It's time for WWE to build to the biggest event of the summer. SummerSlam will take place on Aug. 21 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. That marks a very rare case of a WWE pay-per-view taking place on a Saturday as well as the first time WWE has held SummerSlam inside a football stadium.
Things are already taking shape for the summer spectacular and there are plenty more huge matches expected to go down. As of now, nearly the whole card is set, with two legends challenging for titles on the men's side of things and Nikki A.S.H. set to defend her Raw women's title against former champions Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair. On the SmackDown women's side, Bianca Belair will defend her title against Sasha Banks in a WrestleMania rematch.Things will continue to take shape in the coming days and weeks as WWE sets up a huge event in Las Vegas.Let's take a look at what we know -- and what we expect -- at WWE SummerSlam.
WWE SummerSlam matches
Universal Championship -- Roman Reigns (c) vs. John Cena: Cena made his big return at Money in the Bank, confronting Reigns after Reigns successfully defended his title against Edge. The next night on Raw, Cena made the reasons for his return entirely clear. Reigns is, Cena said, an overexposed and overhyped gimmick that he intends to take the universal championship from. Reigns refused Cena's challenge, instead agreeing to face Finn Balor. However, a contract singing for Reigns vs. Balor was interrupted by Baron Corbin, opening the door for Cena to run to the ring and sign his own name on the contract, which WWE said was enough to make the match official. Raw Women's Championship -- Nikki A.S.H. (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley: Ripley and Flair were the women with the issue when Nikki inserted herself at the end of an episode of Raw, cashing in the Money in the Bank contract to pin Flair and win the title. The following Monday, Flair demanded a match at SummerSlam with Ripley doing the same. Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville announced that it would instead be a triple threat match or the Raw women's championship.WWE Championship -- Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Goldberg: Lashley ran through Kofi Kingston at Money in the Bank, re-establishing himself as a violent, dominant champion. After beating Keith Lee the next night on Raw, Goldberg's music hit as he made his return to WWE before announcing to Lashley that "I'm next." It took a few weeks before Lashley would finally accept the match, but did so after Goldberg speared MVP on Raw. Goldberg, 54, is on his last legs as a performer but still draws big reactions from the crowd. A win for Lashley would continue to build on the best period of his professional career.SmackDown Women's Championship -- Bianca Belair (c) vs. Sasha Banks: Banks made her return on SmackDown to save Belair from an attack by Carmella and Zelina Vega. Banks and Belair teamed to beat Carmella and Vega in a tag match later in the night but followed up the victory by turning on Belair with a vicious attack. One week later, Belair made it official, saying if Banks wanted a chance to regain the titles, she could get it at SummerSlam. Edge vs. Seth Rollins: Rollins has attacked Edge on multiple occasions, including costing Edge the universal title at Money in the Bank. After Rollins attacked again on SmackDown, Edge laid down the challenge, saying Rollins was trying to follow in his footsteps but couldn't fill them. Rollins tried to delay accepting the challenge but finally agreed when Edge said that Rollins was just "Edge-lite."SmackDown Tag Team Championship -- The Usos (c) vs. The Mysterios: A rematch from Money in the Bank, where The Usos won the tag titles. With a thin tag division, there weren't a lot of other things to keep the champions busy, so they've engaged in weeks of singles matches with Rey and Dominik Mysterio, with both sides using outside interference to steal wins before the tag title rematch was set for SummerSlam.United States Championship -- Sheamus (c) vs. Damian Priest: Priest has taken issue with Sheamus' underhanded tactics against men like Humberto Carrillo and Ricochet, going so far as to call Sheamus a bully. After weeks of teasing the match, Priest finally made the challenge on Raw, with Sheamus promising to put the challenger in his place.Drew McIntyre vs. Jinder Mahal: Mahal and McIntyre are old friends but Mahal and goons Veer and Shanky began interfering in McIntyre's business, culminating at Money in the Bank when the trio cost McIntyre a shot at the win before dragging him out of the match. McIntyre defeated Veer and Shanky in a handicap match on Raw with the stipulation that a McIntyre win meant the pair would be banned from ringside at SummerSlam.Raw Tag Team Championship -- AJ Styles & Omos (c) vs. Randy Orton & Riddle: Orton was off TV since late June, but WWE seemed fully committed to the chemistry he and Riddle had developed. Styles and Omos are becoming an interesting act that needs interesting challengers and RK-Bro fit the bill once Orton returned and made things good with Riddle after Riddle saved him from an attack from the tag champs.Alexa Bliss vs. Eva Marie: Marie has had issues with Bliss for weeks, mostly trying to allow Doudrop, her muscle, to deal with the problem. Doudrop instead was confronted by Bliss' doll, Lilly, on multiple occasions, leading to a planned match between Bliss and Marie that likely won't result in much, if any, in-ring action.
WWE SummerSlam predictions
Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin: Corbin attacking Balor during his contract signing cost Balor a chance to face Reigns for the universal title. It only makes sense that the next move is for the two men to wrestle at the upcoming pay-per-view event.