The forthcoming SummerSlam event is set to bring the heat this year with eight confirmed matches, featuring an equal number of men’s and women’s contests. WWE is not holding back on showcasing some top-tier talent for this summer's thrilling event, even though several star names are yet to be listed.
This year, Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, will be the hotbed of excitement as wrestling aficionados across the world prepare for a gripping spectacle. Dave Meltzer, a respected source in the wrestling news sphere, recently unveiled the list of highly-anticipated bouts slated for SummerSlam in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Star-Studded Men's SummerSlam Showdowns
A noteworthy match-up includes a tense face-off between Roman Reigns and Jey Uso for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. Other gripping encounters to look forward to are Cody Rhodes versus Brock Lesnar and an Intercontinental Championship bout between Gunther and Drew McIntyre.
Adding to the men's lineup, Logan Paul will be seen grappling against Ricochet. In the women's category, the World Women's Championship will witness a fierce battle between Rhea Ripley and Raquel Gonzalez. The WWE Women's Championship will be a three-way clash involving Asuka, Charlotte Flair, and Bianca Belair.
In addition, Ronda Rousey will take on Shayna Baszler, while Trish Stratus will challenge Becky Lynch. Interestingly, the list does not mention top-tier names like Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Austin Theory, and Edge.
Meltzer notes that Triple H has been instrumental in reducing the number of matches in major events, favoring a more streamlined show focusing on key fights to keep the audience engrossed. In Paul Levesque's era, WWE has strived to keep major events concise while providing more attention and time to pivotal matches.
It's possible that some of the scheduled matches may be relocated to TV shows immediately before or after SummerSlam to make room for the main event. Although the announced fights are confirmed, it's essential to remember that with seven weeks left until the event, plans could alter.
However, several matches already have substantial narratives within WWE programming, and it won't be surprising if all of them take place during the electrifying SummerSlam weekend.