Jabroni Journal: SummerSlam 2016

Official Predictions

August 18, 2016

On Sunday night we will witness the first official WWE Pay Per View of “The New Era,” as SummerSlam 2016 invades New York City. There are a ton of storylines and feuds now that SmackDown Live and Raw have completely separate rosters, plus we are even seeing the crowning of a champion for a brand new world title belt. I took a look at the entire SummerSlam match card and came up with these predictions….

Carmella, Becky Lynch and Naomi vs. Natalya and Alexa Bliss – I get the feeling that the team of Natalya and Alexa Bliss will get the upset victory on this one via some way of cheating, thus building up Natalya to be that much more vicious and cutthroat. 
Winners: Natalya and Alexa Bliss            

Cesaro vs. Sheamus – This match will be brutal. Mick Foley announced on Raw that this would be the first of a best-of-seven series between the two hard-hitting superstars. I could go either way on this one….so let’s just say Cesaro gets round one.
Winner: Cesaro

The Miz (Intercontinental Champion) with Maryse vs. Apollo Crews – I have enjoyed the hell out of The Miz’s Intercontinental Championship run this time around (something I never thought I would admit), but Apollo Crews is a strong face for “The New Era” and would make for a great, young Intercontinental Champion. 
Winner: Apollo Crews

Enzo and Cass vs. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens – I love the team of Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens  aka Jeri-K.O. Every time this duo appears on my screen I know I am in for a treat. Enzo and Cass are gold as well, and I see them as a modern day Shawn Michaels and Diesel. This match will be super entertaining, but I see Enzo and Cass squeaking out a victory in the end, only to have JeriK.O. beat them down after the match and demand a rematch. 
Winners: Enzo and Cass

The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) (Tag Team Champions) vs. The Club (Gallows and Anderson)
At this point, The New Day are the longest-reigning tag-team champions of all-time and are extremely popular within the WWE Universe. Gallows and Anderson on the other hand, haven’t proven to be too much other than AJ Styles’ muscle. Sure, we are reminded of all their accolades from their time in Japan each week on commentary, but they have yet to show us what they are truly capable of. I predict that this is the moment where everything changes, as The Club destroys The New Day, taking their belts and beating them down brutally after the match, thus making them a force to be reckoned with. 
Winners: The Club

Sasha Banks (Women’s Champion) vs. Charlotte 
This has the potential to be the match of the night. Both Sasha and Charlotte have proven themselves as viable champions, but I can’t see the company taking the belt off the fan-favorite Sasha Banks so quick. This will be a helluva match, but in the end, Sasha will retain the belt. 
Winner: Sasha Banks

Rusev (United States Champion) vs. Roman Reigns 
Rusev is a behemoth. Rusev is a destroyer. Rusev is a crusher. Rusev humbles all. If he is able to avoid Roman’s spear and Superman punch combo, I see the Bulgarian Brute making Roman tap out in about 15 minutes. 
Winner: Rusev

John Cena vs. AJ Styles 
AJ Styles has become obsessed with destroying John  Cena as of late. Hell, he even has a hashtag…#BeatUpJohnCena. Though Cena is the marquee main eventer and the “face that runs the place,” I believe WWE will continue to build up AJ Styles as a major villain and the best way to do that is to level the main guy. 
Winner: AJ Styles

Dean Ambrose (WWE Heavyweight Champion) vs. Dolph Ziggler 
One month ago I would have scoffed at the idea of putting the championship belt on Dolph Ziggler. Don’t get me wrong, I love the guy – he’s solid, has a ton of charisma and potential and has the look of a champion. The problem with Ziggler, though, isn’t his fault, it’s the fact that WWE has pulled the rug out from under him every time fans have got behind him. They have made him lose over and over again, to the point where it almost feels pointless to root for him because he’s just gonna lose. But that was before the brand split. Now that SmackDown Live has shown a distinct effort in shocking viewers with building new talents and giving us legitimate surprises, I could see them booking Ziggler to pin Ambrose, hooking fans and making them want to tune in each week to see what will happen next. 
Winner: Dolph Ziggler 

Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins – WWE Universal Championship Match
This is a dream match. Both of these men are incredibly talented wrestlers beloved by fans worldwide. Finn has made an awesome impact in his first month of main roster TV, but I think it would be a mistake to put the title on him this early. Let the villainy of Seth reign triumphant via some dastardly trick and build this feud up for awhile longer. 
Winner: Seth Rollins

Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton 
I understand that Brock Lesnar is the Beast Incarnate, the one and only man to kill the Undertaker’s streak and an overall unstoppable wrecking machine of a wrestler….but humor me for a minute. It feels like WWE is making a huge effort to re-invest time and attention on Randy Orton. Couple that with the fact that an upset over Brock could send him into maximum Beast Mode for a rematch and I’m thinking The Viper pulls this one out with an RKO right in the middle of the ring.
Winner: Randy Orton