SummerSlam has long been one of WWE's top pay-per-views each year, but this year, the stakes are even higher as the event marks its milestone 25th installment.
WWE has been slowly building to this event, teasing confrontation between Brock Lesnar and COO Triple H. Other matches have come together well, too, in recent weeks.
On Sunday, SummerSlam emanates from its recently perennial home in Los Angeles. Here's a look at the card and predictions from Ring Posts' Arda Ocal and Adam Testa.
United States Championship
Santino Marella (c) vs. Antonio Cesaro
Arda: I desperately, desperately, want to see Antonio Cesaro win the US title. Not because I don't like Santino, but because nothing was done with him as champion except for Alberto Del Rio beatdowns. Cesaro wins the gold and exchanges the U.S. title for the European title - because Cesaro is, after all, "Very European!"
Prediction: Antonio Cesaro
Adam: I've fantasy booked the same scenario as Arda, with Cesaro bringing back the European Championship, but this doesn't seem to be the time. I don't buy reports that management isn't high on Cesaro, but I think that he will win the title in a more meaningful manner than a YouTube pre-show. Sadly, I see Marella's reign continuing past Sunday.
Prediction: Santino Marella
The Miz (c) vs. Rey Mysterio
Arda: I like the idea of former world champions vying for the IC title consistently. Christian, Miz and now Rey Mysterio -- it builds interest and prestige to the title. At the end of the day, however, it's title defenses that will make us have continued interest. If the champion doesn't defend the gold regularly, we will forget about it and complain every now and then about how good the title used to be. Miz wins this one and (hopefully) welcomes other challenges.
Prediction: The Miz
Adam: The Miz just won the belt after an absence from television to film a movie. Mysterio pinned the champ cleanly in non-title action. Booking logic says that Miz gets his win back here. Rey and Miz work well together, so I wouldn't mind seeing a rubber match at the next pay-per-view, but like Arda said, Miz needs other challengers and frequent defenses to make his reign and the title mean anything.
Prediction: The Miz
Tag Team Championship
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth (c) vs. Titus O'Neil and Darren Young
Arda: The tag division was starting to gain momentum, but then AW got fired by WWE. I really hope this doesn't derail the ascension of the Prime Time Players, who have been entertaining on TV recently. I'd like them to carry the titles and have a series of babyface tag teams come out of the woodwork to challenge them on a monthly basis on pay-per-view, building their matches on TV weekly. Young and O'Neil are charismatic and hold my interest during tag team matches, so I'm intrigued to see where this will go.
Prediction: Titus O'Neil and Darren Young
Adam: Like Arda said, the firing of AW throws a wrinkle into perception of this match. The other factor will be the presence of Primo and Epico, who have been in a relentless rivalry with O'Neil and Young. I'm predicting shenanigans from the Colons cause this match to have a dirty finish and leads to a three-way tag match down the road. The Prime Time Players will eventually win the belts, but now is not the time.
Prediction: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth
Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
Arda: Kane losing a match at this point in his caree really doesn't hurt him, no matter who it is against. He could lose to Alex Riley three weeks in a row on RAW and one chokeslam later, he's back to the Kane we all know and love. He's a WWE lifer who, in this match, can be used to elevate Daniel Bryan. I'd like to see Bryan win. Kane may not tap out to the Yes (No) Lock, but he will still get the victory and move on to greener pastures.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan
Adam: I sincerely want D-Bry to pick up a much needed pay-per-view victory, but I just don't feel it happening Sunday. There's still a question mark on if Charlie Sheen will be involved. Was he just blowing smoke up everyone's backsides when he challenged Bryan? I wouldn't be surprised to see Sheen show up, cost Bryan the match and set something in the motion for the future. Maybe the Bryan-Sheen angle will be a slow burn to WrestleMania, but knowing Sheen, you never know what he'll be doing by that point.
Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler