By Shaun Lowe @LoweDownWWE on August 17, 2014
Tonight is SummerSlam, the second-biggest PPV of the year for WWE. Battleground was a massive letdown, so we're all hoping that SummerSlam will more than make up for it. Without further ado, here are my picks for tonight's event.
This match was announced yesterday and is basically just a consolation prize for Cesaro because he's not being used for anything besides spectacularly jobbing to the main eventers. RVD is getting ready to take another hiatus, so they're just letting him have another big match before disappearing for another 3-4 months.
This rivalry has been a waste of time and effort for all involved. Bray needed a feud after doing so with Cena, but Jericho came back far too tame and "afraid." It's pretty obvious that Jericho is going to put Bray over here, especially after winning the first match against the leader of the Wyatt Family. I'm not expecting much from this at all.
The WWE is too afraid to send "proud Americans" home unhappy, which is something they need to get over. I said Rusev needed to lose at Battleground so he's got more character than just someone who rolls through lesser foes, but for once, America needs to lose at SummerSlam ... but it won't happen.
This feud has been nothing short of odd. Paige needed to have gone full-blown heel, continuing to destroy AJ week in & week out; instead, we've seen her continue to act like AJ's friend while attacking her on occasion. I want to see them start trading the belt back and forth so the rivalry feels more real, but I don't expect AJ to actually drop the gold tonight.
It was announced this past week, that Ambrose would be starring in a new WWE film that starts production soon, leading me to believe that this potential show-stealer will end in Rollins walking away with the lumberjack-assisted win. They could easily have a new NXT wrestler be the one to really help, but I'm expecting Ambrose to be beaten by the lumberjacks outside the ring.
I love Ziggler, and Miz has the ability to be a good heel when the character is right, but his Hollywood character isn't compelling or interesting, it doesn't make me hate him, it just makes me want to mute the TV or fast forward until his appearance on screen is done. I'll watch for Ziggler and be dissatisfied by the inevitable outcome.
This could turn out to be an interesting spectacle. I'm thinking that Nikki will come out, appearing to be there to help/support Brie, only to turn her back on her by putting Brie in the Rack Attack finisher and setting up the win for Stephanie. Either that, or Brie will get the win and the betrayal will happen when she's being congratulated by Nikki.
The WWE wants Reigns to be the next Cena, so having him lose his first real solo bout on the big stage would be unbelievably counterproductive. I'm looking forward to seeing Reigns kick out of at least one RKO, shocking Orton in the process, only to land a massive Superman Punch and monstrous spear.
Here's where things will get interesting; does the WWE go the obvious route and have Lesnar win, or do they shock the world with a Cena heel turn, resulting in another win? Cena cheating to retain the belt would be huge, it would cause all the fans to flip their allegiances in regards to Super Cena, and would also give WWE a champ who's around every week. However, Lesnar/Reigns at WM31 is too inevitable for Lesnar to not win.
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