With SummerSlam less than a month away, let’s take a look at the predicted card. As well as predicting the respective winners.
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Let’s start off with the SmackDown side of the SummerSlam card…
The New Day vs. The Usos
Nothing new here — but that’s not a problem. The two teams produced the only great match on the Battleground card, and it makes logical sense for them to battle it out at SummerSlam again. If I was to pick a winner, it would most likely be The New Day. I’m never a fan of flip-flopping titles, and there really is no need for New Day to drop them at SummerSlam.
Naomi vs. Natalya
This match will officially be in the books, and it should be an interesting one. Natalya, an old-school veteran, squaring-up against the current SmackDown Women’s Champion, Naomi. I haven’t been all that interested in Naomi’s current title run, which is surprising. She’s a good worker, but for some reason, I’m just not feeling it? Maybe it’s the glowing title, who knows? But the winner, in my eyes, should be Natalya. It opens the door up for more fresh competition. And who doesn’t like fresh matches? Furthermore, if I’m fantasy booking, why not pitch a match down the road between Natalya and Asuka? That’s certainly a match I’d be interested in seeing.
Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon
Another potential feud I’ve been hearing a lot is ‘The Face Of America’ vs. ‘Shane O’Mac’. With Styles and KO most probably blowing off their feud on next weeks SmackDown, and Styles having other plans (continue reading), the match makes sense. After Shane’s valiant effort against Styles at this years WrestleMania, you can’t be worried about McMahon’s ability in the ring. And if he’s going against Kevin Owens, it will most definitely be one to remember. The winner, quite clearly, should be Kevin Owens.
AJ Styles (c) vs. John Cena
This match, again, is not confirmed. As I mentioned above, AJ’s feud with Owens is expected to end on next week’s SmackDown, with AJ retaining. Also, on next week’s show, Cena will be facing Nakamura, for a chance to face Jinder Mahal at SummerSlam. I expect Cena to lose, and here’s why… Nakumura is undefeated on the main-roster (excluding house shows), and his first big defeat shouldn’t occur on a SmackDown tapping, nor should it be against John Cena. With Nakamura going over, and facing Mahal at SummerSlam, that only leaves one last opponent readily available, AJ Styles. So, who would win? Given that Cena’s SummerSlam record is abysmal, and given that his WrestleMania match will most likely not involve the US Title, it makes sense for Styles to retain.
Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
With John Cena loosing to Nakamura on next week’s edition of SmackDown, that leaves Nakamura to go one-on-one with ‘The Modern Day Maharaja’. The match would most likely not be a show stealer, however, I could be presently surprised. The all important question is should Nakamura win? Well, yes. The WWE’s ‘Indian Experiment’ is currently failing. After realising they couldn’t make any money with the Network, due to there being a free Indian TV channel that offers the PPV’s for free, it sure seems like a failed experiment. And due to the lack of presence from Khali and The Sighn Brothers on this weeks edition of SmackDown, it does seem like they may finally cut their losses. Moreover, this is why Nakamura should win.
If I was to make a bold prediction regarding Baron Corbin, and his briefcase, I wouldn’t predict it taking place at SummerSlam. This is because the match most likely won’t go on last, and I can’t see Corbin cashing-in in the middle of the card. Conversely, I can see it taking place on the following edition of SmackDown, when Nakamura and Mahal have a rematch.