WWE presents one among its marquee occasions of the yr on Sunday night time as SummerSlam goes down on the Amway Heart in Orlando contained in the ThunderDome, which now serves because the setting for WWE tv occasions going ahead. As is the case yearly, SummerSlam is a loaded present with large 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 will likely be with you the complete approach on Sunday with dwell outcomes, highlights and evaluation.

Let’s take a better take a look at who our CBS Sports activities consultants predict will come out on prime at WWE SummerSlam.

2020 WWE SummerSlam predictions

Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville (No DQ; Loser leaves WWE)

A real-life incident involving each ladies modified the course of this match and should have led to a unique end result. Initially a Hair vs. Hair match, it now appears to have been given an angle to put in writing Deville out of storylines as she offers with a private situation. Choose: Mandy Rose wins — Adam Silverstein (additionally Brent Brookhouse, Jack Crosby)

Uncooked Tag Staff 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 fairly 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 ultimately dropping the titles to a extra established tag workforce — perhaps 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 forwards and backwards on this one, primarily as a result of I feel Crews had achieved an excellent job as U.S. champion, and his elevation to that midcard function has confirmed an excellent resolution. I additionally hate fast title modifications, although I imagine that’s the course we’re going right here. Search for Cedric Alexander, who was missed by Crews to affix 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 gaggle that may even have his again. That may 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 nicely 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 forwards and backwards on who ought to wrestle Asuka first earlier than Bayley agreed that she can be the primary girl up. The road there turns into a contemporary Asuka beats Bayley, Banks retains later within the night and a jealous and pissed off 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’ve seen Bayley and Banks change into arguably essentially 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 an excellent one. However that cut up wants to return, and I feel we see the primary important crack of it on Sunday night time. Bayley fights first at SummerSlam and retains her title with Banks’ assist; nevertheless, later within the night time 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 “vital” to her whereas Banks’ solo success is just not. Banks has been giving us quite a few teases of an eventual cut up over the past 5-6 months, and whereas I doubt it pops off Sunday, I imagine the primary important crack of their relationship will kind 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 thought of Asuka being depleted from beating Bayley earlier within the night and Banks having the ability to reap the benefits of the state of affairs to depart SummerSlam as the only singles champion within the workforce. Banks may 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 method 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 every week later at Payback. Choose: Asuka wins the title — Crosby (additionally Silverstein)

Seth Rollins vs. Dominik Mysterio (Road Battle)

Certain, it could make sense to have Dominik win his first official WWE match. However my spidey senses began tingling when Rey stated he can 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 nicely for Dominik. With Payback set for every week later, this feels so much like a state of affairs the place Rollins will get some kind 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 prime. That modified this previous Monday on Uncooked, nevertheless, when it was revealed that Rey Mysterio can 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 triggered a lot damage to their household not too long ago. Dominik Mysterio formally will get his profession as a WWE famous person kickstarted on a excessive word. 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 profitable 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 nicely finish with no clear winner, only for issues to get sorted the next week. But when there is a winner on Sunday, will probably 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 could actually be comprehensible if the choice was made to slap the title on him. However I simply cannot 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 take a look at the reserving of this match. My rivalry for the final couple months is that Orton is the one affordable particular person to take the title off McIntyre except WWE plans to broaden his reign previous Survivor Sequence. Orton is arguably doing the very best work of his profession, he is nonetheless one among WWE’s hottest superstars and McIntyre has crushed each different professional 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 gives 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 maintain him champion? I am unsure. It will be disingenuous to vary my long-term prediction, so I am going to stick to Orton taking the title off McIntyre just for him to win it again a couple of 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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