Sunday evening, WWE presents certainly one of its marquee occasions of the yr as SummerSlam goes down on the Amway Heart in Orlando. As is the case yearly, SummerSlam is a loaded present with huge stakes on the road up and down the cardboard.

Six title matches are scheduled for the occasion, together with Drew McIntyre placing the WWE championship on the road in opposition to Randy Orton, who’s on one of many hottest runs of his already legendary profession. Additionally, Braun Strowman will put his WWE common championship on the road in opposition to “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. Add in Asuka competing in two separate title matches in opposition to Bayley and Sasha Banks for the SmackDown and Uncooked ladies’s championships, respectively, and there may be excessive potential for this yr’s SummerSlam to be a memorable one.

SummerSlam will start at 7 p.m. ET with the present anticipated to final roughly three hours, not counting the kickoff present, which begins one hour previous to the principle card at 6 p.m. CBS Sports activities shall be with you all the means on Sunday with dwell outcomes, highlights and evaluation.

Let’s take a more in-depth have a look at who our CBS Sports activities consultants predict will come out on high at WWE SummerSlam.

2020 WWE SummerSlam predictions

Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville (Hair vs. Hair)

Deville and Rose have each been helped massively by this feud with every turning into extra distinguished superstars in their very own proper. Nevertheless, nobody has benefitted greater than Deville, who has confirmed to be among the finest promos within the ladies’s division and a future star on this firm. Deville has gotten over on Rose so many occasions with assaults — together with already chopping her hair — that it appears pointless for her to comply with by means of and win this match as properly. Plus, from a sensible standpoint, Rose has already created a brand new search for herself and has some backup (Otis) whereas Deville’s backup (Dolph Ziggler) is now on Uncooked. Rose wins, and the feud lastly ends. Choose: Mandy Rose wins — Adam Silverstein (additionally Brent Brookhouse, Jack Crosby)

Uncooked Tag Workforce Championship: The Road Income (c) vs. Andrade & Angel Garza

What this one comes right down to for me, personally, is the truth that I can see Andrade and Angel Garza succeeding far more within the close to future as singles stars reasonably than heel tag workforce champions. They’ve teased some animosity between the 2 within the current previous as Zelina Vega generally struggles to rein them again. Some extra miscommunication between the 2 right here results in The Road Income retaining and finally dropping the titles to a extra established tag workforce — possibly even a heel Viking Raiders. Choose: The Road Income retain the titles — Crosby (additionally Brookhouse, Silverstein)

United States Championship: Apollo Crews (c) vs. MVP

I have been going backwards and forwards on this one, primarily as a result of I feel Crews had completed job as U.S. champion, and his elevation to that midcard function has confirmed choice. I additionally hate fast title modifications, although I imagine that’s the route we’re going right here. Search for Cedric Alexander, who was neglected by Crews to hitch the six-man tag workforce match final week and gained/misplaced the 24/7 championship in a matter of seconds on Uncooked, to show heel and be a part of the Damage Enterprise — a bunch that may even have his again. That can value Crews the title and immediate a “Payback” match on subsequent week’s present. It is also a great way to take the title off Crews with out hurting somebody who has been constructed properly with a clear loss. Choose: MVP wins the title — Silverstein (additionally Brookhouse, Crosby)

SmackDown Girls’s Championship: Bayley (c) vs. Asuka

I am laying down this choose based mostly off roughly 30 seconds of promo work the place Bayley and Sasha Banks went backwards and forwards on who ought to wrestle Asuka first earlier than Bayley agreed that she could be the primary girl up. The road there turns into a recent Asuka beats Bayley, Banks retains later within the night and a jealous and annoyed Bayley lights the fuse on the long-awaited feud, with a tag title loss at Payback pushing issues over the sting. Choose: Asuka wins the title — Brookhouse

Over the previous 9 months or so, we have now seen Bayley and Banks grow to be arguably probably the most entertaining a part of WWE’s product. Every are doing the very best work of their careers, and the choice to carry off a teased cut up has in the end been one. However that cut up wants to return, and I feel we see the primary vital crack of it on Sunday evening. Bayley fights first at SummerSlam and retains her title with Banks’ assist; nevertheless, later within the evening when Bayley tries to assist Banks, she fails and it leads to Banks dropping the title. Bayley already indicated final week in a key backstage second that the SmackDown title is “essential” to her whereas Banks’ solo success isn’t. Banks has been giving us quite a few teases of an eventual cut up during the last 5-6 months, and whereas I doubt it pops off Sunday, I imagine the primary vital crack of their relationship will type with the second being the lack of the tag workforce titles subsequent week. Choose: Bayley retains the title — Silverstein (additionally Crosby)

Uncooked Girls’s Championship: Sasha Banks (c) vs. Asuka

Below the identical logic as the sooner choose that Asuka beats Bayley, I am rolling with the concept of Asuka being depleted from beating Bayley earlier within the night and Banks having the ability to make the most of the scenario to go away SummerSlam as the only singles champion within the workforce. Banks would possibly retain with an help from Bayley, however issues will not be good between the pair for lengthy. Choose: Sasha Banks retains the title — Brookhouse

Previous to this bout, Bayley will discover a technique to lastly get previous Asuka by means of some nefarious means to retain the SmackDown ladies’s title. Her cohort Banks, nevertheless, is not going to be so lucky. Asuka will take again her Uncooked ladies’s title and provides us all of the title feud with Shayna Baszler we wish to see on Monday nights. In the meantime, hopefully Banks’ failure helps kickstart the breakup with Bayley as they head towards defending their tag titles per week later at Payback. Choose: Asuka wins the title — Crosby (additionally Silverstein)

Seth Rollins vs. Dominik Mysterio (Road Combat)

Certain, it might make sense to have Dominik win his first official WWE match. However my spidey senses began tingling when Rey mentioned he could be ringside for the match. Not that Rey would value Dominik or something foolish, however simply the concept that issues had been lining up too properly for Dominik. With Payback set for per week later, this feels so much like a scenario the place Rollins will get some type of low-cost win as chaos breaks out between Seth, Dominik, Rey and Murphy solely to set Dominik up for revenge at Payback. Choose: Seth Rollins wins — Brookhouse

Over the previous few weeks throughout this construct, I had been closely leaning towards Rollins popping out on high. That modified this previous Monday on Uncooked, nevertheless, when it was revealed that Rey Mysterio could be in Dominik’s nook. If there may be one feel-good second on this present that I might be comfy placing cash on, it is father and son standing tall after vanquishing the dastardly Messiah that has precipitated a lot damage to their household lately. Dominik Mysterio formally will get his profession as a WWE celebrity kickstarted on a excessive be aware. Choose: Dominik Mysterio wins — Crosby (additionally Silverstein)

Common Championship: Braun Strowman (c) vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt

It is lastly time to place this feud to mattress. Strowman has gotten previous Common Bray and Wyatt Household Bray, and now has introduced out The Fiend. Whereas Strowman has countered by turning into “The Monster,” the clear plan has appeared to be Wyatt successful the title again when The Fiend re-emerged. Payback hanging over SummerSlam provides ranges of uncertainty to each match, together with this one. The primary assembly of The Fiend and The Monster may properly finish with out a clear winner, only for issues to get sorted the next week. But when there is a winner on Sunday, it will likely be The Fiend. Choose: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt wins the title — Brookhouse (additionally Silverstein, Crosby)

WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Randy Orton

Orton has been on an absolute heater, and it might actually be comprehensible if the choice was made to slap the title on him. However I simply can’t shake the truth that WWE had a prolonged run deliberate for McIntyre on the heels of him defeating Brock Lesnar in such convincing vogue at WrestleMania, and it will not — and should not — waver from these plans. Chalk one other notable protection up for the champ. Choose: Drew McIntyre retains the title — Crosby

There are such a lot of methods to have a look at the reserving of this match. My competition for the final couple months is that Orton is the one cheap particular person to take the title off McIntyre until WWE plans to develop his reign previous Survivor Collection. Orton is arguably doing the very best work of his profession, he is nonetheless certainly one of WWE’s hottest superstars and McIntyre has crushed each different reliable heel on Uncooked. However imagine or not, the WWE ThunderDome affected my considering.

With McIntyre by no means getting a real “crowning” second and but to really feel the precise adulation of WWE followers, the ThunderDome offers the chance for McIntyre to get the “WrestleMania second” he didn’t get at WrestleMania. Is that sufficient for WWE to both change its plans or hold him champion? I am unsure. It will be disingenuous to vary my long-term prediction, so I will follow Orton taking the title off McIntyre just for him to win it again just a few months from now. However I can actually see why a retention could also be booked. Choose: Randy Orton wins the title — Silverstein (additionally Brookhouse)


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