Some of them I expected but were made official in the last 24 hours:
The booking was obviously a work for those wondering.
Otherwise, Triple H wouldn’t have agreed to it on the spot. The match was being set up weeks in advance to be just Neville and Stardust but then a Twitter war between Stardust and Amell changed the game.
Things came to a head on RAW last night when Stardust shoved Amell, who was conveniently sitting ringside. Obviously the Green Arrow star wasn’t going to take that sitting down. Amell jumped over the barricade, jumped in the ring and attacked Stardus before being subdued by Security. Now, if that wasn’t pre-planned the exchange wouldn’t have been replayed after the commercial break and Amell would’ve been shown the door and not brought to Triple H.
I say that because Roman Reigns was attacked by a fan on Sunday at a house show. Said fan was arrested and subsequently banned for life from all WWE Events after throwing a replica Money in the Bank briefcase into the ring, hitting Reigns in the back of the head. RAW was taped before he was attacked but he wasn’t seriously hurt. The only RAWs that are usually live are the ones taped the night after Pay Per View event since they’re in the same building. Smackdown is taped on Tuesdays as well. Anyways, Amell and Neville will face Stardust and Bad News Barrett in a tag team match at Summer Slam.
Moving on, PTP’s Summer Slam match has finally been set: They will defend the Tag Team Titles in a Fatal Four Way Match against The New Day (no surprise), Los Matadores and The Lucha Dragons. Looks like The Ascension can’t catch a break (LOL).
It’s pretty wierd booking given The New Day are the only Heels in the match. Hell, it would have been even better to just make it a Triple Threat match with PTP, Los Matadores and the Lucha Dragons but have The New Day run interference. Matches involving three or more opponents are automatically no disqualification in addition to the defending champion(s) not needing to be involved in the decision to lose the title.
Team Submission (Paige, Charlotte and Becky) will face Team Bella (The Bella Twins and Alicia Fox) and Team B.A.D. (Naomi, Tamina Snuka and NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks) in a Three-team Elimination Match. It’s basically a Triple Threat Match with a twist: When someone is eliminated by pinfall or submission, their team continues without them until everyone from their team has been eliminated. The last team standing wins.
Give credit where it’s due to Stephanie McMahon for setting The Divas Revolution in motion and by extension, Triple H for creating NXT. No longer do you see 5-minute Divas matches or Divas reduced to nothing more than eye candy. That was the norm during the PG Era before Triple H changed the game. Pun intended. I expect this match to take at least 40 minutes, which is great since Summer Slam is going to be 4 hours long.
The Big Guy returned on RAW last night, much to the surprise of The Miz, who was hosting D-bry on Miz TV. Ryback, alongside D-Bry destroyed John Cena during the first NXT invasion had fully recovered from a Staph Infection that had him sidelined for a while.
The Big Show, who’d come to the ring to before Ryback came out to knock out The Miz was dispatched from the ring in short order. Thus, the postponed Triple Threat Match between The Big Show, The Miz and Intercontinental Champion Ryback for the IC Title is on for Summer Slam. I’m expecting him to retain of course but it should be a good match =D
The match was made official fresh off the heels of Reigns and Wyatt’s Battleground match only this time, Luke Harper and Dean Ambrose have joined, making it a tag team match. I’m expecting Eric Rowan to make his return at Summer Slam to complete The Family, which leads to the obvious question: Do Roman and Dean have a plan for that?
US Champion John Cena is scheduled to make his return on RAW next week after WWE Champion Seth Rollins broke his nose nearly three weeks earlier. I’m expecting the Champion vs. Champion Tile Match at Summer Slame to become official then. The winner of the match will hold both titles. IF Sheamus doesn’t cash in on the winner, that is.
If last night’s RAW is any indication, it could certainly happen. If I were a betting man, I’d say Cena wins the match but immediately loses the WWE Title due to the cash in. At the end of the day, whoever wins the match is guaranteed to have at least one U.S. Title. Otherwise, it doesn’t make sense to make it a title vs. title match knowing there’s a Money in the Bank contract holder biding his time…
…Of course, this is the main event match and was booked the RAW after Battleground.
Both Superstars are scheduled to both be on RAW at the same time next Money. As was pointed out on an extended special on WWE Network, Lesnar and ‘Taker’s rivalry goes back 10 years. ‘Taker famously confronted Lesnar after he lost a big UFC match in cross-promo move to goad him to return to WWE (which he would a few years later). With WWE being openly talked about in UFC’s circles–as a reminder, former WWE Superstar CM Punk is a joined UFC last year and Undefeated UFC Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey is a huge WWE fan and did a promo at Wresltemania 31–this is easily the match of the year.
The odds favor Lesnar due to the age difference–Taker’s 51 and Lesnar’s 35–but I’m expecting Taker to walk away the winner. This match was set in motion post-Wrestlemania 30 when Lesnar broke The Streak. 15 months later, her we are.
As I mentioned a short time ago, Summer Slam will be four hours long. I’m guessing at least three more matches will be added to the card. Here’s my picks for those three additional matches:
- Rusev vs. Mark Henry: This is assuming Dolph Ziggler doesn’t make a surprise return on RAW next week.
- Summer Rae vs. Lana: Again, assuming Ziggler doesn’t make a surprise return on RAW next week. The promos are certainly going in that direction and could work even if Ziggler came back.
- Dolph Ziggler and Lana vs. Rusev and Summer Rae: A Mixed Tag Match between them is what I think will most likely happen. Could be fun.
And two additional matches:
- Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro: They’ve crossed paths more than a few times recently and clearly don’t like each other.
- Randy Orton vs. Sheamus: The two have some unfinished business with each other and I expect to see Sheamus repeat Rollins at Wrestlemania and cash in on Rollins/Cena XD
Oh and as a reminder Sting is booked to make an appearance at Summer Slam. Of the matches booked so far, I could see Sting get involved with the Rollins/Ambrose vs. Wyatt/Harper Match, the Amell/Neville vs. Stardust/BnB Match or the Lesnar vs. ‘Taker match in some way.
…Should be interesting.