With the 2012 SummerSlam less than a week away, the excitement over WWE’s second-biggest pay-per-view has fans all over the world talking about the summer spectacular.
Despite not putting sufficient build into this event—instead, deciding to split their resources between RAW 1000 and SummerSlam—the card itself is made up of some very interesting matchups.
Fans from all generations of wrestling will be able to enjoy aspects of this show just like WrestleMania, but this SummerSlam lacks the same level of awe as the events of yesteryear.
That’s a shame, though; especially considering this is the 25th anniversary of the event.
In what will likely be the main event of the evening, the actual match between Triple H and Brock Lesnar should be an absolute war. Brock will bring the same crazy style he had against John Cena and Triple H will bring the same power he brought to his match with Undertaker.
The problem here is not in the ring, but instead what may happen to the end this match.
With talk of Triple H and HBK possibly fighting at WrestleMania 29, there is a good chance Lesnar goes over thanks to a superkick from Shawn Michaels.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
For as much as CM Punk’s slow-burn heel turn is making the fans happy, this WWE title match is not worthy of a SummerSlam main event. As much as John Cena and Punk one-on-one would be great again with the proper build, the addition of Big Show means nothing.
There is no proper storyline leading into this match, instead Punk was flung from a feud with Daniel Bryan and a love-triangle angle with A.J. to a battle with John Cena and Big Show.
If the WWE wanted the fans to care, they would have spent more time building this angle instead of focusing so heavily on RAW 1000.
Winner: CM Punk
World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio
As if the build for the WWE title wasn’t bad enough, the storyline leading into the World Heavyweight Title match at SummerSlam has been all-time bad.
It won’t even be revealed until Friday that this match is actually still on; better late than never, I guess.
As if it wasn’t hard enough to get people to care about another Sheamus vs. Alberto del Rio match, the fact that the majority of the fans felt it wasn’t even going to happen means nobody has time to care.
This was poorly thought out and poorly executed.
In my match-of-the-night candidate, Chris Jericho will leave it all on the mat before he walks away from the WWE for awhile and make Dolph Ziggler look like an even bigger star than he already is.
The WWE Universe appreciates you putting everyone over, Y2J.
Ziggler has been amazing over the last year, and his rise to the top has been one that has come quickly.
After completely rebuilding his character and his in-ring prowess, Dolph deserves every ounce of the rub he gets from Jericho Sunday night.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
In what could be the biggest surprise of the night, Kane vs. Daniel Bryan has the potential to be a stellar match that allows both men to highlight their skills, while still getting Bryan over as the stronger of the two at the end.
Kane will have a chance to manhandle the smaller Bryan, but WWE can’t pass on the chance to have their undersized star beat the giant and look as strong as ever.
After so many PPV losses, the company has to throw Bryan a bone at SummerSlam.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
While this match should be solid in the ring and this feud could potentially be solid on the mic, the fact that A.J. announced this match via Twitter and the build has been absolutely nothing, doesn’t make fans care at all.
If the WWE had given this match even three weeks of build, it would be light-years better than what we have now and worthy of an Intercontinental championship match.
It’s a shame too; this will be darn good.
Winner: The Miz
Without AW at the Prime Time Players side, there is almost no intrigue going into this tag team title match. As solid as R-Truth and Kofi Kingston are in the ring, their tag team is boring.
I can see the PTP winning the gold (copper, really), but it will mean nothing in the grand scheme of things. This match is so terrible, I’m just hoping that Ryabck comes down and squashes everyone.
Winner: Prime Time Players
While this match should be Antonio Cesaro’s crowning moment in WWE so far, defeating Santino Marella and taking the United States Championship, the fact that this is on a pre-show lends even more credibility that Cesaro will lose.
WWE doesn’t understand why guys don’t get over, yet they bury them in meaningless YouTube matches like this. Cesaro could easily win the US Title and turn it into the European title and that would be 100 times more entertaining than what we’ll get Sunday.
Winner: Santino Marella
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