In this writer’s opinion, power rankings do not apply to this week’s action in WWE. There were a fair amount of promos, interruptions, and squashes, so we’ll do something different. There are 10 matches lined up for Summerslam and I usually hand out 10 spots in the power rankings. This week I’ll power rank the Summerslam card, which is actually looking rather strong from top to bottom.
1. Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar: This won’t be the most technical match of the night nor the fastest paced. However, the sheer presence of the competitors in the ring once again will be goosebump-inducing. This might be one of the last times we see these two monsters in the ring with each other, so hopefully they deliver.
2. Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens: This will probably be the fan favorite match of the night. I expect these two to bring out all the stunts in what will likely be a mat classic.
3. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins: This will be a revenge match filled with bad blood. I expect a physical John Cena to show up looking to inflict pain on Seth Rollins. The Champion vs. Champion angle makes things exciting. I just hope this doesn’t end in a no contest.
4. Team Bella vs. Team BAD vs. Team PCB: The elimination style of this match will no doubt make things interesting here. If the Divas are given sufficient time, this could turn into a show-stealing match.
5. Ryback vs. Big Show vs. The Miz: This match looks questionable on paper and any one on one contest involving these competitors would bring plenty of yawns. I think Miz is the x-factor here. Something tells me these guys are holding something back and we may be in for some pleasant surprises during this match.
6. Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev: The storyline has been very soap opera-ish, but at the end of the day, these are two of the best workers on the roster. This match will have some fireworks going for it when, not if, Lana and Summer Rae get involved.
7. Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper vs. Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns: This should be a good match, but it just feels like something is missing. A stipulation would be fitting for this match as it contains some of the more demented and physical superstars on the roster. Standard tag team fare just feels limiting.
8. Prime Time Players vs. Los Matadores vs. Lucha Dragons vs. New Day: The build up to this feud has been lackluster and lazy. It feels like we have seen variations of this match on Raw and Smackdown for the last month as well. With that being said, these four teams have potential to incorporate high-flying stunts and spots in an entertaining match.
9. Randy Orton vs. Sheamus: I’m still not quite sure why these two are feuding in the first place. They had a match at last month’s pay per view, so I don’t expect this one to be much different. Still, Sheamus and Orton are two veterans and they may find a way to make this work.
10. Neville and Stephen Amell vs. Stardust and Cosmic King Barrett: This could actually turn out to be a fun match, so it’s saying a lot that I have this ranked last. The only things keeping this down are Barrett’s impromptu last minute involvement and the fact that Amell, an actor, could potentially go over actual WWE talent. From a kayfabe perspective, this should be a fast-paced, high-flying matchup.