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Countdown to WWE Summerslam
By SLAM! Wrestling




Once again, WWE heads to pay-per-view, this time with what is arguably their second most important show of the year.

Yes, Summerslam has finally arrived and we can all sit back and watch what will be the first-ever WWE show where three World Heavyweight Championships will be decided. There are a variety of other matches that have drawn interest as well, so let's get straight to the preview.


 
WWE HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH

John Cena vs. Edge
 

SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

This feud has been built up pretty well. If nothing else, it's got Cena back to full-fledged hero, and nobody would have predicted that a few months ago. And much of that credit has to go to Edge, for playing his part perfectly. I think this will be the night Cena delivers Edge some much-needed comeuppance by taking the belt.

Matt Mackinder

I don't think this feud ends just yet. If Edge gets DQ'd, he drops the belt, but I don't think that rule comes into play. Maybe a countout, but Edge retains somehow. Unforgiven may have a gimmick match to end this feud, that, though solid, has run its course.

Jon Waldman

Well, Edge had my vote until he ripped on the Winnipeg Jets on Raw. That's a big no-no Mr. Copeland. Leafs suck and you're losing your title.


WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH

Batista vs. King Booker


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

Booker T has got to be considered the MVP of Smackdown. He and Sharmell have played up the King gimmick amazingly. It won't help him, though, against the juggernaut that is Big Dave. Batista dethrones the King.

Matt Mackinder

Batista says he never lost the belt and tonight he starts his second title reign. Booker should take his king gimmick and run with that as the World Title doesn't really fit. One thing at a time, Vince.

Jon Waldman

It's hard for WWE to flip two major titles in one show, but from the looks of the first match and the ECW bout, they'll pull it off; meaning King Booker and the M.A.D.E. keep their reign going.


  ECW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH

Big Show vs. Sabu
 


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

This should be a pretty ugly affair. All the chairs, tables and barbed wire can't hide the suckdom that is Show. Look for interference from RVD which turns into a three-way that he wins. Classic Heyman booking.

Matt Mackinder

If Kurt Angle doesn't get involved, I'll be surprised. Rob Van Dam may also make an appearance, but it won't matter. Big Show retains and Sabu botches more aerial moves.

Jon Waldman

Well, we know RVD will get involved, but who will he battle? Will he take out Big Show in order to fight back against Paul Heyman, or will he take out Sabu, someone as he sees as an obstacle. Sabu will likely go over here, but you know it's going to be a bit screwy.


 

UNDERCARD

 


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

D-Generation X vs. The McMahons - I'm ashamed to admit it, but I'm a complete D-X fan. They win.
Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Orton -
Oh, gee, I wonder. Hogan on the card? Hogan wins.
Mick Foley vs. Ric Flair (I Quit) -
Foley submits like his good pal and hero Terry Funk did all those
years ago. Should be a bloodbath.
Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero -
No winner - this one is too hot to contain in the ring, and they
both get counted out.

Matt Mackinder

D-Generation X vs. The McMahons - Like Cena and Edge, this feud needs to end. DX all the way.
Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Orton -
Who jobs? I say Orton takes the fall.
Mick Foley vs. Ric Flair (I Quit) -
Could be the sleeper match of the night. Flair quits.
Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero -
Chavo cheats to get the duke, making Eddie proud yet again.

Jon Waldman

D-Generation X vs. The McMahons - DX has to win here for any cred. Unfortunately, the feud will continue, especially after HBK is injured by Umaga.
Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Orton -
If there was any justice in the world, Orton would win. That won't happen, unless Hogan blows out his knee for good.
Mick Foley vs. Ric Flair (I Quit) -
Remember the Rock/Foley I Quit match with the voice-over? Same thing here. Flair wins.
Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero -
Chavito goes over.


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-- compiled by Jon Waldman