Sunday’s WWE SummerSlam 2014 has one of the deepest cards in years, but it is the main event between Brock Lesnar and John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship that has fans talking.
While Cena vs. Lesnar is getting most of the headlines, there are several other matches not drawing the same publicity with the ability to steal the show. Whether it’s Seth Rollins against Dean Ambrose or another secondary match, this is a going to be a memorable pay-per-view.
Here is the full 2014 SummerSlam card, predicted winners for every match and a focus on the most underrated bout of the night.
|2014 SummerSlam Card and Predictions|
|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.|
Most Underrated Match: Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
The most underrated bout of the SummerSlam card is the battle between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose in a Lumberjack Match.
The Lumberjack Match stipulation has rubbed many fans the wrong way due to the in-ring skill of the two combatants. Instead of getting a Ladder match or something special, many fans feel WWE booked the most lackluster option possible.
Regardless of the stipulation, the first one-on-one match between Rollins and Ambrose will be amazing.
Since Rollins turned on The Shield, Ambrose has been out to get his revenge on his former friend. The two men were unstoppable together during The Shield’s run at the top of the card, and Rollins’ heel turn came as a shock to the WWE Universe.
Rollins went on to win the Money in the Bank briefcase as one of the key members of The Authority, but Ambrose hasn't gone down without a fight. Despite having the odds stacked against him each week, Ambrose has continued to thwart every cash-in attempt Rollins makes.
After Triple H barred Ambrose from the building at Battleground and Rollins was awarded a forfeit victory, wrestling fans' anticipation for this match has hit fever pitch. The WWE Universe finally gets it at SummerSlam.
With Ambrose unable to get his hands on Rollins thus far, the Lumberjack stipulation is fine for the first chapter in this feud. This is clearly one of the top angles in the WWE right now and will likely span three PPVs.
As far as the in-ring work on Sunday, this match will be second to none. Rollins is one of the best high flyers in the WWE today and reminds many fans of a younger Rob Van Dam or Jeff Hardy in his athleticism. Ambrose, on the other hand, is a much more methodical brawler. Using his ferocity and sheer force, Ambrose has a style that is a mixture of Brian Pillman and Jake Roberts.
The two men traveled the road together as members of The Shield and built a strong relationship, but their history goes back to the independent scene and in the WWE’s developmental system.
The chemistry should result in an excellent technical match. There is a chance the Lumberjack stipulation takes away from the in-ring work, but Rollins and Ambrose are too good to let anyone outshine them in their moment.
As the Money in the Bank briefcase holder, Rollins should get the win at SummerSlam to build his credibility, but Ambrose could easily get the win back in September at Night of Champions.
With Hell in a Cell scheduled for October, what better way to end the battle between Rollins and Ambrose than inside the steel structure?
Predicted Winner: Seth Rollins
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