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WWE news: SummerSlam pay-per-view card finalized

According to an Aug. 13 post from Bleacher Report, the full card for this weekend's SummerSlam pay-per-view spectacular has been finalized. After months of planning, SummerSlam is now complete. The event, which airs both on the WWE Network and pay-per-view, goes down Aug. 17 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It begins at 8 p.m. in the east.

Brock Lesnar battles John Cena this weekend at WWE SummerSlam
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SummerSlam opens with a kickoff show on the WWE Network, 30 minutes prior to the main card. The kickoff show was originally slated to feature a tag team title fight, but those plans appear to have been scrapped. At present time, the SummerSlam kickoff show will have commentary and analysis from several current and former WWE superstars.

Originally, The Usos were projected to put their tag team titles on the line against The Wyatt Family, The Brotherhood and Rybaxel, in a Fatal 4-Way bout on the SummerSlam kickoff show. For reasons that weren't disclosed to the public, the kickoff show will instead feature a slew of WWE personalities discussing the main card matches. The first bout of the night is expected to be Rusev against Jack Swagger.

Rusev vs. Swagger, which kicks off the SummerSlam main card, will be a Flag Match for national pride. Rusev will be representing Russia, while Swagger fights for the United States. This one could be a squash match in Rusev's favor, since he's been getting a huge push as an unstoppable heel. Next on the agenda, Dolph Ziggler goes up against The Miz, in a fight for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

Also on the SummerSlam main card, Chris Jericho continues his feud with Bray Wyatt, in a singles match that is a rematch from last month's Battleground event. Since Jericho beat Wyatt at Battleground, not many would be surprised to see the heel win this time around. Wyatt and Jericho have great chemistry inside the ring, so this is a feud that could go on for several more years to come.

Later on the SummerSlam pay-per-view, Brie Bella wraps up her feud with Stephanie McMahon, with a singles match. Bella and McMahon have been feuding for over a month, with one of the hottest angles the WWE has going. McMahon slapped Bella in the face, but the WWE Divas superstar also caused some damage of her own to the WWE head honcho's face. The likely scenario is that Bella will win here, which would earn her her job back on the WWE Divas Division roster.

Elsewhere at SummerSlam, Roman Reigns takes on Randy Orton, in a bout that could determine who is next in line for a shot at the WWE Heavyweight Championship. Reigns has been getting a major push as the WWE's next great babyface, so the stars are aligned for him to get his shot. Chances are, Brock Lesnar will defeat Cena in the SummerSlam main event, and Reigns will edge Orton.

That scenario would set up an exciting clash between Reigns and Lesnar at Wrestlemania 31. Also on tap for SummerSlam, AJ Lee puts her WWE Divas Championship on the line against Paige, and Dean Ambrose battles Seth Rollins in a Lumberjack Match. In the SummerSlam main event, it'll be the rubber match in one of the greatest trilogies in WWE history, as Lesnar collides with Cena.

The score between Lesnar and Cena is tied at one-all, since each man has defeated the other. WWE Universe expects Lesnar to earn the win over Cena at SummerSlam, to set up a clash between him and Reigns at Wrestlemania 31. Of course, the WWE could script an entirely different scenario, to throw fans for a loop. SummerSlam goes down Aug. 17 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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