SummerSlam is traditionally one of the WWE’s biggest pay-per-views of the year, and in 2013, that’s just as true as it’s ever been.
The WWE has built up a lot of momentum as of late with a string of good to great PPVs, some very entertaining storyline advancement and the pushes of very deserving stars.
Throw in the return of Brock Lesnar, the debut of the Wyatt Family and the always entertaining Shield, and SummerSlam should definitely continue the trend of great PPVs in 2013.
Of course, whether or not SummerSlam will be a must-watch event is going to depend a lot on which major matches headline the show and which matches we see.
Luckily, it looks like, in addition to the highly anticipated John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan bout, there will be plenty of potential show-stealing matches that will make WWE SummerSlam 2013 a must-see event for fans across the world.
Let’s take a look at three major matches that could make SummerSlam the “Big Four” pay-per-view that it’s supposed to be.
The Wyatt Family vs. The Undertaker and Kane
The debuting Wyatt Family attacked Kane on last week’s Raw, injured him severely and cost him a shot at winning a Money in the Bank briefcase.
In all likelihood, that’s going to lead to Kane teaming up with someone (your guess is as good as anyone’s) to take on Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan at SummerSlam.
The popular rumor, according to F4WOnline.com (via WrestlingInc.com), is that Kane will team up with his brother, The Undertaker, to take on the Wyatt Family at the pay-per-view. However, that same report notes that Undertaker is injured and may not wrestle at the PPV at all.
While Kane and The Undertaker vs. The Wyatt Family is the ideal match here, this storyline is going to generate interest regardless of who Kane teams up with in a potential match at SummerSlam.
The Wyatt Family has already created a huge buzz for itself, and given that the trio’s first match will likely take place at SummerSlam, it’s going to be a highly-anticipated encounter no matter who’s involved in it.
If Undertaker can’t go, then having another major star or two join forces with Kane could make the Wyatt Family’s first match one of the most anticipated matches in recent WWE history.
It's also very possible that Kane simply goes one-on-one with Wyatt at SummerSlam instead, which could put Wyatt over in a big way if he was able to get the victory.
Money in the Bank Briefcase on the Line: Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow
Two of the big winners at Money in the Bank were former tag team partners Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow.
Sandow was an actual winner when he won the Money in the Bank briefcase for a future world title shot and screwed over Rhodes to do so. Rhodes, though technically a loser this Sunday, emerged a winner with a show-stealing performance that seems to have sparked a much-needed face turn for him.
It certainly looks like these two former best friends are headed for a collision, and it's likely going to take place at SummerSlam. But how about increasing the stakes a bit?
Sandow is now Mr. Money in the Bank, but only because he turned on his friend to become it. Now, it's time for him to put that briefcase on the line in a match against the man he once called his friend and tag team partner.
Rhodes vs. Sandow with the Money in the Bank briefcase on the line (and maybe mustache vs. beard too?) is a feud with a good story behind it (someone turning on his friend) and a phenomenal chance for the WWE to spotlight two great talents.
Both Sandow and Rhodes had career-defining moments at Money in the Bank. It's now up to the WWE to capitalize on that momentum by letting these two battle it out on the big stage of SummerSlam.
Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk
It’s a safe bet that we’ll see Brock Lesnar take on CM Punk at the WWE’s summer spectacle, especially after Paul Heyman turned on Punk and cost him a potential WWE Championship opportunity at Money in the Bank and Lesnar's attack on Punk on Raw.
The seeds for this rivalry were planted after Punk returned from his post-WrestleMania hiatus at WWE Payback, and barring something unforeseen happening, Punk vs. Lesnar is going to be the main event of SummerSlam this year.
This, of course, is what most fans would consider a “dream match.”
Punk and Lesnar are the two most notable “Paul Heyman guys” ever, and now that Heyman has turned his back on Punk, we’ve got a great story developing between Heyman and two of the very biggest stars in the WWE.
Punk has put on a number of great matches in 2013, but his likely SummerSlam match against Lesnar might be the most anticipated of the bunch because of Punk’s soaring popularity and Lesnar’s undeniable drawing power.
Lesnar vs. Punk is an instant classic waiting to happen. There’s a great story behind it and two great wrestlers in a match that, just a couple years ago, no one could foresee happening.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!