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WWE SummerSlam 2017: Match Card, Predictions, and Analysis

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Akira Tozawa (c) vs. Neville

Cruiserweight Championship Match


We were shocked when Akira Tozawa captured the WWE Cruiserweight Championship from Neville Monday night on Raw, but we won’t be when he retains his title this Sunday at SummerSlam. Also, don’t be surprised to see Neville move away from the cruiserweight division going forward.

Winner: Akira Tozawa


The New Day (c) vs. The Usos

SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship Match


This has “match of the night” potential, as both teams are extremely talented and have a ton of chemistry together. The New Day is still mega-popular, and The Usos are the best they’ve ever been. This one is another toss-up, but The New Day makes the most sense as of now.

Winner: The New Day


The Hardy Boyz and Jason Jordan vs. Miz and The Miztourage


A late addition to the SummerSlam card, but an easy match to predict. The Hardy Boyz and Jason Jordan will get the win.

Winner: The Hardy Boyz and Jason Jordan


Big Show vs. Big Cass (w/ Enzo Amore in Shark Cage)


WWE thinks they may have something special with Big Cass. A victory for Cass over Big Show, a name that even the most casual WWE fan knows, will help further establish Cass as the star the company hopes he can become.

Winner: Big Cass


Randy Orton vs. Rusev


This match was thrown together at the last minute to give both guys something to do for the show. Rusev, a guy who has a promising future in WWE, needs to get the victory over future WWE Hall-of-Famer Randy Orton in order to continue to rise in the ranks. However, Orton also needs a win, as he is on a bit of a losing streak as of late. This one is a toss-up, so we’ll pick from the heart.

Winner: Rusev


Naomi (c) vs. Natalya

SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Match


Naomi has settled into the role of SmackDown Live Women’s Champion nicely. Her reign has been fresh and fun, and she’s constantly improving each week. She’ll get a well-deserved victory over Natalya this Sunday.

Winner: Naomi 


Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks

Raw Women’s Championship Match


Alexa Bliss has pleasantly surprised us over the past year. She’s done a great job being the face of both the Raw and SmackDown Live women’s divisions, and the best is yet to come for The Goddess of WWE. However, for the foreseeable future, it’s Boss time.

Winner: Sasha Banks


Sheamus and Cesaro (c) vs. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins

Raw Tag Team Championship Match


Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose together as a tag team is a license to print money. We love Cesaro and Sheamus, but their reign over the Raw tag team division comes to an end Sunday night in Brooklyn.

Winner: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins


Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt


“The Demon”  Finn Bálor returns to Brooklyn to face “The Eater of Worlds” Bray Wyatt in an epic showdown. This match will be worth the watch for the ring entrances alone. As far as a winner goes, all hail The Demon King…

Winner: Finn Bálor


John Cena vs. Baron Corbin


Before Tuesday night’s SmackDown Live, John Cena felt like the likely winner of this bout. Now that Baron Corbin has cashed in his “Money in the Bank” contract and failed to capture the WWE Championship, he’s in the right mindset needed to defeat WWE’s biggest name. An angry Baron Corbin will leave SummerSlam victorious.

Winner: Baron Corbin


AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens (w/ Shane McMahon as Guest Referee)

United States Championship Match


WWE has been teasing a match between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon for a few weeks now, and we think that Sunday night may be the gust of wind that finally gets the ball rolling with that storyline. As far as this match is concerned, Styles retains, and Owens lays out Shane O’Mac with a powerbomb on the ring apron after the match.

Winner: AJ Styles


Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

WWE Championship Match


Jinder Mahal’s WWE Championship reign hasn’t been a complete disaster, but it’s not the most exciting thing WWE has ever done. Shinsuke Nakamura, WWE’s newest toy, is one of the most interesting and charismatic stars to step foot in the company in years. The Shinsuke Nakamura era started when Nakamura defeated John Cena on SmackDown Live a few weeks ago, but a WWE Championship victory makes it official.

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura


Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe vs. Braun Strowman

Universal Championship Fatal 4-Way Match


The excitement level for this match is through the roof, and for good reason. The four biggest and baddest dudes in WWE are going to battle it out for the right to be called WWE Universal Champion. Picking a winner isn’t easy, which makes it that much more intriguing. That being said, Braun Strowman will walk away from the destruction with the title in his hands.

Winner: Braun Strowman


What are your predictions for Sunday night’s WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view event? Let us know on twitter, @TheRumbleRamble.

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Evan Cole
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