WWE SummerSlam 2019 Predictions!
It’s time for another WWE SummerSlam and this time, it’s right in my backyard! Toronto, Ontario is only 2 hours away from me! Why aren’t I going? Well, the cost adds up when you are going by yourself and if I was, I would have made it a Saturday to at least Monday night thing and that just wasn’t possible. Besides, I enjoy watching wrestling with my friends, discussing the show and snacking/drinking cheaper products that what I’d have to pay at the venue. Besides, I can also sleep in my own bed!
It’s also hard to tell if going to these huge shows are worth the ticket price anymore. As of the time of writing, we’re still not 100% sure if what is advertised is the complete card. Not only that, WWE’s track record with Pay Per Views and delivering due to lack of building characters or story lines has been lackluster lately. It’s just easier for me to be a critic on my couch with my WWE Network subscription.
To me, there’s no “must see” match on this card. We have Legends coming back for no other reason besides WWE not build other stars up over the past year. We have matches no one possibly wants to see. We have rematches and we also have certain championships not even on the line. Do you see the problem here? You’d think with AEW’s next PPV coming up, they’d be trying harder. I digress.
Like usual, here are my predictions, which sometimes are driven more by what I hope will happen than actually will because, you know, logic is a good thing. If things change or matches get altered or edited, I’m update appropriately.
Drew Gulak (Champ) vs. Oney Lorcan –
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
No offense to Oney Lorcan, but I don’t see any “it” factor in him. I want this match to prove me wrong. I seriously still don’t see them taking the championship off Gulak yet either, so this makes my prediction even easier.
Winner: Drew Gulak
Finn Bálor vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt
Rumor has it that Balor has asked for some time off after this PPV. If that’s the case, if he loses in a quick and/or spectacular fashion (getting destroyed in some manner to justify the time off), it makes sense and won’t hurt him when he comes back. If anything, it could give him a story as soon as he returns to the fold.
Something is telling me that we won’t even see a match here. There could be a violent attack before the bell in the back or in the ring. In all honesty, if you want The Fiend to be the most evil he could be, we don’t need to see Wyatt wrestle. We’ve seen it. He’s good, but he needs something that makes an impact (no pun intended) in front of a vocal Canadian crowd who will surely cheer him if they don’t make what he does uncomfortable in some manner.
He could easily make quick work of Finn and then show back up in the show against someone else, too, to keep the momentum going. That’s how I’d book it all.
Winner: The Fiend.
AJ Styles (Champ) vs. Ricochet –
United States Championship
Although this is a rematch, I’m actually looking forward to it. Why? You have two excellent wrestlers going at it again! When this match got announced, I really thought Ricochet was getting lined up for another run with the US Title but that was until Gallows and Anderson won the Raw Tag Titles and they’re really running with the “OC” branding. I hope they give them a good 15-20 minutes.
Know what would be kinda cool? Balor, after frustrated by his run in with “The Fiend,” comes down to pretend to try and even the score with The Good Brothers at ringside but blindsides everyone by costing Ricochet the match and joining up with his bros.
Winner: AJ Styles
Goldberg vs. Dolph Ziggler
Know who asked for this match? No one! Know who wants to see this match? No one! Why is this actually happening? Who knows? Well, some do and there better be some kind of payoff because if it’s just a squash Ziggler match, like many predict, all we’re going to do is shake our heads.
Only a few things could happen here to make this actually matter. 1) Ziggler wins and gets a push where he actually gets some kind of title reign, positioning him as a killer heel. 2) Ziggler is squashed quickly and then another opponent comes out and hands Goldberg his ass to him. 3) Ziggler is squashed quickly, the lights go down and people anticipate The Undertaker only for it to be “The Fiend,” who already has decimated Balor in some manner and downs Goldberg. In 2019, at one of the “big four” PPVs, I just can’t see this being on the card just to squash Ziggler, but then again, this stupid crap is why business is on the decline.
Winner: probably Goldberg
Trish Stratus vs. Charlotte Flair
I could start this prediction section off the same way as the Goldberg/Ziggler one but I’m not going to be redundant.
I’m assuming they threw “Canada’s own” Trish Stratus into this match to try and sell more tickets to a not so gullible Canadian audience. It is unfortunately taking the spot from one of the upcoming women on the roster and shows WWE Creative, with months available leading up to this show, could not throw a cohesive story line together to help active members of the roster out. Unreal, isn’t it?
Winner: Charlotte Flair
Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon
I’ve actually liked the build to this match. Shane has been a total dick, which he’s playing well, and the surprise of Owens completely switching into a baby face again was unexpected and Owens is getting over with it.
Where things totally fell flat for me was this week when Owens wanted McMahon to put something on the line and he declined. I understand why he isn’t – he’s a heel and would decline because he wants to be an asshole. I get that. On the other hand, you want the audience to buy in as much as possible, having some kind of stipulation on Shane if he lost would have helped elevate the anticipation for this match. Owens isn’t leaving WWE and I can actually see this feud being extended.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Bayley (Champ) vs. Ember Moon –
SmackDown Women’s Championship
At least they’ve tried to build this one up, but it hasn’t been successful. Two faces are battling for a championship and if you can’t build it, the crowd will be flat. I think the Canadian crowd is going to boo the hell out of Bayley and cheer Moon, so the ladies are going to have to use that to their advantage and really give it their all in the ring. If WWE is smart, knowing the reception Bayley will probably get, they have to go with a title change here. It’s really the only title change I see happening.
Winner: Ember Moon
Kofi Kingston (Champ) vs. Randy Orton –
I’m probably in the minority here, but I don’t want to watch this. I don’t care at all about Orton losing his cool at Kofi many years ago unprofessionally on live TV. If you’ve read my WWE write-ups, you know how much I loathe Orton, so I have no interest in most things he’s a part of.
I suppose it’ll be an OK match to watch because those around me will be kinda into it. Plus it will be nice to see Kingston get his redemption.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Becky Lynch (Champ) vs. Natalya –
Submission Match for the Raw Women’s Championship
Here’s another forced “throw a Canadian into a match” for this PPV just because it’s happening in Canada. This should be good, though, because these two will go at it well. We should get some good spots where the suspense will grow from the ladies almost tapping. The unfortunate thing is you all know as well as I do there won’t be a title change here.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Brock Lesnar (Champ) vs. Seth Rollins –
Universal Championship Match
Here’s another match I don’t want to see because I don’t want Lesnar on TV, on any show, or with the belt. It’s absolutely nuts that you can trace having a part time, lazy champ (along with Vince’s love for him) as part of the huge problem with WWE.
Seth won in at Wrestlemania in a heelish manner, so to build him back up again perhaps WWE is planning for him to fight against all odds and injuries to topple Lesnar to really establish him in the eyes of the audience. Who knows at the point, though?
Just when you never thought they’d put the belt back on Lesnar, Vince did and now we’re going through the same promos and build up to Lesnar’s random and brief PPV matches. I’m hoping for the best here because if Lesnar wins, guess who is going back in to the title picture. Yep. You know who and it’s not Brawn Strowman.
Winner: Seth Rollins