WWE SummerSlam 2011: 10 Bold Predictions for the Upcoming Pay-Per-View
The go-home edition of Monday Night Raw is in the books, which means "The Biggest Party of the Summer," SummerSlam is coming this Sunday live on pay-per-view.
The show is headlined by the WWE Championship unification match between John Cena and CM Punk.
The WWE is trying to ride the momentum of last month's Money In The Bank pay-per-view, which was one of the best shows in recent memory.
Triple H says that "the entire landscape of the WWE will change forever" with SummerSlam.
Before we get that far, let's take a look at my 10 BOLD predictions for this year's event.
The WWE Championship Dilemma Will NOT Be Resolved
Triple H announced he will be officiating the WWE Championship match between John Cena and CM Punk at SummerSlam.
With WWE's next pay-per-view, Night of Champions, next on the docket, I believe that we're in for a controversial finish with both guys laying claim to the title.
Whether we get a double-pin, double DQ or something like that, I see a third and final chapter to this saga playing out at Night of Champions in September.
The Return of the Chairman
Are we really supposed to believe that Vincent Kennedy McMahon is going to just let Triple H take control of the WWE without a fight?
Are you serious, bro?
By the time SummerSlam comes and goes it will have been almost a month since McMahon was effectively removed from power by his son-in-law, Triple H.
As I said in the last slide, I believe the WWE title match will be marred with controversy, and McMahon will be right in the middle of it.
Christian Will Retain the World Heavyweight Title...Clean...Sort of
This will be the fourth consecutive pay-per-view where Christian and Randy Orton will battle for the World Heavyweight Championship.
The match is a No Holds Barred match, and I guarantee Christian walks out with the belt.
The deck seems to be stacked against Christian. Orton is the unstable Viper with anger management issues. With the match being No Holds Barred we'll see Orton go to some dark places, bringing chairs, tables and kicks to the nether-regions into play.
All that withstanding, it's time for Christian to finally rid the world title picture of Orton. Look for new challengers to emerge, starting with everyone's favorite pale punisher, Sheamus.
The End of the Barbie Doll Divas
Over the past couple of weeks we have seen the transformations of Beth Phoenix and Natalya Neidhart into ruthless Divas.
I think the WWE is going back to some of the aggression we saw from Kharma before she had to take an extended break for her real-life pregnancy.
Every one of the red meat-eating males who watches WWE enjoys looking at the Divas who are solely out there to strut their stuff.
I'm looking at you, Kelly Kelly.
The Divas division has been a joke for months, and even Michael Cole has made a mockery of it on a weekly basis.
Kelly Kelly had a nice run as the Divas Champion (that just so coincided with her inclusion in the Maxim Hot 100), but it's time to put the belt on some real women wrestlers.
I'll take The Glamazon in under 60 seconds FTW.
Sheamus vs. Mark Henry Will Be a De Facto No. 1 Contenders Match
Sheamus is on one of the best rolls of his career.
He was the star of the SmackDown ladder match at the Money In The Bank pay-per-view. Over the past couple weeks, he has been the one to step up and challenge the new bully on SmackDown, Mark Henry.
I expect Sheamus to take down The World's Strongest Man, but in any event, the winner of this match will be in the World Heavyweight Championship match come September's Night of Champions.
3 More Matches Will Happen at the PPV...At Least
With just four days remaining between now and SummerSlam, there are some serious superstars who are left without matches.
Both Mr. Money in the Banks, Alberto Del Rio and Daniel Bryan Danielson, along with other main eventers such as The Miz, Rey Mysterio, Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth are still wondering what their roles will be come Sunday.
Raw has teased a United States title match between Ziggler and Alex Riley while John Morrison and R-Truth have been moonlighting over on SmackDown.
Expect most, if not all of the aforementioned superstars to be in action.
The Spanish Announcing Table WILL Go Down
After a short investigation, the Spanish announcers' table from last month's Money In The Bank has been found guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs.
The table has completed 30 days of rehab with Dr. Drew and will be ready to be demolished come SummerSlam this Sunday.
Cee Lo Green's Performance Will Provide a Bathroom Break for the Viewers
Whether it be Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock or Cee Lo Green, the celebrity musical performance has always been a great time to hit the bathroom and refill on snacks.
The WWE Universe doesn't shell out $50 to $60 on a monthly basis to watch a musical number that we can YouTube on our own time.
I guarantee one of the matches on the card will have to be rushed due to the fact that we have to sit through Cee Lo Green's performance that absolutely nobody cares to see.
The Rock Will NOT Make a Live Appearance
Between The Rock's promo on Raw this past Monday night and the fact that SummerSlam is in LaLa land, all signs lead to The Rock making an appearance at the pay-per-view.
I say not so fast, my friend.
If The Rock shows up, it will completely overshadow the epic battle between CM Punk and John Cena, not to mention the fact that Triple H will be officiating. There's no chance he'll want to be upstaged.
The Rock brings ratings, and if he is to be shown live on pay-per-view the WWE will surely let us know beforehand.
SummerSlam Will Be Worh the Money, but Please Don't Compare It to MITB
SummerSlam is usually the No. 2 or 3 pay-per-view of the year and will surely be worth the price of admission—whether you're live in Los Angeles or watching on pay-per-view.
But please do not expect it to be on the same level as last month's Money In The Bank.
Going into the show with that mindset will only set you up to be disappointed.
Last month's show was a perfect alignment of WWE stars where the ladder matches were filled with action (and serious bumps) and the main event between Cena and Punk was a once-in-a-lifetime experience with one of the best pro wrestling crowds in the world behind them.
So sit back and enjoy the show this Sunday, and let's continue down the road that leads to WrestleMania 28.
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