This year’s Money In The Bank PPV was a surprisingly shorter event and one which impressed on various grounds. Kudos to WWE for entertaining us in these testing times!
But, as we know, Money In The Bank was just another pit-stop in WWE’s never-ending journey. With Money In The Bank done and dusted, WWE creatives will now start booking storylines for SummerSlam 2020, the next Big 4 event of WWE.
This year’s SummerSlam event will emanate live from TD Garden Arena in Boston on 23 August. Vince McMahon is adamant about having fans for The Biggest Party of the Summer and is ready to push the event till September. The company is even searching for alternate locations for the PPV. SummerSlam will possibly be the first PPV to take place in front of the live audience after a long time, so WWE will have a lot of pressure on themselves to deliver an excellent show to earn their fanbase back.
But, WWE is known to hit it out of the park under pressure, and I expect them to do the same this time as well. So without further ado, let me present to you my predictions for this year’s Biggest Party of the Summer.
We at Sports News Wale (SNW) will keep updating this article as the storylines progress, so be sure to visit us regularly to stay updated!
Honorable Mention: Seth Rollins v/s Murphy – Muprhy wins, Rollins takes some time off, before returning in time for WrestleMania 37
#1 Edge v/s Randy Orton
Edge proved that he can still go the distance and that not competing for nine years hasn’t deteriorated his performance. I was initially of the idea that WWE will be going forward with Edge v/s Styles, given that this will possibly be his first singles match in front of a live crowd (the reason why the picture isn’t updated yet). But, with Orton and Edge going at it again at Backlash, this rivalry will see a trilogy of matches between the two, with Edge winning the SummerSlam bout to put a conclusive end to their feud.
#2 The Forgotten Sons (c) v/s The Usos – SmackDown Tag Team Championships
Given that Otis is no longer in the tag division after his Money in the Bank briefcase win and the debut of Forgotten Sons on SmackDown, it is only a matter of time before the trio from NXT wins the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. It can happen at Backlash or the PPV after it, with Sons defending their titles against Usos at SummerSlam. Usos lose, but come out strong of this match, continuing their rivalry with the champs.
Winner and STILL SmackDown Tag Team Champions: The Forgotten Sons
#3 Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (c) v/s The IIconics – Women’s Tag Team Championships
So, the IIconics have made their return to television, and with Asuka winning the RAW Women’s Championship and Fire and Desire not in existence anymore, you can expect these two teams to feud over the titles in the coming months. The two can trade the titles at Backlash and the July PPV, with Bliss and Cross defeating Peyton Royce and Billie Kay here to conclude their feud with The IIconics. Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir can attack the champs after their match to kick off a new rivalry. I’ll be surprised if this match even makes the card, as there is a high possibility of this one taking place at the PPV after SummerSlam.
Winner and STILL Women’s Tag Team Champions: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
#4 Otis (c) v/s AJ Styles – MITB briefcase
So, we all know that Otis is the new Mr. Money in the Bank. Even though I love the guy a lot, I believe it is too early a push for him, and he needs to have a slow and steady climb to the top. With the brand-to-brand invitational in effect, Styles can go after Otis to get the briefcase that he unhooked. Their rivalry can kick off at Backlash, where Styles can cost Otis and Mandy there match against Ziggler and Deville (if it does happen at the PPV). Styles wins the briefcase here, with Otis coming out an even bigger face out of this whole rivalry. With Styles now being traded to SmackDown, it is only a matter of when and not if Styles goes after the briefcase.
Winner and NEW Mr. Money In The Bank: AJ Styles
#5 The Street Profits (c) v/s Miz and Morrison- RAW Tag Team Championships
With Miz and Morrison (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho!) seemingly feuding with Otis, it seems that the duo will not be returning in the blue brand’s tag division for now. Street Profits’ rivalry with The Viking Raiders hasn’t been clicking with the fans. So, expect MC Miz and Johnny Drip Drip to win the red straps here, kicking off a long and entertaining rivalry with the Street Profits.
Winner and NEW RAW Tag Team Champions: Miz and Morrison
#6 Andrade (c) v/s Aleister Black – United States Championship
Ever since Andrade has won the United States Championship, the title has not been in the limelight. But, with Austin Theory possibly being kicked out of Zelina Vega’s stable, we can see the two men clashing over the championship at Backlash or the July PPV, before Theory moves back to NXT. While Crews is another credible contender for the title, I believe it is Black’s time to recreate the magic he did with Andrade at TakeOver: New Orleans and win the US Title from Andrade.
Winner and the NEW United States Champion: Aleister Black
#7 Asuka (c) v/s Shayna Basezler – RAW Women’s Championship
With Becky Lynch relinquishing the title due to pregnancy (Congratulations Becky!), Asuka will be the face of RAW’s Women’s Division moving forward. She can feud against Nia Jax and others to build herself as a credible champion, before being challenged by the Queen of Spades for the Biggest Party of the Summer. Asuka taps out to Basezler, giving the latter a much-deserved title win.
Winner and NEW RAW Women’s Champion: Shayna Basezler
#8 Baron Corbin v/s Apollo Crews
Given the recent developments on RAW, it seems that Apollo Crews is on the verge of receiving a big push, and what better way to do it than giving him a marquee match at the promotion’s second most important annual PPV against a guy who is hated by all? Crews making short work of here, before moving into the mid-card title picture will be Best for Business.
Winner: Apollo Crews
#9 Sami Zayn (c) w/ Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro v/s Mustafa Ali v/s Sheamus- Triple Threat Match for the Intercontinental Championship
WWE has vacated the Intercontinental Championship, and a tournament to determine the new champion will culminate at the Backlash PPV (possibly). With Gulak out of WWE, I think that Bryan will be a singles performer going forward. I can see Sheamus and Bryan colliding in the finals, with Sheamus winning the title. Sheamus will then defend his title against Bryan at the July PPV, which will end in a DQ due to interference by the returning Sami Zayn, leading to the triple threat match. Zayn pins Bryan to win the title he never lost, with Bryan and Sheamus getting some more substance into their rivalry, which can culminate over the Summer.
Winner and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Sami Zayn
#10 Bobby Lashley v/s Brock Lesnar
Initially, it seemed like the conclusion of the Lesnar/Velasquez rivalry will be served to us at this year’s SummerSlam, but with Velasquez not in WWE anymore, this is the match which The Beast Incarnate should have. Lashley’s resurgence as an unstoppable monster has been impressive, and I will not be surprised if Heyman turns on Lesnar to become Lashley’s advocate moving forward. Yes, you guessed it right, Lashley gets the W.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
#11 Bayley (c) v/s Sasha Banks – SmackDown Women’s Championship
Fans have been clamoring for a Sasha Banks/Bayley rivalry on the main roster ever since the two came up from NXT (call-ups were a thing back then). It seems that WWE creatives are headed in this direction too, and the use of the SmackDown hacker to break them up seems to be the most logical way to kick this rivalry off. Which stage will be better than SummerSlam, which will be taking place in The Boss’ hometown! The hometown hero takes the win and the title after a grueling battle, even if the event doesn’t take place in Boston.
Winner and NEW Smackdown Women’s Champion: Sasha Banks
#12 ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt (c) v/s Jeff Hardy – Universal Championship
While the match may not seem to be a good idea at first, there is more to it than meets the eye. Don’t worry, we have got you covered! Jeff recently spoke to WWE’s The Bump about how he wanted to face ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt, adding that he has crazy ideas for their match. The Fiend is a dominant character, who probably is the new Legend Killer. Given that Hardy can afford a loss, The Fiend’s dominance will not have to be compromised by the company. The company may even play around the fact that it was Jeff and his brother who changed Wyatt forever (by throwing him into the Lake of Reincarnation), but that is highly unlikely, given that Matt Hardy is now in AEW.
Also, with the current arc in which the Universal Championship is right now, don’t be surprised if WWE allies Strowman and Wyatt together, only for Strowman to betray Wyatt later (ala Orton/Wyatt storyline in 2017). With Strowman out of the equation and Bryan in the IC title scenario, Hardy is the only main-event babyface left.
The two men are talented enough to have a decent match on any stage, but the more important thing here is the aftermath of their SummerSlam bout. A loss to The Fiend may lead to Hardy transforming into Willow (a crazy supernatural character from his IMPACT days), who can return for vengeance against Wyatt or may even align himself with The Fiend! The possibilities are endless, but Hardy has to lose here.
Winner: ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt
#13 Drew Mcintyre (c) v/s Jinder Mahal – WWE Championship
Recently, WWE Champion Drew McIntyre talked about how a rivalry between him and former stablemate Jinder Mahal will be an intriguing one, given their past as the members of 3MB. He went on to say that as Mahal has some real heat from the fans, this rivalry should unfold in front of a live crowd, and with Vince vying for the live audience at SummerSlam, do not be surprised if this ends up being your WWE Title feud for the Summer.
A 10-15 minute bout followed by McIntyre retaining the title is the way I see this match going. Sorry, Mr. Modern Day Maharaja.
Winner and STILL WWE Champion: Drew McIntyre
So, here are the predictions for this year’s SummerSlam PPV. Which match should take place at this year’s SummerSlam event, dear readers? Do drop in your valuable opinion in the comments box! With SummerSlam being four months away, there can be many changes to this card, and we will update this piece as the storylines advance. So stay tuned to SNW for the latest updates!