2019 SummerSlam Predictions
The Biggest Party of the Summer is here and we are going to be treated to 10 matches for this SummerSlam PPV. It is expected to be a long show and there are strong indications that this show may be a TV-14 program. This would be the first time in 11 years that it would be anything other than TV-PG, but I guess we’ll see if it turns out true. I’m excited for the show more than I was a week ago, but it still seems like there are some things missing from this card. One thing that I don’t like is that all of the matches are singles matches. This is honestly ridiculous, but hopefully it turns out fine. There are rumors of superstars possibly returning and many things that can throw the WWE Universe off a little bit, so expect those throughout the show. Honestly, this show seems a little unpredictable, which is a credit to the creative process. A little predictability is perfectly fine and that is what we are getting here. Here are my predictions for SummerSlam and send us your predictions as well, we would appreciate them. At the end of the article, I will reveal our staff picks also.
*match card is likely not in the correct order
*predicted winners are bolded
- Men’s Singles Match – Cruiserweight Championship
Drew Gulak (C) vs. Oney Lorcan
Unless more matches are added, which is very possible, this one is definitely going on the kickoff show. Drew Gulak has been champion for nearly two months and his opponent is one that hasn’t been on 205 Live for a very long time. Lorcan was a mainstay on NXT and NXT UK for a few years. A fun fact about Oney Lorcan is that his entrance song is the goal music for the Washington Capitals. I don’t think he wins here, but he is in the match, so he has a shot.
- Women’s Single Match – SmackDown Women’s Championship
Bayley (C) vs. Ember Moon
A month ago, if you would’ve asked me my predictions in this match, I would say that Ember Moon had the momentum, but she currently has little to no momentum in this one. I hate to see this, but she lost all traction the week after she beat Charlotte Flair and hit her finisher on Bayley. Last week on SmackDown, Bayley came to her aid after she was attacked by Natalya. What?!? They have a title match against each other at arguably the second biggest show of the year and the champion is comforting the opponent? Makes absolutely no sense, and I think Bayley retains here. Bayley has held the title for almost 3 months and it honestly could be the end of her reign, but the story wouldn’t add up in my opinion. Also, we could possibly see a Sasha Banks sighting for the first time since April.
- Men’s Singles Match
Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt
This is the match that I am most excited about. We are going to see the return of Bray Wyatt and there are a lot of things that I am interested in seeing. Will Wyatt have new entrance music? Will he be The Fiend throughout the whole match? Will it be a squash? All unanswered questions will be revealed tonight and I’m fired up. It doesn’t look like Bálor will be bringing out The Demon and I think that is the right move. I’m interested to see what happens moving forward, but I don’t see a scenario where Wyatt loses in his return. Wyatt is a stunning -1500 favorite in this one, but crazier things have happened.
- Men’s Singles Match – United States Championship
AJ Styles (C) vs. Ricochet
I’m expecting another solid match here, but I think Styles and The OC will keep their momentum going after this PPV is over. Anderson and Gallows don’t have a match tonight, but you better believe they will be involved in this one. Even though a loss is likely for Ricochet here, I don’t think it will hurt him moving forward. He is one of the best talents in the WWE and I think he could honestly be pushed for a major championship sooner rather than later.
- Women’s Submission Match – RAW Women’s Championship
Becky Lynch (C) vs. Natalya
I am having trouble with this match. Not that I don’t think it will be good, but I don’t know how it will turn out. There are rumors that Ronda Rousey is going to make an appearance in this one, but if she doesn’t I don’t think Lynch will lose. The last time Natalya won a women’s championship was at SummerSlam two years ago. It seems like it has been longer than that, but this time she will be in her home country. I honestly think that could be enough of a story to propel her to the win, but we’ll see. At this particular moment, I think it is likelier that Lynch wins, but I think this outcome could legitimately happen.
- Men’s Singles Match
Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon
Right now, Owens is a rather large favorite to win the match, but it would be just like the WWE to swerve everyone away from this notion. I don’t know what Shane McMahon’s future plans are, but it doesn’t look like he is going anywhere. Having Owens win here, I feel, doesn’t do anything for him moving forward. Shane however, could use this momentum to attract more heel heat. There is a stipulation if Owens loses, he quits, but when has a scenario like this ever been upheld when they lose? There is more to this story, but I’m having trouble figuring out what it might be. I say McMahon wins, although it isn’t likely.
- Women’s Singles Match
Charlotte Flair vs. Trish Stratus
I wish we would’ve seen this played out a little longer, but we are seeing fantasy booking at its finest with this matchup. We have Trish Stratus, the biggest female superstar in the WWE during the Attitude and Ruthless Aggression eras against Charlotte Flair, who may go down as the greatest female competitor of all-time, squaring off in what is believed to be Trish Stratus’s final match of her career. I don’t think there is a better scenario for Trish to end her career to be honest. She will be in the ring with currently the WWE’s top talent and she is doing it in front of her home crowd, what a moment. Wrestlers rarely ever go out on top, so I think it is a lock that Charlotte wins here, but expect this portion of the show to be the most emotional one of the PPV.
- Men’s Singles Match – WWE Championship
Kofi Kingston (C) vs. Randy Orton
Much like the SmackDown Women’s Championship match, if you asked me my predictions a month ago for this match, I would’ve said Randy Orton had the momentum here, but I just don’t think that he has carried it. Kofi has been a strong champion and I’m glad that they have given him this opportunity. Although Orton would gain his 10th WWE Championship reign and 14th World title reign, I don’t think he wins here. I could be wrong and I have a feeling that I’ll be wrong more than right in my predictions, but it doesn’t feel like Orton will win. Although if he does, it would set up a perfect opportunity for another face, possibly Kevin Owens or Roman Reigns, to prevail over him at a later date.
- Men’s Singles Match
Goldberg vs. Dolph Ziggler
They will do everything in their power to make sure Goldberg looks amazing in this contest. After a horrendous showing at Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia against The Undertaker, Goldberg will look to redeem himself here. Goldberg rarely ever loses and I don’t think tradition will be broken here. Goldberg is currently a -1200 favorite for a reason, don’t look for any other result.
- Men’s Singles Match – Universal Championship
Brock Lesnar (C) vs. Seth Rollins
I expect this match to be absolutely brutal, for WWE standards anyway. Lesnar won back his title back at Extreme Rules last month and under normal circumstances, I would say that there is no way Rollins has a shot in this one. But the way he has been beaten on RAW the last two weeks, I don’t think he walks out of Toronto without the Universal Championship. On RAW last week, he guaranteed a victory on Sunday after getting attacked by Lesnar in the ring. “Guarantee” is a strong word to use for a babyface that has been beaten to a pulp for the last two weeks and I think that this is the key indicator of why I think he wins. I mean, he could very well be thrown out of the ring and get counted out and still have his pride intact, but I don’t think that will happen. I heard someone call in to Busted Open radio the other day explaining a scenario where Rollins is laying in the ring with Becky Lynch by his side and Ronda Rousey decides to show up to attack Lynch, thus creating an alliance with Lesnar and Paul Heyman. It is interesting to say the least what might happen and I’m ready for the chaos to unfold.
Here are The Sport Chief’s Staff Predictions for SummerSlam. A lot of interesting scenarios here and a lot of possibilities that can happen tonight.