Unpredictability is a big part of what makes professional wrestling exciting, and the main matches on WWE's SummerSlam card have that in spades.
Although Superstars such as Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt are expected by the vast majority of fans to win their bouts, the rest of the event can go in any number of different directions. That includes the highly anticipated main event of WWE World Heavyweight champion John Cena against Brock Lesnar.
The result of that contest will have an absolutely huge impact on the future of the company, so the pressure is on WWE to make the right choice.
Here are some last-minute predictions for the SummerSlam main event and some of the other top matches on a stacked card.
Predicting Top Matches
John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar
SummerSlam's main event between Cena and Lesnar promises to be one of the biggest matchups in WWE history. While they have faced each other before, the stakes have never been this high. Cena is a 15-time world champion, but Lesnar may very well be the most dominant force WWE has ever seen. With that in mind, something has to give.
Lesnar's advocate, Paul Heyman, has made it abundantly clear that he expects his client to defeat and destroy the incumbent titleholder at SummerSlam, according to WWE Universe on Twitter:
The Beast Incarnate gave Cena everything he could handle at Extreme Rules 2012, but the leader of the Cenation came out on top in that affair. The creative team was roundly criticized for that decision, and it would be surprising if WWE decided to go in that direction once again.
It is never a good idea to completely count Cena out, but Lesnar is coming off the biggest win in WWE history as he ended The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania XXX. Having Lesnar lose would mean squandering that victory, and WWE has to be fully cognizant of the fact that doing so would be a very bad idea.
Even though Lesnar as champion would present some challenges due to the fact that he is a part-time performer, it would create a buzz and give the fans something different from the norm.
Cena put Daniel Bryan over clean at SummerSlam last year, and he will do the same for Lesnar on Sunday.
Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon
Divas matches generally don't receive top billing in WWE, but things change when one of the women involved is Stephanie McMahon. It has been more than a decade since WWE's principal owner last had a legitimate match, but that drought will come to an end Sunday at SummerSlam when she meets Brie Bella in a grudge match.
Stephanie and Brie have been at odds for the past few months. It started when McMahon tried to blackmail Daniel Bryan into surrendering the WWE World Heavyweight Championship with the threat of firing Brie. Instead, Brie quit in order to preserve her husband's title reign, and she then proceeded to slap Stephanie.
That resulted in Steph making life miserable for Nikki Bella before ultimately slapping Brie when she attended Raw as a fan. Stephanie was arrested and embarrassed, but Brie agreed to drop the charges in exchange for a match at SummerSlam.
Stephanie agreed, and she has been doing everything in her power to get back at Brie ever since that point. That included Stephanie having Bryan's physical therapist reveal that she had an affair with him. That prompted Brie to slap Megan Miller, and Brie was subsequently arrested.
Through all of these twists and turns, Bryan is confident that his wife will prevail:
According to Eric Goldman of IGN, Brie is just excited to get her hands on her boss.
You know, one thing that's been great is that this organically happened. This was never forced. It is what it is, and I'm lucky enough that my husband, being Daniel Bryan, you saw what he went through last year with the McMahons, constantly e----g him over. Just to be able to be the woman and do something to a woman who's doing all those terrible things to my husband is such a great feeling because he can't. Try as he might, he can't touch her, but I can. To get revenge for my husband and sister, it's a great feeling. I'm excited.
Brie will get some shots in on Stephanie, but there is no question that Steph is up to something. McMahons always go into situations with a plan, so somebody is bound to lend a helping hand.
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It wouldn't be particularly surprising to see Triple H get involved, which could then potentially lead to Bryan showing up. Failing that, though, Stephanie could enlist the services of a Diva.
Although there haven't been any true indicators that it will happen, one possible swerve would involve Stephanie bringing back Kharma to take out Brie. Kharma did vow to get back at the Bellas when she left in 2011, and Brie curiously said to Steph during their contract signing that "karma always comes back around."
Call it a hunch, but look for Brie to get the win via disqualification due to a shocking return and attack at the hands of Kharma.
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
Ever since the dissolution of The Shield, Dean Ambrose has been desperate to get his hands on Seth Rollins in a match. While Ambrose has attacked Rollins on numerous occasions, SummerSlam will mark the first true one-on-one bout between them on WWE programming.
An overzealous Ambrose was ejected from the building at Battleground, which resulted in Rollins winning their scheduled match by forfeit. While Rollins has managed to slip through the cracks to this point, WWE's Lunatic Fringe ensured that his rival won't be able to do so at SummerSlam when he stipulated that their encounter will be a Lumberjack match.
Rollins has nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, but he doesn't seem overly worried about that:
Surround the ring with bodies we spent two years stacking up. Poetic ...justice, ha. I wouldn't have it any other way. #SummerSlam— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) August 9, 2014
One can only assume that is because Rollins has a plan. As a member of The Authority, Rollins surely doesn't intend to handle this situation on his own. Rollins is the Money in the Bank holder and Ambrose has been getting the better of him, which means Rollins should win at SummerSlam.
The best chance of that happening is for at least one of the lumberjacks to align with Rollins and The Authority. United States champion Sheamus will be the highest-profile Superstar outside the ring in all likelihood, and he is in dire need of direction.
Sheamus was always at his best as a heel, and it would make sense for him to turn and join The Authority now that Kane is no longer the enforcer. Sheamus will serve as the insurance policy for Mr. Money in the Bank and assist him in getting one over on his former partner.
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