I have generally been impressed with the build for this show, and I admire the WWE for making every show since WrestleMania at least seem important.
Here are my thoughts and predictions from start to finish...
Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt
[A WWE Network commercial airs next]
Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks for the WWE RAW Women's Championship
[Up next is a commercial for the next Smackdown! Live pay per view, Battleground]
[Charlie is backstage with Sasha Banks]
Charlie: Ladies and gentlemen, I'm here with the brand new Women's Champion, Sasha Banks. Sasha, it's been an incredible journey. This has to feel great.
Sasha: Are you kidding me? Charlie, it feels amazing! Now I've been sending Alexa Bliss subtle warnings of impending doom for the last few weeks, and it started and ended with a Banks Statement. But now, it's my time again, and unlike Miss Bliss, I am ducking no challengers. The Boss is back, and The Boss is the WWE Women's Champion!
[Sasha's eyes suddenly wander off screen, where she sees Bayley standing next to her. Bayley is smiling and trying to find the right words. Instead of saying anything, she simply just hugs the new champ.
Enzo Amore vs. Big Cass
[A SummerSlam promo airs next]
Cesaro and Sheamus (The Bar) vs. The Hardy Boys in a 30-minute Iron Man Match for the Raw Tag Team Championships
[Charlie is backstage with Finn Balor]
Charlie: Finn, after picking up a victory over Elias Samson on the pay per view kick-off show, many fans have been wondering what's next for you?
Balor: Well as I've said since I've come back, I want a shot at the title that I never lost. I want to be The Universal Champion again.
Charlie: With all due respect, Finn, Roman Reigns has already declared himself as the number one contender. What do you say to that?
Balor: Well the way I see it, Roman Reigns shouldn't be concerned with any title shot just yet. What Roman Reigns needs to worry about is a 6-foot-10, monster among men, who stands in his way. And even if Roman were to somehow overcome the monster, what exactly is that going to take out of him? What will be left of him to face either Brock Lesnar or Samoa Joe? Now I've beaten Samoa Joe already, and I've never faced Brock Lesnar, which I think gives me an advantage over Roman Reigns. While he and Braun Strowman are beating each other's brains out tonight, I'm as fresh as a daisy, and I'm twice as good today as I was yesterday, but still not as good as I will be tomorrow, and definitely not as good as I'll be at SummerSlam. Since the WWE is about equal opportunity these days, then throwing my name in the running. I want The Universal Championship, and I will go through anything and anyone to get it.
The Miz vs. Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Championship
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman in an Ambulance Match
[The pay per view panel provide their thoughts on the night thus far, and predictions for the main event.
Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe for The Universal Championship
So there you have it.
Here are my match predictions for SummerSlam (Even though the Smackdown pay per view hasn't happened yet, I will book the show for now, and make the necessary changes following both this pay per view and the next one, when I do my Battleground predictions at the end of the month):
Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe vs. Braun Strowman in a triple threat match for the Universal Championship
Jinder Mahal vs. John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Randy Orton vs. Shane McMahon - Orton loses the title match at Battleground and accuses Shane of favouritism when Shane gives Cena the title match over Orton.
The Shield (Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose) vs. The Club (Finn Balor, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) in a six-man tag team match - Roman Reigns accuses Finn Balor of being in cahoots with Anderson and Gallows, especially after Balor's comments at Great Balls of Fire. Balor denies this, so he doesn't necessarily turn heel, but partners with Gallows and Anderson out of necessity, since Gallows and Anderson keep insinuating that their attack on Reigns at Great Balls of Fire was Balor's idea.
AJ Styles vs. Shisuke Nakamura
Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho for the United States Championship with Jericho's career on the line - Following Battleground, a battle royal is held on Smackdown! Live to determine the new number one contender for the U.S. Title, which is won by a masked participant, whom Owens argues is AJ Styles, but is actually revealed to be the returning Chris Jericho. Since Jericho's contract had already expired prior to the battle royal, Owens agrees to put the title on the line, but only if Jericho agrees to put his career on the line. I think if Jericho is going to retire, he needs a proper send-off, and this match will mean a hell of a lot more than just some random opponent for Owens.
Enzo Amore vs. Big Cass in a Sicilian Street Fight
Sasha Banks vs. Bayley for the Raw Women's Championship - Even though I believe they should hold off on this match until WrestleMania, I don't think that a rematch between Banks and Bliss, or even Banks vs. Jax would be big enough for a pay per view like this.
Becky Lynch vs. James Elsworth in a Steel Cage Match - I've heard discussions of this match, based on Becky's recent tweets. I'm not sure if they'll actually go through with it, but it could be interesting, and reminiscent of the match between Beulah McGuillicutty and Bill Alfonso in ECW many years ago.
The Hardy Boys vs. The Revival for the Raw Tag Team Championships
The New Day and Jon Stewart as guest hosts
Neville vs. Cedric Alexander for the Cruiserweight Championship