The Rope Break #14: WWE Summerslam 2017 Predictions!!

By Curtis Suthard – 8/18/2017

 

The Rope Break #14:

WWE Summerslam 2017 Predictions

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Hey-ho! It’s the Biggest Party of the something-something, whatever. I’ll be happy to go another eleven months without having to hear Michael Cole shout that out again after this Monday. But, before we can get there, we all have got to hear it at least a million more times throughout the hours long PPV that is coming up. So, what would be a good way to get geared up for it all? Well, making some well thought out and scientifically backed predictions on the outcome of all twelve big matches on the card, that’s what! Since there is just soooooo many matches to get to, I swear (fingers might be crossed) that I will do my best to keep everything short and sweet and just get to the point. As always, I cannot be held responsible for getting any of these wrong, as Vince constantly attempts to thwart me by switching things up. Though, I will absolutely take credit for getting everything right, if that were to happen!

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Neville VS Akira Tozawa (Cruiserweight Championship): Well, a nice big wrench got thrown into the gears with this one, as Tozawa, in exciting and unpredictable fashion, won the Cruiserweight Championship from “The King of the Cruiserweights”, Neville this past Monday on RAW. Now, that really didn’t do too much damage to my prediction, as it hasn’t changed, but it was very surprising that they decided to pull the trigger on that on RAW. It was a great surprise, I’m just wondering what the motivations are behind it. There is every chance that the title was thrown on Tozawa to sort of help hype-up the fans for Summerslam, as it did wonders to boost this past week’s RAW. There is every possibility that Neville could slither into this match and steal the title back, which would be interesting and maybe liven 205 Live up a bit, by passing the belt around some. Though, I honestly think that besides Neville and, maybe, Jack Gallagher, Tozawa has been a true standout in the Cruiserweight division and deserves some time at the top of the mountain. Tozawa’s win also boosts Titus O’Neill’s Titus Brand a bit and could help bring some life to that stable. I think it’s a bit too early for Tozawa to drop this title and he is just getting started in his reign as Champion. Also, this match got bumped to the Pre-Show, so that leads me to believe nothing too major is going to happen.

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My Pick: Akira Tozawa

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The Usos VS. The New Day (Smackdown Tag Team Championships): Surprisingly, this match got a bump down to the Pre-Show, as well. Sure, the rest of the card is stacked, but these two teams and the matches that they have had, have been some of the highlights on Smackdown. So, I’m assuming that this also means that there isn’t too much attention being given to this match for a reason. To me that means that New Day will undoubtedly retain the Championships, even if they don’t win the match. I could easily see Usos getting DQ’d or winning by Count Out or whatever, but not getting the titles. Of course, Xavier and Big E could just win clean, in what I am sure will be a good to great match, no matter how short it may be. Smackdown needs to be doing something to build up that Tag Team division, though. These are really the only two big teams there, since Breezango and The Ascension seemingly have just been relegated to pre-taped, yet hysterical, backstage vignettes. So, this match is probably just a small pit stop on the Usos and New Day feud.

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My Pick: The New Day

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Big Show VS. Big Cass (Enzo Amore in a Shark Cage): Remember when the Big Cass heel turn showed signs of being red hot? Well, that was yesterday as far as I am concerned. So, it has now boiled down to Big Show and Big Cass hurling insults, as well as fists, at each other as Enzo bounces around cheerleading and getting in the way. So, what do you do with him? Throw him into a Shark Cage and suspend him above the ring throughout a possible snore-fest of a match. Now, a lot of rumors have been swirling around that Enzo will be turning heel with Cass, at some point. I mean, I’m assuming if he were to turn heel he would reunite with Big Cass. Anything else just doesn’t make sense. So, this match could feature that turn or maybe just the first real signs of it happening. Maybe Enzo will try to help Big Show win with an object (Brass Knuckles? A Chain? A Cuppa’ Haters?), only to have it backfire by falling into Cass’s hands instead and giving him an advantage? Maybe, Enzo will distract the ref at just the wrong time? Any way that it goes down, Big Cass comes out on top, in my mind and continues to build momentum.

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My Pick: Big Cass

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Randy Orton VS. Rusev: Ugh! Orton has got a foreigner problem. And, no! Not the good Foreigner problem that I am inflicted with which causes me to randomly start belting out “Hot Blooded” or “Cold as Ice” at the top of my lungs whenever I hear it come over the sound system when out grocery shopping with my wife and/or kids. Instead, Randy just keeps running afoul of every clichéd “Evil Foreigner” character on Smackdown. But, enough about “The Viper”, I fear that my poor, beloved Rusev is getting set up to once more take the fall for one of the big guys and that just sucks. I mean Rusev could come out on top and “Machka” all over Orton, but I just don’t have the faith in that happening. Do you really think Orton is just going to suffer loss after loss on each and every PPV? Granted, he did finally beat Jinder Mahal the other week, when it didn’t matter, so now he’s probably due a bigger win. I just wish it didn’t have to come at the expense to a future Hall of Famer, Handsome Rusev, which is why I say to heck with logic…

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My Pick: Rus…NO!…Curse you brain and single finger that I use to peck these things out!…You will not do this to me again…R…U…S…E…AHHHHHHH…Randy Orton! Grahhh!

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John Cena VS. Baron Corbin: So, this one should be easy. I mean, c’mon, it’s Cena. And besides, Baron Corbin will probably just take a quick loss and linger around to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase later in the night. Wait…What?!? Baron Corbin cashed in on Smackdown, following the Jinder Mahal VS Cena match, only to lose the opportunity due to a lame distraction by Cena and a Schoolboy from Jinder?!?! That’s right, Corbin must’ve ticked someone off backstage. Unless, something is done to somehow make his cash-in void (Jinder’s legs were under the ropes when he got the pin) and Corbin gets it back, I gotta wonder what the heck creative was thinking with this one. So the Women’s Money in the Bank match from this year was marred by a horrible finish and now the Men’s Money in the Bank match feels like a waste. So, instead of dwelling on the negative, let’s try to put a positive spin on all of this: Maybe this is a good sign for Corbin? Baron will undoubtedly come into this match furious at Cena for costing him the Championship and hopefully he takes it to the guy. Corbin could throw Cena a sound beat down and that would actually do good things to help build the guy up, especially after seemingly getting torn down a bit after the failed cash-in. Of course, Cena could just be Cena and hit Corbin with multiple AAs until getting the three-count. Or, Corbin could get the DQ due to unleashing his rage on John. Which, admittedly, would be a bit satisfying.

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My Pick: Baron Corbin

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Bray Wyatt VS. The Demon: Finn Balor: So the Demon is coming back and has his infernal sights set on Wyatt. I had high hopes for this feud when it was hinted about during the “Superstar Shake-up” a while back and now, finally, we’ve got it. And, it hasn’t been that bad, so far. The match Wyatt and Balor had this past week on RAW, was pretty good and Wyatt giving Balor the “Carrie”-treatment by dumping a bucket of “blood” over his head, was kind of a cool visual. Wyatt also got a clean win over Balor, which is pretty cool, as well! So, I am really looking forward to this one and woul be willing to suggest that this could be the “Show Stealer” match of the night. I would also hope to see a possible reformation of the Wyatt Family, with the reappearance of Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, who have both been conspicuously absent over the last month or two. Maybe, it could even lead to the Hardy Boyz getting involved, since their match with the Revival was pulled due to Scott Dawson suffering an injury. Finn and the Hardy’s have been teaming up a bit lately. Not to mention that the Hardys have been hinting at debuting the “Broken”, or maybe in this case “Woken”-gimmick for a few weeks now heavily.

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My Pick: Finn Balor

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Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose VS. Sheamus & Cesaro (RAW Tag Team Championships): This could be a big one. Dean and Seth finally came together after beating off an ambush by Sheamus & Cesaro this past Monday on RAW and fisted each other in a show of unity, which led to a huge pop. Now, I guess we will have to wait and see if that reignited partnership will hold as they take the Tag champs on for the titles. Sheamus & Cesaro have been fantastic as both heels and babyfaces, but have been on fire lately as the top heel Tag Team. The only thing I could see happening here, that would be really interesting, would be if Rollins goofs up, costing him and Dean the titles, only to have Dean turn on him after the match. I really think that this whole thing is eventually leading there, no matter how long it may take to get there. Dean would be a great heel and it is about time to mix it up. Though, I do wonder, if Sheamus & Cesaro lose the titles this time, will they finally split up and return to singles competition? Probably not any time soon. But, I, for one, am counting down the days for Cesaro to get a real singles push. Maybe if the rumors of a new Draft happening sometime after Summerslam, the two can head over to Smackdown and make that happen?

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My Pick: Rollins & Ambrose

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Natalya VS. Naomi (Smackdown Women’s Championship): I am happy to see Natalya getting a title shot. I felt that I needed to say that, before I said this: There is no chance in hell that she walks out Smackdown Women’s Champion. She deserves it. She is a great wrestler. I just cannot see her walking out holding the title. It goes down in one of three ways for me. 1) Naomi wins it clean. This is very likely, though Carmella will definitely show up as some sort of a distraction. She and Ellsworth could even possibly get either Naomi or Natalya DQ’d, though that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. 2)Natalya barely squeaks out a win, possibly selling an injury, only to have Carmella cash in her Money in the Bank and steal the title away. 3) Carmella cashes in either before the match or sometime during the match to make it a Triple Threat and wins it. Like I said, even if Natalya technically does win the match, she won’t leave as champ, though I don’t think she will win it at all anyway.

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My Pick: Naomi

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Sasha Banks VS. Alexa Bliss (RAW Women’s Championship): So this was supposed to Bailey’s shot at the title, again. But, due to her gnarly shoulder injury, which she suffered during a recent match with Nia Jax on RAW, Sasha won herself the opportunity to take her place. Now, I love Sasha Banks and she will be Women’s champ once again, I just don’t think it’s going to happen this time. Alexa has really been doing great as the champ and I could easily see her doing whatever it takes to retain. One little wrench that could be thrown in to muck everything up, is due to the rumor that Bailey’s injury is not legit and this could be some sort of set up. Now, I don’t see how or why that is possibly the case. Why would she fake an injury and give up her title shot? To help Sasha win? To open up the opportunity to backstab Sasha after she wins the title? Well, I mean the “Powers That Be” seem to have been going crazy lately when it comes to Bailey and just keep coming up with lame angles for her to take over the last few months. But, I just cannot see any of this being the case here. Sure, eventually either Sasha or Bailey will probably turn heel on each other and that could be great. Who knows, this could be one of the early moments in that storyline? But, it seems, to me at least, that Alexa is positioned to hold the Women’s Championship for a while longer.

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My Pick: Alexa Bliss

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Kevin Owens VS. A.J. Styles (United States Championship with Shane McMahon as Special Guest Referee): Personally, this is the match I am looking forward to most. Nearly every match that these guys have had has been great. I will gladly excuse the screwy ending to their last PPV match which may or may not have been botched, if this one returns the feud to the original track that it was on. I also have a feeling that the whole thing might be winding down a bit, with this match possibly being a pivotal moment in the climax to the series of Styles VS. Owens. It also may be good to mix things up some from this point on, possibly pulling someone up (Sami Zayn, maybe?) to pass the torch off to as Styles or Owens peels off to start another program with someone else. One rumor floating around is that this may lead to Kevin Owens VS. Shane McMahon at some point. Which might lead you to think that Shane-O-Mac could count the 1-2-3 for Styles, which in turn infuriates Owens, who blames Shane for the loss. Possibly claiming that Shane has screwed him, which was, sort of, alluded to the other week on Smackdown, as Owen showed some of Shane’s “Greatest Hits” as a ref from the past, which consisted of moments of him screwing other wrestlers over. I see it another way. I see Owens getting the win, possibly after Shane mistakenly strikes Styles, and Shane very begrudgingly being forced to count it as Owens smugly rubs his face in it.

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My Pick: Kevin Owens

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Shinsuke Nakamura VS. Jinder Mahal (WWE Championship): I was all for Jinder getting a push and having a run as WWE Champion and he hasn’t been horrible, per se. Jinder has just been sort of “Meh”. The guy looks ripped and his in-ring ability has gotten a bit better, but he hasn’t really blown my socks off. Maybe that’s due to him facing really only one opponent, Orton, in most of all of his matches for the last few months. Though their first match was really good, in my opinion, everything else has been lackluster at best. So, along comes Shinsuke Nakamura, who it seems everyone, including me, desperately wants to see as WWE Champion. And, I don’t see why it shouldn’t happen here at The Biggest Party of the Summer! It would be an incredible moment. Which is why I have a feeling of real dread about the whole thing actually going down. Originally, I was a little worried that Nakamura would win the title only to have it stolen away by Baron Corbin cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase, which wouldn’t have been too bad, as Shinsuke would inevitably get a shot or two or ten at getting it back. But, you see how that went down? Corbin cashes in and loses on Smackdown, which didn’t help instill any confidence in me about the outcome of this one. I’m still going with my gut, though, and calling it for Nakamura. But, I would not be too shocked if something super-screwy were to go down and set off a chain of events that begins with a buttload of fans threatening to unsubscribe from the WWE Network and ends with said fans tuning in Tuesday to Smackdown to see what’s going to happen.

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My Pick: Shinsuke Nakamura

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Samoa Joe VS. Braun Strowman VS. Roman Reigns VS. Brock Lesnar (WWE Universal Championship): Just as I am typing this, I honesty am still not sure who I favor for this one and I love it. One major issue I have with wrestling today, especially WWE, is that things are too predictable. Partially due to things being repetitive and unoriginal, as well as the leaks and rumors that seem to flow freely on a daily basis from backstage. I hate when you can see a finish coming from a mile away. So, the one big thing that seems to be known about this match, is the rumor that Lesnar is making his way back to UFC, which would mean that he would need to leave WWE soon in order to get everything squared away over there. It seems that this may be pretty legit, so that eliminates Brock for me. So, now we’re left with Joe, Strowman and Reigns. I don’t see Reigns getting the title, yet. I think things work well now with Roman chasing the title and honestly cannot see him week-in and week-out as Champion. So, now it’s down to Joe or Strowman. I am very curious to see Braun Strowman as champ. That could be something cool as he sort of resembles Lesnar, being a monster (Among Men) and all. But, unlike Lesnar, he’ll actually be there every week. So that’s a plus. And, then there’s Samoa Joe who is just incredible and could easily carry the weight of the Universal Championship and all that comes with it as the top heel. Decision made!

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My Pick: Braun Str….NO! Samoa Joe

 

Whew! That wasn’t too bad now. Was it? Twelve big matches with plenty of excitement and surprises possibly in store throughout. Oddly, no firm plans for the Hardy Boyz, The Club, Chad Gable, Breezango or, most importantly, The Miz and the Intercontinental Title. Though, things could and possibly will change within hours of me posting this up.

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