August 20, 2017 by coachcarter717
(Courtesy of Michael Burdick/WWE.com staff)
Written by Adam Burt and Carter Cotrupi
Adam Burt: WWE SummerSlam looks like it will be enticing to a lot of casual fans. At the same time, this PPV could possibly leave a lot of die-hards snoozing. I’m going to guess the card will be a 50/50 split between entertaining matches and boring ones. With that said, I’m going to hit SummerSlam 2017 with an early overall rating of C+.
In this first part, we look at the full card for SummerSlam 2017. Because of the beefiness to the main card, each matchup will feature just the ratings and winner predictions from both of our analysts.
Carter Cotrupi: Keep reading after the list to see which matches our analysts picked as the “Show-Stoppers” (matches that will steal the show) and which matches you can use to browse through Facebook or go refill that brewski (“Bathroom Breaks”).
Jason Jordan & The Hardy Boyz vs. The Miz & The Miztourage (w/ Maryse)
Carter: Kurt Angle’s “Son” & The Hardy Boyz, B-
Burt: The Miz & The Miztourage, C+
Akira Tozawa (c) vs. Neville (Cruiserweight Championship)
Carter: Neville, C+
Burt: Tozawa, C+
The New Day (c) vs. The Usos (Smackdown Tag Team Championship)
Carter: The New Day, B
Burt: The New Day, B
Big Show vs. Big Cass (w/ Enzo Amore in a shark cage)
Carter: Big Cass, C-
Burt: Big Cass, C+
Randy Orton vs. Rusev
Carter: Orton, C+
Burt: Rusev, C-
Naomi (c) vs. Natalya (SmackDown Women’s Championship)
Carter: Naomi, C-
Burt: Naomi, D+
John Cena vs. Baron Corbin
Carter: Corbin, B-
Burt: Corbin, B
Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt
Carter: “The Demon King”, B
Burt: Balor, B+
Sheamus & Cesaro (c) vs. Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (Raw Tag Team Championship)
Carter: Ambrose & Rollins, A-
Burt, Ambrose & Rollins, A
Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks (Raw Women’s Championship)
Carter: Banks, B+
Burt: Banks, B+
AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens (c) (w/ Shane McMahon as the special guest referee)
Carter: Styles, A
Burt: Styles, A
Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (WWE Championship)
Carter: Nakamura, B
Burt: Nakamura, B-
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman vs. Samoa Joe (Universal Championship)
Carter: Strowman, A+
Burt, Samoa Joe, A
Carter: The Fatal-4-Way for the Universal Championship is the obvious choice for match of the night, WWE creative has finally booked a main event that’s worth the price of admission (or a renewal of a WWE Network subscription). The stipulation that Lesnar and Paul Heyman will leave the WWE if Brock loses adds a new layer to intrigue into this stacked matchup. These four superstars are going to have to put everything on the line to come out on top which makes for great wrestling. I like “The Beast” Brock Lesnar dominating the Raw championship picture, but I believe fans are starting to grow tired of his “part-time” in-ring appearances. Lesnar only comes into WWE’s weekly programming right before he’s contractually obligated to defend his title at a PPV event. Everyone expects Samoa Joe to use his technical skills to win the championship. However, my money is on Braun Strowman. He towers over the competition and unlike Lesnar, he is a beast that could defend the Universal Championship every week on Raw. The WWE could replicate some strokes of the Attitude Era by having new contenders try and fail to tackle the malicious Strowman every week on Monday night.
Burt: My Show-Stopper match prediction and the match I’m looking forward to a lot comes from the middle of the main card. Many wouldn’t expect this, but my Show-Stopper pick is the match between RAW tag team champions Cesaro and Sheamus vs the old Shield brothers Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. Each one of these guys individually could carry a great match on their own (if booked correctly). This one will be very exciting and I believe it will shock a lot of people.
Carter: Simply put, the matchup between Big Show and Big Cass does not belong on the main card. The fact that New Day and the Usos are buried in the kickoff show while this stale feud is put in the main picture is a travesty. I supported Big Cass’ heel turn up until they dragged his feud with Big Show this far. WWE creative can do right by Big Cass by letting him demolish Big Show while Enzo Amore swings helplessly above the ring in a shark cage. Speaking of which, whoever is pitching the shark cage stipulation backstage is doing a really good job of selling it to WWE creative. In the past two months alone, there have been three matches utilizing the shark cage. This is a primary example of lazy booking. Hopefully Big Cass wins so he can finally put his jobber days behind him.
Burt: And the good old bathroom break match. In this pay per view I’m picking the Smackdown Woman’s championship match to be the ultimate snooze-fest. Not too many die-hard fans are immensely invested in the reign by the current Women’s champion Naomi. It’s just been kind of a stale division in Smackdown with not too many great feuds. Natalya is not going to be the answer. Natalya, being a veteran of the company and the woman’s division, somehow got her way into a title match at SummerSlam over more dynamic superstars like Charlotte and Becky Lynch. I think her boring character isn’t walking out of this with a championship strap.