Summer Slam 2016 Predictions
Carmella, Becky Lynch, & Naomi vs. Natalya & Alexa Bliss
Eva Marie was originally in this match but due to her 30 day suspension this now appears to be a handicap match, though I wouldn’t be surprised if Dana Brooke gets slotted to take her place. That wouldn’t make a ton of sense because these women are all on Smackdown and she’s on Raw but they could spin it by playing up the fact that she’s banned from ringside for Charlotte’s match and she could really use a match to work out her anger about that.
I expect this match to come down to Becky and Natalya at the end but my hope is that it highlights how good the other women are. The Women’s division on Smackdown doesn’t have the star power, or the title, that Raw does but this match should help people realize that these ladies are very good.
My prediction: Carmella, Becky Lynch, and Naomi win.
Storyline fallout: Not entirely sure. I expect Carmella and Alexa to feud for a bit but outside of that I don’t know what WWE is going to do here.
The Miz vs. Apollo Crews
Intercontinental Title Match
The point of this match, in my estimation, is to get Apollo Crews in front of everyone. They could definitely give him the title but I think it’s too early to do that. I expect him to perform incredibly well in this match and for The Miz to put him over equally as well. That being said I think The Miz retains the belt for a little while longer and they have a rematch at the next PPV, which is when I believe Crews will win the title.
My prediction: The Miz wins.
Storyline Fallout: These two continue their feud leading up to a rematch where Crews wins the title.
Enzo and Cass vs. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens
I have no clue what WWE is doing with Kevin Owens. He came in with such purpose and tenacity and now he’s teaming up with Jericho under an awful name, Jeri-KO. I don’t understand. It’s almost as if he’s being punished for something. All I’ve seen out of him is great work in the ring and on the mic.
This match should be fun to watch. We’re bound to get a few laughs in this one but also some good spots.
I’m not sure exactly how this one is going to go. I’m not even sure if Jeri-KO is a real thing, or if WWE is merely doing this to push Enzo and Cass more.
My prediction: Jericho and Owens win.
Storyline fallout: Jericho and Owens continue on as a team, no sorry, as more than brothers, until an eventual rematch with Enzo and Cass where something goes awry and Owens destroys Jericho for the mishap. This would make for a fun rivalry going forward.
The New Day vs. Gallows and Anderson
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I want The New Day to lose the titles. I really, really like The New Day, I think they’re creative, unique, funny, and great performers but they’ve been on top for a long time. I’d love to see them dethroned for the sole purpose of giving them some adversity to get over and giving them something to reclaim. Giving these guys a greater purpose could, if done well, make them even greater.
I expect this to be a close match but in the end I think Gallows and Anderson overpower The New Day without Big E.
My prediction: Gallows and Anderson win.
Storyline fallout: Gallows and Anderson, at every chance, rub their win in the faces of The New Day and hopefully do more ‘Doctor’ promos. The New Day are galvanized as a unit to reclaim the titles and they go to war with Gallows and Anderson.
Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte
WWE Women’s Championship Match
I know this card is stacked but these ladies could have the match of the night. Don’t be surprised if their match is right up there with Balor and Rollins.
This match will be close, very close. I think the tide will turn multiple times and we’ll have several very close near falls building the suspense to the finish. Frankly, I don’t know who wins this one. I can see it going both ways. If Charlotte wins without any help she could ditch Dana Brooke and become the ultimate heel. If she loses it would cement Sasha Banks as the official top dog in the Women’s division.
My prediction: Sasha wins. Though this is the match I’m most unsure of.
Storyline fallout: I'm also unsure here. A lot depends on who wins but I would expect this feud to continue.
Rusev vs. Romam Reigns
US Championship Match
I hope these two give us a brawl to remember. I don’t expect much technical wrestling at all, just an all out war.
My prediction: Reigns wins.
Storyline fallout: Reigns goes on to feud with someone else. And Rusev…I don’t really care what his storyline is going forward.
John Cena vs. AJ Styles
This mach should be incredible. Styles is an incredible performer and Cena knows how to sell really well and work hard. I’m really excited for this match.
My prediction: Styles wins.
Storyline fallout: This feud finally ends, Styles makes a run at the WWE title. Cena finds someone else to feud with, hopefully Reigns for the US title, that could be fun.
Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler
WWE World Championship Match
I expect this match to last a long time and be worth every second. Ziggler is going to perform like its his last match ever and Ambrose will keep step.
My prediction: Ambrose wins.
Storyline fallout: I hope these two continue to feud because I like that Ziggler has made a comeback at the top of the card.
Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins
WWE Universal Championship Match
This should be the match of the night. I think it has the potential to be match of the year, with the key word there being potential. This is the match I am most excited about. I’m almost giddy.
My prediction: Balor wins.
Storyline: These two guys feud going forward and I love every second of it.
Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton
I actually don’t care that much about this match. I’m sure it will be good and all but I just don’t care.
My prediction: Lesnar wins.
Storyline fallout: Not sure. This seems like a one-off match.