Should be a good one. The card looks pretty stacked with hard-hitting matches between interesting competitors, and Summerslam is usually the event that sets up WWE’s fall calendar and plants the seeds for the upcoming Wrestlemania. We saw the latter last year with Daniel Bryan’s title victory and immediate loss. So what’s on tap for the 2014 version? Let’s see if I know as much about wrestling as I think I do.
The Miz retains his Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler – I really like both of these guys, and I could see them moving back up to the top of the card in a few years depending on how things shape out. Right now, Dolph’s just too good in that make-someone-else-look-great role and the returning Miz needs a solid win.
AJ Lee retains her Divas Championship against Paige – Paige talks like the British Mayor Menino, but she’s the bee’s knees in the ring. Although I’d like to see these two keep going at each other, I’ve got a bad feeling they want to run AJ up against Eva Marie.
Rusev beats Jack Swagger in a Flag Match – Rusev needs to beat someone legit. Swagger’s suddenly that guy. Smells like another case of building a big tough guy up just to feed him to an established main eventer.
Bray Wyatt beats Chris Jericho – Because it’s about damn time Wyatt beat someone. Detect a trend in my predictions?
Dean Ambrose beats Seth Rollins in a Lumberjack Match – I’m not a big fan of the stipulation because I think it always takes away from the main wrestlers involved, but I’m looking forward to this one anyway. Ambrose is the modern day Roddy Piper and Rollins is amazing. Feels like this is just the beginning of a multi-match feud, one the guy with the Money in the Bank briefcase should eventually win after a bit of back and forth.
Roman Reigns beats Randy Orton – I don’t have high hopes for this one, however. Orton’s one of the crispest, most natural looking wrestlers on the roster, but he can be an absolute slog when he isn’t in there with someone more dynamic than he is. Reigns is improving, but I still think of him as a bit of a big man spot monkey who’s really only interesting during the last minute or so of a match when it’s time for him to get all his signature stuff in. That’s exactly what I expect here.
Stephanie McMahon beats Brie Bella – Bathroom break. This feud’s been an absolute clinic in how not to write for professional wrestling. Stephanie makes a fantastic villain, but Brie’s a miserable hero. She’s pretty and I’m sure she’s nice enough in real life, but she can’t act and nothing her character does makes any sense. I want to see Stephanie get her comeuppance, but I don’t want it to come from Brie. Can we get AJ or Paige in this spot instead? Is it too late to retcon the last year of WWE programming and pretend Daniel Bryan married Bayley instead?
Brock Lesnar beats John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship – This is one of those situations where the outcome seems almost too obvious. The guy that beat the Undertaker’s Wrestlemania streak can’t lose his first match after, right? Regardless, Brock feels like the character they’ll focus on for the rest of the year, and putting the belt on him would be especially interesting.