How WWE Should Book Summer Slam 2016

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The shorts are out and the windows are down so that means only one thing for wrestling fans: Summer Slam is coming.

Year after year WWE has put a bigger and bigger emphasis on the event to make it close to becoming a second Wrestlemania.

A bigger show than ever!

With major feuds and story lines being booked to culminate in August, here is a fantasy booking example of how creative could put together the best card possible.


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Brock Lesnar Vs Seth Rollins Vs Roman Reigns

This could be promoted as the Wrestlemania main event that never was.

This was the ending of Wrestlemania 31 and the duration of that triple threat was thrilling and with Reigns and Rollins set to clash more than once over the summer, there may be twists and turns along the way.

The X-Factor is Lesnar - coming back from UFC 200, hopefully with momentum if Mark Hunt doesn't leave him starched on his back, he will want to conquer the two men who have taken his place at the top of the card.

Neither man has beaten Lesnar clean and yet they are the ones fighting over the Belt. That is something the Beast will want to rectify before too long. This would have big match feel written all over it.

Triple H Vs Shane McMahon

After Wrestlemania this match seemed the most logical way of getting value from two big names in a marquee, storyline match.

With the brand split coming there are plenty of ways to book this feud - control over the two brands or a simple grudge match with Triple H representing Stephanie.

Hopefully it wouldn't go as long as Shane and Taker at Wrestlemania, but there is some fun to be had with stipulations here.

John Cena Vs AJ Styles

This will likely be the rubber match after the two trade falls over the summer.

Styles will likely be poised to be the top heel on one of the brands, and this match could even be for the second World Title that WWE looks to be introducing.

Styles would have to win this one to clearly state that the WWE is moving forward with the New Era.

John Cena will remain the top star regardless of the outcome at this stage. As for the match... no one needs to worry it will be anything less than stellar.

Enzo Amore & Big Cass Vs The Club

Enzo and Cass have more momentum than WWE knows what to do with and the fans are so strongly behind them but their desire to cheer will only last so long without a proper story.

The Club needs to be the Tag Champs by this point to legitimise them, and freshen up the division as a whole.

The New Day have been undisputed at the top for a year, and losing the titles would put some heat on both factions.

The result could go either way, but putting the Realest Guys in the Room in the top spot in the division is the only way to sustain their upward trajectory.

New Day Vs The Wyatt Family

Speaking of The New Day, they are still one of the hottest properties on the roster, but sometimes it's better to take the belts away before the run gets too stale.

Having the returning Wyatts target the Power of Positivity makes sense, and provides a good opportunity for mutually beneficial booking.

The Wyatts can look dangerous with a win here, and having The New Day lose again after dropping their titles to The Club deepens their characters. How will their positivity react to a slump?

That's something we haven't seen and would make for intriguing viewing moving forward.

Sami Zayn Vs Kevin Owens

This feud has been hot on the main roster and it still hasn't had a satisfying payoff.

Summer Slam is the perfect situation to do the two veterans justice and giving them the platform to steal the biggest show of the summer.

It doesn't need over thinking, just let them do what they do.

Cesaro Vs Randy Orton

Randy Orton is coming back soon and Cesaro needs a big Pay Per View win.

Beating Orton could poise him to make a legitimate challenge to whomever holds either world title.

Cesaro doesn't need to win the main belt yet, but dipping his toes in the main event would be something the fans and management would surely be intrigued to see.

Much like Cena and Styles, this is the New Era pushing through, knowing that the old guard can survive just fine with a loss or two.

Dean Ambrose Vs The Miz

It feels like the perennial problem with Ambrose's character is that there are better, more logical match-ups that take up space higher on the card, and he is left with filler feuds.

Whenever he gets an organic, exciting pairing (like Lesnar) there is never enough heat behind to give him the win.

Sometimes you have to go backwards to go forwards, and maybe with more focus on the secondary belts after the brand split, he would be suited to find some momentum with the IC title.

There is no doubt that Ambrose is ready for World Title programmes, but there are others in that position as well, and letting him put together a run of wins on Pay Per Views would put credit in the bank for when he does move up to challenge the top stars once again.

Rusev Vs Apollo Crews

Crews has been presented as the next exciting star that WWE doesn't want to get behind, so, why not feed him to someone they are backing?

He would provide a solid opponent for the Bulgarian Brute, an entertaining match (possibly on the pre-show), and another name to put in Rusev's wake as he rebuilds his dominance.

Finn Balor debut on the Highlight reel.

You have to think that Finn Balor is debuting on the main roster soon but it doesn't have to be rushed.

I have no problem with letting the Club find their own niche before The Demon joins and overshadows them.

I also think that he shouldn't be over exposed early on, much like the undertaker, he can be the kind of special attraction that can do a lot with very little.

Fans may be disappointed to not see him compete on the card, but rumours of him being in the building is exciting in its own right.

Jericho could come to the ring and cut a whiny promo about being the best in the world and not even being given a match on Summer Slam.

He could say that he is too good for Summer Slam, and that the Highlight reel is too good for any of the stupid idiots in the locker room. He berates and antagonises the fans, claiming that no one is charismatic enough to replace the gift of Jericho and that the New Era is nothing but a joke.

Cue music.

Balor comes to the ring with his unrivalled fan-fare and after more Jericho-isms cleans out the first ever undisputed champion to set up a strong initial programme; which he will win handsomely.

And there you have it, that's how I would be booking Summer Slam right now.

Unlike Wrestlemania, there are options all over the roster for Creative to use and this could be one of the most memorable events in years if put together correctly, and with the talent at their disposal right now, surely this will be the biggest event of the summer.

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