Rob Van Dam to face Cesaro in SummerSlam kick-off match

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After weeks of anticipation and intensive build up, SummerSlam finally comes to us live from Staples Center in Los Angeles tonight.

The kick-off show was finally announced late yesterday and will see Rob Van Dam go one-on-one with Cesaro. The two have a storied rivalry as former Paul Heyman guys, but have also both hit something of a wall in their careers of late. 

Cesaro lost a hard-fought match to Dean Ambrose on Friday night Smackdown, whilst Van Dam faced Seth Rollins on Raw in a losing attempt to defeat Mr Money in the Bank. 

The two will be hoping this match will re-ignite them as they force the best out of each other. Many fans are not happy about the kick-off show, though, as it means the tag team titles and the US titles are not being defended on the pay-per-view. 

No tag-team match?

After the build up of tag teams over the last few weeks and the formation of Titus O'Neil and Heath Slater (Slater and the Gator) and Mark Henry and The Big Show, WWE gave the impression that there would be a big tag team title match this weekend, but instead The Usos don't even make the card.

As well as this, Sheamus also fails to defend his title for a second successive pay-per-view as the US title remains one of the least contested belts in the company.

The final card for the pay-per-view has now been released, but all cards are subject to change and matches can be added at the last minute as we have seen many times before.

The official card

Van Dam will face Cesaro in the kick-off show, AJ Lee will defend her divas title against Paige. Jack Swagger and Rusev will contest a flag match, the rules of which are still yet to be made official.

Chris Jericho will face Bray Wyatt, with Harper and Rowan banned from ringside. Randy Orton and Roman Reigns will collide, as will Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella as they fight for their spouses. 

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Dolph Ziggler will attempt to win the intercontinental championship from The Miz, Ambrose and Rollins will finally face each other in a sanctioned match and the biggest fight of the summer will see John Cena defend his WWE world heavyweight championship against the beast incarnate Brock Lesnar. 

So far the card looks fully stacked and capable of delivering plenty of shocks. The second biggest pay-per-view of the year is just a few short hours away.

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