The last hoorah
SummerSlam is the final pay-per-view that e.tv viewers will see before the WWE moves to SuperSport.
WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view Sunday 27 August e.tv (*194) 11:30
If soapie fans were annoyed when e.tv 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 e.tv taps out, they have one last move to play: the 2017 SummerSlam pay-per-view!
WOMEN AT WAR
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.