This Friday’s edition of WWE Smackdown will be the final show for the heavily anticipated SummerSlam, which will take place this Sunday on the WWE Network.
The “B” show action will include some fresh match-ups and a few re-matches that will hope to churn out something decent for the go-home show.
Let’s take a look at the matches and what we think will happen in them.
Cesaro vs. Dean Ambrose
These two foes put on a few very entertaining matches last month. The No Disqualification match below was the best of the two.
After coming out on top of Seth Rollins on this Monday’s Raw by popping out of a birthday present for Hulk Hogan, Ambrose will be expecting some retaliation from his former Shield partner. Ambrose needs a win here and I see him picking one up. Rollins will be lurking and I see him attacking once the match ends. In the mean time, Cesaro takes yet another loss.
Prediction: Dean Ambrose wins via pin-fall.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Titus O’Neil
This match is the first of a few fresh match-ups for WWE Smackdown.
After losing to Heath Slater, Dolph Ziggler looks to rebound with a victory over 1MB’s tag team partner, Titus O’Neil.
With The Miz in action later in the night, I think Ziggler will find a way to secure a victory and end any type of streak for the member of Slater Gator. He will look like a tough competitor for Ziggler at SummerSlam.
Prediction: Dolph Ziggler wins via pin-fall.
Mark Henry vs. Luke Harper
Here’s another fresh match-up. Henry just returned last week in tag team action with Big Show and looks to continue to return to form.
Harper is banned from ringside at SummerSlam for the Bray Wyatt-Chris Jericho match. He hasn’t wrestled all too much lately, so we’ll see if he can pick up some momentum here.
Even though Henry picked up a win last week, he’s not very relevant anymore and a loss to the member of The Wyatt Family wouldn’t make sense. Harper should pick up a win relatively easily unless WWE has plans in place for Henry and Big Show in tag team competition.
Prediction: Luke Harper wins via pin-fall.
A.J. Lee vs. Eva Marie
These two faced off in what I guess you can call a “match” on Monday. It lasted for about 30 seconds before Paige came out, distracted A.J., and caused a roll-up victory for Eva Marie. Paige would recite a creepy poem and A.J. would attack Eva Marie following the conclusion of the poem.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this match lasts just as long, except with Lee winning convincingly. There’s no reason in giving Eva another cheap win to make Paige look any better.
Prediction: A.J. Lee wins via pin-fall.
Jack Swagger vs. Bo Dallas
After disappearing from TV for a little while, Bo Dallas seems to be back. This time, he’s in action with Jack Swagger, who is in the middle of a rivalry with Rusev.
This doesn’t seem like a match that will last relatively long. WWE likes the use of a distraction. To get Rusev on the programming, I could see him interfering and giving Bo a cheap win, which the latter has been doing a lot of lately.
Following the distraction and loss, I see Swagger attacking Rusev to close out the segment, leaving him and his manager, Zeb Colter, standing tall.
Prediction: Bo Dallas wins via pin-fall.
Roman Reigns vs. The Miz
Last but not least, we have out 4th fresh match-up of the night. We have the future headliner in Roman Reigns against the Intercontinental champion, the Miz, to close out the show.
This match could be very entertaining. Seeing Reigns go for Miz’s “Moneymaker,” as he calls his face, would be funny to see. The Superman Punch and the kick to the face outside the ring would do a lot of damage to Mr. Hollywood.
I can’t see this match ending cleanly, however. With everyone expecting Reigns to defeat Randy Orton at SummerSlam, WWE will look to make Orton look as strong as possible going into the match. A pre-mature ending to the match wouldn’t be a surprise at all. It’s almost expected. Reigns will close in on a win but not secure it and not damage Miz for his Intercontinental title match on Sunday either.
Prediction: Roman Reigns wins via DQ.
Stay tuned for this Sunday’s Summerslam at 8/7 CT on the WWE Network. Be sure to check in this weekend too for our match predictions for this summer’s big event!