Considered by many to be WWE's second-biggest event of the year, SummerSlam is set to take place on Sunday in sunny Los Angeles. SummerSlam has been a WWE institution since the inaugural edition back in 1988, and this year's show truly has the potential to be one of the greatest of all time.
Not only will John Cena defend the WWE Championship against the red-hot Daniel Bryan, but "The Best in the World" CM Punk will take on "The Beast" Brock Lesnar. It's nearly impossible to think of a better double main event than that, so SummerSlam certainly has all the makings to be one of the best WWE pay-per-views in recent memory.
As always, catching the show on your television through a pay-per-view service is the best way to watch SummerSlam, but WWE has provided tons of options for fans who are on the go. Here is a complete listing of all the platforms that will allow you to watch Sunday's huge SummerSlam event via live stream.
Where: Staples Center in Los Angeles
When: Sunday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. ET
PPV Live Stream
If you're unable to order the pay-per-view on your television, there are plenty of other ways to catch SummerSlam on Sunday night. Whether you want to view the show on your computer, mobile device or gaming system, WWE has you covered, as you can purchase the event through all of these outlets, according to WWE.com:
- Google Play
- Amazon AppStore
- Windows 8 AppStore
- Samsung SMART TV
- Xbox 360
Kickoff Live Stream
The pay-per-view will be preceded by a special "Kickoff" match between United States champion Dean Ambrose and Rob Van Dam starting at 7 p.m. ET. The match is absolutely free and can be viewed on all of these platforms, according to WWE.com:
- WWE App
- Samsung SMART TV
- PlayStation 3
- Xbox 360
|John Cena (c) vs. Daniel Bryan||Triple H as Special Guest Referee||WWE Championship|
|CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar||N/A||N/A|
|Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Christian||N/A||World Heavyweight Championship|
|Kane vs. Bray Wyatt||Ring of Fire Match||N/A|
|Damien Sandow vs. Cody Rhodes||N/A||N/A|
|Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn vs. Big E Langston & AJ Lee||Mixed Tag Team Match||N/A|
|Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Rob Van Dam||Kickoff Match||United States Championship|
|Natalya & Maria Menounos vs. Brie Bella and Mystery Partner||SummerSlam Axxess Match||N/A|
Card courtesy of WWE.com
Top Matches to Watch
John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan has been on a steady ascent since losing the World Heavyweight Championship to Sheamus at WrestleMania XXVIII in 18 seconds, and he may finally get his moment in the sun at SummerSlam. WWE champion John Cena handpicked Bryan as his opponent because he claimed that Bryan deserved it. The American Dragon will look to prove Cena right on Sunday by winning the WWE Championship for the first time in his career. If the build is any indication, Cena vs. Bryan has match-of-the-year potential.
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Cena's feud with Bryan mirrors the angle he had with CM Punk a couple years ago, as Bryan is trying to break into the upper echelon of professional wrestling just like Punk was able to. The match itself promises to be fantastic, but there are plenty of moving parts that could potentially make it even better. Triple H will serve as the special guest referee, which adds a bit of intrigue since he has been a big supporter of Bryan, while Vince McMahon has been doing everything in his power to stifle him.
Will Triple H help Bryan win? Will he turn on Bryan and help Cena? Will he call it right down the middle? Those questions won't be answered until Sunday. Also, Randy Orton is in possession of the Money in the Bank briefcase, and he could strike at any moment. There are so many possibilities to account for when it comes to this match, but look for Bryan to win and for Orton to cash in successfully.
CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar
Although Cena vs. Bryan is probably favored to close the show at this point due to the possibility of something huge happening, nobody would argue if The Best vs. The Beast earns main event honors. CM Punk's feud with Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman has been the most entertaining thing in professional wrestling as of late, and there is no reason to believe that the match won't live up to the hype. Punk and Lesnar are polar opposites, but they are two of the best in-ring workers in the business, so their skills should mesh extremely well.
The added dimension of Heyman's presence will obviously be a huge storyline to keep track of as well. Up until the most recent edition of Raw, Punk was unable to get the better of Heyman and Lesnar. That changed when Punk attacked Lesnar from behind with a camera prior to what was supposed to be match between Punk and Heyman. Punk continued to punish Lesnar with a steel chair, and although he was stopped in his pursuit of Heyman by Curtis Axel, Punk put an exclamation point on things by nailing the Intercontinental champion with a GTS.
Based on the fact that Punk is entering the pay-per-view looking strong, it seems likely that Lesnar will win. With that said, though, it is far from a guarantee. In order to further Punk's feud with Heyman, however, having Lesnar win may be the best possible move. This would allow Lesnar to disappear from television after SummerSlam, and it could lead to Punk feuding with Axel or maybe even a new Heyman Guy such as Rob Van Dam should the creative team decide to turn him heel. Future angles aside, this should be a spectacular bout.
Kane vs. Bray Wyatt
It is clear that the WWE is promoting Cena vs. Bryan and Punk vs. Lesnar as SummerSlam's marquee matchups, but there is a mouth-watering undercard in place as well. It's tough to pick one of those matches above the rest, but the Ring of Fire match between Kane and Bray Wyatt should certainly turn some heads.
Since debuting on WWE programming several weeks ago, the Wyatt Family has taken the product by storm, and Sunday will mark Wyatt's first match under his current gimmick.
Wyatt, along with Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, has focused his attention on Kane for unknown reasons. Wyatt attacked Kane during his debut, and he has targeted him on several occasions since then. This led to the Big Red Monster challenging Wyatt to a Ring of Fire match. Although the rules haven't been explained, it seems as though this match will differ from an Inferno match in that the flames will be used as a repellent for Harper and Rowan rather than a means to win the match. Whatever the case, Wyatt certainly appears to be ready.
It won't be the most technically sound match on Sunday's card, but Kane and Wyatt have a lot of momentum right now. Also, Kane is a skilled, veteran big man who can have great matches with anyone, so he is the perfect first opponent for Wyatt. It is almost guaranteed that Wyatt will win the match in order to keep him looking strong, but there is plenty of intrigue involved with regard to whether or not the Wyatt Family might try to abduct Kane and make him part of the family. That is reason enough to tune in on Sunday.
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