Hello everyone and welcome to this preview and predictions edition of Planet Kayfabe for SummerSlam live from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As of this writing, there are 10 matches announced, which is a fine number. The rumored card had 14, which is ridiculous. Of the 10 announced I find it funny that there's no Roman Reigns (even though he's on the poster) or Drew McIntyre, but they somehow fit Shane McMahon on yet another PPV. They must be high on that kid.
Here I will give my match-by-match preview and sum it all up at the end.
Drew Gulak (c) vs. Oney Lorcan (Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship)
Cut and paste. Same thing I say every month. This will probably be on the pre-show. It will probably be a decent match. Whatever. I feel bad for the 205'ers who are pretty much little hired hands just to put content on the WWE Network and will likely never break out as stars since they are never on the main shows anymore. When Mustafa Ali was brought to the main roster it's like he was "called up" when 205 is just supposed to be another division not a sort of WWE minor league.
I'm picking the champion to retain.
Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt (Singles match)
Get it right. THE FEIND! THE FEIND! IT'S THE FEIND! Bray Wyatt's first match since coming back and Finn is rumored to be taking some time off. Time off or not, I think this is one of the easier picks on this show. Bray Wyatt wins. I'm curious to see what his entrance will be and how much his ring style has changed to fit this gimmick, but I hope they don't over-expose him. Don't do one of your pattern WWE matches where both guys get their shit in and bore people for 10 minutes and kick out of each other's finish. Bray should dominate. He doesn't have to bury Finn, but he needs to go over convincingly here.
Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon (Singles match)
If Owens loses, he will quit WWE. Sure he will... I'm sure that's exactly what WWE wants with AEW starting up television in October as well, right? I'm picking Kevin Owens to win here in this role reversal rehash of their rivalry from 2 years ago. I'd say that this loss for Shane will probably lead to less Shane for a bit, but that also probably just means Stephanie will be back on TV, plus we all know around Wrestlemania season the McMahons will plaster themselves all over Raw and Smackdown anyway so what does it matter? KO's career is on the line and if KO wins what does he win? The privilege to have a contract with WWE?
This is another match that I hope doesn't over-stay its welcome. Shane will go to his usual predictable cheap pop bag of tricks into tricking weak-minded fans into thinking he's capable of good matches while standing on the shoulders of great workers, but I'm so done with seeing this old man in the ring. Like, I don't even care about this match. The career stipulation is played out, plus we already saw KO fake quit not too long ago. Also, Shane McMahon is played out long past his expiration date. If KO loses, so what? Everyone watching knows he's not really going to quit. I'm picking him to win anyway, though.
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Natalya (Submission Match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship)
I'm curious how the crowd will react to this one. They've been playing it up like WWE is expecting Becky to get booed out of the building because they're in Canada and Natalya is Canadian. There's been a little too much pandering by Natalya, though. Almost as if she and WWE are taking the fans for granted and just assuming they will take her side. I can see this level of pandering turning off some fans and just cheering Becky because they like her more anyway. Natalya has never really been that popular, but who knows. I could be wrong and maybe this crowd will be hot for her and be 90% behind Nattie. I always thought she was a bit overrated, myself, though. Not that she's bad. I just don't think she's that great or ever was that great. She's just pretty good and that's about it. I don't care who her family is or what old dungeon she trained in. She wouldn't crack my top 5 of female wrestlers in this company right now and her Sharpshooter is very weak looking.
Well, now that I buried Natalya I guess I should go with my pick. It's Becky. I could see Nattie winning, but its a submission match and we will get a clean finish unless they do a skrewjob callback. I don't see Becky tapping out, then again this promotion had her tap out to Asuka at the height of Becky's popularity. I'm sticking with the champ to retain, though.
Trish Stratus vs. Charlotte Flair (Singles match)
Toronto's own Trish Stratus will have what they are calling a "dream match" since Trish is often propped up as the best diva of her era and Charlotte is being propped up as the best female wrestler of her era. It almost doesn't matter if the match sucks, WWE has their narrative set, Charlotte is the "best ever" and they will continue that narrative when she beats a retired wrestler. It'll probably be an ok match. I'm not expecting anything great or that long. I'm picking Charlotte to win, but maybe at the end, Trish will get her heat back to please the crowd.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Ricochet (Singles match for the WWE United States Championship)
It's a close call, but I'm sticking with AJ Styles to retain here. AJ just won the title. They are clearly refreshing the "O.C." and establishing them with a new push. It wouldn't make much sense for their leader to lose his title while they are still Raw Tag-Team Champions. It doesn't make much sense for AJ to lose now, in my opinion. This might end up being the match of the night if they are given time and I'm sure they will be.
Bayley (c) vs. Ember Moon (Singles match for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship)
They've been "building up" (if that's even the right way of putting it) Ember Moon like a sort of charity case getting this shot just for the hell of it. For that reason, I could actually see her winning. I know WWE thinks that making their babyfaces act like dicks is some new way to get them cheered, but Bayley taking her challenge lightly doesn't make her more likable. No matter how good you are, fans don't want to get behind a babyface that laughs at their challenge.
I'm going with Ember Moon. If I were booking it, I'd run long and have Ember win a tough match and prove herself. This is WWE, so I'm expecting a surprise roll-up where Ember wins and Bayley snaps at the end and no one gets over and the title change is a complete afterthought.
Goldberg vs. Dolph Ziggler (Singles match)
The perfect guy for Goldberg to redeem himself against and exactly the type of guys Goldberg should be wrestling. Not 6'9" bags of dead weight. I'm picking Goldberg to win, obviously, the only question is how long does this match go. I'm guessing 45 seconds. Spear and Jackhammer. Maybe a little bit of posing. That's all.
Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton (Singles match for the WWE Championship)
It is a bit of a cool story they have here referencing Orton "holding back" Kofi 10 years ago when he botched a spot. They aren't bringing up Kofi f***ing up and not staying down for the RKO that lead to Randy's outburst, but that's basically the story. The truth is, as popular as Kofi was for that moment in 2009, he was not ready for a main event push. He was basically cheered because fans were starving for anything new that pretty much any midcard babyface would have been accepted over a WWE establishment guy like Randy Orton.
The two should have a great match. It might even be the match of the night. If this were just a standard wrestling story I'd think it's about time the heel goes over and gets that title, but they are playing up this whole redemption angle. even though Kofi already beat Randy, that it only makes sense for Kofi Kingston to retain. That doesn't mean it will happen, but it's what makes the most sense, so that's what I'm going with. I'm looking forward to this one.
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins (Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship)
It's hard to bet against Brock and despite Rollins guaranteeing victory, I don't see him winning the title here. I'm picking Brock to retain. I think most of the crowd will actually be behind Brock if the internet is any indication. Also, Seth has been so completely geeked out and got his ass kicked by his own fault like a dumbass on Raw who would cheer him? Not to mention how whiny and douchey he has come off in interviews the past month or so which has put him out of favor with the hardcore fans, which I'm sure there will be plenty of in Toronto. Expect a big pop and a "one more time" chant for each German Suplex and F-5.
How does a babyface recover after losing after guaranteeing victory? He doesn't. He breaks and turns, which is probably what's best for Seth Rollins right now.
There are my full predictions for SummerSlam 2019. Much of the NoDQ Drew will be there, so be sure to say hi. I won't be there, but next year SummerSlam will be in Boston!
and I still won't be there. So, there's never a reason to say hi to me.
This is the full card as of now, but who knows, a crazy old man could rip up the card and make a new one 90 minutes before the show. Follow me over on Twitter @PlanetKayfabe for my live thoughts on SummerSlam as it happens. I will see you here on NoDQ next time. Enjoy the weekend of wrestling along with TakeOver. God bless and take care.