WWE SummerSlam 2016 – Preview and Predictions (August 21, 2016)

WWE SummerSlam 2016 – Preview and Predictions

August 21, 2016

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This may be the most staked card WWE has put on in years. Each match on this show has at least some potential to be an entertaining match. Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, John Cena, AJ Styles, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton AND EVA MARIE……….will not be able to make it due to her violation of the WWE Wellness Policy. It’s the biggest event of the summer, it’s SummerSlam!

Preview Panel

Ryan Duncan: Various wrestling reviewer

Dylan Osborn: What Culture Pro Wrestling reviewer

Andrew David: New Japan Pro Wrestling reviewer

Divas Tag

Carmella, Becky Lynch and Naomi vs. Natalya and Alexa Bliss

*Most predictions were made before Eva Marie’s suspension.

Ryan: When I saw the women’s wrestlers that were drafted to SmackDown, I thought to myself that this would be a grand opportunity for them to show what they’ve got in the ring. Now, as of this writing, SmackDown doesn’t have a women’s championship, and I think that this match will be pivotal in the unveiling of the championship. So far, the 6 ladies have been booked reasonably well in the weeks since the brand split. Eva Marie’s gimmick works for her. As much as I’d like to see the face team win, I’ve gotta go with Nattie, Eva and Alexa. Prediction: Natalya, Eva Marie and Alexa Bliss

Dylan: I love what they’ve been doing with Eva, really smart booking, and I think it will continue here with her cowering behind her teammates. The match itself will be good, 6 talented women going at it, as long as it isn’t dicked for time, we should get a good match. I’m gonna say team heel goes other, when Eva escapes another Becky attack, blind tagging in to distract Becky who takes the fall from say Natalya as their rivalry just kinda.. ended. Prediction: Natalya, Eva Marie and Alexa Bliss

Andrew: Probably not happening now b/c of Marie suspension. But if it does in another form, then Lynch’s team goes over. Prediction: Carmella, Becky Lynch and Naomi

Cesaro vs Sheamus

Cesaro vs. Sheamus

Ryan: This best of seven series, have they given any indication over what the winner will receive? Because if not, then the series is meaningless. Regardless, I’m rolling with the Swiss Superman. Prediction: Cesaro

Dylan: I’m not against these two having a match, or even a best of 7 series, I’m against the fact that Cesaro has already beaten Sheamus TWICE, what’s the point in this? Couldn’t they have done this from the beginning then market matches 3 and 7 on PPV? The match will be good maybe even great, I’ll say Sheamus goes over because 3 loses in a row plus losing the first match of the BO7, just makes this pointless in my opinion. Prediction: Sheamus

Andrew: A red headed Mohawked coffin for the Swiss Superman. Such a shame. At this rate I just want to him to stay healthy long enough to get to New Japan. Don’t hurt him Sheamus. Just because your career is broken doesn’t mean someone’s else’s has to be. Prediction: Cesaro

The Miz vs Apollo Crews

Intercontinental Championship

The Miz (c) (with Maryse) vs. Apollo Crews

Ryan: If WWE was ever going to pull the trigger with pushing Apollo, this is their chance to get it right. Apollo has been booked well lately and I, personally, would like to see him with championship gold. Apollo all the way. Prediction: Apollo Crews

Dylan: Well it’s nice to see Apollo get a title match, they seemed to have dropped the ball with him but this is a step up. The match should be better than the awful Darren Young match at Battleground, and will hopefully have a finish that makes sense. The Miz has been great as IC champion and this has easily been his best reign with the title, he’s always been a good heel, WWE just never booked him as one. Miz will retain here, I don’t see him losing the belt anytime soon if I’m honest. Prediction: The Miz

Andrew: I’ve got a prop bet VKM makes Crews come out in Rocky IV ring gear. I’m going to win $3. I’m a winner. Prediction: The Miz

Enzo and Cass vs JeriKO

Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens

Ryan: JeriKO… ’nuff said. Prediction: Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens

Dylan: 4 of the best talkers in WWE having a feud together, I can deal with this. This match should be great and with the very real possibility of The Club winning the tag titles, I’m going to say Enzo and Cass win to look strong for them perhaps revisiting their feud with Gallows and Anderson. I don’t think JeriKO will split up yet, but I think they’ll lose. Prediction: Enzo Amore and Big Cass

Andrew: JeriKO is awesome and makes me happy. Enzo & Cass have catchphrases and are in their “hometown”. That probably means E&C win but I’d love to see them lose. Prediction: Enzo Amore and Big Cass

New Day vs Balls

WWE Tag Team Championship

The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) (c) vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

Ryan: I think it’s time for new champions. I love the New Day, but they’ve been champs for almost a year at this point. I personally feel it’s time for a change. Gallows and Anderson have this. Prediction: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

Dylan: I’ve enjoyed the direction WWE have given The New Day, more serious while still maintaining their personas, which fits going into this match. I have a feeling Luke and Karl are walking away with the titles, while I don’t want them forming Balor Club right now, they probably will blow their load early and have each member hold the gold by the end of the night. It’s been a good run for The New Day but their reign had to end to sooner or later and why not end it whilst putting over two of the best workers in WWE. Prediction: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

Andrew: Records are made to be broken. New Day made a record. Time to break it, just like how Big E’s nuts got broken. Prediction: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

Sasha Banks vs Charlotte

Women’s Championship

Sasha Banks (c) vs. Charlotte

Ryan: If Charlotte wins, then Sasha becoming champion on the first Raw of the “New Era” would be meaningless, as would the whole “Dana Brooke is banned from ringside” angle that was put in on Raw this week. Sasha Banks HAS to win to validate her reign right off the bat. Prediction: Sasha Banks

Dylan: Well I didn’t like that they just gave Sasha the title on RAW, much like when they did it to Charlotte nearly a year ago, it just threw away the moment of Sasha winning. They should have waited until tonight and have it be a slow build of Sasha getting the upper hand, with that said, this match will still be awesome and Sasha will retain. I’m not convinced Bayley will come out post match, with how empty the NXT women’s division is, they can’t afford it being only 2 ladies after Moon makes her debut at Brooklyn. Prediction: Sasha Banks

Andrew: It’s more fun when Sasha’s chasing then reigning. Prediction: Charlotte

Rusev vs Roman Reigns

United States Championship

Rusev (c) (with Lana) vs. Roman Reigns

Ryan: In my gut, I feel like Roman will win this, but with all my heart, I want Rusev to retain the championship. Rusev has been great as champion and I would like to see that continue. I’m tipping Rusev on this one. Prediction: Rusev

Dylan Osborn: I won’t go on a full IWC rant on how they’re full of shit liking Roman the second he steps foot in the mid card, weird how he’s suddenly a good talker and can wrestle. Anyway, I’m okay with this feud but the roles feel reversed, shouldn’t Rusev be face for defending his wife after what Roman did? Hopefully this feud is great and I want Rusev to go over, it would be a huge win for him and these two are talented enough to continue this feud for a good couple of months so let Rusev have a big win here. Prediction: Rusev

Andrew: Woman Wains starts his long, boring dumb journey back to a top title with a win here. Prediction: Roman Reigns

John Cena vs AJ Styles

John Cena vs. AJ Styles

Ryan: This feud has been great. Back and forth wins between the two and this stage would be a perfect blow off for the feud. I would like to see AJ Styles win this. Prediction: AJ Styles

Dylan: Cena’s best promo and in ring work since CM Punk, this has been a great feud and in terms of singles matches AJ is still technically 1-0 up on Cena. This will be awesome, the atmosphere should be amazing and HOPEFULLY, WWE let AJ go over clean here. We might see Luke and Karl screw AJ over then form with Finn at the end of the show, but again, I don’t want that yet and i’ll explain why when we get to Finn. While Cena going over isn’t the end of the world in me eyes, most “fans” will give up on AJ for no real reason which could then fuck him over, so hopefully WWE can just give AJ this big win seeing as he didn’t get it at Wrestlemania. Prediction: AJ Styles

Andrew: It HAS to be AJ. So it will be Cena. Prediction: John Cena

Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler

WWE World Championship

Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

Ryan: The feud between these two has been rather interesting, especially given that they’re both faces. Expecting Ambrose to retain and Ziggler to turn heel. Prediction: Dean Ambrose

Dylan: Who knew if you gave these two some character, they’d be interesting, I’m actually invested with Dean as champion despite his poor moveset and usually boring character. Dolph cut an awesome promo on Dean on Smackdown and Dean very much played the heel roll of talking him down and straight up saying he’d lose, not beating around the bush. With there being no real big top level heels on Smackdown right now, why not make Dean that big crazy psycho heel, with Dolph as the underdog, then if Ziggler can come out on top, we can then slot Bray comfortably into the main event scene as he’s been teasing a title match as well. While I don’t think Dean is leaving this FEUD with the title, he will be leaving Summerslam with it. Prediction: Dean Ambrose

Andrew: Dean has been very convincing lately and show a fire like we haven’t seen in years. Which will make it all the more difficult to watch him lose…again. Prediction: Dean Ambrose

Brock Lesnar vs Randy Orton

Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) vs. Randy Orton

Ryan: This match’s build has been exceptional. Between Heyman’s promos and Orton working off that ring rust by putting on good matches each and every week. Personally, I would like to see Brock take this one, mainly because despite the UFC doping scandal, Brock Lesnar is one of the hottest commodities in professional wrestling today. Prediction: Brock Lesnar

Dylan: The only reason I care about this match, is that we’ll hopefully see Brock wrestle properly for the first time since Undertaker. Beast Brock has gotten stale and I want the old, kick ass Brock Lesnar we had when he was having classics with Kurt Angle. It also shows that WWE will want to invest in Orton in the future seeing as they’re having his return match at Summerslam with one of their biggest stars. Brock will go over, but I think Orton will scare him a bit to make him look strong, after Summerslam I think we’ll see Cena Vs. Orton feud one last time. Prediction: Brock Lesnar

Andrew: Viperville is not a thing. Stop trying to make it a thing. Prediction: Randy Orton

Finn Balor vs Seth Rollins

Universal Championship

Finn Bálor vs. Seth Rollins

Ryan: This match is freakin’ huge! Former WWE Champion Seth Rollins vs. former NXT Champion Finn Balor. For a newly established Universal Championship. This match deserves to be the show closer. What better way to kick off your “New Era” then by having two of the best “young” talents main eventing a big 4 pay per view? Regardless of who wins, we are the true winners. Gun to my head, I’m picking Finn Balor. Prediction: Finn Balor

Dylan: Yes the championship name is stupid but oh well. So this will most likely be MOTN, it’s two of the best in WWE, although funny enough someone who is clearly close with the boss (Finn with Triple H) is getting a massive push yet this time no one is complaining, weird. So what I think WWE will do is form Balor Club with Luke, Karl and Finn all having a hold all the gold moment at the end of the show. Why I don’t want this to happen, is that before Finn most likely becomes the little chicken shit heel leader, is that he needs a clean win to make himself look strong and so the fans can see what he can do on a main event level and want more of it. So then when he cheats to win, fans feel ripped off because they wanted to see Finn wrestle properly. I won’t go into a whole how I’d book it, I’ll save that for a future article. But in short, Finn needs to go over clean to establish how good he truly is, Seth will get many more chances, if Finn falls flat here, this might be his only chance. Prediction: Finn Balor

Andrew: Finn HAS to win much like AJ. Unlike AJ, he’s HHH’s pet project, so he WILL win. Prediction: Finn Balor

Predicted Match of the Night

Ryan: Balor vs. Rollins

Dylan: Finn Balor Vs. Seth Rollins BUT AJ Styles Vs, John Cena might top it in terms of atmosphere.

Andrew: Balor v Rollins


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