Views From The Turnbuckle: Summerslam Preview, Predictions, Opinions And More

Views From The Turnbuckle: Summerslam Preview, Predictions, Opinions And More
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Summerslam has always been recognized by the WWE as their second biggest ppv, second only to Wrestlemania when it comes to importance. But to be honest, during the last few years, Summerslam hasn't really seemed all that special. If anything, the previous ppv, Money in the Bank, overshadowed Summerslam in both quality and importance. However, this year, for the first time in a while, Summerslam seems to really be the "biggest party of the summer."

The largest reason for the momentum being pushed back into Summerslam after it has been drained out like helium from a balloon, is the WWE Title match between Daniel Bryan and John Cena. As it has been stated earlier, the unpredictability of this match is uncanny, and it features the most over guy in the company going up against the face of the company for the last decade or so.

The WWE threw in two more curveballs this week, announcing on Raw that Triple H will be the special guest referee. In storyline, HHH has shown so far that he is more interested in fairness than anything else; making himself the referee to make sure that no funny business goes down with his father-in-law. But, with the idea of a HHH/McMahon power struggle looming as the big draw for Wrestlemania XXX, there is really no telling what could happen. A big move would be to have Triple H turn on Daniel Bryan, hit him with the pedigree and then have Cena cover him for the win. Again though, anything can happen so it is impossible to pin point exactly what is going to take place on Sunday.

Another big reveal is just how bad John Cena is hurt. According to multiple reports, Cena's elbow has been swollen up to the size of a softball and will need surgery immediately following Summerslam. Because it looks like Cena is going to need some time off, it is likely that he would have to drop the title at Summerslam, either to Randy Orton or to Daniel Bryan. Of course, we are relying on backstage reports and rumors to fill us in on Cena's injury. For all we know, the WWE could be making this whole thing up and put it out there to add another facet of unpredictability.

Moving beyond the WWE Title match is the highly anticipated Brock Lesnar vs CM Punk match. Punk has made a big face turn over the last few months, and to capitalize on his momentum, a victory over Brock Lesnar would be a smart move. On the flip side, Brock Lesnar is always being booked as an unstoppable beast, despite a lackluster 2-2 record since his return. Both men need a win badly, and the match should be really good. Brock, for all the knocks on his passion for pro wrestling, has a truly great understanding of in-ring psychology and is not just a rhino in the ring, he can really work. Punk obviously, is no slouch himself in that department, so this one should be fantastic.

In the less-anticipated world title matchup, Alberto Del Rio will be taking on Christian for Del Rio's World Heavyweight Championship. The buildup for this one has been mediocre at best, with most of the TV time going to other, more prominent feuds. With that being said, Christian has looked better in the ring as of late, after a pretty bad start coming off of a long absence, and even at this point in his career he still has a large fan base who support him. Del Rio, for all of his faults, has developed into one of the most reliable workers in the WWE, and between the two, a surprise match-of-the-night could very well take place. Alberto Del Rio's title reign has been pretty bad, but I'm not sure if someone like Christian, who is nearing retirement and nursing a million injuries, is the right guy to take the title off of Del Rio. I think Alberto Del Rio holds on, but there is the possibility of a Ricardo Rodriguez return which could pull things in Christian's favor. The fans love Ricardo, and after ADR beat him down several weeks ago, it is possible that Ricardo could come back and screw ADR, which would make the fans very happy.

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