Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 June 2019

WWE SummerSlam predictions: Roman Reigns, Ronda Rousey, The Miz and Seth Rollins the big winners in Brooklyn

Reigns finally wins the Universal title from Brock Lesnar, while Carmella and AJ Styles have successful title defences

Roman Reigns leaves Brooklyn as WWE Universal champion on Sunday after finally beating Brock Lesnar. WWE
Roman Reigns leaves Brooklyn as WWE Universal champion on Sunday after finally beating Brock Lesnar. WWE

Ahead of Sunday's WWE SummerSlam network special, which is being held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, here is a rundown on the card and what to watch for.

The show is available on the WWE Network, which can be be watched via OSN Sports, with the action starting from 1am UAE time on Monday morning.

Roman Reigns beats Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Universal title

Fair play to WWE. Paul Heyman turning? Lesnar staying on the WWE roster? A Money in the Bank cash in? WWE has certainly given lots of unpredictable options for the fourth singles instalment of Lesnar v Reigns.

Reigns has to leave Brooklyn as champion. If he does not, and is chasing the belt again, either against Lesnar still or someone else, it shows WWE have no faith him or in him building a crowd reaction.

He has been booked badly since late 2014 but not booking him to win on Sunday is equally poor.

To give Reigns the best chance of a good reception, have his Shield brothers Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose come out to celebrate the vanquishing of Lesnar post-match. It is no guarantee it won't stop the booing, but it still gives a feel-good ending to proceedings.


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Ronda Rousey beats Alexa Bliss to win the WWE Raw Women's Championship

Rousey has been an overwhelming success on the roster since arriving in January.

The WWE swerved the audience by having Bliss prevent her winning in June at Money in the Bank when she had Nia Jax beaten.

But there is no stopping her now. She makes short work of Bliss and sets up her main event slot for the Evolution network special later in the year.

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The Miz beats Daniel Bryan in a singles match

A match eight years in the making. The pair have fought before but this feels huge, given Bryan's injury problems and two-year retirement.

This feels like the start of a feud that could run all the way to WrestleMania 35.

The Miz needs to win here, and win cleanly over Bryan. It can continue Miz's rants at Bryan that he has lost a step and is no longer what he once was.

That way when Bryan bounces back and does get revenge on The Miz, be at Survivor Series, Royal Rumble or ideally, WrestleMania, it means that much more.

AJ Styles retains the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Samoa Joe

Joe deserves a run with a top belt in WWE, but the build-up to this feud has misfired a little with the central point to things being Styles being away from home so much.

This rivalry will likely carry on so Styles retains in an entertaining bout with the WWE hopefully focusing the rivalry between the pair on ring action subsequently.

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Carmella retains the WWE SmackDown Women's title against Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair in a triple threat

This feels like a classic triple threat where the champion is almost the side story.

Carmella escapes with the belt again as Lynch and Flair inadvertently thwart each other's attempts to win.

Going forward hopefully Lynch can use this as an excuse to turn heel by attacking Flair and accusing her of hogging the limelight, and allowing her frustration at missing out on being champion to take over.

Carmella's reign carries on to a possible third match with Asuka where she finally drops the title.

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Seth Rollins to win the WWE Intercontinental title against Dolph Ziggler

Rollins finally gets his revenge on Ziggler, with Ambrose in his corner to deal with the threat of Ziggler's right-hand man Drew McIntyre.

Rollins did a great job elevating the Intercontinental title after he won it at WrestleMania and another run with it, leading to a feud with Ambrose when he finally turns, will be fun.

Ziggler and McIntyre can try and liven up the tag-team division after this.

Braun Strowman beats Kevin Owens to hold on to the Money in the Bank briefcase

The WWE have televised too much how easy it is for Strowman to lose the briefcase and title shot. Namely he can be counted out or disqualified and it will give Owens the win.

That means it is not happening. Hopefully it happens in such a way as Strowman wins, but chooses not to cash in on Reigns/Lesnar on the night itself.

Strowman has a title run coming his way but it should be done in a babyface fashion where he announces the cash in well in advance.

Shinsuke Nakamura retains the WWE United States Championship against Jeff Hardy via disqualification

Randy Orton is interfering here. It is just a question of how and when.

To set this rivalry up as a triple threat I think he will come out when Hardy has the match won, but attack Nakamura with a RKO.

This would disqualify Hardy and cost him the title, but also give a reason for Nakamura to be upset too going forward and move things towards a triple threat down the line

New Day to win the WWE SmackDown Tag Team titles from the Bludgeon Brothers

As effective as they are in the ring, the Bludgeon Brothers are rather stale already. The hammers were fun for a while but when there is nothing else it is time to move on.

Give the New Day another run at the top will not only be popular but it can also bring Sheamus and Cesaro, as well as Sanity, into the equation as potential challengers.

Baron Corbin beats Finn Balor in a singles match

A horrible feud that is doing nothing for Balor, who remains aimless and lost on WWE programming some 18 months after coming back from injury.

Corbin wins here to give Balor an excuse to bust out his Demon persona in the coming weeks.

Plus Corbin, as bland as he is, needs to be kept strong as he is a potential opponent for Reigns as champion.

Cedric Alexander beats Drew Gulak to retain the WWE Cruiserweight title

Gulak could well be the man that ends the Alexander reign, which began at WrestleMania 34.

But Alexander stands tall once more to prolong their rivalry, which has only just begun over the past month.

Andrade Almas and Zelina Vega beat Rusev and Lana in a Mixed Tag match

Both Almas and Rusev deserve better then this, but this is better then nothing.

Almas and Vega make for a great team and Vega is the best onscreen manager in WWE right now not called Paul Heyman.

They get the win here as Aiden English costs Rusev the win and then later reveals he did it deliberately as Rusev chose Lana over him and Rusev Day is over.

The B Team retain the WWE Raw Tag Team titles against The Revival

Pre-show filler. Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas hold on to the titles ahead of a likely loss to Ziggler and McIntyre in the coming weeks.

Axel and Dallas are a fun act but the loss of steam in the tag division on the red brand needs to be remedied and quickly.

Updated: August 17, 2018 12:11 PM



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