WWE SummerSlam 2012: Must-See Matches in Tonight's Epic Pay-Per-View Event

Austin GreenCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2012

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

SummerSlam 2012 has finally arrived.

After months of anticipation, the always-spectacular WWE event is just hours away. The action kicks off at 8 p.m. ET, with the Staples Center in Los Angeles once again hosting the mayhem.

There are seven matches scheduled for the pay-per-view coverage, with championship belts on the line in four. Although every match will be worthwhile, you can expect the following three fights to steal the show.


Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar

I don't like how the WWE has handled Brock Lesnar's return, but I'm assuming his loss to John Cena and recent menacing acts on SmackDown are just setting him up for a dominant run.

He'll need to start it Sunday against Triple H, who also lost his most recent pay-per-view match, falling to The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVIII.

If Lesnar suffers another loss, fans will likely lose interest in the former face of the WWE. That's why I'm expecting a memorable performance from him at SummerSlam.

The company has seen how valuable Lesnar can be, and you can bet they want to capitalize on his marketability. It will be a close and thrilling match, but look for Lesnar to win in dramatic fashion.


R-Truth and Kofi Kingston vs. The Prime Time Players

I'm a big fan of tag team matches, and with the recent history between these four men, this should be an excellent display of wrestling.

R-Truth and Kofi Kingston have already defended their title once against Titus O'Neil and Darren Young, but the PTPers have all the momentum. They each posted a singles victory over Truth and Kingston, and they defeated Primo and Epico on Raw to earn their title shot just over a week ago.

Add in the fact that they are no longer associated with the annoying and offensive Abraham Washington, and the Prime Time Players are suddenly much more likeable.

Don't be surprised if they steal the Tag Team Championship belts.


CM Punk vs. Big Show vs. John Cena

Given the star power, this should be the best match of SummerSlam 2012.

CM Punk and Cena already produced one classic SummerSlam match last year, and with Big Show joining the fun, Sunday's showdown could be even more enjoyable.

I'm expecting Punk to defend his WWE Championship, but I also wouldn't be shocked if Cena took the title. He was giving Punk everything he could handle at Raw 1000 before Show interfered, resulting in the match being disqualified.

In the end, I still think it will be Punk who escapes with the hard-fought victory. He has been the face of the WWE recently, and I doubt they will have him lose right now.

No matter what happens, this is sure to be a thrilling match.