WWE SummerSlam: Matches that can Steal the Show in Toronto
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Toronto, ON--- After 15-years, the biggest party of the Summer returns to Toronto, Canada for a jam-packed event featuring the best WWE has to offer, title matches, and legends who’ll perhaps be stepping in the ring for the final time. Whether it’s a legend returning, high flyers competing with one another to prove they are the best, or a match 10-years in the making, there is something featured for every type of wrestling fans on tonight’s event.
Ahead of SummerSlam weekend in Toronto, both Eric Cohen and I were fortunate to attend the WWE SummerSlam media events and were able to speak with some of the company’s biggest stars including: WWE Champion Kofi Kingston, WWE Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, WWE 24/7 Champion R-Truth and Carmella, one-half of the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions Big E, one-half of the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Alexa Bliss, Samoa Joe, Ali, Zach Ryder, Buddy Murphy, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Andrade, Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre, Matt Hardy, journalist Sam Roberts, and WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus.
As expected, last night’s NXT TakeOver: Toronto set the bar high and will be a tough act to follow tonight at SummerSlam. Some of the matches went above and beyond and provided many highlights especially in the main event, which saw Adam Cole successfully retain his NXT Championship.
SummerSlam has many intriguing storylines heading into the show and should be a step in the right direction for WWE as they get closer to their big network move to FOX, with Smackdown Live scheduled to air Friday nights beginning October 4th. Here are some matches that could steal the show at tonight’s event:
WWE United States Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs Ricochet
AJ Styles defends his WWE United States Championship against the man he took it from and if their past matches are any indicator, this match could be a classic that fans talk about as a highlight of the weekend. AJ Styles recently reformed The OC with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, and the trio have once again been a force to be reckoned with on television and could continue as long as their leader has gold around his waist.
Ricochet is one of the most exciting stars on the roster with all his high risk maneuvers and AJ Styles has proven throughout his career that he is able to adapt and put on incredible matches with anybody regardless if they wrestle a similar style or not. Sunday should be no different and fans have already labelled the Unites States Championship match as the early favourite for match of the night.
Charlotte Flair vs Trish Stratus
A dream match that didn’t even seem likely a month ago will in fact take place at SummerSlam and will see two of the best women’s stars of all time battle it out to settle who really is the queen of women’s wrestling. After failing to get on the SummerSlam card, Charlotte took matters into her own hands and interrupted a segment of King’s Court with Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler and Trish Stratus, to challenge the Hall of Famer to a match in her hometown, which was also the sight of her retirement match in 2006.
The buildup for this matchup has been executed quite well and the promos done by both women have done an excellent job in building up the hype for when they go head to head in this special era vs era dream match.
Trish has stated this will be her final match, but you never know in pro wrestling as the famous saying is ‘never say never’ and many stars have noted how great they still felt in the ring and returned for future matchups.
WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs Randy Orton
Another match that has been built up well is the WWE Championship match between the champion Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton. Kofi had his big WrestleMania moment this year by defeating Daniel Bryan to become the new champion and since then has had an excellent title reign that has provided some memorable matchups.
During the leadup to this title match, both men have brought up how the story between the two has been ten-years in the making, with Kofi blaming Orton for using influence to put an end to his opportunities for a world championship match and Orton firing back saying he did the right thing because he didn’t think Kofi was ready.
Orton may have the advantage in that almost 15-years to the day, he became the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in the company’s history and ironically enough, it was in the same arena, Scotiabank Arena (formerly Air Canada Centre) in Toronto and will look to repeat history by defeating Kofi to become the new WWE Champion.
Orton also took full credit for Kofi’s rise and for getting a title shot at WrestleMania as he was the one who injured Ali during a match, which took him out of the Elimination Chamber match and replaced by Kofi, who would go on to have a great performance and got fans fully behind him.
WWE SummerSlam should be an entertaining night for those in attendance and those watching on the WWE Network and will surely provide a better indication on the direction of the company’s product as their new TV deal approaches.
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