WWE SummerSlam 2013: Stars Losing Their Momentum Heading into Huge PPV
SummerSlam is three and a half weeks away, and two big matches are set. John Cena will defend the WWE Championship against Daniel Bryan, and CM Punk will look for revenge against Brock Lesnar.
There are plenty of Superstars whose momentum is on the rise—Bryan, Mark Henry, The Usos and Cody Rhodes, among others.
However, there are many on the other end of the spectrum. These Superstars could use a big win or push leading up to the biggest party of the summer.
Sheamus came out of Money in the Bank with a nasty bruise on his left thigh. He was held off TV the following week. He made his return on the July 22 episode of Raw in a losing effort against Alberto Del Rio.
Right now, he is possibly the fifth- or sixth-ranked babyface on the roster. Strangely enough, he could be getting a world title match at SummerSlam, mostly because all of the other contenders are tied up in other feuds.
He’s been treading water for a while right now. A gimmick change or heel turn could help Sheamus get back the popularity he once had.
Christian was attacked by The Shield after his first match on SmackDown in 10 months. He took on Dean Ambrose on the following episode of WWE Main Event, but it ended in disqualification.
Christian, Ambrose and even the United States Championship could have benefited from a feud between the two Superstars.
Christian later participated in the Money in the Bank All-Stars ladder match, but came up short. He defeated Titus O’Neil on the July 22 edition of Raw.
Christian is a great veteran to have on a roster full of younger stars. Though, without a significant feud, Christian’s return may have been wasted.
After a year-long pay-per-view losing streak, Ryback finally picked up a pay-per-view win at Money in the Bank by defeating Chris Jericho.
However, Jericho will be unable to avenge his loss as he begins touring with Fozzy for a couple of months.
Ryback will be facing John Cena next week in a tables match. Everyone knows the outcome of that match, which will bring Ryback’s rebuilding process to a screeching halt. Ryback needs to stay away from Cena because it’s a no-win situation.
Then who does Ryback feud with leading up to SummerSlam? He could face a returning Kofi Kingston, who has been out since May 31 with an elbow injury.
If WWE wanted to make Ryback look like the strongest man on the roster, he could face Big Show. Show was advertised to return to Raw, but he was nowhere to be seen.
Defeating the largest athlete in the world would greatly help Ryback.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The Miz was in the main event of WrestleMania XXVII as WWE champion.
He’s been relegated to pre-show and undercard matches over the last couple of years.
Now, he’s not even wrestling at the next pay-per-view. Miz announced at Comic Con that he will serve as the host for this year’s SummerSlam.
If this role is anything like The Rock’s at WrestleMania XXVII, then we could see Miz interfere in the WWE title match.
In all seriousness, Miz has been stuck in WWE purgatory for a while. Winning a midcard title does nothing for his character, yet he’s high enough on the depth chart to be in the main event.
Alberto Del Rio
Turning heel at Payback was the right move for Alberto Del Rio. His character was getting stale and needed an edge.
He retained the world title at Money in the Bank by disqualification after AJ Lee’s interference.
Del Rio has now moved away from Dolph Ziggler, but that might not be a good thing. Del Rio needs Ziggler’s popularity to get over as a heel.
It also leaves him without an opponent for SummerSlam.
Like I said earlier, WWE could be setting up a Del Rio vs. Sheamus match for SummerSlam, but we’ve seen that match too many times.
The loss of momentum could be credited to the absence of Ricardo Rodriguez. Del Rio’s character works much better with Rodriguez at ringside.