This WWE PPV event has the potential to be one of the best of the year but can go the opposite direction in a hurry.
Raw and Smackdown rosters join forces to give the WWE fans a big event with their 2017 SummerSlam but will it live up to the potential?
Some good and some bad things happened at SummerSlam last year, so hopefully we see less of the latter.
Raw and Smackdown have had their ups and down in creating events for this PPV and it can be hard to see what direction they are going.
As always, we lay out our predictions for fun and do not Don’t claim to be experts.
On to the matches and our 2017 SummerSlam predictions.
Big Cass vs. Big Show
Big guy versus big guy with a little guy in the cage. A big guy is going to win. Still wished they kept the little one with the big one.
Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor
This match is going to happen and we hoped to be more excited for it. But we are not. Balor is going to lose to Wyatt and then in turn unleash his inner demon.
Baron Corbin vs. John Cena
Prior to the mistake on Smackdown, this match looked interesting. Now we do not see any point to this happening aside from a filler. Cena is not going to be able to get Corbin over no matter how much since the fans will turn on him.
Sheamus / Cesaro vs. Ambrose/Rollins Raw Tag Team Championship
No one expected a mini-Shield reunion so we should expect them to win the tag team titles. We hoped there would be more but with the future of Sheamus taking time off, there is no other option.
The New Day vs. The Usos Smackdown Tag Team Championship
We don’t mind seeing this two groups wrestle but would be nice to see something special between them. We don’t expect to see this as a major highlight. New Day is going to retain. Hope they bring a new product to sell to fans.
Akira Tozawa vs. Neville Crusierweight Championship
Tozawa won the title recently over Neville and it does not make sense for him to get it back so soon. We have not been a big fan of the Titus Brand but it seems to be working. Tozawa will leave with the belt.
Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura WWE Championship
This is one match no one expected, especially now since Baron Corbin cashed it in. We are not sure what they are doing with Smackdown and where they want to go. For now, they would be best served as letting Mahal keep the title for now.
Randy Orton vs. Rusev
It feels like they are forcing this match to get Rusev out there in front of fans. Orton still has decent ringwork but he is a mix working as a babyface. Orton is going to win and send the brute into a rage against another WWE wrestler, like Chad Gable.
AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens United States Championship
The Styles-Owens feud took an unexpected twisted when they add Shane McMahon as the special guest referee. The recent incidents when both wrestles have laid out Shane might make an interesting twist. Hopefully they do not lead to another Wrestlemania match. Styles is going to retain.
Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks Woman’s Raw Championship
This has the potential to be a solid match but it feels like meh at this point. The angle was okay but noting to keep fans fully invested into it. If Banks wins here, it will be because they are setting up something far down the road.
Naomi vs Natalya Women’s Smackdown Championship
The Glow will defend her title against one of the most sound wrestlers in the woman’s division. We would like to see Nattie carry the belt at some point but do not see it here. Is Carmella going to cash in? After what we saw happen with Corbin, we don’t see this coming anytime.
Fatal Four Way Universal Championship Match
Brock Lesnar is going to have his hands full with Strowman, Reigns, and Joe in this handicap match. The odds are stacked against the Beast but in the end we do not think this matters. We think it is a lock for him to win because it is what WWE creative does.