WWE presents the biggest party of the summer, SummerSlam from Toronto, Canada this week. SummerSlam is usually considered the second biggest pay-per-view of the year after WrestleMania, and WWE has tried to make it feel a major deal with several high-quality matches and return of some big names.
WWE has been on a roll this year when it comes to pay-per-views, with almost all the shows barring Super ShowDown receiving rave reviews from the critics and left the fans satisfied. WWE will hope to continue the streak with SummerSlam.
With just a day to go before the pay-per-view, we take a rundown of the match-card and try to predict the outcomes of the matches!
UPDATE: Apollo Crews vs Buddy Murphy and The IIconics vs WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross have been added to the Kickoff along with the Cruiserweight Championship.
Cruiserweight Championship: Drew Gulak (c) vs Oney Lorcan
Drew Gulak dethroned Tony Nese at Stomping Grounds, in a match also featuring former Cruiserweight Champion Akira Tozawa. Gulak went on to successfully defend his title against Nese at Extreme Rules last month and waited to find out his next challenger.
Hard-hitting superstar Oney Lorcan, known for his partnership with Danny Burch in the Tag Team Division of NXT, emerged victorious in a 6-Pack Challenge match on 205 Live to earn an opportunity against Gulak at SummerSlam.
Gulak and Lorcan are high-quality wrestlers with an arsenal of devastating offense. Expect this match to be a sleeper hit and give a great start to the show.
Prediction: Drew Gulak retains
The Fiend (Bray Wyatt) vs Finn Balor
Bray Wyatt is finally making a much-anticipated return to the ring, after a year-long absence. Bray Wyatt’s new creepy character of ‘The Fiend’ has so far been a success in WWE, and he will wrestle as the Fiend for the first time against Balor on Sunday.
Balor and Wyatt have crossed paths before, however, their rivalry could never reach a conclusion. Bray Wyatt has two different avatars in WWE, one is the creepy monster known as the Fiend while the other is a sweet host of a children’s show called Firefly Fun House.
Balor is not expected to bring his Demon avatar to battle Bray Wyatt’s Fiend this Sunday.
Prediction: Bray Wyatt wins
United States Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs Ricochet
Ricochet won the United States Championship at Stomping Grounds, defeating WWE’s resident Destroyer Samoa Joe. However, Ricochet faced a daunting task ahead of him, when AJ Styles and his Good Brother decided to go after the US title.
AJ Styles eventually won the title at Extreme Rules, and the Phenomenal One easily brushed off the young superstar. However, Ricochet refused to be bogged down and won a Gauntlet Match on RAW to once again challenge for the US title at SummerSlam.
Both the superstars have produced quality encounters in the past and will no doubt partake in a fantastic battle for the prestigious United States Championship once again.
Prediction: AJ Styles retains
Goldberg vs Dolph Ziggler
Goldberg made his return last Monday on RAW to sign a contract for a match against Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam. In one of the most bizarre one-on-one contests in recent memory, the two superstars from two completely different generations will battle it out at SummerSlam.
Dolph Ziggler disrespected the former World Heavyweight Champion for several weeks and called himself the best wrestler in WWE. Goldberg took offense to the blatant disrespect and decided to solve the matter inside the squared circle at SummerSlam.
Goldberg makes a return to SummerSlam after sixteen years, and his last match on SummerSlam resulted in him becoming the World Heavyweight Champion. Expect a huge swerve here.
Prediction: Goldberg wins
Kevin Owens vs Shane McMahon – If Owens loses, he leaves WWE
Kevin Owens started a revolution in WWE against the antics of Shane McMahon and his goons last month, claiming that McMahon has turned WWE into his own personal show. Owens wanted to fight for the overlooked superstars of WWE, the ones who could not get TV time due to Shane McMahon hogging all the screen time for himself.
Kevin Owens has stunned Shane McMahon for several weeks now, and McMahon finally got some revenge on Owens last week on SmackDown Live. Owens’ new character as the People’s Champion will definitely be the favorite at SummerSlam.
Prediction: Kevin Owens wins
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley (c) vs Ember Moon
Ember Moon somehow won the right to challenge Bayley at SummerSlam for the championship, but their rivalry has left a lot to be desired. Moon and Bayley are both babyfaces currently, and face vs face rivalry is not something WWE is particularly great at booking.
Ember Moon will look to topple Bayley at SummerSlam, and win her title on the main roster. The former NXT Champion has had a rocky start to her main roster career, and has never reached the heights of her NXT run.
Bayley will most likely return from Canada as the champion and go on to face her former nemesis, Charlotte Flair.
Prediction: Bayley retains
Trish Stratus vs Charlotte Flair
Trish Stratus will return to in-ring action after over a year, and it will be her first singles match on a pay-per-view in 13 years! Trish Stratus has announced that this match would indeed be the final match of her illustrious career, and she will look to end on a high note against The Queen Charlotte Flair.
Charlotte Flair disrespected Trish Stratus and downplayed her career in WWE. Stratus and Flair are two of the most successful wrestlers in the Women’s Division, with a combined 16 reigns between the two superstars.
A dream match is set to turn into reality on Sunday, and it will be an iconic moment for the fans worldwide.
Prediction: Charlotte Flair wins
WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs Randy Orton
Kofi Kingston has had a stellar run with the WWE Championship in the last four months, and has defeated the likes of Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe and Dolph Ziggler in his reign as the WWE Champion.
Kofi Kingston will reignite a decade long rivalry, when he defends his title against the Apex Predator Randy Orton at SummerSlam 2019. Their feud in 2009 has been a major factor in their current rivalry, with Kingston looking to take revenge for Orton’s action from a decade ago.
The tension is high in this highly personal rivalry, and Orton will look to end Kofi’s reign, which he has termed as undeserving.
Prediction: Kofi Kingston retains
Raw Women’s Championship (Submission Match): Becky Lynch (c) vs Natalya
Becky Lynch and Natalya will battle it out in a Submission Match on Sunday, with Natalya wrestling in front of her home crowd of Canada. Natalya outclassed three other superstars to win the right to face Lynch at SummerSlam, and their feud has gradually gotten intense over the past few weeks.
Becky Lynch’s Dis-Arm-Her and Natalya’s Sharpshooter will be in focus during the match, and both the women will try to lock each other down with their submission moves.
Becky Lynch should end up winning the match and possibly facing a returning Sasha Banks, a superstar who Lynch made an open challenge to this week.
Prediction: Becky Lynch retains
WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Seth Rollins
Brock Lesnar will defend the Universal Championship for the third year in a row, when he takes on the Architect Seth Rollins in the main event of the evening. Seth Rollins defeated nine other superstars in an All-Star Battle Royal to become the No.1 contender for Lesnar’s championship, which Lesnar won after cashing in his Money in the Bank contract on Seth Rollins at Extreme Rules last month.
Lesnar has gone to decimate Rollins in the past few weeks, and Rollins has taken several blows to his body in the process. It is highly unlikely that Rollins will be 100% in the match at SummerSlam, but his “never say die” attitude will be in focus. Can Rollins win the title at Summerslam and become a 2x Universal Champion?
Predictions: Brock Lesnar retains