WWE Summerslam 2015 Preview: Part 2

Jeet / 23 August 2015

WWE Tag Team Champions The Prime Time Players vs. Los Matadores vs. The Lucha Dragons vs. The New Day

Presiding over a division marked by great parity, WWE Tag Team Champions The Prime Time Players get set to battle The New Day, The Lucha Dragons and Los Matadores in a Fatal 4-Way Match at SummerSlam.

Diego & Fernando first upended Titus O’Neil & Darren Young in a non-title match on the July 20 edition of Raw, thanks partly to a distraction by Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods. Since then, The Lucha Dragons have been able to notch a win over Los Matadores, as have The New Day, underscoring the competitiveness in the tag ranks.

Can O’Neil & Young’s well-meshed combination of strength and precision help them extend their golden reign? Will the presence of a third man at ringside for The New Day ensure their victory and, in turn, a second run with the WWE Tag Team Championship? Or will the mesmerizing speed, polished teamwork or awe-inspiring agility of either The Lucha Dragons or Los Matadores net one of those teams its first tag title?

Stephen Amell & Neville vs. Stardust & King Barrett

The multiverse has shattered and the biggest crossover in WWE history will take place at SummerSlam when nefarious evildoers “The Prince of Dark Matter” Stardust and “The Bare-Knuckle Brawler” King Barrett join forces to battle “The Man That Gravity Forgot” Neville and DC Comics’ Green Arrow – Stephen Amell.

In May, lifelong WWE fan Stephen Amell — the star of the hit show “Arrow” and Casey Jones in next summer’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2” — was sitting at ringside for the final Raw at Nassau Coliseum. Although Amell was only in attendance as a fan, that didn’t stop Stardust from getting in the “Arrow” star’s face, resulting in a tense stare down. Neville defeated Stardust in the match that followed, but The Prince of Dark Matter focused his attention on Amell — convinced that the actor wasn’t just portraying Green Arrow — but that he actually is DC Comics’ Emerald Archer.

As a social media war of words erupted between Amell and Stardust, the Superstar from the Fifth Dimension continued his rivalry with Neville. Believing The Man That Gravity Forgot could be the hero to his villain, Stardust taunted the high-flying Superstar while also continuing to verbally jab at his Hollywood nemesis. As the exchanges and taunts intensified and Stardust sustained his insistence that Amell was actually Green Arrow, the star of “Arrow” announced he was coming to Raw as a special guest star — no doubt aiming to confront his foe.

On Raw, Amell was sitting at ringside — preferring to sit with the WWE Universe during his visit as Raw’s special guest star — he told Renee Young he believed that Stardust was a bit mixed up and hoped they could settle their differences. After Neville defeated King Barrett, Stardust appeared, taking out The Man That Gravity Forgot before sliding out of the ring to push his social media rival. Amell didn’t take the attack lightly and hopped the barricade, jumped in the ring and retaliated against Stardust. Security immediately pulled Amell away as Barrett and Stardust retreated.

After the match, Triple H chastized Amell for his actions. Much like his TV alter-ego, however, Amell refused to back down and he and Neville issued a challenge for SummerSlam. At first, The Game dismissed the actor’s plea, but Amell was persistent and insisted on accepting all the risks that come with setting foot inside a WWE ring. After mulling his decision for a moment, Triple H made it official.

Amell, of course, is no slouch when it comes to physicality. The Toronto native does many of his own stunts, trains in parkour and is an expert at the dauntingly difficult salmon ladder exercise. Stepping inside the squared circle against two former Intercontinental Champions is daring, but the “Arrow” star has the athletic ability and endurance to hold his own in a fight, especially with Neville in his corner. Then again, if he really is The Green Arrow as Stardust insists, then maybe all he needs is a handy boxing glove arrow.

Will Neville and Stephen Amell dispose of their dastardly foes and be the heroes the WWE Universe deserves? Or will Stardust and King Barrett expose Amell’s true identity and make him wish he had never set foot inside the squared circle?

Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro

With their rivalry steadily intensifying since they first crossed paths earlier this summer, Cesaro and Kevin Owens will finally meet one-on-one at SummerSlam on Aug. 23. There, the momentum for one of WWE’s fastest-rising Superstars may come to a screeching halt while the other’s stock will continue to rise.

The trouble between the two began in June when Owens cut short Cesaro’s title opportunity against United States Champion John Cena on Raw. The Swiss Superman and the outspoken prizefighter have  been thorns in each other’s side ever since: Owens claims he has accomplished more in nine months than Cesaro has done in three years, while The King of Swing says his rival should consider changing his motto from “Fight, Owens, Fight” to “Walk, Owens, Walk.”

Though both Superstars are quick to point out the other’s shortcomings, Cesaro and Owens remain among the most dynamic and hardest-hitting competitors on the WWE roster, jockeying for position at critical points in their careers. With tag partner Tyson Kidd injured, Cesaro is enjoying a renaissance as a singles competitor, much to the delight of the ever-expanding Cesaro Section. In contrast, Owens — who shocked the WWE Universe by defeating Cena in his WWE debut — is looking to regain footing after narrowly coming out on the losing end of a three-match series against the U.S. Champion.

The Swiss Superman boasts unbelievable physical strength and the seeming ability to execute any maneuver to perfection. Behind Owens’ considerable trash talk, however, is a perversely dangerous mind, supported by nearly 270 pounds of ill will. Who will notch the all-important win at The Biggest Party of the Summer?

Team Bella vs. Team B.A.D. vs. PCB

the Divas Revolution will reach new heights when all three factions spearheading the cause — Team Bella, PCB, and Team B.A.D. — collide in a Three-Team Elimination Match.

The game transformed forever on the July 13 edition of Raw when Stephanie McMahon famously got in the face of Team Bella and emphatically declared that it was time for a change in the Divas division. That catalyst for change came in the way of NXT cornerstones Charlotte, Becky Lynch and NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks simultaneously debuting on WWE’s flagship show.

The three trailblazers wasted no time making an impact, with Charlotte & Becky aligning with Paige, and Sasha joining forces with Naomi & Tamina to form the new factions of PCB and Team B.A.D. As the WWE Universe went berserk in approval, the newly formed units swiftly took out the boastful Team Bella. The climate change was tangible; a revolution had truly begun.

Since then, the three factions have clashed in various matches on both Raw and SmackDown, often multiple times a night. All three sides have obtained victories, but none has been able to establish itself as the sole dominant entity in this new Divas dynasty.

Now, with the eyes of the WWE Universe firmly on them, these three stables will compete at SummerSlam to see who can lay claim to the distinction of deities of the Divas Revolution. The action will be non-stop and unpredictable when only one team member needs to be pinned or made to submit to eliminate their entire team from the match. Can Team Bella prove themselves as the torchbearers of the division by prevailing under the bright Brooklyn lights? Or can either PCB or Team B.A.D. leave the Bella Empire in ruins by picking up a monumental victory?

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