WWE SummerSlam 2014: Feuds Most Deserving of Midcard Spot

Erik Beaston@@ErikBeastonFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2014

WWE SummerSlam 2014: Feuds Most Deserving of Midcard Spot

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    SummerSlam is one of the most prestigious pay-per-views of the WWE calendar. As August rapidly approaches, three of the event's highest-profile bouts have been officially announced, while another, Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton, is a sure thing following the events of the July 28 episode of Raw.

    With Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt and Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella making up the top of the card, few spots remain for some of the company's more heated midcard rivalries.

    As is the case with most of the major WWE extravaganzas, the company's writing staff is hitting its stride heading into the August 17 event.

    Which programs are most deserving of a slot on what is sure to be one of the biggest, brightest and best shows of the year?

    Are any major Superstars poised to miss out on the event?

    Click "next" and find out.

Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins

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    The feud between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose intensified at Battleground when they brawled backstage, around ringside and in the parking lot. Rollins scored a win by forfeit over his former partner, the result of tainted management by COO Triple H.

    The events that unfolded at that WWE Network presentation did nothing to cool any of the hatred or animosity between them.

    On the July 25 episode of SmackDown, Rollins' attempts to cost Ambrose a match against Cesaro proved futile. Ambrose fended his attacks off and defeated the Swiss Superman but ultimately fell victim to a vicious Curb Stomp.

    As SummerSlam approaches, it is clear that the vendetta between the men who were once closer than brothers is far from over.

    If the build thus far has taught fans anything, it is that the personal issues between the competitors cannot be contained within the confines of a basic wrestling match. It needs the special accommodations of a No Disqualification match or a Street Fight for the feud to pay off.

    Regardless of whether WWE Creative books the match that way or not, Ambrose vs. Rollins is most definitely deserving of a midcard spot on what should be a stacked SummerSlam card.

Jack Swagger vs. Rusev

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    The Battleground match between Jack Swagger and Rusev was one of the most anticipated on the card, thanks to tremendous build and some staggering crowd heat. For the most part, the performers crafted a match that played to their strengths and served as a suitable first chapter in their rivalry.

    The count-out finish settled nothing between the two. Instead, it created more questions. After all, Swagger had Rusev trapped in the Patriot Lock before being sent face-first into the steel post.

    Recent television has indicated that the program will continue. Swagger has repeatedly proved that he can match Rusev's athleticism and, on more than one occasion, has frustrated the Bulgarian Brute and social ambassador Lana by getting the best of the super athlete.

    With so much focus being placed on the flags waved by the men involved, one must wonder if WWE Creative is laying the foundation for a Flag match between them at SummerSlam.

    It would be a suitable conclusion to the rivalry. There has been so much emphasis on national pride throughout that it would only be fitting to see one of the Superstars standing tall, waving his country's flag over the loser.

    There is still a great deal of momentum left in the rivalry. Swagger is thriving as a babyface, and Rusev and Lana are as over now as they have ever been. A definitive conclusion to the rivalry should occur at the second-biggest pay-per-view of the year.

AJ Lee vs. Paige

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    The return of AJ Lee and the recent heel turn by Paige has injected some much-needed life into the Divas Championship scene, resulting in a rivalry worthy of rejuvenating women's wrestling in WWE.

    While their first match at Battleground was somewhat disappointing thanks to a lack of developed chemistry between the performers, Paige and AJ are highly talented workers who are capable of delivering the finest matches the division has seen since the latter's series with Kaitlyn a year ago.

    The booking of Paige's character since turning heel is somewhat curious as she has been portrayed as completely insincere in her desire to be the Divas champion's friend, even after brutally assaulting her on the July 21 edition of Raw.

    A week later, though, she seemingly found the key to keeping AJ on edge by referencing her mental instability. By doing so, she can force the champion to let her emotions get the best of her, creating an opportunity that she can capitalize on and, perhaps, regain the Divas title.

    The weeks that remain on the road to SummerSlam will be pivotal as WWE Creative attempts to build intrigue and anticipation for the rivalry. With all eyes on Brie Bella, Stephanie McMahon and their high-profile match on August 17, it will be imperative for Paige and AJ to turn in some of their best performances leading into and at SummerSlam.

    Anything less will be disappointing to them and the fans who so passionately support them.

Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz

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    At Battleground, The Miz won the vacant Intercontinental Championship by eliminating an unsuspecting Dolph Ziggler. The Hollywood star had spent the majority of the Battle Royal lying on the arena floor and waiting for the opportune moment to strike, and he did so to great success.

    Just one day later, Ziggler gained a bit of revenge, defeating the new champion in a non-title match with the Zigzag.

    The win seemingly set the Show Off up to challenge Miz for the title at some point in the near future. A victory by the former world heavyweight champion in a big six-man tag team match on the July 28 episode of Raw only continued his hot streak and further infuriated the champion.

    In previous battles, Ziggler and Miz have showcased some strong chemistry with each other. Friends behind the scenes, they work extremely well together, especially when it comes to the sequencing of spots throughout their matches.

    A great choice for a crowd-pleasing opening match on the August 17 card, a title bout between them would be an excellent way to continue the legitimization of the once-coveted Intercontinental Championship.