WWE SummerSlam 2012 Predictions: Breaking Down Each Championship Match on Sunday

Austin GreenCorrespondent IAugust 18, 2012

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Photo courtesy of WWE.com

SummerSlam 2012 is just hours away (Sunday, 8 p.m. ET), which means we could potentially have five new champions by the time Monday rolls around.

The United States, Tag Team, Intercontinental, Heavyweight and WWE Championship belts are all on the line, and if their current holders aren't careful, some hardware will be changing hands on Sunday.

I'm certainly not expecting every champ to be dethroned, but a couple may fall from their pedestals. Here are my predictions for each championship match at the 25th annual WWE SummerSlam.


Santino Marella vs. Antonio Cesaro - WWE United States Championship

This bout has been relegated to the pre-show, because unless you're related to Marella or Cesaro, you don't care about either of them.

While Marella has to lose his belt sometime, Cesaro isn't charismatic enough to hold the title, and the WWE knows it. Look for Marella to defend his crown before losing it when a more worthy wrestler than Cesaro becomes available.


Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio - WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Sheamus has already defended his title against Del Rio several times, and after this fight was almost dropped from the card, I'd be surprised if the WWE gives the win to the challenger.

Sheamus has been on an all-out rampage since claiming the Heavyweight crown, and whoever dethrones him will have to seem like an absolute monster at the time. Right now, that's not Del Rio.

It will be close, but look for Sheamus to defend his belt yet again.


R-Truth and Kofi Kingston vs. The Primetime Players - WWE Tag Team Championship

R-Truth and Kofi Kingston have been dominant as a duo, but I think SummerSlam will mark the end of their run.

Titus O'Neil and Darren Young have had plenty of recent SmackDown success, defeating Primo and Epico together and notching singles victories over Truth and Kingston. They're building some momentum, and with the insufferable A.W. now out of the picture, they have instantly become more likable.

I'm expecting the PTPers to pull off the upset on Sunday.


The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio - WWE Intercontinental Championship

In his first major event since returning from injury, I'm picking Rey Mysterio to steal the Intercontinental Championship from The Miz.

The Intercontinental belt has been bouncing around a lot lately, and I'm not convinced that The Miz can stop that trend. The WWE also loves return stories, and with a successful and long-tenured wrestler like Mysterio coming back from injury, I think they'll give him a triumphant return.


CM Punk vs. Big Show vs. John Cena - WWE Championship

I wouldn't be shocked if Cena pulled out the win following his recent run of success, but I'm still going with Punk at SummerSlam.

The WWE seems to want Punk to hold the crown for a long time, and with his budding feud with the Rock starting to pick up steam, I doubt they're going to have him lose now. Cena is hot, and he's given Punk trouble in the past. Still, now is not the time for Punk to lose.

As for Big Show, I feel like he's really just a throw-in here. He's always dangerous, but it wouldn't make any sense for him to win on Sunday.