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Thirteen 10’s WWE SummerSlam 2020 Preview & Predictions

Josh from the Thirteen | 10 brand is back with his WWE SummerSlam 2020 preview and predictions!

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Josh from the Thirteen | 10 brand is back with his WWE SummerSlam 2020 preview and predictions!

It’s the Summertime which can only mean one thing…..Yep, you guessed it…WELCOME TO THE THUNDERDOME!!!!

There will be positivity and negativity across the wrestling Tweeter this weekend over the Thunderdome but there is no doubt that this has excelled the excitement for most fans, myself heavily included.

WWE has, in my opinion, built a solid looking SummerSlam card, with matches that I genuinely care about with some fantastic story telling on Raw & Smackdown, however the weekly shows have been hit and miss. That being said I am extremely excited for this edition of SummerSlam and apparently, ‘You’ll Never See it Coming’. What could that possibly mean?

Let’s dive in shall we?!


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Raw Tag Team Championships: Street Profits (c) vs Andrade & Angel Garza w/ Zelina

I’m going to get started by announcing my love for The Street profits, however they are coming top against Andrade (one of my favourite wrestlers) & Angel Garza, who is tremendous. This feud seems to have been on going for sometime with Andrade & Garza falling victim of some terrible 50/50 booking. Will they break up? Will they become tag team champions? Well with Zelina by their side it truly is time for Andrade & Garza to become tag team champions. They can go on a long dominant title run which could last until WrestleMania next year where a team like Rey Mysterio & Dominik Mysterio can take the gold. If this is the opener to the night then this will set an unreal pace.

Winners: Andrade & Angel Garza

United States Championship: Apollo Crews (c) vs MVP

The Hurt Business continues to grow from strength to strength with each passing episode Raw and that is a nod to the amazing work that MVP has been doing since his return. Lashley feels dominant again & its great to see Shelton Benjamin on weekly television, kudos to him as he has been extremely patient with creative. This is a tough call for me, if Apollo loses where does that leave his reign and is his run over at that level? If MVP loses does it hurt the credibility if what is being built? I am going to call Apollo Crews retaining the gold. The Hurt Business will be even more angry come Monday Night Raw and they can then look to take over Raw Underground.

Winner: Apollo Crews

Hair vs Hair Match: Sonya Deville vs Mandy Rose

Perhaps one of the best storyline feuds that WWE have produced, This friendship became bitter and personal and it has been a joy to watch but who is losing some hair? Sensible booking here tells you that Sonya loses and has her hair shaved but no no no, not on my watch. ‘Hair up & Square Up’ is Sonya’s tag and she will continue to do just that. Look for Otis to have some involvement during this and to inadvertently cost Mandy as she loses the contest and ultimately, her hair.

Winner: Sonya Deville

(Editor’s note: this was written before WWE changed the match to a Loser Leaves WWE Match, potentially changing Josh’s entire perspective.)

Raw Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks (c) vs Asuka

In what I feel will be the first of Asuka’s 2 Championship matches, & it will also leave her victorious over Sasha. This is all about longtime story telling of course and the inevitable blow up between Sasha & Bayley. Bayley will be at Ringside but that won’t be enough to stop Asuka. After the match a victorious Asuka will be beaten down by Banks & Bayley which will lead us straight into the next match.

Winner: Asuka

Smackdown Women’s Championship: Bayley (c) Vs Asuka

Asuka will be beaten down before the sound of the bell, she will find a way to fight back or but will fall short in this match. I am fully expecting 2 fantastic woman’s title matches here. Bayley will remain with all the gold as Banks will be upset that she didn’t get the help in her match to retain. Watch this space.

Winner: Bayley

Street Fight: Seth Rollins vs Dominik Mysterio

I am so looking forward to this one…. Another fantastic story that has been built for months and now, in Dominik’s WWE PPV in ring debut it will be a streefight. This kid has taken a beating and it has all ben so believable. Seth has been a disgusting heel and is arguably doing the best work of his career (one hell of a career). Personally, I cannot look past Seth but something tells me we could see a major upset. I’m looking at blood and a brutal beating on both accounts, this is going to be a war. Seth will overcome a valiant challenger with a brutal curb stomp on the steel steps. This feud will continue…..

Winner: Seth Rollins

WWE Universal Championship: Braun Strowman (c) vs “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt

Some would say that this is a tough call, especially since the last time we saw The Fiend officially wrestle was when he lost the Universal title to Goldberg. Braun has been great in promos and his awesome new look is badass!! We have seen Strowman beat Firefly funhouse Bray, Eater of worlds Bray but The Fiend is a step too far. The Fiend can now take the title with a little help from a possessed – sister Abigail style character in Alexa Bliss. Enjoy this one, it is going to be great!

Winner: The Fiend ‘Bray Wyatt’

WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre (c) vs Randy Orton

A Main Event match that we craved, a Main Event match that has been built so beautifully (maybe apart from the Shawn Michaels no see from RAW) . Drew has a had a tremendous but tough year. Going from 40,000 screaming fans at the Royal Rumble, to facing and beating Brock for the Gold in front of 0 at WrestleMania. Orton has equaled that and is having one of the best years in his career, his work with Edge has seemingly reignited him. Is it time to dethrone Drew? Will Randy be cost a title from a ‘Legend’ that he hasn’t yet ‘killed’. So many unanswered questions and I am pumped for the outcome. I am going to go with Drew McIntyre retaining the gold here but this will be a blast and a worthy main event.

Winner: Drew McIntyre

Thank you all once again for taking the time to read my predictions post. You can follow me across the socials.

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King: Plotting The Return Of Randy Orton To WWE

Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.

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Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.

I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to a superstar that’s being overshadowed right now, ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton. After RKBRO lost the Raw Tag Team Championships to The Uso’s, Orton vanished from the company. There was speculation about his serious back injury and, it wasn’t until The Viper’s wife herself posted a candid picture of Orton after successful surgery.

While the focus in WWE right now is either on The Bloodline, Bray Wyatt and Uncle Howdy, or the returning Cody Rhodes, I felt this was a good time to start plotting The Viper’s return to WWE.

Randy Orton’s Return to WWE

On the Raw-After-Mania ‘The American Nightmare’ opens the show after a tough battle over Roman Reigns to win the WWE Championship. Rhodes with tears in his eyes is giving an emotional promo about his family’s legacy, and how much this title means to him. The WWE Universe is chanting “You Deserve It,” and out comes Finn Balor flanked by The Judgement Day.

‘The Prince’ starts by congratulating the new champion for dethroning ‘The Tribal Chief’ but, now he wants his title shot. Rhodes being the resilient hero accepts Balor’s challenge for the main event. The American Nightmare and The Prince are putting on a clinic of a match, delivering multiple finishers but unable to put the other away. Judgement Day starts to interfere when Orton’s music blares throughout the arena. Orton takes out the heels and helps his former protege. Rhodes capitalizes and hits Crossroads for the 1.2.3.

The former Legacy members are celebrating and embracing with a hug as Rhodes goes to raise his newly-won title. In the blink of an eye, The Viper strikes and takes out Rhodes with an RKO Outta Nowhere! The champion is knocked out as Orton hoists the title above his head while trash-talking his now rival. Orton violently throws Rhodes out of the ring and delivers a nasty-looking draping DDT onto the floor.

The Build–And Culmination–of Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes

Orton stares giving 2009 vibes as Rhodes’ head raises, so The Viper runs and delivers a punt kick. WWE officials come out and break things up and the champion is stretchered out of the arena. The show closes with Orton grinning over the destruction he has caused to his former protege. Over the next few months, Orton and Rhodes enter into an extremely personal rivalry over the coveted prize. We finally make it to SummerSlam where both men agree to raise the stakes and do war inside HELL IN A CELL!!!!

This is how I would book The Viper’s return to WWE. If you feel like this should be written differently, I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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AJ’s Phenomenal Opinion: Bray Wyatt

So everyone loves Bray’s return right? Right? Well the McDonald’s Sprite spicy opinions of AJ…may feel differently.

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Well, just because my work schedule changed, doesn’t mean I’m not going to drop some opinions of mine, of which, I haven’t done too bad with. I got Three out of Five for my returns right a few months back and this is going to be about the last entry on that previous list. I knew for a fact that Bray Wyatt would return to the WWE in some way shape or form and time for some… controversy.

As my favorite ratings winner of 83 Weeks once said, Controversy Creates Cash and boy HOWDY… Do I have something to get off my chest here so sit back, order some Chairshot Merch and lets get on with Adam’s… Rants for a bit.

Initial Thoughts

Bray coming in and making a return to the WWE was an inevitability. Death, Taxes and I guess WWE Returns are always guaranteed anymore and maybe we could get some new creativity with a supernatural gimmick. Bray has always had that supernatural to him ever since he had the Wyatt Family in Erik Rowan, the late Luke Harper and in the end, Braun Strowman. The Wyatt’s had a control like no other and were beloved for a moment in the WWE.

Bray did a lot to make sure things were in motion but for some reason any massive feud he had, he failed. Following a bunch of injuries to the rest of his family and even releases later on, he seemed to at least get some traction going for him. WWE Champion, somehow got Randy Orton with him, Universal Championships and got those big match wins that eluded him in the Wyatt Family beginnings. Let me also say this as well, I actually liked the Firefly Funhouse Match with Cena as a “This is Your Life” match of sorts. I was tickled and entertained… Then much like Bray in character, something changed.

Dark and Terrible Lurk with Fiends

We had a lot to figure out during the Pandemic. Like A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT. Through it all though, WWE figured it out but the person that helped these types of ideas, soured them drastically. Lets go back to the WWE Championship run in 2017. Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble that year and he wouldn’t betray Bray, right? Well he does and Mania for the two is set, Orton against Wyatt for the WWE Championship and it was… terrible. Random images of maggots and decay (Not the IMPACT Stable) popping up into the ring as the match goes on and Randy still wins. Through head game attempts, Bray comes up short in the big match moment. That’s odd but maybe it will be a bigger pictu– and Jinder Mahal wins the Championship. Okay.

Wyatt returns as this Mister Rogers character and has a darkness inside of him with The Fiend. Now we had this amazing theory or maybe that’s what happened but the story was, anyone The Fiend fought, they revert back to their best selves. The Miz returned to be the A Lister, the guy who grabs a microphone that you love to hate. Finn Balor doesn’t have the Demon Gimmick anymore because after his loss, he’s the Prince again. The cocky guy that walks around because he is the best, he gives no care in the world. Seth Rollins, who he took the WWE Universal Championship from, went from a dorky sweetheart back to the asshole taking every opportunity that he could get because he’s that much of a weasel and when he lost… He lost to Goldberg. The one guy that has been the same since 1997. Drums, Pyro Bath, Spear, Jackhammer, “Who’s Next?” and during that time, he sucked at points. One of those Rollins matches was in a Hell In A Cell match, the red cage with the red lighting. Match ending with a Stoppage from the referee… INSIDE OF A HELL IN A CELL (I think Sean Waltman said it best… Why did the match stop? It’s supposed to be Hell?) and it’s one of the rare times that I agreed with wrestling’s favorite Uncle… That was Negative Stars for a match.

After Goldberg, he didn’t have a commanding presence. He recruited Alexa Bliss who was already over whether she was a Heel or Face and made everything so unbelievably… boring. Alexa had to carry that idiotic demon gimmick and doll, not having anything really supernatural. Just some wrestling and Brock Lesnar cleaning up everything faster than a Chop Shop in main events and segments. He tried to return and make his grand return, beating the Universal Champion Braun Strowman at Summerslam just to falter a literal week later to Roman Reigns, who proceeded to never look back from that win. Bray gets fired after and no more supernatural ideas. Undertaker isn’t around really and retires, Kane is a mayor. Paul Bearer is no longer with us and everything is just… normal.

Wyatt’s Six (Reasons I Tune Out)

In 2022, Vince retires seemingly from everything and Triple H is at the helm, could he bring balance to everything? He makes a bunch of returns that people love seeing. Johnny Gargano, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox, Bronson Reed, Dexter Lumus just to name a few and of course, the big one that everyone wanted. Bray Wyatt.

Bray makes this heartfelt return and everything seems great. We get him as him, he makes this weird build to a Wyatt 6, assuming we think it’s the Firefly Funhouse and he’s just talking, building. Alright well who is going to be these six figures because they are more than just puppets this time around. A masked man named Uncle Howdy that people think is Vincent Marseglia or maybe a bearded Bo Dallas who is Bray’s real life brother and he……… pops in and out to confuse people. Okay… (1)

Alexa might return to the 6 because of all the segments and gets darker and a heel. Alright that is perfectly fine but, WHY IS VINCENT DALLAS HERE AGAIN TO JUST INTERFERE WITH RANDOM THINGS? Okay… fine. (2) Alexa has a Women’s Championship match against Bianca Belair, that will make sense of thi– it’s a clean finish… Why is it clean? No Howdy, No Wyatt just a random VHS tape like I’m watching The Ring about her being dark after the match. Okay…… (3)

Oh Wyatt finally gets a feud for his return. I almost forgot about that! Who will be this first victim? LA Knight.

…Okay…… (4)

Maybe this will be good. They are both great on the microphone, maybe Bray has new moves that he can do and I know all too well how good LA Knight is, I have been an Eli Drake/Shaun Ricker fan for years. This could be a great match that they have, they announced it for the Royal Rumble so it’s going to be big and it’s a… Pitch Black Match presented by Mountain Dew.

O…okay…… (5)

The Royal Rumble is upon us, the Men’s Rumble starts the show and we all have adrenaline in our soul for it and now is this weird Pitch Black Match and it’s not a cinematic match. It’s in the ring, No Count Outs and No Disqualifications. LA Knight comes out in his iconic Yellow Attire and Wyatt is talking… with a mask on. The lights turn off and the ropes are glowing a neon greenish-yellow… with an announce table spot that… has Nickelodeon Slime inside of it when they break it? Okay fine… I knew the match was going to be dumb and gimmicky from the Mountain Dew Sponsorship. Bray wins, yay. LA Knight comes back with a Kendo Stick and… we get invulnerable Bray again… they don’t hurt. Lets go to this crash pad and Bo Marseglia shows up from somewhere and just elbow drops him from maybe fifteen to twenty feet with pyro and the Firefly Funhouse Puppets appear at the top, to watch a fire… And there is number six…

Actual Thoughts on Current Bray Wyatt, Post Rumble

I absolutely hate it.


This was awful. You build whatever insignificant thought process of the Wyatt 6 has going for it when Uncle Howdy does the best Cap’n Shane O elbow drop for a hellfire effect. At least the pyro was better than the AEW Explosion Match I guess…

Regardless, how does LA Knight come out of all of this moving forward? He lost an idiotic gimmick match and looks presumed dead. This just makes me think that whoever in whatever interview said Bray Wyatt is a creative mastermind needs to put whatever they have down before we hear about their T.O.D. posted somewhere. This Pitch Black Match is somehow worse than that Rollins Hell in a Cell Match and that takes talent. At least a good amount of alcohol lulled that from my brain but this made me remember that and enjoy the thought of that match happening with its finish. The best way I can picture how this was pitched was Burnt Dogshit, wrapped in a Kerosine Blanket with… sorry had to look at what I wrote, not putting that on websites but… people saw a Creative Quesadilla and when we got the actual product, it gave Salmonella poisoning and E Coli at the same time.

I really don’t want to see another Bray Wyatt match… again. Whoever gave him creative, take it away immediately. As much steam as Bray Wyatt gets in promos or possible matches in the past, the only steaming he gets at the end, is steaming piles of shit. You can say, he’s getting paid millions where I’m a little troll on the internet with typing power and I really don’t care but to me, Triple H… you finally got your first failing grade with something in your leadership role in WWE.


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