WWE SummerSlam 2017 Preview | Bonehead Picks

WWE SummerSlam 2017 Preview

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The biggest party of the summer is finally here and it is the final SummerSlam of a three-year agreement with the Barclays Center to hold the summer spectacular in Brooklyn.

Wait, WWE and Barclays Center agreed to a FOURTH year to hold the biggest party of the summer in Brooklyn due to the sell out crowd and reasonable facility usage rate.

Everyone except New Yorkers hates this.

There have been a few bumps in the road as we have approached closer to SummerSlam. Injuries to Bayley and Scott Dawson have made officials make some major changes to the card. Matches will be bounced to the preshow, making SummerSlam a FIVE plus hour event.

In regards to title matches, this year’s main event is the most anticipated of the three year block that Barclays Center has hosted. A fatal four way match between four of the best for the Universal title is a much anticipated affair giving WWE some drawing power for the WWE Network.

We saw last minute title changes this past weekend and also a stunning failed Money in the Bank cash in by Baron Corbin, something that could have been saved for SummerSlam!

A bunch of fantasy matches are also on tap that many fans have been waiting to see for a long time.

You never know what can happen at SummerSlam especially when the likes of Goldust are teasing an appearance. So here is your SummerSlam preview.


Jason Jordan and The Hardys vs. The Miztourage (Miz, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel –

With Scott Dawson going down with an injury, the anticipated Hardys vs. Revival match for SummerSlam became obsolete. So with the Intercontinental champion Miz literally having nothing to do in the second biggest show of the year, we have ourselves this little concoction.

With limited available time, this is the best that can be done for the people in this match.

Monday on Raw we will possibly get an Intercontinental title match between Jason Jordan and Miz.

This will basically be the warm up as the night will most likely begin with this match.

Jordan and The Hardys will win.


SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. The Usos

Does New Day rock? Well their victory over the Usos to win those Smackdown Tag Team titles were pretty impressive. The team has done very well for themselves since debuting on Smackdown a few months ago. The Usos had held the title since before WrestleMania and were looking strong but that unfortunately was not enough when New Day took the titles.

As for this match, it appears that new day is going to retain these belts as long as there continues to be competition for them. This could go the route of a long reign to see if they can match their record on Raw that they set last year.


WWE Cruiserweight Champion Akira Tozawa vs. Neville –

In reality, Neville is the only reason to watch the Cruiserweight division. It is a sad reality but who else is as entertaining and as badass as Neville?

Tozawa is an athletic superstar but does not have the charisma to be a credible champion. His skills in the ring are pretty darn good but Neville shall not be denied from regaining his belt he lost this past Monday night on Raw.

Neville will regain the title with ease and will continue to march to the end of the year as the king of the cruiserweights.


Randy Orton vs. Rusev

This is a case of two superstars with no alternative but to face one another. Both superstars really have no current direction and it made the most sense for both to face one another. Since they have not clashed in the past to my knowledge, it is a fresh matchup that should give us a look into the future of SmackDown live.

With Orton having lost to Jinder Mahal repeatedly over the past couple of events, even with a victory in his last match against Mahal, he can’t get another match for the WWE title because he already has had enough matches. So it is time for Rusev, who had just return from injury last month to get back on the swivel and put himself into the title picture.

Rusev will defeat Randy Orton and build some momentum for himself to get a potential title shot. Remember, he and Jinder Mahal had a brief feud last year.


Big Show vs. Big Cass (with Enzo Amore suspended above the ring in a Shark Cage)

This match will be a laugher only because of the fact Enzo Amore will be above the ring in a shark cage. Somehow we will still be able to hear that loud mouth yap his gums while trying to watch a good match.

As for Big Cass, this is his opportunity to prove he belongs on the big stage. It is not about getting the victory in this match, it is about looking like a legit superstar.

With Cass and The Club nearly breaking Big Show’s right hand this past Monday, Cass will go in with the advantage and a lot of momentum.

If Cass can keep up the momentum, the final months of the year will treat him well. As for Big Show, win or lose it does not matter. He’s enhancement talent at this rate.


Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt

Here is your first fantasy match of the evening. The Eater of Worlds in Bray Wyatt takes on The Demon Finn Balor in a match surrounded in darkness and mystique.

No, they will not wrestle in darkness. However there will be many mind games and craziness throughout the match. I can see this being similar to the match between Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton at Wrestlemania in which creepy things happened throughout the match.

Both of these superstars are internet darlings and are fan favorites even with Bray Wyatt being a heel.

Finn Balor will pick up the victory here as redemption for last week’s Raw bloodbath. The demon will emerge.


SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi vs. Natalya

You know, it’s about time Natalya gets her opportunity to become a champion again. For as long as she has been with the company, the amount of title opportunities she has received is very few and far between.

You can bet your bottom dollar this will be a great match.

Naomi has been on a great run as well as of late. Picking up steam as she has made many of the Smackdown Live women feel the glow. I don’t like the light up title, but everyone has their own opinion.

As far as Carmella cashing in her Money in the Bank briefcase on the winner, I find it highly unlikely in this scenario as Naomi will retain the belt in a hard fought match. Carmella’s time will come amid controversy.


Raw Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro vs. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins –

I am praying to everything holy that Ambrose and Rollins do not win the belts.

A Shield reunion is cool and all, but them being tag team champions just isn’t something I would dig. Sheamus and Cesaro are tremendous as a unit and I see them as champions for a long time.

As for Ambrose, who is getting more stale by the week, is in desperate need of a heel turn.

Turning on Rollins is the right call here.

However, will it happen?

I say yes.

Cesaro and Sheamus retain.


United States Champion AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens (Shane McMahon as special guest referee)

The intrigue for this match is not the fact that Styles and Owens will tear the roof off of Barclays Center. The intrigue follows the man wearing the zebra striped shirt who will be the referee.

Shane McMahon, regardless of his good guy demeanor as General Manager, has a history of screwing superstars when plugged into the special referee role.

These two superstars have been dealing with screwy finishes the past few times out and this may be no different.

Only thing is:

Will Shane call this match right down the middle as he says he will. Or, will he commit a heinous act and screw over somebody.

My prediction is McMahon is a non-factor in a AJ Styles win but this is the least confident pick of mine out of all the matches for SummerSlam.


Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks –

Sasha Banks is back in the title picture after a freak injury to Bayley cost her an opportunity to face Alexa Bliss. Banks defeated Nia Jax this past Monday night to earn the opportunity.

If history serves us right, Banks is due for another title run even if it comes at an impromptu time. Fans love her and SummerSlam is the time to shine.

However, Bliss will retain in some sneaky fashion.

The match will still deliver as a quality contest that will have the fans cheering.


John Cena vs. Baron Corbin

John Cena screwed Baron Corbin out of cashing in his Money in the Bank. So now Corbin has no briefcase after the failed attempt this past week on Smackdown.

I’m sorry, but isn’t Cena the heel here.

First he gets involved in Corbin’s business, now he screws the guy.

A completely wasted SummerSlam opportunity for Corbin to do what Edge did in 2006 when he cashed in his briefcase and created a memorable opportunity.

At least this match now will be a must see instead of an expected Corbin half-assed walk out or DQ attempt to save himself for a cash in later in the night.

Cena defeats Corbin via an AA.


WWE Champion Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Shinsuke Nakamura may be Japanese, but the WWE Network launching in China right before SummerSlam will have a huge effect on the outcome of this match. Nakamura is already in hot water after an xploder suplex nearly snapped John Cena’s neck in half a few weeks ago. One can only feel that Nakamura’s chance of defeating Jinder Mahal could take a huge hit.

WWE wanting to put the belt on an Asian superstar is what I am referring to in regards to the China launch. Just like how Mahal won the title shortly after the network launched in India.

I feel as if Nakamura will still pick up the win and defeat Mahal but that all depends on how Vince McMahon feels.

There’s no more Baron Corbin waiting in the wings for a cash in, so this is going to be straight up.

As for Mahal, he could end up retaining somehow and set up for a feud with Rusev or following his loss can get a rematch and actually reclaim the belt.

A lot of uncertainty here.

Still going with Nakamura for the win.


Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe vs. Braun Strowman (Fatal 4-Way Match)

As someone who will be attending SummerSlam (as well as NXT Takeover, Raw and Smackdown Live), THIS is the match I have been looking forward to more than any other.

My only wish is that Roman Reigns doesn’t win the title.

That’s not asking for much, right?

The stipulation behind this match is if Brock Lesnar loses, he and Paul Heyman will leave WWE.

Talk about a concept that will make your head spin.

Could we actually see Lesnar lose?

I feel as if he’s not leaving any time soon but he is due for another break.

Kurt Angle could always bring him back around Royal Rumble time especially if the UFC situation gets clearer for Lesnar.

Lesnar retains via pinfall, pinning Samoa Joe.

This will be the match of the night.


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