For the 32nd time in history, the biggest feuds of the summer will come to a head on Sunday in WWE’s second biggest pay-per-view of the calendar year. In total, six titles will be up for grabs in a loaded 10-match card as WWE SummerSlam invades Scotiabank Arena in Toronto with a WrestleMania rematch between universal champion Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins as the likely main event.
The WWE Championship is also on the line at SummerSlam, as Kofi Kingston, enjoying a surprisingly lengthy and substantive championship reign, takes on Randy Orton. These two have history going back a decade, and while Kingston seems poised to continue his impressive title reign, you can never really count out Randy Orton.
A pair of WWE Hall of Famers will also return as Goldberg takes on Dolph Ziggler and Trish Stratus returns to face Charlotte Flair. Kofi Kingston defends the WWE championship against Randy Orton in a rehash of their 2009 feud. Meanwhile, Becky Lynch and Bayley will defend their SmackDown and Raw women’s championships, respectively, against Natalya and Ember Moon.
AJ Styles vs. Ricochet
AJ Styles and Ricochet are arguably the two best wrestlers in the whole company. They’ve had several matches thus far, including one at least month’s Extreme Rules event, but none have been as great as you’d expect. Hopefully this is the one.
The two start off quick. Within the first minute Ricochet literally bounces off Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson to hurricanrana AJ.
Trish Stratus vs. Charlotte Flair
Tyler Treese: This is a passing of the torch. Pick: Flair
Harry Kettle: Pick: Flair
Bill Pritchard: Pick: Flair
John Clark: Pick: Flair
Alex Santa Maria: Pick: Stratus
At least on paper, SummerSlam has the potential makings of a classic pay-per-view, but as always, that will come down to the execution by the creative team. At Extreme Rules, WWE made some blockbuster decisions that ultimately proved to be very effective, including Lesnar’s surprising Money in the Bank cash-in, Kingston’s strong title defense and an impressive performance from Aleister Black.