In a new development for the WWE, two young rising stars are working together to get themselves over. Unlike the usual formula, where a young guy works with an established veteran to get over, Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes are relying on each other's abilities to move up the card. I'm a big fan of both competitors, and it is great to see this feud getting a good amount of exposure on WWE TV. The match is not for Sandow's Money in the Bank briefcase, so I think that Rhodes will get the victory on Sandow, setting up a match for the briefcase at the next ppv.
Bray Wyatt is being thrown right into the fire (pun intended) with his matchup against Kane. We haven't seen a fire based match in around six years, and the times have changed with the WWE. The object of the match is not to set your opponent on fire, but now it is just to pin or submit your opponent. Booking a match where the object is to set someone on fire is probably too malicious for the WWE these days, but I wouldn't doubt someone being set on fire Sunday. Kane is going to spend time away filming his new film, so setting him on fire would be a perfect way to both write him off TV, and put over the Wyatt family.
This very well might be the most Diva-centric ppv of all time, with not one but two matches on the card with somewhat actual builds. The first match is the mixed tag team bout with AJ and Big E Langston taking on Kaitlyn and Dolph Ziggler. After being one of the most over men at Money in the Bank, Ziggler's star power has spiraled right down the tube over the last month. He needs this win badly, and the WWE really likes Kaitlyn for some reason, so I think they pull this one out.
The second Diva's match gives a whole new meaning to "made for TV." Natayla will take on Brie Bella, with the Funkadactyls in her corner, and Nikki and Eva Marie in Brie's. I personally could not care less about this match, as whatever happens will only be used to further whatever storyline is going on in Total Diva's. I'm going to say Brie wins, because the WWE loves the Bella twins, but who really knows at this point?
The pre-show is going to be one of the better pre-shows that the WWE has had, with Dean Ambrose finally defending his United States Championship against Rob Van Dam. Rollins and Reigns have been noticeably absent from the Summerslam card, and with a feud with Big Show and Mark Henry looming, I think we will see Reigns and Rollins interfere in the matchup, only to have Show and Henry come out and clean house. It has been reported that the WWE is less interested in the Shield then they are in the Wyatt family, and that the Shield will be moved down the card. If that is the case, it will not be surprising to see Ambrose drop the US title. Contrary to that idea, Ambrose could also drop the title and move onto the main event, a task in which he is more than capable of performing.
One last thing I'd like to mention is that I am really not a big fan of the WWE holding Summerslam every year in Los Angeles. I understand they want to penetrate the Hollywood market, but Los Angeles to me has always been a subpar wrestling city. The crowds are always mediocre, which is sad because in a great wrestling city like New York, Chicago, Toronto, Boston, etc. Daniel Bryan vs John Cena would have one of the best reactions in recent memory. In LA, it will just be typical.
Wrestlemania 29 was not that exciting for me, but I think Summerslam might more than make up for it. If the WWE books everything right, they could have the best ppv event of the year. Hopefully, they will make the right decisions that suit them best in the short term, and the long term.
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