The buildup surrounding the 2014 edition of WWE’s SummerSlam has expectations for the high-profile matches on the second-biggest pay-per-view of the year at a fever pitch.
Headlined by John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, this year’s SummerSlam card has the depth and talent to go down in history as one of the most memorable in the history of the event.
Here is the full PPV card, predicted winners in each match and potential spoilers for Sunday’s show.
|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|
|Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro||Pre-Show match||Cesaro|
|Source: WWE.com. (c) denotes champion entering match.|
Potential Spoilers and Rumors
SummerSlam is one of the best WWE shows each year, and a stacked card and stellar build has hardcore and casual wrestling fans alike ready for Sunday’s marquee event.
Like any big show, though, rumors and potential spoilers are running rampant.
The most chatter surrounds former world champion Batista. After being gone for several weeks while promoting his new movie Guardians of the Galaxy, Batista is reportedly due back in WWE soon, according to Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via WrestlingInc.com).
Batista quit the WWE on the June 2 episode of Raw due to consecutive losses to The Shield as a part of Evolution, but it was all part of the storyline. The veteran left to make public appearances in support of his movie and could be back any day. Whether it’s SummerSlam as a surprise return or on Raw the following night, Batista will be arriving back in the WWE Universe sooner rather than later.
While Batista may be coming back, Dean Ambrose may be going away.
WWE.com is reporting that Ambrose has been cast in the new movie Lockdown, and according to F4WOnline (via WrestlingInc.com), he will miss time due to filming. It is unclear what this means for the feud between Ambrose and Rollins, but the WWE has proven with the limited schedules of Cena and Lesnar during the build to SummerSlam that it can still craft a storyline without one or even both combatants in attendance.
Ambrose has become one of the most entertaining stars on the roster, and without him on Raw and SmackDown each week, the shows will not be as interesting. If Ambrose is forced to miss time, wrestling fans hope it’s a minimal amount.
There is always chatter about potential matches that could be added to the card on the night of the show to fill time, but there is one wrestler who fans will reportedly not see at SummerSlam or any other important event: Bo Dallas.
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via WrestlingInc.com), WWE officials have reportedly “given up” on Dallas, which is why Dallas took the loss to R-Truth and saw his winning streak end.
To me, this rumor is ridiculous.
Giving Dallas the loss and allowing him to attack Truth from behind is a smart way to build heat for the heel character. There is no doubt that smart fans enjoy the patronizing character Dallas portrays, but he must begin drawing serious heel heat. Beating down faces after a loss is the smart way to invoke that reaction.
If Dallas hasn’t received much time on television lately, it could be due to the huge build to the second-biggest event of the year. While his battles against R-Truth could be considered a feud, the WWE likely didn’t plan for much focus on Dallas during the go-home episode of Raw since he isn’t booked for the show.
With Batista possibly returning, Ambrose reportedly leaving and WWE rumored to have given up on the push of Dallas, the 2014 edition of SummerSlam has the chance to go down in history as one of the best editions of the PPV ever.
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