A spectacle it may very well be, but when it comes to in ring work it won’t be. TNA has had their best PPVs in the last two months (No Surrender and Sacrifice) and the next one, Unbreakable, looks to do what the WWE has problems with…in ring work. SummerSlam has quite a few matches that most fans will be looking forward to namely Hogan vs. Michaels. Even the smart fans will be happy that they will see Matt Hardy vs. Edge as long as it’s booked properly.
It has been a good three years since the last great SummerSlam card. While I don’t see this one being as good as the 2002 show, it still can be way better than the previous two years worth. Of course that’s not saying a whole lot since it has just as much promise to be craptastic too. It’s time tell you my thoughts on each match and how the stories got to where they are, if any.
Chris Jericho vs. John Cena
Two months ago when John Cena was first drafted to RAW he was getting called out by Christian. But, little did Cena know that Chris Jericho was also focusing his sights on the WWE Championship. After holding that title for about three months in early 2002, Jericho would like it again. At Vengeance Cena retained the title over both Christian and Jericho. Now that Christian is on Smackdown, Jericho is the sole contender for Cena’s title.
I like Eric Bischoff’s involvement in this story, but putting Carlito in to help would be okay if the Intercontinental Championship wasn’t being ignored like it is. I’m sure that he will be out there to help Y2J on Sunday, but obviously won’t have to defend his own title on the show, which is a shame. A bigger shame, though, is that the WWE somehow leaked out the WWE Championship match for Unforgiven next month which gives away who’s leaving SummerSlam with it. The match is setup to be Kurt Angle versus…John Cena.
My Choice: John Cena
Shawn Michaels vs. Hulk Hogan
Shawn Michaels turned on Hulk Hogan after delivering a superkick and this was at the end of a three month off and on team up. Since then HBK has been doing most of the smack talk and even turning in a great performance parodying Hogan’s appearance on Larry King Live.
I’ve enjoyed every bit of what Michaels has done for this feud and nothing of what Hogan has brought. Hogan is still doing the same old (just like himself) and tired crap that he’s done for 20+ years. Even with that said I know that Hogan will get the win since he hasn’t touched Michaels once yet. If it wasn’t for HBK’s promos I would care at all about this match. And for the match itself I’m sure that I won’t.
My Choice: Hulk Hogan
No Holds Barred Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Batista vs. JBL
Another simple plan to get JBL into the title picture again is to have him win a #1 contenders match for the third time. This one being when he beat the Undertaker a few days after ‘Taker defeated Muhammad Hassan at the Great American Bash.
After last month’s match between these two the only good thing to come out of it was that my question was answered. It’s now set in stone that Batista and JBL can’t have a good match together even with a gimmick match such as this one. I don’t like the idea of this match anymore than you do. However, don’t blame the WWE because they wanted the challenger to be Muhammad Hassan. It was UPN’s fault that the Hassan character is no more and it’s also their fault that the WWE was forced to present us with this clusterfuck one more time. This time the only guarantee will be that Batista will win and search out a better opponent.
My Choice: Batista
Matt Hardy vs. Edge
This real life story all started months ago with Lita cheating on Matt Hardy to go out with Edge and in turn Hardy was released by the WWE. During the time that Hardy wasn’t employed by the company they did a pseudo-storyline putting Kane in Hardy’s place with the rest pretty much staying the same. Also while this was going on chants of “You Screwed Matt” and “We Want Matt” started being heard in WWE arenas everywhere that Edge and/or Lita were. All of this lead to Matt Hardy’s return to the WWE and beings us to this match that’s setup for this Sunday.
I see no reason for this match to be anything but a no contest. It’s the first meeting between these two and definitely shouldn’t be the last. This should start and end as one big brawl. A good example of how it should be done is from the Undertaker/Kane match that took place at this very event five years ago. Forget a referee too. Just get these guys to look like they’ve almost killed each other by the end and I’ll be happy.
My Choice: No Contest
Randy Orton vs. Undertaker
Randy Orton was victim number 13 at WrestleMania 21 for the Undertaker. This rematch has been on the back burner for some time now. This is all because Orton was out with an injury and wasn’t ring ready until recently. With little to go on other than what happened five months ago. It’s time for the second go around.
I expect more of the same in this match, which isn’t a bad thing since their first encounter was really good. I also expect Orton to get his long awaited win here as well.
My Choice: Randy Orton
Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio
This feud has been going for five months too. The only difference is that it has been consistently moving along. So far every time Eddie and Rey have met in the ring it has been Rey who has gotten the win. The storyline has changed from Eddie Guerrero needing to beat Rey Mysterio into who should get custody of Rey’s son Dominick.
High expectations have been placed on each and every match that these two have had on PPV since the first one at WrestleMania 21. Those that have seen their match from Halloween Havoc 1997 know what can happen, but unfortunately it hasn’t come true yet. Hopefully a ladder match can spruce things up a bit and help this match become one of the night’s best.
My Choice: Eddie Guerrero
No Time Limit
Kurt Angle vs. Eugene
A few weeks ago Eugene returned to action on RAW and won Kurt Angle’s Olympic gold medal. This has driven Angle crazy in trying to get it back. Since Eugene has had Angle’s medal he has beaten Tatanka, Rene Dupree, and Angle himself twice.
This match reminds me a lot of when Eugene faced off against Triple H last year. It ended badly for Eugene then and I expect the same against Angle this time too. After all, the next contender for the WWE Championship can’t be losing before his title shot now can he.
My Choice: Kurt Angle
United States Championship
Chris Benoit vs. Orlando Jordan
I’m going to have to forgo the first paragraph that explains how we got because there isn’t anything available to pass along. This match is taking place for one reason and one reason only. It’s all because the WWE realized that they should have had Chris Benoit win last month, but for some reason or another didn’t feel like it. This is the “do over” match and hopefully they will get it right this time.
My Choice: Chris Benoit
With more than half the card looking to have the crowd into it the show is looking up. It’s already a better on paper than WrestleMania 21 was in execution. However, it could very well be a different story when the clock strikes 11pm on Sunday. The WWE needs a hit with this year’s SummerSlam because TNA is on a two straight awesome PPV streak and look to continue on with a third one in September.
I leave you with the graphic that proves John Cena’s win over Chris Jericho will lead to him facing a familiar foe in Kurt Angle at Unforgiven.