AJ Styles, Akira Tozawa, Alexa Bliss, Baron Corbin, Big Cass, Bo Dallas, Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt, Brock Lesnar, Cesaro, Curtis Axel, Dean Ambrose, Enzo Amore, Finn Bálor, Jason Jordan, Jinder Mahal, John Cena, Kevin Owens, Naomi, Natalya, Neville, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Rusev, Samoa Joe, Sasha Banks, Seth Rollins, Shane McMahon, Sheamus, Shinsuke Nakamura, Summerslam, The Big Show, The Hardy Boyz, The Miz, The Miztourage, The New Day, The USOS, WrestleMania 33, WrestleMania 34, WWE, WWE Network, WWE SummerSlam 2017
It’s that time of the year again when things start to slow down because it’s almost the end of the summer. WrestleMania 33 has already come and go as it happened four months ago so what do we need to keep us in the spirit of summer? Well, lets give us the second biggest PPV behind WrestleMania in SummerSlam which comes to us once again from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Now this year’s event can go one of two ways in my opinion with one of them being that it turns into a total disaster of an event or they make things right to set the road to WrestleMania. We all know the matches we would like to see happen at WrestleMania 34, it’s whether they get it right at this pay per view that sets the tone. One of the first things I want to talk about is the selection of pre-show matches that they decided. First you have the new cruiserweight champion in Akira Tozawa defending the belt against the man he beat for it in Neville. Then you have The New Day defending their Smackdown Tag Team titles against former champs The Usos. The last match of the pre-show features The Hardy Boyz teaming up with Kurt Angle’s son Jason Jordan as they take on The Miz and the Miztourage (Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas). The only argument that I am going to make is that The New Day match does not belong on the pre-show card because you know they are going to give you an excellent match that is worthy of opening the PPV and setting the pace. I can understand the Hardys only because The Revival is out of the picture due to an injury which means they had nothing to do, but unfortunately one of the best heels is relegated to the pre-show. The cruiserweight match is their quite simply because it’s a pre-show title match. You don’t believe me, just look at past PPV’s dating all the way back to WrestleMania 33. The match that I would have thrown in place of the New Day match is the Smackdown Women’s Championship match only because its not as interesting of a match as the Raw Women’s title and Naomi just does not have star talent in my opinion.
The rest of the card is pretty stacked if you ask me although they are a couple of uninteresting matches on the card. I think the whole world is ready to see the uninteresting reign of Jinder Mahal come to a close and the era of strong style to rise to the top. You know you want this because it could set up a mega match between Shinsuke and AJ Styles at WrestleMania. I honestly feel bad for The Big Show who gets to work a program with Big Cass who it already looks like the WWE has lost faith in and expect to go close to 20 minutes especially if the rumors of this being a punishment to Enzo Amore for his recent troubles being truth. One match that is going to be interesting to see at SummerSlam is the match between John Cena and Baron Corbin only because the way the match goes and the result could speak a 1000 words as far as where Baron’s career is going considering he already lost the MITB briefcase. I am not 100% sure how I feel about the Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks feud that is happening, but the fact that they don’t like each other in real life has me interested enough in it then I do the other women’s match.
One of my favorite feuds that is going on in the WWE features two of my favorites on the whole roster in the WWE in Kevin Owens and AJ Styles. I am at the point that it would not bother me if AJ drops the belt tonight or not because I know you are getting a guaranteed great match especially with Shane O’Mac as the special guest referee. Randy Orton vs Rusev is another throw away match in my opinion, but you can only hope that Randy makes Rusev look good tonight in the ring otherwise we’ll be chanting out we want Lana (as your valet/Manager of course). I am honestly hoping that the WWE makes the right choice tonight as far as The New Face of Fear vs The Demon match is concerned. Bray deserves to be at the top of the company and so doesn’t Finn, but I am invested in a future with Bray Wyatt. Granted his WrestleMania match with Randy Orton was horrible, but not every match is a home run. As far as the big main event is concerned, we all know that there are rumors out there of the next PPY featuring a main event that is Brock Lesnar taking on Braun Strowman. The Beast Incarnate taking on the Monster Among Men, but the only question now if that’s true is who walks out WWE Universal Champion? If that is the case (and hear me out), I think it would be awesome for Braun to win the title tonight and defend it clean (ish) against Brock at the next PPV before Brock goes to do his UFC thing again. Now the rest is up to the company to decide as far as what direction they decide to take tonight, but I will definitely be tuning in for sure. Here are my predictions and just an FYI, if you don’t see my predictions on this blog, just follow me on Twitter for my predictions twitter.com/@MrXPunchOut for those.
The New Day over The Usos
Neville over Akira Tozawa
Jason Jordan and The Hardy Boyz over The Miz and Miztourage
Naomi over Natalya (pains me to make this prediction)
Alexa Bliss over Sasha Banks
Big Cass Over Big Show
Rusev over Randy Orton
Baron Corbin over John Cena
Finn Balor over Bray Wyatt (pains me to make this choice)
Kevin Owens over AJ Styles
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins over Cesaro and Sheamus
Shinsuke Nakamura over Jinder Mahal
Braun Strowman over Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, and Samoa Joe