With SummerSlam approaching who is stepping up and who is stepping out?
Let’s all take a moment to applaud some of the match quality we’ve seen in recent weeks. Really stellar stuff from both the main roster and developmental. So what are we most looking forward to with SummerSlam quickly approaching?
1) With SummerSlam steadily approaching the card is starting to solidify itself. Which match are you looking forward to the most?
Corey: Raw’s fatal-four-way for the Universal Championship is easily the match I’m most ready to see. Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman vs Samoa Joe vs Roman Reigns. These guys are going to steal the show. I mentioned to Josh earlier in the week that right now basically all four of these men have the same gimmick right now but no one cares because it’s going to be crazy.
Josh: I think we can all agree that the four-way for the Universal Championship is the most anticipated, but I’d also like to give a shoutout to World Heavyweight Championship match as well. We all got a bit of swerve on Tuesday when Cena didn’t go over Shinsuke Nakamura. It’s a big opportunity for Nakamura and Jinder Mahal, here’s hoping they rise to the occasion.
2) We were treated to a number of good matches this week. Which match stuck out for you the most this week?
Corey: I would have to say it’s a Aleister Black vs Kyle O’Reilly on NXT. Incredibly physically match that came out of nowhere!
Josh: The triple threat match between Reigns, Joe and Strowman was really good. It’s basically a preview of the SummerSlam main event and had me salivating for more.
3) Shinsuke Nakamura is now the No. 1 Contender for Jinder Mahal’s WWE Championship. Do you see him leaving SummerSlam with the title?
Corey: No because even if he does get the pin over Mahal there’s still Corbin who I can almost bet money on is going to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase if Shinsuke wins.
Josh: Yes, because this is a great opportunity to elevate Shinsuke to the top tier of Smackdown and follow it up with Mahal chasing Shinsuke while Corbin lurks in the background. It creates an interesting dynamic with all three men ready to take the championship.
4) Rumor has it that John Cena will be moving over to Raw soon. What do you think WWE has in mind with this?
Corey: I’m betting on a slow build to John Cena vs Roman Reigns match at either Survivor Series or WrestleMania. The two already sent out a few tweets at each other and I could definitely see that being the set up.
Josh: It’s interesting because I do think Cena will be on Raw before too long, but I’ve heard it’s more about what his filming schedule will allow. It’s not a case of trying to get Cena to Raw, but that if he’s available for a few weeks and the taping schedule coincides with Raw then he’ll appear there, if it coincides with Smackdown then he’ll appear there. Makes sense, take advantage of the time Cena has available no matter which brand that ends up being.
5) It’s been announced that on this upcoming episode of Monday Night Raw Braun Strowman will take on Roman Reigns in a Last Man Standing Match. What are your thoughts?
Corey: I called it after their Ambulance match. It’s the only logical next step for these two men. Their entire rivalry has basically been the fact that neither man can keep the other man down. Personally I think it should end in a draw and after SummerSlam build to the final match in their rivalry as a Hell in a Cell match.
Josh: Oh hey, Corey finally got his match request! Should be great, can’t wait to see it!
– John Cena may actually be inhuman because the way he landed on his neck against Nakamura and still got up is insane. I’m glad there were no hard feelings though. You could tell from the time the move was executed that Nakamura was concerned for Cena.
– WWE has come to terms with Eve Marie’s release … can’t say anyone is surprised by this at all.
– Did anyone catch the birthday wishes WWE sent out to Damien Sandow (Aron Rex)? Will we see him back in WWE? It’s certainly possible, course I’m also just wildly speculating.
– There also seems to be a new influx of talent arriving to NXT. In the past number of weeks we’ve already seen Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly both debut. This doesn’t even take into the account the influx of female talent from the Mae Young Classic. The NXT roster just got a whole lot deeper.