WWE: Awesome Analysis and Prediction for the 2011 Summerslam Pay-Per-View
I often write dream pay-per-views that are usually inaccurate. For example, I wrote a Summerslam "dream" pay-per-view prediction the day after Money in the Bank. It was horribly inaccurate because of CM Punk's unexpected return.
I have decided to change my approach to the pay-per-view prediction game. I will create a card we will likely see next Sunday in Los Angeles. The intrigue surrounding Triple H, CM Punk and John Cena should make this pay-per-view worth buying.
Without further ado, I will give my analysis and predictions to each of the matches we are likely to see at Summerslam. Notice my attempt to balance the number of heels and faces winning.
Dolph Ziggler (C) vs. Alex Riley for the United States Championship
Alex Riley needs to establish himself as a face on Raw. Give Miz credit for putting his former protege over. Riley needs to improve his in-ring skills to move up the Raw totem pole.
Dolph Ziggler has done a good job of making the United States Championship a quality belt. I like how Ziggler emphasizes the importance of his title reign. Only problem I have with Ziggler right now is the fact that Vickie is still with him. Ziggler is good enough on the mic to where he no longer needs a manager to do the talking.
This match should be a pretty good opening contest. In particular, fans of Downstait will enjoy this match, as they play both Riley's and Ziggler's theme music. Ziggler has the in-ring prowess to get a good match out of anybody. Riley is a tad green in the ring but does have an impressive set of powerhouse moves.
I see Vickie Guerrero distracting Alex Riley long enough for Ziggler to hit the Zig-Zag and retain his United States Championship.
Winner (and still champion): Dolph Ziggler
Estimated Match Time: 12 minutes
Note: If Dolph Ziggler is unable to wrestle due to his torn abdominal muscle, then my opening match will be Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio for the same amount of time.
Wade Barrett vs. Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan worked at Ring of Honor. Ring of Honor is about honor. So Daniel Bryan must have honor.
What does this mean? Does Daniel Bryan have the honor to put his Money in the Bank briefcase on the line. More importantly, does Bryan have the sense not to squander a guaranteed title shot. I believe the former Ring of Honor legend does have the sense not to put the briefcase on the line.
Wade Barrett and Daniel Bryan will have a great feud regardless of the stipulations. Barrett can carry the feud on the mic, while Bryan can carry it in the ring. This match might be saved for Smackdown instead, but this is a pay-per-view quality match.
Wade Barrett and Daniel Bryan arguably have had the most success out of all of the NXT rookies. If WWE has any interest at all in NXT, they should build this feud up as a triumph of NXT's ability to create new WWE superstars.
Barrett and Bryan have a great back and forth match. This great match ends when Bryan tries to lock in the Guillotine choke, but Barrett reverses it into a Wasteland for the victory!
Winner: Wade Barrett
Estimated Match Time: 15 minutes
John Morrison vs. R-Truth
This promo got the whole "Little Jimmy" thing going. R-Truth went from not even being on the Wrestlemania card to facing John Cena for the WWE Championship at Capitol Punishment. That's the definition of a successful heel turn.
John Morrison was taken out of commission by R-Truth. Morrison has used his new found time off to take comedy classes to improve his mic skills. The Shaman of Sexy should be comfortable wrestling in his hometown of Los Angeles. No one should be comfortable around R-Truth right now.
The Prince of Parkour uses Starship Pain to please the Little Jimmies. It's a conspiracy!
Winner: John Morrison
Estimated Match Time: 15 minutes
Kelly Kelly (C) vs. Beth Phoenix for the Divas Championship
This match was set up when Beth Phoenix won a Battle Royal on Raw to become the No. 1 contender to Kelly Kelly's Divas Championship. Phoenix turned heel after she destroyed Jerry Lawler's ideal future ex-wife, who came out to congratulate her.
Even though Kelly Kelly is nowhere near the wrestler Phoenix is, Kelly Kelly needs to keep the belt. Her reign needs to be credible if WWE is serious about building the division around her.
Winner (and still champion): Kelly Kelly
Estimated Match Time: seven minutes
Look for Beth Phoenix to get a rematch at Night of Champions in her hometown of Buffalo.
Sheamus vs. Mark Henry
I like Sheamus as a face right now. Not only does he maintain his trademark Celtic Warrior gimmick, but also, he keeps his characteristics that made him popular as a heel. This is a good sign for long-term success as a face.
I love Mark Henry as a heel right now. He is a monster who destroys everything in his path. Henry has reinvented himself as a monster heel in the latter days of his career. Giving him a run with the World Heavyweight Championship might be a good idea considering his overall body of work throughout his WWE career.
Don't expect this match to go longer than 10 minutes. Sheamus needs the win more to solidify his face turn. Therefore, Mark Henry earns a Brogue Kick for his years of service to the WWE.
Estimated Match Time: seven minutes
Miz vs. Rey Mysterio
Listen to the Miz's awesome theme song while you read the analysis of this match.
There is a chance this might be a No. 1 contender's match, but it is unlikely because of Rey Mysterio's rematch clause and CM Punk, John Cena and Alberto Del Rio all primed for championship runs. With that said, Rey Mysterio must be on this card because he is a huge draw for Summerslam.
Rey Mysterio and the Miz have good in-ring chemistry. This chemistry resulted in a great match for the WWE Championship. I expect Miz to do some kind of beat down on the chihuahua to create a build up for this match. I also expect Miz to win the match with a skull-crushing finale.
Estimated Match Time: 15 minutes
Christian (C) vs. Randy Orton in a No Holds Barred Match
Who would have thought that Christian would be two-time World Heavyweight Champion? It is a long time coming for Captain Charisma to be World Heavyweight Champion.
Randy Orton is the perfect man to feud with Christian. Their differences in their in-ring style, mic skills and overall career stories make for a great feud. We have seen some great matches between the two for the belt. Orton is 3-1 in their miniseries for the World Heavyweight Championship.
This installment of Orton vs. Christian must be their last match. This insures it from being a Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston type feud. A No Holds Barred match is a great way to end an intense feud. Christian's much-deserved second reign will continue so he spears the Viper through a table and does a con-chair-to, finishing off Randy Orton and their feud.
Winner (and still champion): Christian
Estimated Match Time: 25 minutes
John Cena (C) vs. CM Punk (C) for the Undisputed WWE Championship
Back in January, I have written why this feud can be great if handled properly. My article has been vindicated with the great storyline we are seeing right now.
It will be almost impossible to top the instant classic at Money in the Bank. The LA crowd will be nowhere near as intense as Chicago. I do think Triple H will make it a no disqualification match. There is a strong chance Triple H will be the special enforcer for this match.
There can be a legitimate argument as to why either John Cena or CM Punk should win. CM Punk needs to win in order to solidify his status as the new face of the company. John Cena needs to win to maintain his face of the company status.
CM Punk and John Cena both trade their finishers to two counts. Triple H officially turns heel by hitting CM Punk with a sledgehammer. John Cena benefits from this and pins Punk for the three count.
Winner (and new Undisputed WWE Champion): John Cena
Estimated Match Time: 30 minutes
The IWC might groan, but there's destiny about to be fulfilled!
John Cena (C) vs. Alberto Del Rio for the WWE Championship
Listen to this theme song while Alberto Del Rio is fulfilling his destiny. Alberto Del Rio makes quick work of a battered John Cena to become the new WWE Champion.
Alberto Del Rio's destiny is fulfilled! But you already know that.
Winner (and new champion): Alberto Del Rio
Estimated Match Time: 30 seconds
Conclusion and Fallout from the WWE Championship Match
Summerslam should be a very good pay-per-view. I don't see Dolph Ziggler's and Rey Mysterio's injuries preventing them from wrestling at Summerslam. If they are unable to wrestle, I would replace the Dolph Ziggler vs. Alex Riley match with Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston. I would replace the Rey Mysterio vs. Miz match with Alex Riley vs. Miz in some type of gimmick match.
Christian retains his World Heavyweight Championship so his feud with Orton can end. Sheamus makes sense as the No. 1 contender to Christian's title at Night of Champions. Orton can feud with Cody Rhodes. Mark Henry can feud with Kane, Big Show or even Ezekiel Jackson.
I just see Alberto Del Rio winning the WWE Championship at Summerslam. Del Rio's push to the top needs to end with the WWE Championship. Otherwise, building up Del Rio would have been a gigantic waste of WWE programming.
CM Punk can go on to feud with Triple H. I can see them go at it in Hell in a Cell or Survivor Series. Maybe even have Team ROH with Punk as captain vs. Team WWE with Triple H as captain.
John Cena would enter a long term feud with Alberto Del Rio for the WWE Championship. Rey Mysterio and the Miz also hover around the title picture as Miz defeats Mysterio, but the Master of the 619 has a rematch coming up.
To solve this murky title picture, I would have a Championship Scramble match between Alberto Del Rio (C), John Cena, Miz, Rey Mysterio and CM Punk at Night of Champions. We have not seen this type of match since the Great American Bash in 2009.
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