SummerSlam 2018 Analysis and Predictions

18. 08. 16
posted by: Luke Mauer

WWE SummerSlam 2018 Analysis and Predictions:

 

Current Card:

 

Universal championship

Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns

WWE championship

AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe

Raw women's championship

Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Ronda Rousey

SmackDown women's championship

Carmella (c) vs. Becky Lynch

Intercontinental championship

Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Seth Rollins

Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz

United States championship

Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Jeff Hardy

Money in the Bank contract

Braun Strowman (current holder) vs. Kevin Owens

SmackDown tag team championships

The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The New Day

Baron Corbin vs. Finn Balor

 

Kickoff Show

Raw tag team championships

B-Team (c) vs. The Revival

Cruiserweight championship

Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Drew Gulak

Rusev & Lana vs. Andrade 'Cien' Almas & Zelina Vega



Rusev & Lana vs. Andrade 'Cien' Almas & Zelina Vega

Luke:

What Should Happen: The WWE should stop burying these two and give them a one-on-one match of the actual PPV.  Rusev was one of the most over acts in the WWE and they’re constantly misusing him. It’s frustrating for me - I can’t wonder how he feels.  Almas is also a ridiculous specimen and is rumored to be getting a big push.

What Will Actually Happen: I’m guessing this is a mixed tag match so that Lana can take the pin.  Aiden English tries to interfere, it backfires, and Almas/Vega win.

 

Andy:

What Should Happen:  Rusev and Lana need to win in an absolute squash, heavy on Rusev beating down Almas.  The Rusev Day gimmick is super over, but Rusev needs to get back to his “unstoppable monster” form because that’s the only thing that WWE will give a serious push to.

What WIll Actually Happen:  Nothing notable, since this will be on the Kick-Off show.  Almas and Vega win, and we continue Rusev’s descent through to the bottom of every card until he leaves WWE and goes to an indie like ROH and has a career rejuvenation.

 

Cruiserweight championship

Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Drew Gulak

Luke:

What Should Happen: The WWE should start treating the 205 Live guys like actual people and let them have good matches.  I think 205 Live has improved a lot, especially with Drake Maverick, but I don’t ever hear anything about it.  How would the WWE ever consider bringing in Fenix or Pentagon Jr when they don’t showcase their Cruiserweights?

What Will Actually Happen: Cedric Alexander has had the title since, what, WrestleMania (when I correctly picked he would win) - but can you name any of his title defenses?  I think he’s special, but maybe a heel champion would do wonders, especially with Lio Rush lurking in the distance. I’m going with Gulak in an upset.

 

Andy

What Should Happen:  Cedric Alexander wins, and schedules an appearance on TBPYNH to talk about why we should be paying attention to this division.

What Will Actually Happen:  Alexander wins, doesn’t come on our podcast, and I continue to not pay attention to 205 Live.

 

Raw tag team championships

B-Team (c) vs. The Revival

Luke:

What Should Happen: The Revival should win in about 10 seconds and become one of the best tag teams like they were in NXT.

What Will Actually Happen: I honestly think the WWE is ready to pull the trigger.  The B-Team is a good story, but they can’t build a tag team division around those guys.  WWE needs The Revival to be the centerfold on Raw and they need to build up the Tag Team Division...especially if Matt Hardy is really retiring. *sad face emoji*

 

Andy:

What Should Happen:  The Revival gets the win in a match that is actually good.  The B-Team gives us some great cheesy moments to remind us that they have a good gimmick, but back it up with some great, physical wrestling, which keeps them in the Tag Title picture.  The Revival are also legitimized by winning the title and beating a team that suddenly looks competitive.

What Will Actually Happen:  The B-Team does some cheesy B-Team stuff, but don’t put up much of a fight and the Revival start up a solid run at the top of the Raw Tag division.

 

Baron Corbin vs. Finn Balor

Luke:

What Should Happen: Yikes.  Speaking of wasted talent.  Do you remember when Finn Balor was the first Universal Champion and worked his ass off every week?  Remember when Baron Corbin won MITB and was finally going to get his push? This should be on the pre-show because it’s going to be garbage.

What Will Actually Happen: Finn Balor, I guess.

 

Andy:

What Should Happen:  WWE figures out where these two are going.  I’d love nothing more than a nice win for Balor that springboards him back into contention for a title (any title, please WWE).  Losing clean to Balor puts a chip on Corbin’s shoulder and he starts roughing up everyone on Raw on the pretense that they need to get better if Raw is going to stay the top show in the company.  Does that make sense? Maybe. Creative, back me up here, you can make this work.

What Will Actually Happen: Balor eats a pin through some sort of interference, low blow, or some other cheap shot.  And unfortunately starts down a path almost too similar to Rusev.

 

SmackDown tag team championships

The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The New Day

Luke:

What Should Happen: The New Day wins the titles and the Bludgies rebrand (again) as something else?

What Will Actually Happen: The Bludgeon Brothers don’t work for me (or WWE).  You can’t build a monster team up when there are no other monster teams...especially when the first monster team isn’t having good matches.  Luke Harper is probably one of the most misused talents in WWE and this run isn’t helping. I don’t think The New Day need the titles, but I want them to have the titles.  I’m going Bludgeon Brothers because I can’t figure out why not.

 

Andy:

What Should Happen:  The Bludgeon Brothers need to win, but they need to look beatable.  The New Day need to have a good match, give the crowd some exciting spots, and have a couple of near falls.  Keep the title on the Bludgeon Bros, but start to lay the groundwork for the New Day and the rest of the Smackdown tag teams to get competitive.

What Will Actually Happen:  The Bludgeon Brothers won’t win in an absolute squash, but it will be close.  They keep looking unstoppable, even though fans are kind of bored of them, and they don’t really have anywhere else to go.  I’m worried WWE is going to break up the New Day at some point, and this might be the match that starts a chain reaction that breaks them up in a month or two.

 

Money in the Bank contract

Braun Strowman (current holder) vs. Kevin Owens

Luke:

What Should Happen: Have I mentioned misusing wrestlers, yet?  Braun Strowman should truck Kevin Owens in 5 seconds and then go beat the shit out of Brock backstage, drag him to the ring, and then cash in becoming the Universal Championship before killing Roman Reigns in the main event.

What Will Actually Happen: This one is weird.  Braun Strowman doesn’t need MITB.  He should be able to destroy any champion in a predetermined match and then flip a semi on top of them.  Kevin Owens is the perfect briefcase holder because he’s sneaky and slimy. Both talents are underused and I’m starting to think the WWE is over saturated with great talent and nothing to do with them.  I’m taking Kevin Owens with some weird stuff happening at the end.

 

Andy:

What Should Happen:  Braun needs to keep the briefcase, but this has to work in conjunction with the Reigns/Lesnar match.  I’d like to see him hold onto the briefcase for a long time, trying to work his way to the title without using it.  I think he does get a shot down the line loses to, spoiler alert, Roman Reigns, then uses the briefcase at the Royal Rumble for a rematch.  This puts KO in an odd spot, but I believe in him enough to think that WWE will find a good way to use him very soon.

What Will Actually Happen:  Why even have this match if the briefcase isn’t going to change hands?  Kevin Owens wins, probably not clean, and sets up for something crazy later on.

 

United States championship

Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Jeff Hardy

Luke:

What Should Happen: We stop putting an injured Jeff Hardy into matches and let him heal before we lose both Hardy’s 18 months after they came back.

What Will Actually Happen: Shinsuke by a mile.  Randy Orton will probably get involved and this should also be on the pre-show. Also, how depressed are you that you can’t watch these two in their prime absolutely tear the house down?

 

Andy:

What Should Happen:  I honestly don’t know what WWE needs to do with this match.  Both of these guys need to be in contention for a title to be relevant in my opinion, but I don’t like the idea of another long back and forth against one guy for Shinsuke.  I think he should retain, WWE needs to find a better way to use Jeff, and bring in another strong contender for the US title.

What Will Actually Happen:  Again, I’m not too sure.  I see this match as a real toss up, and I guess I’ll take Jeff Hardy to win, possibly setting up another rematch down the line.  

 

Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz

Luke:

What Should Happen: This should be match of the year by a mile and then be match of the decade by a mile and then be the best match ever….by a mile.

What Will Actually Happen: I’m worried.  Not because I’m super hyped - but because it’s been such a slow build (what 7 years now?) that it’s impossible to blow it off for one match.  So, I’m afraid it won’t end clean. Now, if they take a page from Garagano and Ciampa and it ends clean to set up another one that ends clean to set up a title match, I’m 1,000% in.  Miz is one of my favorite people right now, but I’m going D-Bry and the Miz loses his utter mind after and won’t stop until he beats him.

 

Andy:

What Should Happen:  You know, this match has been such a long time coming that it sucks that there’s no title on the line.  But if this match does its job, both Bryan and the Miz end up in the mix for a title. I would book the Miz to win, since he’s been out of the picture for a main title (WWE or Universal title) for way too long.  Same could be said for Bryan, but I can’t help but feel he doesn’t have the same “it” factor he used to, so D-Bry works better working with one of the lesser titles.

What Will Actually Happen:  As Luke said, this has the potential to be a great match, and I think it will live up to that hype.  Since there is no title on the line, there is the potential for a later rematch with a title involved down the road.  I’ll guess Bryan wins, the Miz holds a grudge, and we get a rematch for the US title in 3 months.

 

Intercontinental championship

Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Seth Rollins

Luke:

What Should Happen: This becomes a fatal 4 way with Dean Ambrose and Drew McIntyre and absolutely tears down the house.

What Will Actually Happen: A Dean Ambrose heel turn?  New hair, new look, he got his return pop - now turn him heel and let he and Seth Rollins fight for a couple months.  I’m not overly sold on Ziggler as the I-C champ - but Rollins vs. Dean doesn’t need it.

 

Andy:

What Should Happen:  Dean Ambrose doesn’t turn heel.  At least not in this match.  It should happen down the road, but so close to his return isn’t the way to go.  I would like Ziggler to retain here, because losing the title might be a step towards McIntyre breaking away and getting his own solo push.  We deserve more Ambrose/Rollins vs. Ziggler/McIntyre.

What Will Happen:  This match becomes more about Ambrose vs. McIntyre than Ziggler and Rollins.  That may not be a bad thing, and Dean Ambrose’s involvement is going to make this a contender for match of the night regardless.  In his return he’ll help keep McIntyre from causing a disruption and Rollins will pin Ziggler clean.

 

SmackDown women's championship

Carmella (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte

Luke:

What Should Happen: This should have remained one-on-one and had Charlotte start a program with someone else.

What Will Actually Happen: Can I call for 2 heel turns?  Carmella loses the title. No doubt.  They cannot set up Evolution with Carmella as the champion.  It doesn’t work. I’m guessing regardless this sets up Becky vs. Charlotte at Evolution, but does one of them turn heel?  Charlotte is a great heel, but Becky makes more sense (she fought her ass off for a shot and then Charlotte was handed one).  I’m going to pick Becky to get her moment here.

 

Andy:

What Should Happen:  Becky Lynch gets the win she deserves.  Out of the title picture for way too long, she taps out Carmella while James Ellsworth is distracting Charlotte (we always need more Ellsworth, right?)  Becky is great and has been stuck in no-woman’s-land for a long, long time, it’s time for her to get a nice long title reign.

What Will Actually Happen:  Carmella will somehow retain.  My guess? Ellsworth, of course!  I think WWE is worried that once Carmella loses the title she’ll be hard to keep around, since she’s not really a great in-ring worker.  However, she’s fun enough as a heel with the title that they’ll ride that horse as long as it will carry them.

 

Raw women's championship

Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Ronda Rousey

Luke:

What Should Happen: Ronda should absolutely destroy Alexa and then go kick Brock’s ass and win the Universal Championship.

What Will Actually Happen: Alexa is a much better competitor and especially feud builder than Carmella, so leaving the title on her won’t hurt Evolution too much, I don’t think.  The question is - is it too soon to put the title on Rousey? This will be a great match, but having Ronda Rousey make history at the first women’s PPV makes a little bit more sense to me - I’ll take Alexa Bliss with Alicia Fox’s help. (I would say the Nattie heel turn would make sense here before her father’s passing away this week.  RIP Anvil.)

 

Andy:

What Should Happen:  I’m going the exact reverse of Luke.  WWE should wait to give Ronda the title, although I’d say they should wait until she’s a little more skilled either in the ring or on the mic.  Even Evolution is too soon for me. Oh, and Alexa should call me.  

What Will Actually Happen:  Luke, I think you’re off again.  WWE won’t want to spoil the mystique around Ronda Rousey, and I truly think that she will get a win in a pretty short match.  The only other way I could see this ending is with a DQ for Alexa, which means she retains. No way she gets a pin on Rousey.

 

WWE championship

AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe

Luke:

What Should Happen: This should main event the show instead of the garbage Brock match and should get 20 minutes of pure wrestling to let these two tear it down.

What Will Actually Happen: I think it’s time to get the belt off of Styles - but I don’t think the WWE is ready for that.  Samoa Joe is dope. He should win here and go on to feud with literally anyone but I’m going to go with Styles in a great match (none of that Nakamura shit).

 

Andy:

What Should Happen:  I’m being 100% serious when I say that every superstar on the roster, especially anyone leaning heel, needs to watch every promo by Samoa Joe in his entire career.  He is just so, so good, the only guy that really harkens back to guys like the Rock and Stone Cold when you look at the current roster. That has nothing to do with this match.  But it should happen. As far as this match goes, I don’t think you can go wrong. It’s the inverse of Reigns vs. Lesnar, since it’s two stars that are universally loved. So, WWE,  please don’t find a way to screw this up.

What Will Actually Happen:  I feel like Samoa Joe is the right guy to end Styles’ title run.  Both of these guys are great wrestlers and have been great in every promotion they’ve been a part of.  Joe is great, let’s have him take the title and run with it all the way to Rumble.

 

Universal championship

Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns

Luke:

What Should Happen: Roman should beat Brock in 5 minutes and Brock should never wrestle again and go back to UFC, win a fight, lose a drug test, and retire his ass away or go to Impact.

What Will Actually Happen: I’m just not a Brock Lesnar fan.  He isn’t good. He was exciting at first when he would wrestle 15-20 minute matches that mattered but he hasn’t done that in over a decade.  He won’t be able to carry this match. Roman will work his ass off to sell for both of them and the crowd will shit on it. It’s sad, but it’s true.  Roman HAS to win this. Make Brock leave. Can I call for a THIRD heel turn? Roman teaming with Paul Heyman could be interesting….

 

Andy:

What Should Happen:  The Beast finally rides off to that big Suplex City in the sky...which I guess means UFC?  Alright, bad metaphor. But Brock has to lose the title. And Roman has to win it clean. If he’s going to get any credibility with fans, he has to legitimately win.  It could set up a great team up with Heyman, although that’s looking less likely after Monday night. Regardless what happens, the end will have a mild crowd reaction at best...until...BRAUN STROWMAN WALKS OUT.  But he doesn’t cash in. He just enters the ring, walks up to Roman, and says, “I’m coming for you.” Chilling or what?

What WIll Actually Happen:  Roman Reigns will win clean.  But as soon as he gets the three count, the guy with the briefcase walks out.  And that man is Kevin Owens. Brock uses the distraction to get in an F5 on Reigns, even though he’s already lost the title.  KO takes advantage of a beat up Reigns and gets a 3 count and walks out with the title, while Brock just walks out. At the end of all this, Heyman realizes Brock is done with WWE, and tells Roman “you need me.”  

 

Wow.  Wow, wow, wow.  There will certainly be some bragging rights coming.  Let us know your thoughts on SummerSlam and how things will end up.