WWE presents the Biggest Party of the Summer, SummerSlam, on August 23, which will be the fifth PPV in the Pandemic Era. The show was originally set to air from Boston, but the restrictions due to COVID-19 forced WWE to move out of the area.
Unlike all the other PPVs in the Pandemic Era, SummerSlam would not take place at Performance Center.
After a long search, WWE has reportedly finalized on Amway Center in Florida to be the location for the PPV, which won’t have any fans in attendance. WWE will be using the virtual fans experience, used by several other sporting promotions in current circumstances.
Despite the restrictions, WWE has presented several great PPVs in the last few months, and the card for the upcoming SummerSlam and NXT Takeover, both, look quite promising.
We run down through the WWE SummerSlam 2020 match card and give our thoughts and predictions on how the PPV will go down this Sunday.
Loser Leaves WWE: Sonya Deville vs. Mandy Rose
This has been building for months between the two former best friends. A final showdown is on the cards for SummerSlam, in a Loser Leaves WWE match. It was originally scheduled to be a Hair vs Hair match after Deville cut off a few strands of Rose’s hair on SmackDown two weeks ago.
As per rumors, Deville has received a few acting offers and this could be WWE’s way to write her off the television.
Both the stars have come out of this rivalry looking like legitimate stars who can ease into the title scene at any given point.
Prediction: Mandy Rose wins.
Street Fight: Seth Rollins vs. Dominik Mysterio
Dominik Mysterio will get to make his in-ring debut against one of the best wrestlers in the world currently, as the duo face off in a Street Fight. Rollins has brutalized Rey Mysterio and his accomplices in the past few months, and it all came to a head when he popped out Rey’s eyeball at Extreme Rules.
With revenge on his mind, Dominik will compete against Rollins in what promises to be a vicious encounter. It will be interesting to see how Dominik fares in the ring, as he has looked slick so far, but has absolutely zero experience of wrestling a match.
Rollins should somehow end up winning the match in a way that protects Dominik, as a clean loss on debut won’t be the perfect start for him.
Prediction: Seth Rollins wins via DQ / No Result.
WWE RAW Tag Team Championship: The Street Profits(c) vs. Andrade and Angel Garza
The two Latino stars will face off against Street Profits, who have lacked proper challengers for quite some time now. Their feud with Viking Raiders was largely based on comedic segments, while this feud has some story behind it. Bianca Belair got involved in this rivalry after Zelina Vega allegedly poisoned Montez Ford.
It is difficult to gauge the winner in this matchup, but with Vega by their side, Andrade and Garza can do a good job as champions.
Prediction: Andrade and Angel Garza win.
WWE United States Championship: Apollo Crews(c) vs. MVP
This match was originally scheduled to take place at Extreme Rules before being called off due to Crews’ positive COVID-19 test. Crews eventually defeated MVP on RAW, but MVP demanded a rematch which was accepted by the champion.
Crews’ career revival has been a delightful sight, and it is wonderful to see him do a great job with the title on his shoulder. MVP has arguably been the Most Valuable Player for WWE in 2020, but Crews should end up retaining the title for the time being. Crews will have to tackle the threat of Lashley and Benjamin who will try their best to sabotage the matchup.
Prediction: Apollo Crews retains.
WWE Raw Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks(c) vs. Asuka
While MVP is the best performer in the Men’s Division, Asuka has carried the Women’s Division of the company in the absence of stars like Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch. Asuka lost the RAW title in a controversial ending and took down Bayley to secure another shot at the title.
Banks and Bayley have worked really well as a duo, and their fine heel work has made Asuka an uber-babyface in the company. The match will essentially be a 2-on-1 encounter with Bayley in Banks’ corner, and it is difficult to see Banks losing in this scenario.
Prediction: Sasha Banks retains.
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley(c) vs. Asuka
Asuka will seek to do the impossible by taking on Bayley as well with the top title from the blue brand on the line. The duo has played with Asuka’s emotions a lot over the past few weeks. Asuka should win at least one match, and it is highly likely that the nearly year-long reign of Bayley comes to an end.
Bayley losing will surely help to sow the seeds for Banks vs Bayley down the line.
Prediction: Asuka wins.
WWE Universal Championship | Falls Count Anywhere: Braun Strowman(c) vs. The Fiend
This rivalry has surpassed all expectations with the involvement of Alexa Bliss and a possible double turn between Strowman and The Fiend. A heel Strowman has always been exciting to watch, and it seems like he is the latest victim of Fiend’s mind games. Miz, Finn Balor, and Seth Rollins faced a similar fate after fighting the Fiend.
It is extremely difficult to pinpoint a winner in this match, as Strowman is finally coming into his own with tremendous character work, while Fiend should never have lost the title in the first place in February.
Prediction: Braun Strowman retains probably via DQ
WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre(c) vs. Randy Orton
It is a testament to Orton’s greatness that even after nearly two decades in the business, he is giving out amazing performances, doing some of the finest character work he has ever done. Orton’s ruthlessness goes beyond him being a heel. He isn’t trying to get booed. He is simply an evil sadist.
Drew McIntyre is out to make things right in the hierarchy, and by taking down Orton, he wants to prove what a true champion must look like. However, if reports are to be believed, Orton is set to take the title, and there should be zero reservations among the WWE Universe with this decision.
Prediction: Randy Orton wins.