Blog: WWE Summerslam Predictions
Aug 17, 2012 - by Mike McMahon
WWE United States Championship
Santino Marella [c] vs. Antonio Cesaro
Personally, I’d like to see Cesaro get a run with the U.S. title. I think it could do a lot to further his character in the early development into his WWE career, and a win over a guy like Santino would make perfect sense. Santino is to a point in his character that losing the U.S. title doesn’t really diminish him, just as holding it doesn’t really enhance him. It could enhance Cesaro.
But, with this match taking place on the pre-show, I don’t see WWE changing the title. Maybe a non-finish will lead to a rematch on Raw, where Cesaro and capture the title with more eyeballs on the match.
Winner: Santino Marella retains
WWE Tag Team Championship
R-Truth & Kofi Kingston [c] vs. The Prime Time Players
I’m glad to see a team like The Prime Time Players. Why? Because they’re an actual tag team. Enough with the singles wrestlers with nothing to do getting tossed together in tag teams and winning the straps on their first night together, please!
I’ve heard rumors and rumblings that Triple H wants to push more tag-team wrestling. If true, I think you’ll see WWE go more in the direction of traditional teams. Guys who come up together and stick together for years before breaking away into singles stars. It starts on Sunday.
Winners: The Prime Time Players win the tag team championships
WWE Intercontinental Championship
The Miz [c] vs. Rey Mysterio
The Miz won the Intercontinental title last month on Raw 1,000, and since, has done very little with it. It feels to me like he’s was a placeholder, simply getting the title because he’s a heel, and now will transition that title over to Mysterio. But, with Night of Champions next month in Boston, and assuming every title gets defended, it’s not necessary to make that title change now. I could envision Miz retaining the title by intentionally DQ’ing himself or some other sort of underhanded tactic, setting up a rematch that hopefully, people will care about.
Winner: The Miz retains
Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler gets a clean win and it serves as his launching point to stardom. Oh, and this will be match of the night. Two absolute show stealers.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
A little confused with this match. I don’t think it will particularly showcase either man at their best with their styles a bit of a mismatch. That being said, if there are two guys who can surprise you, it’s Kane and Bryan. I just think it’s unfortunate for these two to get thrown together like this. As for a winner, it’s another tough call. Just based upon his development on television of late, I’m picking Bryan. Yes! Yes! YES!
Winner: Daniel Bryan
World Heavyweight Championship
Sheamus [c] vs. Alberto Del Rio
I’ve heard some speculation that Ziggler takes his win over Jericho, presumably, earlier in the night and turns it into a World Heavyweight Title win later in the show by cashing in his MITB briefcase. Maybe. But with everything else going on, including a big Triple H-Brock Lesnar main event, doing such a thing would get lost. As for the match at hand, Sheamus retains the title, no question. Time for both of these guys to move on to other feuds, too.
CM Punk [c] vs. Big Show vs. John Cena
This match is serving one purpose — to setup John Cena winning the WWE Championship next month on Night of Champions, in Cena’s hometown of Boston. Big Show vs. Cena has already been done this year. I see WWE doing in the direction of Punk-Cena next month. Problem is, the Boston crowd, despite being Cena’s hometown, is very much like New York, Philly and Chicago … they’ll boo Cena and they’ll cheer Punk. Not exactly the visual (or audible) that I think works best in this situation. The only reason Big Show is in this match is to keep the Punk-Cena match fresh for Cena’s title win next month.
Winner: CM Punk retains
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar needs to win this match. WWE has done a spectacular job keeping Lesnar a fierce, hard-hitting monster, despite the fact that he hasn’t won a single match since his return to WWE in April (granted, he’s wrestled just once). A loss here to Triple H could do serious harm to Lesnar’s credibility and with the biggest Lesnar payday still to come at Wrestlemania, Lesnar needs to win here.
Let’s say, for sake of argument, that Lesnar loses to both Cena and Triple H. A few months from now, he’s challenging Undertaker’s streak at Wrestlemania. Why? The guy who couldn’t beat ‘Taker two years in a row would have just beat him months before.
To me, this goes further into setting up ‘Taker-Lesnar at Wrestlemania. Brock will win this match, and I think he’ll leave Triple H laying. He’ll re-break his arm, leave him in a heap. So in January, when Lesnar is calling out Undertaker, you have the storyline that Lesnar stretchered out the guy who had stretchered out the Undertaker just two years previous.
Lesnar NEEDS to win this match.
Winner: Brock Lesnar