WWE SummerSlam is fast-approaching. Ten matches will be featured and seven championships will be up for grabs. Superstars from Raw and SmackDown are preparing for the biggest fight of the summer.
So many great matches are lined up for SummerSlam. “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar will defend his WWE Universal Championship against three other monsters. WWE World Champion Jinder Mahal will defend his title against up-and-coming star Shinsuke Nakamura.
Despite that there’s ten matches on the card, I’ve only predicted nine so far. That’s because we haven’t found out who faces Alexa Bliss for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship. Will it be Sasha Banks or Nia Jax? Who knows? But come back next week, and I’ll have this article updated with another prediction.
Want to know who’s going to walk out of SummerSlam as a winner/champion? Look below into my WWE predictions crystal ball, and you might just see into the future…
WWE SummerSlam 2017 Viewing Details
Date: Sunday, August 20, 2017
Time (kick-off show): 5:00 P.M. EST
Time (main show): 7:00 P.M. EST
TV Channel: WWE Network / Pay-Per-View
Location: Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn, New York
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship match: The New Day (c) vs. The Usos
The Usos are fittin’T on whopping that booty at SummerSlam. They’ll go looking to regain those tag team titles in the Barclay’s Center (of course). The Usos have shown a new vicious side that has become increasing violent, yet all the more appealing to the audience. The New Day are the longest reigning tag team champions in history, so a quick title change against The Usos would be the antithesis to their history as a tag team.
I expect that The Usos will regain their titles from The New Day someday soon….just not in the Barclay’s Center, bayyyyyyy-beeeeeeee!
The New Day defeat The Usos to retain the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
WWE Cruiserweight Championship match: Neville vs. Akira Tozawa (c)
Neville has set a new standard of excellence for WWE’s crusierweight division. He’s been nearly unstoppable. He totally knocked Austin Aries out of the game, and now, he’s looking to do the same with Akira Tozawa.
The Big Baller Bran…I mean The Titus Brand will be in Tozawa’s corner, supporting his crusierweight client like no other. It’s time for a new star to be born in the division of light-weight, high-flyers.
Update: August 14th’s episode of Tozawa won the championship 6 days earlier on Monday Night Raw. I think he’ll retain his title in the Barclay’s Center.
Akira Tozawa defeats Neville to retain the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship match: Naomi (c) vs. Natalya
I predict this encounter between Naomi and Natalya to be one of the true highlights of the night. This showdown reminds me of the 1992 SummerSlam classic between Bret Hart and the British Bulldog in Wembley Stadium. The Hart-Bulldog stole the show, but can Naomi-Natalya. I have a strong feeling that Nattie is re-watching this match again and again to pick up pointers on how to entertain the crowd while putting on wrestling clinic.
Natalya certainly deserves another run at the top of the division. However, I don’t feel Naomi’s ready to give up her strap just yet. At least not until Carmella’s music hits… I predict Ms. Money In The Bank will cash in on the winner of this match. How bow dah?
Naomi defeats Natalya to retain. Carmella cashes in and defeats Naomi. Carmella is the new WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion
Rusev vs. Randy Orton
Why is Rusev the one being crushed? Last pay-per-view, he was decimated by the hands of John Cena who waved the American flag high and proud. Now, what is Rusev to do? Cena made him look like a chump for his return. Rusev needs to look like an imposing force once again. But Randy Orton is no push-over either. One RKO outta nowhere, and lights out for Rusev.
What does WWE have to gain by jobbing out Rusev to stars of yesteryear? This is the New Era, right? WWE needs Rusev to decisively defeat Orton by any means necessary.
Rusev defeats Randy Orton
WWE United States Championship match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens w/ Shane McMahon as special guest referee
Here is another match with show-stealing potential. Shane McMahon is a real wild card in this match. He has some violent history with Styles, dating back to their match at WrestleMania 33. But Shane O’Mac is pretty fair. So, he’ll probably call things down the middle.
After this match, I see a feud between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon arising from the outcome of SummerSlam. Styles will defeat Owens, and KO will cast the blame on SmackDown‘s commissioner.
AJ Styles defeats Kevin Owens to retain the WWE United States Championship
Big Show vs. Big Cass w/ Enzo Amore suspended high above the ring in a shark tank
Two behemoths will clash in the Barclay’s Center. All the while, jittery little Enzo watches on from a shark tank dangling from the ceiling. This match is Cass’ proving ground. If he gets destroyed by Big Show then his momentum might dwindle to nada, capeesh?
The smart thing to do is to have Big Cass go over. But then again, Enzo and Show need their revenge. The crowd would go crazy to see ‘Zo get over on Cass. But Big Cass definitely needs this win a lot more than The Big Show.
Big Cass defeats Big Show
Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt
This match will likely be an all-out brawl. Finn and Bray have been in prime form, when it comes to their characters and in-ring abilities. Both have the potential of tearing down the house at the Barclay’s Center.
Balor needs a mountain to overcome. Fans need to become invested in this feud, and kicking of Wyatt easily won’t achieve that. Bray needs to win this one with his Wyatt mind games. Balor will make-up for this loss in a later match.
Bray Wyatt defeats Finn Balor
WWE World Championship match: Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Jinder Mahal and Shinsuke Nakamura will go to war over the top prize in this business. Mahal has definitely earned his spot in the main event, with his ever-increasing charisma as a bad guy. On the other hand, he hasn’t been featured very prominently on the blue brand despite the fact that he’s the top champion.
I can see Rusev running in on Mahal’s behalf, interfering in the match and reminding the fans of their former makeshift tag team. However, I think WWE wants to make some waves for the blue brand coming out of SummerSlam. The crowd would be go absolutely insane if Nakamura wins the title. And that’s the route I think WWE will go with this. Though I do see a second world championship reign down the line for Mahal very, very soon…
Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Jinder Mahal to become the new WWE World Champion
WWE Universal Championship Fatal 4-Way match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe vs. Braun Strowman
This match might be the hardest predict. Each man deserves the designation of Universal Champion, but there can only be one. Lesnar will likely take some more time off from WWE, possibly to train for a UFC clash with Jon Jones. It’d be too soon to throw the strap on Roman, and wouldn’t make much sense. This leaves us Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman.
Joe has been on an intense path of destruction, but so has Strowman. Joe was very close to making Lesnar pass out, and Strowman has made a name off of punishing Roman Reigns. I can see both men walking out as WWE Universal Champion. But this match I see going to the “Monster Among Men” who can easily replace the role of “The Beast Incarnate” while he’s away.
Braun Strowman defeats Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, and Samoa Joe to become the new WWE Universal Champion
Post-Match Predictions: I see Strowman eventually losing the strap to Roman Reigns at the end of the year. Lesnar later goes onto win the 2018 Royal Rumble. He goes on to face Roman Reigns at WrestleMania to decide who’s the better man that beat The Undertaker. Reigns finally defeats Lesnar at ‘Mania. I predict Samoa Joe to be the one who takes out Roman Reigns next. Joe might get the title at SummerSlam, but he may be better suited for the strap in 2018.
WWE Raw Women’s Championship match: Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks
This one is a late entry, so I’ll make this quick. I believe “The Boss” Sasha Banks will go over “The Goddess” Alexa Bliss tonight after an entertaining back-and-forth conflict in Brooklyn.