WWE Summerslam 2014: Updated Predictions for Each Match at Event
One of the WWE's biggest pay-per-view shows is just around the corner, and the card for WWE SummerSlam is absolutely stacked.
The eight-match card means there is much to consider regarding potential twists and turns, with many expected on the night.
There's plenty of championship gold at stake, and there's a fascinating match between two former members of The Shield. Add Brock Lesnar's first in-ring action since WrestleMania XXX into the mix, and you have a hugely intriguing pay-per-view on your hands.
With a whopping eight matches to pick through, let's make some final predictions for one of the biggest shows of 2014.
AJ Lee vs. Paige
We start with the Divas Championship match between AJ Lee and Paige, which has fast become one of the more intriguing rivalries in the women's division for some time.
Paige's heel turn was nicely executed, being timed perfectly alongside Lee's triumphant return to the WWE.
Lee has quickly reasserted herself as the dominant female wrestler in WWE, but she finally has a legitimate rival on her hands in the shape of Paige.
Their match will be an intriguing spectacle, but there just doesn't seem to be any way that Lee will drop the belt. However, Paige should be still well in the mix for the title with a credible loss after this contest.
Winner: AJ Lee
Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon
It may have seemed hard to believe a couple of months ago, but we actually have two Divas matches at SummerSlam that have captivated the imagination.
AJ Lee and Paige will be doing battle for the Divas Championship at the event, but Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon is arguably just as intriguing a contest.
The addition of Nikki Bella and Triple H into the feud has made things even more interesting, with the two proving to be able sidekicks for each member of this rivalry.
And it could well be Nikki who has a defining say in this contest. It seems hard to imagine a scenario where Brie wins, and having her sister cost her victory would be a great move from the WWE.
Winner: Stephanie McMahon
Jack Swagger vs. Rusev
Jack Swagger's babyface push arrives at a defining moment at SummerSlam, as he looks to be the first man who finally defeats Rusev.
The big Bulgarian has been on a real rampage since arriving on the main roster, and this feud with Swagger has been a nice addition to the middle of the card.
The question is, how does the WWE finish the match so the rivalry could potentially roll on? Having a stipulation is a good start, and the Flag match will give the possibility of several endings that could transpire.
It would be shrewd to have Swagger defeat Rusev. Not only would it impact positively on the American, but it wouldn't also have too much of a detriment on Rusev since he would lose without being pinned.
A win for Swagger is the logical call here.
Winner: Jack Swagger
Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho
Of all the matches at SummerSlam, is Bray Wyatt's contest against Chris Jericho the one with the most pressure attached to it?
Their first tussle was a complete failure, and the rivalry hasn't really got going since Jericho returned to the WWE.
Given how Jericho will be off on the road again in a few months, it's imperative that Wyatt comes out of this looking strong. Banning Erick Rowan and Luke Harper from ringside is a good move because it will enable Wyatt to do his thing without any distractions.
It should be Jericho's job to put Wyatt over strongly here, and hopefully that is how it turns out. If Jericho wins and/or the match is dull, Wyatt will be in a very precarious position indeed.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
Say what you want about The Miz's new gimmick, but it is definitely drawing attention and interest amongst WWE fans.
There are some who think it hasn't worked, but his feud with Dolph Ziggler has actually managed to retain a decent level of hype.
That may be partly down to Ziggler, and he is surely due some success after a decent run of late. He's been picking up wins on TV, and he still remains fiercely popular amongst the fans.
There's the potential for this feud to run on for a good few months yet, and a win for Ziggler would at least appease his army of fans. He's the smart choice to back here.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns
This match could effectively be considered a No. 1 contender's match by some. Both Randy Orton and Roman Reigns will feel they are worthy of a title shot should they win here, and it's certainly not without merit.
Reigns is surely in line for a major push towards the championship in the coming months after his big break, and a win for Orton would launch him further up the card.
Although some will feel that push is completely unmerited, Reigns is pretty over amongst WWE fans, and there's a great pathway for him to eventually lock horns with Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
To that end, you get the feeling SummerSlam could be Reigns' watershed moment. However, when Randy Orton is involved, you can never rule out some sort of interference. Kane is surely lurking in the background somewhere.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
Let's face it—this has all the ingredients to be the match of the night. They stole the show at Battleground without even stepping into the ring, so there's certain to be fireworks at SummerSlam.
A Lumberjack match means plenty of involvement from other major WWE stars, which will further ramp up the interest in the match.
There's everything out there to suggest Ambrose is the most popular star in the WWE at the moment. He's doing some wonderful things since his babyface push kicked off, with the fans really buying into his gimmick.
It's incredibly difficult to predict a winner, and it wouldn't be impossible for there to be another dramatic ending. However, if you have to go for one man, then it's more likely to be Ambrose's night than Rollins.'
Winner: Dean Ambrose
John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar
It should really be the case that the major championship match is the toughest one of the night to call. And in all fairness to the WWE, they have at least tried to make out like Cena could win.
But after the madness of Extreme Rules 2012, where Cena got the win against Brock after being completely dominated, there would be riots if Lesnar is allowed to lose yet again.
The momentum he picked up by beating The Undertaker would almost certainly be lost, and that cannot be allowed to happen.
This is Lesnar's night without a doubt, and the only logical result here is Lesnar becoming the new WWE World Heavyweight champion. The challenge for the WWE, though, is working out how to make a part-time champion work.
Winner: Brock Lesnar