5 Matches That Need to Happen at SummerSlam
We are officially less than two weeks away from SummerSlam and the card as it lies right now is already making it a must see pay-per-view. As it currently reads, matches include John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship, Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian for the World Heavyweight Title, CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar, Mr. Money in the Bank Damien Sandow vs. Cody Rhodes and Bray Wyatt vs. Kane in what might be an inferno match.
Those five matches all have sufficient storylines and interest surrounding them, but many Superstars have yet to find themselves on the card. With two Friday Night SmackDowns and one Monday Night Raw remaining, more matches are sure to be created.
Here are five matches that could be added onto the card for SummerSlam.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Big E Langston
I would honestly be shocked if this match isn't added to the card as soon as this upcoming Friday's SmackDown. While Big E was playing the role of Ziggler's bodyguard, Ziggler started his face turn and I don't think it surprised many people when these two eventually parted ways.
While many believed that Ziggler would still be in the World Heavyweight Title picture and this feud wouldn't catch on until after SummerSlam, these two can still put on an entertaining match that would add even more intrigue to the card.
This match could go one of two ways after a lengthy feud. Either Ziggler could win and it would propel him back into the title scene as one of the premiere faces in the WWE or Ziggler's selling ability could help Big E work his way through the company as a solidified heel.
Add in how current Divas Champion AJ Lee is involved in all of this, and there is no way this match can be left off of the card.
Divas Title Match: AJ Lee (with Layla) vs. Kaitlyn
Speaking of AJ, she isn't on the card yet, either. Now I know, this match has been done what seems like a hundred times, but the Divas Division is finally rising and this match could take on a dozen different angles.
Some fans are speculating that there might be a mixed-tag match involving Dolph Ziggler teaming up with Kaitlyn to take on Big E Langston and AJ Lee.
I think this would be a big mistake.
While AJ is involved with the Big E and Ziggler storyline, she has proven that she can bring attention to the Divas Division on her own. Teaming the two hottest Divas in the company right now with two male superstars could detract from that.
These two have proven they can put on a great match, and there is no doubt in my mind that they can do it again. Especially with the show Total Divas on E! becoming a hit, there are an insane amount of options that could happen during the match to help the Divas Division grow even more.
WWE Creative also has something up their sleeve with Layla's recent heel turn.
Tag Team Title Match: The Shield vs. the Usos vs. the Real Americans
First off, this would probably be in the pre-show. Secondly, it's about time that there are three full tag teams, as opposed to pairing random Superstars, that could all hold the titles and give it a pretty good name. Thirdly, this match could be awesome if orchestrated correctly.
The Money in the Bank kickoff match between Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins of The Shield vs. the Usos was honestly one of the best matches of the night. The Usos are yet to get the push they deserve as a tag team but have proven time and time again that they can put on a full 15-minute match and have some great spots.
Last Monday on Raw it was evident that The Real Americans, Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro have been working on improving their tag team style. Led by Zeb Colter, this group is highly entertaining and will continue to help the tag team division stay relevant.
Then we have The Shield, who has been unstoppable ever since obtaining the tag titles back at Extreme Rules.
I think the right play here is to have The Shield retain once again because it could eventually play into this match...
United States Championship Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Kofi Kingston
Kofi Kingston returned to Raw last Monday, and while the WWE had a chance to repackage him, they chose not to do so. The high flyer has only been able to reach the top of the midcard in his career and it is difficult to imagine him soaring any higher. Dean Ambrose however, is a future main eventer.
The midcard titles are quite commonly a rung on the ladder for future success, and in order for Ambrose to reach his full potential he is going to have to lose the United States Championship and separate himself from The Shield. This match is a perfect opportunity to do both.
If Reigns and Rollins were to try to help Ambrose in the match, but actually end up costing him the victory, this could develop countless storylines for the future. Kingston is and always will be a midcarder and represents those titles well because he is very talented and exciting to watch, which makes him the perfect opponent to take the title away from Ambrose.
This match could only take up a seven-minute spot, and still accomplish everything it needs to in order to help Ambrose move up in the company and separate himself from The Shield.
Rob Van Dam vs. Randy Orton
Why not? RVD and Orton haven't been on the card yet and are two of the biggest names in the company. Orton is Mr. Money in the Bank for the WWE Championship and could be looking to cash it in at SummerSlam on a weakened John Cena or Daniel Bryan. A win vs. RVD early in the pay-per-view could give him the confidence to do just that later in the night.
Last Monday, Randy Orton came off looking strong as he RKO'd both John Cena and Daniel Bryan after a six-man tag match against The Shield, while RVD defeated the World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio.
I could see them both begging Brad Maddox to be involved in their perspective title match at SummerSlam, and leaving him no choice but to put them against each other. This is similar to what happened with Ryback and Jericho at Money in the Bank.
RVD doesn't need a prolific win or a championship belt around his waist to continue his relevance in the company. No matter where the show is, RVD will always produce one of the biggest pops and is another wrestler who has a unique style and one of the most exciting finishers. He doesn't need a win at SummerSlam as much as Orton does.
While there has been no build up to this match, Orton and RVD are two guys that need to be implemented somewhere on the card for SummerSlam.
Without a doubt, SummerSlam is going to be one of the most purchased and viewed pay-per-views of 2013, and even with these additions there are still Superstars who won't appear. Villains like Ryback and Mark Henry will most likely not find their way into the show, and I'd be surprised to see Sheamus or a return from the Big Show.
So if you were in charge of WWE Creative, which matches would you add to the card?