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Opinion: How WWE Should Book SummerSlam 2017; Predictions

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How WWE Should Book SummerSlam 2017

Okay, folks. It’s that time of year again! One of the greatest events of the summer is finally within reach. This year, WWE’s SummerSlam will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The event takes place on August 20, putting the excitement just a mere two days away. This year, the show has a fully stacked match card.

So, are you excited?

With as much criticism as the WWE has been faced with recently, I really think this show is going to deliver. Still, I often find myself thinking “hmm…” during outcomes that I don’t necessarily agree with. Many of us joke about how we would write the show. So, I decided to do just that. I’ve also included some of the predictions out there, but mainly I’m sticking to how I think SummerSlam ought to be presented.

Jason Jordan and the Hardyz vs. the Miz and the Miztourage (kick-off show)

First off, I can’t help but wonder why the Hardyz are paired with JJ. With Jordan in a strange storyline involving Kurt Angle as his father, shouldn’t he be doing something more? It makes sense that Angle would favor Jason Jordan and give him opportunities for no reason. If I were writing for this, I would do exactly that.

Nonetheless, I think that the Miz is stellar with anyone in the ring, and he’ll probably put on a good show with Jordan. Hopefully, this leads to a nice feud between Jason Jordan and Miz, because I’m certain that the chemistry between them would blow the roof off from any establishment. That being said, Kurt Angle should eventually involve himself in the feud, ultimately leading to a JJ intercontinental championship run.

Prediction: Jason Jordan and the Hardyz

Cruiserweight Championship: Akira Tozawa (c) vs. Neville (kick-off show)

I just don’t know about this one. Neville has proven to be leaps and bounds ahead of his colleagues, and maybe even is ready to return to the main roster. And while Tozawa has improved greatly in the recent weeks, the cruiserweight division as a whole is just very weak.

When the WWE took the belt off from Neville this last Friday, it was definitely a “hmmm…” moment for me. I’m not really convinced that Tozawa can carry the division the same way that Neville has. That being said, I fully expect and would personally book Neville to win the belt back in a cheap fashion. Then, as punishment for the cheap win, he ought to put up the belt at a later pay-per-view against many other superstars. Or, perhaps a battle royal to name a number one contender for Neville. That way, the WWE would be able to develop other feuds as well as introduce new, fresh faces. I’m lookin’ at you, Enzo Amore!

Prediction: Neville wins the belt via roll-up or other controversial way.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship: The New Day (c) vs. The Usos (kick-off show)

Since the card is already super-stacked, it’s no surprise that the WWE moved this stellar match to the pre-show. Sad as it is, it will enable the superstars to really showcase the things that they can do. The New Day is so over with fans right now that they don’t necessarily need the belts. I’m hoping to see the Usos take this one, mostly because I would love to see them eventually drop them to a different face team. You know the one. Yes, I’m thinking Breezango ought to have a short run with the belts at some point. Until that happens, the Usos and New Day work well together, and can continue their feud for awhile.

Perhaps in the meantime, the WWE can get their tag-team division going one again.

Prediction: The Usos win the belts.

Big Show vs. Big Cass (Enzo Amore suspended above ring in a shark cage)

I hate the shark cage idea. So, so much. It worked fine for the Authors of Pain in NXT, and it was watchable with Chris Jericho suspended up in the air. Still, something like this shouldn’t be utilized three times in less than a year. Cass has proven he can handle Show. He’s smashed Enzo’s face in plenty of times.

If this match has to happen, I guess I’d have Enzo try to help out Big Show and drop him down a weapon to be intercepted by Cass. But since that happened with Kevin Owens and Jericho (kind of), that’s just repetitive and nobody wants to see that. But then again, who wants to see this match at all?

My hope is that Gallows and Anderson continue to align themselves with Cass. Once Enzo’s let out of the cage, I would want the three to go after the little guy. That way, maybe the WWE would redirect Enzo Amore to 205 Live. It might be a decent way to write him off of the main roster, which has been in the talks for the last few weeks.

Prediction: Big Cass wins.

Randy Orton vs. Rusev

Friends, this is lazy writing at it’s finest. Randy Orton is finished with Jinder Mahal, and now he’s moved on. But why? That’s exactly it: the WWE hasn’t given us a reason to look forward to this match. Not only do I not care who wins, I also don’t understand what the stakes are. Is it because they just don’t like each other?

The only way to make this match relevant is to give the two men plenty of time and a nice, lengthy bout. I’d love to see Lana get herself involved, too. Maybe we can even have Orton take an intimidating step towards her…a glimpse into an old gimmick that just worked for him. Orton needs to get back to his heel roots.

Rusev could be a fantastic mid-card mainstay, but instead, he hasn’t done much. With the right match and feud, Rusev could be shot to the level he is capable of.

Prediction: Rusev wins.

Smackdown Women’s Championship: Naomi (c) vs. Natalya

Unfortunately for Naomi, her run as champ has been underwhelming. There’s been rumors that the WWE and Mattel are in cahoots to make a toy version of her light-up belt. In order to properly market the item, it only makes sense for Naomi to continue to be champion. However, there have been reports that the toy belt won’t be ready in time for Christmas. Maybe, then, the WWE wont look at this as a marketing scheme and make a logical choice.

GIVE NATALYA A CHANCE. Natalya hasn’t held gold in forever. She’s one of the most legitimate women in the ring, and putting the belt on her for now makes sense. She’s earned it, and she sure deserves it. That being said, a lot of people think it’s time for Carmella to cash in her briefcase. And, yeah, the WWE hasn’t done well with surprises lately. It seems too obvious, which is why I think they will do that. It would be a good way to set up Carmella and Natalya in a feud, anyway.

But if I could, I’d keep the belt on Natalya for awhile. Carmella is fine as she is now, but I think she could be even better. Hopefully she drops James Ellsworth, too….

Prediction: Natalya wins the belt.

Baron Corbin vs. John Cena

I don’t know about this one, either. Why in the world did WWE give Baron the briefcase if they weren’t confident that he could deliver? I don’t hate Baron Corbin, but he’s not really ready for a title. Then again, neither was Jinder Mahal, and that didn’t really stop the company from forging the path.

Luckily, John Cena had some part do with Corbin’s failed cash-in. That gives some necessary buzz to the match, because I think Baron Corbin will absolutely brutalize John Cena. I don’t foresee the Lone Wolf winning at SummerSlam, but I so wish that he would. Picture a bloody John Cena in the middle of the ring. Now, picture the gorgeous Nikki Bella at ringside, looking like she’s going to cry. And now, picture Baron Corbin looking at her and laughing as he stands over Cena’s body. Heel status? Over 9000.

Wishful thinking. But, nonetheless, I think Baron Corbin is receiving some kind of punishment from officials here. Expect the shovel to come out. #buried

Prediction: John Cena wins.

Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt

I so hated this feud at first. But then, Bray Wyatt does what he always does. He gets crazy and drops blood buckets on people’s heads.

Okay, so he doesn’t do that all the time. But he did it to Finn Balor, which guaranteed the return of the “demon” persona that has been totally ignored since his return. So far, Bray has won the psychological warfare between the two.

But once the Demon Finn Balor appears, all of that is going to change. Maybe the two should conclude the match with shaking hands or something, because they are totally on the same page. But in my world, I would do something way more interesting.

Now, what I would love to see Bray Wyatt to finally introduce the Sister Abigail character.  If he’s going to lose, have it be based off from a distraction of sorts. A creepy, ghost-like figure outside the ring, perhaps? Even if she isn’t a real person immediately (as there are plenty of women running through the Mae Young Classic right now), it would help recharge his character. Start with vignettes and attacks and really build the intrigue. Not to mention, bringing in a manager-like role for him could get him the upper hand in the future. Sister Abigail should be along with her kayfabe brother at WrestleMania, for sure.

Again, wishful thinking, as Finn Balor is probably going to take this one, clean as a whistle.

Prediction: Finn Balor wins.

RAW Tag Team Championship: Sheamus & Cesaro (c) vs. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins

Sheamus and Cesaro have been fantastic together, especially following their heel turn. With Matt and Jeff Hardy out of the picture for now, they’ve been running the division on the red brand. Meanwhile, Dean and Seth haven’t exactly been on the same page.

Still, we’ve all been dying to see a Shield reunion, and we kind of have one. Even though they probably won’t last for long before the cracks begin in the foundation, I’m willing to enjoy the ride for now. I predict a Dean Ambrose heel turn coming up, because his gimmick has gotten super-stale. What I’d love is for both men to turn heel and act as enforcers as they used to. Remember when they worked alongside CM Punk? Good times.

I don’t foresee Roman Reigns joining in on this party, though, because it looks like the WWE is still busy pushing him to the moon. Too bad, because it might have worked to reform them completely. If the Shield can’t get Roman Reigns over, I’m not sure anything else can.

Prediction: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins win the titles.

RAW Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks

In a perfect world, Alexa Bliss would have the title forever. That’s not going to happen. Sasha Banks deserves time to shine here, and it’s going to be a lengthy title run. Now, here, two things could happen. Sasha Banks defends her title against Nia Jax, only to have Alexa turn on her “Team Rude” partner (or vice-versa, establishing Bliss as a face.)

With Bayley out of the picture for a while, hopefully Sasha Banks can establish herself as a heel once again. As a babyface, she’s boring. On the bright side, working with Alexa Bliss has brought out some spark in Banks.

Side note: I really miss Paige. She could bring awesome diversity to the roster.

Another side note: Is there a rule that says Carmella can’t cash in on a RAW superstar? Because that would be stellar if she cashed in on Banks. Just saying. Not to mention, it’d put her on the road with real-life boyfriend, Big Cass.

Prediction: Sasha Banks wins the title.

United States Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens (Shane McMahon as guest referee)

I love both competitors, and I love this match.  I think that if the WWE wants Kevin Owens to square off against Shane McMahon, though, he should definitely lose this match. Maybe Shane misses a crucial call, which sets off the eventual match between the two. I mean, Survivor Series is right around the corner.

But what’s more, is the possibility of including Shinsuke Nakamura into the US title picture. We could finally see the showdown we want between the two men. So, obviously, AJ Styles needs to retain.

Prediction: AJ Styles retains the belt.

Smackdown Championship: Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

With the WWE heading to tour in India soon, this is a no-brainer. Right?

That’s what I think, too. Fans are going to go crazy when they find out Nakamura lost to Jinder. But I can almost be certain that’s how it’s going to go. Let’s face it: With Corbin’s failed cash-in, I think the WWE is at a loss for another potential candidate…at least for now. Logically, that means they’re going to keep the title on Jinder Mahal.

I expect to see the Singh Brothers here, and if I were writing the show for the night, I’d include them as well. I don’t think Jinder will win because of their interference, though. He needs to squeak out a V against the King of Strong Style.

I would totally love to see Sami Zayn be the reason Shinsuke fails to capture the title. Heel Sami might be interesting, and if you didn’t see Sami Zayn and Nakamura duke it out in NXT, you should probably go watch that. Who wouldn’t want to see another round?

In the long run, the WWE needs to begin grooming someone to take the title off from Mahal.  Otherwise, we’re going to see a John Cena 17th world title run. Let’s be real: WWE loves to use their “safe guys” when they’re uncertain.

And, again, I fully expect Shinsuke Nakamura to defeat AJ Styles for the US Championship at WrestleMania next year.

Prediction: Jinder Mahal retains the title.

Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman vs. Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns

The stipulation here is far too convenient for Brock Lesnar to lose. Sorry, guys.

See, if Brock loses, he and Paul Heyman leave the WWE. With the hype of a Lesnar-Jones fight in the UFC, it isn’t a surprise that the WWE is going to capitalize on that. People are going to watch this match simply to find out if Brock goes back to the octagon.

I expect this match to be freakin’ ridiculous. I mean, brutal. With tons of insane spots and blood and suplexes. I would like to see Brock Lesnar drop the belt, because without a regular champion around, the belt doesn’t feel very important. In the meantime, Roman and Strowman are busy killing each other. Samoa Joe has held his own, too.

Although I think that the Beast Incarnate is going to hang on to the strap, I would book things way differently. First idea? Play the Undertaker’s gong right before a victory. Seeing the Dead Man go out on his back didn’t seem real or fair. He’s got heat with both Brock and Roman, anyways. I’d like to see all three of them in a title match at next year’s WrestleMania. After all, he lost in New Orleans once to Lesnar. He really ought to go out riding high, retiring completely after winning the Universal championship in 2018.

Or, I would do something totally unheard of. I’d have Paul Heyman screw Brock over. Nobody in the world would expect that, anyways. Heyman has been trying to push for a Samoa Joe title run, so maybe aligning Joe with the mouthpiece would be a good move? But, then again, that would guarantee that Brock Lesnar disappears. But wouldn’t that mean that Heyman does, too?

Unless, of course, he does a deal with the devil….

Prediction: Brock Lesnar

Alright, so that’s all from me! Please, feel free to leave a comment below on what you would do if you were a writer. Which match are you most looking forward to? Do you think my predictions are totally off, or spot on?  I guess only time will tell…

Until next time!

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