THE PREDICTOR’S GUIDE TO SUMMERSLAM WEEKEND
By Don “The Predictor” Murphy (Twitter: @DonThePredictor)
Excited for the big wrestling weekend? Overwhelmed by the number of shows? Not sure of what to watch first? I have you covered with my “Guide to SummerSlam Weekend!” Not including independent shows and weekly TV, there are five major events from WWE, NXT, Ring of Honor and Impact Wrestling. There’s something for everyone you should have no problem finding something you like. Below, I’ve broken out each show chronologically so that you know what’s on each night. I’ll do my normal predictions for each match, but my commentary for each match will be much shorter, given the number of matches. Let’s run down the cards!
Friday, August 20th
Impact Wrestling: Emergence (Impact Plus Exclusive)
Christian Cage retains the Impact World Championship over Brian Myers: I like how Myers has reinvented himself and this should be a good match. No reason to think he takes the title here, but I could see it down the road.
The Good Brothers (Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson) retain the Impact World Tag Team Championship over Rich Swann/Willie Mack and Violent By Design (Eric Young, Deaner, Joe Doering, or Rhino): This will be fun with some good wrestling and no real storyline development.
Josh Alexander retains the Impact X Division Championship over Jake Something: This will be the match of the night. Alexander is someone they can really elevate to the top of the card and beyond the silly name, Something is someone they could more with.
Steve Maclin over Petey Williams: I’ve gotten into Maclin’s Impact persona and I’m enjoying his build. A veteran like Williams is the right opponent to give Maclin a big win.
Ace Austin wins a four-way match over Chris Sabin, Moose and Sami Callihan: The winner becomes number one contender to the Impact World Championship and an Ace Austin title run is long overdue.
Friday, August 20th
Ring of Honor: Glory By Honor Night 1 (Honor Club Exclusive)
Bandido retains the ROH World Championship over Flip Gordon: I’ve been underwhelmed with how Bandido has been booked since winning the title and Gordon should be a babyface. This should be good but looking forward to seeing them move on.
La Faccion Ingobernable (Dragon Lee, Kenny King, La Bestia del Ring, and Rush) defeats Violence Unlimited (Brody King, Tony Deppen, Homicide and Chris Dickinson): Rush is still in the title picture, so I expect his faction to go over. Don’t be surprised to see Deppen take the fall and get kicked out of Violence Unlimited, as he was the only one who lost at Best in the World
Jonathan Gresham retains the ROH Pure Rules Championship over Rhett Titus: This will steal the show and I have no reason to think that a Foundation split is coming.
EC3 over Brian Johnson: They need to do more with Johnson. EC3’s “Control your Narrative” character is flat and needs more depth.
Silas Young over Rey Horus: Young is always positioned strongly and coming off a loss at Best in the World, they’ll begin to build him again.
The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) defeat The Righteous (Bateman and Dutch): The rise of the Briscoes back up the ranks will continue. The jury is still out on Dutch’s ability.
Demonic Flamita wins a six-way mayhem match over Dak Draper, Danhausen, Eli Isom, Mike Bennett and PJ Black: The winner earns a spot in the ROH World Championship rankings. Flamita still has issues with Bandido making him the logical choice.
The Allure (Angelina Love and Mandy Leon) over Vita VonStarr and TBD: I expect the mystery partner to be Quinn McKay who has issues with the Allure. I also expect a three heel beatdown on McKay, with a VonStarr walkout to earn the win for the Allure.
Chelsea Green over TBA: It’ll probably be Sumie Sakai and a good opportunity for Green to show off her recent progress.
Saturday, August 21st
Ring of Honor: Glory By Honor Night 2 (Honor Club Exclusive)
La Faccion Ingobernable (Dragon Lee and Rush) defeat MexiSquad (Bandido and Rey Horus): Bandido takes the pin from Rush setting up for the eventual rematch.
Matt Taven over Vincent in a steel cage match: I’m ready for this feud to be over and will be interested to see how both move on.
The Briscoe Brothers (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) over Flip Gordon and Demonic Flamita: The build continues and I can’t see Gordon and Flamita co-existing for long. Perhaps this leads to Gordon face turn.
The Foundation (Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham, Rhett Titus, and Tracy Williams) over Violence Unlimited (Brody King, Tony Deppen, Homicide and Chris Dickinson): See my comment above. I think we’ll see a theme here with Deppen taking the fall leading to his removal from the faction.
Dalton Castle over Danhausen: Expect interference from Dak Draper.
Shane Taylor Promotions (Jasper Kaun, Moses Maddox, and Shane Taylor) retain the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship over Incoherence (Delirious, Frightmare, and Hallowicked): Not much to say here. This will be solid and a way to get the booker on the show.
Chelsea Green and Willow over Miranda Alize and Rok-C: Good showcase match for the women here.
LSG over World Famous CB: I’d like to see them do more with LSG.
Trish Adora over TBA: I like the story they’re telling with Trish. She may not ultimately win the women’s title, but I’d like to see her positioned prominently moving forward.
Saturday, August 21st
WWE: SummerSlam (Peacock; PPV)
John Cena wins the WWE Universal Championship over Roman Reigns: I know it sound ridiculous but WWE is petty. Since Ric Flair has left, they’ll want Cena to break his record. Plus, he’s advertised for post-SummerSlam appearances so I think we’ll see a short title-reign. My hope is that Finn Balor attacks Cena after the win, so that he can be positioned strongly and potentially win the title from Cena at the next event. Part-time legends are best-used if they build up current talent.
Bobby Lashley retains the WWE Championship over Goldberg: Not the ideal match but I think this is just part of the story they’re telling to establish Lashley’s dominance.
Nikki A.S.H. retains the WWE Raw Women’s Championship over Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley: The booking has been terrible and A.S.H is not the best character. But, creative is into her and her recent losses usually signal a win at the pay-per-view.
Bianca Belair retains the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship over Sasha Banks: This match has big shoes to fill from their Mania confrontation. I don’t think this will be the end of the program.
The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) retain the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship over Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio: The Mysterio split is coming. Expect Dominik to take the loss and begin the road to frustration before he turns on his father. That will likely be a big WrestleMania match.
RK-Bro (Randy Orton and Riddle) win the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship over AJ Styles and Omos: This will be the feel-good moment of the night. Down the road, expect a swerve and a Riddle heel turn to dissolve the team.
Damian Priest wins the WWE United States Championship over Sheamus: This will be the sleeper match and I’m looking forward to Priest moving on from playing around with Miz and Morrison.
Edge over Seth Rollins: Seth Rollins is good enough to stay near the top of the card, but he could benefit from a win here that he’s likely not getting. As I said though, he’s good enough to keep his heat.
Drew McIntyre over Jinder Mahal: I wish this was a one-and-done but I think we are headed toward a Punjabi prison match. Drew has really fallen flat since losing the title. The sword and Scottish stories aren’t helping.
Alexa Bliss over Eva Marie: I really want Doudrop to break away from Eva and be Piper Niven again. Sadly, I think she’ll end up being possessed by Bliss and become a live-action version of Lilly.
Sunday, August 22nd
NXT: Takeover 36 (Peacock; PPV)
Ilja Dragunov defeats WALTER to win the NXT United Kingdom Championship: This is the match I am most looking forward to this weekend. This story has been so good and it’s nice that they didn’t rush the title off of WALTER so that whoever beats him is positioned strongly.
Samoa Joe wins the NXT Championship from Karrion Kross: Kross’ losses on Raw have hurt him and this match. A main roster run is a foregone conclusion, meaning that a Joe win is logical here.
Raquel González retains the NXT Women’s Championship over Dakota Kai: I had a hard time with this one. Raquel is a typical Vince McMahon superstar, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she lost and turned up on Raw or Smackdown. I just don’t think she’s been established enough as the champion and think she’ll stick around on NXT for a bit longer. Also, they probably rushed the split with Kai as I don’t see anyone on the roster strong enough to serve as the next contender.
Kyle O’Reilly over Adam Cole in 2 out of 3 Falls: This, of course, will go the three falls and is designed to make O’Reilly. Cole is headed out of NXT – either to the main roster or AEW, so it’s time for him to do the honors on the way out.
Cameron Grimes wins the Million Dollar Championship over LA Knight: I like both and am ready to move on from this feud. You can build around both with the right programs.