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WWE SummerSlam is going down live this year from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday, Aug. 19. And considering the importance of the show to WWE — after all, it is the company’s second-biggest pay-per-view of the year, it should be no surprise that the first two matches booked for the card involved two of the company’s highest-paid talents in Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey.

The five-hour event, which could easily run longer as the card could contain as many as 15 matches, will begin at 7 p.m. ET with a kickoff show that starts one hour earlier at 6 p.m. CBS Sports will be previewing SummerSlam every week until the event begins, so keep it locked here for all of your WWE information and analysis as we head towards the big show.

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2018 WWE SummerSlam matches

WWE Championship — AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe: The match fans have been waiting for is finally official with Styles and Joe — two former TNA stars — going head-to-head for the WWE title on one of the company’s grandest stages of the year. This should be fantastic.

Universal Championship — Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns: Lesnar will defend his title for the first time since April 27 against Reigns, who beat Bobby Lashley just a couple weeks after losing to Lashley at Extreme Rules. With Lesnar looking toward competing in UFC, it will be interesting to see whether he drops the championship at this event or perhaps the next night on Raw.

Raw Women’s Championship — Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Ronda Rousey: The payoff for a months-long feud that began when Bliss cashed in her Money in the Bank briefcase during Rousey’s title match against Nia Jax, this may be a massive moment for Rousey and the WWE women’s division.

SmackDown Women’s Championship — Carmella (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte: WWE did an admirable job building a winning streak that made Lynch whole again after so long of being second and third fiddle on the blue brand. After defeating Carmella, Lynch earned herself a title opportunity and should be able to cash it in now that James Ellsworth is fired and unable to interfere. Now Flair has been added to the match — also after beating Carmella clean — somewhat upsetting Lynch as her odds have decreased.

Intercontinental Championship — Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Seth Rollins: It looked like Balor might get the opportunity, but it will be Rollins getting yet another rematch against Ziggler after pinning him in a tag team match on Raw. With Drew McIntyre in Ziggler’s corner, Rollins has been outnumbered as of late. Will sides even up at SummerSlam?

United States Championship — Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Jeff Hardy: This match was announced on Twitter after weeks of Nakamura terrorizing Hardy. However, another man who has terrorized Hardy even more as of late is Randy Orton, so you have to wonder whether this bout becomes a triple threat sooner rather than later.  

Money in the Bank Briefcase — Braun Strowman (h) vs. Kevin Owens: Raw general manager Stephanie McMahon made this match with Strowman putting his briefcase on the line against Owens after the latter earned a victory in a steel cage match at Extreme Rules.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship — Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. TBD: A tag team tournament is being held over the next few weeks to determine the No. 1 contenders in a match that will go on at SummerSlam. The finals are set between New Day and The Bar.

Cruiserweight Championship — Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Drew Gulak: Alexander has been virtually unstoppable as the top man on 205 Live, and his next challenge comes in the form of submission specialist Drew Gulak. Since 205 Live has been rebooted under Triple H, Gulak’s character transformation has been incredible to watch, and this should be a solid title bout in Brooklyn.

Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin: This feud is somehow still continuing, and with it even 1-1, the rubber match will officially go down at SummerSlam. Hopefully Balor can take it and move on to bigger and better things.

2018 WWE SummerSlam card predictions

These are all projected matches based on current storylines. None have been officially announced at this time.

Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz: It has come as no surprise to see this years-long feud heat up in a major way as the path to SummerSlam has come into focus. This could be one of the top matches on the card if built right.

Bobby Lashley vs. Elias: It is becoming clear that this feud is headed toward a match, and it all started with Lashley’s music interrupting one of Elias’ in-arena concerts a couple weeks ago.

Raw Tag Team Championship — The B-Team (c) vs. Deleters of Worlds vs. The Revival: Business picked up between the Deleters and B-Team on Raw with Revival getting involved. It may wind up being a No. 1 contendership match for a shot at the B-Team, or all three squads could square off.

Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega vs. Rusev & Lana: This one screams “kickoff show match,” but it has been building over the last couple weeks on SmackDown with Almas and Vega getting clean wins over their counterparts. Another option would be Rusev vs. Aiden English should that on-screren disagreement continue.

Boss ‘N Hug Connection vs. Riott Squad (Kickoff Show): It’s quite clear that WWE is building a women’s tag team division with Sasha Banks and Bayley as the early centerpieces. After what transpired on Raw with the return of Ruby Riott, this should find itself on the show.

No predictions yet for Asuka, Bobby Rude, Nia Jax or The Usos, among others.

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