WWE SummerSlam 2012 Predictions: Projecting Outcome of Championship Matches

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistAugust 17, 2012

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Summerslam's headline match between Brock Lesnar and Triple H isn't for a title of any sort, but three other matches will put belts on the line on Saturday night.

The WWE championship, world heavyweight title and intercontinental championship will all be up for grabs in the summer's ultimate event. The action should be exciting, and the storylines could go any number of ways.

Let's predict the outcomes of every championship match Saturday night.

John Cena vs. Triple H vs. CM Punk for WWE Championship

CM Punk will win this match, but it isn't going to be pretty. This match doesn't even really make sense at this point.

There's zero anticipation for a match with so much on the line. These are three headline names, but the WWE has done very little to build up this match.

Expect this match to end in some bizarre way.

CM Punk is riding his new heel reputation, and I think he winds up winning or retaining his belt, in some way, shape or form. He could retain it via disqualification, or he could allow Cena and Show to eliminate themselves.

One way or the other, the WWE botched the lead up to this match. That won't change Saturday night, and neither will the fighter wearing the belt.

Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio for WWE world heavyweight title

This outcome is very obvious, at least to me. Sheamus beat Del Rio at Money in the Bank, and the WWE wouldn't schedule a rematch if they wanted the same thing to happen twice.

There's not really much else to say otherwise. We weren't even sure if this match was going to happen, but Booker T gave us the courtesy on Smackdown. He also named a new champion in the process.

I think this match will be competitive, and the suspense will be there from start to finish, but expect Del Rio to end Sheamus' championship reign with a dramatic cross arm breaker.

Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz for WWE intercontinental title

The Miz is the current champion, and Mysterio's career isn't exactly on an upswing. I think this match will end quickly and rather uneventfully.

These two do have a history. They fought for the WWE championship before, but this match doesn't have nearly the same expectations. The Miz isn't a strong title-holder, but that won't matter in this situation.

The Miz won't win this match via skull-crushing finale, but he will keep Mysterio grounded enough to win the match in the end. It's not going to take long, and it will be forgettable among the rest of Saturday night's star-studded card.