When WWE presents SummerSlam from the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday night, it does so with one of the most impressive cards it has produced in quite some time, which is set to feature strong matchups, intriguing stories and rare in-ring appearances.
Expectations are high for the annual summertime extravaganza. However, no matter how excited fans are or how great a job matchmakers did of crafting a card that piques the interest of its audience, the entire ordeal can be undone by a series of bad decisions made in the booking room.
The finish of any match is the most important element. It is the last thing fans remember and, sometimes, the determining factor in the overall success of the contest. An effective finish can catapult a match into the pantheon of greatest matches ever, while a bad one can completely negate everything that came before it.
With the future of WWE hinging on so many of Sunday's matches, it will be imperative that WWE Creative devises the absolute best conclusions for the marquee matches or risk disappointing a large portion of the audience who will have to make a decision as to whether they re-up their subscription to the WWE Network.
With that in mind, here are the smartest finishes for each of Sunday's contests.