WWE SummerSlam 2019 takes place on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada.
The lineup includes Brock Lesnar defending the Universal championship against Seth Rollins in a WrestleMania rematch along with Becky Lynch defending the “RAW” women’s championship against Natalya. So far, nine matches have been announced, but more will be added in the days to come.
With the big event comes plenty of speculation. Sporting News is tracking some of the top rumors leading up to WWE SummerSlam 2019.
1. Is Goldberg returning at SummerSlam?
It was just a few months ago when Bill Goldberg returned to the ring at WWE Super ShowDown against The Undertaker. It did not turn out to be the match he hoped for as he later admitted that he was “knocked out” halfway through it. The match went downhill from there and turned into a sloppy mess that he lost.
Goldberg also felt that he let down fans and many have wondered if the former WCW champion was looking for another match to redeem himself. It just so happens that over the past few weeks, Dolph Ziggler has made off-handed comments about Goldberg during his promos. While Ziggler is currently slated to face The Miz at SummerSlam, The Wrestling Observer is reporting that the match will be changed to Goldberg vs. Ziggler.
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2. Who tried to take out Roman Reigns?
WWE ended the most recent episode of “SmackDown Live” with a big whodunnit angle that saw Roman Reigns nearly crushed backstage when a scaffold fell. Since then, the talk has been who did the deed?
The WWE released a “statement” saying the incident was caused by “forklift driver error” and that the “identity of the forklift driver has not been determined.”
Some online sleuths quickly pointed out that Buddy Murphy was near the scene following the incident, but it doesn’t look like he was the guilty party. While Reigns has been mixing it lately with Samoa Joe and Drew McIntyre, the mystery person is expected to be Daniel Bryan, according to The Wrestling Observer.
Bryan has been teasing a big, career-altering announcement over the past few weeks, but instead has kept silent. It looks like he has been using his forklift driving skills to try and take out the “Big Dog” with the two expected to square off at SummerSlam.
3. Aleister Black is looking for a fight (again)
Just like before last month’s WWE Extreme Rules, Black is once again looking to fight someone, anyone, who will step into the ring with him. It didn’t take long before Sami Zayn said he wanted to fight Black and challenged him for a match at SummerSlam.
(Update) While the match was expected to be added to the show, WWE instead decided to do it on this week’s edition of “SmackDown” with Black getting the win.
4. Will The Undertaker be on the show?
While the “Dead Man” didn’t have a great performance against Goldberg at WWE Super ShowDown, the 54-year-old looked much better at WWE Extreme Rules when he teamed with Roman Reigns to beat Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre.
Coming off that performance, the thinking was he would get back in the ring again at SummerSlam for either a rematch against Goldberg or to face McIntrye. However, there has been no talk about The Undertaker heading up to the show and he is not expected to be on it.
5. Will we see “The Demon”?
Bray Wyatt and Finn Balor are set to square off at SummerSlam. Or will we see their alter-egos: “The Fiend” versus “The Demon”?
This will be Wyatt’s first match since his new persona as The Fiend, sporting a frightening demonic mask. So, it would seem to make sense that Balor would confront him as The Demon, the devilish side of his personality.
As of now, the talk is that Balor will not be sporting the makeup and will simply be himself in this match.
6. Speaking of Balor …
This looks to be Balor’s last match for a while with reports that he recently asked for time off from the WWE and will be taking a leave following SummerSlam. It’s not certain exactly how long he will be gone for but he’ll likely be back before the end of the year.
7. What about some other matches?
In the weeks leading up to SummerSlam, several matches were expected to be added to the show including a Fatal 4-Way for the women’s tag team titles along with Aleister Black versus Sami Zayn. However, WWE decided not to overpack the show and instead had those matches on television this past week. On “RAW” Monday night, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross won the Fatal-4-Way match to become new women’s tag team champions while Aleister Black defeated Sami Zayn on “SmackDown”.
That doesn’t mean some other matches won’t be added. Right now, the card includes ten matches and that doesn’t count a possible match between Roman Reigns and his attacker as well as Drew McIntyre against Cedric Alexander if WWE decides to pack more onto the show.
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