The next pay-per-view (PPV) on the WWE schedule is the SummerSlam show set to take place on Sat., Aug. 21, 2020. For the first time since 1992, the show will be held in a football stadium. In this case, it’s where the Raiders make their home at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We’re still a month away from showtime, so there aren’t any matches official for the show just yet but the direction is clear on at least three big matches planned for the event.
- Roman Reigns (c) vs. John Cena (Universal championship)
Cena returned at Money in the Bank after Reigns retained the Universal championship, then showed up at Raw the next night to say he’s back to put an end to all this Head of the Table nonsense. Reigns responded by refusing the challenge while comparing Cena to the missionary position. Despite that refusal, it’s clear this will be the main event.
- Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Goldberg (WWE championship)
Lashley issued an open challenge on Raw this past week, promptly defeated a returning Keith Lee, and was then greeted by a returning Goldberg screaming in his face “I’m next.” This is true to Goldie’s usual pattern of simply showing up and claiming title shots he didn’t earn and doesn’t deserve. Unless, of course, “guy who used to be pretty good” makes one deserving.
- Edge vs. Seth Rollins
Remember when I said Reigns retained the Universal championship at Money in the Bank? That only happened because Rollins showed up to screw over Edge, the guy he’s mad at for showing up and leapfrogging him on the top contender ladder. He doesn’t really have a strong argument but who needs one when it comes to fisticuffs, am I right?
Those are matches that are clearly planned and just haven’t been made official. Elsewhere, Big E, Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Cesaro were all involved in a big brouhaha over the Intercontinental championship on SmackDown this week. Shotzi & Nox have scored multiple non-title victories over the current Women’s Tag Team Champions Natalya & Tamina. Sheamus is on the cusp of a feud with Damian Priest.
There’s no telling if any of that will lead to a match at SummerSlam, but that’s the current TV direction.