WWE fans are always looking for “smart” finishes to big pay-per-view matches, especially at big shows like the upcoming SummerSlam PPV.
In other words, these fans (yours truly included) want to see match outcomes and other happenings that make sense (hence the term “smart”), are entertaining and give us reasons to be excited about the future direction of particular storylines.
At SummerSlam, the WWE will have a number of opportunities to give us some of these smart results.
There are a number of major stars who will be battling it out at the PPV. There are two Money in the Bank briefcase holders floating around. There are stars who will likely wrestle their first match at the PPV.
Combine all those ingredients, and what do you get? The recipe for a lot of major happenings at the WWE’s summer spectacle.
Let’s take a look at five smart results at the upcoming SummerSlam PPV that would send the fans into a frenzy.
Damien Sandow Loses the Money in the Bank Briefcase to Cody Rhodes
Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes are headed for a major clash at SummerSlam and, beyond a destroyed friendship, at the center of their rivalry is the Money in the Bank briefcase.
It’s a simple story of Sandow screwing over his best friend to win that coveted title shot, so wouldn’t it make sense for the progression of the story if Sandow put that briefcase on the line against Rhodes?
After all, only one superstar in WWE history has put his briefcase on the line and lost it (Mr. Kennedy). Therefore, this is something that could both add to the Sandow/Rhodes saga and yet still feel fresh because it’s been so long since we’ve seen it happen.
Sandow has a large and passionate fanbase, which might not be too happy to see him lose his briefcase. But having him lose it isn’t really a knock on him (he’s a great talent), but rather is a great way to add more intrigue to his storyline with Rhodes.
If the Money in the Bank briefcase is such a pivotal piece of this rivalry, then there’s no reason for it not to at least be put on the line by Sandow at some point—even if he doesn’t lose it.
Bray Wyatt Handily Defeats Kane
If there’s one definitive way to ensure that a debuting talent gets over with the fans right out of the gate, it’s to build up his credibility as soon as possible.
The best way to do that is to give that star a major win over a major star (or stars) shortly after his debut.
At SummerSlam, the WWE will have the opportunity to do just that when the recently debuting Bray Wyatt takes on Kane in his first match on the main roster.
Wyatt is a phenomenal up-and-coming talent with a great gimmick, so it’s very logical for the WWE to instantly put him in a feud with an established, popular veteran in Kane. That being said, it won’t mean nearly as much if Wyatt loses to Kane (that would be dumb) or beats him in cheap fashion.
Want Wyatt to really get over? Have him handily defeat Kane with no outside help from either Erick Rowan or Luke Harper and no cheap tactics.
Wyatt’s first match will be a major moment in his career, but it will be wasted if he doesn’t soundly defeat Kane, a future Hall of Famer whose reputation won’t even be remotely phased by the loss.
A Money in the Bank Cash-In Occurs
If there’s any situation that is sure to excite the fans no matter who’s involved, it’s a Money in the Bank cash-in, and when SummerSlam rolls around, two men will still be holding those coveted briefcases.
That gives the WWE the opportunity to give us a number of potentially great cash-in scenarios.
There’s really no way of telling what will happen with either Money in the Bank briefcase at SummerSlam, but one thing’s for sure: It figures to be involved somehow.
Whether Orton or Sandow teases a cash-in or actually does so, the WWE would be wise to make one or both of the MITB briefcases a big part of SummerSlam.
Randy Orton Turns Heel
How long have we been talking about a Randy Orton heel turn now? A year? Maybe two?
It’s definitely been a while so it seems kind of pointless to wonder about anymore, but if there were ever a perfect time for it to happen, it’s at SummerSlam.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via WrestlingInc.com) has reported an interesting possible scenario for the long-awaited heel turn from The Viper: “Word going around WWE is that the current plan for SummerSlam has Daniel Bryan defeating John Cena for the WWE title, only to see Randy Orton cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase, take the WWE title and finally make his long-awaited heel turn.”
Sounds pretty awesome, right?
While that scenario doesn’t necessarily have to play out exactly like that, an Orton heel turn that sees him screw over either Cena or Bryan could be the beginning of a great storyline that takes the WWE into the fall with a lot of momentum on its side.
Daniel Bryans Beats John Cena CLEANLY to Become WWE Champion
John Cena almost never loses cleanly, so on the rare occasion that he does, it’s seen as a monumental moment.
That’s exactly why the WWE has a golden opportunity to do something tremendous at SummerSlam: Have Daniel Bryan beat Cena cleanly to become the WWE champion.
Admittedly, that’s something that at least seems highly unlikely. But Bryan is, far and away, the most popular superstar in the WWE right now, and the company absolutely must capitalize on it.
Bryan has never been hotter, and he may never be hotter down the road. If the WWE doesn’t put the WWE Championship on him now, then it may never do so.
Bryan has been nothing short of phenomenal over the last year and a half, and he’s legitimately in the discussion to replace Cena as the No. 1 star in the company—given the right booking.
If the creative team is actually bold enough to have Bryan cleanly defeat Cena at SummerSlam and win the WWE Championship, then Bryan just might claim his spot as the biggest star in pro wrestling.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!