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WWE SummerSlam 2022 Guide: Match Card, Predictions

TheSportster logo TheSportster 7/26/2022 Josh Coulson
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  • Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship in a Last Man Standing Match
  • Liv Morgan vs. Ronda Rousey for the SmackDown Women's Championship
  • Bianca Belair vs. Becky Lynch for the Raw Women's Championship
  • Logan Paul vs. The Miz
  • Pat McAfee vs. Happy Corbin
  • Bobby Lashley vs. Theory for the US Championship
  • The Usos vs. The Street Profits for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championships
  • Riddle vs. Seth Rollins
  • The Mysterios vs. The Judgment Day in a No Disqualification Match

WWE has added so many different PPVs – sorry, premium live events – over the years, but only a handful have managed to stand the test of time. WrestleMania is still WWE's biggest event of the year, of course, but ever since its introduction in 1988, SummerSlam has been number two. The biggest party of the summer will return yet agin this year, a little earlier than usual, and it's bound to be as massive an event as WWE can make it despite some of the promotion's biggest Superstars dropping like flies.

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Now, that earlier date. SummerSlam will take place on Saturday, July 30, 2022. That marks the first time in its 34-year history that SummerSlam hasn't taken place in August, presumably because WWE is headed to the UK for another stadium show, Clash at the Castle, on September 3. SummerSlam will begin at 8 pm EST, probably with a kickoff show that will begin either one or two hours before the main card. Fans in the US will be able to watch live on Peacock, while those of you elsewhere will need to tune in through the WWE Network. More details on everything announced for the show so far can be found below.

UPDATE: 2022/07/26 17:15 EST BY JOSH COULSON

A tag match between The Mysterios and Judgment Day was added to the card during the July, 25, 2022 edition of Raw.

UPDATE: 2022/07/19 16:51 EST BY JOSH COULSON

Three more matches were officially added to the card during the July 18, 2022 edition of Raw.

UPDATE: 2022/07/11 17:23 EST BY JOSH COULSON

A Women's Title and Tag Team Titles matches were added to the card during the July 8, 2022 edition of SmackDown.

UPDATE: 2022/07/05 22:26 EST BY JOSH COULSON

A US Title rematch between Theory and Bobby Lashley was added to the SummerSlam card during the July 4, 2022 edition Of Raw.

UPDATE: 2022/07/04 16:54 EST BY JOSH COULSON

Pat McAfee vs. Happy Corbin was added to the card after Money in the Bank.

Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship in a Last Man Standing Match

As mentioned above, WWE is plagued with injuries right now. While we may never know for certain, it seems likely that this match would have been very different if WWE hadn't needed to break the Brock Lesnar glass in case of emergency. Randy Orton or Cody Rhodes seemed likely candidates to take on Reigns at SummerSlam, but both are on the shelf for an extended period of time.

Enter Lesnar, the man Reigns beat in the first place to become the Undisputed Champion. This time around, one man will need to keep the other down for a count of ten as this will be a Last Man Standing match. As for who wins, that's a really tough one. If a third man doesn't get added to this match, I'm expecting a Reigns win and whoever wins the men's Money in the Bank match to cash-in and take the WWE Title from him, leaving his lengthy Universal Title reign intact.

Liv Morgan vs. Ronda Rousey for the SmackDown Women's Championship

Money in the Bank was a mixed bag, but it will be remembered for a very long time for one very important reason. It was Liv Morgan's night. Morgan won the contract and successfully cashed it in on Ronda Rousey two hours later. Rousey was far less than 100 percent having just defended what was then her title against Natalya, hence her getting a rematch at SummerSlam.

All of that may well be what makes Morgan's time in the spotlight a somewhat short one. Beating Rousey after she has been through a title match is one thing. Morgan getting one over on a fresh Rousey on a big stage, I just can't see it. The Rowdy One to win this match and take her title back from Morgan.

Bianca Belair vs. Becky Lynch for the Raw Women's Championship

One year on from Becky Lynch's shock return where she beat Bianca Belair for the Raw Women's Title in 26 seconds, the two eternal rivals are set to go round again. Even though Belair has got her win back against Lynch since that embarrassing defeat, this one will mean a lot. Gettng one over on her arch rival on the same stage and for the same title as when Lynch surprised her and briefly stunted her momentum.

Will that actually happen? I'm going with probably not, but it's a close one. Even though Belair's title loss was seemingly being reserved for Rhea Ripley, the Aussie's status is up in the air right now. The plans have changed, and they may have changed so much that Lynch wins the title back.

Logan Paul vs. The Miz

Logan Paul pleasantly surprised most wrestling fans earlier this year in his debut match at WrestleMania. The internet personality clearly enjoyed it too as he has now signed a deal with WWE. The Miz ruined his big debut by attacking Paul after their tag team win, and despite The A-Lister trying to talk him round, Paul's first order of business as a signed Superstar is revenge.

He'll almost definitely get it too. WWE isn't likely to be in the business of having Paul lose his first match as a contracted wrestler. Paul to win this one pretty handily while showing fans he is even better than he was the last time we saw him wrestle.

Pat McAfee vs. Happy Corbin

Pat McAfee had the chance to show how good he can be in the ring a couple of times in NXT, and then did that for an even bigger audience at WrestleMania. Seems as if the well-loved announcer is being saved for special occasions, and at SummerSlam, he will wrestle again. He and Happy Corbin have been taking shots at each other. Everything came to a head when Corbin attacked McAfee after the cameras were off the air at Money in the Bank.

It's a little wild that this match makes so much sense, and that most fans are really looking forward to it. Everyone loves McAfee, dislikes Corbin, and hopefully, SummerSlam will have the former beat the latter in what will be an incredibly feelgood moment.

Bobby Lashley vs. Theory for the US Championship

Bobby Lashley beating Theory for the US Title at MITB came as quite the surprise. If we'd known the former champ would become Mr. Money in the Bank by the end of that same night, maybe we'd have seen it coming. Theory hasn't shifted his focus away from the US Title just yet though, as despite his new briefcase, he will attempt to win it back at SummerSlam.

Since Theory has the MITB contract, it seems unlikely he'll be winning the US Title back here. Unless Vince McMahon wants him carting a whole lot of hardware from town to town. Now, whether he still has the contract by the end of the night is another matter entirely.

The Usos vs. The Street Profits for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championships

There's a lot of gold in The Bloodline's ranks right now. Not only could Reigns leave SummerSlam with nothing to his name, but The Bloodline could potentially lose all six of its championships. The Usos picked up a very dubious win over The Street Profits at Money in the Bank, with a replay showing Montez Ford's shoulder was up, hence this rematch. That's presumably why Jeff Jarrett will be the special guest referee in this one too, though it's unclear why someone with less experience as a ref will do a better job.

All of this plus Reigns likely retaining in the main event points to The Street Profits winning this one. Some fans are beginning to grow tired of The Bloodline's dominance, and with The Tribal Chief unlikely to lose anything to Lesnar, this match may be the best place to take away some of the faction's gold.

Riddle vs. Seth Rollins

There was a time when it felt like one of these men would be Mr. Money in the Bank and the other would be challengining for the title at SummerSlam. Instead, Riddle and Seth Rollins find themselves in a match against each other with nothing on the line. On the bright side, the two are so good, this might well be match of the night.

It's also amusing this match is happening as there was a time when reports Rollins really didn't like Riddle meant they would never meet one-on-one in the ring. As for who wins, both need a victory. I'll go Rollins as he is still reeling from three straight PPV losses to Cody Rhodes, and Riddle can blame an eventual string of losses on a returning Randy Orton not having his back.

The Mysterios vs. The Judgment Day in a No Disqualification Match

Rey Mysterio celebrated 20 years in WWE on Raw this week. Well, he tried to. Despite picking up a win over Judgment Day alongside his son Dominik, Finn Balor and Damian Priest ruined the luchador's night later on when a returning Rhea Ripley crashed his party.

This match will be a little different from the one on Raw as it's no disqualification. Anything goes, and that will play right into Judgment Day's hands. So much so that Balor and Priest will likely win this one, and keep your eye on Dominik.

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