BROOKLYN, N.Y. – World Wrestling Entertainment hosts its 29th installment of SummerSlam, its second-biggest event of the year, once again in Brooklyn on Sunday.
The main event, a fatal four-way, features marquee talents Brock Lesnar, the Universal champion, defending his title against challengers Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman.
The other main event, for the WWE championship, features Indo-Canadian Jinder Mahal of Calgary defending his title against challenger Shinsuke Nakamura, a Japanese megastar.
A closer look at the card:
Fatal Four-way: Lesnar, with mouthpiece Paul Heyman, has vowed to leave WWE if he fails to retain his title; UFC fighter Jon Jones recently challenged Lesnar to return to the octagon. Reigns, coming off his win over the iconic Undertaker at WrestleMania, challenges, along with veteran Samoa Joe and beast-like Strowman. A win by Reigns could ignite a riot, as fans continue to reject him as a company face. A win by any of the other three would likely work for fans.
Prediction: Strowman’s reign begins. Brock walks.
WWE Championship match: Canadian Mahal defends his title against fan favourite Nakamura. Nakamura’s strong style is new to WWE fans but not to wrestling fans as a whole. He gets his first main event spotlight, and quite probably his first title run. The big winner here could be the fans, as major ring entrances are expected for both men.
Prediction: Nakamura scores his first WWE title.
WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship match: Calgary’s Natalya takes on the women’s champ Naomi. Nattie comes in strong, having won by submission over Becky Lynch in her final tuneup. Naomi’s light show entrance should be amazing.
Prediction: Nattie scores her first WWE women’s championship (she was a Divas champion). The catch here is that Money in the Bank contract holder Carmela could well cash in during or after this match and steal the thunder.
WWE Raw Women’s Championship Match: Alexa Bliss defends her title against fan favourite Sasha Banks. Bliss’s lengthy title run faces a legitimate threat from Banks, who has regained her health and dominance.
Prediction: Bliss retains.
United States Championship Match: Montreal’s Kevin Owens challenges AJ Styles for the U.S. title, with special guest referee Shane McMahon. This one is a coin toss, as perfect booking has left us guessing who could come out on top. Well built up hype to this match.
Prediction: Styles retains, with McMahon somehow implicated.
Raw tag-team championship match: Champs Cesaro and Sheamus face the reformed (sorta) Shield in Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. This should be an excellent match bell to bell. All four are upper-level talents and perform best on the big stage.
Prediction: New champs. WWE knows it can make money with Ambrose and Rollins as a team.
Smackdown tag-team championship match: The New Day defend their titles against the extremely talented Usos. This is an example of tag-team wrestling at its best.
Prediction: Usos win.
John Cena vs. Baron Corbin: Corbin’s seeming rise to the stop was stunted by his failed cash-in of his Money in the Bank contract, but a match versus the iconic Cena could provide a better lift anyway.
Prediction. Cena helps showcase Corbin’s talents, as Corbin wins clean.
Rusev vs. Randy Orton: This one didn’t have a lot of build, but should still provide good entertainment. WWE may again trend toward building up Rusev, who is a great talent. What better way to do it than with one of the top guys in the company helping?
Prediction: Rusev wins.
Big Show vs. Big Cass with Enzo Amore suspended above the ring in a shark cage: This whole angle has been mediocre at best. Perhaps a strong finish can be had, but if WWE is working to put Big Cass over in singles, it won’t start here.
Prediction: Big Cass wins.
Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt: This one could be a show stealer. Balor will enter as his demon alter ego, which will be terrific on the big stage. Wyatt is always entertaining. The question is where does this go from here? Both men could use the momentum and push that would come from a win, yet this could go either way.
Akira Tozawa vs. Neville for the Cruiserweight Championship: These guys had a terrific match on Raw that saw Tozawa win his first title. Expect more of the same.
Prediction: Also expect the same outcome, Tozawa FTW.
The Hardys and Jason Jordan vs. The Miz and his Miztourage: The Miz is as entertaining as anyone in WWE today. He’s been propelling everyone he’s worked with to great heights. Expect the same here.
Prediction: Hardys and Jordan win.