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The biggest party of the summer is just here. WWE SummerSlam 2022 is set to kick off in a few days and, as we reported in this week’s Superstar Power Rankings, it could be the most unexpected SummerSlam ever due to the company’s recent change in creative. Captaincy from Vince McMahon to Triple H
But we here at NBC Sports Edge are going to give our best shot at picking the right winner for every single matchup on the cards. Plus, we’ve got all the information and details you’ll need about the show including how to watch, start times, dates, venues, match cards and more.
Will Roman Reigns take down Brock Lesnar forever? Can Bianca Belair get redemption against Becky Lynch from SummerSlam 2021? Will the theory play spoilers? And what can we expect from high profile matches featuring Logan Paul and Pat McAfee? Let’s peek into the crystal ball and try to find out.
WWE SummerSlam 2022 Event Details: How To Watch, Start Time, Date, Venue
Saturday, July 30, 2022
8PM ET/5PM PT (Kickoff begins at 7PM ET/4PM PT)
how to see
Peacock (USA), WWE Network (outside US)
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN, USA
Roman Reigns (c) w/ Paul Heyman vs Brock Lesnar
Undisputed WWE Universal Championship
last man standing match
Liv Morgan (c) vs Ronda Rousey
SmackDown Women’s Championship
Bobby Lashley (c) vs Theory
United States Championship
The Usos (C) vs The Street Profits
Undisputed Tag Team Championship
Special Guest Referee Tag Team Match (Jeff Jarrett)
Pat McAfee vs Happy Corbin
Bianca Belair (c) vs Becky Lynch
Raw Women’s Championship
Logan Paul Vs The Miz w/ Ciampa & Maryse
The Mysterious Vs The Judgment Day
no disqualification match
Note: (c) Indicates the champion to go to the match.
Roman Reigns (c) w/ Paul Heyman vs Brock Lesnar (Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Last Man Standing Match)
These two powerhouses have met five times over the years, with Lesnar winning the first two matchups and Reigns winning the last three. SummerSlam will be the 699th day of Roman Reigns’ latest championship reign. “The Beast” is committed to making sure it doesn’t reach 700 days. It was widely reported that Lesnar was not very happy with the news that Vince McMahon was leaving WWE and even briefly left SmackDown last Friday. But he was back by the end of the episode, which featured Mr. Money in the Bank Theory, and it looks like Saturday night is all systems going for this huge conflict. After winning three straight one-on-one matchups, and being with Bloodline and Paul Heyman, it appears that Reigns has all the momentum. But you can never count Lesnar.
Then again, will the winner of the match be eliminated from Nashville as champion? Since capturing the Money in the Bank briefcase, Theory has been teasing that he will cash in on SummerSlam. And who can blame him? With this being a last man standing match, chances are that both the contestants will be in some shape by the time the bell rings.
But is Theory really ready to be the champion? It was originally thought that Theory might face the great John Cena at the biggest party of the summer, but this never materialized as Cena is in the middle of filming the second season of The Peacemaker. But can Cena get enough time to fly to Nashville and play Money in the Bank Cash-In?
The official prediction here is that Reigns will kill “The Beast” once again, hopefully ending the feud for good. But I also predict that Theory briefcase will only cash in for John Cena to cost him the championship and set up a slow burn for a match at WrestleMania in Hollywood, where Cena’s star continues to rise. — Ed Williams
forecast: Roman Reigns (Bonus: Theory Cashes In and Fails)
Liv Morgan (c) vs Ronda Rousey (SmackDown Women’s Championship Match)
Liv Morgan shocked the world earlier this month at Money in the Bank, when she wasted no time cashing in her briefcase and defeated Ronda Rousey to win her first WWE Championship. Crowds turned up for Liv to win the briefcase, made even harder when she won the championship, and the cheers still haven’t subsided since then. In fact, it is reported that its merchandise has been one of the company’s best-selling products since winning the title.
While it’s hard to believe that Morgan would beat Rousey in two straight matchups, even a defeat here could be a huge blow to a young superstar who is just starting to gain some momentum. On the flipside, it seems unfathomable that Rousey would lose two matches in a row, let alone both an unproven up and comer like Morgan. So that’s an interesting puzzle that the new creative team will have to figure out here.
Let’s not forget who Rousey defeated to become the champion in first place – Charlotte Flair. The Queen has been out of sight and out of mind since their I Quit match at WrestleMania Backlash, but the honeymoon is over for Charlotte (literally, as she recently married AEW’s Andrade El Idolo) was) and now would be the right time for that. Come back and be a thorn in Rousey’s side. Neither Charlotte nor Rousey need gold to stay in the spotlight, so this might be the perfect way to re-ignite that rivalry. Plus, we already know she’ll be in Nashville the next day for Ric Flair’s last match, so it’s certainly not a stretch to think that she’ll be in town the day before.
In the end, I don’t think there’s any point in stopping Liv from being dead in her tracks. I think Morgan retains the championship – the official prediction would be that the match would end in a double disqualification as the returnee Charlotte seeks vengeance against Rousey. And hopefully Morgan can move on to a new program and continue to establish herself as a credible champion. — Ed Williams
forecast: No contest via double disqualification
Bobby Lashley (c) vs Theory (United States Championship match)
As I mentioned in this week’s rankings, all signs point to a big night for Theory from a traditional WWE creative point of view, including a United States Championship win against Bobby Lashley here. But we are ushering in a new era and I think what we are seeing may be signs of a longer story for Theory. His arrogance was at its peak after winning Money in the Bank, but it seems the next chapter has been to humble the superstar. To give him a more focused and calculated lead that would allow him to take the next step with the likes of Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Seth “Freakin'” Rollins, Drew McIntyre and his SummerSlam rival Bobby Lashley.
Moving away from my theory of rankings, I see Dolph Ziggler playing a role that will cost Theory this championship and prevent him from cashing in after the main event. This would be done by Ziggler’s desire to build up the theory to the next level, which he actually said on The Bump is his true motive, which would lead to a partnership between the two. Theory has an interesting angle to chew on for months, while Lashley continues what I hope is a long reign with the United States title. — Mike Murphy
forecast: Bobby Lashley
The Usos (C) vs The Street Profits (Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Match w/ Special Guest Referee Jeff Jarrett)
The Usos and The Street Profits had a classic bout at Money in the Bank earlier this month with a questionable ending, so it only makes sense that they’d want to drive it back with another bang. WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett was chosen as the special guest referee for the rematch, which may sound strange from the context, but his deep ties with Nashville should receive him well. It’s a nice gesture, but Jarrett’s ending shouldn’t have much effect either way.
There’s always a chance for The Street Profits to surprise, but with a whisper of singles push for Montez Ford, chances are The Usos’ reign won’t end this way. – DJ Short
Pat McAfee vs Happy Corbin
During their respective stints with the Colts, Corbin and McAfee have brought some impressive physicality to former teammates in the build-up to their SummerSlam showdown. It doesn’t feel fanciful or coercive at all, thanks to both of them as performers. Corbin is a master heel and McAfee has proven to be surprisingly capable in his previous occasions in the ring, so he has all the advantages of one of the most entertaining matches on the cards.
All this being said, it would be shocking if McAfee didn’t come out victorious. Corbin doesn’t need a win and must play his part to make the popular announcer look like a million bucks. – DJ Short
forecast: Pat McAfee
Bianca Belair (c) vs Becky Lynch (Raw Women’s Championship match)
It’s hard to call. Bianca Belair has been brilliant as the Raw Women’s Champion and is arguably the best all-round female wrestler in the world. The only problem is that she’s probably facing a woman who you could argue isn’t the better at Becky Lynch. Their rivalry has gone back and forth, and running another heel as champion would be a lot of fun with “Big Time Beck.”
But I can’t see Bianca losing the championship she won at WrestleMania at SummerSlam for two years in a row, even if it wasn’t 11 seconds this time. She showed in April that she can beat Lynch when she’s ready and I’ll double her to win here too which will definitely be a great fight. — Mike Murphy
forecast: Bianca Belair
Logan Paul Vs The Miz w/ Ciampa & Maryse
While there’s some evidence that Logan Paul has helped a bit with ratings and certainly with YouTube views, it’s hard to say that the making of the program has been an exciting one. After The Miz turned host of The Impulsive Podcast after his WrestleMania win over The Mysterios, we knew it was just a matter of time before the social media sensation was back. However, it was somewhat surprising to see Paul signing a three-year contract with WWE earlier this month.
It’s been painful to see the shape of The Miz, uh, Marbles become the focal point of this feud, but hopefully it starts to subside now that there’s a new head of creative. In fact, probably the best part of the build for this match was Ciampa’s promo on Monday’s Raw Talk.
Furthermore, after being dropped at WrestleMania and signing that contract anew, The Miz has no way out of SummerSlam with a win. It will be interesting to see what Logan Paul does next, but hopefully a win here could allow him to move on to a new schedule. The official prediction is a clean victory for Logan Paul. — Ed Williams
forecast: Logan Paul
The Mysterious vs The Judgment Day (no DQ match)
This is a win-win situation for Judgment Day. With The Mysterios, Rhea Ripley’s injury, and Edge’s separation from the group as their leader, the story falters a bit. But a big win at SummerSlam after Ripley’s return could put him on the right track, and Ray doesn’t need a win at this point in his career.
“But what about Dominic?” I hear you’re asking. What if I told you they could make him look good by evolving him from “Hall of Famer’s son who’s happy to be here” to “the vindictive and slight heel to prove he’s more than just daddy’s guy”? That’s right. I think Dominic turns on his father here and does what he did for the past month: willingly and happily attending The Judgment Day.
Bring back Edge, team up with old rival Rey to battle the faction and we turn one of WWE’s most interesting angles into one of the most exciting. — Mike Murphy
forecast: Judgment Day
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