Why WWE SummerSlam 2013 Will Outshine WrestleMania 29

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2013


WrestleMania 29 certainly had a lot of star power, but it did not have the lasting impact WrestleMania is supposed to have. This year's SummerSlam is already shaping up to be a better show than WrestleMania, and things are just getting started.

As of right now there are only two matches that have been officially announced. There is Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk and Daniel Bryan facing John Cena for the WWE Championship.

These two matches make better use of all four men than the matches at WrestleMania did, as well as the matches they had last year at SummerSlam. They are also a lot less easy to predict than the matches from SummerSlam 2013 and WrestleMania 29, which adds some intrigue to the event.

Daniel Bryan facing John Cena not only ensures that the match will be outstanding, but it virtually guarantees that Bryan will get one of the biggest pops in history if he wins the WWE title. Bryan can get a crowd on their feet and into a match faster than anyone, and winning the WWE title would make the place erupt.

However, WWE could use this as an opportunity to throw us a curve ball. If Randy Orton were to cash in on Bryan right after winning the title and beat him, it could be the start of a heel turn for Orton. This opens the door for a lot of possibilities.

Daniel Bryan certainly deserves a big title win, but we have to remember that this is an entertainment company, which means storylines sometimes trump what someone might deserve. Bryan winning the title, only to lose it seconds later would create a much bigger buzz than Bryan simply winning the title.

This match alone has up to four possible outcomes: Orton could cash in on either man and win, cash in on either man and lose, Cena could retain without Orton cashing in, or Bryan could win the title without Orton cashing in.

For the first time in a long time, I honestly have no idea what direction WWE might go with the outcome of this match, and that intrigues me.

What also intrigues me is the match between CM Punk and Brock Lesnar. After CM Punk put up a valiant effort during Lesnar's initial attack, it makes the match seem more like it could go in Punk's favor.

This will be the first time since facing John Cena at Extreme Rules 2012 that Lesnar has faced someone other than Triple H. CM Punk brings a totally different style to the ring than Triple H or John Cena, which will make for a much different match than what we have seen from Lesnar since he returned to WWE.

To take nothing away from Triple H or Cena, nobody pushes someone to be his absolute best like CM Punk does. That is what Lesnar needs at this point. He needs someone who can run an original match every time he gets in the ring, and that is CM Punk.

And just like with the WWE Championship match, this match could go either way. If you look at the recent history of both men, it looks like they have had a similar success rate.

They both lost their matches at WrestleMania, but both men followed those matches up with wins at their next pay-per-view matches. Lesnar got the win over Triple H at Extreme Rules, and Punk got the victory over Chris Jericho at Payback.

Punk's involvement in the Money in the Bank (MITB) match was meant to serve as a launching point for this feud, which means he wants to get his hands on Paul Heyman just as much as he does Brock Lesnar.

A loss would do nothing to tarnish either man's career. What matters is that CM Punk gets to GTS Heyman after the match. Although, a win for Punk would be something for him to brag about for a long time during his promos.

These two matches are just the start. We still have a pretty obvious match in the works for Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow. This is the kind of match that could potentially steal the show, but even if Rhodes wins, he doesn't have the briefcase.

Sandow could lose the match, go on to cash in and win the World title during the same show, and the loss to Rhodes would mean nothing. Since this match is not official yet, it is always possible we could see the briefcase put on the line. That kind of stipulation would raise the level of drama in the match considerably.

Sandow's win at MITB might have been a red herring. Rhodes could have always been the intended recipient of the case, and winning it in a singles match like Edge did from Mr. Kennedy would distinguish him from other MITB winners.

We also have two stables of superstars who have feuds that will likely lead to matches of some kind.

The Shield has been going back-and-forth with The Usos and Mark Henry. This could either lead to a six-man tag match or a Tag Team title match and a singles match which may or may not be for the U.S. title.

The Shield losing all of its titles in one night would be a huge story coming out of SummerSlam, and it makes sense that Henry and The Usos are the ones who could do it.

The Usos have been right on the verge of winning the titles from Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, and when it comes to Mark Henry it is almost always a toss-up as to whether he will win or lose.

These three men could take all the titles from The Shield in one night. This would allow The Shield to either freshen up a bit by refocusing on top stars, or it could be a way of setting in motion their eventual breakup.

This whole situation only works if they all end up in title matches. If WWE puts them in a six-man match, then the win really won't benefit anyone in a significant way, especially since The Shield started losing on a more regular basis.

The other stable that could find themselves involved at SummerSlam is The Wyatt Family. These men have been creating more questions with each passing week while answering very few, if any.

Kane has not been seen since the initial attack by The Wyatt Family, but a match seems pretty certain at this point. Since this is their big debut angle, it seems unlikely that Bray Wyatt or his brothers would lose their PPV debut, so this match will have to rely more on the storyline than the mystery of who will win.

There is also the possibility that Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston could end up in a match, but Ziggler is still a possible candidate for a World title shot at this point.

Alberto Del Rio has been facing old rivals lately, and WWE doesn't seem to know exactly what they want to do with the World title match at SummerSlam. There are still a bunch of shows between now and SummerSlam for WWE to make a match, but as of right now there is very little indication as to what that match might be.

There are other champions who need matches, as well as a few storylines that could develop into matches at SummerSlam.

Since Miz has been named as the host of WrestleMania, it is unlikely that he will be in a match. This means Curtis Axel needs a new rival for his IC title, and there are plenty of people who could put on a great match with Axel.

RVD is back on the scene, and SummerSlam is the time of year when you use the superstars who are most over with the crowd. Few are as over with the crowd as RVD.

Let's not forget that we have the impending return of The Big Show. If he returns as a babyface then we could see him take on Ryback, who is without a real feud at the moment.

The Divas title scene has been interesting lately thanks to AJ Lee, so WWE would be wise to give the Divas champion a match on the pay-per-view. We have seen her take on Kaitlyn enough times. It's time to change things up a bit.

WWE seems to have more storylines happening than they have spots for matches on the PPV, which means they can pick and choose the most interesting of the bunch as we get closer to SummerSlam.

WrestleMania 29 was good, but SummerSlam 2013 is on track to be even better.

What do you think? Will SummerSlam outshine WrestleMania 29?


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