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Who Deserves To Main Event SummerSlam?

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With the SummerSlam card beginning to form, it’s a natural question that seems to be on the minds of many WWE journalists and fans alike. Just who will, or who should, main event SummerSlam?

As with most WWE pay-per-views (PPV), the question of which match will close the show, always seems to pop up. Sometimes it is obvious, and other times, the lines are blurred. However, SummerSlam is a unique beast. First, it’s WWE’s second largest PPV, behind the Grandest Stage of Them All, Wrestlemania. It also happens to be the first PPV after the much-hyped brand split. Sure, the three matches will undeniably headline SummerSlam, with the title bout programs being built up on each show respectively, and the Randy Orton/Brock Lesnar match helping to heat up the rivalry between RAW and SmackDown, thus elevating the need to watch both programs. Still, which one should close the show. Unlike any other PPV, the decision for this one needs to be a strategic one for the WWE, something that is well-thought out.

So many factors to consider, with so many pros and cons to each match closing SummerSlam. Here’s my two cents:

Seth Rollins versus Finn Balor – Winner Will Become The First WWE Universal Champion … Ever

Why should this match be the main event? RAW has always been WWE’s flagship show. While one of the ideas behind the brand extension, and SmackDown going live, was to elevate SD; RAW is still three hours, got the first draft pick, and has a larger roster. With this match now introducing a brand new title for the show – one that the WWE has not seen before: this match is huge. Seth Rollins and Finn Balor are proven talents that can pull of an incredible match. One other reason this bout could main event SS? This is Finn Balor’s first main roster PPV. Would WWE be dropping the ball if they didn’t close SummerSlam with this match?

On the same token, this is Finn Balor’s first main roster PPV. He’s been placed in one of the biggest matches in WWE’s history, does the company want to risk him closing a show? If his past indicates the future, placing Balor in the main event is not really risking anything; but, still. Is it fair for this guy to walk out of NXT and walk into the main roster, closing the second biggest PPV of the year? Not to mention the fact that this is the first PPV post-brand draft. A RAW bout closing a PPV with matches represented by both shows is an automatic indication that the RAW brand is still considered the top brand, in the views of executives, and would send out a strong message to fans and media, alike.

Dean Ambrose versus Dolph Ziggler – WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match

This almost seems like a no-brainer to me. Being an old-fashioned type, in most cases, I gear towards a WWE Championship match closing a PPV … any PPV … not to mention a PPV of this caliber. By allowing Dolph and Dean to close the show, the message would be sent out, loud and clear: SmackDown is held up to the same regard as RAW. You have two seasoned talents, who have both main evented PPVs, both solid in-ring performers, and both know how to put on a stellar match. Not only that, there is also that delicate matter of the prestige of the WWE title. Now that RAW has its own top-tier title, it will be a unique balance of how both championships are presented, and viewed. Back in the day, no matter what title landed on SmackDown, it just always seemed like the secondary championship. Despite the fact that the WWE title and World Heavyweight Championship were both considered high level, the WHC always seemed just a little less; and many a time it was because upper mid-card guys held it, for a while. No one wants to take away the level that Ambrose is at, especially as a fairly new champion, and especially as the face and draw of the SmackDown brand right now.

Still, SmackDown closes a show, and then RAW (and its title) may look a little less prestigious); especially since it’s a new championship, with an awkward name (seriously, Universal Champion?).

Brock Lesnar versus Randy Orton

This match has ‘close the show’ written all over it. Two, main event talents; both former WWE Champions; future WWE Hall of Famers – and both are doing a tremendous job building up this program. It’s being dubbed a feud that is ’14 years in the making’; and I’m sure Creative will pull all the reminiscing videos of these two during their respective careers and histories. Failed wellness policies or not, Brock Lesnar is still a huge attraction for the WWE, and Randy Orton’s return has been nothing less of flawless. That RKO Outta Nowhere on the August 1st edition of Monday Night RAW was amazing, and no matter how many times I rewind it and watch it over again, I still mark out like an eight-year-old girl.

The only thing: it’s not a championship match. Does it matter? Maybe not. In a lot of ways, for the first brand extension PPV, this match closing would both be perfect, and ideal. Both RAW and SmackDown is present, you know the match is going to be incredible, and if they booked it the right way; fans would walk away from SummerSlam in shock and awe.

To be quite frank, while I generally do gear towards championship matches closing an event, I’m going to steer away from the traditional, and choose this as my personal pick to close SummerSlam. Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton, alike, are amazing WWE superstars, and draws. They’ve main evented PPVs before, heck, they both have main evented the ultimate PPV, in Wrestlemania. While fans may have not been excited about this match before, Lesnar and Orton have perhaps changed the tunes of many after this week; and we still have three weeks to go.

WNZ fans, what are your thoughts? Which match should close SummerSlam this year: Rollins versus Balor; Ambrose versus Ziggler; or Lesnar versus Orton? Leave your comments below!

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