SummerSlam has long been known for being just as hot as the season in which it takes place. This years event will likely be no different as the WWE has been riding sky high as of late. One thing is certain and that is that the WWE is suffering from an over abundance of talent rather than the Summertime blues. That makes match making all the more intriguing and Wrestling News Pro has some thoughts on potential matches that we may see in Brooklyn this August. Here are 7 matches that may just end up on the card. If my predictions serve any purpose, it’s to paint the picture that the Barclays Center will be bursting at the seams with electricity this August.
Smackdown Women’s Championship
Charlotte (C) vs. Nikki Bella
The ground work is already being laid in April. The two have exchanged a tweet or two via social media as they now call the same brand home. While Charlotte prepares for her first title match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship, Nikki Bella is continuing to rehab from her nagging neck injury that had her taking some planned time off after WrestleMania. An August match is likely ample time for the future Mrs.Cena to feel well enough to grapple with the Queen. The storyline is a compelling one as Nikki is the longest running Divas champ in history while Charlotte has been the best that the Women have to offer since her arrival. Let us not forget that it was Charlotte who ended that historical title run that Nikki Bella was on. Expect the two to gain momentum via social media before Bella has a chance to reemerge on WWE programming. Oh, and I’m just gonna call it now that Charlotte will drop a Wedding planning joke on Nikki Bella.
Triple Threat RAW Women’s Championship
Bayley (C) vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks
I think a lot will happen with these three women between now and August 20th in Brooklyn. I think we will see Bayley lose and regain the championship and we will also see the much anticipated heel turn from Sasha Banks. It was has teased by Sasha with tweets and a promo that was abruptly interrupted by Miss.Bliss. This match works much better with Sasha as a heel than it would with Sasha as a face. Some fans may be tired of her act but Bayley basically lives off of being the underdog dreamer that continues to overcome all odds. Being involved in a triple threat with two top heels is just another hill for her to tackle. The WWE universe may have initially hoped for a recreation of Bayley and Sasha’s NXT battle in the Barclays Center but that tune may have changed with arrival of Alexa Bliss in the Superstar shakeup. As evident by her number one contender victory, Alexa looks like her move to RAW will not go unnoticed and she will become a main fixture in championship picture. The Women’s matches yet again will confidently hold their own on this massive card.
United State Championship
Kevin Owens (C) vs. AJ Styles
Some may have considered AJ Styles involvement in the US title picture as being counterproductive for the phenomenal one but I think that thought could be argued. It works in two fold as it enormously helps the relevancy of the US title and also starts the slow build to what I hope ends for AJ Styles with a main event match in New Orleans next April. It goes without saying that with their feud already in motion that this will go on to be a long standing feud to determine just who the top guy on the Blue Brand is. For those wondering why I’m assuming this feud will go on this long, look at Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman. Styles is now being booked as a babyface while Owens is doing as marvelous as ever with generating heat. These two have five star match written all over them and they do not need the top title in the game to prove it. Owens can produce promo gold in his sleep and Styles will match that with an in-ring ability like no other. Styles’ fans may be frustrated with the slow roll to the WWE championship but fear not, it’s coming.
Roman Reigns vs Samoa Joe
Eventually, Reigns’ feud with Braun Strowman has to end. After the ambulance flip Reigns may sign off on that sentiment. A program with Samoa Joe is a great move for both superstars. This takes on a look that strongly resembles Roman’s feud from last summer with Rusev. With all due respect to Rusev though, Joe brings an over abundance of physicality and stronger promos to the table. With the way these two conduct business, this one could simply by inadvertently bumping shoulders in the hallway. This potential encounter will be 1 or 1A on the card from a physicality standpoint. My only hope is that from this comes a title run from Samoa Joe. I don’t think they’ll be a run for him during WrestleMania season but he most definitely deserves one. The WWE universe is simply scratching the surface on what this Samoan has to offer.
Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn
I’ve said it before but Baron Corbin rarely gets pinned clean. With the exclusion of a John Cena match on Smackdown and WrestleMania, when was the last time you have seen him pinned? For the sake of this article you can marinate on that question and leave your answer in the comments section below. It should come as no surprise to the folks who frequent this site that I feel big things are in store for Corbin in 2017. My prediction is that this summer we will see the Lone Wolf win the Money in the Bank briefcase. Look no further than my ‘Time to cash in on Corbin’ piece to read my enthusiasm. This match will allow Corbin to lie low with the briefcase while still licking his heel chops on the fav favorite Zayn. For the underground underdog, this serves as a relevant match against a heel with a briefcase that is on the verge of a monster push. It’ll be one of the pleasant surprises on the card with their match ultimately been much more tantalizing than their build up.
WWE Championship Match
Jinder Mahal (C) w/ the Bollywood Boyz vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
I cleverly put this match towards the bottom to ensure that you’d read at least 75% of my article. I’m learning the blogging ropes fairly quick. All jokes aside, I wasn’t thrilled with Mahal winning the six pack challenge with the Bollywood Boyz on Smackdown. I slept on it and came to the realization that WWE officials have never and will never march to the beat of my drum. There hasn’t been many times in which a number one contender has had two henchmen that hasn’t eventually been successful. So I’m going to embrace it and say that between now and SummerSlam, Jinder Mahal will be your WWE champion. I would also like to give Jinder the benefit of the doubt with the understanding that he has never really been given a ton of programming time to make himself look credible to the viewers. To those who can’t come to grips with this monster push I say fear not because Shinsuke will save the day. In the past, a lot of monster heel pushes hit their peak at a major pay-per-view. While the Bollywood Boyz will make their presence felt, I think this is where WWE officials sort of pump the brakes on Mahal and let Nakamura run with it. They took less time in putting the title on Balor so August is more than enough time before a Nakamura title run. The only hope for the staff at Wrestling News Pros is that they come up with catchy faction title rather than the Bollywood Boyz.
WWE Universal Championship
Brock Lesnar (C) vs. Braun Strowman
As I’ve said before, the Braun Bromance has blossomed and it is undeniable. Vince has hopelessly tried to shove incapable big men (Ryback) down our throats before but Braun has delivered on so many levels and deserves this moment. Not only does he deserve this moment but he deserves to be on this stage without Roman Reigns’ involvement. Braun is the best big man Vince has given us since Kane. Eventually that deadbeat stay at home champion that we call the beast incarnate is going to have to get off his couch in Minnesota and make an appearance. All criticisms aside though, the buildup to this match would be scorching. Suplex city meeting the monster among men may just be enough to bring down the Barclays center. Paul Heyman will serve as the mouthpiece between these two behemoths and that’ll work just find for fans. This should undoubtedly go on last and will be one of the biggest brawls in recent SummerSlam memory. This may be the opportune way to legitimately take the title off of Lesnar and bring it back to weekly WWE programming. At some point over the winter Lesnar will win it back and we will have our Reigns/Brock WrestleMania program. Lord knows that Braun deserves this moment as much as anybody on that roster.
Writing credit goes to: Michael Hauff
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