In the main event of SummerSlam 2013, John Cena will defend the WWE Championship against Daniel Bryan with Triple H serving as a special guest referee. This will be the headlining match of the summer's biggest blockbuster, thus leaving the wrestling world in anticipation.
The question is, what twists should you be watching for in the WWE Championship match?
Bryan and Cena have put on the most prominent storyline in the WWE, taking center stage at virtually every show from the past month. With high-profile names such as Randy Orton, Stephanie McMahon, Triple H and Vince McMahon getting involved, there has been ho shortage star power.
How will it all conclude?
Triple H Turns on Daniel Bryan
Bleacher Report's David Levin wrote a must-read article outlining the potential of Stephanie McMahon turning on Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam. While the idea is certainly plausible, there's another person who should be on watch alert.
Triple H has been the most high-profile party publicly backing Bryan, going against Vince McMahon at every turn. He's done more than enough to convince us of his allegiance to the former King of the Indies, which means but one thing.
There's a high-probability that Triple H turns on Bryan on the grandest stage of the summer.
This is far from a guarantee, as HHH may serve as a defending force to protect Bryan from outside interference. With McMahon and Brad Maddox all but certain to get involved, that means one of two things.
Either Triple H will defend Bryan or turn on him. The more stunning twist would be the former, so keep your eyes open for it.
Randy Orton Cashes in MITB Briefcase, Wins WWE Title
Regardless of what happens at SummerSlam, Randy Orton will emerge from the back with the Money in the Bank briefcase in hand. The question is, will this be the night that Orton cashes in and wins the WWE championship?
Not too many people are ruling it out.
Orton has teased his cashing in on more than one occasion, hitting both Bryan and Cena with an RKO on a past Monday Night Raw and coming out with his briefcase to taunt Bryan on SmackDown. With this in mind, it'd be all but criminal if WWE refused to utilize Orton in some capacity.
Who will leave SummerSlam as WWE champion?
If they're going for the shock factor, having Orton cash in and win the WWE championship is the way to go.
Bryan is a supremely popular wrestler, specifically amongst "marks" and "true wrestling fans." With that said, little would draw as much heat for the WWE—and any reaction is a good reaction for a wrestling company—as someone other than Bryan or Cena walking out as champion, specifically if the former were to win the match.
And who better to cash in than Orton?
Since Edge retired due to neck injuries, Orton has become the WWE's ultimate opportunist. The RKO is the most unpredictable move in all of professional wrestling, and when he hits it, the impact is unparalleled.
If anyone was meant to cash in at a moment like this, it's Orton.
Randy Orton Cashes in MITB Briefcase, Bryan/Cena Retains
As previously alluded to, there's a high probability that Orton cashes in the Money in the Briefcase. But, Orton cashing in doesn't actually guarantee that he will win the WWE Championship.
There are two scenarios in which Orton's attempt to cash in goes in a less than ideal manner.
If Orton is to lose, the defeat would come at the hands of Bryan. Cena defeating Orton would be close to senseless, while Orton failing to cash in on Bryan plays into a storyline that has driven the entire company.
Seeing Bryan reverse an RKO and force Orton to tap out via the Yes! Lock is a genuine possibility that you must be watching for.
The other option here is for Orton to enter the ring, attempt to win the title and thus be prevented from cashing in. The most likely scenario is for Cena or Triple H stopping Orton from handing the briefcase over to the referee, thus preserving a momentous WWE title victory for Bryan.
Regardless of what happens at SummerSlam, be prepared for monumental twists.