The next pay-per-view (PPV) on the WWE schedule is the SummerSlam show set to take place on Sun., Aug. 20, 2017, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. This will mark the third time in as many years the company will hold this event in the area, and it will, of course, feature matches with stars from both Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live.
We're just one week out from showtime and the card is nearly complete:
- Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman vs. Samoa Joe (Universal championship)
All three challengers have a viable claim for Lesnar’s title, so all three got thrown into the mix.
- Naomi vs. Natalya (SmackDown women’s championship)
Nattie won a Fatal 5-Way at Battleground to earn her way into this match. They have heavily teased a Carmella Money in the Bank cash-in, especially now that James Ellsworth has returned from suspension.
- Alexa Bliss vs. TBA (Raw women’s championship)
Bayley defeated her best friend, Sasha Banks, to earn this shot. However, she was injured during a match with Nia Jax and taken out of the match. Banks and Jax would win separate triple threat matches to set up a number one contender match on Raw this week. The winner gets Bliss.
- Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (WWE championship)
Nakamura defeated John Cena to become top contender.
- Neville vs. Akira Tozawa (Cruiserweight champonship)
Tozawa, with the help of Titus O’Neil’s expert guidance, earned his way into this match by defeating Ariya Daivari on 205 Live last week.
- AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens (United States championship)
These two have traded wins, and a couple of them have been controversial. Therefore, Shane McMahon is stepping in to act as guest referee.
- The New Day vs. The Usos (SmackDown tag team championship)
This feud continues.
- Randy Orton vs. Rusev
During a promo where he claimed he could not be stopped, Rusev was interrupted by Orton, who vowed to stop him.
- John Cena vs. Baron Corbin
Corbin attacked Nakamura after he defeated Cena to become top contender and because he’s a stand up fellow, Cena couldn’t let it go by without stepping in to help. That, of course, led to Corbin interrupting a Cena promo the next week and Daniel Bryan booked a match shortly after.
- Big Show vs. Big Cass (Enzo suspended in a shark cage)
These two have been going back-and-forth, with Enzo acting as the reason for it. Cass demanded a match, one where Enzo couldn’t interfere, so he’ll be suspended above the ring in a shark cage.
- Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt
Mind games leading to a match.
That’s 11 matches but doesn’t account for the Raw tag team titles nor the Intercontinental championship. We’ll see what direction they go with that on Raw this week, though the expectation is Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins will team together to challenge Cesaro & Sheamus while The Miz is currently at odds with Jason Jordan.