By RantSports Staff on August 14, 2014
To say that WWE has a lot riding on SummerSlam 2014, would certainly be an understatement. WWE has to hit a home run with this year's installment of SS because of the pressure on the WWE Network to grow. Lots more subscriptions are needed, plain and simple.
Give WWE credit, they've put together a pretty stacked card. Let's take a look at every match with predictions:
While this match probably won't steal the show, it should be very solid from bell-to-bell. The L.A. crowd will be squarely behind Ziggler as he tries to capture his first gold in a very long time. Miz has been on a roll since his re-branding, playing the part of a Hollywood snob to a tee. You can honestly say that both guys have decent momentum coming into this title match.
WINNER: The Miz
Ah, the flag match. It's been a while since one has had this much steam behind it. Fans are into Swagger vs. Rusev, and they're definitely into USA vs. Russia. Look for this bout to move along quickly, but not to disappoint.
WINNER: Jack Swagger
Give these two ladies credit, they've been entertaining each week on television leading up to this divas title bout. Paige is very good at what she does, while AJ Lee will always be a solid crazy chick. The bell-to-bell action should be kept short, as there are just many more important matches on the card.
If there's a high profile match that could disappoint at SS this year, it's Reigns vs. Orton. The reports from house show matches between the two have not been good. Can Reigns prove that he's ready to be a star with a top-notch performance against Orton? Will Orton step up his game to help the up-and-coming star? Can they go 15 minutes while keeping fans engaged? There are a lot of questions, but the winner is obvious.
WINNER: Roman Reigns
Here we have what will likely be the second of three matches between Jericho and Wyatt. Given that Wyatt dropped the first match, it seems pretty clear that he'll go over at SS to set up the final match at NOC. The main question -- what story will these two tell on the way to Wyatt's victory?
WINNER: Bray Wyatt
This match could still steal the show, but it's less likely now that it's been made a lumberjack match. One popular thought is that The Authority will stack the lumberjacks against Ambrose to give Rollins an advantage. But even then it's hard to predict the winner. You have to believe these two will continue to feud in the fall, possibly with the briefcase being put on the line down the road.
WINNER: Dean Ambrose
Who would have thought that people would be so interested in this feud? Brie and Stephanie have been killing it lately during their segments on Raw, so the bar has been set pretty high for this cat fight. Like other feuds on the card, you have to believe this one won't end at SS. The Authority could be up to more shenanigans to help Stephanie steal a win.
WINNER: Stephanie McMahon
'The Biggest Fight of the Summer' isn't really an overstatement with this match. While we are talking about fake wrestling, you can still bet on Lesnar and Cena getting very physical with each other. If Lesnar isn't booked to win, it will be hard to understand why. WWE needs to put the title on one of the biggest draws they have, if for nothing else, for a big change of pace and to generate more mainstream interest.
WINNER: Brock Lesnar
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