Happy Weekend to all! I hope that everyone enjoys their weekend where ever you may be. It's Summer Slam in Los Angeles and Sunday is another huge opportunity for WWE to impress their fans and to promote the WWE Network. Let's start the grilling....
Summer Slam predictions based on zero insider knowledge and simply how I would book the card which means it is simply one guy's opinion and not the gospel according to WWE....
Cena vs. Lesnar- If you've listened to my Ross Report Podcast on podcastone.com and iTunes you know that I've been saying for months that I thought Lesnar would win the WWE Title at Sumer Slam even before Cena regained the championship. I will stay with my prediction as I feel that WWE is grooming Roman Reigns for the to spot and that Reigns beating Lesnar next year at WM31 would be a big money match if properly built. Yes, one can build it 'properly' even if Lesnar isn't a 'full time' talent. It's called smart booking. It was done for decades with the traveling, NWA Champion.
Miz vs Ziggler- Timing is every thing in the wrestling biz and Ziggler has had too many false starts to endure many more w/o being looked upon by many frustrated fans negatively. I'd put Ziggler over and take a positive step in restoring the shine to the IC Title and what it has meant in years past in WWE...the in ring, work horse champ.
AJ vs. Paige- As I have said many times, AJ is WWE's top in ring Diva while Paige has the ability to put herself firmly in that conversation. Although neither lady may find themselves ever on 'Totally Divas,' and they both may not care, I feel that AJ will retain her title Sunday.
Reigns vs. Orton- 'The Roman Empire' begins its build in earnest with a quality win over a proven, top talent at a major PPV. WWE is doing a nice job building Reigns who is a work in progress but, as I've said, he has until April 2015 to be truly ready for 'the spot.' Funny how some fans of today's generation are already having issues with Reigns which, based on their own reasoning, is embarrassing in my opinion.
Swagger vs. Rusev- It is hard to logically fathom seeing the Russian Flag prevail over the American flag in a match where capturing the flag determines the winner. I'm going with my fellow Oklahoman Jack Swagger who will always be the 2nd toughest wrestling from Perry, Oklahoma (Next to Dan Hodge) Sunday in LA in this traditional, nationalistic story line. A loss in this type of match won't hurt Rusev in the least as he is still a work in progress too. The more personality Swagger demonstrates the better chance he has to contribute in a more significant way in WWE.
Brie Bella vs. Stephanie- I like this storyline, although I wasn't crazy about the physical therapist component added last week implicating Brie's husband Daniel Bryan having an affair with the physical therapist, and think that WWE can easily get more mileage out of this pairing. By hook or crook, I'd get Steph over and continue the rivalry in a very personal way which may include Nikki Bella. Steph has been a star in this presentation thus far. For a mother of three who has multiple full time jobs Mrs. HHH looks great and will represent well in the ring.
Jericho vs. Bray- Wyatt needs to win here and if he doesn't I'd suggest counseling for all involved in the decision making process. There's no reason that these two couldn't have the match of the night or damn close to it.
Ambrose vs. Rollins- I'd like to see Rollins win a close one here and am curious to see how the Lumberjack Stipulation creatively plays into the match. I'd start the show with this match and feel that these two will tear down the Staples Center if provided the time so that they don't have to rush the process.
The common fear amongst most talents performing on loaded cards such as this event in the 3 hour PPV window is that they won't get the time that they need to tell a great story. That theory is accurate on many occasions but it can also be used as a handy excuse if two guys have a bad night, which all humans can have, and soil the sheets.
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