WWE‘s Money in the Bank event is over and now the focus shifts to SummerSlam on July 30. One of the biggest, most historic and prestigious events on the WWE calendar, SummerSlam is headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Undisputed WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns in a Last Man Standing match.
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Live from Nashville, the extravaganza features champions in every match.
- Last Man Standing Match for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns
- Pat McAfee vs Happy Corbin
- Unofficially official: Logan Paul vs The Miz
Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair vs Rhea Ripley
As originally scheduled to happen at Money in the Bank, the Raw Women’s Championship match between Bianca Belair and Rhea Ripley is finally happening on July 30 at SummerSlam.
Carmella’s role in the build-up to this match is more likely to be small, since her sneak attack after her loss to Belair is essentially a rematch in McMahonland. Ripley should theoretically be the one competing for the first time following her injury in Las Vegas.
With The Biggest Party of the Summer, Ripley will fight not just for herself but for a faction that’s looking to regain some of its momenta. Belair has been linked since their days in NXT, but they have yet to have an epic one-on-one battle on RAW. That should change in Nashville when the two take on each other at the 8/22 WWE Cruiserweight Classic qualifying taping.
The issue with this prediction is that it leaves Becky Lynch, Asuka and the aforementioned Carmella out of the biggest and most significant live event of the calendar year.
The three are most likely to be on RAW, where, how and if a rematch for the title is in effect will be answered in the coming weeks.
John Cena vs Theory
Not only did Theory wear a Halloween costume that looked like John Cena and snapped a photo with him, but he grabbed the microphone and called out The Champ just seconds after he won the most coveted briefcase in all of wrestling.
In June of 2002, Kurt Angle challenged Cena to a fight. Cena went on to have a breakout performance and garnered the attention of the WWE Universe from that point on. Two decades later, he is among the greatest who has ever laced a pair of Reebok Pumps.
WWE fans know Theory Hernandez on a personal level and have watched him grow from the bottom to the top of NXT. They can also see how this preferential treatment has helped him reach WWE‘s main roster and achieve victory in his debut match last week.
The best way to demonstrate that he can be better than one of the most iconic stars in the industry would be to put him up against another sports star.
With the win, he has shown that his character is ready for the spotlight with a match on WWE’s biggest card yet.
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Liv Morgan vs Ronda Rousey
Liv Morgan cashed in Money in the Bank and ended Ronda Rousey’s run as SmackDown Women’s Champion Saturday night in Las Vegas. Though the now-former champion responded with grace and dignity, embracing the new champion before walking off, Rousey will almost certainly be looking to regain the title that was effectively stolen from her.
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Despite Orton’s popularity, Paige is not getting as much support as before. Fans are still lukewarm on her, and they are only interested in Orton.
With her reputation as a consummate underdog, Morgan is coming in with momentum. But fans should be cautious in their optimism. WWE has a way of booking back-to-back pay-offs, building hype, then pulling the rug out from under the Superstars a few weeks later.
Edge, the first Superstar to cash in, lost the title three weeks later.
It is possible that WWE is truly invested in Morgan as she beat Rousey and will be able to square off against the biggest female name in history. This would allow WWE remains relevant with women’s wrestling, doing what they have yet done with the men.
Riddle vs Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins attacked Riddle on the June 20 episode of Raw, which left Riddle lying following the Stomp. On Saturday night in Las Vegas, The Original Bro got some revenge by delivering an RKO off the ladder that essentially eliminated The Visionary from contention.
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With the past tensions between performers and the need for strong, credible stars on Monday night, Riddle is probably a bit more tolerable than Rollins in this.
Regardless of who wins, it would certainly steal the show and be one of those memorable matches that people can watch many years later. It’s easy to forget some of the previous SummerSlam matches because a match like this would make for a great rewatch.
Sheamus vs Drew McIntyre
The Celtic Warriors will have a showdown with the Scottish, who have been at war over the traditional title. Expect an epic fight to be fought in the Men’s Money in the Bank match.
In a meaningful match that will help both wrestlers establish themselves as a contender for the WWE Universal Championship, physicality will be on display in Nashville. Both of these wrestlers are grizzled veterans and their battle will be especially significant to them as they both call Nashville “home.”
For WWE, it will be a real fight to determine who steps up against Roman Reigns at Clash of the Champions in Cardiff this September. These two tough wrestlers have both been former champions themselves, and they are likely to battle here and now.