The 2012 WWE SummerSlam is upon us and don’t let anyone kid you, this is a one-match show. Former UFC champion Brock Lesnar returns to the WWE ring for a match with Triple H, while CM Punk, John Cena, and The Big Show offer support in the semi.
Maybe it is me but there is something missing about this year’s SummerSlam. There have been many “one-match” SummerSlam events in the past but this one is a bit different. Even the WWE championship match seems like an afterthought. The Game and the former WWE and UFC champion will have a tough task living up to the hype on Sunday night.
Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H with Shawn Michaels in his corner
This is SummerSlam right here in one match. Lesnar will be wrestling only his second WWE match since returning to the company in April while Triple H will only be wrestling his second match in that same time span. Hunter will look for revenge for his attack as well as the Heartbreak Kid’s, while Lesnar hopes to get his first win on his new WWE deal.
I cannot even fathom Brock losing this match, although I think he may. The storyline here has seen Brock get the upper hand twice on Hunter. Could Hunter show up, give a good fight, and fail to extract revenge? The Sweet Chin Music finish seems all too obvious here. As a matter of a fact I got the feeling watching the last two weeks of RAW that something is brewing for a Brock vs. Shawn Michaels match at WrestleMania but that is just a hunch. Regardless I am going to go with the rational logic here and predict Brock beating Hunter although all of the writing on the wall is telling me otherwise. I also expect Stephanie McMahon to get involved somehow either during or after the match.
John Cena vs. CM Punk vs. The Big Show Triple Threat Match for the WWE championship
I can’t recall a WWE championship on a SummerSlam show that seemed less significant than this one. The build up for this has been horrible. I still don’t quite understand the point of the match after Cena lost his MITB match and Show lost at MITB. How do they logically wind up in a WWE title match on the third biggest event of the year? Welcome to WWE uncreative 2012.
I think Punk plays the match as a babyface but winds up using some kind of heel tactic to win in the end. Maybe Show and Cena collide and Punk steals a cheap pin? I also think that the door is left open here for a Punk vs. Cena match at either the next pay per view or the one after. I’d like to think that Show vs. Cena is coming to an end but something tells me different as well. I would not be utterly shocked to see a scenario where Cena does win the belt and Dolph Ziggler cashes in immediately thereafter and takes the title setting up a Cena vs. Dolph program for the fall. I know Ziggler technically won the world heavyweight title match but again, it wouldn’t surprise me.
Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio for the WWE world heavyweight title
It’s on, it’s off, it’s on, it’s off, and now the WWE world heavyweight title match is back on. After pleading with Booker T on SmackDown, Sheamus has gotten his match back with Alberto Del Rio. The two will rematch from last month’s WWE pay per view which saw Sheamus defeat the former WWE champion with a Brogue Kick.
I don’t know the point of doing a rematch unless Del Rio is going over. I would be surprised to see it since the brass seem to be behind Sheamus, but why have a rematch to get the same result? I am going to go out on a limb here and predict Del Rio defeats Sheamus and becomes new WWE world heavyweight champion at SummerSlam.
Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler
Here is a match that I am excited about. I have become a big Ziggler fan over the last year and a half so seeing him pushed is something that gets my attention. I think this is the perfect step for Ziggler to take en route to the WWE championship. Jericho is perfect in this kind of a role and I have to think that these two are going to knock it out of the park.
Jericho will be leaving the WWE for awhile shortly. The betting line here would be Ziggler getting the win with Jericho leaving. However, I could see a scenario where Jericho wins and sets up a title program with Ziggler vs. Jericho when he returns. I’ll go with Jericho getting the win here for those reasons, although Ziggler by all rights should be kept strong for his eventual title run.
Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz for the WWE intercontinental title
One year ago The Miz and Rey Mysterio were wrestling for the WWE championship on RAW and now they are wrestling for the intercontinental title at SummerSlam. I have never been a fan of The Miz and anyone who reads the CCB regularly is probably well aware of that. On the other hand, I have been a big Mysterio fan for years so hopefully this match meets somewhere in the middle.
I think this is a fine, short match, but nothing that will showcase Mysterio the way I’d like to see him. The WWE seems to have some kind of renewed interest in pushing The Miz right now so I’d be surprised if he lost. I look for The Miz to win and hold on to the title at least until The Marine arrives and bombs at the box office.
Daniel Bryan vs. Kane
Can you think of a better way to waste the best talent on the roster right now? No I am not talking about Kane, I am talking about Daniel Bryan. I will say this about Bryan. He got some really fun matches out of The Big Show, so I don’t put it past him to get something great out of Kane. Unfortunately Bryan has turned into the laughing stock of the WWE and I would be shocked to see him get the win here. I am predicting a Kane win and outrage all over the Internet!
I should point out that Charlie Sheen was originally booked to do something here with Daniel Bryan. However, I haven’t heard any mention of Sheen being at SummerSlam in a few weeks. He may still show up, but I have to think at this point the WWE doesn’t even know if he will be there.
Triple H (with Shawn Michaels) vs. Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman)
CM Punk vs. Big Show vs. John Cena Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship
Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio for the WWE world heavyweight title
Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) vs. Chris Jericho
The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
R-Truth and Kofi Kingston vs. The Prime Time Players (Titus O’Neil and Darren Young) for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Pre-show Santino Marella (c) vs. Antonio Cesaro (with Aksana) for the WWE United States Championship