WWE SummerSlam 2022 predictions, card, matches, PPV preview, start time, location, date

It’s time for one of the premier events on the WWE schedule. Generally considered second only to WrestleMania in popularity, SummerSlam is expected to be the biggest match card of the summer months with five title matches on deck for Nashville on Saturday night.

The biggest match of all once again pits a pair of former rivals against each other. Undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns puts his pair of titles on the line against Brock Lesnar in a Las Man Standing Match in the main event. Reigns unified the titles by defeating Lesnar in the main event at WrestleMania.

The card also sees the return of the celebrity factor. Logan Paul is back when he takes on The Miz in singles action. The two teamed up to beat The Mysterios at WrestleMania before Miz turned on his partner. Additionally, SmackDown commentator and former NFL punter Pat McAfee returns to action when he takes on Happy Corbin. McAfee made his debut in style at WrestleMania when he defeated Theory in a singles match before losing to Vince McMahon.

Let’s take a closer look at who our experts at CBS Sports think will emerge victorious at WWE SummerSlam, which kicks off Saturday at 8 p.m. ET from Nissan Stadium in Nashville and airs live on Peacock after a kickoff show an hour earlier.

WWE SummerSlam 2022 Predictions

WWE Undisputed Universal Championship – Roman Reigns (c) vs. Brock Lesnar (Last Man Standing)

By giving Reigns a run as champion that lasted nearly 700 days, WWE slowly backed itself into a corner. Reigns dispatched virtually every quality candidate, leading the promotion back to Reigns’ pit against Lesnar despite being a very outdated couple. It’s hard to see Lesnar pick up the win here as it only serves to reset for another clash between the pair. With The Usos and Paul Heyman around, there are plenty of easy outs to help Reigns keep Lesnar down for the 10 count. As for Theory and his threat to cash in the Money in the Bank contract after the match , the Usos can probably interfere to allow Theory to keep the briefcase as a storytelling tool for a bit longer. Choice: Roman Reigns retains

SmackDown Women’s Championship – Liv Morgan (c) vs. Ronda Rousey

While there are plenty of chances for WWE to make major missteps with the winners on the card, getting Rousey to end Morgan’s reign and regain the title might be the biggest one. Rousey’s return to WWE was mostly a dud while Morgan has a strong fan base who were thrilled that she won her first championship. The reaction to a Rousey win here would be terrible and Morgan needs time to really see how she can perform as world champion. That doesn’t mean a Rousey win isn’t possible, just that it shouldn’t happen and hopefully WWE sees it. Pick: Liv Morgan retains

Raw Women’s Championship – Bianca Belair (c) vs. Becky Lynch

Another potential misstep would be for Lynch to beat Belair on the same stage as their infamous 27-second match. Lynch returned last year at SummerSlam and beat Belair with such speed that he caused a major backlash. The fact that Belair beat Lynch at WrestleMania to become champion again was sort of compensation for that mistake, but allowing her to retain at SummerSlam would help remove that stain from Belair’s resume. Choice: Bianca Belair canned

Pat McAfee vs. Happy Corbin

Corbin hasn’t won a pay-per-view since December 2019. That likely won’t change when he takes on McAfee. WWE has done a good job of protecting McAfee as a special attraction who struggles on rare occasions but surprises with his skill and athleticism. Corbin has established himself as a heel who can slot into programs against anyone, lose the tie, and then jump straight to the next without really gaining or losing momentum. This makes him a perfect opponent for McAfee. Choice: Pat McAfee wins

WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship – The Usos (c) vs. The Street Profits (Special Guest Referee Jeff Jarrett)

The Usos are so closely tied to Reigns that it’s hard to take them on before the “perfect moment” presents itself. Such a part of Reigns’ presentation is The Bloodline’s dominance, as they hold all of the top men’s championships. Introducing Jarrett as a referee might tip the scales in favor of the Profits, but Jarrett might just as well cheat in favor of the Usos. Either way, someone gets hit with a guitar. It’s just too hard to watch The Usos lose the belts before WWE is ready to start crumbling Reigns’ empire around him. Either way, the match should be great. Pick: The Usos Retain

United States Championship – Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Theory

WWE invested a lot of time in Theory, giving him tons of screen time, a run with the US Title, and earning Money in the Bank. They also did an interesting job of tripping him often enough that the idea of ​​his SummerSlam plan to win back his title before cashing in the Money in the Bank contract later that night completely exploded in his face. in play. Lashley is a great player who can elevate the secondary belt in a time when the best champion is hardly ever on TV and it seems like that’s too valuable to take the belt away from him so quickly. Pick: Bobby Lashley retains

Logan Paul vs. The Miz

WWE loves nothing but putting celebrities above standard talent. That’s almost certainly the case with Paul vs. Miz. After Miz turned on Paul once the pair defeated The Mysterios at WrestleMania, it was obvious that we would end up having a one-on-one match on a big stage. Once Paul signed a deal with WWE, he guaranteed it. WWE is unlikely to lose its first match as a contracted talent and The Miz is as bulletproof as Corbin in his ability to take a loss while maintaining his standing in the promotion. Pick: Logan Paul wins

The Mysterios vs. The Judgment Day (no disqualification)

Under normal circumstances, the day of judgment would be favored here. It’s a group WWE is pushing as a big deal with Finn Balor, Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley all cast in strong roles. However, the removal of the disqualifications changes things, especially with the thumbnails released over the past month suggesting the return of Edge. Balor, Priest, and Ripley turned to Edge after bringing them into the group and his return by helping The Mysterios to a victory in a match where his involvement is within the rules makes a lot of sense. Choose: The Mysterios win and Edge returns

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