A swerve is defined as an abrupt change of direction. To some wrestling fans, a swerve is what they live for.
Dedicated fans are consuming the product so aggressively everyday with television and the Internet. Many fans also consume it mentally and spend spare time thinking about every possible scenario in fantasy booking.
Not being predictable is fun, but it has to be logical. Swerving for the sake of just fooling the Internet is ridiculous.
I've put together three smart swerves for SummerSlam. Now, I know, inevitably, that some people will read these and not feel they are swerves, because, well, they're just too smart I guess and already thought about them.
Here are three smart swerves that wouldn't be predictable yet still are logical.
Daniel Bryan is carrying the most momentum right now in WWE. He's the most over crowd favorite.
I can see him battling John Cena for 25-30 minutes in their title match at SummerSlam. A hard-fought match with a little bit of everything. Cena rises to the occasion in these kinds of matches, especially when he has a great opponent who can help out in certain areas. Cena's matches with CM Punk prove that.
A half-hour battle and Bryan gets the win. Beaten down and exhausted from the contest, Bryan is barely able to stand as the referee awards him the WWE Championship and the announcer announces the win. In comes Randy Orton with the Money in the Bank briefcase, and one RKO from a fresh Orton on Bryan, who is on empty, lays the new champ out. Orton gets the pin and is the new WWE champion.
Bryan finally wins the WWE Championship, fans celebrate and then it all gets taken away seconds later from Orton. It would be a great spark for heat on Orton to launch his heel run with the title. This now makes Bryan more determined and unites his fans more than ever.
We got great matches earlier in the summer with Orton and Bryan over pride on free television. Imagine the matches with this story surrounding them on pay-per-view for the WWE Championship.
Another swerve for SummerSlam could be Vince McMahon aligning himself with The Shield.
We heard rumors of early plans right after WrestleMania wanting The Shield to do something with The Undertaker at SummerSlam. I don't think that is going to happen.
So you can make a case that there needs to be a big splash for The Shield. Especially considering The Wyatt Family has grabbed the fans' attention as the new trio in WWE. A shot of life in the arm of The Shield's creative future could be with Mr. McMahon.
The McMahons have been at odds on-camera fighting over decisions and power. McMahon aligning himself with The Shield could be explained as him realizing some people seem to have forgotten he's still the boss no matter what his daughter and son-in-law say. His way to ensure everyone gets the message and he stays protected is to hire his own personal army in The Shield.
It could be a good way to keep McMahon on television regularly and give The Shield some added interest and direction.
The Rock makes a surprise appearance at SummerSlam getting his hands on Brock Lesnar.
At first, I thought about The Rock costing Lesnar his match against CM Punk. However, that breaks my rule of things needing to stay logical. The Rock helping Punk wouldn't be logical as it does no favors to Punk, who is a babyface trying to uphold his best in the World title.
After the match, either Lesnar or Punk can win depending on what WWE wants, but after the match, Lesnar and Heyman begin a brutal beatdown on Punk. It appears there's no escape for Punk, who is being mercilessly attacked, until The Rock's music hits and he makes the save.
This sets up the match WWE wants to have happen. A match that some rumors suggested could have happened at this year's SummerSlam if not for The Rock's injury at WrestleMania.
Brock versus Rock next year at WrestleMania 30.
SummerSlam is in Los Angeles, which could work in favor to get the Hollywood actor in and out for a quick appearance to set up for a big marquee match next year.