Monday, 21 August 2017

WWE Summer Slam 2017 : Predictions (Part II)




Check out the predictions for the pre show here. The main show will be aired in India at 4:30 AM on the 21st of August 2017, on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten HD. Please check it once too, in case I got it wrong. Anyway, let's go on to the main show


1. 'THE DEMON' FINN BALOR VS BRAY WYATT

Finn lost to Wyatt clean last Monday. And he is coming out as the demon. He cannot lose, no chance.

PREDICTION : 'THE DEMON' FINN BALOR wins


2. NAOMI (C) VS NATALYA

[WWE SMACKDOWN WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP]

There is hardly any buildup to this match and more than the outcome, the intrigue is whether or not Carmella cashes in her money in the bank contract. I think not, but she is definitely teasing it, and will probably play a part in the outcome of this match. I think Naomi will retain the title though

PREDICTION : Carmella comes for a cash in and unintentionally distracts Natalya, resulting in a win for NAOMI


3. SHEAMUS & CESARO (C) VS DEAN AMBROSE & SETH ROLLINS

[WWE RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP]

The Ambrose Rollins story has been really well executed and it has kept the audience intrigued for the past few weeks. Some people speculate that Ambrose will turn on Rollins in this match. I think it is too early for that and they should have a run with the titles till about Survivor Series or even the Royal Rumble, after which Ambrose should turn heel and turn on Rollins, and they can have their match at Wrestlemania next year. 

PREDICTION : DEAN AMBROSE & SETH ROLLINS win the titles and hold it at least till Survivor Series


4. RANDY ORTON VS RUSEV

This match can go either way. On one hand, Randy Orton has lost his last three pay per view matches with Jinder Mahal and WWE would like to give him a big win at a grand stage like Summer Slam. On the other hand, he did get a win over Jinder clean three weeks ago, and have stood tall in the go home show of Smackdown. Another reason is that Smackdown needs a monster heel at this point because Corbin, who is one of the top heels on the show, has lost a lot of momentum due to his failed cash in last Tuesday, and it might be worse if he loses to Cena. So if WWE wants to establish Rusev as a credible heel, he needs this victory more than Orton does. Let's hope they do the right thing.

PREDICTION : RUSEV beats Orton, but may not do so clean

5. BIG SHOW VS BIG CASS

[with ENZO AMORE suspended above the ring in a Shark Cage]

I was anyway almost entirely sure that Big Cass will win this. And now that the Big Show 'broke' his right hand, he cannot use the KO punch and hence, has a reason to take this loss. But what will be Enzo's role? I think he will help Big Cass by throwing in some weapon from the cage, will turn heel, and will rejoin Big Cass as his manager

PREDICTION : BIG CASS wins with Enzo's help, Enzo turns heel and joins Cass.


6. AJ STYLES (C) VS KEVIN OWENS with SHANE MCMAHON as the SPECIAL GUEST REFEREE

[WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP]

Two of the best wrestlers in the company, this match will blow the roof off. Their matches over the past couple of months have been somewhat short of what these two can potentially deliver, and I hope that they have been saving up for this one. Shane is also involved in this match as the guest referee so there has to be some sort of a story involving him. And it is likely that Owens will feud with Shane after Summer Slam, so there has to be a spot where Shane makes a decision which pisses off Owens and that might cost him the match. What I think should happen is that Owens should roll AJ up and Shane counts 1 2 3, only to see on the replay that Owen's foot was on the rope or he had AJ's tights, and then he should restart the match after Owen's starts celebrating and walking off with the title. When they restart the match, AJ wins and Owen's breathes fire and accuses Shane of a screwjob, which then starts their feud.

PREDICTION : After a spot when Shane counts a pinfall on AJ, he finds out by watching the replay that Owens had his feet on the rope, restarts the match and then AJ STYLES retains.


7. JINDER MAHAL (C) VS SHINSUKE NAKAMURA

[WWE CHAMPIONSHIP]

I am not as sure about this as some of the others are. Logic dictates that there is no way Nakamura is losing this. There is no money in the bank to be cashed in and there is no way that Nakamura is losing clean to Mahal. The only thing which irks me is that Mahal was supposed to carry the belt till the tour of India in September and that being just one month away, I don't understand why WWE might have changed their plans. By the way, the Singh brothers are probably the ones who attacked the Fashion Police a few weeks ago, which suggests that they will part ways with Mahal after Summer Slam. So in all probability, Mahal is losing at Summer Slam, has his rematch on the next episode of Smackdown, loses that too, and then parts ways with the Singhs. I doubt what's in store for Mahal next. He can be pushed down to the mid card scene and have a feud with Sami or Tye, or maybe even Chad Gable, and I think that is more than he can ask for. As for Shinsuke, he is probably holding the belt till Wrestlemania next year

PREDICTION : SHINSUKE NAKAMURA becomes the new WWE champion


8. ALEXA BLISS (C) VS SASHA BANKS

[WWE RAW WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP]

I don't think even the WWE knows who is winning this till now. The original plan was Bayley vs Bliss, but as Bayley got a shoulder injury, Sasha was inserted into the match. I think Bliss should win this match and continue her feud with Sasha, and eventually lose to her in one or two months. Bayley comes back by then and then WWE can start to lay the groundwork for a Bayley vs Sasha at Wrestlemania next year. As for this match, I have a feeling that Nia will interfere and hand Bliss the victory, as it is looks very unlikely to me that Sasha will lose clean to Bliss.

PREDICTION : ALEXA BLISS retains with the help of Nia Jax


9. JOHN CENA VS BARON CORBIN

This match will most probably decide Corbin's career in the WWE. His failed cash in the last episode of Smackdown has made him look stupid and if he doesn't beat John Cena clean, he will lose all his momentum. But we know who John Cena is. According to an article, he has lost clean to only 13 opponents in the last 10 years, and it is very difficult to see him put somebody like Corbin over, who hasn't been around too long. Most people believe that we are seeing a burial at Summer Slam, and that there is no way that Cena is losing. I agree partly, but I think the situation can still be salvaged to a certain extent. Even if this match ends in a Disqualification or countout, and then Corbin just annihilates Cena after the match, I would be happy. Of course, this needs to continue on Smackdown too, where he destroys a few lesser wrestlers over the next few weeks and gets the tag of a monster heel, much like Strauman on Raw. This will get him out of this slump and I see no other way.

PREDICTION : JOHN CENA wins by disqualification, but Corbin annihilates Cena after the match


10. BROCK LESNAR (C) VS BRAUN STROWMAN VS ROMAN REIGNS VS SAMOA JOE

[WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP]

The build up to this match has been absolutely amazing and I expect to see an awesome match. The fact that all four of them seem to be legitimate contenders for the title, has made it very difficult to guess who is going to win. I am fairly certain though that Reigns will not win. I would like to see Strowman win more than anyone, and Joe wouldn't be a bad choice either. Honestly I am fine with anyone winning this as long as there is a continuation to the story line and not just four men fighting. Brock vs Strowman, Strowman vs Reigns, Joe vs Brock.. these kind of face offs must happen and add a hundred false finishes, it will be an encounter for the ages. The stipulation that Brock will leave the WWE if he loses makes it look like he will definitely lose this, but I think it is a swerve, and I think he is walking out of Summer Slam as the Universal Champion

PREDICTION : BROCK LESNAR retains by pinning Samoa Joe
Because it is so difficult to predict the outcome of this match, I will say that the next most likely scenario is Samoa Joe winning the title by either pinning Reigns or putting him to sleep


So those are my predictions for Summer Slam 2017. Let me know if you agree with me in the comments below. Have fun and enjoy the show. Cheers!

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