Here are our predictions for WWE Summerslam 2019. Billed incessantly as the "biggest party of the summer," WWE's annual Summerslam event remains one of the fabled big four pay-per-views and a highlight on any wrestling fan's calendar. The landscape of both WWE and the wrestling industry as a whole is entering a period of considerable transition, with WWE facing genuine competition from AEW for the first time in years. In response to rapidly declining ratings, Vince McMahon has drafted in Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff to oversee his weekly product, and WWE are becoming increasingly reliant on returning legends to boost viewership.
This perhaps explains why both Trish Stratus and Goldberg have places on this year's Summerslam card, the latter seeking redemption after a travesty of a match against Undertaker earlier this year. However, WWE Summerslam 2019 isn't just a nostalgia trip, with plenty on offer for the hardcore fans too. Bray Wyatt will finally make his in-ring debut as the Fiend, a fascinating evil character that has been the highlight of WWE over the past few months, and AJ Styles will go up against Ricochet once again.
The full card for WWE Summerslam 2019, with our predicted winners, reads as follows:
- Drew Gulak (c) vs. Oney Lorcan - WWE Cruiserweight Championship - While it's great to see Oney on a major PPV, Drew Gulak's compelling reign should continue.
- Goldberg vs. Dolph Ziggler - Spear. Jackhammer. Goldberg wins.
- Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon - Kevin must quit if he loses - Hopefully, this match will be the start of a Shane-cation, with Kevin Owens coming out on top against the "Best in the World."
- Charlotte Flair vs. Trish Stratus - Supposedly Trish's last match, it's hard to imagine company favorite, Charlotte Flair, losing here.
- AJ Styles (c) vs. Ricochet - United States Championship - A potential match of the night, AJ Styles has been rejuvenated by his new OC faction and that momentum should continue.
- Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor - A match where almost anything could happen, but Bray Wyatt should emerge victorious regardless.
- Bayley (c) vs. Ember Moon - Smackdown Women's Championship - The talented Moon has been buried leading up to this match, pointing towards a win for Bayley.
- Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins - WWE Universal Championship - A retread of Wrestlemania, but this time with Brock Lesnar retaining.
- Becky Lynch (c) vs. Natalya - Raw Women's Championship - Recently revealed as a cover star for the upcoming WWE 2K20 game, Becky Lynch is unlikely to lose out.
- Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton - WWE Championship - This feud has the potential to run a little longer, meaning Randy Orton could spring a shock on the night.
Several notable big names aren't included on the WWE Summerslam 2019 card at present, but could certainly still play a role before the night is through. Fans may see a continuation of the "who keeps trying to kill Roman Reigns" story, either in the form of fresh developments or an impromptu match with Buddy Murphy. Meanwhile, Drew McIntyre, The Revival and Elias are almost certain to run interference for their boss, Shane McMahon, and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson could perform the same function for AJ Styles. With none of WWE's Tag Team Titles on the line, the most fans will see of the New Day will be during Kofi Kingston's entrance. Also expect some shenanigans with the WWE 24/7 title, featuring R-Truth, Carmella, Mike & Maria Kanellis and Drake Maverick.
Unfortunately, a host of major players are still missing out, including Sami Zayn, Asuka, Rey Mysterio, Alexa Bliss, Andrade, Shinsuke Nakamura, Ali, Aleister Black, Braun Strowman and virtually every tag team on the main roster. It could be argued that spots should go to these figures instead of bringing the likes of Trish Stratus and Goldberg out of retirement, but the real problem is WWE's bloated roster and scatter-gun approach to recruitment, with the company taking on far more wrestlers than they can book for 2 weekly shows and a monthly PPV. Nevertheless, WWE Summerslam 2019 promises plenty of excitement with a packed card and scope for surprises.
WWE Summerslam 2019 takes place August 11th on the WWE Network.