- WWE SummerSlam will take place at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on August 11th
- Raw and SmackDown Live have spent the last month building up a blockbuster card for the event
- What are the odds for the night’s biggest bouts?
Although Stomping Grounds and Extreme Rules exceeded expectations, it didn’t feel like fans were highly anticipating this year’s SummerSlam Pay-Per-View when WWE began to build up the card one month ago, likely because SmackDown Live and Raw have been in a creative rut for many months now.
However, to the company’s credit, they have done an excellent job of announcing matches the WWE Universe wants to see at the summer spectacular. Even with the event coming up this weekend, it’s possible even more matches will be added to the card (specifically the kickoff show) in the next few days.
As it currently stands, the top matches for SummerSlam have been set in stone following Monday’s newsworthy episode of Raw and the odds are out.
SmackDown Women’s Championship Odds: Bayley vs Ember Moon
*All odds taken 08/06/19
Ember Moon flew under the radar for the first few months of her run on SmackDown Live and only recently emerged as a top contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship. She was Bayley’s handpicked opponent for SummerSlam, though the two have been the farthest thing from friends on the Tuesday night program as of late.
The War Goddess followed up her huge victory over Charlotte Flair two weeks ago by losing a tag team match against Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross last week. Her momentum has been up and down heading into SummerSlam, and although she’d be a fresh face as champ, Bayley still has a lot left to prove in that role and should hold onto the gold for a little longer.
United States Championship Odds: AJ Styles vs Ricochet
The United States Championship scene felt like it was on ice until AJ Styles and Ricochet started waging war over the title earlier this summer. Although Styles knocked off Ricochet in their third one-on-one encounter at Extreme Rules to capture the gold, Ricochet has remained in hot pursuit of the prestigious prize and earned another shot at the strap by winning a Gauntlet match on last week’s Raw.
It remains to be seen whether this rivalry will resume beyond SummerSlam, but if the quality of their recent matches has been any indication of how well they work together, it definitely should. Ricochet must get the belt back in the end, but for now, it’d be smart for WWE to keep all the titles on The O.C.
Charlotte Flair vs Trish Stratus Odds
Charlotte Flair vs. Trish Stratus is a dream match many thought we’d never see but will finally be getting at SummerSlam in Stratus’ hometown of Toronto. The bout came together after Flair issued the challenge to Stratus last week on SmackDown Live and Stratus accepted immediately.
Stratus hasn’t wrestled a one-on-one match in WWE in many years, so it will be interesting to see how she fares against The Queen. Although she’ll have an advantage experience-wise, there is no need for the WWE Hall of Famer to beat Flair, who could use a major victory on Pay-Per-View. A Stratus win would be satisfying to an extent but a Flair win makes the most sense.
Shane McMahon vs Kevin Owens Odds
Kevin Owens has already made it quite clear that if Shane McMahon wins their match at SummerSlam, he will quit the company. Of course, it’s comical to even consider that being a legitimate possibility since he signed a multi-year deal with WWE in 2018.
The odds reflect the predictability surrounding the outcome, but Owens silencing Shane once and for all should be looked at as a huge positive. Shane has hurt WWE programming far more than he’s helped it in recent months and needs to be defeated decisively at SummerSlam before taking time off from WWE TV indefinitely.
Raw Women’s Championship Submission Match Odds: Becky Lynch vs Natalya
It’s worth noting that this has become a submission match since the odds were last updated, but don’t expect that announcement to change people’s prediction for this Raw Women’s Championship clash. It should be fairly obvious that Lynch will be walking out with her title intact, despite the fact that the event will be emanating from Natalya’s native Canada.
Natalya is hardly a threat to the title and the odds reflect that. It will be interesting to see if Lynch’s next rival surfaces after the matchup or if WWE will holding off on kicking off her next program until after SummerSlam.
WWE Championship Odds: Kofi Kingston vs Randy Orton
Kofi Kingston has been on the roll of his career as WWE champion, yet it felt like he was treading water until his rivalry with Randy Orton began after Extreme Rules. They have been doing their best work together over the past month and their battle for the coveted title will be an exciting one at SummerSlam.
This is another feud that should continue after Sunday, and although Kingston has shown that he thrives in chase mode, Orton feels like the wrong person for him to be dropping the belt to at this point in time. Orton has had great success at SummerSlam over the years, but it’s virtually a guarantee that he’ll fall short of taking the title in Toronto.
Universal Championship Odds: Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins
If Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins sounds familiar, it’s because the match has been done several times dating back to 2015. Similar to the Raw Women’s Championship clash, there isn’t a ton of buzz surrounding the SummerSlam main event, likely due to how the buildup for the bout has largely fallen flat.
If Rollins regains the gold, it would beg the question of why WWE bothered to have him lose it in the first place. Plus, he’s dealing with a number of storyline injuries at the moment, so it’s almost unrealistic to think that he could slay The Beast Incarnate on Sunday.
Instead, expect Lesnar to maintain a stranglehold on the strap through the remainder of 2019, much to the dismay of the WWE Universe.
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