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WWE SummerSlam 2022 Predictions

It’s SummerSlam week! And what initially looked to be a weak card for one of WWE’s ‘Big Four’ shows suddenly got a lot more interesting with the announcement of Vince’s retirement and Triple H‘s ascension to Head of Creative and the strange last-minute removal of the Seth Rollins-Riddle match, a kayfabe injury being the reason given even though Seth is still confirmed to be in Nashville that weekend. All bets are off, even if the changes we get on the night may be small rather than gigantic.

Join our very own Chris Flackett, Joel Kananen and Jon Shartzer as we break down the Sports Obsessive predictions for SummerSlam 2022!

Pat McAfee vs. Happy Corbin

Chris: Pat McAfee puts the colour in commentary, and he has a big personality that translates to a lot of fun. Expect him to beat Happy Corbin here for a feel-good SummerSlam moment.

Prediction: Pat McAfee

Joel: McAfee is one of the top performers WWE has, bar none. Corbin is a good hand, but I can’t wait to watch Pat beat the ever-living crap out of him.

Prediction: Pat McAfee

Jon: I can only truly see this encounter going one way. Corbin is chosen for these types of roles because he’s good at making others look great and people enjoy watching him lose. The WWE universe will get what they want on Saturday night and the celebration should be epic with Pat McAfee standing tall at the end.

Prediction: Pat McAfee

United States Champion Bobby Lashley vs. Theory

Chris: I think it’s fair to say Theory won’t be walking out of SummerSlam with the Undisputed Championship. But WWE aren’t going to bury their rising star either. As such, I think they sacrifice Lashley here to give Theory a second run with the US strap and to put him over as a legit title-calibre wrestler. Whether Lashley deserves to be sacrificed is another matter…

Prediction: Theory

Joel: Theory has taken quite a bit on the chin lately, and now he has lost papa protector Vince McMahon. That doesn’t mean that he won’t be able to cash in his MITB briefcase, but I don’t see him reclaiming the US Title from Lashley. Bobby has been booked very strong, and I see that continuing.

Prediction: Bobby Lashley

Jon: Did we really need this rematch? Theory should have either not lost the strap to begin with, or been removed entirely from the US title picture. Him losing doesn’t strengthen his case for being a legit threat to Roman (or Brock). But flip-flopping the belt doesn’t make sense either. I’m rolling with the Almighty to retain.

Prediction: Bobby Lashley

No DQ Match: The Mysterios vs. Judgement Day

Chris: After all the beatdowns, it would make sense for The Mysterios to win here, although Judgement Day can’t really afford a loss. So I’m saying Judgement Day for the win here with either a dirty or a close win, with a post-match beatdown interrupted by Edge.

Prediction: Judgement Day

Joel: ThunderDome-era watchers of WWE will remember that Dominik’s first few matches were extreme rules contests against Seth Rollins. I’m a fan of Judgement Day and think the recently returned Rhea Ripley helps her partners get the win. Look for a possible Edge return here as well.

Prediction: Judgement Day

Jon: My initial thought was that Dom turns on his dad at SummerSlam to join the Judgement Day. But after a little thought, I think they off hold just a little bit longer, but strongly tease that it’s coming. Survivor Series would perfect for the pay off. Judgement Day wins due to Dom doing something shady or stupid.

Prediction: Judgement Day

SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan vs. Ronda Rousey

Chris: There are two ways to look at this. Either WWE will treat Liv as a throwaway champ, her title run literally for being able to present a feel-good moment, or they’ll have Liv go over Ronda to legitimise her as a champ. While history would point to the former option, I’m going to be optimistic here and go for the latter.

Prediction: Liv Morgan

Joel: Liv has been a breath of fresh air as champion, especially in contrast to the former champion Rousey. I think Ronda reclaiming the belt would be a mistake unless she goes full heel to do so. Unfortunately, I think Ronda picks up the win and its business as usual.

Prediction: Ronda Rousey

Jon: Honestly, I’m still surprised that Liv Morgan successfully cashed in her Money in the Bank contract to capture the title from Ronda. Liv’s run as champion thus far has been largely forgettable, although admittedly it is still in its infancy. My gut tells me that her reign will quickly come to an end on Saturday. Ronda recaptures the gold.

Prediction: Ronda Rousey

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos vs. The Street Profits (Special Guest Referee Jeff Jarrett)

Chris: I’m not sure why the need for the special guest ref, but The Usos had one of the best matches of the night at Money In The Bank and I think they could steal the night again here. After the Usos controversial win last time, I think SummerSlam see the Street Profits put things right.

Prediction: Street Profits

Joel: Can the sequel live up to the original? With the way the Street Profits are operating and the consistency of the Usos, I say yes. This match will provide some of the best action of the night. For some reason, the inclusion of special referee Jeff Jarrett makes me feel like the Street Profits are going over in a major match.

Prediction: Street Profits

Jon: This is the match that I’m most looking forward to seeing live, although I could have done without Jeff Jarrett being involved. These two teams are too good to have to muddy up the waters with a special guest referee. But I digress. I’m probably wrong, but I feel a Street Profits victory coming on here.

Prediction: Street Profits

Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair vs. Becky Lynch

Chris: Their WrestleMania match was great, and I’m optimistic they can match it with this contest. After last year’s SummerSlam nonsense, hopefully Bianca will be given a big moment here to make up for the shoddy booking last year.
Prediction: Bianca Belair
Joel: Pretty sure this one will go longer than 26 seconds. Becky and Bianca at ‘Mania was one of the best matches of the year, and I hope this match isn’t overbooked. Just let two of the best in the world do their thing.
Prediction: Bianca Belair
Jon: I struggle with this one because I love Becky Lynch. She’s a great character and wrestler. But so is Bianca and the revenge story is right there. Last year’s SummerSlam “match” was a joke. The EST deserves a better moment this year. I think she retains.
Prediction: Bianca Belair

Logan Paul vs. The Miz

Chris: On paper, this match should be a bit of a car crash, and yet, I secretly expect it’s going to be pretty fun. Expect Miz to steal a win with help from Ciampa, leading to a Logan Paul-Ciampa match on PPV before Paul faces The Miz again somewhere down the line.
Prediction: The Miz
Joel: Paul was pretty impressive in his WrestleMania tag match, and now will compete in his first singles contest. Celebrities don’t lose much in WWE, and I’m guessing that will continue here.
Prediction: Logan Paul
Jon: Yawn. The only thing that would make me care about this match is if Johnny Gargano showed up to complete the Cleveland trifecta. I doubt that’s going to happen, but anything is possible with Hunter back in the mix. Paul signing a WWE contract makes me believe that this story won’t be told with just one match. To me, that means that Miz is going to be victorious in Nashville.
Prediction: The Miz

Last Man Standing Match: Undisputed Champion Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar

Chris: I’ve said before recently that while people seem to take issue now with long title reigns, and that Roman is especially criticised for this, I’ve enjoyed Reigns’ run on top and as long as they can keep his booking creative over the next few months, I think a loss to Cody at WrestleMania would be a better way to end Reigns’ ‘God Mode’. Reigns won’t lose here, and Theory won’t win afterwards. I do expect some kind of shenanigans with Seth Rollins to take place, though.
Prediction: Roman Reigns
Joel: I understand that some people are tired of Roman’s long reign, but I think he is operating at a higher level than most in pro wrestling. The new Head of Creative Triple H may look to make a big splash with a title change, but I don’t think it comes here.
Prediction: Roman Reigns
Jon: If this is really the last time that we see Brock and Roman face-off for the championship, then let’s hope that they give us a banger at SummerSlam. Their last few matches have all been pretty good, in all honesty. The last man standing stipulation adds an extra element to the story and opens up a world of possibilities. With Vince now gone, I think we see less of Brock going forward. He will be forced to once again acknowledge the Tribal Chief.
Prediction: Roman Reigns

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