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Poll turns SummerSlam thoughts upside down
By MATTHEW ASHER - SLAM! Wrestling


John Cena and Brock Lesnar are in the main event at SummerSlam.



With SummerSlam rapidly approaching, it's too late for the WWE to change course for this month's PPV. But when talking about the interest of the current WWE storylines, is the WWE promoting the right ones? We asked SLAM! Wrestling readers to give their opinion about which ones they are most enjoying at the moment and the answers may surprise you. I know I was surprised.

There were five storylines we considered: The Bellas vs. The McMahons, Chris Jericho vs. Wyatt Family, Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns, Ambrose vs. Rollins and Lesnar vs. Cena in what we assume with be the main event. I say "assume" because it's neither the top, nor the second-best current storyline, according to our readers.

That's right. The match for the WWE World Heavyweight title, getting just 14 percent of the votes, currently is right in the middle of the pack at number three. They main evented Extreme Rules 2012 when the title wasn't even involved. Lesnar main evented the 2012 edition of SummerSlam and Cena main evented the 2013 version. This would only be the fifth time these two men have faced each other in the WWE and should be considered a dream match. Why the lack of interest?

Just in case you haven't been paying attention to any of the promos for this match, I see two possible outcomes: John Cena retains the title but has to betray his "CENation" persona, possibly reverting back to his "Dr. of Thuganomics" character, in order to overcome Brock Lesnar. If Cena doesn't change, Brock will victimize Cena and become a four-time WWE champion. I like both of these outcomes.

With a 40-percent vote getter, the most-enjoyed storyline, is the feud between former Shield members Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. This one's actually surprising to me because I'm not a fan of the current set-up. In what should be a rematch of the Battlefield PPV, we're instead finally get the first televised matchup between these two since the first one never happened. Since the Battlefield PPV, we've gone from having Ambrose wanting to tear Rollins limb from limb, to having the two men now throwing sodas at each other.


Seth Rollins leaps onto Dean Ambrose outside the ring at the WWE Battleground PPV last month. Photo by Bill Otten, B&B Productions.
The other part of the storyline that doesn't make sense is the actual type of match these two men are having. Dean Ambrose got to decide what type of match they would be having, and he decides on a Lumberjack match? The whole point of that match is to prevent the fight from spilling outside of the ring. Short of these men competing in a Bra and Panties match, a Lumberjack Match has to be the worst choice when you remember these two men want to kill each other. This prevents Rollins from diving outside the ring and won't let Ambrose treat Seth like a pinata when he picks up a kendo stick. At this current rate I get the feeling Rollins and Ambrose will be settling their next encounter complaining to HR about being in an "unsafe work environment."

WHAT YOU THINK
Which of these WWE storylines are you enjoying the most at the moment?
Ambrose vs Rollins - 40%
Stephanie McMahon vs Bellas - 24%
Lesnar vs Cena - 13%
Jericho's issues with the Wyatts - 13%
Orton vs Reigns - 9%
The second most popular storyline, with 24 percent of the votes, is Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella. This is one I completely agree with because it's not a typical Divas type of beef. Even in this PG era, we've heard both "ladies" call each other bitches on several occasions, which if nothing else, is at least a nice change of pace.

The one storyline I've had no interest from the beginning is Chris Jericho and the Wyatt Family. With 13 percent (nearly tying the Cena/Lesnar story), this match falls into fourth place. I never expected Jericho to beat Bray in the last PPV match but I'm still not sold on this one.

As for the least popular one, Orton and Reigns finishes with just nine percent. I like the fact that Triple H has told Orton that until he deals with Roman he's out of the title picture. At the very least this means Orton has reason to want to beat Reigns, rather than him simply doing what Triple H says because he's the boss.

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    Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist currently living in Atlanta. What SummerSlam match are you looking forward to the most? Email him your thoughts or suggestions and follow him on Twitter Twitter: @santavato, but reminds you to keep it clean.