Kickoff Show:

Rusev and Lana vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega

AP: As a noted Andrade “Cien” Almas mark, I’m going with the former NXT Champion in this one. My gut is telling me that he is being primed for a big push and this match could be the start of that. The X-factor in this one is, of course, Lana and Zelina Vega. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Vega wrestle, but Lana is nothing impressive. This could also be a face turn for Rusev.

Prediction: Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega def. Rusev and Lana

MS: It seems like the WWE has some huge plans for Almas and Vega going forward, so what better way to get it started by getting an upset win over Rusev and Lana and gaining a bigger role on Smackdown.

Prediction: Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega def. Rusev Lana

DR: Almas’ match with AJ Styles a few weeks ago is a blatant indication of WWE’s desired direction for the former NXT Champion. However, Lana’s inclusion in this match makes me think that this is more about the Aiden English-Rusev angle. I expect English to make an appearance during this match costing Rusev a victory.

Prediction: Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega def. Rusev and Lana

Cruiserweight Championship Match: Cedric Alexander (C) vs. Drew Gulak

AP: I’m going to be honest here: I don’t watch 205 Live. The PPV matches are always impressive, and I’ll try and catch this one, but I feel like I don’t have a good answer for this one. Whatever, I’ll stick with the champ.

Prediction: Cedric Alexander retains

MS: I’ve always been a huge fan of Alexander going back to his Indie days, but it seems like his run has run dry as champ. New blood takes the gold.

Prediction: Drew Gulak def. Cedric Alexander

DR: Alexander is a truly impressive talent, but his time as champion hasn’t garnered any more attention for the cruiserweights than Enzo’s. Gulak’s character has been improved since Drake Maverick took over as GM, so I expect a title change. Some may argue that being on the pre-show means they won’t change the title, but I believe that’s more due to scheduling issues.

Prediction: Drew Gulak def. Cedric Alexander

Raw Tag-Team Championship Match: The B-Team (C) vs. The Revival

AP: This one is an easy call for me. I have loved watching the underrated team of Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel rise to prominence, and I feel continuously disappointed by the overhyped Revival. The B-Team is exactly what RAW needs right now, and I think their winning streak continues at SummerSlam.

Prediction: B-Team retains

MS: The B-Team had a nice run as tag titles, but it’s time for the real Tag Team to take back the belts and get a good run as champs on Raw.

Prediction: The Revival def. the B-Team

DR: The B-Team is great. They’re funny, over with the fans, and generally likable guys, but they lack substance in the ring. On the other hand, Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson are incredible in the ring. In a normal match, I’d have Revival taking the belts, but I have an inkling that Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy are going to show up mid-match again and interfere.

Prediction: The B-Team retains due to interference

Main Card:

Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin

AP: Unpopular opinion: I really like Baron Corbin. I LOVE his entrance, I like the constable gimmick, and I think he’s generally improved by leaps and bounds since losing the Money in the Bank briefcase last year. That being said, I’d be surprised if Balor doesn’t come out of the rubber match with a series victory. He’s still one of the biggest draws in the company; there’s no way he loses to Constable Baron Corbin.

Prediction: Finn Balor def. Baron Corbin

MS: This feud has both guys getting clean wins over the other, but its run its course. Balor should win and take some momentum going into the fall.

Prediction: Finn Balor def. Baron Corbin

DR: At Extreme Rules, Balor won with a roll-up instead of his finisher. To me, that says this is a long program. While it has lost its steam, I think Vince is dead set on making Corbin a top guy, so I’m going with the 50-50 booking WWE loves to do and giving this one to Corbin.

Prediction: Baron Corbin def.  Finn Balor

SmackDown Tag-Team Championship Match: The Bludgeon Brothers (C) vs. The New Day

AP: I have been thoroughly unimpressed by the Bludgeon Brothers title reign, but they just keep winning. I would LOVE to pick The New Day in this one but, short of some kind of outside interference, it doesn’t seem like they have much of a chance. I hope the Bludgeon Brothers lose the title soon, but I don’t think it will be at SummerSlam.

Prediction: Bludgeon Brothers retain

MS: There is the growing sense that a lot of titles will change hands Sunday night, and the Smackdown Tag Titles should be no different. Although the Bludgeon Brothers have been dominant, it almost seems like they’ve been too dominant.

Prediction: The New Day def. the Bludgeon Brothers

DR: The New Day left RAW because they already had become the longest reigning champions ever. The idea here could be to make them the champions for the most amount of times in history as well. With that in mind, and the Bludgeon Brothers stale gimmick, the New Day will take this one.

Prediction: The New Day def. the Bludgeon Brothers

Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens (Money in the Bank Briefcase goes to the victor)

AP: I’m just going to keep repeating it to myself until it becomes true: There’s no way Braun Strowman loses the briefcase. While Kevin Owens would be a fine champion (and he’s proved it in the past), I think it is Strowman’s time. My hope is for Strowman to squash Owens and then cash in the briefcase later in the night. Honestly, at this point, I’ll take any result that gets the belt off Brock.

Predictions: Braun Strowman def. Kevin Owens

MS: Strowman has been stuck in a rut for this whole year, and the best way to move is forward for him other than backward, so there’s no way he’s losing the briefcase to Owens.

Predictions: Braun Strowman def. Kevin Owens

DR: Strowman’s loss at Extreme Rules was hardly a loss. He killed Kevin Owens, but because KO technically escaped first, he won. This time around, I don’t think there’s chance Braun loses. It’s tempting to pick Owens here and have him cash in on the Universal Champion, but that all seems too far-fetched to call.

Predictions: Braun Strowman def. Kevin Owens

United States Championship Match: Shinsuke Nakamura (C) vs. Jeff Hardy

AP: I believe that Shinsuke Nakamura’s current US Title reign is WWE’s way of paying him back for that incredibly disappointing AJ Styles feud. Nak needs the title far more than Hardy does right now, and I think he will escape with it on Sunday. Expect Randy Orton to make an appearance.

Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura retains

MS: With all the reports of Jeff battling an injury, it’s hard to see him winning the belt back. Plus, Nakamura has to get some kind of run, right?

Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura def. Jeff Hardy

DR: Hardy is hurting, bad. So, it only seems fitting that Nakamura retains. Hardy will have a chance to rest and then come back as Brother Nero on RAW.

Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura def. Jeff Hardy

Intercontinental Championship Match: Dolph Ziggler (C) vs. Seth Rollins

AP: This feud has been largely one-sided thanks to the numbers advantage enjoyed by Dolph Ziggler. With Dean Ambrose returning and evening things out, it feels like the safe bet is to say that the belt will return to Monday Night Rollins. However, I have a little too much faith in Ziggler and McIntyre, and I think that a loss for Rollins will free him up to either feud with Ambrose or reunite The Shield once again.

Prediction: Dolph Ziggler retains

MS: Although the growing sense is that Dean Ambrose will turn on Rollins, I don’t think it happens quite yet. Rollins finds a way to pull it out and become the new champ.

Prediction: Seth Rollins def. Dolph Ziggler

DR: Ambrose is back, and things aren’t about to be settled in one match. Rollins said he had to bring a “lunatic” in and that irrational behavior just might cost him the match. If the plan is to reunite the Shield and have Ambrose turn this time, Rollins should lose on Sunday because of Ambrose.

Prediction: Dolph Ziggler retains

SmackDown Women’s Championship Match: Carmella (C) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte

AP: My gut is telling me that Carmella retains the belt through some kind of nefarious means, but I’m going with the underdog in this match. Becky Lynch has arguably worked harder and longer than any other woman on the roster with nothing really to show for it, but I think this is going to be her big moment. She’s certainly earned it, and I would love to see the Irish Lass-Kicker leave Summerslam with the title.

Prediction: Becky Lynch def. Carmella and Charlotte

MS: With Carmella being the only heel on the Smackdown roster, a heel turn by Becky on Charlotte seems very likely. The question is will it result in her winning the belt, or helping Carmella retain? I think it’s the former.

Prediction: Becky Lynch def. Carmella and Charlotte

DR: Carmella beat Asuka and Charlotte twice, so can she prevail in a triple threat this time around? Yes, yes, she can. Charlotte and Lynch will put on a great match with Carmella mostly on the sidelines. That is, until the finish comes, and she sneaks in for the victory.

Prediction: Carmella def. Charlotte and Becky Lynch

Raw Women’s Championship Match: Alexa Bliss (C) vs. Ronda Rousey

AP: This should be quick. I think Ronda Rousey is going to destroy an overmatched Alexa Bliss and claim her first WWE Championship. The only way I can see Bliss escaping this one with the belt is if she gets herself disqualified or something. If it’s a clean finish, we’re going to see a new RAW Women’s Champion.

Prediction: Ronda Rousey def. Alexa Bliss

MS: This is the surefire lock of the night; no way Rousey doesn’t win the belt. I think she wins via armbar with Alexa pulling her elbow out of her socket.

Prediction: Ronda Rousey def. Alexa Bliss

DR: If you read my RAW reviews, you know how much I adore Rousey. Now seems as good of a time as any to claim the title.

Prediction: Ronda Rousey def. Alexa Bliss

Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz

AP: Much has been said about the way WWE has approached Daniel Bryan’s booking since his return from retirement. I think that criticism ends on Sunday with a decisive win over his biggest rival. This is one of the matches on this card that I’m most excited for, and it should end with Daniel Bryan’s biggest win since his return.

Prediction: Daniel Bryan def. The Miz

MS: This feud has been a long time coming, and I believe it will last for a while, therefore, its typical for the heel to get the first win in the series and have the face build himself back up.

Prediction: The Miz def. Daniel Bryan

DR: This has been eight years in the making and seems like a WrestleMania co-main event. I think this is the beginning of a long feud that results in a championship match between Miz and Bryan at WrestleMania.

Prediction: The Miz def. Daniel Bryan

WWE Championship Match: AJ Styles (C) vs. Samoa Joe

AP: As much as I love Samoa Joe, I don’t think he walks out of Summerslam with the belt. Styles has proved to be one of the greatest champions of all time and, while Joe has been very impressive, I think that when he finally loses a championship match, it will be to a bigger name. My beautiful dark, twisted fantasy booking for his title reign has him facing John Cena in a Title vs. Career match at WrestleMania next year so that you won’t catch me dead picking against The Phenomenal One until then.

Prediction: AJ Styles retains

MS: Although some people think Joe will walk away with the belt to give it a new change of scenery, I find it hard to believe they pull the belt off AJ with him being on the cover of WWE 2K19.

Prediction: AJ Styles def. Samoa Joe

DR: I love AJ Styles, but can you imagine a world where Samoa Joe is cutting promos routinely as the champion. Styles can win it back, but his run has been long enough as champion. It’s time for him to drop the belt, even if it is momentarily.

Prediction: Samoa Joe def. AJ Styles

Universal Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (C) vs. Roman Reigns

AP: Please let this be the end. This feud can’t go on any longer, just give the belt to Roman and be done with it. Everybody knows Brock is leaving; everybody wants him gone. This terrible, awful, no good, very bad feud has already gone on for way too long. Honestly, at this point, I’d prefer for Lashley to be the one facing Lesnar on Sunday, but we’re well past that at this point. The only way to salvage this garbage feud at this point would be for Strowman (or Owens) to cash in and save us all. Just please let it end.

Prediction: Roman Reigns wins the title

MS: The culmination of Brock losing the belt to Roman via pinfall seems to be happening in my eyes. Now whether Roman walks out of the arena the champion is a different story…thanks to Strowman.

Prediction: Roman Reigns def. Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman cashes in

DR: I’m a Roman Reigns fan. I don’t think he’s the best of all time, but he gets more heat than he deserves. I see him finally winning the title here with some help from Paul Heyman. It’s not for sure that Lesnar is leaving, but I don’t think he has the belt come Monday Night Raw.

Prediction: Roman Reigns def. Brock Lesnar

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