United States Title Match: Santino Marella vs. Antonio Cesaro:This is the YouTube pre-show bout. Cesaro has been getting random wins, and Santino is kind of undefeated in these. I'd HOPE they'd give Cesaro the strap, just to make people think that something could actually HAPPEN, but don't be surprised if it's another five minute Marella win.
WWE Tag Team Tiles Match: Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. The Prime Time Players:Since May, I've represented for Darren Young and Titus O'Neil. That #millionsofdollars chant is too much. I wish AW was still employed, as I think it's the perfect time to get Kofi and Truth to drop the belts. If there's any hope of revitalizing the WWE Tag Team division, now would be perfect.
Intercontinental Title Match: The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio:No real reason for this match. I'm assuming they are gonna have Rey grab the title, thus rendering Miz's reign null and void, or try to bolster the belt by having Miz beat some bigger talent. Miz HAS been wrestling better, though, so this one could be surprising.
Kane vs. Daniel Bryan:This match is odd because it was built with a premise that Charlie Sheen might be featured in it (based on his back and forth with Daniel at #RAW1000), but Sheen's not been seen or heard from on WWE Programming since. Rumor has it that he could be at the show, but if he is - why kill any publicity by not having him work leading up to it? Bryan can work a great match out of anyone, but again, who cares? After the series of matches with CM Punk, I'm wanting him to be in more high caliber bouts, not a potential comedy bit with Kane. AJ will more than likely interfere and cost Daniel the match.
Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler:Could potentially steal the show, and seeing as Jericho's set to hit the road with his band Fozzy soon, this could be his last match before he leaves (for now). Jericho is known for doing jobs and I feel he might be the one to help Ziggles shine before Dolph pursues the World Title.
World Heavyweight Title Match: Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio:SPOILER my boy Booker T signs this match on SmackDown. We've seen these two battle enough, and the match should be OK, but I don't have much in the way of concern for it. Sheamus will win and retain because he's in with the right bigwigs. With the aforementioned Dolph Ziggler being primed for a title run, Del Rio might have to take a backseat.
WWE Title Match: CM Punk vs. John Cena vs. Big Show:The 2nd bout I actually care to see, although I'm not sure why. I feel CM Punk is going to screw Cena and win the bout. I'm calling the finish right now: Cena hits Big Show with the AA, and goes to pin but Punk knocks him out and steals it to retain. Simple. Cena vs. Punk is the proper feud, and anything with Big Show as the third wheel is unnecessary.
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar:This is the only match the WWE has felt will sell the PPV. Paul Heyman's been on fire, but the end segment at this week's Raw. Brock's cowardly heel bit works very well, and I know HHH wants to put himself in the biggest bout. I just don't see this being much to write home about. I'm expecting ref bumps, Shawn Michaels (who at the time of this writing is being said to NOT be at the event due to the storyline injuries he suffered from Lesnar) and the sledgehammer all coming out. I want it to be brutal, but it won't top Cena/Lesnar from a few months ago.
And there you have it. I am figuring a 3 star pay-per-view. Good 2012 WWE wrestling but no real care/concern about this. Expect Brodus Clay and Ryback to make appearances at some point. Maybe the Divas? Who knows. More on SummerSlam, AW's firing and plenty more in this week's blackrasslin podcast, so check it out and see you Sunday!