SummerSlam: Predictions and analysis

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WWE presents SummerSlam, live from Brooklyn New York this Sunday night in what has been described as "The Biggest Event of the Summer" and brags some of the biggest matches of the year. 

Seth Rollins vs John Cena could crown the first ever dual World and United States Champion whilst Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar is a rivalry 16 months in the making. One thing's for sure, Sunday is set to be one of the biggest SummerSlam's to date and here are our predictions ahead of the event. 

Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev

Phillipa: This is one of those matches that you knew would be happening after Rusev put Ziggler on the injured list. I'm sure a mixed tag match would have been greeted with more positivity, but the one-on-one means that both Summer and Lana can still interfere. 


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Rusev was a wrecking ball a few months ago and if he was still the same superstar then their would be no doubt in my mind that he would win this, but WWE have book him badly since the end of his feud with John Cena and now it seems he is about to be defeated by Dolph Ziggler, or the match will end in a DQ if one of the women interferes.

Lead WWE writer Raza Kazi: I'm not a massive fan of this feud, maybe because I'm not a huge fan of Ziggler. I do think Rusev should be in a much higher position that he is right now but I'm sure we can endure a little longer. There's more focus on Summer Rae and Lana than Ziggler and Rusev themselves.

For me, the quicker this is over the better. Rusev has been impressive in this feud so I do feel like he should be the one who is able to pick up the victory.

Team Bella vs. Team B.A.D vs. PCB

Phillipa: Not really the match I wanted at SummerSlam, but any divas match is better than no divas match. I still feel like the Divas Revolution will fail to have any direction until the Divas Championship is put on the line, but at least if we figure out who the most dominant team is, then they can challenge Nikki for the title. Providing Team Bella don't win. 

I think this is a strange kind of match to have but it puts nine divas on the card and continues the hype surrounding them as a whole. I think Team B.A.D will pick up the win here. 

Raza: At last we're getting the highly anticipated three-way divas tag team match, and to make it more interesting it will be an elimination match. I do think there are a few weak links in two of the three teams but I do the think the match will be better than expected.

It's difficult to call this down the middle as realistically any team could win. I think PCB is maybe too obvious considering they've been racking up the wins, whilst Team Bella could also do with a win. Team B.A.D are the dark horses here but I do think it will be Team Bella that somehow sneak away with the win.

Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro

Phillipa: I have become a big fan of both of these men as of late and I think yet again Kevin Owens will pull out a match of the year candidate over one of the best technical wrestlers on the roster. I think Kevin Owens could sneak a victory here and force a rematch at Night of Champions, but I can't see Cesaro defeating Owens, it all depends on whether or not he wins the NXT Championship back on Saturday night. 

Raza: Another difficult match to call down the middle. We could sit here and argue back and forth as to who needs the victory more, or who a loss would hurt more.

Both men have done really well lately regardless of backstage politics. Owens has a huge match the night before at TakeOver, and I doubt the WWE will book him to lose two in a row. Cesaro is on the rise once more and you never know what a loss could do to him. Although, I do think Cesaro would bounce back from a loss more convincingly that Owens. I think Kevin Owens walks out the victory.

The Arrows vs. The Cosmic Kings

Phillipa: Being a massive fan of Arrow, I love the fact that Stephen Amell has made the jump to WWE and I can't wait to see how impressive he is in the ring. That being said, Stardust has been so impressive with his entire character and his promos lately and bringing on King Barrett was a stroke of genius because they go together so well. 

I don't think Stephen Amell would have been booked to lose here on his debut and with Neville as his partner I think it will be an explosive match up, but The Arrows have to take the win. 

Raza: Stephen Amell and Neville taking on Stardust and King Barrett. It should be an interesting encounter. The thing I like about this is that Amell has really become invested into this storyline. Usually with special guests or celebrities there's no real passion or drive, but Amell has really stood out for me and I'm impressed with him as well as Stardust who is simply fantastic.

I don't think he'll be too limited in the ring, considering he does his own stunts on the hit show 'Arrow', so I do think he could wow the Brooklyn fans. A loss would also be pointless for his hyped-up appearance; The Arrows to take this one.

The Prime Time Players (C) vs. Los Matadores vs. New Day vs. The Lucha Dragons

Phillipa: I don't even know why Los Matadores are in this match, I think it's just to make up the numbers so WWE don't have two triple threat tag matches in one night, but I don't think they will walk away with the titles. My head and heart are saying two different things here, part of me wants Lucha Dragons to walk out with the championships because they have been exceptional since their debut and deserve some recognition.

But my head is saying that WWE are obviously still pushing The New Day and as much as I want to believe that The Prime Time Players will retain, I think The New Day could regain their titles. 

Raza: Los Matadores won't win. Now that's out of the way, it'll be interesting to see who the WWE book to go forward as the champions. Prime Time Players still look strong, New Day are still entertaining and the Lucha Dragons are still over with the fans with their in-ring style.

I do think it's too early to throw them on Sin Cara and Kalisto. Regardless of their talent, I think they've not yet established themselves as championship material, but their time will come. So for me, it comes down to New Day and Prime Time Players. Anybody who knows me will know that I want New Day to win and that's still a possibility. I could go with the safer option, but I'm going to take a risk and say we will have new champions in the form of the New Day.

The Wyatt Family vs. Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose

Phillipa: This has been a feud that has gone on for the best part of a year, Elimination Chamber last year saw The Shield and The Wyatt Family collide in one of the matches of the year, and now 18 months later they still haven't resolved their differences. 

I think Dean or Roman is going to get fed up of the other one at some point because the booking with the two former members of The Shield has been very poor. But I also think they will win this match. It's a hard one to figure out, Bray Wyatt is a force to be reckoned with on his own so he would be double that with Luke Harper on the apron. I still think Roman and Dean will get the win. 

Raza: Again, not a match you can really call down the middle. With so many rumours flying about regarding potential heel turns and face turns, you simply don't know what to believe and it makes it really difficult to pick a winner when you have to consider booking options for both teams.

Bray Wyatt drew first blood last time out at Battleground, and it's unclear whether he could defeat Reigns again. Reigns has shown improvement which is a good sign, so I do think Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose will win this match, but don't rule out a final twist.

Ryback (C) vs. The Big Show vs. The Miz

Phillipa: The match that should have been last month, but for Ryback's injury but finally we will see the showdown that no one truly cares about. Big Show won't win this because the WWE Universe currently would prefer for him to retire and The Miz has been beaten by just about everyone over the past few weeks so it is unlikely WWE would put the belt on him. Ryback will retain, simple as. 

Raza: We're finally getting this match but I have lost a little bit of interest in this, perhaps because Ryback's unfortunate injury was at a bad time.

I would like to think The Miz could add a bit more excitement to the Intercontinental Championship again especially with his gimmick, so I wouldn't be surprised to see him win. However, The Big Guy hasn't really had a solid run which I think the WWE will give him. Ryback to retain his Intercontinental Championship.

Randy Orton vs. Sheamus

Phillipa: This match has already happened once, at Battleground in from of Randy Ortons hometown supporters and he came out on top, but Sheamus decided to again pick a fight with The Viper and now all he managed to do was make him mad. As Mr Money in the Bank Sheamus really needs to gather some momentum to make it believable that he could be the next world champion. Hopefully that begins on Sunday. Sheamus to win. 

Raza: I think more focus will be on Sheamus come the end of the night because of the briefcase. This particular match has no interest, as nothing is on the line. Sheamus will win. Will anybody care? Probably not. Will anyone be entertained? Definitely not.

Seth Rollins (C) vs. John Cena (C)

Phillipa: When this match was announced I was pretty shocked that WWE would want to take a title from these two men because they seem to have been doing pretty extraordinary lately. The fact that one of them could walk out with both titles doesn't sit well with me because neither deserve that. 

Seth is doing well as a champion but since he's only been in the company a few years I still feel he has a long way to go before something like this whilst John Cena doesn't yet deserve to break Ric Flair's record. I think Seth will realise he could lose and cause the DQ thus keeping his title, so John Cena to win but via DQ. 

Raza: This has to be the most difficult match to predict. The safest bet would be to assume we'd get a disqualification finish which would see both men keep hold of their respective titles. So many theories have been thrown around, so any outcome is actually possible. Sheamus could cash in on either man.

I personally believe Rollins should keep his title, whilst he could also add a lot to the United States Championship. The fact that both men are expected to battle for months to come, I think we will get an outright winner. I wouldn't be surprised if the WWE threw a spanner in the works but for the sake of predicting, I say Seth Rollins somehow walks out with his title.

The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar

Phillipa: Watching Undertaker tombstone Brock on Monday night showed me just how old Undertaker truly is. He wasn't moving like the old Undertaker and it really was a sad sight. We all remember how brutal the first match between these two was and for the sake of Undertaker's health, I hope he is the one to get the pinfall.

Brock is a beast to be in the ring with and he will feel every bit his age on Sunday night when he takes a one way trip to Suplex City, but hopefully he has brought a ticket back out and he will walk out with the win. Undertaker to win. 

Raza: I just hope the match itself lives up to expectations. It's been hyped up a lot so it would be a shame to hear it failed. I think the occasion itself will make this match bigger than it is and fans will still be talking about it for months to come.

I say The Undertaker wins this battle. It'll be one a piece, and if rumours are to be believed than a final encounter could await them both at WrestleMania 32 in Texas.

These are just the thoughts of lead WWE writers Phillipa and Raza, do you have the same thoughts? Are your predictions a little different? Use the comments section below to share. 

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