Right now all of the focus in on the WWE Battleground pay-per-view where Seth Rollins defends his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against The Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar.
Anticipation continues to build around the event which takes place on July 19, but it’s safe to fans are also focusing on the biggest party of the summer, SummerSlam.
This year SummerSlam moves away from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California and will emanate from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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As always, the WWE will be looking to pull out all the stops at SummerSlam as they attempt to make it the best event yet. Even though we are just under two months away from the event itself, it’s clear that some matches will definitely be taking place at the event whilst others will be created.
KEVIN OWENS VS. JOHN CENA
The rubber match between the two will be taking place at Battleground for the United States Championship but I feel like there is still more we can gain from this feud. Both men have entertained so far and if Owens does manage to take the title from John Cena, there’s no way he’s going to take that defeat lying down.
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If we were able to get four matches out of John Cena and Rusev, stretching from Fastlane to Payback then four matches with Kevin Owens should be no problem whatsoever. If Kevin Owens manages to defeat Cena at Battleground then it creates something new in their fed and will definitely provide more entertainment.
With two months until SummerSlam, the two would have plenty of time to hype their match at the biggest party of the summer in the final clash between the pair.
ROMAN REIGNS VS. BRAY WYATT
There’s a chance the feud between Wyatt and Reigns could come to an end at Battleground, and at the moment it’s proving to be better than expected. If Roman Reigns remains out of the title picture, then this would be a safe bet for him as he and Wyatt would have plenty of time to build-up to their big rematch.
They’re both helping each other out as they have failed to hit the mammoth heights that were set for them and this patient approach is working well. If they continue to do what they are doing then there’s no reason why their potential clash at SummerSlam can’t be a good one.
SHEAMUS VS. DEAN AMBROSE
I feel this is the direction we’ll be headed as Sheamus will be kept as far away from the WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture as possible, so when he does eventually cash-in there will be that whole shock factor.
Sheamus is proving to be a great heel right now and the best way to get an even bigger negative reaction for him is to put him against a star everyone loves, and Dean Ambrose is that man. Ambrose doesn’t really have anything going for him right now so to take on someone who is almost guaranteed to be WWE World Heavyweight Champion is good for him.
RUSEV VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER
This will definitely happen, if Rusev’s ankle heals up on time. This has been a frustrating feud for both men as his injury has resulted in creative having to stretch out this feud but they’ve done well by incorporating Lana and Summer Rae into the fold.
It’s unknown whether Rusev will be fit, if he is then it’s the perfect stage for him to make his in-ring return against a top quality opponent.
RYBACK VS. THE BIG SHOW VS. RANDY ORTON
I feel that at Battleground, Ryback will keep hold of his Intercontinental Championship but The Big Show will still be chasing him. The likelihood is The Miz will drop out of the picture which will allow The Big Show to have his one on one title match but there is Randy Orton available who seems to be doing next to nothing right now.
It’s not just the WWE throwing him into the mix, Orton would be a huge asset to a match considering he’s a former Intercontinental Champion and the WWE did a fantastic thing by having their top star in John Cena holding the United States Championship again because now it actually means something, and if Orton can reclaim a title that made him a huge name then it can only result in positives.
WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
This is where it gets a little bit tricky. Will Seth Rollins retain at Battleground? Will Lesnar walk away with the title? Should we believe the leaked SummerSlam poster which suggests Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar will have their rematch for the title?
The most obvious match to take place would be a title rematch between Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins. If Rollins manages to retain then we can expect him to either take on Triple H at SummerSlam for the title or turn face at the event.
Another possibility is something identical to WrestleMania 31. Brock Lesnar could defeat Seth Rollins at the event and Roman Reigns somehow gets himself a rematch – only to have Sheamus cash in his briefcase.
This is definitely one with the most options and one match-up to keep an eye on as plenty of interesting match-ups can be made and will be made clearer in the coming weeks.
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