SummerSlam is WWE’s second biggest PPV of the year and it’s right around the corner. The biggest event of the summer continues it’s residency at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn and has some big moments planned. The WWE Universe is getting rabid about a couple things and it could come to a head in The Big Apple.
To say the WWE Universe’s relationship with current Universal Champion Brock Lesnar has soured would be an understatement. The Beast Incarnate has been a scarce sight on Raw and has barely defended his title on PPV’s. What used to be a sense of sacred power, a feeling that only the most worthy could face Lesnar, has quickly become a feeling of lazy entitlement. Reports of Lesnar’s wages and a sheer lack of time spent with the company has made fans turn on him. They want fighting champions, like Rollins and Ziggler have been. They want their champion to be present. And this new storyline might be just a little too little too late. It doesn’t help that he is defending it against Roman Reigns… again.
On the other end of the superstar spectrum, Ronda Rousey has been consistently proving she wants to belong and is willing to work. Since her surprisingly effective debut at Wrestlemania, she has been a tour de force. After her first title defense was ruined by Alexa Bliss at Money In The Bank, she’ll be looking for some vengeance against Bliss. It’s hard to see them not putting the belt on their biggest asset unless something really big happens…
Who would have thought we would ever get an AJ Styles versus Samoa Joe match in WWE? AND it’s at SummerSlam. AND it’s for the WWE Championship! Two of the best workers in the business will face off and it has incredible potential. Samoa Joe has been an absolute monster on the mic and no one is better in the ring than AJ Styles. This could be the match that Lesnar and Reigns wish they could put on.
It looks like the Miz and Daniel Bryan could be coming to blows at SummerSlam. The match we wanted so badly after that infamous Talking Smack segment but thought we could never get is coming to fruition. It’s hard to believe the program between these two will last only for SummerSlam. It has “long-term feud” written all over it. But where else better to start it than SummerSlam? Start that build to Wrestlemania…
There are a ton of other great matches on this PPV. All the other titles will be defended, Stroman has put his MITB briefcase on the line, and Finn Balor is hoping to gain momentum. WWE usually does some big stuff for SummerSlam so you should definitely tune in. Here are the matches you’ll see and the ones you can’t miss!
WWE SummerSlam 2018 Details
Date: Sunday, August 19, 2018
Time: 7:00 P.M. EST (4:00 P.M. PST)
TV Channel: WWE Network
Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Braun Stroman vs. Kevin Owens
Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin
Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Drew Gulak for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Jeff Hardy for the United States Championship
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship
The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The New Day for the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships
Carmella (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship
The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns for the Universal Title
AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Championship
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Ronda Rousey for the Raw Women’s Championship
Predictions and Must-See Matches
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
Ronda Rousey has done nothing but impress since her debut at Wrestlemania. She will be going up one of the best workers in the women’s division in Alexa Bliss. Rousey looked viscous at Money In The Bank but she was also fighting Nia Jax. To a certain extent, Jax size and power could help hide some sloppiness. Jax was allowed to get plenty of offense in and any time someone can get as much viscous offense on a powerhouse like Jax as Rousey did it looks impressive. She won’t have the power of Jax to make it look like the fight is an uphill battle.
In this one, Rousey is clearly the more “powerful” of the two. Pessimism aside, Rousey has been working her tail off since arriving and she is an amazing athlete and Bliss is the top of the women’s division. If Rousey’s and Bliss’ combined abilities continue on their current track, this will be great. And it’s likely we’re looking at Rousey’s first title reign.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe
Seriously, who could have thought we’d get a championship match between AJ Styles and Samoa Joe in the WWE? AND at a major PPV like SummerSlam!? The two were stars in both Ring of Honor and TNA and have settled well into the WWE. While the Universal Championship scene is in turmoil over on Raw, Styles has brought consistency and big-time match statuses to the WWE Championship.
Styles has been arguably the best in-ring performer that WWE has had since his debut and deserves his title run. Samoa Joe has been one of the most consistent workers on the mic the last few months and always looks like he can destroy someone in the ring. The two will put on a great show but it’s hard to tell who could win this one. Joe is a legitimate contender, but will WWE want to take the title off the WWE 2K19 cover athlete before it’s release on October 9th?
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Seth Rollins
The two workhorse superstars have made the Intercontinental Title the ipso facto main title on the Raw brand. With the absence of Brock Lesnar and his Universal Title, the two have put the men’s championship scene on the red brand on their shoulders, even headlining the Extreme Rules PPV with their Iron Man Match. Reports have said that Ziggler was a little shaken when the crowd hijacked their Iron Man Match by counting down from ten every time the clock on the jumbotron hit a: 10 mark like they were at the Royal Rumble. But the two still put on a solid match. If that’s what they can do with distractions it’s likely they will burn the house down (no Seth Rollins Pun intended..) at SummerSlam. Add in the looming presence of Drew McIntyre and it could be interesting. Not to mention the slight chance that Deam Ambrose could come back… evening the odds for Rollins perhaps?
The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan
Ever since the infamous promo The Miz cut on Daniel Bryan on Smacking Talk the WWE Universe has been chomping at the bit for the two to get at each other. Once Bryan was cleared for in-ring action everyone knew what they wanted to happen but WWE wasn’t quick to pull the trigger. Now we get one of the best ever in the ring going at one of the best ever on the mic. The Miz has gone from fan outcast to fan favorite and shown that he is an integral part of the WWE World. Look for an extremely hard-fought and stiff match between two hard workers. Most likely The Miz finds a way to win so they can carry this feud on much longer…