The 2015 edition of SummerSlam is upon us and for the first time in the pay-per-view’s illustrious history, it will be a four hour event, with ten matches on the card for the first time since WrestleMania XXVI and promises to be an epic belter of a show, with former Daily Show host, John Stewart as the guest host. Without wasting time, let’s get straight into the matches and predictions for the 27th instalment of “The Biggest Event of the Summer:
SummerSlam 2015 Predictions
Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker:
The most anticipated match on the card and what should be the show closer comes in the form of what promises to be an enthralling rematch from WrestleMania XXX (a far better match than it is given credit for). This will be the fifth time Lesnar and Taker have faced off on pay-per-view (Lesnar winning all four of the previous matches) and also marks Undertaker’s first non-WrestleMania pay-per-view match since Bragging Rights 2010.
The biggest problem arises as to which part-timer needs the win more. Lesnar has not been pinned so much as once since Triple H went over at WrestleMania 29, more than two years ago, and since that time has been made to look the like the most unstoppable beast in WWE history and an argument can even be made that he’s the most impressive physical specimen in the whole history of professional wrestling.
On the other hand, Undertaker is the most legitimate threat on the roster to Lesnar, as well as being possibly the beloved superstar the WWE has ever had, but if he wins, it will not count for much in the greater scheme of things in terms of title contention; if he loses, then thoughts of “Why did the rematch take place?” will enter fans minds.
On those factors, it’s by far the hardest match to predict but in this case it would make slightly more sense for Undertaker to come out on top, purely in terms of storyline, though it will not be an easy task by any stretch of the imagination.
John Cena VS Seth Rollins
The much touted title vs. title match will undoubtedly be one of the night’s best matches but the finish will be problematical at best where any number of factors could be played out. Cena has had a banner year, easily his finest in terms of consistent in-ring quality with no bad matches to be seen at all, indeed several match of the year contenders can be found in bringing the United States championship back to the legitimacy of the title’s glory days. Contrast his fortunes with those of with Rollins who, in spite of being a wonderful, smarmy villain of the type not seen since the great run of Edge from 2005-2009 who himself has also had a collection of great matches this year, has been booked poorly since cashing in his Money in the Bank contract to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 31, constantly being made to look like he cannot get the job done on his own, only being able to retain the title because of his association with The Authority.
There is also the Jon Stewart factor, who just so happens to be the SummerSlam host and who has also had friction with Rollins dating as far back as before WrestleMania. As great as it would be to see Rollins get a clean victory for a change, it’s hard to see it happening given Cena very rarely loses cleanly so expect yet another screwy ending with Rollins using another under-handed move causing a disqualification in the process, allowing both competitors to keep their respective titles (making the whole match stipulation worthless in the process) Let’s not forget, there remains the possibility of Sheamus cashing in his Money in the Bank contract on either a fallen Cena or Rollins but Rollins deserves to be the companies top champion, hopefully until at least WrestleMania 32 after a yearlong run, and it would be ludicrous to have him lose the title any sooner than that.
Prediction: John Cena by disqualification
Triple threat match for the Intercontinental Championship:
Ryback (c) vs. Big Show vs. The Miz
This match might well turn out to be better than what would appear at first glance but it is definitely not one that fans are salivating over. The storyline has been forced with both Miz and Big Show shoehorned into getting title shots and in no conceivable way do they look like threats to dethroning Ryback.
Bringing back some respectability to the Intercontinental Championship with his regular title defences (when not laid low with injury) and vastly improving wrestling skills, Ryback, who is in the middle of the best run of his career, and going through a renaissance reminding one of his boom 2012 period before irrelevance, should continue his upward momentum to go on and retain the belt to continue what should end up a lengthy reign, most likely embarking in a one-on-one fued with The Miz leading to Night Of Champions.
Fatal 4-Way tag-team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship:
Prime Time Players (c) vs. The New Day vs. Los Matadores vs. Lucha Dragons
One of the easiest matches to predict comes in the form of the tag team championship bout which has the potential of being throwaway material, albeit high quality filler.
As to how the match pans out, it all boils down to a process of elimination and only one winner can logically be picked. The New Day recently dropped the titles and thus it would be a stretch to have them win the titles back so soon. Los Matadores virtual comic relief characters sadly hamper any their chances of holding the championship for the first time since 2012 when they were known as Primo & Epico.
And though they will have their time, no question, it is much too soon for the Lucha Dragons which leaves the Prime Time Players to retain and hold on for some time to come.
Prediction: Prime Time Players
Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper vs. Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns
With the recent reunion of The Wyatt Family set to do battle with the former two thirds of The Shield, arguably the greatest faction in WWE history, this should be a real barnburner of a match, and could be a modern tag team classic thought of in the same breath as The Wyatt Family vs. The Shield at Elimination Chamber 2014.
It will be a great back and forth battle with what could possibly conclude with a shocking ending and one that will have massive implications down the track. Due to the fans not getting behind him quite as WWE creative had hoped despite somewhat of an upswing in popularity after WrestleMania 31, it would not be stretching the imagination to see Reigns turning heel by betraying Ambrose, beating him down severely, leading to Wyatt and Harper picking up the victory and providing a spark to their rejuvenation.
It would not necessarily be a major swerve but it would leave a lasting image, leaving the door wide open for a rivalry in the very near future which we have not yet seen and would make for compelling, money-drawing viewing.
Prediction: Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper
Three-team elimination match:
Team PCB vs. Team BAD vs. Team Bella
The Diva’s division has been in the spotlight due to a “revolution” that has been taking place for just over the last month since the arrivals of Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks arriving on the main roster from NXT. Though Nikki Bella is the sole champion of this match, we can expect either Team Bella to be taken out of the contest first, or Team BAD that take the first hit: whichever way you care to look at it, Team PCB will come out on top and continue their dominance in the Diva’s division.
It remains to be seen if the “Diva’s revolution” leads to anything substantial in the following months or whether more of the same old follows. Here’s hoping it is the former.
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
Quite possibly the least anticipated match of SummerSlam due to its repetitive nature, one we have seen many times over the past five years, and while Orton and Sheamus will deliver a high quality match, as they always do, there is no real rhyme or reason for it to take place other than to get them both onto the card.
Sheamus may cash in his contract, or at least attempt to do so after the Cena/Rollins matchup so Orton will be more likely to go over to make Sheamus’ cash in attempt appear to be all the more shocking, which really is not, since that obvious course has been done to death.
Prediction: Randy Orton
Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens
This just might be the hardest match of all to predict, and with the exception of the tag team title match, none of them have been easy to this point. Both men on multiple occasions have had amazing five-star matches with John Cena over the United States Championship in the recent past, so it will be to the surprise of nobody if the match between these two former independent stars and technical wizards will turn out to be a straight up wrestling clinic which is guaranteed to steal the show in another possible contender for match of the year honours. As to who comes out with their hand raised, it really is a lottery.
Owens can never be discounted given the huge impact he has had on the main roster in such a short space of time but Cesaro seems to be on the receiving end of a renewed push as of late, as his talents have deserved for the longest time, and would appear the slightly safer bet.
Stephen Amell and Neville vs. Stardust and King Barrett
Probably the easiest match on the card to predict, with the exception the Fatal 4-Way Tag Team title match. The somewhat random addition of King Barrett to the match will not take away from what should be a useful undercard spectacle with the wrestlers and giving Amell, the star of Arrow, enough time to make an impact. It is obvious that celebrities, on the rare occasions when they are brought in to compete, never seem to lose and at SummerSlam, you can count on that trend continuing with Amell getting the pin via a “Green Arrow” on the former Cody Rhodes.
Prediction: Stephen Amell and Neville
Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev
Rusev has been stuck in a creative rut ever since he was essentially buried in his high profile U.S. title feud to John Cena, losing three consecutive pay-per-views, having Lana defect to Ziggler. And now he finds himself embroiled in a senseless feud with Dolph Ziggler with Summer Rae as his current manager, an ill-matched pairing which has shown nowhere near the great chemistry Rusev and Lana had together.
Expect Rusev to come out on top, reclaiming at least some of his lustre in the process by getting past Ziggler, who is without doubt one of the very best pure wrestlers on the roster but alas, is looked at as one of the go-to guys who is there to make others look good and, as bad news as that is to his many followers, nothing is set to change here.
So that’s that with all of the predictions. SummerSlam looks to be on the same quality levels of WrestleMania 31 and to a lesser extent, Money In The Bank given the stellar line-up and the stars involved. Here’s hoping the great hype is well and truly vindicated.