There’s only one thing that all WWE fans look forward to this time of year: the biggest party of the summer, Summerslam. Stars from both Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live compete in the event every year in what always manages to be a memorable PPV. Last weekend, Raw had their final PPV before Summerslam and the speculation immediately begun of who would be making an impact in the upcoming weeks to get the chance to represent Raw at the Barclays Center on August 20th. Here are five competitors from Raw that deserve to have eyes kept on them going into Summerslam.
After turning on his tag team partner Enzo Amore, Big Cass has made a huge impact in a short amount of time and now has his sights set on the WWE Universal Championship. At 7-feet-tall and 275 pounds, Cass has the potential to be a strong champion in the future. However, those plans might have to be put on hold after fellow superstar, Big Show, called Cass out for his actions the last couple weeks. I for one would love to see a feud boil up between the two, leading to a match at Summerslam. If there’s anyone who even compares to Cass’s stature and power, it’s Big Show and to see the two go one-on-one would be an exciting battle of the giants.
2. Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks has had her eyes set on the Raw Women’s Championship…well forever. Banks is a 3-time Raw Women’s Champion and it’s no surprise that ‘the Boss’ wants her title back. After surviving a gauntlet match, Banks became the number 1 contender for the title; however, after being tricked by the Wicked Witch of WWE, Alexa Bliss, in their match at the Great Balls of Fire PPV, it’s safe to say Banks is just seething for another opportunity at the title. Summerslam would be the perfect time for another title match and with the Women’s Revolution in full effect, I wouldn’t be surprised if the match became a no DQ or steel cage match in order to maintain the fairness of it but also create more buzz for its women’s division.
3. The Revival: Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson
When the Revival debuted on the main roster this year, the WWE universe was more than excited to see the former 2-time NXT Tag Team Champs make an impact on Raw. However, when Dash Wilder suffered a broken jaw at a WWE live event, all plans for the Revival were put on hold. That was until this past Monday when they returned and attacked Matt and Jeff Hardy without any explanation. If they were hoping to make an impact, they certainly did in targeting the former Raw Tag Team Champs and with a feud on the horizon, a match at Summerslam would be an awesome way to kick it off with a bang.
4. Finn Balor
Last year at Summerslam, Finn Balor made history when he became the first WWE Universal Champion…only to relinquish the title the next night on Raw after suffering a labrum tear. To some, Balor has been put on the back burner since his return, leaving many people to wonder when he will be pushed again. My opinion? Summerslam would be the best opportunity for this; it poses as the perfect time for him to not only earn redemption for last year but also is the perfect time to prove that he hasn’t lost a step since his injury. Also, considering that Balor’s feud with Elias Samson is seemingly over, a big name such as Bray Wyatt or even Seth Rollins would be the best fit for a new opponent to push Balor back into title contention.
5. Brock Lesnar
This article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the current WWE Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar. Let’s look at the situation: after Samoa Joe became number 1 contender weeks ago, Roman Reigns made it clear that he wanted to face the winner at Summerslam. At the Great Balls of Fire PPV, Lesnar retained the title over Joe, but with Joe not over the loss whatsoever, we now have a number 1 contender’s match on Monday between Reigns and Joe. Regardless of who Lesnar fights at Summerslam, there are two things we can be certain of; there most likely will be some brawls, blindside attacks and lots of animosity leading up to the match; and Brock’s going to have to be at the top of his game to compete with one of these powerhouses.
Written by Athlete CRUSH staff member, Lauren Marhefka
Posted 17 July 2017