked on Twitter that Jeff Hardy will have a feud with Randy Orton at the next PPV. On top of that, it wouldn’t make sense to have Shinsuke win the title only to have it taken away from him after one match. I could see it happening to a lot of other superstars, but not him. For this match, I’m picking Nakamura as the winner.

Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers (Luke Harper and Eric Rowan) vs The New Day (Big E, Xavier Woods, and Kofi Kingston)

It’s at this point where the idea that SummerSlam is a 5-hour show is starting to sink in. This match doesn’t really have enough to get me excited to see it. Both of these teams are talented and deserve to represent Smackdown as tag team champions, but there hasn’t been much build. At least not from my point of view. The Bludgeon Brothers, formerly a part of the Wyatt Family, have been dominant champions since winning the titles at Wrestlemania. However, they haven’t been booked to defend those titles on Smackdown Live, or at least competed enough as a team to make me care for their reign as champions. I’m glad that The New Day aren’t being sidelined or being put in ridiculous segments anymore. Big E is a former NXT Champion and Kofi Kingston is a former Intercontinental and United States champion. They have been the face of the Smackdown tag team division and have proven to be a formidable team. However, I think the opportunity should have been given to another team. Either The Bar or SAnity would have benefited much more from gaining the opportunity to face the champions.

Prediction: At this point, none of these teams really benefit from the outcome. The New Day would win the titles and increase their number of wins or The Bludgeon Brothers would continue to have quite a lackluster reign. I’m not really sure who to root for.

Smackdown Women’s Champion Carmella vs Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair

This week on Smackdown Live, Charlotte gave one of the best lines in a promo that I’ve seen a long time. In the final confrontation between herself and her opponents, she told Carmella that she’s “a diva living in a women’s era”. For those of you who aren’t too familiar with wrestling, the term “diva” was used to refer to the female wrestlers. The company stopped referring to them as divas back in 2016 with the rise of the women’s revolution. With that comment, many have been assuming that this wasn’t a part of the script. It could, in fact, be Charlotte breaking kayfabe and calling out Carmella with real intentions. Kayfabe is a term used in wrestling to refer to portray the events that happen in the shows as real. For instance, Glen Jacobs is a wrestler known as Kane. If someone called him by his real name, that would be them breaking kayfabe.

Regardless of what was really meant with that comment, she has a point. The revolution was put in place to shine the light on the women, showing the world that they could do the same things the male superstars were doing. It was meant to give them their own spotlight. Carmella’s last two title defenses have had former WWE superstar James Ellsworth help her to retain her title. That completely dismisses the point of the movement, since it’s stating that a female wrestler cannot retain her title or win a match without the help of a man. I’m not saying that Carmella isn’t talented, but this makes her character look weak, much like it would make a male superstar look weak.

With all that being said, it does look like Carmella will have a difficult challenge ahead of her. Charlotte has proven she’s a dominant competitor and a fierce champion. She’s one of the top faces of the entire women’s division. Becky Lynch was the first Smackdown Women’s Champion and a member of the Four Horsewomen, alongside Charlotte, Bayley, and Sasha Banks. She’s won the hearts of many fans and has proven to be a fighting champion.

Prediction: I was excited when Carmella cashed in her opportunity to have a match for the Smackdown Women’s Title. It did upset me a bit since it was the Smackdown after Wrestlemania and Charlotte had just had an amazing match against Asuka. Since then, her reign has been a bit lackluster. It’s a shame since she seems to be heading down the road of being a transitional champion. If Charlotte does win, she would most likely keep the title until the all-women’s PPV event “Evolution”. If Becky wins the title, it could be a sign that a feud could be starting between her and Charlotte. My ultimate choice for the winner of the match is Becky. I’m also predicting that she will have a heel turn and develop a feud with Charlotte.

Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler (with Drew McIntyre) vs Seth Rollins (with Dean Ambrose)

Ziggler and Rollings had an amazing Iron Man match at the “Extreme Rules” PPV last month. It’s a shame that the match was hijacked by fans counting down the minutes along with the clock on the titantron during the match though. It seemed like Rollins was done with the feud since he was in the tournament to determine the #1 contender for the Universal Title but he was eliminated. Their feud quickly picked up where they left off with its next chapter ready to be written at SummerSlam. This reminds me of the rivalry that Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels had back in their day, which makes me want to see this match even more. Drew will be in Ziggler’s corner and a returning Dean Ambrose, back after recovering from an injury and with a new haircut, will accompany his best friend. I’m very excited to see how this plays out.

Prediction: There were rumors of Dean Ambrose returning for months and now their seem to be rumors of him having a potential heel turn. If that’s the case, then he’ll most likely cost Seth the match and feud with him for a while. Ziggler and Drew have been a team for a few months now. It makes sense for them to be split up soon and face each other in a match. However, I’m picked Ziggler to win the match. It makes sense for Dean to turn heel and for the initial build of a feud between Ziggler and McIntyre.

Braun Strowman (Money In The Bank holder) vs Kevin Owens

Regardless of the outcome, Kevin Owens has already proved to be one of the best superstars in WWE. The way he sold that fall from the steel cage last month at the “Extreme Rules” PPV against Strowman was one of the most impressive things in the recent history of the WWE. However, their feud seems rather silly. Since their feud started, it’s been Kevin Owens running away from Strowman and falling victim to his attacks. Any time their segment was on, I’d change the channel or use it as a time to do something else. Both are talented wrestlers and will have many reigns as champions but their feud just doesn’t have any interesting factor to it. It only became interesting with the fall the Owens took and when the stipulation for the match was announced. If Strowman loses the match by any means, he loses his Money in the Bank Briefcase, which grants the holder the opportunity for a championship match any time within a year of when they won it.

Prediction: There have been rumors and potential leaks that Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens will face each other at the next PPV after SummerSlam. If this is the case, I’m assuming that Owens would have won the match and cashed in on Reigns after he beats Lesnar during their match on Sunday. It could also mean that they just have a match with no title on the line. That seems rather uninteresting since they would have to build up a feud between them very quickly. Plus, Braun and Roman are both babyfaces, the “good” guys, meaning one of them would have to turn heel. Again, that would have to be done in such a short time. With all that in mind, I’m going with Kevin Owens as the winner of the match.

Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs Ronda Rousey

The “Baddest Woman on the Planet” Ronda Rousey is looking to win her first title in WWE as she takes on Alexa Bliss. I’m actually really looking forward to seeing this match. Ronda may not have the best mic skills, but she’s grown as a wrestler in such a short time. Bliss has proven to be one of the best heels in the women’s division in a long time. She’s grown in the span of two years to be one of the top faces of the women’s division. The WWE Universe will be waiting with anticipating to see these women finally fight.

Prediction: With the announcement of the all-women’s PPV “Evolution”, rumors have been going around that Ronda is set to be in the main event. It would make sense since she has built a reputation in the UFC and WWE wants a powerhouse like her to represent the event. It’s also been rumored that she’s set to walk into that PPV as champion. Even if that wasn’t the case, I’m still rooting for Ronda to win the match. Alexa has nothing to gain from winning other than continuing her reign.

WWE Champion AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe

I’m afraid to hype this match up ever since what happened in the feud between Nakamura and Styles. I don’t really wanna get my hopes up in case the creative team does something to mess what could be a spectacular match and ruin it. The build does seem a bit rushed, but the way Joe inserted himself to the #1 contender’s spot was fantastic. Yes, General Manager Paige had already decided Joe was going to face Styles at SummerSlam, but her announcement was interrupted…. by James Ellsworth. Joe went in for a sneak attack on AJ and left him unconscious in the ring. Though both of these men have a history and have fought against each other during their time in TNA, they haven’t mentioned their involvement in that company. Instead, Joe targeted AJ and his status as a family man. Joe has praised Styles for being a great champion but claims that AJ would be a much better father and husband if he wasn’t champion. Like I said, the build-up to this feud is a bit rushed, but at least it has a lot more build up than his match against Shinsuke at Wrestlemania. Samoa Joe continued to mock AJ and his family on Smackdown Live this week. It got to the point where AJ had to be restrained from attack Joe. Of course, this is all within kayfabe, but they’re both selling this feud very well.

Prediction: This feud will be far from over, even after their match on Sunday. It was leaked on Twitter by the venue of the next PPV in a now-deleted tweet that Samoa Joe and AJ Styles would fight in the main event, but AJ would walk in as the champion. Since that was leaked, it could very well be the case that AJ retains the title. However, Joe has proven throughout his whole career that he is dominant and a prizefighter. He could elevate that title to new heights. I’m honestly torn on who to pick.

WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns)

Here we go again. I’m not sure why this surprises me. Roman Reigns was going to be the one to finally dethrone Brock Lesnar. I had hoped this ridiculous feud would’ve ended at Wrestlemania this year. The only reason I am showing any kind of interest to see Lesnar lose the title. With it now being confirmed that he’s headed back to the UFC, it would make sense for him to focus his time preparing for his fight against Daniel Cormier. I don’t hate Brock Lesnar, but the storyline they’ve given him and the way his character has been built up for the past few months has gotten annoying. If they really want Roman to be the face of the company, WWE needs to actually put the belt on Roman.  It’s been rumored that WWE has two potential ways the match will carry out. Option 1 is a short match with a definitive winner and loser. Option two is a much longer match but still with a winner and loser. It will all depend on how the fans react to the event on Sunday. That definitely doesn’t help the situation much. But I am looking forward to what I hope will be the end of their feud.

Prediction: I have only done this a few times in the past, but I am actually rooting for Roman to win. Even if he doesn’t get the Money in the Bank briefcase cashed in on him, I think it’s time to get that belt off of Brock Lesnar.

The WWE Universe will have many matches to look forward to tomorrow. No matter what the outcomes are, this will definitely be a SummerSlam that many people will never forget. Make sure you don’t miss out of the event, which starts at 5 ET/2 PT on the WWE Network.