WWE SummerSlam 2014 Predictions:
– Divas Champion AJ Lee vs. Paige
AJ Lee has always been the master of the mind game, but Paige has done her homework, hasn’t she? On Raw, Paige’s bizarre-yet-successful interruption of the Divas Champion’s bout against Eva Marie led many to believe that The Diva of Tomorrow has taken up semi-permanent residence in her “frenemy’s” psyche. Oh yeah, there was also that one time Paige threw AJ off the SmackDown stage and gave the titleholder a wicked case of whiplash. This anticipated rematch between two of WWE’s most talked-about Divas will be a true back-and-forth battle, but Paige’s next chapter is about to truly begin.
– Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon
Stephanie McMahon is nothing if not methodical, but even the queen is capable of a misstep — in this case, stoking the fire under Brie Bella, who was already plenty incensed long before Megan Miller became known to the WWE Universe. Stephanie succeeded in getting the Bella twin sent to jail, but at SummerSlam, the only locking up we’ll see is in the form of Stephanie getting tied in the “Yes!” Lock.
WINNER: Brie Bella
– Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins (Lumberjack Match)
As enticing as it is for Ambrose to corner Rollins — which he has effectively done, thanks to the creepily coined “wall of flesh” — I think it was a tactical error to choose a Lumberjack Match. Rollins can’t match Ambrose’s fury or fists, but you’d better believe he can pin Ambrose, especially if the action is contained to the ring. Barring Rollins being fed to lumberjacks like chum tossed at a Sharknado (something I doubt Ambrose would be generous enough to do), the savvy Mr. Money in the Bank prevails.
WINNER: Seth Rollins
– Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt
Here’s how I envision this match: With both Erick Rowan and Luke Harper both banned from ringside, the advantage now goes to … Bray Wyatt! Not having his disciples present will motivate Wyatt to turn it up a notch and show he can win this very important outing all by himself. It will not be easy against the smarts and savvy that Jericho possesses, but I think that Wyatt will get it done.
WINNER: Bray Wyatt
– Jack Swagger vs. Rusev (Flag Match)
I’ll be the first one to admit that I didn’t think Jack Swagger could reinvent himself as an American hero (again) and go on the greatest run of his still-nascent career. Regardless, I’m completely onboard with Captain Jack now, and I’m backing him against the Russian at SummerSlam. After all, it’s the American thing to do.
WINNER: Jack Swagger
– Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
For months, Dolph Ziggler has been set on proving that The Showoff is not simply a braggadocios moniker, and his greatest opportunity to truly “steal the show” came at WWE Battleground, when he had seemingly ensnared the vacant Intercontinental Championship in a massive Battle Royal. But then there was The Miz, who strategically (or cowardly) stole The Showoff’s win and the title in the process. With that loss still fresh in his mind, Ziggler is looking to wipe the smug grin off the oh-so-Hollywood titleholder’s “moneymaker.” In fact, it’s The Awesome One’s obsession with his pampered mug that could prove to be his undoing. Dolph, get ready for your close-up.
WINNER: Dolph Ziggler
– Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton
Randy Orton isn’t the most relatable dude. (Can you relate to a perfectly symmetrical, 6-foot-5 genetic freak who considers himself The Apex Predator?) Yet, even I think he’s justified in feeling bent out of shape about his current station in WWE.Right or wrong, Reigns derailed Orton’s plans for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship rematch. Who knows how else the equally symmetrical Reigns threatens Orton? Unfortunately for the powerhouse, it’s when The Viper feels threatened that he seems to be at his most dangerous.
WINNER: Randy Orton
– WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar
This one’s gonna be ugly. Becoming even more of a force of nature after snapping The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania 30, Brock Lesnar won’t rest until he has pried the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from the mangled form of John Cena at SummerSlam. Not even The Champ’s unparalleled passion and dedication to the WWE Universe will save him from the horrors that await Sunday. Paul Heyman’s right: WWE is Brock’s house now, and Cena’s about to be shown the door.
WINNER: Brock Lesnar