WWE SummerSlam 2014 Matches: Projected Winners for Every Match
SummerSlam 2014 promises to be one of the biggest events of the year, and it comes to you live this Sunday on the WWE Network.
The card features eight big matches with three titles to be decided.
In addition, Stephanie McMahon faces Brie Bella and Roman Reigns looks for the biggest win of his young career against Randy Orton.
In the main event, WWE World Heavyweight champion John Cena looks to stave off the challenge of Brock Lesnar in what should be one of the best main events in years.
Here we delve into each match to predict a winner. Click forward for more.
WWE Intercontinental Title: the Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
Since returning to WWE following the filming of the Marine 4: Moving Target, the Miz has repositioned himself as a top-flight heel—love him or hate him.
With that, he was rewarded with the Intercontinental title, winning a battle royal after Wade Barrett was forced to relinquish the belt due to injury.
In that battle royal, Dolph Ziggler managed to eliminate Sheamus, a great feat in itself. Thinking he had won the match and the title, Ziggler was dumped out by the Miz, who had never been eliminated from the match.
For Ziggler, a win would make him a two-time Intercontinental champion. More importantly, it would put him closer to the spot he held when he won the World Championship after cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase the night after WrestleMania 29.
It would be a big win for Ziggler and his many fans, but the Miz isn't losing the title this soon.
Projected Winner: the Miz
Divas Title: AJ Lee vs. Paige
This has turned into one of the most entertaining Divas feuds in years.
After winning the Divas title in her first match, Paige let a returning AJ Lee talk her into a rematch, in which AJ took the belt back.
What followed was a strange obsession that Paige seems to have with the champion, which is somewhat reminiscent of the way Mickie James behaved toward Trish Stratus in the early part of her WWE career.
Of course, Paige may not be at all sincere.
Lately, Paige has appeared to have gained the upper hand over AJ, something no diva has ever really been able to do. It seems that Paige may turn out to be the biggest rival of AJ's career once all things are said and done.
Despite her small stature, AJ comes up big when her title is on the line, save for the one little hiccup she had the night after WrestleMania 30, when Paige took her title.
The belt is now wrapped firmly around the waist of AJ, and that won't change on Sunday.
Projected Winner: AJ Lee
Lumberjack Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
The feud between these two former Shield members has been excellent. But after winning the right to choose any stipulation for this match, Dean Ambrose selects a Lumberjack match?
That was a bit disappointing.
Still, these two men should put on an excellent show on Sunday, one that will get a lot of consideration for match of the night.
Both men could really benefit from a victory, and the match is very tough to call. Whoever does get the victory will earn one of the biggest wins of their career, but it's Rollins who is holding the Money in the Bank briefcase.
Rollins was hand-picked by Triple H, a fact that can't be overlooked. Rollins needs to start looking strong if he is going to be a legitimate threat to the title, and having him drop this match would begin to unravel some of the work they have put into him since the Shield dissolved.
Ambrose has been itching to get his hands on Rollins, and Rollins will use his aggressiveness against him to pick up a victory.
Projected Winner: Seth Rollins
Flag Match: Jack Swagger vs. Rusev
Perhaps no WWE Superstar is happier to be a part of SummerSlam than Jack Swagger. This will be his first appearance at the annual event since 2009, when he was defeated by MVP.
Swagger has been reinvigorated lately, becoming relevant in WWE again for the first time since challenging for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 29.
Swagger heads into the match with plenty of momentum, having just defeated Bo Dallas on the most recent edition of SmackDown.
On the other side you have Rusev, who hasn't even come close to being defeated in his young WWE career. Yet, surprisingly, Swagger has been the first to test him.
Then you have Zeb Colter and Lana, who have both done an excellent job in their roles to build this match. It has created a very tense situation heading into Sunday, and it will be one of the most intriguing matches on the card.
It will be interesting to see which rules WWE will apply to this Flag match. Will a Superstar just have to retrieve a flag from a pole, or will pinfalls and submissions be the way to earn victory? They have done it both ways in the past.
It's hard to imagine Swagger pinning or making Rusev submit, which is why they should post the flags on poles. That way, Swagger can yank down Old Glory and Rusev can still hang his hat on the fact that no one has pinned him or made him tap out.
Swagger will get the biggest win he's had since February 2013, when he won the Elimination Chamber match.
Projected Winner: Jack Swagger
Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt
Since his latest return to WWE, Chris Jericho has been embroiled in a feud with Bray Wyatt. Though very few Superstars have been able to defeat Wyatt, Jericho got the job done in their first meeting at WWE Battleground.
Since then, the two have exchanged words while Jericho has defeated Erick Rowan and Luke Harper, making them ineligible to be at ringside for this match.
Everything seems to be pointing toward another victory for Y2J, which is exactly why it won't happen.
Jericho doesn't gain much from a win, but Wyatt can gain plenty. A clean win over Jericho would be a huge feather in his cap.
Having Rowan and Harper elsewhere will only make Wyatt look stronger when he does just that.
Projected Winner: Bray Wyatt
Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton
This should be an excellent match.
WWE is clearly pushing Reigns as one of, if not the top guy of the future. Because of this, fans will look back in five-10 years, remembering this match as Roman Reigns' breakout moment.
Reigns was the dominant member of the Shield, and since going alone he has big wins over Superstars such as Kane and the Miz. Still, he hasn't had that big moment just yet.
Randy Orton had one of the highlights of his career take place at SummerSlam 10 years ago, winning the World Heavyweight Championship. Come Sunday, he will be in the role that Chris Benoit was in for him that night.
Though technically there is nothing on the line in this match, a win over Orton will place Reigns firmly in the main event mix for some time to come.
Projected Winner: Roman Reigns
Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella
Whether we agree with it, this match has been getting the attention of a co-main event.
While the situation between these two women has been quite entertaining at times, that is almost entirely due to Stephanie McMahon, who has been terrific in her role.
Things may have gone overboard on the most recent edition of Monday Night Raw, when they decided to bring Daniel Bryan's personal trainer into the equation. That was followed by Brie being arrested for assault, which was a bit much.
Stephanie hasn't competed in a WWE ring for more than 11 years, when she faced Sable at Vengeance in July 2003. But don't sell her short. This match will serve its purpose.
When Stephanie faced Trish Stratus at No Way Out in 2001, many fans likely didn't have high hopes for the match, yet the two ladies delivered with a very entertaining contest. At that time, Trish wasn't nearly as polished in the ring as she would eventually become.
Expect something very similar on Sunday.
As for a winner, it's hard to tell. A popular idea seems to be that Brie's twin sister, Nikki, will turn on her and cost her the match. Let's hope WWE doesn't take that all-too-predictable route.
Brie gets her revenge on Sunday.
Projected Winner: Brie Bella
WWE World Title: John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar
That leaves us with the main event, which WWE is billing as "the biggest fight of the summer."
This one should be good.
This is a match that is long overdue as the main event of a big pay-per-view. You have to wonder how many times it would have been if Brock Lesnar never left WWE.
In hyping up their match, Lesnar stated that there would be no such thing as John Cena had he not left WWE. He's not exactly right, but there is no way Cena would be a 15-time champion if he didn't.
That same point was raised several months ago in this edition of Turning Point.
You know what you're going to get out of Cena. He is going to fight with everything he has to keep his title, and he will be very tough to beat.
In fact, the last time these two men squared off, Cena defeated Lesnar at Extreme Rules in May 2012.
With that said, this seems like an easy match to predict. It would be shocking to see Cena do it again.
How could it be shocking that a 15-time champion, the face of the company, wins a match? What sense would it make to have Lesnar end the legendary WrestleMania undefeated streak of The Undertaker only to lose the very next time he gets into the ring?
It made no sense for Cena to win at Extreme Rules two years ago. It would make even less sense now. Sure, you can argue that Lesnar is a part-time wrestler, but WWE will figure out a way to work around that.
It has been nearly 11 years since Lesnar was a champion in WWE. That changes Sunday.
Projected Winner: Brock Lesnar