The 5 Results We Want to See at WWE SummerSlam 2022
With WWE insider Twitter account WrestleVotes reporting this week that company officials aren't thrilled with what's on tap for SummerSlam on July 30, it's understandable that fans' excitement level for the event wouldn't be through the roof.
The current card consists largely of rematches from Money in the Bank and WrestleMania 38, but it should still be a solid show. After all, WWE's pay-per-views this year have largely been hits and SummerSlam has the potential to overdeliver as well.
In the main event, Roman Reigns will defend the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship in a Last Man Standing match against longtime archrival Brock Lesnar. Regardless of whether it's the final chapter in their decade-long saga or not, it will be interesting to see how the finish is handled.
Additionally, Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair will meet once more for the Raw Women's Championship, while Ronda Rousey challenges Liv Morgan for the SmackDown women's belt. The best part about both bouts is that they could go either way and predicting a winner won't be easy.
The following five results would not only give fans what they want to see, but they would also ensure SummerSlam 2022 is a resounding success.
Liv Morgan Escapes Still SmackDown Women's Champion
WWE fans are still riding off the high that Liv Morgan is the new SmackDown women's champion, so it would be premature to take the title off of her any time soon.
Although there has been criticism from fans that she doesn't quite fit the mold of your average WWE champion just yet, she has plenty of time to continue improving every aspect of her game, not to mention that her differences from past titleholders are what her unique.
Morgan's reign as SmackDown women's champion has been booked perfectly thus far. She's maintained her winning ways, has had meaningful promo time and has been prominently featured on both Raw and SmackDown.
There's a real possibility Ronda Rousey leaves SummerSlam a two-time SmackDown women's champ, but WWE must resist that urge. It would be pointless for the former UFC star to lose the title at Money in the Bank only to regain it a month later, so Morgan retaining is imperative.
With Morgan being portrayed as the underdog in the weeks leading up to the pay-per-view, it's not too likely she'll win clean. A count-out or disqualification finish wouldn't be ideal, but something as simple as a distraction win (possibly courtesy of a returning Charlotte Flair) would suffice.
Bobby Lashley Extends Reign as United States Champion
Bobby Lashley's recent surge in popularity has made him one of the biggest babyfaces on any WWE brand right now.
His United States Championship win over Theory at Money in the Bank only added to his momentum, but before he can carry on with his third U.S. title reign, he must first defeat the former champ at SummerSlam.
Theory has been so focused on potentially cashing in his Money in the Bank contract and his newfound feud with Dolph Ziggler that his star-spangled prize aspirations feel like an afterthought. He was the perfect fit for that title coming out of WrestleMania 38, but there's no reason for him to regain it if he already has his sights set on something sweeter: the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.
That isn't to say A-Town should cash in his contract any time soon, but the briefcase should be his main priority moving forward, not the U.S. title. Lashley is essentially the top babyface on Raw and automatically lends credibility to the United States Championship simply by holding it.
Lashley and the rest of the Raw roster would benefit much more from the belt being around the waist of The All Mighty after SummerSlam. It's safe to say the crowd in Nashville, Tennessee would be content with that outcome as well.
Bianca Belair Definitively Defeats Becky Lynch
Unlike with Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar, there's a valid reason for Bianca Belair and Becky Lynch to be running it back at SummerSlam and a compelling story worth telling there.
Their bad blood dates back to last year's SummerSlam when Lynch blindsided Belair to become champion. The EST of WWE scratched and clawed her way back into title contention before finally knocking off Big Time Becks to regain the gold at WrestleMania 38.
They haven't gone one-on-one since then, and this will be their chance to finish up their feud once and for all.
Lynch beating Belair for the belt is an option but not an enticing one considering we already had her as champ on and off for three years. It's time to let the fresher faces shine and keep The EST in that champion role for the foreseeable future, or at least until Rhea Ripley returns to the ring so they can resume their rivalry.
Where Big Time Becks goes beyond SummerSlam is unknown, but wherever it is, it shouldn't involve the Raw women's title. It would be foolish to cut Belair's run short at The Biggest Party of the Summer for a second straight year.
Seth Rollins Returns to Winning Ways by Beating Riddle
Riddle has been a thorn in the side of Seth Rollins for weeks, and The Visionary will do anything to shut him up for good.
This program has been the perfect use of both men, with Riddle flying solo for the time being and Rollins not having won the men's Money in the Bank briefcase. That, in addition to their past issues in real life, has made this one of the better parts of Raw in recent weeks.
The Original Bro can win at SummerSlam and it would be a huge feather in his cap, but Rollins needs it that much more. He's had an excellent year as far as his in-ring and character work are concerned, but seeing as how he wasn't won a single PPV match by pinfall or submission in 2022, he needs this victory to reestablish his superiority.
After all, SummerSlam is where Rollins shines brightest. He's 6-2 at the event overall and has had show-stealers at almost every installment, while Riddle can afford the loss given how beloved he is by most fans.
It would be satisfying to see Rollins put The Bro in his place for one night so it means more when he avenges the loss down the road.
Roman Reigns Retains the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship
Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar is seemingly the story that will never truly end, no matter how many times WWE advertises their many matches as such.
Although the contest itself underwhelmed, WrestleMania 38 really should have been the blow-off considering Reigns beat The Beast Incarnate to merge the top two titles and become the undisputed WWE universal champion.
The Tribal Chief has won their last three one-on-one matches and has nothing left to prove.
Obviously, WWE's original plan of Reigns vs. Randy Orton had to be changed due to The Viper not being able to return in time and apparently Reigns vs. Lesnar for the umpteenth time was their next biggest attraction in the eyes of officials. The loser will be somewhat protected in defeat with it being a Last Man Standing match, so neither man needs to be pinned.
Doing a draw would be an awful way of setting up yet another encounter, and for as entertaining as Lesnar has been as a babyface, there's no reason for him to have yet another title reign when he isn't active. Granted, Reigns is also basically a part-timer at this point, but the first loss he takes since 2019 should mean something and The Beast wouldn't benefit in the slightest.
Reigns conquering Lesnar is the only outcome that makes sense here. Furthermore, Theory shouldn't even attempt to cash in as it would be a waste for him to attempt to do so and lose.
The Tribal Chief must make it to Clash at the Castle on September 3 as champion at the very least.
Graham Mirmina, aka Graham "GSM" Matthews, has specialized in sports and entertainment writing since 2010. Visit his website, WrestleRant, and subscribe to his YouTube channel for more wrestling-related content.