As WWE calls it, the “Biggest Party of the Summer,” also known as “Summer Slam” will take place this Sunday, August 19, 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. In my opinion, it is a bit lame to have Summer Slam in L.A. again for the past three years, and it is going to be in L.A permanently, from my understanding, just so Vince can hobnob with Hollywood, it is even MORE lame. Anyway, the push for the matches, with the exception of ONE match has been so lackluster, I nearly forgot the PPV was this Sunday.
Regardless, I will be giving my readers my Preview and Predictions for the PPV.
Youtube Match: For the United States Championship: Santino (C) vs Cesaro
I honestly could care less about this match. The feud has been awful. I really don’t get Cesaro’s gimmick at all. Are fans supposed to be impressed that Cesaro can speak five languages. Santino is good with the comedy, and I suspect this may just be a throwaway match.
Prediction: Santino retains his US Title
WWE Intercontinental champion The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio
Where did THIS match come from? I must have missed the promotion of this match, unless it was announced on Smackdown,and I passed it while fast forwarding it on my DVR last night. Anyway, sounds like a last minute thing. The match itself should be pretty good.
Prediction: Miz retains his IC belt.
WWE Tag Team champions Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. The Prime Time Players
Well, from the way these two were confronting one another, I thought this match would be put on the card. The build was alright. Of course, the Prime Time Players had AW in their corners, and due to him being fired, it will be interesting to see if the PTP can get over on their own. This should be a passable match. May see a title switch, but I don’t think so.
Prediction: R Truth, and Kingston retain
Daniel Bryan vs. Kane
Didn’t we just have an angle between Bryan and Kane some time ago? WWE Creative either are losing their collective memory, or they love to rehash story lines. Anyway, not too many people can have a good match with Kane. I think Bryan can.
Prediction: Usually, at the beginning of a program, the heel wins the first bout, but who is the heel in this match? I will go with Daniel Bryan winning.
Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler
The buildup has been very good for this match. I think both Jericho, and Ziggler have been doing great jobs building this match up. You have Ziggler, the young upstart telling the elder statesman, Chris Jericho that he (Jericho) does not have it anymore, and can not win the big matches anymore. On top of that, Jericho is (story line) beat up from the attack from Friday’s Smackdown, and WWE.com (again, story line) says that Jericho is “less than 100%,” so I am sure that will come into play in the match. I do wish though that WWE would separate Ziggler from Vickie. Ziggler does not need her “services” any longer, and her act is getting old. My opinion only. However, this match should be one of the matches of the night, despite Jericho not being “100%.”
Prediction: This one is tough to call. WWE could go in a few directions, such as have Jericho win, and have Ziggler take him out on Raw the next night, and Jericho goes on to do his Fozzy gig, as Jericho did say he was taking another leave of absence. However, I am just going to predict that Dolph Ziggler is going to pin Jericho clean in the middle of the ring with his Zig Zig move.
World champion Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio
This feud is doing absolutely nothing for me. I like both men, but man is this feud a snoozer. There is no creativity behind it. They have, much like the Edge/Kane feud a couple of year back, the baby face, Sheamus acting like a heel when he took Del Rio’s car, and trashed it. On Smackdown, when Del Rio got revenge with those “cops,” Smackdown GM, Booker T called off the match, and removed Del Rio. Now, Del Rio is back in the match by defeating a compromised Jericho who was attacked by Ziggler prior to the match. Well, what was the purpose of the whole exercise then? Why cancel the match, only to reinstate it? Logic WWE. LOGIC!!! Anyway, the match should be pretty decent.
Prediction: I could care less who wins, so I will go out on a limb and say Sheamus retains.
WWE champion CM Punk vs. John Cena vs. Big Show
The buildup for this match can be describe as, “Anything you can do, I can do better.” What I mean is that the three participants took turns trying to stand tall over the other two on Monday Night Raw. I mean, the buildup for his has been blah. I really do not have a huge interest in this match. I don’t mind Triple Threats, as long as there are three guys in the ring that can do a great job. We have CM Punk, and John Cena when motivated. As for Show, forget about it, he is slow in the ring, and just can’t work even a good match anymore.
Prediction: Well, I know he is getting a push as a monster heel, but Show’s days as a main event talent are long gone, so I think he can be eliminated. It comes down to whether Punk’s reign will continue, or I am going to have to endure a boring Umpteenth WWE/World Title reign by John Cena. I predict Punk retains his belt.
Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman vs. Triple H
I mention this match last because seriously, this PPV is a one match show. This match is the ONLY match that has gotten ANY seriously huge push. It is Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman vs the Game, Triple H. This SHOULD be the match of the night. The buildup has been awesome, and a lot of the credit goes to Lesnar’s mouthpiece, Paul Heyman. Heyman has been incredible. He has helped Lesnar to get over, and even so, Lesnar looks like a star as well. HHH has been awesome in this feud too. Fans know that WWE Hall of Famer, and arguably one of the best, if not the best wrestlers ever, Shawn Michaels was supposed to be in HHH’s corner for the PPV. However, those plans went out the window when Lesnar (story line) “broke” Shawn’s arm, and WWE.com reported that HBK could not be at Summer Slam. What will Triple H do now that he is alone? This is very intriguing.
Prediction: Much like the Ziggler/Jericho match, there are several ways to go about the finish. HHH could lose clean to Brock, and have the out that HBK was not there. HBK, who was a bit mad at HHH after the attack could come back and screw HHH out of the win either on purpose, or “by accident, but really on purpose.” I could see HBK not being there due to the “injury,” and either guy beat the other clean. However, I will go out on a limb and predict that HBK does get involved, and Triple H pins Lesnar with the Pedigree, and gets the 1 2 3.
Well, that is my preview, and predictions for Summer Slam. I hope you enjoyed it.
WWE SummerSlam 2012 matches & card… 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
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