Hello folks, we are just mere hours away from WWE SummerSlam with some very intriguing matches and a HUGE dream match between “The Queen” Charlotte Flair and WWE Hall of Famer and Seven-time Women’s Champion Trish Stratus! The Beast Incarnate is back on top and in a foul mood, last but certainly not least a new chapter will be written in the WWE Champion Kofi Kingston and “The Viper” Randy Orton’s decade-long storied rivalry!
WWE has perhaps learned its lesson, by only having ten matches total compared to previous years with an overcrowded card that left the WWE Universe exhausted. SummerSlam will begin on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, with the kickoff show leading us into the main card beginning two hours prior at 5 p.m. So without further ado, let’s get right into my predictions for “The Biggest Party of the Summer!”
2019 SummerSlam Match Card
Cruiserweight Championship: Drew Gulak © VS. Oney Lorcan: Drew Gulak has really come into his new ruthless and sadistic character over the past few months. His reign as WWE Cruiserweight Champion could potentially be long-term if booked correctly. Oney Lorcan, on the other hand, has been living up to his name as “The Fury of 205 Live” while competing in dangerous matches with Ariya Daivari including an Anything Goes Match!
Lorcan will get his hands on the Cruiserweight title but Sunday is all about continuing the absolute dominant run for the new and improved Drew Gulak.
Winner: Drew Gulak
Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura © VS. Ali
This small feud began right after Shinsuke Nakamura won the Intercontinental Championship from Finn Balor at Extreme Rules, when Ali interrupted his backstage interview essentially setting his sights on the title. At Smackville a few weeks ago, Ali filled in for Balor and took full advantage of a title shot almost coming away with the victory.
Ali’s impressive performance has warranted him another crack at the Intercontinental Championship. However, “The King of Strong Style” must retain his championship to continue building his character back up.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Roman Reigns/Rowan Backstage Brawl: Someone has been trying to kill Roman Reigns, for several weeks now. It started with the stage steel crating falling on him when his SummerSlam challenge was set to take place, then Monday Reigns was nearly involved in a hit-and-run. To end the Go-Home-SmackDown “The Big Dog” beat answers from an eyewitness Buddy Murphy, who claimed it was Rowan who has been trying to take him out. So I’m expecting a volatile confrontation that leads to a small backstage brawl.
Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar © VS. Seth Rollins: The Beast in the Bank cashed-in on Seth Rollins a few weeks ago at Extreme Rules to become a three-time Universal Champion. A fiery and resilient self-proclaimed Beastslayer claimed that Lesnar was a Seth Rollins wannabe, and received back-to-back weeks of volatile attacks. On the Go-Home-Raw Rollins hobbled down to the ring, allowing The Beast Incarnate to systematically destroy him with a steel chair.
Rollins has lost a massive amount of momentum in his lukewarm title reign, I am hoping that failure sends him into a downward spiral and ultimately a heel turn. I do not like the idea of Brock Lesnar holding the Universal title again, but I don’t want to see Seth Rollins win it back.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston © VS. Randy Orton: This is a feud that I predicted for SummerSlam months ago after Kofi Kingston retained his WWE Championship against Dolph Ziggler back-to-back. Both Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton have done a terrific job at bringing their highly-intense rivalry to come full circle. Kofi-Mania is still running wild and he’s been booked strongly as WWE Champ, Randy Orton, on the other hand, has not been WWE Champion in nearly two years.
I believe Orton is Kofi’s next step in his uphill climb to prove that he’s not a placeholder champion, and to do that he must defeat his decade-long rival. I do see this feud stretching out possibly to Hell in the Cell pay-per-view in October. So with that being said, I am predicting lots of near-falls and Kofi getting a HUGE win under his belt BABYYYYYY!
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch © VS. Natalya (Submission Match)
Since SummerSlam takes place in Toronto, Canada it only made sense to have Natalya become the number-one contender for the title. I believe this match has been built up perfectly with Natalya as the resilient underdog who feels deserving of the women’s championship, and “The Man” portraying more of a heel character interrupting her SummerSlam opponent training to counter the Dis-Arm-Her. This was right out of Stone Cold Steve Austin’s playbook and it was entertaining as hell.
The Man Becky Lynch was just revealed as the first-woman featured on the 2K video game cover, and she is still super over with the WWE Universe. Natty will receive the hometown hero’s welcome but more than likely that’s the only reason why she is in this match. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an overconfident Lynch lock-in Natty’s Sharpshooter and make her tap-out to her own submission.
Winner: Becky Lynch
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley © VS. Ember Moon: Bayley handpicked Ember Moon to be her challenger for SummerSlam, what began as a friendly battle has completely morphed into something way different. With several weeks of Bayley playing mind games ie bringing her nemesis Charlotte Flair into the mix, and giving Moon a Bayley-2-Belly as a reminder of who the SmackDown Women’s Champion really is.
I see this feud stretching out for most of the fall in order for this to happen Moon must turn heel and do it in convincing fashion. I imagine a scenario reminiscent of what happened at the end of AJ Styles/Nakamura at Wrestlemania 34. I am highly intrigued to see a heel Ember Moon because she has the personality for it. We’re still on the Huggable train ride and I’m going with Bayley
United States Championship: AJ Styles © VS. Ricochet: At Extreme Rules Styles and The Club essentially stole the United States Championship from “The One and Only” however after that this feud has cooled down. While both Styles and Ricochet have interacted via six-man tag team matches, I’m quite surprised that this matchup hasn’t received more attention over the past few weeks, but Monday nights have all been about The O.C. and their rise to the top of Raw.
These amazingly gifted athletes are going have a Phenomenal (pun intended) match on Sunday, from bell to bell I expect a five-star performance. Ricochet is looking to reclaim the United States Championship and it may happen here, if Styles drops it at SummerSlam there’s only one title he’ll be challenging for next-The Universal Championship and I will have no problem with a Styles/Lesnar feud! This one is extremely hard to predict but my money is on The One and Only!
Charlotte Flair VS. Trish Stratus: While the surprise of this dream match was heavily spoiled before it was even announced, both Trish Stratus and Charlotte Flair were still able to sell this HUGE dream match in two segments on SmackDown Live. This one has huge implications on the future of women’s wrestling, on one hand you have Seven-time Women’s Champion Trish the pioneer of the Attitude Era and early 2000s on the other, you have the self-proclaimed “Queen of all era’s” Charlotte who is also a Seven-time Women’s Champion in such a short time.
I would label this as a passing of the torch moment for her but, she’s been involved in so many first-ever matches and so prominently booked that she’s already taken the damn torch. This all depends on if this is Trish’s farewell match in WWE if it is then there’s no better place to do it than her hometown but, if Trish has more left in the tank I could easily see this leading to one more title run after defeating the arrogant Flair and possibly having Trish/Charlotte II at WrestleMania 36. I’m gonna go with Charlotte
Winner: Charlotte Flair
Kevin Owens VS. Shane McMahon (If Kevin Owens loses he must quit WWE in writing): This is one of the two matchups that I am clamoring to see on Sunday, and It has been the highlight of SmackDown Live for weeks ever since Kevin Owens delivered his pipebomb promo. Owens has repeatedly stunned the boss at every which way he can get but, “The Best in the World” Shane McMahon has the odds in his favor. With Owen’s career in the line, the stakes couldn’t be any higher, I wonder what tricks Shane-O Mac will have up his sleeve.
Owens must lose this match in order to complete the transformation into the biggest antihero to the authority since Stone Cold Steve Austin. I have been predicting this for months now, I firmly believe that we get a Hell in a Cell match in October to bring their rivalry from two years ago full circle. Expect a ton of shenanigans from “The Drifter” Elias and “The Scottish Psychopath” Drew McIntyre especially, since neither of them is on the card.
Winner: Shane McMahon
“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt VS. Finn Balor: Here is the second match I can’t wait to see, ever since Bray Wyatt returned after Mania along with his Firefly Funhouse segments I’ve been clamoring to see how WWE was going to make him different. When Bray Wyatt introduced us to “The Fiend” we’ve been anxiously waiting for his official in-ring debut and YOWIE WOWIE the wait is over! Finn Balor became Wyatt’s first victim for reasons unknown other than healing, Balor still doesn’t get it and neither does the WWE Universe.
If the rumors of Balor looking into taking a small break to rest and get rejuvenated are true, there’s no better way to solidify The Fiend has the monster of WWE. One question remains unanswered is why is Wyatt taking out Legends and Hall of Famers? This is all about the redemption of Wyatt, so he needs to obliterate his long-time rival.
Winner: The Fiend Bray Wyatt
Goldberg VS. Dolph Ziggler: I can’t believe this match is even happening, I honestly don’t know how to feel about this. Goldberg returning was a great twist in the ongoing Miz/Ziggler/Shawn Michaels storyline. WWE is obviously having Goldberg return to rectify the atrocity that occurred at Super ShowDown with The Undertaker. Dolph Ziggler had been throwing jabs at the Hall of Famer for weeks, now he gets the opportunity to “Do something!”
Unfortunately for Dolph, all he’s going to receive is a THUNDEROUS SPEAR AND JACKHAMMER for his harsh remarks, which is fine because “The Show-off” can rebound from this just like all his other countless amounts of losses.