WWE SummerSlam 2013: Smart Finishes for Each Match on the Card
WWE SummerSlam takes place this Sunday from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It is turning into an event where a lot will be on the line.
Including the pre-show, eight matches will take place on the second-biggest pay-per-view event of the year, and most of them are very intriguing.
For WWE, this could be an incredibly successful event, but the booking of the matches will be key to that. So, how should each match go down?
There may be many trains of thought amongst the WWE Universe as to who should come out victorious in each match, but proper booking is what defines an event.
With that said, what follows would be the smartest way for WWE to have each match finish on Sunday.
Natalya vs. Brie Bella
With the recent news (sescoops.com) that Natalya will team up with Maria Menounos to face Brie Bella and a mystery partner at SummerSlam Axxess, it adds a little more background to this match.
Actually, it's surprising the match wasn't put on the pay-per-view itself. This match is on the card for only one reason: To promote Total Divas.
We can probably draw the conclusion that Brie's partner will end up being Eva Marie. Since Menounos is in the match at Axxess, Natalya and she will likely be victorious. After all, when was the last time a celebrity was defeated in WWE?
At SummerSlam, it will be a different story. Though Natalya is a far superior wrestler to Brie, this match is about a reality TV show.
Brie is more of focus of that show than Natalya and therefore, will win the match.
Smart decision: Brie gets the pinfall with a rollup after plenty of interference from her twin sister, Nikki, as well as Eva Marie.
Mixed Tag Team Match: Big E Langston and AJ Lee vs. Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn
Dolph Ziggler versus Big E Langston in a one-on-one match would have been more important for both men, but they gave that away on Monday Night Raw a couple of weeks ago.
Even though the Divas division is far from the level it was in the days of Trish Stratus and Lita, AJ Lee and Kaitlyn have been involved in a good rivalry.
This match should be more about their male counterparts, though. Not long ago, Ziggler cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and became World Heavyweight Champion. Now, he's in a mixed gender tag team match at SummerSlam.
Not only that, but Ziggler suffered a pinfall loss to Langston on August 5. That, coupled with the fact that AJ has defeated Kaitlyn multiple times with the Divas title on the line makes this an easy decision.
Smart decision: Ziggler and Kaitlyn win via pinfall after Ziggler hits the Zig-Zag on Langston.
Ring of Fire Match: Kane vs. Bray Wyatt
No longer being referred to as an Inferno Match, this one is being billed as a "Ring of Fire" match. Presumably, the same stipulations will be applied—the ring being surrounded by flames.
That should make it tough for the rest of the Wyatt Family to get involved, but Kane still seems to be walking into a trap here.
This will be Bray Wyatt's first official match since coming to the main roster and he has a chance to defeat one of the most decorated Superstars ever.
Kane will put up a good fight, as he always does, but WWE simply can't have Wyatt lose if they are to build he and his group as the deranged yet dominant figures they have so far.
A win for Wyatt continues his push and, if he does so with a lot of help, it doesn't make Kane look bad.
Smart decision: Wyatt wins the match via pinfall after Luke Harper and Erick Rowan find a way to get involved.
United States Title/SummerSlam Kickoff: Rob Van Dam vs. Dean Ambrose
This could easily be the match of the night.
The only problem is many fans likely won't see it since it takes place on the SummerSlam Kickoff pre-show.
RVD has been red hot since returning to WWE and though he has held 16 different championships in WWE, the United States title is not one of them.
On the other side is the very impressive Dean Ambrose, someone who will provide an excellent match with RVD.
The match was thrown together after RVD won a 20-man battle royal on the most recent edition of Monday Night Raw and therefore there's been no buildup for this one. However, after the match they put on during the pre-show, it should convince WWE to continue the feud.
It seems a little too soon for a title change here, but the match should serve as a barometer for a great rivalry going into the fall.
Smart decision: RVD wins via disqualification after Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns get involved, allowing Ambrose to retain the title.
Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow
This is an interesting, well-built match between former tag team partners, but why is the Money in the Bank briefcase not on the line?
WWE could have added a lot of intrigue to the match with that stipulation, but it still has a strong story behind it and both men have done a great job setting it up.
A case can be made for either man to win this match, but Damien Sandow needs it more. He's lost nearly every match he has been in since winning Money in the Bank.
If WWE wants him to look like a legitimate challenger for the World title, he needs to get the victory over Cody Rhodes.
Smart decision: Sandow pins Rhodes after hitting him with the briefcase behind the referee's back.
World Title: Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio
Since returning from a long absence, this is the match Christian has been waiting for. In fact, the first time he won the World title, he defeated Alberto Del Rio in a Ladder match.
This match feels like a total toss up and there probably isn't a bad way to go as either man can produce as champion.
Christian has been on a roll lately and there is no reason for it to stop now.
Smart decision: Christian wins via pinfall following the Killswitch and becomes World Heavyweight Champion for a third time.
CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar
According to a poll on the SummerSlam section of WWE.com, 77 percent of voters feel CM Punk will win this match. Those voters are likely voting with their hearts and their heads.
Brock Lesnar will not lose this match. WWE needs him to continue to pile up victories if he is to be used in a large role at WrestleMania 30.
CM Punk will take the fight to him and the match will have plenty of intense action with multiple false finishes, the same way all of Lesnar's matches have gone since his return.
You have to figure that Paul Heyman will play a role in the match but the question is will Punk be distracted by him enough to lead to a victory for Lesnar?
Smart decision: Lesnar wins via pinfall following the F-5.
WWE Title: Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena
This match was a lot more interesting before Triple H named himself the special guest referee. Still, it should be an excellent contest that could go down as an instant classic.
On the most recent edition of Monday Night Raw, John Cena and Daniel Bryan engaged in one of the better in-ring promos in recent years and it did an effective job of putting this main event over the top.
If WWE is smart, Triple H won't play a role in the decision. But if he doesn't, it would beg the question why was he the referee in the first place?
Whatever the WWE has planned with the storyline between Triple H and Vince McMahon, they may be using this match to jump start something for WrestleMania. But it would be nice to see a clean winner here.
Smart decision: Daniel Bryan wins the WWE title after countering the Attitude Adjustment into a clever pin. Afterwards, the two men shake hands.