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What Questions Are Left For The WWE To Answer Two Weeks Away From Summerslam In Brooklyn

Barlcays Center to host Summerslam 2015

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We are less than two weeks away from WWE’s Summerslam in Brooklyn live from the Barclays Center. Over the last few weeks, the card for the show has slowly been developing and while the main event will be the return match between Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, the WWE has some work to do to fill the four hour broadcast.

Summerslam 2015 is expected to be the biggest show since WrestleMania so the creative for the show needs to be top notch. We will examine aspects of the upcoming show including rumored matches and some ideas that the WWE can take and use if they want to. And I will not charge you WWE, you’re welcome. First things first…


Will Vince McMahon Let The Diva Revolution Continue?


For almost two months, we have seen the three new divas on the main roster (Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks) work on Raw and Smackdown to rave reviews. However it almost seems like the company isn’t going full-speed ahead with these women and letting the Divas division begin the transformation fully. It’s almost as if Triple H and Stephanie pushed the idea and Vince is taking the “wait and see” approach to it. They are even using the Total Divas theme song at times when these women are on screen even though they have no association with the train wreck that is the Total Divas show on E! Network.

With Charlotte scoring a submission victory over Nikki Bella last week, logic would say that she may be in line for a Divas Championship match at Summerslam. When it comes to the Divas division however, logic can get thrown out the window and chaos can ensue. While a Charlotte/Bella title match makes sense, the WWE has booked a three-team elimination tag match between the three diva teams, most likely to protect Nikki Bella so she can break AJ Lee’s record for longest reigning Divas champion. At the end of the day, this is an experiment that everyone wants to see but as we see on Tough Enough every week, the company still likes hot looking women with little or no wrestling experience so this “Diva Revolution” may not be a long-term thing.


Why Isn’t Kevin Owens The United States Champion?


One of the biggest complaints from wrestling fans and critics alike in the last few weeks was the rationale behind not giving Owens the US Title with John Cena moving into the WWE Championship hunt at Summerslam. Cena has done an amazing job in elevating the title since WrestleMania and it only made sense to take the title off of Cena as he attempts to tie Ric Flair’s record of 16 Heavyweight Title reigns and put it on the upstart Owens.

A series of matches between Owens and the newly revitalized Cesaro would attract some more interest to the mid-card scene but in the process elevate these two guys more. Owens has a pinfall win over Cena so his stock is high already, even if some WWE brass is not completely sold on him. Cesaro is getting major fan support once again after his botched push after WrestleMania 30 and with his skill and improvement on the mic, he is a guy who could move into the main event scene down the line with some good matches between himself and Owens now. Owens is headlining the NXT special the night before Summerslam so he will most likely not wrestle at Sunday’s show which is both a blessing and a curse. The WWE needs him to help the NXT show but his not being on the main show hurts him a bit as he is not looked at a main roster talent yet to some.

Not putting the championship on Owens shows that the WWE is still not willing to pull the trigger on new people. At this point you have Cena going for the biggest title in the company with the US Title included as a throw-in. A winner takes all match between Cena and Seth Rollins for the WWE Title and the US Title? Why is the US Title included? It just reeks of the company not willing to begin to turn the page and begin the process of the getting the company ready for the next generation. They will have to do it at some point so why not start now.


Why Are Roman Reigns And Dean Ambrose Teaming Together?


In what I see as lazy booking, two members of The Shield are back together to take on a familiar foe in The Wyatt Family. Rumors had this as a possible six-man tag with Sting returning to ring to team with Reigns and Ambrose against The Wyatts but it is just a tag match now. The problem with this program is that it seems that creative has nothing better to do with Ambrose and Reigns so they teamed them up in a throw away match.

There is nothing beneficial to this teaming. Roman was shoved out of the title picture after WrestleMania and so was Ambrose after his TLC match with Rollins. So now we have two young stars in mid-card purgatory for an unknown amount of time for the foreseeable future. This is where the US Title being off of Cena would be a blessing because it would give Owens two new competitors to the title…if Owens had the title. This will be a good match due to the chemistry between these men but I don’t see the benefit of it for Ambrose and Reigns.


Will Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar Deliver?


In the history of pro wrestling, return matches are sometimes hit or miss. The Cena/Owens matches proved that the second and third matches of a feud could be better than the first match. Other times it could be a complete mess (Warrior/Hogan in WCW comes to mind although it was years later). Undertaker and Lesnar had a memorable match together at WrestleMania 30 and a rematch was likely after Lesnar broke the streak and we will finally get it after over a year of waiting.

The first match ended with The Undertaker in the hospital with a serious concussion which goes to Lesnar’s strong style of wrestling. This time around, it seems as if Lesnar may have to take it easy with the 50 year old Taker but expect some brawling around the Barclays Center. This seems to be the one match that everyone wants to see and with the way the WWE has built this match in the last four weeks, it seems that this match will deliver based on these two men wanting to steal the show. And let’s be honest, Paul Heyman sucked us all in last week with his promo so this match already has everyone salivating.

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Kahlil Thomas

Kahlil is the College Sports Editor for as well as a columnist, hosting the Bump 'N Run column once per week. He also co-hosts a weekly basketball podcast, The Box Out, every Thursday evening with fellow writer Jason Cordner.
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