As always, here are some bonus questions for my readers:
Which superstar left off the card should've gotten a spot on the show?
Chinmay: There are honestly a lot of them. *SPOILER ALERT* Why WWE did not wait until Sunday to crown Cody Rhodes as the Intercontinental Champion is beyond my wits. Whether they have a rematch at SummerSlam or a completely new match up with Sin Cara is completely up in the air. In the case of Alberto Del Rio, he will most likely be involved in the main event. Irrespective of that, he might have a match with Kofi Kingston.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Alex Riley, John Morrison vs. R-Truth, and The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio are other possible match-ups. But in my opinion, two superstars absolutely need to be on the card. I am talking about Wade Barrett and Daniel Bryan. These two guys are essentially the future of SmackDown. Both guys are great athletes and they will sure put on one hell of a match.
Buzz M: As of now, we have four matches on the card. This means we still have dozens of superstars who will be missing the PPV. I can name many people but the ones in my mind are the following:
The Miz: He said he’ll make an impact at Summerslam and WWE are promoting what he said. So it will be totally dumb if he doesn’t get a match. And if they want to keep him relevant, he should get a match at the summer’s biggest event. After all, he headlined WrestleMania and won.
Cody Rhodes: He hasn’t wrestled at a PPV since the end of his nice rivalry with Rey Mysterio at Extreme Rules. They shouldn’t keep him away from big events that long especially after his twisted gimmick evolved.
Daniel Bryan: He’s the Money in the Bank winner and he needs to start getting more PPV matches until he makes it to Wrestlemania 28. And Summerslam will be a good event for him to put on a great match. Obviously, he’ll face Wade Barret.
Alberto Del Rio: Now that’s tricky. It might be good and bad. As long as he holds the MITB briefcase, we should always expect him to cash it at any time. But to make it trickier, WWE should make us believe that something else is keeping him away from cashing in his briefcase.
However, I hope they don’t just put him in one of his typical promos or in another repetitive match against Kofi Kingston. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be another choice and that’s why I think it’s tricky. We need to look forward to him after Summerslam, though.
Other Superstars: Dolph Ziggler (US Title match), Alex Riley, Wade Barret (mentioned above), Ezekiel Jackson.
RiZE: The card only has four matches announced right now so I’d like to see what else the WWE has in store for this Sunday.
Eric Kanes: There's a lot of talent left off the card but when it really comes down to it, two guys deserve to be on the card and those guys are The Miz and R-Truth. Both have been doing everything right since WrestleMania but are left off due to unfortunate circumstances. The Miz because Rey Mysterio is injured and R-Truth because John Morrison has yet to set his priorities straight.
I like a scenario that I saw in one of the articles earlier today. Have The Miz come out to complain about being the most must-see champion yet not having a match. Have R-Truth come out and claim that he doesn't have a match either and it's all part of the c-o-n-spiracy.
At that point, Triple H can say that since Miz did defeat Kofi Kingston on RAW and since R-Truth did defeat John Morrison, they have earned a tag team title shot against The New Nexus. Have Truth and Miz go over Otunga and McGillicutty and go on to defend the titles against The Usos or Kings of Wrestling at Night of Champions. Hey, it's more interesting than just having them float around!
Money in the Bank is easily PPV of the year so far. Can SummerSlam out-do it?
Chinmay: In my opinion, in terms of wrestling quality, SummerSlam will be a better PPV. In terms of outcomes and shock value, it is premature to predict, to be honest. Both the title matches have enough potential to tear the house down. Cena vs. Punk still has its luster and electricity.
The hype and intensity of this match is enough to overshadow any shortcomings. In the case of Orton vs. Christian, the stipulation of “No Holds Barred” pretty much saves it from the rust of repetition. Other matches like Sheamus vs. Henry, Bryan vs. Barrett, or Kofi vs. Del Rio are sure to be great contests. Therefore, personally I am hoping for a great pay-per-view.
Buzz M: Money in the Bank was definitely a great PPV for several reasons. It had a great build-up and the main event match was one of the most hyped-up matches in a long time. The stipulations added to the match made it even more exciting. The Money in the Bank ladder matches were good as always (even though they were better last year).
The main event match was awesome and lengthy. The ending was even greater with Punk winning, avoiding Del Rio, and escaping with the belt. Nobody saw that coming. Add to this the awesome crowd in Chicago and we were left with too many questions following the event. In summary, it was a historic night.
For Summerslam to out do it, they need to have something new to add. They need great matches for sure. They need another historic ending maybe. This night needs to be the beginning of new things that will lead to a new direction. Until now, the PPV seems to be a one match show. All of the focus is on Cena vs. Punk match and I’ll admit that it had another nice build-up.
So they’re doing fine with this match until now. The rest depends on the event and the other matches.
RiZE: In my honest opinion, I don’t think SummerSlam will be as great as Money in the Bank. For starters, fans knew what matches were on the card a week before the pay-per-view. The fact that SummerSlam revolves around a match that originally took place at MITB is a noteworthy notion to this.
Eric Kanes: Can SummerSlam outdo Money in the Bank? Easily. It doesn't have two unpredictable ladder matches that are bound to at least hit the *** star but if you give Cena/Punk 40+ minutes to tell a story, give Orton/Christian 30+ minutes and let them go all out, add Barrett/Bryan, and add Truth & Miz vs. The New Nexus, it sounds like a good card to me.
Will SummerSlam outdo Money in the Bank? Tough to say. We'll have to wait and see.
Which match will steal the show?
Chinmay: Matches like Cena vs. Punk, Orton vs. Christian, and Barrett vs. Bryan are strong contenders for the award of show stealer. But my pick is different, given it takes place.If Alberto Del Rio and Kofi Kingston are given more than 15 minutes, I am sure they will put on a clinic. Both are amazing workers with complimentary styles.
Buzz M: Of course, I think Cena vs. Punk will steal the show again. It might even be longer this time. Christian vs. Orton will be good for sure especially with the "No Holds Barred" stipulation. I think we’ll have two or three matches added. I’d like to see how Daniel Bryan will perform if he gets a match. And I hope Beth can put a good match.
RiZE: That would be tough to say considering there are matches yet to be announced. My guess is Punk vs. Cena.
Eric Kanes: John Cena vs. CM Punk. There's just too much hype going in. It'll also probably get the most time. However, I'd watch out for the Christian vs. Randy Orton match. Not a lot of people are expecting much from it but I think it's a potential dark horse candidate to steal the show.
Will you be ordering this PPV?
Chinmay: As much as I wish I could, I can’t. I am not a U.S. resident; therefore it is not possible for me. However, I would have definitely ordered it, had I been a U.S. citizen.
Buzz M: Well, my answer might be a bit irrelevant, but this depends on my friends. We usually gather and order it together. And since it’s Summerslam and the main event looks great, we'll probably be ordering it.
RiZE: Not a chance. To be honest, I’m not excited about SummerSlam and I firmly believe the pay-per-view will be lackluster. I’ll read the results when it’s over, though.
Eric Kanes: Yes. Definitely. I'm looking forward to a lot of the matches and to seeing how the whole event plays out. People talked about how unpredictable Money in the Bank was but none of these matches really have a surefire winner either, so I'd give it a chance.
Also, just throwing this out there. I'll be meeting CM Punk at a signing in Hot Topic tomorrow and then meeting Triple H on Saturday at SummerSlam Axxess. I'll possibly even go meet Edge on Sunday. Not going to the event though.
The tickets have crazy prices this year. It's like $3,000 for ringside seats. I'm sure WWE is going to have a nice payday since they legitimately sold out a 15,000+ person arena for this event.