The 2014 edition of WWE’s SummerSlam is only a few hours away, and the frenzy over the company’s second-largest pay-per-view has even casual wrestling fans excited about the summer spectacular.
Headlined by the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between John Cena and Brock Lesnar, the SummerSlam card has the storylines, depth and talent needed to go down as one of the best in history.
Here is the full match card, predicted winners, vital viewing information and the latest rumors surrounding the August PPV.
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
When: Sunday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. ET Pre-Show)
Live Stream: WWE Network
|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.
Latest Rumors and Rumblings
The excitement surrounding Sunday’s PPV is not limited to the WWE Universe. The rumors have swirled regarding the biggest matches and the top stars at SummerSlam, and we’re going to do our best to decipher the truth from the assumptions and wild speculation.
The first rumor talks about Lesnar. According to F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, “Regarding Brock Lesnar possibly winning the WWE World Heavyweight Title from John Cena at SummerSlam tonight, F4WOnline reported this weekend that this does not mean Lesnar is going into WrestleMania 31 as champion.”
This is common sense at its finest. Not only does this report fail to tell us if Lesnar will win the championship Sunday, but it also goes out on a limb and states that if Lesnar does win, he won’t be champion in April. To make the report even clearer, the part-time Lesnar will not be the defending champion for eight months.
Lesnar could easily win the title against Cena Sunday, defend it successfully at Night of Champions and vacate the championship the following night on Raw since he conquered his latest goal. Regardless of how it happens, there is no doubt that he will not hold the title until WrestleMania.
F4WOnline was on fire with its next rumor as well. In a report via WrestlingInc.com, the website claims that as of Thursday’s creative meetings, the WWE did not have the rules for the Flag match between Jack Swagger vs. Rusev decided yet.
It’s hard to believe that a multimillion dollar business like WWE has failed to work out the rules for one of the matches with the most long-term build overall. While it’s within reason to think the company is finalizing how the bout will play out in the ring, the rules in the match have likely been hammered out since the stipulation was initially announced.
If the rules were in fact not decided as of Thursday, this matchup will likely be one of the worst on the card. Despite the rumors, this should be a well-planned and well-executed battle.
When will Batista return?
Batista has stated in interviews that he will be returning eventually, but he didn’t mention any specific dates. There were rumors originally that he would appear at SummerSlam in Los Angeles to support his movie, but the dirtsheets have backtracked on that and settled for any time before Night of Champions.
Despite the latest crop of common sense-based rumors, true wrestling fans will enjoy Sunday's SummerSlam. That’s not a prediction or a rumor; that’s a spoiler.
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