The last hoorah

SummerSlam is the fi­nal pay-per-view that view­ers will see be­fore the WWE moves to Su­perS­port.

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WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view Sun­day 27 Au­gust (*194) 11:30

If soapie fans were an­noyed when dropped Y&R (1973- cur­rent) in July, imag­ine how WWE fans felt when the free-to-air broad­caster re­vealed they’re drop­ping the WWE from their line-up too! That’s right – from Septem­ber, wrestling fans will need DStv and Su­perS­port to catch shows like Smack­Down, Raw and To­tal Di­vas. But be­fore taps out, they have one last move to play: the 2017 SummerSlam pay-per-view!


The Di­vas have been do­ing a lot in the WWE ring to prove that they’re not just pretty faces – they’re as hard­core as the guys when it comes to in-ring ac­tion. And WWE CEO Vince McMa­hon knows that – which is why the ladies are tak­ing up two spots on the payper-view’s draw­card. Cur­rent champ Naomi has her Smack­Down Women’s Cham­pi­onship on the line against Natalya, while Bay­ley will be try­ing to pin Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Cham­pi­onship. And ac­cord­ing to exSu­per­star Mick Fo­ley (aka Mankind), big things are ex­pected from the Di­vas. “I love Naomi’s en­trance and the ath­leti­cism that she brings. And Natalya is a Hart and the WWE Uni­verse knows what the Hart fam­ily are all about when they step in the ring: busi­ness!”


The male Su­per­stars aren’t go­ing to be out­classed at SummerSlam and they’re bring­ing out the big guns for the event too. At print, cur­rent WWE Cham­pion Jin­der Ma­hal knew that he was go­ing to have a match but his op­po­nent was still a mys­tery. It’s ei­ther John Cena or Shin­suke Naka­mura – they still had to face off in a “num­ber 1 con­tender” match as stip­u­lated by Smack­Down Gen­eral Man­ager Daniel Bryan.

The big one though is a lot more cer­tain – it’s a Fa­tal 4-Way for the WWE Uni­ver­sal Cham­pi­onship. Cur­rent champ Brock Les­nar will be in the ring with Ro­man Reigns, Samoa Joe and Braun Strow­man. And if any of them make it out alive, it’ll be a mir­a­cle, says Mick. “Th­ese are very big men who are bring­ing a lot of weight to the match. Some­one is go­ing to get hurt!”

The Fa­tal 4-Way fight­ers (from left): Ro­man Reigns, Samoa Joe, Brock Les­nar and Braun Strow­man.

Will it be John Cena (left) vs Jin­der Ma­hal?

Naomi (left) won’t let Nat­tie just take her ti­tle.

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