21/04/2024

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The conclusion of Money in the Bank means attention is now focused towards WWE’s next Premium Live Event, SummerSlam.

‘The biggest party of the summer’ is scheduled for Sunday, August 6 and will emanate from Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

It will be WWE’s first Premium Live Event back in the United States since WrestleMania 39, after travelling to Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia and London.

SummerSlam is currently five weeks away and some of the card started to take shape during Money in the Bank, with a return and betrayal setting the scene for what to expect.

The Inner Sanctum will take a look at some of the matches that should feature in next month’s show.

Logan Paul vs Ricochet

An encounter between Logan Paul and Ricochet has been in the pipeline since the Royal Rumble, as they should finally compete against each other in singles fashion at SummerSlam.

This possibility increased during the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match, when the former Intercontinental Champion delivered an ugly Spanish fly to the Social Media Megastar through a table to remove themselves from the contest.

Paul could use that as leverage to challenge Ricochet, as it would be an enthralling battle and give the latter significant exposure.

While a match between the Maverick and LA Knight has been teased, this is the preferred scenario and the Megastar should be showcased in a much more important program for Detroit.

Ronda Rousey vs Shayna Baszler

In one of the more unexpected events to take place at Money in the Bank, Shayna Baszler betrayed Ronda Rousey during their Women’s Tag Team Title defence.

The Baddest Woman on the Planet was struck from behind by the Queen of Spades, left on her own and eventually losing the gold to Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez.

Baszler’s intentions should become clear this week, as she and her now-former best friend should lock horns at SummerSlam.

It would be a brutal collision and if WWE wished to add another layer to the story, it should be contested inside a fight pit. The two would revisit their mixed martial arts history, where they formed their close friendship.

Austin Theory (c) vs LA Knight – United States Championship

A decision that left fans perplexed and disappointed was LA Knight not capturing the men’s Money in the Bank briefcase, with the contract being awarded to Damian Priest instead.

It should not affect the Megastar’s rapid rise in popularity and when Triple H raised his name during the press conference after the event, he said, “great things come to those who wait”.

On the other hand, Austin Theory’s momentum has significantly declined since his WrestleMania win over John Cena. The current United States Champion has not been a prominent figure on Smackdown, becoming an afterthought with fans losing interest.

Combining these factors, Knight should finally cover himself in glory at SummerSlam by defeating Theory for the gold. While it would be a consolation prize for not securing the briefcase, the prospect of the Megastar leading Smackdown’s midcard division is satisfying and enticing.

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Gunther (c) vs Drew McIntyre – Intercontinental Championship

Many expected Drew McIntyre to make his long-awaited return to WWE at Money in the Bank, but it was anticipated that he would confront Seth Rollins.

However, the Scottish Warrior set his sights on the Ring General after his decisive victory over Matt Riddle and made it known that he desires the Intercontinental Championship.

McIntyre and Gunther were involved in that barbaric triple threat match at WrestleMania for the latter’s title, setting the precedent for what is going to be a war at SummerSlam.

The contest would also plant some doubt on whether the Ring General will actually become the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion in WWE history, needing to hold the gold until early September to surpass The Honky Tonk Man’s tenure of 454 days.

Seth Rollins (c) vs Dominik Mysterio – World Heavyweight Championship

While a match between Seth Rollins and Dominik Mysterio for the World Heavyweight Championship seems quite far-fetched, it makes sense in multiple aspects.

Firstly, it would be a callback to Mysterio’s in-ring debut when he clashed with the Visionary at SummerSlam three years ago. Secondly, talent to face Rollins is thin after Drew McIntyre was inserted into a feud against Gunther.

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Although Mysterio lost his match to Cody Rhodes at Money in the Bank, it would continue the World Heavyweight Champion’s rivalry with The Judgment Day after defeating Finn Balor.

Finally, it could create more tension between the group and Damian Priest. With the Punishment distracting the Prince against Rollins, the same may happen at SummerSlam where he threatens to cash in and it could lead to his exile from the faction.

Roman Reigns (c) vs Jey Uso – Undisputed Universal Championship

With Jey Uso being the first man to pin Roman Reigns since 2019, it places him in the box seat for an Undisputed Universal Championship opportunity at SummerSlam.

This match was always the other possibility outside of the Tribal Chief competing against Cody Rhodes, who is undoubtedly going to square off against Brock Lesnar.

The former Undisputed Tag Team Champion’s pinfall will give him all the reason to challenge Reigns for the title and it would complete their trilogy, previously sharing two matches against each other in 2021 during a hellacious rivalry.

While the scenario of Jey dethroning the Tribal Chief and concluding his 1000+ day reign as champion has some life, Reigns should score revenge from what happened at Money in the Bank.

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