WWE SummerSlam 2014: Full Predictions for Each Champion at Event
WWE is building the 2014 SummerSlam pay-per-view as having the biggest fight of the summer when John Cena squares off against Brock Lesnar.
And rightfully so: This may be one of the most important matches that happens for the entire year in WWE.
Not only is it a big match between two enormous stars, it is also for the coveted WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
The landscape in WWE may change at SummerSlam from this match alone, but there are also several other titles on the line that may end up around the waists of other people.
With the new WWE logo officially going into effect after this event and new belts being designed to reflect this change, some new champions are likely going to be crowned.
So who is going to walk out of SummerSlam with a title?
Let's take a look at the playing field, the contenders and the champions and try to predict what WWE has in store.
WWE United States Championship: No Match Currently Announced
At the moment, there has been nothing announced for SummerSlam regarding the United States Championship.
Sheamus is not currently in the midst of a feud with anyone in particular and is noticeably absent from the card.
That can always change, as WWE has a habit of adding more matches on the day of the event.
Since it would be more of an impromptu match than anything to really sink one's teeth into, it can be assumed that Sheamus will retain the title no matter what the situation is.
There are plenty of people who could take the belt away from Sheamus, but that isn't going to happen on a match that is tossed onto the event on a whim.
Sheamus will either make no appearances on this card or he will face someone like Cesaro for the pure sake of eating up time.
One way or another, the United States Championship will remain around the Celtic Warrior's waist come Monday Night Raw.
WWE Tag Team Championship: No Match Currently Announced
Like the United States Championship, there is currently no tag team title defense booked for SummerSlam.
Judging by how The Usos have been featured rather prominently the past few months, it's safe to say there's a good chance they will defend their belts here.
WWE can easily book a match on the pre-show that features several tag teams such as RybAxel, The Wyatt Family, Stardust and Goldust and not need to set it up with a proper storyline.
Possibly, this could even feature the newly formed stable that includes Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods—though that would be a bit premature and is unlikely to happen.
The Usos are still on a roll, and the fans have seemingly not gotten sick of them, so unless WWE is looking to upset the status quo, one should not bet that a title change will happen here.
If the trend from this year holds up, The Usos will not only have a successful title defense on this card, but it will also be one of the better matches of the night.
The open challenge that has been announced for Main Event may result in new champions—or at the very least, a more distinct feud heading into SummerSlam—but the odds are in the favor of the twins.
WWE Divas Championship: AJ Lee vs. Paige
The Divas Championship is in a less-than-predictable state at the moment.
There's almost equally as much of a chance that AJ Lee retains the title as there is that Paige will walk out as the new champion.
What's clear is that these two still have quite a bit of momentum behind their feud.
With Night of Champions around the corner and no other true contenders in the division, a third pay-per-view bout between the two will probably happen.
Because of this, WWE can continue their feud by having Paige win the title, rather than AJ win yet again.
Not only does Paige have more to gain by winning this match than AJ Lee, she also has more to lose by not winning the championship.
Now is the time for WWE to pull the trigger on the freshly turned heel Paige by giving her the title.
WWE Intercontinental Championship: The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
For years, fans have been itching for the resurgence of the Intercontinental Championship, hoping it would reach the heights that it used to see over a decade ago.
While there have been periods when things seem back on track, nothing has quite stuck as much as it should.
After the unification of the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship, WWE is now in a position where several former main event wrestlers are fighting for the Intercontinental Championship instead.
Things are in healing mode, and although it may be a tough pill for some to swallow, The Miz is going to be one of the most influential men in this title rehabilitation.
His match with Dolph Ziggler is going to be one of the better of the night in order to wow the audience.
Both men will want to impress personnel backstage in WWE and show that they deserve more attention.
The outcome will be settled through dubious circumstances, with The Miz retaining by cheating in some fashion. This will happen because Ziggler is a much better chaser for a title than a champion, and the longer The Miz holds the title, the more it will help the title's prestige.
The Intercontinental Championship will benefit from being held by someone WWE values due to his upcoming movie and Hollywood crossover potential.
While some in the WWE Universe will be upset about this, the bottom line is that The Miz will retain the title and continue to receive an increasingly larger share of the spotlight as time goes on.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar
Without a doubt, the biggest match on the card that fans have their eyes locked dead on is the main event between John Cena and Brock Lesnar.
It has been heavily rumored ever since Lesnar's return to WWE that he would taste gold at some point.
Years later, this has still not happened, but this event may be when push comes to shove and Lesnar is on top of WWE once again.
Some are hesitant to believe this, considering the win-loss record that Cena boasts and the stigma that WWE always wants him to win. In this scenario, if Cena wins, fans may not necessarily riot (as so often threatened), but there will definitely be a feeling of it being a bland, "same-old-stuff" situation.
If Lesnar wins, though, things get much more interesting.
How does WWE operate when their primary champion only makes sporadic appearances and wrestles sparingly?
Almost every time a new title belt makes its debut, it coincides with a new champion, so Lesnar's chances to win here are upgraded in that respect.
However, that does not mean that that is a guarantee.
Not only is it an option for Cena to retain and debut the title, but there is also a chance that Seth Rollins cashes in his Money in the Bank contract. SummerSlam has been witness to several title shots over the years to change things around and surprise the fans.
With WWE Network subscriptions not quite at the level that the company would like them to be, renewals will be a huge factor in determining the outcome of this match.
A new champion is the best means to bring about anticipation for Night of Champions and coax people into getting out their wallets and signing up for a few more months.
Given the three potential choices for who walks out of the event with the title, a Lesnar victory has more steam behind it and will probably happen.
Whatever happens after he wins the title is up for speculation, but one way or another, the WWE Universe is in for something big here.
Which champions do you think will retain their titles at SummerSlam?
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