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 Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.03.24 PM House show reviews have been less than stellar regarding these two. I’m hoping that they work things by Sunday though, as it could be an excellent match if booked properly. One thing I hope is that this match isn’t given two much time (fifteen minutes would more than suffice). The company is holding Reigns on a pedestal right now, so there’s no chance he loses to Randy Orton – a superstar who wouldn’t really benefit much from a win anyway. Reigns will win after hitting his signature series of moves. Winner: Roman Reigns by pinfall Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.03.59 PM It’s odd to think that this match has been hyped more than the main event contest between Lesnar and Cena, but alas, here we are. Steph will make her in-ring return after several years away from the ring and be accompanied by her husband Triple H. Expect her to show a bit of ring rust, and require some assistance in order to pick up the win. This match will likely be given at least 10 minutes after an extensive build. It’s been advertised that Nikki will accompany her sister Brie on Sunday, leading me to believe she will have an impact on the outcome. I think Nikki turns heel and allows Stephanie to pick up the win after hitting a Pedigree. Winner: Stephanie McMahon by pinfall Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins (Lumberjack Match) Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.03.01 PM I’ll be the first to admit that the lumberjack stipulation makes little sense, but I have no doubt in my mind that these guys will make the most of it. Expect this to be the best match of the night, with both superstars hitting a number of memorable spots and engaging with the lumberjacks. Rollins will ultimately come out victorious after some help from the lumberjacks. Don’t be surprised if Kane also finds a way to make his presence felt, allowing Rollins to hit the Curb Stomp for the win. Winner: Seth Rollins by pinfall John Cena (WWE World Heavyweight Champion) vs. Brock Lesnar Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.03.40 PM And finally, the champ once again squares off with the beast. While many fans are convinced Brock Lesnar will walk out as champion, I’m not entirely sold yet. Cena has served as a security blanket for so long that it seems hard to imagine anyone going over him for the title (although he did put over Bryan clean a year ago, so you never know). One thing is for certain: Brock Lesnar is going to dominate this match, regardless of outcome. It will be fought at a brawling, methodical pace, with Lesnar doing most of the damage throughout the contest. My guess is that there’s a 60/40 chance of Lesnar walking out as champion. Although my gut is telling me there’s no way Cena loses, I have to go with Lesnar in this one, and the only reason I feel vaguely certain is because he ended the Undertaker’s streak and I feel that it would be disrespectful to have him immediately lose to Cena afterward. Lesnar wins and disappears with the title. Winner: Brock Lesnar by pinfall   What do you think will happen on Sunday night? 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The card is set, the matches have been hyped, and it’s time to sit back and enjoy the show (after making a few predictions, of course). Here are my predictions for this Sunday’s pay-per-view. AJ Lee (Divas Champion) vs. Paige Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.02.28 PM Paige has been a thorn in AJ Lee’s side since arriving on the main roster, especially since turning heel. She has had the upper hand on the champ over the past few weeks, even pushing her off of the stage on SmackDown at one point. Although Paige has been booked strong, the company realizes AJ Lee is the most marketable Diva on the roster right now. She retains after forcing Paige to tap out to the Black Widow. Result: AJ Lee by submission The Miz (Intercontinental Champion) vs. Dolph Ziggler Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.01.17 PM Since his return, the Miz has sort of fallen flat with the audience, especially since picking up the title at last month’s Battleground. Over the past year, it’s safe to assume Dolph Ziggler will lose any match of even moderate significance, but this could be different, as he has been booked strong and is still over with the fans. The company is trying to promote the Miz’s dud of a movie that will soon be gracing dollar bins across the country, but I think they realize his title reign isn’t catching on. Dolph Ziggler will pick up the upset victory on Sunday after hitting a Zig Zag in what will likely be one of the shorter matches on the card. Winner: Dolph Ziggler by pinfall  Jack Swagger vs. Rusev (Flag Match) Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.00.20 PM Call me crazy, but this is perhaps my most anticipated match on the card. The feud has been built very well and given adequate time to develop. Fans still aren’t entirely sure of what the rules will be for this one, but I’m assuming it’s going to involve the winning wrestler grabbing his country’s flag and waving it proudly in the center of the ring to end the contest. This is the perfect opportunity for Swagger to go over Rusev and extend the feud a bit longer. He doesn’t have to pin the Bulgarian Brute to win so he won’t look as weak as he would if he lost via pinfall or submission. Expect the managers to also play a role in this one, and expect Swagger to walk out victorious to set up a rubber match at Night of Champions. Winner: Jack Swagger  Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.01.58 PM Much like the Rusev/Swagger feud, this program has also been given a proper build. The promo/interview the two cut last week on Raw was awesome and really hyped the match well. Jericho won last month after hitting Wyatt with a Code Breaker. It will be even tougher for Wyatt this time around, as both Harper and Rowan are banned from ringside. This will likely be a back-and-forth contest with several near falls, with the in-ring work hopefully being a little more polished than last month’s affair. There’s no way Wyatt loses again, however, and will walk out victorious after forcing Y2J to succumb to Sister Abigail. Winner: Bray Wyatt by pinfall  Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.03.24 PM House show reviews have been less than stellar regarding these two. I’m hoping that they work things by Sunday though, as it could be an excellent match if booked properly. One thing I hope is that this match isn’t given two much time (fifteen minutes would more than suffice). The company is holding Reigns on a pedestal right now, so there’s no chance he loses to Randy Orton – a superstar who wouldn’t really benefit much from a win anyway. Reigns will win after hitting his signature series of moves. Winner: Roman Reigns by pinfall Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.03.59 PM It’s odd to think that this match has been hyped more than the main event contest between Lesnar and Cena, but alas, here we are. Steph will make her in-ring return after several years away from the ring and be accompanied by her husband Triple H. Expect her to show a bit of ring rust, and require some assistance in order to pick up the win. This match will likely be given at least 10 minutes after an extensive build. It’s been advertised that Nikki will accompany her sister Brie on Sunday, leading me to believe she will have an impact on the outcome. I think Nikki turns heel and allows Stephanie to pick up the win after hitting a Pedigree. Winner: Stephanie McMahon by pinfall Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins (Lumberjack Match) Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.03.01 PM I’ll be the first to admit that the lumberjack stipulation makes little sense, but I have no doubt in my mind that these guys will make the most of it. Expect this to be the best match of the night, with both superstars hitting a number of memorable spots and engaging with the lumberjacks. Rollins will ultimately come out victorious after some help from the lumberjacks. Don’t be surprised if Kane also finds a way to make his presence felt, allowing Rollins to hit the Curb Stomp for the win. Winner: Seth Rollins by pinfall John Cena (WWE World Heavyweight Champion) vs. Brock Lesnar Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.03.40 PM And finally, the champ once again squares off with the beast. While many fans are convinced Brock Lesnar will walk out as champion, I’m not entirely sold yet. Cena has served as a security blanket for so long that it seems hard to imagine anyone going over him for the title (although he did put over Bryan clean a year ago, so you never know). One thing is for certain: Brock Lesnar is going to dominate this match, regardless of outcome. It will be fought at a brawling, methodical pace, with Lesnar doing most of the damage throughout the contest. My guess is that there’s a 60/40 chance of Lesnar walking out as champion. 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WWE SummerSlam 2014 Preview and Predictions

The hottest event of the summer is practically hours away at this point. The card is set, the matches have been hyped, and it’s time to sit back and enjoy the show (after making a few predictions, of course). Here are my predictions for this Sunday’s pay-per-view.

AJ Lee (Divas Champion) vs. Paige

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.02.28 PM

Paige has been a thorn in AJ Lee’s side since arriving on the main roster, especially since turning heel. She has had the upper hand on the champ over the past few weeks, even pushing her off of the stage on SmackDown at one point. Although Paige has been booked strong, the company realizes AJ Lee is the most marketable Diva on the roster right now. She retains after forcing Paige to tap out to the Black Widow.

Result: AJ Lee by submission

The Miz (Intercontinental Champion) vs. Dolph Ziggler

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.01.17 PM

Since his return, the Miz has sort of fallen flat with the audience, especially since picking up the title at last month’s Battleground. Over the past year, it’s safe to assume Dolph Ziggler will lose any match of even moderate significance, but this could be different, as he has been booked strong and is still over with the fans.

The company is trying to promote the Miz’s dud of a movie that will soon be gracing dollar bins across the country, but I think they realize his title reign isn’t catching on. Dolph Ziggler will pick up the upset victory on Sunday after hitting a Zig Zag in what will likely be one of the shorter matches on the card.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler by pinfall

 Jack Swagger vs. Rusev (Flag Match)

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.00.20 PM

Call me crazy, but this is perhaps my most anticipated match on the card. The feud has been built very well and given adequate time to develop. Fans still aren’t entirely sure of what the rules will be for this one, but I’m assuming it’s going to involve the winning wrestler grabbing his country’s flag and waving it proudly in the center of the ring to end the contest.

This is the perfect opportunity for Swagger to go over Rusev and extend the feud a bit longer. He doesn’t have to pin the Bulgarian Brute to win so he won’t look as weak as he would if he lost via pinfall or submission. Expect the managers to also play a role in this one, and expect Swagger to walk out victorious to set up a rubber match at Night of Champions.

Winner: Jack Swagger

 Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.01.58 PM

Much like the Rusev/Swagger feud, this program has also been given a proper build. The promo/interview the two cut last week on Raw was awesome and really hyped the match well.

Jericho won last month after hitting Wyatt with a Code Breaker. It will be even tougher for Wyatt this time around, as both Harper and Rowan are banned from ringside. This will likely be a back-and-forth contest with several near falls, with the in-ring work hopefully being a little more polished than last month’s affair. There’s no way Wyatt loses again, however, and will walk out victorious after forcing Y2J to succumb to Sister Abigail.

Winner: Bray Wyatt by pinfall

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