WWE SummerSlam 2022 predictions, tag, matches, PPV preview, start time, location, date

It’s time for one of the flagship events on the WWE calendar. Typically considered just behind WrestleMania in terms of popularity, SummerSlam is set to become the biggest match card of the summer months with five title matches up for grabs in Nashville on Saturday night.

The biggest match of all sees once again a pair of old rivals against each other. Undisputed universal champion Roman Reigns puts his pair of titles on the line against Brock Lesnar in a Las Man Standing Match in the main event. Reigns unified the titles by beating Lesnar in the WrestleMania main event.

Let’s take a closer look at who our CBS Sports experts say will win WWE SummerSlam, which kicks off Saturday at 8pm ET from Nissan Stadium in Nashville and will be broadcast live on Peacock after a kickoff show an hour earlier.

WWE SummerSlam 2022 Predictions

Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs Brock Lesnar (Last Man Standing)

In giving Reigns a champion run that lasted for nearly 700 days, WWE has slowly cornered. Reigns has eliminated virtually all of the quality contenders, leading the promotion back to the pit of Reigns vs. Lesnar despite being a very stale couple. It’s hard to see Lesnar take the win here as it only serves to reset for another clash between the pair. With The Usos and Paul Heyman out there, there are plenty of easy exits to help Reigns hold Lesnar down for the 10 count. As for Theory and his threat to cash in on the Money in the Bank contract after the game, the Usos can likely interfere to allow Theory to keep the briefcase around as a storytelling device a bit longer. Choice: Roman Reigns keeps

SmackDown Women’s Championship – Liv Morgan (c) v Ronda Rousey

While there are plenty of chances for WWE to make big missteps with winners on paper, having Rousey put an end to Morgan’s reign and regain the title might be the biggest. Rousey’s return to WWE was mostly a disaster, while Morgan has a strong fan base that was delighted with his win in his first championship. The reaction to a Rousey win here would be dire and Morgan needs time to really see how she can operate as a world champion. That doesn’t mean a Rousey win isn’t possible, just that it shouldn’t happen and hopefully WWE will see it. Choice: Liv Morgan keeps

Raw Women’s Championship – Bianca Belair (c) versus Becky Lynch

Another potential misstep would be having Lynch beat Belair on the same stage as their infamous 27-second match. Lynch returned to SummerSlam last year and beat Belair with such speed that it caused a significant backlash. Having Belair beat Lynch at WrestleMania to become champion once again was something of a redemption for that mistake, but allowing her to keep at SummerSlam would help remove that stain from Belair’s resume. Choice: Bianca Belair keeps

Pat McAfee vs. Happy Corbin

Corbin hasn’t won a pay-per-view game since December 2019. Things are unlikely to change when he faces McAfee. WWE has done a good job of protecting McAfee as a special attraction who struggles on rare occasions but surprises with his competency and athleticism. Corbin has established himself as a heel that can be put in schedules against anyone, lose the relief match and then move on to the next without really gaining or losing momentum. This makes him a perfect match for McAfee to defeat. Choice: Pat McAfee wins

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship – The Usos (c) vs. The Street Profits (Special Referee Jeff Jarrett)

The Usos are so closely related to Reigns that it’s hard to blame them before the “perfect time” comes. Such an important part of Reigns’ presentation is The Bloodline’s dominance as they hold all of the top men’s leagues. Introducing Jarrett as a referee could skew things in favor of the Profits, but Jarrett could easily cheat in favor of the Usos. Either way, someone gets hit with a guitar. It’s just too hard to see the Usos lose their belts before WWE is ready to start unraveling the Reigns empire around him. However things go, the game should be great. Choose: Usos keep

United States Championship – Bobby Lashley (c) v Theory

WWE has invested a lot of time in Theory, giving it plenty of screen time, a run with the US title, and winning Money in the Bank. They also did an interesting job causing him to stumble often enough that the idea of ​​his SummerSlam plan of regaining his title before cashing in on the Money in the Bank contract later in the night, completely exploding in his face is very much at stake. Lashley is a great player who can elevate the secondary belt in an era where the best champion is almost never on TV and there seems to be too much value in that to take his belt off that quickly. Choice: Bobby Lashley keeps

Logan Paul vs The Miz

WWE loves nothing but putting celebrities above standard talent. This is almost certainly the case with Paul vs. Miz. After Miz turned on Paul once the pair beat The Mysterios at WrestleMania, it was obvious we would eventually get a one-on-one match on a big stage. Once Paul signed a deal with WWE, he guaranteed it. WWE is unlikely to lose its first match as a contract talent and The Miz is as bulletproof as Corbin in his ability to take a defeat but hold his position in promotion. Choice: Logan Paul wins

The Mysterios vs. The Judgment Day (no disqualification)

Under normal circumstances, Judgment Day would be preferred here. They are a group that WWE is pushing as a big deal with Finn Balor, Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley all playing strong roles. The removal of the bans changes things, however, especially with the cartoons that aired in the last month suggesting the return of Edge. Balor, Priest, and Ripley turned on Edge after he brought them into the group and his return helped the Mysterios win in a game where his involvement falls within the bounds of the rules makes a lot of sense. Choose: Mysterios win and Edge returns

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