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This Sunday, WWE will present Summerslam from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. On paper, this looks like one of the better wrestling cards in recent months and has the potential to be better than Wrestlemania 32.

Here is the final match card and who I see coming out as winners:

Carmella, Becky Lynch, and Naomi vs. Natalya, Eva Marie, and Alexa Bliss

Personally,I feel this match will be a mess and I see it being on the Preshow. These women had singles matches against each other. Since Smackdown Live does not currently have a Woman’s title, this makes sense for them to fight right now. If reports are any indication of how this match will be going, I see the heels winning this match. Many reports are indicating that there is a strong possibility Eva Marie will be getting the title. However, I see her doing something that we don’t see actually get into the match and thus screwing Alexa Bliss and Natalya out of a win. With the likelihood that Eva Marie won’t be in this match, I can see WWE doing a handicap match or have the Heels recruit a new member. The only other Heel diva on Smackdown roster is Maryse, but she has not wrestled in many years. I can see them getting someone from NXT but they are limited right now in the woman wrestling.

Note: WWE has suspended Eva Marie for 30 days for violating the wellness program. She is the third wrestler in the last two days to be suspended. As of this writing, it is not known what direction WWE will take for this match.

Winner: Carmella, Becky Lynch, and Naomi.

John Cena vs. AJ Styles

This is their blow off match for their feud that began at Money in the Bank. This feud was being advertised as being a “Dream Feud” as you had the face of WWE go up against the face of TNA. Each wrestler has one win a piece as AJ Styles got the win at Money in the Bank and John Cena got the win at Battleground. Normally, you would see John Cena get the win and take the feud however I don’t see that being the case. AJ Styles is being pushed for greatness on Smackdown Live. If that is true, what is wrong with having AJ Styles getting a clean win over John Cena and taking this feud.

Winner: AJ Styles

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods for the WWE Tag Titles

When I did my five things to watch for at NXT Takeover and Summerslam one of the things I mentioned was we were getting new Tag Champions. While the New Day have had a great run with the tag belts from which they won at last years Summerslam, you need new people with the belts. I hope that when Anderson and Gallows win the belts, they end up moving on from the New Day. When it is all set and done, the Club may have a great night with AJ, Anderson, Gallows, and Balor all winning on Sunday night.

Winner and New Tag Team Champions: Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows

The Miz with Maryse vs. Apollo Crews for the WWE Intercontinental title

This match was made once Apollo Crews won a triple threat match on Smackdown Live with Kalisto and Baron Corbin. They have not done much build for this match. I will admit I am not the biggest Miz fan, but I feel he has done some of his best work with this current IC title run. To allow this feud to continue, I see Miz getting the win by cheating or something that will gain heat for him.

Winner: The Miz

Enzo and Big Cass vs. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens

One of the biggest parts of this match is you have three of the best mic talkers in Enzo, Chris Jericho, and Kevin Owens. I see Enzo and Big Cass getting the win. I see this happening because I could see Enzo and Big Cass getting a push and I don’t see Jericho and Owens being around that long. If Anderson and Gallows win the belts against New Day, Enzo and Big Cass could be the Club’s first feud with the belts.

Winner: Enzo Amore and Big Cass

Cesaro vs. Sheamus in a best of 7 series

This feud looked like it was going to happen when the WWE Draft happen, and both Sheamus and Cesaro were drafted to RAW and were both unhappy with the decision. Although it was unannounced where this feud will lead to, I see it that we will see either Sheamus or Cesaro on Smackdown Live. I see this feud going under the 50/50 booking. I see Cesaro grabbing the first win in this series.

Winner: Cesaro (1-0 lead for Cesaro) 

Rusev with Lana vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE United States Championship

My thoughts on this match changed. For some reason, WWE decided to give us this match for free to close out RAW this past Monday and Reigns won. I see Rusev retaining the US title as he is continuing to return to his Monster Heel days before Wrestlemania 31. The only reason I could see Reigns winning this match and the title is that Rusev will be off of TV for a few weeks in September, they may want the belt on someone who will be on TV.

Winner: Rusev retaining 

Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler for the WWE Championship

This match was made after Ziggler won a six pack challenge on the first Smackdown Live. What I find interesting about this match is Dolph Ziggler was on the Pre-Show for Money in the Bank, Payback, and Battleground. What has he done other than winning a match that would justify going from a preshow match to being one of the main events of the second biggest card in WWE?

Winner: Dean Ambrose retaining 

Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks for the WWE Woman’s Title ( Dana Brooke is banned from ringside)

I figured this was going to be their first match for the title and not a rematch. However, on the first RAW post-WWE draft, WWE decided to have them fight for the title and had Sasha Banks win the belt. I, however, don’t see this being the end of the feud, if you look at the Woman wrestlers on RAW after Sasha Banks and Charlotte you have Nia Jax, Dana Brooke, Paige (Suspended), Alicia Fox, Lana and Summer Rae. So the Woman wrestlers take a huge dip once you get past Sasha Banks and Charlotte.

Winner: Sasha Banks retains 

Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor for the WWE Universal Title

After Dean Ambrose was able to retain the WWE Championship at Battleground, RAW was left without a title. So Stephanie McMahon and RAW General Manager Mick Foley decided to create a title and created the WWE Universal Title. Seth Rollins was put in the match right off the back, and Finn Balor needed to go through several wrestlers to get this opportunity.

Winner: Finn Balor 

Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman vs. Randy Orton

I see this being the main event. This match has been touted since after Money in the Bank. Essentially, this is RAW vs. Smackdown. If Randy Orton does win, then I figure it makes him the #1 contender for the WWE Championship. Although this match has two wrestlers who have been in the industry for a while and came into the business the same time, I can see a lot of great spots in this match.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

Although the build for this card has been very weak, if you look at the matches alone this looks like it has the potential to be a great card. I also could see the matches on this card be better than Wrestlemania 32. You can watch WWE Summerslam on the WWE Network this Sunday. What are your predictions for Summerslam?Let us know in the comments below.

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