I actually recently said that I wanted the best of seven series to return. However, I didn't want it like this. Don't get me wrong, Sheamus and Cesaro should have some really good matches throughout. I just didn't like that they've already had two in recent weeks that weren't part of it. Also, I want there to be some sort of reward for winning. Now, it's just them facing each other for the sake of it. Have the winner earn a United States or even Universal Title shot.
It will be interesting to see what they do with this match now that Eva Marie is suspended. I'd actually really like it if Nikki Bella returned and took her spot. I grew to kind of like her before her injury. Anyway, the Smackdown women's division is pretty interesting after a rough fist week or so. As much as I love Carmella and Becky Lynch, I also really like Alexa Bliss. If we get a Nikki return, which I kind of expect, I say the heels win.
Winners: Alexa Bliss' team
There is a lot of potential in this being the most fun match of the night. There is just something so captivating about Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, while the JeriKO duo is all kinds of awesome. The promos involving both teams have been great and I hope for similar stuff from the match itself. It's tough to pick a winner here. I believe Enzo and Cass are in line for a Tag Title run soon but I'm gonna say JeriKO wins here and we get a rematch at Clash of the Champions, where Enzo and Cass win.
While I firmly believe he needs more character development, I really like Apollo Crews. Captain BALD HEAD is just a joy and his in-ring work is strong. This is easily the biggest opportunity of his young career. Not only for the Intercontinental Title but on the second biggest show of the year. All that being said, I say the Miz retains. For one, he continues to excel in every role the company gives him (except for his horrible babyface run). For another, the build to this has lacked. I could see Apollo doing very well and giving Miz all sorts of trouble before Miz finds a way to retain. I expect Crews to be champion soon, but not at SummerSlam.
Winner: The Miz
Over the past year, Rusev has become one of the most entertaining people on the entire roster. Roman Reigns had some highlights in 2015, but 2016 has been a down year outside of one or two matches. The WWE had potential here because Reigns and Rusev could have a good old fashioned, hard hitting battle. Instead, the rivalry has seen Reigns make bad jokes while Rusev defends his wife's honor. Yet we're supposed to boo him and cheer Roman. Also, giving away the match on Raw this past Monday, with a totally clean finish, was stupid. After taking losses to Rollins, Balor and Ambrose, I think Reigns' punishments are over and he gets a run with the title here, even though I don't want that.
Winner: Roman Reigns
The time is up for the New Day. Their first title reign should have never ended, but their second one has gone on long enough. I'm not saying that I don't want them to continue to have success or that I think they're stale, I just think that Gallows and Anderson should win it here. They're the hot new team, New Day has held the gold for a year and if my predictions of Enzo and Cass winning the titles soon is to come true, taking them from the heel Anderson and Gallows makes more sense. Hopefully, this will be the breakout match the former Bullet Club members need in their WWE run. Plus, without Big E, there will be reasoning for the New Day to ask for a rematch.
Winners: Gallows and Anderson
This is how John Cena programs go lately. He loses the first match (which he did to AJ, Rusev, Owens and Rollins in the past year) before not only beating them back but beating them back several times over. I don't think AJ gets buried here but this loss is going to hurt. He's already just 2-4 on PPVs, not counting the Royal Rumble, and considering their recent promos, I just get the feeling that this loss will hurt. it would be great if AJ got the win here and could truly throw it in Cena's face. Instead, the WWE won't allow that to happen and Cena will make AJ eat his words after another great match. Another note of recent Cena feuds is that the best match usually happens first and things get progressively worse (Rusev, Owens and Rollins again).
Winner: John Cena
Originally, I thought this is where Sasha would win the title. Well actually, I thought WrestleMania was the time but the WWE blew that and gave us more months of Charlotte's dreadfulness. Sasha ended up winning the title on the excellent first post-draft Raw and it was wonderfully done. This should be another good to great match between the girls. Part of me could see Charlotte regain the title because, WWE. The other part though feels like it is finally Sasha's time and she needs to have a good title reign. She should win and defend the gold against both Raw and Smackdown girls, especially since Raw is just Nia Jax and Dana Brooke outside of these two.
Winner: Sasha Banks
File this under matches I never thought would happen at SummerSlam in 2016. Dolph Ziggler might as well be Mr. 2013. His 2015 was atrocious following WrestleMania. Just lackluster effort after lackluster effort and it continued into 2016. However, kudos to the Smackdown crew for actually making me care about this. I don't think Dolph should be ANYWHERE near the WWE Championship at this point though hopefully this feud can reignite him. Dean needs to retain and solidify his reign. Make sure he's THE man for Smackdown until dropping the title to AJ Styles down the line.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
First off, the Universal Title name is pretty dumb. With that out of the way, I can focus on the match itself. This is one of the toughest title matches to predict in a very long time. On the one hand, Seth Rollins makes for a great first champion. He's established, has credibility, is great in the ring, good on the mic and would make sense as a top heel running with the gold. However, Finn Balor is showing up as the "Demon". That changes things. Not because I believe he's some different entity in the paint but because I think it would be a mistake for the WWE to have the Demon lose his first main roster match. Either Finn wins the title super fast and gets another one over on Seth or Seth kills the Demon gimmick in one shot. I say the WWE goes with the latter. Should be a great match though.
Winner: Seth Rollins
The WWE is hyping this match like it is something incredible. Randy Orton has indeed been enjoyable since his return, but I'm sure once he's done feuding with new guys (Brock, Bray, AJ) we'll get unmotivated, lackluster Orton again. Brock walked away from his drug issue with no consequences, so I could see why a lot of people think he may eat a pin here. I don't see it. I think it would be a waste of everything done with Brock to have him get pinned by Orton, who is already established. Plus, they gave a tease for Orton/Wyatt on Smackdown and that feud can happen after Orton loses anyway. Brock should lose soon, but not to Orton.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
2016 Prediction Record: 36-21
2015 Prediction Record: 60-35