Luke's Summerslam 2010 Detalied Predictions
The biggest event of the summer is upon us as WWE tries to build on the recent success it has been having in its feuds and storylines. WWE also should be trying to make sure that this is the another great Summerslam, because the two previous Summerlslam's were terrific events and this would be the hat-trick.
Normally at this point I would say that I feel the card has a lot of potential for it to like up to its predecessor's but I am stuggling to see that when I look at the card. I mean last year for instance we had Randy Orton vs. John Cena as one of the main events, and a TLC match between CM Punk and Jeff Hardy to close the show. Not to mention a vast variety of solid undercard matches. The year before that we had one of the best Hell In a Cell matches in history to close the event between Undertaker and Edge.
This year, we have no real gimmick matches, which I feel will be a big loss to the event. Our main-event is one that I really cannot be bothered with between Team WWE and Nexus, I mean who honestly thinks this match will be attractive to watch when it features 7 rookies who have never competed at a PPV before?
When I examine the card I just cannot see the match that will steal the show. Mind you, a few suprises here and there and you never know.
So, lets hope I am mistaken and move onto the predictions for the event.
Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Kofi Kingston
The match that will more than likely open the show and is one of the ones I am most looking forward to. We all know how good Ziggler is in the ring, and how athletic Kofi is, so given that WWE give this match a decent amount of time, there is no reason why it couldn't steal the show.
The only negative note really is that the outcome is a bit predictable, seeing as the Intercontinental title only recently changed hands from Kofi to Dolph, which would suggest that Dolph would retain. I'm not complaining however, because I am delighted that Ziggler is finally being given the chance to shine on Smackdown! and been given a big PPV match.
Nevertheless, 'the cougar' Vickie Guerrero is more than likely to get involved and help Dolph steal the victory from Kingston. Matt Striker will be happy.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler (Still Champion)
Big Show vs. The Straight Edge Society (3-on-1 Handicap Match)
It is a shame to think that last year Punk was in the main event of Summerslam defeating Jeff Hardy in an awesome TLC match. This year, he is accompanied by his Straight Edge Society which seems to have been nothing but bad luck to the straight edge saviour. What's worse is that WWE is making out that Punk needs two other guys with him to be a match for Big Show. I would much rather this match been a one-on-one with Show, and Punk being given the win to perhaps help him finally recover from the destruction of his momentum at the hands of Rey Mysterio.
This match won't be pretty (lets face it, Big Show and Gallows will help see to that) and I am really struggling to see who WWE will put over. I mean, in my estimation it makes no sense to put Big Show over against a guy who should really be the top heel on Smackdown!, but at the same time I have to consider the fact that if I predict a Punk win here then my predictions will be very much in favour of the heels overall. That is never a wise move especially at a big event like Summerslam, there has to be at least three face wins.
Who should win: Straight Edge Society
Winner: Big Show (possible beat down by SES after the match)
Divas Championship: Alicia Fox (c) vs. Melina
It is great to see Melina back and even better to see the WWE's diva division getting better as of late.
I like Alicia Fox, she deserves her run as champion. I can't help but think though that the sensible thing to do would be to let Melina win. Why?
1) It makes the perfect return a reality for one of the best divas in the business
2) It adds another face win to the balance
3) It provides a title change on the PPV
4) It sets up a rematch between the two
5) The title reign need not be a long one, in fact it would spice things up if the title changed hands again soon after
I hope WWE does this match justice by giving it at least 10 minutes of in-ring time, and really lets the divas show what they can do and keep up the improvement we have been seeing ever since Melina returned. It would be nice to see Maryse competing against Melina, if she weren't pointlessly paired with DiBiase.
Winner: Melina (New Champion)
WWE Championship: Sheamus (c) vs. Randy Orton
This match also has the stipulations that any interfering superstar will be suspended and that if Orton loses he will not get another rematch.
This is one of the hardest matches to predict. On one hand you can make a case for Sheamus winning:
1) With the stipulations as they are it gives Sheamus the chance to prove that he can beat a top star on his own and be taken seriously
2) If he wins then will be able to extend his title reign, if he loses he'll look like a very weak main event wrestler.
Then you have the case for Orton winning:
1) He has not held the WWE title for the best part of a year, and has not been treated like a main event wrestler since dropping it
2) He has lost the majority of PPV matches he has competed in this year
3) If he loses what will WWE do with him? He will not get another rematch and that seems like a silly stipulation to put in place unless WWE intend him to win
4) It allows Orton to feud with Sheamus until the possible return of Triple H to take over
5) He has been getting huge crowd reactions, so putting the title on him makes sense. Also, it gives him the chance to turn heel once he wins the belt, which is much needed.
So overall, I think there is a lot more to be gained by giving Orton the belt than letting Sheamus retain it.
Winner: Randy Orton (New Champion)
World Heavyweight Championship: Kane (c) vs. Rey Mysterio
Here is a match where the circumstances surroounding it are more important than the actual match itself. That being said, Kane is a perfectly able wrestler and we all know what Mysterio can do in the ring, so there is no reason why this cannot be an entertaining match.
Kane has recently started to get heel crowd reactions, and a heel turn is imminent. It is perhaps obvious to a lot of us that Kane will be revealed as Undertaker's attacker (a bit of a let down, Nexus would have been better) making the heel turn complete.
How do I see this happening? Well the fact that Undertaker is one of the main features of the Summerslam poster would surely suggest that he will be making a physical return at the event. My prediction is that Kane will defeat Mysterio one way or another (probably not clean) then after the match he will try to put Mysterio in the casket when the lights go out and the crowd goes wild as Undertaker returns and attacks his brother, possibly putting him in the casket and finally confirming a feud between the two heading into Night Of Champions.
Undertaker's return should be the must see moment of the event.
Winner: Kane (Still Champion)
Team WWE vs. The Nexus (Elimination Tag Team Match)
I agree with many people who say this would have been better off at Survivor Series, however we will probably see a rematch there anyway.
To me it makes no sense to give Team WWE the win here because that would stop a storyline that has until now been gold for the WWE. This match should not close the show if WWE want to send the fans home happy, the WWE title match should main event.
I see a member of Team WWE, or any big backstage star turning heel here and costing Team WWE the match. Who will it be? Well I do not think it will be Cena, contrary to popular belief. WWE just cannot afford to turn him heel. In an idealic situation I would like HHH to return and turn heel but it seems unlikely seen as he is meant to be injured.
Suspect names are: Jericho, Edge, Miz, Hart, Morrison. I really hope WWE suprise us in this match to make up for what will most likely be a poor showing in the ring.
Winners: Team Nexus