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Guide to SummerSlam 2022

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Steven Conway will update this guide with the latest information all the way up until the start of SummerSlam.

When and where

Date: Saturday, July 30, 2022

Time: 8 pm EST

Location: Nashville, TN

Venue: Nissan Stadium

The Card

Undisputed Universal Title Match: Roman Reigns (c) Vs. Brock Lesnar

SmackDown Women’s Title Match: Liv Morgan (c) Vs. Ronda Rousey

RAW Women’s Title Match: Bianca Belair (c) Vs. Becky Lynch

U.S. Title Match: Bobby Lashley (c) Vs. Theory

Undisputed Tag Team Title Match (Jeff Jarrett as special referee): Usos (c) Vs. Street Profits

No Disqualification Match: Rey and Dominik Mysterio Vs. Damian Priest and Finn Balor

Happy Corbin Vs. Pat McAfee

Logan Paul Vs. The Miz

Supplemental content

Gunther’s Intercontinental title reigns should mark a change in WWE’s philosophy toward the title, and why Bobby Lashley should win the U.S. title. Read more here.

How we got here

Roman Reigns Vs. Brock Lesnar

Lesnar showed up on SmackDown after Reigns defeated Riddle to defend his title. He attacked Reigns and threw around the Usos a while in his return angle. Soon after, WWE announced another Reigns-Lesnar match would headline SummerSlam. At this point, it seems this match is the only one the company feels comfortable with atop a stadium show.

There could be an added wrinkle. In the buildup to Money in the Bank, the company has worked hard to mention the best time to cash in the briefcase, currently held by Theory, would be after this match. They have stopped just short of promising it, but they story is Reigns and Lesnar will destroy one another, thus making the winner easy pickings for whoever holds the briefcase.

Liv Morgan Vs. Ronda Rousey

This is a basic rematch storyline. Morgan won the title by cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase on the same night she won it. Rousey had just beaten Natalya in a title match before Morgan made her move. Rousey has been playing it as a good sport, congratulating Morgan for taking her shot and keeping this a babyface versus babyface match for now.

It is possible new wrinkles could be thrown in before this one happens. Morgan is over with the fans, and has a real connection with them. Rousey’s hold on the fans’ affections is much more tenuous. If they go into this match as babyfaces, the crowd will pick Morgan and boo Rousey. WWE has put a lot of work into making Rousey a babyface, so perhaps something will happen in the leadup or during the match that puts a heel into the mix to take some heat.

Bianca Belair Vs. Becky Lynch

Belair defeated Carmella at Money in the Bank and Lynch has harrassed her since about getting a title match. Asuka put Lynch over in a short feud to give Lynch a big victory. After a couple of confrontations on RAW in which Lynch tried to sabotage Belair, the match was made.

This match doesn’t need a ton of hype since both women are over and the fans know they are capable of having a great match in a big setting.

Usos Vs. Street Profits

The Usos defeated the Street Profits at Money in the Bank, after doing singles jobs for the challengers in the week leading up to the show. The story continued when they had a controversial pinfall in the title match. Montez Ford’s shoulder was up at the three count, but the referee didn’t see it. This was not a botch, but part of the story to keep this rivalry going. It gives the company a good reason to give the Street Profits getting a rematch despite losing as challengers.

On the July 15 episode of SmackDown, Jeff Jarrett was announced as the guest referee. Hopefully this is not the start of yet another heel authority figure storyline. The match at Money in the Bank was good, so if the teams are able to top that one in Nashville, it has the potential to be a show-stealer.

Lashley Vs. Theory

Lashley and Theory brought back an old wrestling trope from the 70s and 80s with a posedown in the ring June 13th. Theory attacked Lashley by squirting him in the eyes with the bottle of oil used to make the muscles glisten. On June 20, Lashley attacked Theory to extract revenge. In doing so, a challenge was issued to Lashley. If he won a gauntlet match against three opponents, he’d get a shot at Theory’s U.S. title. Lashley defeated Chad Gable, Otis and then Theory himself to win the gauntlet match.

At Money in the Bank, Lashley defeated Theory to capture the U.S. title. Theory would go on to be a surprise entrant and winner in the men’s Money in the Bank Match. On RAW the next night, July 4, Theory announced he was also granted a U.S. title rematch at SummerSlam.

Rey and Dominik Mysterio Vs. Damian Priest and Finn Balor

For reasons known only to themselves, Judgement Day has been trying to recruit Dominik Mysterio. They’ve been trying to convince the younger Mysterio that Rey is washed up and done, and Dominik should join the dark side instead. After consistent attacks, including Judgement Day member Rhea Ripley on Rey at this anniversary segment on the July 25th episode of RAW, a No-DQ match was made for SummerSlam.

The stipulation all but guarantees interference from Ripley, who has been out of action for weeks but is thankfully back now. Dominik is likely to turn on his father someday. If the idea is to have a father/son feud go to WrestleMania, this may be too early to pull the trigger on it. Still, if they feel it’s time, this would be a good show to do the turn. Rey should be motivated to have a good match, and Priest and Balor can carry the heel side, so this will probably be all right with the No-DQ bells and whistles added.

Logan Paul Vs. The Miz

The Miz turned on Paul at WrestleMania because Paul has stipulated in his WWE contract that he’s a babyface…even though the WWE fans clearly hate him. Nevertheless, Miz is working hard to make Paul the babyface in this feud. First, Miz said they were all good and would be tag team partners. Paul sent in recorded babyface promos stating he didn’t want to team with Miz, he wanted to wrestle him instead. Miz finally agreed on the July 18 episode of RAW when Paul continued the company’s “tiny balls” narrative on the Miz, despite the crowd not really going along with much of it.

Happy Corbin Vs. Pat McAfee
After putting over Madcap Moss in their breakup feud, Corbin began to argue with McAfee at the broadcast table, complaining McAfee had been too hard on him. McAfee doubled down on the insults in his commentary. He also challenged Corbin to a match at SummerSlam. He went without an answer for a while, but after Money in the Bank went off the air, Corbin attacked McAfee. He also accepted McAfee’s challenge for the grudge match.

Podcasts

The WRAP: The Women’s Revolution Will be Televised

The WRAP: Is this the end for Vince?

The WRAP: Liv Morgan’s night, Money in the Bank

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