It was reportedly confirmed backstage last week that this year’s SummerSlam event will be held away from paying fans at the Performance Center, as opposed to at an actual venue.
Ever since WrestleMania 36 was moved to the PC, WWE higher-ups have reportedly been determined to have SummerSlam in front of a paying crowd, but the Coronavirus has meant that isn’t possible.
Just because the show won’t be in front of paying fans, doesn’t mean that WWE cannot make it memorable, and there are several mouth-watering match-ups that WWE could book for the upcoming pay-per-view to make it must-see.
As such we’ve decided to make a list of five matches that we’d like to see booked at the second-biggest pay-per-view of the year, in the hope that some of them make it onto WWE TV over the coming weeks.
If there are any matches you think we’ve missed off, then please let us know over on Twitter.
5. Asuka (c) vs. Kairi Sane – Raw Women’s Championship
It has been reported that Kairi Sane is heading back to Japan, with plans in May suggesting that Sane would be serving as an ambassador for WWE in the country.
If this is true, then there is no better way to send Sane off than a match with her fellow former NXT Women’s Champion and current tag team partner, Asuka.
WWE actually began planting seeds for this match earlier on this week, so if Asuka retains her Raw Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks this weekend, a showdown with Kairi Sane at SummerSlam seems plausible.
The match wouldn’t even need to involve one of The Kabuki Warriors turning heel, which could make for a compelling story of two best friends fighting over the top women’s prize in WWE.
With Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair both taking some time away from the ring, a match between Sane and Asuka is most likely the biggest women’s match that WWE could book right now, and is certainly one that makes the most sense.
4. Braun Strowman (c) vs. The Fiend – Universal Championship
Let’s not beat around the bush here, The Fiend vs. Braun Strowman will certainly not be a technical masterpiece in the ring, but it is the match that makes the most sense for WWE to book for SummerSlam.
There is no denying that besides from AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan, Braun Strowman and The Fiend are probably the biggest stars on SmackDown, so having them fight over the Universal Championship at the upcoming PPV would be a smart choice.
Braun Strowman has already defeated the Firefly Fun House version of Wyatt, and assuming Bray defeats Braun in the Wyatt Swamp Fight this weekend at Extreme Rules, the Fiend could make his presence felt at SummerSlam, this time gunning for the Universal Championship.
Let’s be honest, The Fiend was always supposed to put over Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 36, so I think WWE should put the title back onto Bray next month, and have him hold the title until WrestleMania 37, when Roman Reigns can return and take the belt off of him.