Bayley (c) vs Asuka for the SmackDown Women’s Championship
This match has all the potential questions that the earlier women’s championship match has. It simply isn’t possible to adequately predict what’s going to happen next. WWE SummerSlam 2020 won’t answer these questions. Recently when it comes to Asuka vs Sasha Banks and Bayley you can’t even tell when a feud is coming close to an end because barely any matches have had finishes that make sense, let alone conclusive and clean.
So who wins at SummerSlam? If Asuka has already had a match, I can’t imagine that increases her chances of winning a second one outside of a brief Kairi Sane appearance. Asuka at the moment has no backup so I’d say she’s much more likely to win her first match than her second.
Here’s the thing though; the potential brand changes are worth exploring. If Asuka wins the SmackDown women’s championship then she would move to SmackDown, possibly in place of Sasha Banks and Bayley. Sonya Deville is really the only person who could present a challenge. Evans is a heel but not firmly established.
Meanwhile, Raw losing its top female babyface is unthinkable. The top stars on Raw are Sasha Banks, Bayley, Baszler, and Jax. Charlotte Flair could return soon but she continues to prove difficult to cheer and we know Becky Lynch is out of the picture for a long time yet.
At the same time, I’m still convinced that Mandy Rose is coming out of SummerSlam on the way to the title. In order for that to happen, Bayley needs to hang on to the gold.
Braun Strowman (c) vs The Field for the WWE Universal Championship
This one has been building for a long, long time. It’s been a many and varied feud for sure with this being the third match in the trend, or second if you don’t count The Swamp Fight. Which I don’t think we’re supposed to? I’m not sure. Is anybody sure? Where is John Cena? I can’t see him.
Now, The Fiend has arrived and he’s coming for the gold. Well, the blue. He wants his blue back.
There are times when long, slow feuds make little sense. This isn’t one of those times. Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman have an intense history and a lot going on between them in order to keep things exciting. Not only that but the one thing about The Swamp Fight that’s been near-universally well-received was the appearance of Alexa Bliss. Since then, Bliss has become more and more involved and as a result, the story has gotten more and more interesting.
Whereas previously you had one week’s of story dragged out over a month and then a match, we’ve suddenly had week upon week of intriguing escalation.
Bliss will unquestionably feature in some way in this match. The Fiend initially attacked and kidnapped her but now finds himself actively protecting her from a furious Braun Strowman. The Fiend has been showing humanity.
Outside of all of this, SmackDown is paper-thin at the top in the absence of Roman Reigns. With Daniel Bryan not wrestling right now either and AJ Styles working in the Intercontinental title division, Braun Strowman has no challenges after The Fiend. The Fiend really doesn’t have any challengers after Braun Strowman but at least it’s something different.
Prediction: The Fiend