With NXT TakeOver: Toronto kicking off a spectacular weekend of pro wrestling, WWE hopes to continue the excitement with its “Biggest Party of the Summer”, SummerSlam 2019. Sunday’s PPV event is stacked with an incredible match card that many members of the WWE Universe are excited for. Two Queens of different eras are set to fight for the first time ever in what can only be described as a dream match.
The next chapter of the bitter rivalry between Randy Orton and Kofi Kingston will be written with the WWE championship on the line. “The Man” Becky Lynch hopes to continue her reign over the RAW women’s division as she faces her greatest challenge yet. And Seth Rollins looks to remind the world that he is, in fact, the “Beast Slayer.” Whether your an old or fairly new fan of WWE, this is definitely a PPV that you won’t want to miss. Here’s a full breakdown of the match card and my own predictions.
Trish Stratus vs. Charlotte Flair
This was a match that I never thought would ever happen. Trish Stratus had her last match in 2006 and retired from in-ring competition. She made a return to the ring back in 2018 for the Evolution PPV in a tag team match. I consider myself a big fan of Stratus and was very excited to see her come back.
It was rumored for months that Stratus was set to have a match at SummerSlam 2019, and it was confirmed a few weeks ago when Charlotte challenged her to a match. Charlotte has quickly cemented her legacy in both NXT and in the main roster. She’s an eight-time Women’s Champion and was one of the three women to headline this year’s Wrestlemania. Stratus is a Hall of Famer who inspired many superstars who are currently in WWE. This will surely be an epic match between two icons of different generations.
Prediction: This is one of those matches that makes it difficult to root for someone. Stratus has been out of in-ring competition for a few months but she’s proven that she still has what it takes to challenge anyone. Flair has had a rough few months since her loss at Wrestlemania, making her a dangerous opponent. This would be the win that Charlotte needs to get herself on track for a future title shot. With all this being said, I’d have to go with Charlotte winning the match.
Goldberg vs. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler has made a career proving why he’s “The Showoff.” He’s had major accomplishments during his time as a WWE superstar, including being a six-time Intercontinental Champion and a two-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He’s also not shy about voicing his displeasure on how his talents have been under-appreciated.
For the past few weeks, Ziggler has taken several verbal jabs at Goldberg for taking his spotlight at the SuperShowdown event. During this week’s episode of RAW, it was advertised that Ziggler would sign a contract to face off against The Miz. However, Miz shocked the world when he revealed that Ziggler would actually face Goldberg on Sunday. With the match being set, Ziggler is in for the match of his life against one of the most dominant forces in the history of WWE.
Prediction: To be honest, this is a match that I don’t really care for. It wouldn’t have made a difference had the match been between Ziggler and Miz, but this match doesn’t add any excitement. The match at SuperShowdown between Goldberg and Undertaker was a complete disaster. It makes me wonder why WWE would bring Goldberg back after such a disappointing match. If I had to pick a winner, I’d have to choose Goldberg.
United States Champion AJ Styles vs. Ricochet
Two of the greatest competitors in professional wrestling will battle for the United States Championship this Sunday. Ricochet had an outstanding run during his time NXT and even became the NXT North American Champion. He’s gained much success since joining the main roster a few months ago.
Two months ago, Ricochet defeated Samoa Joe and became the United States Champion, which is also marked his first title win on the main roster. AJ Styles is a global name that many wrestling fans can easily recognize. The two superstars had a match at Extreme Rules, which Styles won with help from The Club. Ricochet wasn’t going to let this short title run get to him and quickly challenged Styles for a rematch. The two have traded blows for several weeks and have faced each other in tag team matches. Everything comes down to their match this Sunday, which will surely be phenomenal.
Prediction: Both Styles and Ricochet have made names for themselves before their arrival in WWE. They are fierce and talented competitors who will stop at nothing to be the best. Their match at Extreme Rules was one of the major highlights of the night. It would be strange to bet against them putting on an incredible match. Either one of them would benefit from a win on Sunday night. However, I’m rooting for Ricochet to win the match.
Finn Balor vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt
Apparently, the year is 2017 since this feud is still going on. Trust me, I’m not complaining that this match is happening, but it seems like it’s two years too late. However, this particular match has elevated the stakes since the Bray Wyatt that Finn will be facing isn’t the same Wyatt from two years ago.
For a past few months, Wyatt has had a series of promos where he plays as the leader of the Firefly Funhouse. He’s played multiple characters during the segments, including one called “The Fiend.” A few weeks ago, “The Fiend” interrupted Balor’s promo and attacked him. Ever since then, Balor has been tormented by Wyatt, which led to their match being set up for SummerSlam 2019.
Prediction: The entire arena and social media exploded when the lights were turned off and Wyatt attacked Balor. After seeing several promos from Wyatt, I was hoping he would make a return to the ring soon. I just wish that Finn would have chosen to dress as his Demon persona. I have no doubt that this will be one of the best matches of the night. I’m rooting for Wyatt to win, especially since this is his first match after being away for several months.
Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon (If Owens Loses, He Will Quit WWE)
Owens and McMahon are set to renew their bitter rivalry this Sunday in what will surely be a hard-hitting match. For the past several weeks, Owens has spoken out against McMahon’s title of “The Best in the World” and taking time away from several superstars who haven’t had a segment on television for months.
McMahon has tried everything to stop Owens’ attacks, including suspending him from the ring. However, Owens set the challenge for a match at SummerSlam 2019 in a video he posted on social media. Owens added the stipulation that if he lost the match, he would quit WWE.
Prediction: If any superstar had to be the one to voice his opinion against Shane’s constant involvement in WWE storylines, Owens was the obvious choice. The WWE Universe hasn’t been shy about siding with Owens, especially since the McMahons made it clear back in December 2018 that major changes would be coming. Much of the same issues continue to this day, including Shane’s constant involvement in storylines. I’m rooting for Kevin Owens to win the match.
WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton
These two icons have renewed their rivalry from a few years ago and will do battle once again at SummerSlam 2019. Nearly a decade ago, Orton and Kingston fought in a match against each other. Kingston accidentally botched a move on Orton, which enraged him. Since then, Kingston had been a mere mid-card superstar but eventually rose to stardom once again with the success of The New Day. Orton used that instance as an angle to claim that he used his influence within the company to hold Kingston back from any real success within WWE. After being pinned by Orton in a six-man tag team match and hearing him say this, Kingston decided to challenge him to a match.
Since winning the title at Wrestlemania, Kingston has faced off against many great competitors that have sought to end his title run. However, Orton is in a league of his own and will surely prove to be his toughest challenge yet as champion.
Prediction: Kingston’s win at Wrestlemania is one of those few moments that have earned a special place in my heart. Those types of moments are hard to come by, especially during what many call the “PG era.” I wouldn’t mind seeing Kingston retain his title and increasing his momentum as champion. However, this is would be the perfect opportunity for Big E to turn heel and cost Kingston the title to get the push that he deserves. Based on that sole fact, I’m rooting for Orton to win the match.
WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley vs. Ember Moon
Bayley has quickly proven herself to be a fighting champion as she’s had tough challenges come her way. After cashing in her Money in the Bank contract on Charlotte and becoming the SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley became the face of the SmackDown women’s division and has taken on all who challenge her. The champion’s next challenger will be Ember Moon, who has proven during her run in NXT that she has what it takes to be champion. After a successful tag-team partnership, Moon was offered a challenge by Bayley, which she accepted. It will surely be a hard-hitting match between two extremely talented superstars.
Prediction: Having watched both Bayley and Moon’s respective runs on NXT, I’m very excited to see how this match plays out. However, I’m going to have to root for Moon. She’s been highly underutilized since joining the main roster. She has what it takes to carry the SmackDown women’s division to new heights.
WWE RAW Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch vs. Natalya
At SummerSlam 2018, Becky Lynch‘s persona of “The Man” was born. After a devastating loss to Charlotte Flair, Lynch lashed out on her former friend for taking away another opportunity from her. After many months, Becky got her revenge after beating both Charlotte and Ronda Rousey at Wrestlemania to become both the RAW and SmackDown Women’s Champion.
Thought she lost one of her titles, Lynch has carried the RAW Women’s Title with pride. After her feud with Lacy Evans ended, a match had to determine who would face Lynch at SummerSlam 2019. Natalya was victorious and their match was set. In the weeks leading up to their fight, both have taken verbal jabs at each other and even put one another in their submission finishers. This let to their match’s stipulation being change to a Submission match.
Prediction: Lynch’s “Dis-Arm Her” and Natalya’s “Sharpshooter” are dangerous holds that have proven to be successful in many matches. It’s hard to say who walks out of this with the championship, but if I had to choose, I’d say that Lynch retains.
WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins
This match has gone beyond merely competing for the Universal Championship. It all started back at Wrestlemania 31 where Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract at the main event match of Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar and pinned Reigns to become the WWE Champion.
Fast forward four years later, Rollins beat Lesnar for the Universal Championship, even after a brutal beating by Lesnar before the match started. Since then, Rollins had an incredible feud with AJ Styles and a very bland feud against Baron Corbin. During the Extreme Rules PPV, Lesnar cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on Rollins and regained the Universal Championship. Rollins won a match to challenge Lesnar at SummerSlam 2019 once again a few weeks later. With the stage being set, Rollins has to find a way to get his title back and prove to the world that he truly is the “Beast Slayer.”
Prediction: If I’m being honest, Rollins had a pretty lackluster run as Universal Champion. His feud against AJ Styles could have easily been saved up for a bigger stage, like Wrestlemania. Their matches were still great but were missing that feeling that would make them spectacular. His feud with Baron Corbin was just lackluster and quite frankly should have never happened. I’m not too keen on seeing Lesnar retain the title, but given the way that WWE handled Rollins’ run as champion, I’d have to go with Lesnar retaining the title.
All of these matches are shaping up to deliver an incredible PPV event. The outcomes of all of these matches will surely shape how both RAW and SmackDown will look like for the next few months. Though only some of these matches really excite me, I have no doubt that this will be a memorable event. Make sure you don’t miss out of the event, which starts at 7 ET/4 PT on the WWE Network.