The WWE will throw a party in Los Angeles known as SummerSlam 2014 on Sunday, August 17, and we couldn’t be more excited. This event, in its 27th year and 6th year in a row in L.A.’s Staples Center, will feature an impressive card of talent and the conclusion/beginning of storylines that will keep us guessing for the rest of the year. SummerSlam is almost like WrestleMania’s younger, less over-the-top sibling, but has always been a spectacle.
Since we know many of our readers are sports entertainment fans (or “wrasslin'” fans, for short), we wanted to give you our take on the card and expectations for the matches. Here’s how it’ll break down: we’ll give you the basic details, then we’ll share our 1. prediction, 2. what we want to happen and 3. a grade for how good we think the match will be when the SummerSlam grappling begins. We’ll take a look at what we got wrong and right on Monday morning. Share your thoughts below, and we hope you have a chance to catch it. Most of us will be watching WWE Network (need to enjoy that while it lasts if the subscriptions keep dropping), but no matter how or where you view it, SummerSlam 2014 is guaranteed to be a fun night!
SummerSlam 2014: Our Predictions, Hopes and Grades
Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon
1. What will happen: Stephanie McMahon will get the win with the help of an unlikely source (not all twins can read each other’s minds).
2. What should happen: This storyline should end; that’s the only thing that should happen.
3. Grade: D
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins (Lumberjack match)
1. What will happen: Seth Rollins has had a tough time lately; we see him picking up a win.
2. What should happen: Anything to keep this match-up going; both guys are worthy of the W.
3. Grade: B+
Jack Swagger vs. Rusev (Flag match)
1. What will happen: In what could be an entertaining gimmick match, Jack Swagger can’t let the Real American people down.
2. What should happen: A questionable finish; neither guy needs a clean loss right now — plus, this feud could have some staying power.
3. Grade: C- (both can be stiff, but they may surprise us)
Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns
1. What will happen: We are witnessing the ascension of the next great champion in the WWE. Reigns with a hard-fought victory.
2. What should happen: We are witnessing the ascension of the …
3. Grade: B+
Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho (Singles match, but the other Wyatts are banned from ringside)
1. What will happen: Chris Jericho has a reputation for “putting over” other wrestlers on the big stage, so we see a clean win for the Wyatt Family leader.
2. What should happen: We want Jericho to make one last title run, so a big win would be great, but Bray is an undeniable talent.
3. Grade: A
AJ Lee [champ] vs. Paige (WWE Divas Championship)
1. What will happen: Paige has going off the deep end, and she’s taking AJ’s title with her.
2. What should happen: Both are stellar athletes — this will be close, and definitely not the last meeting between the two. We’d like to see what Paige is capable of in a longer run with the strap around her waist.
3. Grade: A-
The Miz [champ] vs. Dolph Ziggler (WWE Intercontinental Championship)
1. What will happen: It will likely be a match of the night contender, and the “Hollywood big shot” will drop Dolph’s title back to its rightful owner.
2. What should happen: Dolph with the win and a real movie star helping him get there.
3. Grade: A
John Cena [champ] vs. Brock Lesnar (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
1. What will happen: The Beast Incarnate will walk away with the title and another signature win — there will be blood.
2. What should happen: Though Lesnar is rarely on WWE programming, he should win and then drop it to Reigns late this year.
3. Grade: B (could be great or predictable, so we’re going with the smart money)