Sunday, August 21, 2016

SummerSlam: The go home blog

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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SummerSlam is hours away and I haven't posted my predictions yet. As I mentioned during Facebook Live earlier in the week, I like being WRONG with my predictions. It means the product isn't predictable. I will say this about SummerSlam, it's the best looking card on paper for 2016. I can't wait to wait and wish I was in Brooklyn for this year's event. 

Nakamura wins the gold
Courtesy: WWE
By the way, I thought NXT: Takeover was a solid show, but having not seen a lot of NXT in recent weeks I was lost with some of the characters. But the wrestling and storytelling was superb, which is no surprise. It'll be interesting to see what happens with both Bayley and Samoa Joe as many are speculating the former NXT Women's Champion is now main roster bound. SmackDown Live could certainly use her.

Back to SummerSlam, these are my quick picks, and with four potential main events, I'm curious to see what will close the show. I'd go with Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor because they're crowning a brand new champion and the Demon King's entrance will be hard to top. 

Rollins will be the new Universal champion. However, I like both men involved and would be happy with either coming out on top.

Dean Ambrose will beat Dolph Ziggler, but the story won't end here. A frustrated Ziggler will go back to his heel roots and continue to pursue the WWE World Heavyweight title.

Brock Lesnar will defeat Randy Orton in a back and forth match that will feature kick outs from RKOs and F5s.

AJ Styles will pin John Cena.

Sasha Banks will retain against Charlotte (but I want Charlotte to regain the Women's Championship).

The Club will beat the New Day by disqualification when Big E does a run in.

Rusev will beat Roman Reigns by dirty means. Rusev HAS to retain. This is the only match I'm adamant about ending the way I want it to end.

The Miz will beat Apollo Cruz (or at least walk out still Intercontinental Champion).

Enzo and Big Cass will beat Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens. Jericho gets pinned and maybe sets up for a series between he and Owens.

Naomi, Becky Lynch and Carmella will beat Natalya and Alexa Bliss. If Eva Marie was still involved I would have given the heel women the win here with Eva scoring the pin. I wonder if they'll continue the no show gimmick, I doubt it because she's been removed from match card due to her suspension. 

Sheamus will get the first win in the best of seven series with Cesaro.

Neville & Sami Zayn will win against the Dudley Boys. I kinda like the development of Neville and Zayn as a team.

American Alpha, The Hype Bros and The Usos will lose to Breezango, The Ascension and The Vaudevillans. It's the usual 50/50 booking by WWE. Plus one of those heel teams needs to get a push. 

For the love of God, please don't let Jon Stewart interfere in any of the matches this year...

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