Sunday, August 14, 2011

WWE SummerSlam 2011 preview

Well, it's kinda hard to predict a PPV when they've barely put a card out. "CM Punk will win, good night everybody!" is pretty much all that matters here, but let's put a little more thought into it.

Divas Championship
Kelly Kelly © vs. Beth Phoenix

I am enjoying Beth & Natalya as the Two-Woman Power Trip and surely The Glamazon will dominate the champion tonight, but where do we go from here? Do the dainty little princesses band together to take the title back or does Natalya get her shot? It wouldn't surprise me if Natalya vs. Beth is the endgame, but I hope they do it in the spirit of building a better Divas division, not just because Natalya turns on Beth.

Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett
Hey guys, remember that Nexus thing? This could've been a HUGE match if the story didn't fall apart after last year's SummerSlam, but alas, I guess things worked out well enough... at least for Daniel Bryan. I suspect this match could turn some heads and hopefully it'll help put Barrett back on the map, but I can't see any other outcome besides Daniel Bryan picking up the victory and continuing the momentum he's had since winning the Smackdown MITB briefcase.

Sheamus vs. Mark Henry
This is my pick for the sleeper hit of the night. The feud's been a lot of fun, the Sheamus face turn has worked wonders and Mark Henry is the best he's ever been. One could make the argument that WWE painted themselves into a bit of a corner here since both guys have been absolutely dominant, but I'm going with Sheamus. Outside of Orton, Smackdown is in dire need of a top good guy and Sheamus seems like the perfect fit for the role right now.

World Heavyweight Championship - No Holds Barred
Christian © vs. Randy Orton

Orton's ship has sailed as a brand carrying guy. Say what you will about Cena, love him or hate him, he always produces a reaction. Orton gets a nice pop and the crowd loves the RKO, but there's just a certain X-factor missing when Orton is on top as champ. After giving him numerous great matches, more than he's probably ever had in a calendar year, Christian will retain here (through some serious shenanigans, I'm sure) and move onto bigger, better and ginger-ier things with Sheamus.

Undisputed WWE Championship - w/ guest referee Triple H
John Cena © vs. CM Punk ©

Tough to call and it all hinges on where they're going with Triple H and if WWE will readjust to the status quo or if things are really about to change. I could see Triple H and Punk aligning to screw Cena, which I wouldn't be fond of, but I could also see Triple H screwing Punk for being too much of a loose cannon. There's also rumbling of a Cena heel turn, which is a rumor the IWC starts anytime Cena is in a remotely big match, but I don't see it happening. I like the idea of CM Punk winning and continue doing what he's been doing, but I feel like the addition of Triple H into this equation makes this mighty difficult. Still, WWE's been pleasantly surprising and unpredictable lately, so I'm going to stick with my hopes and say Punk wins and heads into the remainder of the year as the next big thing.

I expect at least one more match to get added, probably Alex Riley vs. Dolph Ziggler (Ziggler will win), and I still don't know why they gave away Cody Rhodes vs. Big Zeke on Friday, but we could see the rematch tonight. Miz vs. Mysterio is also a possibility and in that case, my money's on Mysterio since he's facing the Undisputed WWE Champion tomorrow night on Raw.

Review will be up tomorrow afternoon, but feel free to use this post as an open thread of sorts to leaves your thoughts on the 24th annual SummerSlam!

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  1. Don't think I can fault any of your predictions or the reasoning; and yea, Mister Haitches inclusion does serve to make things much harder to predict. Like someone on FTF said: Double-ya Double-ya E has yet to put out a bad PPV yet in 2011, why should they start now?

  2. I thought Capitol Punishment was pretty awful, but I know some of my cohorts would disagree with that.