Live on the WWE Network, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) will present the 2017 SummerSlam pay-per-view event on Aug. 20. Headlining this event for the Monday Night Raw brand is the WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar defending his championship in a Fatal Four Way match against Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns. Lesnar’s advocate, Paul Heyman, has announced that they will both leave WWE if Lesnar should lose the Universal Championship this weekend.
For the SmackDown Live brand, WWE Champion Jinder Mahal will defend his Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura. Recently, John Cena and Nakamura faced off to determine who would challenge Mahal at SummerSlam. The match, although brief, was the realization of a dream contest fans have wanted to see for several years. After laying down for the three-count caused by a Kinshasa from Nakamura, Cena raised Nakamura’s hand out of respect. Cena has now turned his focus to the 2017 Money in the Bank winner Baron Corbin.
The SmackDown Live Women’s Champion Naomi will put the title on the line against Natalya at SummerSlam. Natalya defeated Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Lana, and Tamina at WWE Battleground to earn the title opportunity. Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss was scheduled to defend her title against Bayley at SummerSlam, but Bayley has since been removed from the match due to a shoulder injury at the hands of Nia Jax. As of press time, it is known that Bliss will be defending against either Sasha Banks or Nia Jax. Banks and Jax will have competed on Raw to determine who will be granted the title opportunity this weekend.
Also announced for SummerSlam, which will have a 7 p.m. special start time: Neville will defend the Cruiserweight Championship against Akira Tozawa. AJ Styles will defend the United States Championship against Kevin Owens with Shane McMahon serving as the special referee. Randy Orton will take on Rusev. The New Day will defend the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship against The Usos. Big Show will take on Big Cass, with Enzo Amore suspended above the ring inside a shark cage. Finn Bálor will take on Bray Wyatt.
WWE’s NXT brand will present Takeover: Brooklyn 3 the night before SummerSlam on Aug. 19. The following matches are scheduled to take place: Bobby Roode will defend the NXT Championship against Drew McIntyre. Asuka, the undefeated NXT Women’s Champion, will defend her championship against Ember Moon. The Authors of Pain will defend the NXT Tag Team Championship against SAnitY. Aleister Black will take on Hideo Itami. Johnny Gargano will take on Andrade “Cien” Almas.
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