SummerSlam might be WWE’s second-biggest show of the year, but arguably, the most anticipated match in recent memory will be taking place a month prior. Despite the suspension handed down to Roman Reigns, he’ll still be participating in the ultimate triple threat with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose in the main event at Battleground. Where that leaves the SummerSlam main event remains a question, though a three-way rematch could very well be in play with Reigns sitting out the entire buildup to Battleground.
WrestleMania went off the air with Reigns holding the WWE World Heavyweight Championship high after defeating Triple H in Dallas. Shortly thereafter, blueprints were being constructed for the marquee matches for the August blockbuster that is SummerSlam. Early drafts had Reigns maintaining his title and putting it on the line against John Cena. Brock Lesnar would go on his customary hiatus until the time was right to strike and set up a major angle with Bray Wyatt. All of it and more is now up in the air.
A month ago, the Inquisitr reported that WWE officials decided to hold off on a Cena-Reigns SummerSlam bout, pushing it back for a potential main event showdown at WrestleMania 33. Lesnar could still very well come back (now fresh off from fighting at UFC 200) and reignite his rivalry with Wyatt, but it’s no longer the certainty it once was. For one, the WWE Draft will affect everything moving forward. And it will be interesting to see if the WWE writing team can easily transition Bray from an angle with The New Day to one with The Beast. The fact that there were plans to turn Wyatt face last month may have been the first indication they were pulling the plug on Bray-Brock already.
Though a cloud of uncertainty hovers over those potential feuds, plans do seem to be in place for two other big matches for SummerSlam weekend in Brooklyn a little less than two months from now. As you may have surmised, the verbiage there indicates that both matches aren’t necessarily for SummerSlam, but will take place that weekend in Barclays Center.