WWE SummerSlam 2017: Match-By-Match Predictions

Summerslam 2017 is upon us and it will be held at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. ET. For the second year in a row, WWE will produce its second-biggest event from the Barclays Center and in front of the raucous fans of Brooklyn, N.Y, as its becoming the new tradition to run three straight nights in the building with various shows.

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The vocal fan base should be voicing their adulation a lot Sunday night, as on paper, SummerSlam is the best card WWE has put together all year, even better than WrestleMania, which is the company's Super Bowl.

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WWE is leaning on its top stars for SummerSlam, as evidenced by the match card. Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, John Cena, Dolph Ziggler and Chris Jericho have prime matchups at The Biggest Party of the Summer, which isn't surprising.

While Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns have dominated WWE programming over the last two years, it's the company's biggest names who draw attention. Not many casual fans may know The Shield, but plenty of people who pay attention to pop culture or sports, in general, know Lesnar and Cena.

Aside from WrestleMania, SummerSlam is the biggest and most anticipated pay-per-view on the WWE calendar, and the company wants to maximize the Superstars who casual fans have come to recognize.

WWE SummerSlam 2017 Match Card


  • Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) vs. Randy Orton
  • Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins; singles match for the WWE Universal Championship
  • Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler for the WWE World Championship
  • John Cena vs. AJ Styles 
  • Rusev (c) (with Lana) vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE United States Championship
  • Sasha Banks (c) vs. Charlotte for the WWE Women's Championship; Dana Brooke is banned from ringside
  • The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) (c) vs. The Club (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) for the WWE Tag Team Championship
  • Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens
  • The Miz (c) (with Maryse) vs. Apollo Crews for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
  • Cesaro vs. Sheamus; first match in best-of-seven series
  • Carmella, Becky Lynch and Naomi vs. Natalya, Eva Marie and Alexa Bliss

While 11 matches might seem like a lot, this year's SummerSlam is a four-hour event, starting at 7 p.m. ET. It's a stacked card, for sure; more than half of Sunday's matches will be of WWE gold, including the company's newest belt, the WWE Universal Championship.

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WWE SummerSlam 2017: Match-by-match predictions

1. Carmella, Becky Lynch and Naomi vs. Natalya and Alexa Bliss

This was a late addition to the card, and it seems the sole purpose is to show off the talent of the women on the SmackDown side of the fence. The lone women's title currently resides on Raw. There's not much to sink your teeth into here, especially now that Eva Marie has been suspended by the company, leaving the matches direction even more up in the air. But hey, maybe we'll be pleasantly surprised. A few of these women are very good in-ring workers, after all. 
Prediction: Becky Lynch, Naomi, and Carmela win a match that doesn't progress much of a storyline.

2. Cesaro vs. Sheamus; first match in best-of-seven series

Since Cesaro is coming off two victories over Sheamus, I'm going with the Celtic Warrior to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the series.

Prediction: Sheamus def. Cesaro

3. The Miz (c) (with Maryse) vs. Apollo Crews for the WWE Intercontinental Championship

It's a shame that WWE has done little to nothing when it comes to promoting this match. The Miz, Crews and the Intercontinental championship all deserve better than that.

With that said, I'll go with Crews to win his first singles title. I don't have any real logic as to why.

Prediction: Crews WINS the WWE Intercontinental Championship

4. Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens

Enzo and Cass are must-see TVs every Monday night. They're very entertaining, especially Enzo, who is incredible on the mic given his quick wit and unique delivery. The team of Owens and Jericho knew as Jeri-KO still feels thrown together despite both being very good performers. 

Prediction: Enzo and Cass win a match that's designed to build their credibility. Something happens between Owens and Jericho, leading to a new feud.

5. The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) (c) vs. The Club (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) for the WWE Tag Team Championship

After more than 330 days, I believe New Days reign as W.W.E Tag Team champions will come to an end at SummerSlam, which is where their current reign began last year.

Anderson and Gallows have established themselves as a major force in the tag team division. Ever since they arrived in WWE, it has seemed like just a matter of time before they win gold.

Prediction: Gallows & Anderson WIN the WWE Tag Team Championship

6. Sasha Banks (c) vs. Charlotte for the WWE Women's Championship; Dana Brooke is banned from ringside

Sasha winning the belt on RAW took some juice out of this rivalry, if only because it seemed for so long like she'd finally overcome Charlotte at a major pay-per-view event. These two are phenomenal in the ring, though, so it should be an excellent match perhaps one of the evenings best regardless of the outcome.

Prediction: Banks RETAINS the WWE Women's Championship

7. Rusev (c) (with Lana) vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE United States Championship

I don't know what Rusev and Reigns could do at SummerSlam that could top what they did on Raw Monday night or even if they will even try to.

What I think will happen is that Rusev finds a way to hold on to his United States championship even if it comes by disqualification.

Prediction: Rusev RETAINS the WWE United States Championship

8. John Cena vs. AJ Styles 

All signs are pointing to Styles surprising everyone and gaining a rare clean victory over the face that runs the place.

However, there is a reason Cena runs the place, and that is because he wins a lot more than he loses, especially on pay-per-view.

It's possible we're looking at something different here, though. Styles is a proven star based on his experience even before landing with WWE. It would behoove WWE to give him a chance to be the face of SmackDown.

Prediction: Styles bucks the trend and picks up a win over Cena. Cena then works a lighter schedule moving forward as he pursues other endeavors outside of sports entertainment.

9. Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler for the WWE World Championship

This is another one I have wrestled with in the weeks leading up to SummerSlam.

I could see WWE getting creative and have one of the combatants turn heel, but there's a part of me that believes WWE is going to keep it simple and have Ambrose retain the championship but after a heck of a fight from Ziggler.

Prediction: Ambrose RETAINS the WWE World Championship

10. Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins; singles match for the WWE Universal Championship

I have gone either way with the outcome of this match multiple times, but I have settled on picking Rollins to become the first ever WWE Universal champion.

This match could steal the show given each superstars athleticism. It also could be a landmark moment for WWE if something notable happens, as Rollins figures to be a face of the company for many years while Balor is a budding superstar in his own right.

Prediction: Seth Rollins WINS the WWE Universal Championship

11. Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) vs. Randy Orton

I believe has done a very good job of making people want to see this match considering Lesnar and Orton are on separate brands (Lesnar is on Raw and Orton is on Smackdown Live) and the match was announced with no real reason for it to happen.

Despite that, WWE has managed to generate some heat between the two and have told a story that is worthy of the main event of the show.

However, all of the great storytelling in the world will not convince me that Orton is walking out of this match as the winner.

Lesnar said during one of his sit-down interviews that Orton is not the man to beat him. He's right. Someone will eventually topple the beast incarnate, but that man will not be Orton.

Orton is very talented and has done some fine work lately, but he will not slay the proverbial dragon known as Lesnar.