Next week on Smackdown Live for the first time ever, John Cena will face Shinsuke Nakamura for the right to challenge Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship at Summerslam. A monumental matchup that many fans could only have dreamed of only a few years ago. Also next week on Smackdown Kevin Owens gets his rematch for the United States Championship against AJ Styles.
Already announced for Summerslam is Naomi (c) vs Natalya for the Smackdown Women’s Championship.
After their incredible match at WWE Battleground, it is expected that The Usos will get their rematch for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship at Summerslam against new champions The New Day, particularly after their attack last week on Smackdown.
If John Cena defeats Shinsuke Nakamura this week on Smackdown, as upset as many hardcore fans may be, this creates the ultimate matchup of WWE’s biggest star John Cena vs India’s biggest star Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship, which is sure to be a big money match particularly for that Indian market which we have heard so much about regarding the ‘Jinder Experiment’.
With AJ Styles set to defend the United States Championship against Kevin Owens this week on Smackdown, expect Styles will retain his title after the recent ‘back and forth’ with the title. In each of their matches so far, it has appeared the two have been ‘Holding Back’, and this could be so that the two superstars can produce their very best work at the Biggest Party of the Summer; this would have match of the year written all over it.
Alternatively WWE could finish the Styles vs Owens feud next week, opening Styles up for a new opponent at Summerslam, and that man could be Shinsuke Nakamura. This is the dream match many have hoping to see since both superstars arrival to WWE. Their showdown at Money in the Bank was electric, and while many (including myself) would prefer this held off for Wrestlemania, Summerslam is the second biggest event of the year. Once again, this has match of the year written all over it.
The biggest problem with this is the lack of build, Styles recently said on the E&C Podcast that he wants the Styles vs Nakamura match in WWE to be big, and that he has expressed his desire for a long-term build to the match to Vince McMahon himself. On the other hand WWE has a tendency to rush into big time feuds and matches; sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t.
The Styles vs Nakamura match opens Kevin Owens up for Summerslam, and The Prize-Fighter could find himself in a match against Shane McMahon. The two have been picking at each other in recent weeks, particularly in regards to Owen’s (former) United States Championship. The two have also gone back and forth several times on Talking Smack before its unfortunate cancellation. WWE loves to get Shane McMahon on its biggest shows and Summerslam certainly qualifies as that. Anyone concerned that Owens would be ‘wasted’ on someone like Shane, please go back and watch Shane McMahon vs AJ Styles, the best match of Wrestlemania 33.
What would you like to see go down on the Smackdown side of things at the Biggest Party of the Summer?