This Sunday, August 19, comes WWE Summerslam, one of the big events on the WWE calendar. In the previous, with a billboard full of headlines and major rivalries involved, the show promises to be one of the highlights of the year.
At least, that motivation helps us prepare mentally for a 7-hour event in which we will see, once again, face Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. Whether for pleasure, curiosity or simple curiosity, a new clash between them undoubtedly attracts our attention.
Sunday can be enjoyable as a summer breeze, or a suffocating heat wave that leaves us exhausted. For now, we can only speculate and talk about what spring has left us.
– RAW Tag team Championship match: B-Team Championship (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel) vs. The Revival (Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson)
The act of B-Team ran out before even starting. A constant repetition of jokes and celebrations after surprise and unearned victories of the champions. Neither Dallas nor Axel are charismatic or different or flashy, just two guys with experience and sufficient fluency. For their part, The Revival have lost all the aura they brought from NXT. In the main roster, they have never been able to prove anything. Gone are his days of classic and clever tag team, which can be seen perfectly in his defeat this past Monday.
A pleasant surprise would be to see The Revival take the titles this Sunday. Dawson and Wilder can have a good reign if they are bookends otherwise and if they give them enough minutes in their defenses. Just fists, no flips!
Winners: The Revival
– Mixed Tag Team Match: Rusev & Lana vs Andrade ‘One Hundred’ Souls & Zelina Vega
The rivalry has been based the last weeks in the combats between Lana and Zelina Vega, very weak both and in the presence of poor Aiden English.
Almas came out as an NXT star but on Smackdown he has not been able to show practically any of his talent. While Rusev is an interesting opponent for what they can give in the ring, the story and its little relevance are painful.
The Idol should take the victory and begin to improve its status in the blue mark. Rusev has nothing left to lose, unfortunately.
Winner: Andrade Cien Almas & Zelina Vega
– Cruiserweight Championship Match: Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Drew Gulak
For a long time, Drew Gulak seemed the best option to take the championship. His level in the ring, along with his anti-flying campaign would turn him into a villain monarch that goes against one of the main attractions of the division. For the opposite reason is that Alexander is today a great champion. Cedric ES is the one who defines WWE’s cruiserweight division,= and it shows in every successful defense.
Although the winter of the cruise ships has already passed, it is missing for your summer. Maybe for the next Summerslam, the title will be defended on the main card. 205 Live may even be so strong that his champion is someone as anti-205 Live as Gulak is.
Winner: Cedric Alexander
– One on One Match: Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin
Already entering the main card -although it does not seem so- is this poor and sad rivalry, made with the leftovers of “I am very tall and your short” of Big Cass vs. Daniel Bryan.
Corbin’s role as Sheriff of Monday Night Raw has revived him completely. An ideal place for a fighter who can not aspire to championships or really important places on the roster but deserves to have something to do. Finn Balor is not lucky enough to have a position in the show, so he has to settle for rivalries like this one, in which they offer him a toy house because he is small. Better that to see his face painted by animation, obviously.
Rivalry matters so little that anything could actually happen. Balor is who, in theory, would aspire to something more to overcome Corbin. But the Sheriff has already lost to his rival. Victory for Corbin to continue the rivalry? I hope not.
Winner: Finn Balor
– One on One Match: The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan
This combat faces more than two fighters, faces the expectation against reality. When Miz and Bryan started having problems on Smackdown, many of us dreamed about this duel which at that time was impossible.
Miz is a great heel, and having Bryan in front makes his role even easier. Except for horrible cases like Big Cass, it must be easy for a heel to make himself hate in a rivalry against Daniel. The controversy and the force that had had their verbal confrontations for months were not seen in this warm way to Summerslam.
The expectation that remains is that this duel is only the first of several, and leave us hanging enough to remain attentive to the rivalry. In any case, the action in the ring, with few or many minutes, will surely be more than satisfactory.
Winner: The Miz
– One on One MITB Match: Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens
Forget the worst moments of this rivalry. Despite the terrible history they have had and the little sense that surrounds everything that Strowman does months ago, this fight is attractive.
The detail that Strowman can lose the suitcase in several ways-DQ, count out, count three or submission- gives him possibilities of KO that he would not otherwise have.
Strowman is at an unreachable level for Owens, but tonight will be the perfect opportunity for WWE to once again trust Kevin’s character. If Owens wins with some ruse and becomes Mr. Money in the Bank even for a few hours – he will be a much better carrier than Braun can be.
Winner: Kevin Owens
– Smackdown Tag team Championship match: The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper & Rowan) vs. The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods)
The perfect opportunity for Harper and Rowan to establish themselves as the dominant champions they should be for months. The “Cachiporra Brothers” urgently need a good fight which reaches at least ten minutes and leaves something in the rescue to prevent their reign from falling into oblivion.
Seeing New Day again in the titular scene with its act completely spent is annoying when you think about it. But if it is to give a good fight and lose this rivalry, making the champions feel really important, I celebrate that decision.
Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers.
– United States Championship Match: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Jeff Hardy
The story between them could have been much more entertaining, but the focus problem he has had since Nakamura’s coronation has played against him. While Jeff is not in his best days, he is a beloved wrestler who could have taken the rivalry with Nakamura well, much more comfortable since his role as a heel.
However, the-until now incomprehensible-added Randy Orton to history has not added anything, on the contrary, it has removed the focus to those who really deserve it. The coronation of Nakamura was in the background before the unexpected return of The Viper. His intentions and way of being are left aside while we wait for Orton to attack savagely and also why he cleaned his face.
It is hard to see this match without thinking “what will happen to Randy?” instead of attending what happens in the ring. At least both have charisma, presence, and skill enough to entertain despite Orton’s shadow. Hopefully, they give them the opportunity and Nakamura can gain something of importance in his reign.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
– Triple threat Match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship: Carmella (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair
Every combat of this reign is an absolute mystery. How will they make Carmella in the same ring with very superior rivals and take the championship? Will he use traps? Will James Ellsworth return? The triple threat format offers the possibility of staying out of the ring for a while Becky and Charlotte face each other.
Even the possible story between Lynch and Flair may be more interesting than all of Carmella’s reign. After the resounding failure seen on Raw between Bayley and Sasha Banks, WWE has a new opportunity to face two talented friends now on Smackdown.
The idea that this was Becky’s chance to excel can serve to empathize with her in case Charlotte is the one who leaves Summerslam with the title. What is really important here is that Carmella and her reign of horrible fighting ends. His character may continue to have rivalries where his style is used without damaging the titular scene.
Winner: Charlotte Flair
– Intercontinental Championship Match: Dolph Ziggler (c) with Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins with Dean Ambrose
Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins have been facing each other for months, and although they had some good confrontation, the memory of their Iron Man Match does not leave any desire to see another one. But last Monday the story had a turn expected by the protagonist but surprising by the time it occurred. The arrival of Dean Ambrose is the important element for this match. The range of possibilities that opens now is much more interesting than what could be presented by another simple Rollins vs. Ziggler
Ambrose appeared with a shocking new look on Raw. Will it be Dean Ambrose himself? Will his path be linked to that of Seth Rollins after this Sunday? Although Ambrose takes care of McIntyre, Ziggler can retain on his own closing his story with Rollins and be allowing new fronts to emerge for all.
The presences outside the combat can contribute in this case, something unusual. With Seth and Dolph telling a good story in the ring, this match has everything to be exciting.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
– RAW Women’s Championship Match: Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Ronda Rousey
One of the highest points of the card thanks to the history it brings and what it can leave facing the future. Alexa Bliss has proved to be the ideal rival to tell this story with Ronda Rousey. The appeal of the suspension was also a good point, keeping Ronda away from the weekly shows and increasing anger towards Bliss.
The only negative point on this road was the presence of Alicia Fox, who not only did not contribute anything to the story but starred in a bland debut of Ronda on Raw, which did not serve to make the person look strong or to show as a credible villain to Bliss.
The best thing that can happen in the match is that Ronda shows that she is “The baddest women on the planet” and comes out ready to kill Alexa Bliss. For this, it would be important that Alexa does not look like a rival partner – as they have done in their battles with Nia Jax – but as a sly and tricky opponent that can get the victory in other ways, taking advantage of Rousey’s rage.
In one way or another, seeing Ronda crowned for the first time will be a historic moment and a step towards the construction of the Evolution event in October.
Winner: Ronda Rousey
– WWE Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe
“The face that runs the place” is not a fair nickname for AJ Styles out of Smackdown. As often happens with their defensive headlines in the PPVs, the fights of AJ do not feel important in front of others that manage to get all the attention. The work of Joe and Styles facing the confrontation has been good, but not spectacular. Maybe it’s the shadow that Raw projects and their stories about the rest of the event, or the lack of this story, but it does not feel as big as AJ Styles should feel. Samoa Joe.
Several years have passed since their classic contests but these two veterans have the quality to spare even to give a good show in the ring. AJ should continue to break records until an ideal villain emerges to dethrone him.
Winner: AJ Styles
– Universal Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns
Since the horrible combat in Greatest Royal Rumble where the only thing that shone was the cage and the gold of the sheikhs, Reigns was winning a more than a questionable role. When all the lights were resting on Bobby Lashley as a star character, Reigns overshadowed what could have been an interesting alternative to give us the same script as always.
Being this possibly, I hope the closing of the saga and taking into account the failures of previous deliveries with the formula “short and intense match”, this could be a long and dramatic combat. They have enough background and skills to give a fight of several minutes in which both are seen with real chances to win.
The final howl will start the Roman Empire but I would not move from the seat to the post-credit scenes because … will the Money in the Bank suitcase be exchanged?
Winner: Roman Reigns
– Elias live. He promises to give us his best song at SummerSlam.