SummerSlam 2015 is set to be the one of the biggest SummerSlam events in history, with a stacked match card spanning over four hours.
Each match is bigger than the next, headlined by the massive WrestleMania XXX rematch between The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar.
Seth Rollins and John Cena put their WWE World Heavyweight and United States Championships on the line, with the winner taking home both titles.
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It’s already a massive occasion with plenty of media coverage surrounding it, which means the superstars and divas need to pull out all the stops and ensure their individual performances translate to a successful and memorable evening.
Everyone will be looking to take it up a notch. We have a host in the form of Jon Stewart. Stephen Amell is also in action with plenty of other matches; but here are the stars I believe need to impress the most on what should be an epic night.
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The Undertaker in a match is a huge occasion in itself, so regardless of how the match plays out the fans will still be invested in this rematch.
The Undertaker looks in good shape, now it’s time for him to show what he has left inside of the ring against the brutal in-ring style of Lesnar. The Deadman may stoop to heel tactics at SummerSlam, but if someone is capable of handling pressure then it’s The Undertaker.
If he can still move in the ring and look like someone who can still main event the show, and tell a great story in the ring once more then I feel we’ll all call for The Undertaker to compete more often.
You knew this one was going to come up sooner or later, let’s get it out of the way. Sheamus is Mr. Money in the Bank, but booking suggests he’s nothing but a jobber.
I understand that constant losses before a potential cash-in makes it a massive surprise in the long run, but his reign as Mr. Money in the Bank is not only boring but it seems pointless.
Now he’s in another match with Randy Orton and Sheamus needs to win, or at least look like he’s some sort of threat at least.
If Sheamus can impress with a win, then that’s one step of many in the right direction. If it’s a loss alongside a pointless performance, then it’s doing The Celtic Warrior zero favours and could be the big negative point on what should be a great night.
Ryback suffered an injury at an unfortunate time. By now he should have been the established Intercontinental Champion we were hoping for but we haven’t hit those heights just yet.
SummerSlam could be the night where Ryback really makes that title his own, by defeating two challengers in The Big Show and The Miz.
The Miz is somebody who could add a lot more to the title than Ryback, so it wouldn’t be a massive surprise to see Ryback drop the gold.
The Big Guy needs a good run as champion, to elevate the title as much as he can whilst moving up the ladder himself. To do that, he needs to perform like the true champion at SummerSlam.
If he’s unable to look impressive, then it probably won’t be long before the WWE look to other stars as potential champions.
This one is bending the rules a little, by including all nine divas rather than just the one.
However, the same principle applies. Each and every single one of them involved in that three team divas match need to impress like the never have before.
They are the integral part of the hyped-up Divas Revolution. For weeks they’ve been showcasing what they are capable of inside of the ring and on the microphone and they’ve got fans talking.
This is their main event. All nine of them going out there and putting everything they’ve learnt and showcased into one match.
If they are able to pull it off then we can say it’s definitely a step in the right direction to make the divas relevant. If they are unsuccessful and can’t impress in a good match, then the hype will certainly die down.
Kevin Owens is in an interesting situation now. We’re all aware of the backstage politics surrounding Owens, how he isn’t liked and whatnot.
That means if certain guys backstage have their way, Owens will lose. However, that’s not such a bad thing for Owens. Sure, he’d want to win at SummerSlam but there are fans who will be attending both events and the NXT fans will be out in full force to support him.
Owens has an intriguing move-set, not something you expect to see from a man of his size. He has a great opponent in Cesaro too, which means the two of them should use each other to make themselves look like two of the finest superstars on the roster.
I feel they will do that. It should be a fantastic match and Owens shouldn’t let anyone or anything affect his performance.
Speaking of Cesaro, I believe he’s another who needs to impress at SummerSlam.
Cesaro is in a similar boat to Owens as well as the divas. He needs to put on a good performance to show the suits just what he’s capable of at a big stage; so hopefully bigger things are planned for him in the future.
Similar to the divas, he’s had a lot of hype surrounding him. The divas have had the whole Divas Revolution surrounding them, whilst the Cesaro Section has been out in full force on a weekly basis.
Cesaro needs to impress so that trend can continue, and it doesn’t crash and burn that same night. If he and Owens can lean on one another to make themselves look good and ensure their match steals the show, Cesaro will definitely be a name on more fans’ lips.