ZWrestleTalk's Triple Z once again predicts and analyzes WWE's SummerSlam.
SummerSlam is another long event for WWE. We have a kickoff show that has three matches. That right there tells you it is going to be a long night. Even though SummerSlam itself may be long, it is a stacked card.
The Revival VS B-Team
Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel were elevated during their time with The Miz. It is debatable that Axel can be entertaining under any circumstance. Dallas and Axel have had a mediocre rise in a flailing tag team division. A division that utilized a underperforming mid-card rivalry and made the rivals into partners (Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt). Like Axel said on RAW, "this has been the best run of our lives." Yet the run is coming to a close. The Revival have been groomed since the golden days of NXT. The throwback team has been waiting for their time to shine. It looks like the crowning will happen this Sunday.
Winners: The Revival
Rusev & Lana VS Andrade "Cien" Almas & Zelina Vega
Almas & Vega are regulated to the kickoff show. Maybe if they get a convincing victory over Rusev and Lana they will ascend to better things. Almas and Vega is a duo that is impossible to screw up. They should be a sure bet for this Sunday.
Winners: Andrade "Cien" Almas and Zelina Vega
Cedric Alexander VS Drew Gulak
I don't follow 205 Live. I loved the concept of the Cruiserweight division when it was first introduced on RAW. The execution was so lazy and unthoughtful that it really diminished the value the division had. Post-Enzo, they are trying to reboot the division and make it important again. Drake Maverick was brought in to be the charismatic general manager. Yet things on kickoff shows aren't deemed important. The Cruiserweight Championship hasn't been defended on a main card in forever. It has always taken place on the kickoff. So yeah Cedric Alexander will probably retain. Until we see a clear, new face take charge.
Winner: Cedric Alexander
The New Day VS Bludgeon Brothers
The New Day should be able to reach the top again. The perfect time to change the guard would be at SummerSlam.
Winners: The New Day
Finn Balor VS Constable Baron Corbin
End this feud, and just get rid of Constable Baron Corbin. This has been dreadful to watch. WWE is diminishing Balor's value by giving him no direction to succeed. Yet he can't afford to lose in these bad feuds.
Winner: Finn Balor
Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy
I don't see a Hardy victory coming. Nakamura is likely to hold on the hot potato U.S title for awhile.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Daniel Bryan VS The Miz
One of the most highly-anticipated matches in WWE this year. The tension has been building ever since the infamous Talking Smack moment. Daniel Bryan made a miraculous comeback. The Miz has constantly been elevating himself into WWE's primetime heel. Earning himself and his wife a reality spinoff of their own on USA Network.
This match will be personal. It also should be one of the best storytelling matches on the main roster. Similar to the emotions of Gargano/Ciampa although that will be hard to top. Could this possibly lead to Daniel Bryan/Brie Bella VS The Miz/Maryse. The first encounter is hard to predict because many of us never thought we would get the shot to witness this match.
I'm going to just buckle up and enjoy the ride. Daniel Bryan and The Miz could easily be "match of the night." My gut feeling says The Miz will get a dirty heel victory.
Winner: The Miz
Becky Lynch VS Carmella VS Charlotte Flair
Carmella has had a longer and more successful reign then we expected. Fans have been waiting for Becky Lynch to finally get another opportunity at the title. Yet Charlotte Flair has been interjected into the mix. Diminishing Becky Lynch's opportunity at the title. There could be a couple of reasons why Charlotte Flair was placed into this match.
1) WWE is planning Rousey VS Flair for WrestleMania 35, and leaving Charlotte off a big card would look "bad."
2) WWE using point 1 above as a easy way to use Charlotte's rematch clause.
The reign of Carmella has shocked, impressed, and frustrated some fans. No matter what type of fan you are, this reign is probably going to continue. Becky Lynch's second crowning can't be minimized by Charlotte Flair. Also to elaborate more on point 1. Why does Charlotte Flair need to be in this match? Can't WWE book more than two Women's matches? That would've been nice before the historic Evolution event. Yeah, you can count Lana VS Vega as a match technically but WWE could of easily had Charlotte Flair take on Asuka or the IIconics. It's just not a good scene for Becky Lynch always battling the shadow of the "Four Horsewomen." It really has affected all of them. Sasha, Bayley, and Becky have fallen to the shadow. Charlotte Flair has been able to squeak by. Carmella may survive again, and I'm totally cool with that.
Dolph Ziggler VS Seth Rollins
I'm feeling confident that Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre are going to continue to revive their careers with the Intercontinental Championship in their hands. Seth Rollins may be screwed by Dean Ambrose in this match. Especially if Reigns wins the title, WWE will get the ultimate creative option of executing a "Shield" feud and triple threat match at WrestleMania for the title. Could a Shield triple threat main event WrestleMania? Possibly. I think Ziggler will defeat Rollins with some help from McIntyre and maybe from a salty Dean Ambrose.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Kevin Owens VS Braun Strowman
I can't imagine Kevin Owens winning the Money in the Bank contract from Braun Strowman. I also rather have a face hold the briefcase for once. Strowman cashing in on Lesnar or Reigns would be great. I still feel Braun is going to wait awhile to cash in. I think he defeats Owens tonight pretty sound.
Winner: Braun Strowman
Alexa Bliss VS Ronda Rousey
This should be an epic match. Even better then Rousey's first championship match. Alexa Bliss is a fantastic heel, and has proven on multiple occasions that she can hold her own. Rousey hasn't had a bad outing yet. Rousey has been protected but she hasn't been too bad in the ring. I think Rousey will win by knockout to showcase her dominance.
Winner: Ronda Rousey
AJ Styles VS Samoa Joe
AJ Styles has been holding the belt for awhile. Samoa Joe is officially back. All I can say.
TNA! TNA! TNA!
It's truly incredible to think about how far AJ Styles and Samoa Joe have come. What's more ironic is that they are still using their same names. This has potentially to be a epic showdown if they are given the time, and if they aren't put in a bad cool down spot. I think Samoa Joe will defeat AJ Styles.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Roman Reigns VS Brock Lesnar
Hinting at a potential Paul Heyman twist on RAW. Yet, this will be the fourth encounter of Reigns and Lesnar. It would be hard to imagine Lesnar beating Reigns again. It is hard but truly it is WWE's most likely scenario. WWE wants Lesnar to keep winning and possibly hold the UFC title too. It would look epic.
Reigns suffering another gut-wrenching loss would be a intriguing storyline. Reigns winning would give WWE more creative options with a full time champion. There really isn't a lot of dream matches left for Brock Lesnar. The writing may be on the wall... Not to mention his schedule doesn't allow him to actually create dream match scenarios anymore.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
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