The summer months are rolling along, and the time has come for the second-biggest pay-per-view event on the WWE calendar. SummerSlam will take place on Sunday, Aug. 11, and for the first time in five years not only is “the biggest party of the summer” leaving Brooklyn, it’s leaving the United States entirely. SummerSlam 2019 will go down in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, inside the Scotiabank Arena with the main card beginning at 7 p.m. ET on the WWE Network while the kickoff show will bring us in beginning two hours prior at 5 p.m.
The SummerSlam card has already begun to take shape, setting two title matches into the event. SummerSlam is, without question, one of the biggest shows of the entire year, so there’s still plenty more to get to. Let’s now have a look at how the SummerSlam 2019 card is coming together and make a few predictions for what we could see ahead.
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2019 WWE SummerSlam matches
Universal Championship — Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins: At Extreme Rules, Lesnar earned three-time universal champion status when he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on the man who took the title from him in the WrestleMania 35 opener. Still positioned — for now — as the top babyface on Raw, the “Beast Slayer” earned the right to challenge Lesnar the very next night on Raw when he won a 10-man battle royal. The opening match of WrestleMania 35 will now be run back at SummerSlam — this time likely in the main event.
Raw Women’s Championship — Becky Lynch (c) vs. Natalya: It was clear Lynch needed to move on from Lacey Evans, so there was a fatal 4-way elimination match held on Raw to determine her next challenger. Natalya emerged victorious from that match and had some words with her “friend” afterwards. This may not be what fans envisioned for Lynch at SummerSlam, but the fact is, Natalya getting the title shot in Canada does add a little bit of sense to all this.
2019 WWE SummerSlam card predictions
WWE Championship — Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton: This might not be the most compelling feud for Kingston to some, especially since Orton was recently an obstacle in the champ’s emotional path to the title. But the fact remains that these two do have a storied history to play off of on television, and will likely put on a spectacular match. With Orton earning a pinfall over Kingston on SmackDown Live, he’s definitely placed himself at the front of the line.
United States Championship — AJ Styles (c) vs. Ricochet (Ladder Match): These two have, unsurprisingly, put on some terrific matches of late. Styles took the U.S. title from Ricochet at Extreme Rules with some assistance from The Club, and it was clear the following night on Raw that this feud will continue on. For this third installment, however, maybe we make things interesting and toss some ladders into the mix.
Intercontinental Championship — Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Ali: Nakamura has been on an absolute tear, recently claiming the Intercontinental title from Finn Balor at Extreme Rules with a fairly dominant win. On the SmackDown following Extreme Rules, Ali approached Nakamura backstage to set himself up for a future title shot.
SmackDown Women’s Championship — Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair: “The Queen” has taken a small step back from the title picture recently, but the SummerSlam card should call for her return as she aims to become a 10-time women’s champion on the main roster. A proper feud between Flair and Bayley should provide some entertaining television.
Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon: This is clearly a top storyline that’s building over on the SmackDown brand as Owens is quickly emerging as one of the most popular fan-favorites in the entire company while channeling his inner “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. He’ll likely get his hands on the evil authority figure McMahon at SummerSlam, unless McMahon decides to sick either Drew McIntyre or Elias on him in an effort to have one of his cronies do his dirty work and drag this angle out a bit longer.
Drew McIntyre vs. The Undertaker: McIntyre was mere seconds away from putting The Undertaker out to pasture at Extreme Rules before Roman Reigns hopped in to make the save. McMahon took the pin in the tag match that opened that show shortly after, so it’s evident the door was left open for McIntyre to claim he’ll finish the job at SummerSlam that he was unable to complete in Philadelphia.
Raw Tag Team Championship — The Revival (c) vs. The Usos: Two of the best tag teams on the planet should absolutely run it back again on a SummerSlam card, that seems like a no-brainer. Their bout at Extreme Rules was entertaining, so they should tear the house down in Toronto.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship — The New Day (c) vs. Heavy Machinery: My gut instinct could be wrong as professional wrestling is one of the more unpredictable forms of entertainment out there, but I believe Daniel Bryan will be returning to singles competition under the Eric Bischoff regime on SmackDown. Heavy Machinery didn’t eat the pinfall at Extreme Rules in the triple threat, and a matchup with Big E & Xavier Woods should be fun.
Women’s Tag Team Championship — The IIconics vs. The Kabuki Warriors: If a spot can’t be found on one of the most stacked cards of the year for these titles to be defended, then something is drastically wrong.
There doesn’t currently seem to be a clear plan in place for Roman Reigns at the present time, but when it comes to the “Big Dog,” you have to assume a meaningful SummerSlam opponent is in the plans.