Summerslam is hours away and it's finally time to cement my picks for what will surely be an epic night of wrestling action. Let's get right to it.
Summerslam kickoff Dean Ambrose (C) vs Rob Van Dam United States Championship match
There have been all kinds of rumors that Big Show and Mark Henry will collide with The Shield eventually, which is a rather tantalizing rumor and just a little bit more interesting than this pre-show match. But a rumor's a rumor, and this match is happening for sure.
While I'm not a huge fan of RVD, I can admit that he's wrestling happier since returning to WWE. But RVD has to contend with not only Dean Ambrose, but the whole Shield. And the numbers are not to his advantage. I think RVD takes this match by DQ, but will suffer a beat down by Dean's fellow Shield members. Which leaves him open to be saved by Mark Henry and Big Show.
All I can say is if this match is anything like The Shield's pre-show match at Money in the Bank, I'll be exhausted before the show even starts.
Winner by DQ: RVD
Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn vs AJ Lee and Big E Langston Mixed tag team match
I'm disappointed that WWE chose to go the route of a mixed tag match and shoved everyone together instead of having everyone wrestle separate matches. Dolph Ziggler could've had a strong singles match with Big E. Dolph's incredible speed going against Big E's Raw power would've been interesting to watch in my opinion. But alas, it is not to be.
Kaitlyn and Dolph have been on a losing streak lately, so it's imperative that they win tonight to keep credibility. Dolph in particular needs the win because he's gone from World Heavyweight Champion to just loafing around. And that's a real shame considering his level of talent.
In the end, Dolph and Kaitlyn win. But I think the more important thing is where Dolph and Kaitlyn will go after Summerslam. Will they team together to take down AJ and Big E, or will this match put an end to mutual obsessions?
Winners: Kaitlyn and Dolph
Natalya (w/The Funkadactyls) vs Brie Bella (with Eva Marie and Nikki Bella)
So, you have a show on E that legitimizes the Diva's in a way that hasn't been done in a long time. What does WWE do with that legitimacy? This match. Which is nothing to be excited about. At all. The Bella's have shown some improvement in their acting and wrestling lately, but WWE continues to collectively book the women in the least serious manner possible. And this leaves me wholly unexcited for this match. It's sure to be a slow, uninspired affair that make worst match lists by default because nothing was on the line and it isn't CM Punk vs Brock Lesnar.
Will WWE ever take it's Diva division seriously, or will we be forever doomed to watch matches guaranteed to die?
Cody Rhodes vs Damien Sandow
As someone who was close to hysterical when Damien Sandow won Money in the Bank, I don't find much to be excited about when looking at this match on paper. Cody and Damien have given 100% of their best efforts (including Damien jumping into filthy water) to put this over, but this feud just hasn't taken off the way it was supposed to. Nothing much has happened here besides Cody causing Damien to be distracted at every turn.
But! Sunday gives these men a chance to take this up a few notches. Cody is believable as the good guy hurt by his former friend taking what should've been his, so I'm looking for Cody to win and for Damien freak out and assault Cody afterwards
Winner: Cody Rhodes
Kane vs Bray Wyatt Ring of Fire match
This is my 2nd must see match of the night, folks.
Bray Wyatt (and the rest of the Wyatt clan) will be making their pay per view debut in a stipulation match against a man with a love for brutality. His partnership with Daniel Bryan aside, Kane's entire WWE career has centered on the violent acts he commits against his opponents. Kane is NOT the "go quietly into the night" kind of guy.
But Bray is a different type of opponent. He's stood toe to toe with Kane, but he's has the upper hand mentally and numbers wise. Nothing Kane does seems to phase the Wyatt's. They're not intimidated, and they badly want Kane in their family.
The fire will be the equalizer in this match, but I think Kane will be the one standing tall after all's said and done. But I don't think Summerslam will be the end of the Wyatt's vs Kane.
Alberto Del Rio (C) vs Christian World Heavyweight Championship match
Christian has been on quite a run, but I don't think he's got enough juice to overcome Alberto. In a storyline sense, Christian has won most of his matches like an underdog would. He's not a winner in an athletic sense, he wins by the luck of the rollup. That luck will not get Christian past Alberto's deadly kicks, and considering that Alberto just mercilessly took out his former friend Ricardo Rodriguez for almost no reason, I just can't justify Alberto losing to a lucky roll up.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio.
CM Punk vs Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman)
I've been sitting here going through every interaction between Punk and Brock in my mind and trying to determine a winner for this match. It's hard for me to do that because by all appearances, Punk and Brock are even. Sure, Brock is this giant, extremely aggressive man, but Punk hasn't backed down or shown any fear. For every punch or F-5 tossed Punk's way, Punk hasn't taken it lying down.
This is another fresh, interesting match that is very difficult for me to call. Be considering that Brock is part time and that he'll have to be off TV at some point, I think that Punk is going to win this match. But if Brock won and destroyed Punk, that wouldn't upset me either.
Winner: CM Punk
John Cena (C) vs Daniel Bryan WWE Championship match Triple H as special guest referee
It annoys me to no end that Triple H is special ref for this match. Because I think this means a flawed result. This will not be a standard match to determine the better competitor of two equals. It'll be more about why HHH counted too slow during that pin, or who yells at HHH too loudly during the match. It's wholly disappointing that the McMahon nonsense is impacting this, because it really doesn't need anything extra. If you really aren't at least slightly excited to see Daniel Bryan and John Cena wrestle for the WWE championship, especially after that very strong promo from both men on Monday night, you really shouldn't be watching wrestling.
In any event, we're in for one hell of a WWE Championship match. Daniel could wrestle a french fry and make it look good, so expect him to take Cena to his limit. I don't hate John Cena, but Cena hasn't had a unique opponent since his battle with Brock Lesnar, so I'm excited beyond the norm to see what him and Daniel Bryan do in the ring
How do I think this will end? Personally, I think Daniel HAS to win this match and become champion. Any other result is damaging to Daniel, and considering just how hot he is right now, it would be foolish of WWE to throw away all that momentum for Cena, who desperately needs 6 months off TV.
And there better not be an Orton cash in or I SWEAR.
Winner: Daniel Bryan