WWE SummerSlam 2013: Match Card, Potential Spoilers, Predictions and More

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 17, 2013

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan flys off the ropes during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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WWE’s 2013 edition of the SummerSlam pay-per-view is approaching fast, and the excitement from wrestling fans across the world is through the roof.

There is an entertaining undercard full of intrigue, but it will be the main events that force the casual supporters to order the show. With Daniel Bryan challenging for John Cena’s WWE Championship and Brock Lesnar fighting CM Punk, this will be a great PPV.

As the WWE’s second-largest show of the year approaches, we have all the latest information fans will need to get them even more excited for Sunday’s SummerSlam extravaganza.


Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.

When: Sunday, August 18 at 7 p.m. ET

Watch: Pay-Per-View (local cable providers)

Live Stream: WWE.com


Full SummerSlam Card

  • WWE Champion John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan.
  • CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar.
  • World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian.
  • Kane vs. Bray Wyatt (Ring of Fire Match).
  • Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn vs. Big E Langston and Divas Champion AJ Lee.
  • Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow.
  • Natalya vs. Brie Bella.
  • United States Champion Dean Ambrose vs. Rob Van Dam (Kickoff Match).


Potential Spoilers

John Cena will defend his WWE Championship against Daniel Bryan in the main event of the night. With Triple H as the special guest referee, Vince McMahon making it clear he doesn’t want either man to win and Randy Orton looming with his briefcase, this match has convoluted ending written all over it.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via Wrestling Inc.), two huge rumors have boiled to the surface and could have a major impact on Sunday’s main event:

No word yet if WWE still plans on turning Triple H at SummerSlam. The longterm idea is to have Vince McMahon eventually turn babyface and bring in a "conquering hero" to take out Triple H at WrestleMania XXX.

As of this week, the plan for WWE's Night of Champions pay-per-view in September is to have Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton with John Cena not in the WWE Title picture, likely due to surgery plans.

Not only is Triple H possibly turning heel Sunday, but the latest news is that the WWE is also advertising Bryan vs. Orton at Night of Champions. That’s a huge potential spoiler.

With reports that Cena could be going in for surgery to repair an elbow injury, per Marc Middleton of F4WOnline (via Wrestling Inc.), a title change is an outcome that has a real chance of coming to fruition.

How the main event will shake out now has the WWE Universe ecstatic about SummerSlam.


Main Event Preview and Prediction

There are times that the WWE adds a swerve to a storyline just to throw the fans off the trail of what the company has planned, but the main event of SummerSlam has storyline turns that have likely been in place for months.

When Cena and Bryan square off Sunday night, there will be so many moving pieces that almost anything could happen. Not only is the WWE Championship match interesting on its own, but the inclusion of Triple H, McMahon and Orton also makes this convoluted ending incredibly tough to predict.

Despite the ever-present fact that any result is possible at SummerSlam, the best outcome would be Bryan beating Cena clean in the middle of the ring. While the current WWE champion wouldn't tap out (a clean pinfall would work), Bryan would look incredibly strong if Cena passed out and lost the match because he was unresponsive.

That would allow Cena to look strong by not tapping, but it would also give Bryan and his submission finisher a huge boost. After winning the WWE Championship, that’s where things would get crazy.

With Cena out of commission, The Shield would hit the ring and attack both Triple H and Bryan, leaving them incapacitated as well. Led by McMahon in referee gear, Orton would then hit the ring and successfully cash in his briefcase to win the WWE Championship.

This ending would allow Cena to leave the company for some time off, give Bryan the ultimate rub as the champion that was screwed out of his title, provide Orton an official heel turn and satisfy Vince’s desire to have a new champion.

If this storyline comes to fruition, the 2013 edition SummerSlam would be legendary.


Predicting the Rest of SummerSlam

Brock Lesnar will defeat CM Punk with the help of a distraction from Paul Heyman. This will result in a second chapter in this battle. That’s great news for wrestling fans, as this bout should be one of the best matches of the year.

Christian received his one more match and will win the World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio with the help of a returning Ricardo Rodriguez.

Bray Wyatt will win his Ring of Fire match against Kane when one of the members of the Wyatt Family walks through fire and assaults the Big Red Monster. This will mark the beginning of Kane’s heel turn.

Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn will defeat Big E Langston and AJ Lee in order to make Ziggler look strong and to continue the Kaitlyn vs. AJ feud through another PPV.

With no briefcase on the line, Cody Rhodes will beat Damien Sandow and set the stage for a rematch next month with the Money in the Bank contract on the line.

Brie Bella will beat Natalya as the company continues to build sympathy for Natalya and capitalizes on the Total Divas frenzy.

Dean Ambrose will retain the U.S. title after being disqualified against Rob Van Dam when the rest of The Shield interferes. This will result in a tag team championship match (Big Show and Mark Henry vs. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) being booked for the actual PPV.


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