WWE SummerSlam 2012: Top 5 Storylines to Watch at the Big PPV Event
With the WWE's second biggest pay-per-view of the year just over two weeks away, there are a meager three matches confirmed for the event. However, a number of potential storylines are steadily weaving their way through the fabric of the WWE, loose ends just waiting to be tied.
There is room for debate as to whether this is a sign of shrewd booking from the creative team, or the result of neglect after the company focused all their efforts on the landmark Raw 1000 show.
But the fact remains that these developing storylines have created an intriguing scenario.
How will the angles play out? Who exactly will feature on the final card? Will we get the big payoffs that wrestling fans crave so dearly?
Such intrigue could prove to be the first step in ensuring SummerSlam is one of the best PPV's of the year. But in the meantime, here are the key storylines to watch heading into the summer extravaganza.
CM Punk's Heel Turn
Is Punk a fully fledged heel?
His actions on Raw 1000 would certainly suggest so. However, his insistence the following week that he has not turned on the WWE Universe leaves his position a little unclear.
Thankfully, the triple threat match for the WWE Championship will shed light on this situation. While many of us were anticipating Cena vs. Punk II, throwing The Big Show into the mix gives Punk the chance to reveal more about the true intentions of his new character.
Will he go after the monster heel, or once again lay waste to the ultimate babyface?
Only time will tell, but it seems to me that Punk is going to be the WWE’s next big tweener. A move that would draw even more comparisons with a certain Stone Cold Steve Austin, further fueling the possibility of a WrestleMania showdown between the two.
A.W.'s Comments on Raw
Darren Young and Titus O’Neill's recent push looked set to culminate in a Tag Team Championship match at SummerSlam for the Primetime Players.
However, A.W.’s controversial comments on Raw this past week look to have landed the owner of All World Promotions in seriously hot water. The debate rages on.
Is everybody overreacting to the comments? Or should A.W. and his clients be punished for such distastefulness?
With Linda McMahon’s upcoming campaign for Senate in mind, not to mention the WWE’s PG-rated programming, it appears likely that the Primetime Players may well be punished, whether they deserve to be or not.
After the rejuvenation of the WWE’s tag team division in recent months, it would be a shame to see a feud of such potential go to waste due to political incorrectness.
Definitely worth keeping an eye on this one.
Chris Jericho's Potential Involvement
Recent altercations between Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler suggest that a SummerSlam showdown was very much in the cards. However, it appears we may not be treated to such a spectacle after all.
According to Justin LaBar’s report on wrestlezone.com, Chris Jericho stated in an interview with iconvsicon.com that he won’t even be with the company come SummerSlam.
"I came back to the WWE and as of August 14, 2012, when "Sin and Bones" comes out, we go on the road with the Uproar Tour. At that time, I am done with the WWE and it is full-time with Fozzy until the album cycle and touring is done."
Is the master of mind games at it again?
You never know with Jericho. We all know how much he loves to keep fans guessing. He is performing with Fozzy the night before SummerSlam, so to feature him on the card seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened.
I for one am eager to see how this one pans out. If it goes ahead, this match would steal the show.
Daniel Bryan's Possible Angles
Where do we begin with Daniel Bryan?
Events on Raw 1000 have kept the angle with AJ wide open, while Charlie Sheen’s antics could lead to a sensational face off with Bryan at SummerSlam. Kane was also added to the mix after attacking Bryan on Raw, making this the most unpredictable storyline of all.
Remarkably, Bryan has featured in a WWE or World title match at every PPV this year so far, so his SummerSlam role could be viewed as a slight fall from grace.
However an angle with Sheen would make the former ROH star a household name outside of the wrestling world, hugely benefiting his career in the long run. Similarly, a pay-off to the enduring AJ storyline would be well received after the rather anti-climactic WWE Championship match at Money in the Bank.
Either way, SummerSlam may represent something of a departure for Bryan, as he looks set to make an impact through his storytelling rather than his impeccable wrestling abilities.
The Perfect Storm
Okay, okay. Hear me out.
While I admit the on-screen build for this may have been lacking, the feud is riddled with history
After the Attitude Era, Triple H and Lesnar went on to become the faces of Raw and SmackDown respectively, thus their paths never crossed in one-on-one competition.
Furthermore, The Game is now a part of the family who put Lesnar’s associate, Paul Heyman, out of business back when he was running ECW.
Now, a decade later, the score can finally be settled.
It’s personal and there are points to be proved. The underlying story behind this match is enough to make it interesting. The booking of a notoriously temperamental former MMA fighter against his real life boss is enough to make it unmissable.
As far as I can see, SummerSlam is shaping up to be a great show.