The next pay-per-view (PPV) on the WWE schedule is the SummerSlam show set to take place on Sun., Aug. 17, 2014, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. This will mark the sixth year in the a row the so-called "biggest part of the summer" will take place at the this venue and the company is doing what it can to load up the line up.
We're just three weeks out from showtime and only one match is official for the card but it's a big one, and it's accompanied by plenty of hot rumors.
- John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar (WWE world heavyweight championship)
Despite the fact that Randy Orton was unable to deliver the title back to The Authority at Battleground, despite help from Kane, at least initially, Triple H was all ready to give him another crack at Cena. Then Roman Reigns took him out and "Plan C" was put into effect. Paul Heyman strategically placed his client, who broke the Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania, in position to take advantage of a frustrated boss. And here we are.
- Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton*
As mentioned, Reigns cost Orton his shot at the title simply by brawling with him through the crowd because that's how pro wrestling logic works. Because of this, the two will surely have a match.
- Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella*
There hasn't been a better build to any match in a long time than we've had for this one. It's not a guarantee it will happen, pending Stephanie's willingness to actually work a match, but after the angle they shot on Raw this past week with her getting arrested, it sure seems like a lock.
- Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins*
They didn't pull the trigger on this match after advertising it for Battleground, which is always a risky play, but the idea was to hold it off until this show. Expect both to pull out all the stops to steal the show.
- AJ Lee vs. Paige* (Divas championship)
After an initially bizarre angle that had everyone confused, Paige turned full blown heel and has been working a new, far more interesting character. They had a decent match at Battleground but there's plenty of room for improvement on a bigger stage, assuming they're given enough time.
- Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho*
A rematch of their encounter at Battleground, Wyatt will be out for revenge after suffering a clean defeat at the hands of "Y2J" in his big PPV return match. Here's to hoping they've worked out the kinks, as the first encounter was a bit sloppy and poorly paced.
- The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Bo Dallas* (Intercontinental championship)
This one has been rumored but it's unclear if it will ultimately be the decided upon direction. It's possible Sheamus is added somewhere in here or Dallas is left off.
- Rusev vs. Jack Swagger*
Rumors at the moment suggest a Flag match, which would make sense considering how often WWE has had the two waving Russian and American flags around.
That makes for eight matches with a lot of names -- including The Usos, the tag champions, and Sheamus, the U.S. champion -- unaccounted for. Again, all of this but the Cena vs. Lesnar match is rumored right now and a lot can change between now and the PPV.
Your thoughts, Cagesiders?