The Scotiabank Arena arena has been busy this weekend, with NXT TakeOver: Toronto taking place Saturday Night and now WWE’s SummerSlam taking place Sunday Night. SummerSlam is considered WWE’s second-biggest pay-per-view, being right behind WrestleMania. Much like WrestleMania, SummerSlam has had its fair share of memorable moments. The 2019 edition of The Biggest Party of the Summer looks to have […]
The Scotiabank Arena arena has been busy this weekend, with NXT TakeOver: Toronto taking place Saturday Night and now WWE’s SummerSlam taking place Sunday Night.
SummerSlam is considered WWE’s second-biggest pay-per-view, being right behind WrestleMania. Much like WrestleMania, SummerSlam has had its fair share of memorable moments.
The 2019 edition of The Biggest Party of the Summer looks to have some great moments as well. 12 matches are scheduled for the card, with three being on the pre-show. Seven of those matches will have titles on the line, a repackaged debut will take place, and two WWE Hall of Famers make a return in a WWE ring. Here are my predictions for SummerSlam 2019.
Cruiserweight Championship – Drew Gulak (c) vs. Oney Lorcan (pre-show)
Prediction: Drew Gulak retains the Cruiserweight Championship
Lorcan earned this opportunity after winning a six-pack challenge on an episode of 205 Live. As most Cruiserweight matches are, this will be an action-packed match in a quick amount of time. Gulak has been great so far as the champion of the purple brand.
205 Live needs star power in order to get fans to watch and Gulak has that chance to be the give. Let him hold onto the title for a while longer and see what you can get out of it.
Women’s Tag Team Championship – Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (c) vs. The IIconics (Peyton Royce and Billie Kay) (pre-show)
Prediction: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
The alliance of Cross and Bliss has been a good story thus far and having them win the Women’s Tag Team titles just last week was a good call. Nothing against the former champion IIconics, but they rarely defended the titles, so it needed a fresh start.
Given this match was added just hours before the match, I have Cross and Bliss retaining.
Apollo Crews vs. Buddy Murphy (pre-show)
Prediction: Buddy Murphy wins
Much like the Women’s Tag Title match, this was added just hours before SummerSlam kicks off.
I was not expecting these two to even make it to the card but I am glad they did. Crews I always believe has never been used to his full potential while Murphy has yet to make any sort of impact on SmackDown Live since his call-up.
It is a random match but I think it should be a good one. Given Murphy was involved in the Roman Reigns storyline on SmackDown last week and how at one point he was the star of 205 Live, my belief is that this is the start of a build for Murphy.
Goldberg vs. Dolph Ziggler
Prediction: Goldberg wins
This was originally supposed to be The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler but Miz switched things up in the contract where they would fight the night after Raw. It was teased that Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels was the one who Ziggler signed up against but instead it was Goldberg, who will be making his return to the ring after a horrible Super ShowDown appearance.
Goldberg got a nice reaction when he returned to Raw but were people really looking forward to this? My guess is that they wanted the Hall of Famer to have a better last match than the one against Undertaker. It’ll be a short squash match for a cheap pop from the crowd and nothing else.
“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Bálor
Prediction: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt wins
Finally, we get to see Wyatt in his re-debut as “The Fiend”. I am really excited to see how he does back in a ring for the first time in what seems like a year now.
There have been reports that Bálor is set to take time off from WWE to heel some minor injuries and recharge the batteries. I think this is a perfect way to write him off T.V. WWE needs to push Wyatt immediately and given him a quality victory of Bálor will definitely get that started.
Plus, if Wyatt wins, Bálor can come back and we can have a Fiend vs. Demon match down the line.
Charlotte Flair vs. Trish Stratus
Prediction: Charlotte Flair wins
It has been a short build, but WWE has done a great job with it in such a short time.
Stratus is one of the best female wrestlers of all-time and Flair is considered one of the best right now. This is a perfect passing-of-the-torch moment between two different eras.
It’ll be a solid match between them and there will be a loud reaction when the hometown favorite Stratus makes her entrance.
Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon, Owens will quit WWE if he loses
Prediction: Kevin Owens
Owens has been great in his new face hero role and the crowd has loved it every time. Credit to WWE for not having as many McMahn segments as we are used to seeing the past couple of weeks. Still, we need to move on from his as an authority figure.
I have Owens winning, saving his job and ultimately seeing the plotting point for McMahon to eventually be written off T.V.
United States Championship – AJ Styles (c) vs. Ricochet
Prediction: AJ Styles retains the United States Championship
I have been flip-flopping back and forth on who will win this match. This really has been a toss-up for me but I am sticking with Styles retaining for now. While he may not need the strap, his reformation of The Club suggests that they may need some gold to legitimize themselves early on.
Ricochet will get it chances again but for now, keep the title on Styles. I still think this is going to be a great match and maybe in contention for match of the night.
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Bayley (c) vs. Ember Moon
Prediction: Bayley retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship
It has been nice to see someone like Moon get an opportunity to be in the title after seeing a Raw superstar challenge for the blue brand title the past few pay-per-views.
I think Bayley will retain her once again. She has done a great job as champion and I do not see a reason why she needs to drop the title right now.
Raw Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Natalya in a Submission match
Prediction: Becky Lynch retains the Raw Women’s Championship
Finally, we will not be seeing Lacey Evans/Becky Lynch for what seems like the 1,000th time this year. Instead, will see the Canadian and veteran Natalya get her opportunity at the Raw Women’s Championship.
The Submission match adds a nice stipulation as both Lynch and Natalya both have great submission finishers.
You can always count on Natalya to put on a great performance given her status with the company but I believe Lynch will still walk out of Toronto with the Women’s title. She is still over with the crowd and with her appearance as the WWE 2K20 cover athlete, the company might want to keep the title on her for a little longer.
WWE Championship – Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton
Prediction: Kofi Kingston retains the WWE Championship
It is crazy to think that at one point, a young Kingston was close to being in the main event picture until Orton used his veteran presence to ruin his chance.
Here we are, around 10 years later, and the tables have turned. This has been one of the better storylines in recent weeks and this will be an action-packed match.
No matter what happens, I am sticking with Kingston as the winner until the end of time. His title reign has been nothing short of fantastic and having him win against a veteran like Orton will do nothing but strengthen his reign.
That being said, I would not mind if Orton did win, leaving Kingston to chase for the title once again.
Universal Championship – Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins
Prediction: Seth Rollins wins the Universal Championship
Going out on a limb here. Yes, Rollins I believe needs a little character change and WWE has not properly booked “The Beastslayer”. That being said, my guess is that Rollins wins clean here and Lesnar walks away from WWE again for a little bit, possibly having him head to SmackDown in the fall when the blue brand goes to Fox.
That being said, I can see the argument being made for Lesnar to retain. Still, this will likely be the main event and I am not sure how the crowd will react to this match. Let’s hope for the better.
SummerSlam 2019 looks to be a decent card on paper. Both the Women’s and WWE title matches looks to be exciting matches while the mid-card United States match has the potential to steal the show.
The Universal Championship match can potentially be great if booked properly. The non-title matches like Wyatt/Bálor and Stratus/Flair can also be good matches even without any titles on the line.
Oh, and will finally get a tag team match, something WWE tends to forget at times.