Although WrestleMania is WWE's annual showcase event that gets the most careful of planning each and every year, SummerSlam is also an extravaganza the company has long viewed as its number two show, even if that hasn't really been the case for some time now (that honor goes to Royal Rumble).
That means plenty of planning ahead and the hope for a clear direction going in. As of now, there are a lot of rumors and nothing looks certain, though you could argue with Vince McMahon at the helm, nothing is certain until entrance music is playing and even then he might just come out and steal the ring bell.
The latest edition of the Figure Four Weekly Newsletter has the word on what's being passed around right now:
- The Shield vs. The Brothers of Destruction. Remember, this was set up when Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns put Undertaker through a table in the angle used to get him off television. If there are questions about his health, they haven't really come up and he looked phenomenal in every match he worked this year.
- It's entirely possible, however, that "The Deadman" won't want to work the show, in which case WWE could go with The Shield vs. Randy Orton and Sheamus. This seems like the worst possible option.
- Assuming everyone comes to their senses and Orton and Sheamus as a team -- which we already saw and wasn't very compelling -- is dropped, remember there are still rumors that they could be working a singles match on the show. Orton could be going full blown heel with a turn on Daniel Bryan, and that could come as soon as Payback this Sunday, so this could work.
- If Orton doesn't go heel, it's also possible he could work a program with The Ryback.
- Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus is a possibility depending on various other booking decisions, obviously.
- John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE championship, assuming this is still the direction they want to go as opposed to a longer term storyline between Bryan and Orton. It's also possible WWE won't want to work this match if only because that would likely require Bryan going full heel and that would be a terrible decision right now. They could do a babyface vs. babyface match but this is designed to get Cena over even more, and I don't see how they accomplish that with a match like this without booking Bryan into the ground.
- Mark Henry vs. Big E. Langston. It's also apparently possible Big Show takes Henry's place if he gets injured again, which, let's be real, could very well happen in his return to Raw next week. Either way, this is one hell of a HOSS FIGHT.
- Rey Mysterio vs. Dean Ambrose is on the books if the former can get healthy enough to return in time for it. No idea if there's a title in this picture or not and there's no telling if Rey's knees will hold up.
There are plenty of potentially great options there and a few other choices that look as desirable as a swift kick in the johnson.