Tossing Salt – Worldwide News
August 23, 2015
In just a few hours, it will be time for the WWE’s biggest show of the summer, SummerSlam. I was planning on doing a full Tossing Salt column and including my predictions for SummerSlam as part of the column, much like I did on Thursday with my predictions for NXT Breakout: Brooklyn. That’s what I was planning. Well, Hulk Hogan was planning on having a match at Wrestlemania XXXII and that didn’t quite work out for him either. That nasty little thing we call “work” beckoned and called to me and instead of writing, I ended up moving around a few dozen boxes of liquor. What fun. Yay! And I also watched a couple of movies. Oops!
So this is going to be short and sweet, just like a midget that’s been rolled in syrup and fruit loops. Yummy. I like my little people (which says a lot about why I was involved with Chris for so long… lol). Anyhow, it’s prediction time. It’s WWE SummerSlam 2015. Let’s do this!
WWE World Heavyweight champion Seth Rollins vs. WWE United States champion John Cena in a Title versus Title Match for the United States and WWE World Heavyweight Championships
So how is this going to work exactly? I don’t want to see Cena as the WWE World Champion, but I like the job he’s been doing as the United States Champion. I like Seth as the WWE Champion (he’s grown on me), but I don’t want to see him holding two titles. Whoever wins, I think they’ll be short lived as a double-champion and will probably have to defend both titles in two seperate matches at Night of Champions in a few weeks, thus resulting in a title loss of one or both titles. This can really go either way and I can see some great stories coming out of a win for either man. If Cena wins, he ties Ric Flair’s record of being a sixteen time World Champion (although he’ll never come close to being the champion Ric was or defending his titles even a fourth as often). I don’t want to see Cena tie Flair’s record so I’ll go for Seth being sneaky and maybe having some help from the returning J&J Security (I miss those guys!) to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat. Cena dominates the match, but at the end of the night, Rollins steals it away and gets the win.
Winner and DOUBLE-CHAMPION: Seth Rollins
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman
WWE logic and wrestling logic say that Undertaker gets his win back from Wrestlemania and we end up with a rubber match. I don’t like it. Brock is a monster and a beast and should not lose here. So I’m hoping for one of two things. Either Brock wins clean or else Taker wins, but has to use low blows and the help of his “brother” Kane to get the tainted victory, thus leading to Sting making an appearance and the build for a Sting / Brock versus The Brothers of Destruction match at Night of Champions, as I explained in my “Tossing Salt” column earlier this week. Another great match that I can see going either way. I don’t agree with it, but I think that by hook and by crook, we’ll see Taker get his win back. Brock should not lose. I repeat, Brock should not lose. But come tonight, as much as I regret saying it, the Dead Man will walk out with the arm raised in victory.
Winner: The Undertaker
Team B.A.D. vs. PCB vs. Team Bella in an Elimination Tag Match – When a competitor is defeated, her team is eliminated.
After the performance that Sasha Banks put on against Bayley last night at NXT, I expect this one to be off the charts and be a really good match as well. The only thing that may hurt it is that there are just too many people involved and it could turn into a cluster-f*ck just as easy. Well, that and the Bellas are not quite as strong in that ring as Bayley or any of the NXT girls. I don’t think that Team Bella will win. I just don’t. I’m kind of pulling for PCB because I know that Charlotte’s family, including father Ric (wooooo!) and brother David Flair will be in attendance. That’s where my heart is going. My logic and mind says though that “The Boss” Sasha Banks, fresh off her great performance last night and the loss of her NXT Women’s Championship to Bayley, will rebound and prove that she’s the real deal, taking in the pin in the end against the current Divas Champion Nikki Bella. Yeppers, that sounds good. Team B.A.D. takes the pin when Sasha pins Nikki. And there you go.
Winners: Team B.A.D. (Sasha Banks, Naomi & Tamina)
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
Do we really have to see this again? Nothing against Sheamus or Orton, but this match just does absolutely nothing for me and I have no desire to see these guys wrestle again for about the ten millionth time. If I remember correctly, Orton won their last encounter so for the sake of fairness, I’ll go with the red headed Miracle Whip wannabe, Sheamus, for the nod here. Maybe he can cash in that MITB contract and briefcase later in the night too? Hmmmmmmmm!
Cesaro versus Kevin Owens
After the great match and performance he put on last night at NXT, I know that Kevin Owens has to be walking around stiff and sore today. The guy is really stepping up and taking things to the next level. He really is that damn good. And Cesaro? What can we say about him that hasn’t already been said. A wrestling machine that has few peers. He’s reaching for that “brass ring” that Vince McMahon has spoken of and I can’t see anyone or anything getting in his way. It’s really bad that one of these guys has to lose the match tonight because they are both two of my favorites and are both so good in that ring. I think Cesaro has proven to be, to a point, teflon, and a loss won’t hurt him quite as badly. In his last couple of outings, Owens has lost to Cena and then Finn Balor and “walked away” from several matches as well. He needs the win more and another loss, especially if it’s a clean pin, does hurt him. I think, after another off-the-charts, exciting and brutal match, we’ll see the fans cheering “This is awesome” and Kevin Owens will take the nod.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Dolph Ziggler w/ Lana vs. Rusev w/ Summer Rae
Dolph is back from injury. Everyone loves Dolph. Lana is hot and sexy. Everyone loves Lana. I would love to see Lana turn on Dolph, beat the hell out of Summer Rae and end up back with Rusev. I would love to see it, but when the turn comes (and it will – believe that), it should be in a title situation so Rusev gains gold from the heel turn and it shows a reason why. Right now, though I’d love to see it, is way too soon. So Lana beats up Summer and Dolph gets the pin on the formerly unstoppable Bulgarian monster.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler w/ Lana
WWE Tag Team champions The Prime Time Players vs. Los Matadores with Torito vs. The Lucha Dragons vs. The New Day
While I like Titus and Darren, their time as the tag team champions has been somewhat boring. They do commentary quite well, but they don’t really stand out as champions and just kind of seem to just be there, especially compared to former championship teams like the Usos or the New Day. I would love to see the New Day come out with the gold one more time. They’ve grown on me and their gimmick is just fun to watch. You can see how much fun their having each week and it’s contagious. I would be picking them here, but I’ve been hearing stuff and just have a feeling that it’s time for a swerve. I can’t see the Lucha Dragons winning. They’re a good team and fun to watch, but I just can’t see them as the Champions. But what about Los Matadores. Or should I say Epico and Primo Colon? It’s time to drop the silly bullfighting gimmick and hopefully Torito and take off the masks and show everyone once more what the Colon family name is all about. So yeah, I’ll calling for new champions and for a gimmick change / heel turn as well as Epico & Primo, the team we know now as Los Matadores, takes the win and the gold. And as Primo’s brother, who I would love to see make a return to the WWE at some point would say, that would be cool!
Winners and NEW WWE Tag Team Champions: Los Matadores w/ Torito
WWE Intercontinental champion Ryback vs. Big Show vs. Miz
I do not want to see Big Show as a champion of any sort. I could stand it if he was a tag champion (maybe), but as the Intercontinental Champion or U.S. Champion, hell to the no. I would love to see Miz win the gold and proclaim his awesomeness as the champ. He’s a good worker in that ring and on the mic, he is, dare I say it, awesome! But let’s call it like it is here. The fans (for some reason) like Ryback. Vince, Hunter and the WWE powers-that-be like Ryback. I don’t like Ryback. But they have more power and influence than I do and thus, we will get Ryback. He’ll come in hungry and will make a meal for the ages out of both Show and Miz. And in the end, the “Big Guy” keeps the title and walks out the winner.
Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: Ryback
Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper
This should be another stiff and brutal match for the ages. I keep hearing people talking about a possible heel turn by Ambrose on his “brother” Roman, but I hope not. It’s not time yet for anything like that. What I would love to see is a new member of the Wyatt Family debut, either Bo Dallas joining his brother as part of the team or else Adam Rose, dumping the party-pooper gimmick and going back to the awesome Leo Kruger character he used in NXT, and help Bray and Harper steal a win from the two former SHIELD members. Bray loses too many matches and it’s hurting his character. It’s like he talks a great fight, but can’t seem to back it up. Roman and Ambrose, especially Ambrose, can lose every night and no one seems to care. Plus, if there’s a new member of the Wyatt family (or if Erick Rowan was to return), that would give the Wyatt’s a big numbers advantage and then Reigns & Ambrose could recruit help (Sting) to help them out, thus giving us the long hoped-for six-man tag encounter at Night of Champions. That’s what I want to see happen. And what the hell? I think that, by hook or by crook, even if it takes a small child singing badly as a distraction, that Bray and Harper will find a way to win. Yes, I said it. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Winners: Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper – The Wyatt Family
Neville and “Arrow” star Stephen Amell vs. King Barrett and Stardust
And finally, it’s Hollywood meets super-heroes as the Red Arrow and the Green Arrow team up to take on the WWE King of the Ring and Master of the Crazy. It’s going to be fun to see what Anell can do in that ring. It’s obvious he’s in great shape and I expect he might surprise us a little bit. This should be a really fun and interesting match. Three really good wrestlers and a talented actor all doing their thing. Barrett and Stardust should win. They have the size, the experience and just the pure crazy factor all in their favor, plus a Hollywood star making a one time appearance should NEVER beat a full time wrestler. But this is the WWE and that means the fans have to be happy. Neville hits the red arrow on Barrett and tags Amell in to get the win. The fans are happy and poor Barrett does the job. Yeah, that sounds about right.
Winners: Neville & Stephen Amell
And now, I am out of here. Got things to see and people to do (or something like that). Questions and comments can be sent to Doug28352@yahoo.com. And if you’re on Facebook and want to join a great wrestling group that has something for everyone (but YOU – yeah, you – you know who you are!), come see us at http://www.facebook.com/groups/thewrestling people. It’s “That Wrestling Group”. Check it out. I’m on Facebook and Twitter as well (@doug28352) – come find me.
And there you go. Thanks for reading and enjoy SummerSlam tonight. I’m Doug and “dat is all de’ people need to know!” I’ll see you at the matches. Have a great one.