The 2014 edition of WWE’s SummerSlam pay-per-view takes place on Sunday, Aug. 17, and the anticipation surrounding matches like John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship has wrestling fans ready for action.
SummerSlam is WWE’s second-largest show of the year, and the company is pulling out all the stops with a stacked card that even includes one of the principle owners, Stephanie McMahon, getting in the ring for another match.
Here is the full SummerSlam card prior to Monday’s go-home episode of Raw, predicted winners for each bout and a focus on the biggest match of the night.
|John Cena (c) vs. Brock Lesnar||Singles match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship||Brock Lesnar|
|Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon||Singles match||Stephanie McMahon|
|Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt||Singles match (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan banned from ringside)||Bray Wyatt|
|Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton||Singles match||Roman Reigns|
|Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins||Lumberjack match||Seth Rollins|
|The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler||Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship||Dolph Ziggler|
|Jack Swagger vs. Rusev||Flag match||Jack Swagger|
|AJ Lee (c) vs. Paige||Singles match for the WWE Divas Championship||AJ Lee|
Source: WWE.com. (c) denotes champion entering match.
Biggest Match of the Night: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena
Even if the WWE World Heavyweight Championship wasn’t on the line when Cena squares off against Lesnar at SummerSlam, this would still be the biggest PPV draw on the card and one of the biggest matches in the history of the event.
With the company’s unified title on the line, though, this is one of the most important matches of the last decade for the WWE.
Lesnar was one of the top draws in the history of the UFC, and according to MMA Manifesto, he helped the company eclipse a million buys for a PPV four separate times. The former UFC champion was arguably the top star in the sport’s history from a fiscal point of view, and he has a similar ability in the WWE now.
Besides Lesnar, the biggest draw in the company today is Cena. As a 15-time world champion, the WWE has shown supreme confidence in him over the years, and he has become the face of the brand in every aspect of business.
At SummerSlam, the two biggest stars collide with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line.
Due to both Superstars having limiting schedules, building up the match has been tough to navigate for the company (Cena has been filming a movie, and Lesnar is a part-time wrestler). But the video package shown on last week’s Raw helped keep fans excited despite both Cena and Lesnar being absent from the show.
Current WWE Superstar Tyson Kidd and former Superstar Sean Waltman acknowledged the quality of the video package:
Nice package on Cena Lesnar— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) August 5, 2014
Wrestling Inc's Twitter account shared the most haunting line and the genuine reaction to it:
Another point to consider is the loss The Undertaker suffered at the hands of Lesnar at WrestleMania 30. Lesnar’s advocate Paul Heyman has been reminding us of the outcome for months, and fans are intrigued by how the Beast Incarnate will be booked after such an unforgettable moment.
When asked in an interview with Ring Rust Radio about the match between Cena and Lesnar and his predicted outcome, Heyman referenced The Undertaker and was very honest about the beating that awaits the current world champion, courtesy of News of Delaware County's Joe Arcidiacono:
I think the people who need to be sold on this pay-per-view are John Cena fans, to which I offer this very quick sales pitch. If you are a fan of John Cena, and if you are there is no accounting for taste, this is your last opportunity to see him. And if you think it's all hype and hyperbole, here's something to consider; if you look back on 21 appearances at WrestleMania by The Undertaker, you can rarely find a video clip of someone even getting a two-count on The Undertaker.
Brock Lesnar just didn't beat The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar hospitalized The Undertaker. Brock Lesnar gave The Undertaker such an ass-kicking that The Undertaker has not been seen, nor heard from since. There was no controversy. There was no outside interference. There was no manager distraction. Brock Lesnar stepped into the ring and beat The Undertaker within an inch of his life, and the same fate awaits for John Cena at the Staples Center, on Aug. 17 in Los Angeles at SummerSlam.
As if the first match since the win over Undertaker wasn’t enough to build interest, fans can look back to the battle between the two men at Extreme Rules in 2012. While the result of the match was wrong (Cena should have never won), the brutal nature of the bout was on full display.
Wrestling fans hope that SummerSlam 2014 features a bout even more entertaining than the one from two years ago and with an ending that makes sense. While Cena claims he is always on Raw and is the perfect fit as the face of the company, Lesnar did not return to lose once again.
Lesnar is walking out of SummerSlam with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Who ya got?
The match itself is bound to be physical, and the probability of blood is through the roof. After both men wore the crimson mask in their last meeting, more of the same should be expected at SummerSlam, especially if Cena takes the loss.
The WWE will make Cena look super strong in defeat, but Lesnar must win the championship to give the company the shot in the arm and the spike in the ratings it needs.
Predicted Winner: Brock Lesnar
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