WWE SummerSlam 2013 is just under two weeks away and we have finally gotten all of the top matches on the card. Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena will headline the event in one of the most intriguing SummerSlam main-events in history.
It is hard to say what kind of drawing power the match will have. SummerSlam always does a good number so whether it is SummerSlam or the headliner that draws is always a question. Bryan hasn’t done well at all as a ratings draw so that is working against him. This is not Bryan’s first run at the top and as WWE world heavyweight champion he never quite made the mark his fans hoped he would. However, things are different now and Bryan is currently in the midst of the biggest push he has received since returning to the WWE a few years ago.
I have heard some critics say that this is a weak championship match. I really don’t think so and it just goes to show what short memories people have. Last year’s headliner was CM Punk vs. John Cena vs. The Big Show. The buildup for it was not very good at all and the match comes off as more of a RAW main-event than a SummerSlam marquee bout. I think the quality here and angles have been much better than last year.
The real main-event in some people’s eyes is CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar. You really can’t find anything to complain about at all with the build to this match. It’s been building for awhile and the promos between Punk and Paul Heyman have been outstanding. Has Brock taken a hit as a draw after losing two big matches? I guess we’ll find out. Judging by ratings and crowd reactions nobody seems to care. Brock and Triple H drew a real nice number last year. I wasn’t excited about their angle at all. This one is much more dynamic so I’d have to think that there will be more interest overall in this match than last year’s Lesnar match.
Interestingly enough the number three match on the show is probably Bray Wyatt vs. Kane. The news broke earlier this week that Kane will be taking time off to film a sequel to See No Evil. That would lead me to think that this will end with some kind of big angle. It is a Ring of Fire match which for my money never really lives up to the billing. It’s a lot of pressure on Bray Wyatt in his first big match to wrestle with those kind of limitations. The buzz around the Wyatt family is starting to fizzle a little bit here. To me whether this match works or not rests 100% on the placement on the card. This match in the wrong spot could be a total dud. That said this match is a boost in my opinion from last year’s number three which would probably be Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio.
Speaking of Del Rio he will defend the WWE world heavyweight championship against Christian. These two have had some decent matches in the past but it seems odd to put Christian in that spot. I don’t think anyone is buying or not buying the show based on this match. It should be a fun match but I’d be shocked to see Christian leave town as WWE world heavyweight champion.
Confirmed WWE SummerSlam 2013 matches…
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan
CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian
Kane vs. Bray Wyatt in a Ring of Fire Match
Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow
Big E Langston and AJ vs. Kaitlyn and Dolph Ziggler
Rob Van Dam, The Shield, Ryback, and Mark Henry are also scheduled to wrestle.
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