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WWE SummerSlam 2017 preview & predictions

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WWE SummerSlam 2017 airs this Sunday live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Kickoff Show:

Jason Jordan & The Hardy Boyz vs The Miz & The Miztourage

This match happened on this past week’s episode of RAW and was added to the SummerSlam card on Thursday. Predicted winner: Jason Jordan & The Hardy Boyz

SmackDown Tag Team Championship: New Day (c) vs The Usos

I thought this match would be on the main card. The Usos lost the titles to New Day at WWE Backlash. The Usos picked up a victory over Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods on this week’s episode of SmackDown. It has been announced that Big E & Xavier Woods will be the two members of New Day competing at SummerSlam. This match could go either way, but I think the New Day will walk out of the Barclays Center still the champs. Predicted winners and still SmackDown Tag Team Champions: New Day

Cruiserweight Championship: Akira Tozawa (c) vs Neville

Akira Tozawa won the Cruiserweight Championship on this past week’s episode of RAW. Neville quickly invoked his rematch clause and will face Tozawa for the title during SummerSlam’s Kickoff Show. I wouldn’t be shocked if it happened, but I think it would be silly to take the Cruiserweight Championship off of Tozawa 6 days after he won it. Tozawa gets another victory over Neville and Neville loses his mind after the match. Predicted winner and still Cruiserweight Champion: Akira Tozawa

Main Card:

Randy Orton vs Rusev

Orton defeated WWE Champion Jinder Mahal last week on SmackDown. After the match, Rusev attacked Orton on the entrance ramp. On this past week’s episode of SmackDown, Rusev beat the hell out of Chad Gable and applied the Accolade to him while on the announce table. Rusev then got into the ring to cut a promo on Orton but Randy slithered into the ring and hit Rusev with an RKO out of nowhere. Rusev made his return to WWE recently and promptly lost to John Cena at WWE Battleground. I expect the losing to continue for Rusev this Sunday. Predicted winner: Randy Orton

Big Cass vs Big Show

Enzo Amore will be suspended in shark cage above the ring

Big Cass got some help from Gallows & Anderson on this past week’s episode of RAW. Gallows & Anderson tied Big Show’s hand to the cage and Cass slammed the cage door shut on it. Big Show’s hand is now injured and he may not be able to perform the Knockout Punch this Sunday. Big Cass should definitely win this match at SummerSlam. It will be interesting to see if Enzo plays a role in this match besides shouting from the shark cage above the ring. Predicted winner: Big Cass

Finn Balor vs Bray Wyatt

Wyatt defeated Finn Balor on Monday’s episode of RAW. After the match, Wyatt poured “blood” all over Balor. Later on RAW, Balor announced that The Demon will return during this match at SummerSlam. Wyatt picked up a victory on Monday night, I don’t envision him winning again this Sunday at the PPV. Predicted winner: Finn Balor

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Naomi (c) vs Natalya

Carmella has been hinting for weeks that Sunday will be the night that she cashes in her Money in the Bank contract. Normally when things are that obvious, I don’t think that they will happen. However, I actually think the cash in will happen on Sunday. Naomi’s title run has been very poorly booked and she defended her title against Lana three times in a row for some reason. Natalya deserves a run with the title, but I think she is going to lose this match. After the match, Natalya attacks Naomi and that opens the door for Carmella to cash in her MITB contract. Predicted winner & new SmackDown Women’s Champion: Carmella

John Cena vs Baron Corbin

This match took on a whole new meaning after Baron Corbin’s incredible failure on this past week’s episode of SmackDown. Corbin attacked Cena during his match against WWE Champion Jinder Mahal. Cena had just planted Mahal with an Attitude Adjustment off the second rope and had the match won. After he beatdown Cena, Corbin attempted to cash in his MITB contract. Cena hopped back up on the ring apron and distracted Corbin. Mahal then rolled up Corbin from behind and won the match.

Corbin lost his shot at the WWE Championship because he was distracted by John Cena. Unless WWE has completely lost all faith in Baron Corbin, I don’t see how he doesn’t win this match at SummerSlam. Corbin was embarrassed on SmackDown, it wouldn’t be a good sign for him if he also gets his ass kicked at SummerSlam. WWE is making it known that Cena is on a losing streak at SummerSlam. I’ll predict that Corbin wins this match on Sunday, but I won’t be surprised at all if Cena kicks out of End of Days and submits Corbin with the STF. Predicted winner: Baron Corbin

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

Bayley was supposed to get a shot at the RAW Women’s Championship, but her shoulder injury prevented that happening. Sasha Banks submitted Nia Jax with the Bank Statement to earn a shot at the title at SummerSlam. I thought Banks should have been in this match to begin with, as Alexa Bliss got herself counted out in their at Great Balls of Fire to retain the title. I’d like to see Sasha Banks win the title at SummerSlam and actually hold onto it for a long time. Predicted winner and new RAW Women’s Champion: Sasha Banks

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

The mini-Shield reunion finally happened on Monday’s episode of RAW. Ambrose and Rollins had denied each other’s attempts at a fist-bump and started throwing punches. However, they came together to beatdown Sheamus & Cesaro when they attacked them at ringside. Ambrose and Rollins then fist-bumped in the ring as Boston crowd went nuts. Ambrose and Rollins have all the momentum in the world and I would be stunned if they didn’t win the titles on Sunday. Predicted winners & new RAW Tag Team Champions: Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins

United States Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs Kevin Owens

Shane McMahon is the referee for this match

In the past couple of weeks, AJ Styles has accidentally hit Shane McMahon with a Pele Kick and Owens has accidentally hit him with a Superkick. Shane McMahon is going to be involved in this finish to this match somehow and I’m guessing Kevin Owens isn’t going to like it. Shane McMahon will wind up costing Owens the victory and Owens will attack Shane after the match. Predicted winner and still United States Champion: AJ Styles

WWE Championship: Jinder Mahal (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura

Shinsuke Nakamura defeated John Cena to earn his shot at the WWE Championship. On this past week’s episode of SmackDown, he interrupted Jinder Mahal’s celebration on India’s Independence Day and confronted the WWE Champion. Nakamura will have this match won several times, but the Singh Brothers will keep getting involved in the match. Eventually, Nakamura will be able to eliminate the Singh Brothers and capture the WWE Championship. Predicted winner & new WWE Champion: Shinsuke Nakamura

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

Paul Heyman has claimed that he and his client Brock Lesnar will be leaving WWE if Brock Lesnar loses the Universal Championship on Sunday. Monday’s episode of RAW ended with Lesnar and Strowman being separated in the ring by the WWE locker room as Reigns and Samoa Joe battled outside the ring. The locker room eventually separated Reigns and Joe as well. Paul Heyman seems to believe that RAW GM Kurt Angle and WWE have conspired to take the title off of Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. I cannot wait to see this match and I think Lesnar will somehow escape Sunday with the Universal Championship. Predicted winner & still Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar

What are your predictions for WWE SummerSlam? Let us know in the comments below.

  • joe nobody

    miztouragefor team team champion

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    I don’t see Brock Lasner walk out of Summerslam with the Unversal title. I am going with Roman Reigns. Hey maybe Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose complete the pack I know seems unlikely but I can see something like that happening.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    miztourage and miztourage?? Really??

  • Arnold Jackson

    Agree on Rusev but his problems began before he lost Lana.

  • Leedraven

    Too early for Carmella. It’s the only thing keeping her relevant at the moment. She’s still too green to put a title on her yet. The other predictions seem pretty acurate. Maybe not Jinder losing yet. Also think Bailey turning heel on Banks would be a nice needed change for her.

  • MrDr3w

    I like everything but Nakamura winning. If they were going to have Nakamura win, they would’ve kept the MITB on Corbin so he could take the title from Nakamura post-match, making him a massive heel instantly. Nakamura doesn’t need the belt to elevate himself. Jinder does. Corbin does.

    I also don’t wanna see Rusev lose again. He’s been getting lost in the shuffle ever since they split him up from Lana, so he needs a legit title push to keep him relevant.

  • wwemrpeeps85

    Like everything but Naomi losing