The build to SummerSlam, WWE’s second-biggest pay-per-view of the year, has begun
WWE SummerSlam 2017, the company’s second-biggest pay-per-view(PPV) of the year, is still being built with a month to go until what should be a power-packed show. But with the main event now announced and plenty of potential matches rumored, it’s time to take a look at the card as we await official word.
It is all set to go down live from Brooklyn.The kickoff show will start an hour earlier at 6 p.m. ET and all action can be watched live nationally on WWE Network.
Last year’s event was a stacked card, featuring Finn Balor becoming the first Universal Champion (while getting a career-halting injury), Styles and Cena putting on a classic, the first big boost in the Jericho/Kevin Owens friendship, Ambrose having a forgettable title defense against Dolph Ziggler, and a main event where Lesnar bloodied Orton into oblivion.
WHEN IS WWE SUMMERSLAM 2017?
The show takes place Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
WWE SUMMERSLAM 2017 MATCHES
ROMAN REIGNS VS. SAMOA JOE VS. BROCK LESNAR (C) VS. BRAUN STROWMAN
Fatal 4-Way for the WWE Universal Championship
There will be more than 1,200 pounds of mass in this match, which should be the main event of the card. Paul Heyman added a stipulation that Lesnar will leave WWE if he loses the title due to a Fatal 4-Way being unfair to the champion.
JINDER MAHAL (C) VS. SHINSUKE NAKAMURA
It was long expected that Cena would be the one to fight and defeat Mahal, but Nakamura beat Cena clean to become the No. 1 contender for the WWE title.
ALEXA BLISS (C) VS. BAYLEY
WWE Raw Women’s Championship
In defeating Sasha Banks on Raw, Bayley earned the No. 1 contendership and a shot at Bliss’ title. She gets yet another opportunity at the championship.
NAOMI (C) VS. NATALYA
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
Earning her shot by winning a Fatal 5-Way match at Battleground, Natalya will look to win her first “women’s” championship after previously being divas champion for two months. This match will likely take place on the kickoff show.
AJ STYLES (C) VS. KEVIN OWENS
United States Championship match with Shane McMahon as special guest referee
The fourth time they will meet with the title on the line in a televised match, Styles and Owens will do so this time with SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon serving as the special guest referee. This one should finally result in a decisive finish.
RANDY ORTON VS. RUSEV
Returning from injury, Rusev lost a Flag Match against John Cena at Battleground. Soon after, he defeated Chad Gable in a competitive singles match, only to openly complain about how he lacked a good challenge. Randy Orton showed up, warned Rusev, then defended himself from the charging brute with an RKO.
The following matches have not been made official and are simply Predictions.
The New Day (c) vs. The Usos
SmackDown Tag Team Championship
New Day won the titles at Battleground, so a rematch is likely — potentially with a major stipulation. There are no other tag teams on the show really deserving of the spotlight anyway.
Sheamus & Cesaro (c) vs. Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins
Raw Tag Team Championship
With no other face tag teams on Raw, WWE needs to figure something out, and it seems like the Ambrose/Rollins pairing — either as a team or opponents, is where WWE is going in the near-term. My guess is they pick up another impressive tag team win and then get a title shot.
Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt
Balor has been embroiled in a feud with Elias Samson that seems to have ended, while Wyatt has been stalking and attacking him as of late. This would potentially bring about the return of the Demon King on a major stage.
John Cena vs. Baron Corbin
It’s not official yet, but Corbin attacked Nakamura and Cena came to the aid of the King of Strong Style on SmackDown by putting Corbin through the announce table.
The Miz (c) vs. Jason Jordan
It appears that Miz is moving on from Ambrose and Rollins, and Jason Jordan got into it with him on MizTV. With general manager Kurt Angle on his side, Jordan could get a quicker title shot than most, which would lead to some feuds based on jealousy after the fact.
The Hardy Boyz vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows vs. The Revival
These teams have been exchanging wins and losses for weeks now, so a kickoff show match is likely ahead.
Big Cass vs. The Big Show: It sure seems like this is headed for the kickoff show.