WWE SummerSlam preview and predictions

WWE presents SummerSlam this Sunday night, once again from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The card shapes up to be a pretty impressive one on paper as WWE has abandoned their strategy of just randomly throwing matches together at the last minute and only announced a few matches in advance.

WWE Championship Match
John Cena v. Big Show v. CM Punk (c)
While they’ve eased up a bit on “CM Punk is a heel,” I think this Sunday he turns all the way. Somehow he cheats to win and then attacks John Cena after the match, allowing this version of the Cena-Punk feud to continue into the next few pay-per-views. I think Punk holds on to the title until Royal Rumble, drops it to The Rock, and Cena challenges Rock for the title at WrestleMania, avenging his loss a year earlier.
Winner and STILL WWE Champion: CM Punk

World Heavyweight Championship Match
Alberto Del Rio v. Sheamus (c)
Sheamus probably retains, although I wouldn’t be shocked to see the suddenly more ruthless Del Rio walk out with the strap. If Sheamus retains, there’s a chance Dolph Ziggler cashes in his MITB briefcase and wins the belt. The placement of this match on the card will tell a lot about if Ziggler will cash in, too. If this one goes on before the Jericho-Ziggler match, it wouldn’t make much sense for Dolph to cash in from a storytelling standpoint.
Winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Sheamus

Triple H v. Brock Lesnar
It would make all the sense in the world for Lesnar to win, solidifying his monster presence and portraying him as the badass that they keep saying he is. But in this WWE, you just know Triple H will win because he’s Triple H. I’m sure it will be a hard hitting and entertaining match, though.
Winner: Triple H

Intercontinental Championship Match
Rey Mysterio v. The Miz (c)
This match is more of a toss-up than the rest to me. While The Miz seems to be in a better place than before his hiatus, he still doesn’t feel special at all. Since he’s returned The Miz has lost pretty much every match he’s been in other than the Intercontinental Title match. The smart move would be to keep the belt on him for a while because the quick changes don’t do anyone any favors.
Winner and STILL Intercontinental Champion: The Miz

Tag Team Championship Match
The Prime Time Players v. Kofi Kingston and R-Truth (c)
Titus O’Neil and Darren Young have been featured quite a bit lately and it certainly seemed like they were being groomed for the titles. Then AW got fired. I still think they have a good shot at winning but it doesn’t make as much sense as it did a few weeks ago.
Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: R-Truth and Kofi Kingston

Chris Jericho v. Dolph Ziggler
It makes all the sense in the world for Dolph Ziggler to defeat Chris Jericho, who doesn’t need victories anymore at this stage of his career. The other scenario I could see is if Ziggler does lose (and depending on this match’s place on the card, as I mentioned before) he might cash in his MITB briefcase.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Kane v. Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan suddenly seems to need a win. For the last few weeks he’s been used as the extra guy in a lot of scenarios, or the guy to take the loss so someone else doesn’t have to. I think he comes out of that funk at SummerSlam and defeats Kane.
Winner: Daniel Bryan

Pre-Show: United States Championship Match
Antonio Cesaro v. Santino Marella
WWE NEEDS to get the belt off of Santino Marella in the worst way. This being on the pre-show makes me think he retains, though. Because if you were going to crown a new champion, wouldn’t you want it on the PPV? Then again, WWE obviously doesn’t care about the US Title. I’ll go with my heart a little bit here.
Winner and NEW United States Champion: Antonio Cesaro