14/04/2024

L-R: Theory, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Liv Morgan. (Pictures: WWE)

WWE SummerSlam is arguably the company’s second biggest Premium Live Event of the year and will take place at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. The event will not only stream live on the WWE Network on Sunday, July 31 at 10am AEST, but it will also be featured on FOX8 for the first time.

Roman Reigns will be headlining the show against Brock Lesnar in a last man standing match for the Undisputed Universal Championship, in what WWE is claiming will be the final time they collide. The card does look depleted, as it is likely that some of the matches were not a part of the original plans.

Stars such as Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton will not feature due to injury.

Below is The Inner Sanctum‘s preview and predictions for each match at the ‘biggest party of the summer’.

Pat McAfee vs Happy Corbin

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Pat McAfee is one of WWE’s hottest commodities at the moment and recently signed a brand new multi-year deal with the company. He was successful in defeating Theory at WrestleMania 38 and will now square up against an old friend, Happy Corbin.

McAfee has always referred to his opponent as a “bum ass”, ever since Corbin lost his crown and all of his earnings last year. However, the rivalry has intensified in recent weeks, with the latter becoming disgruntled with Pat’s verbal shots.

The two competitors also have a history with one another, which McAfee made note of on the July 15 edition of Friday Night Smackdown. It was revealed that both were roommates as rookies for the Indianapolis Colts, so they are quite familiar with each other and should use the past to produce a good storytelling match.

McAfee, the Smackdown commentator, is a fan favourite of the WWE Universe and while he is not a regular competitor, is expected to successfully defeat Happy Corbin.

Nevertheless, don’t be surprised if the latter is victorious, as he has astoundingly not won a Premium Live Event match since December of 2019.

Prediction: Pat McAfee

The Mysterios vs The Judgment Day

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In a rivalry that has been predominantly featured on Monday Night Raw in recent weeks, Finn Balor and Damien Priest will aim to finally eradicate Rey and Dominik Mysterio in a no disqualification tag team match.

The two teams have been feuding for a short period, but the rivalry reached it’s breaking point on the July 25 edition of Raw. It was Rey Mysterio’s 20th anniversary with WWE, and The Judgment Day spoiled it by attacking the infamous Luchador in front of his own family.

The Judgment Day had high hopes in WWE before they removed Rated-R Superstar Edge, as their leader. They have since lost momentum and interest from the WWE Universe, and desperately need this win to stay relevant.

It has also been rumoured that Dominik will eventually betray his father to join Balor and Priest, although that move has been questioned by fans. SummerSlam would still be the best platform for this to happen if WWE wishes to execute, but it is still uncertain whether they will or not.

Prediction: The Judgment Day

Liv Morgan (c) vs Ronda Rousey – Smackdown Women’s Championship

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After several months of nearly reaching the top of the mountain in WWE, Liv Morgan had a night to remember at Money In The Bank. Not only did Morgan capture the contract, but she also became the Smackdown Women’s Champion for the first time in her career.

The moment was one the WWE Universe were all craving to witness and are all hopeful she can defeat the woman she pinned at Money In The Bank, Ronda Rousey. It is a unique match-up, as both of the competitor’s in-ring styles are different.

It is hard to see Rousey lose a second consecutive match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship, albeit she was not 100 per cent when she lost the title to Morgan.

However, the champion should be retaining to solidify her spot on top of the women’s card in WWE and can’t be dropping the title not even a month after winning it.

The only fear amongst fans is what happens after SummerSlam, as Charlotte Flair is expected to make her return after getting married, and immediately challenge for the championship.

Prediction: Liv Morgan

Bobby Lashley (c) vs Theory – United States Championship

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In a rematch from Money In The Bank, Bobby Lashley will look to finally put Theory behind him and retain the United States Championship. The former was victorious in their clash nearly one month ago and is projected to win again.

The Almighty has a plethora of opponents on Monday Night Raw that should be challenging him, like Finn Balor, Damien Priest and Veer Mahaan.

Theory has also been teasing cashing in his Money In The Bank contract that he won at the start of the month, so it doesn’t make sense for him to win the United States Championship again.

It should still be an entertaining match, as their inaugural clash was fun and better than expected. Nothing more can be really said for this contest.

Prediction: Bobby Lashley

The Usos (c) vs The Street Profits – Undisputed Tag Team Championships

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In another rematch from Money In The Bank, Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins are looking to seek redemption from their previous encounter to become the new Undisputed Tag Team Champions. In order to do so, they must defeat the record-setting champions, Jimmy and Jey Uso.

The two teams produced an absolute clinic at Money In The Bank, but the match ended in controversy as it turned out that only one of Montez Ford’s shoulders was on the mat while he was being pinned. The disputed finish was enough to warrant The Street Profits another chance at capturing the gold.

Due to the finish, a special guest referee was demanded for this bout to make sure there was a clear winner. It was announced on the July 15 edition of Friday Night Smackdown that it would be none other than WWE legend and Tennessee’s own, Jeff Jarrett.

This match is difficult to predict, but rumours have circulated that Montez Ford will break away from Angelo Dawkins and become a singles performer. If that is the case, we might see a swerve and witness one of WWE’s more lovable tag teams separate.

While a scenario like that might not happen just yet, Jimmy and Jey Uso are still predicted to retain their Undisputed Tag Team Championships and continue their dominant reign of terror.

Prediction: The Usos

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Logan Paul vs The Miz

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YouTube sensation and global phenomenon Logan Paul made his WWE debut at WrestleMania 38 tagging with his now-rival, The Miz. He was beyond impressive and is set for his inaugural one-on-one clash against that same man.

Paul also signed a multi-year contract with WWE, to draw even more exposure to the company and become an even larger presence. The Miz turned on him after their victory at WrestleMania 38 and now Paul looks to level the score.

The match should be good not only because of Logan Paul’s athletic ability, but also due to the fact that The Miz is a very safe wrestler and is capable of carrying someone with not much experience through a match.

Nonetheless, Paul is being booked as a babyface, and it would be unexpected to see someone of his calibre and draw not claim a huge scalp at one of WWE’s biggest shows.

Prediction: Logan Paul

Bianca Belair (c) vs Becky Lynch – Raw Women’s Championship

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One year ago, Bianca Belair was shamefully defeated in 26 seconds for the Raw Women’s Championship by a returning Becky Lynch. Nearly 365 days later, it comes full circle and the two women will clash once again for one of Raw’s top prizes.

Like Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar, Belair and Lynch have quite the history, but it has been argued by WWE fans that this match should not have been booked, due to the company needing to invest in other women.

Others will say it is “long-term booking”, but WWE does not operate on that basis. This match is another one that’s difficult to predict, but there would have to be at least one new champion crowned at SummerSlam and it is hard seeing that happen with the other matches.

However, Rhea Ripley made a return from injury and was supposed to have a match against the defending champion at Money In The Bank. Bayley is also very close to coming back from last year’s ACL tear and is actually rumoured to make an appearance on the show.

If so, it makes more sense for either of those two to feud with the current Raw Women’s Champion post-SummerSlam. Lynch losing to Belair again after WrestleMania 38 may be a path WWE does not want to pursue, though.

Instead, The Inner Sanctum suggests that Bayley will return, insert herself into the match and become the new Raw Women’s Champion. Since Triple H is now Head of WWE Creative, it would not be surprising to see something like this occur and for him to start his job with a bang.

It is challenging to predict a winner between the two, and Bayley was supposed to face Belair at last year’s Money In The Bank before hurting her knee. It would make sense for her to use that as leverage to join the match.

Prediction: Bayley

Roman Reigns (c) vs Brock Lesnar – Undisputed Universal Championship

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Seven long years of bitter hatred will all reach it’s conclusion in the main event of SummerSlam, when Roman Reigns defends the Undisputed Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar in a last man standing match.

This will be the seventh one-on-one clash between the Tribal Chief and Beast Incarnate, although it was originally not scheduled to take place. Randy Orton was going to be in Lesnar’s position, as he quickly became even more popular with the WWE Universe due to his alliance with Riddle.

However, old foes will do battle in what WWE is stating will be the last time Reigns and Lesnar will compete against each other. So, who wins?

The Usos will more than likely involve themselves and assist Roman Reigns in retaining the Undisputed Universal Championship and are allowed to do so, since the match will be operating under no disqualification rules. Paul Heyman will potentially also have a say in how the main event will unfold, as he may help Reigns overcome a defiant Lesnar.

It should be an interesting contest, but there is one more factor to be taken into consideration. Mr. Money In The Bank, Theory has heavily teased that he will cash in his contract on a vulnerable Reigns or Lesnar after their last man standing match, depending on who is victorious after the 10-count.

It has worried Heyman, as he tried to negotiate a deal with Theory to have a scheduled match with Roman Reigns for the world championship at a later date. However, the contract holder refused and is focused on cashing in at SummerSlam.

Will it happen? The Inner Sanctum believes it is too early for Theory to have his coronation or risk losing his contract, should he attempt to cash in.

Brock Lesnar will not win the main event, and it has been projected for months that Roman Reigns will be defending the Undisputed Universal Championship against Drew McIntyre at WWE Clash of the Castle in September.

That plan looks to be coming to fruition and it is expected then that Reigns would finally drop both titles to the Scottish Warrior.

Prediction: Roman Reigns, NO Theory cash-in

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