WWE SummerSlam 2018: Matches, predictions, rumours, date, start time and how to stream

It’s been a hit and miss year for main roster WWE pay-per-views in 2018 so far.

We’ve had some massive highlights with WrestleMania 34 and WWE Money in the Bank 2018, but the odd hiccup too (like the not-so-Greatest Royal Rumble, for starters).

It feels like there’s a hell of a lot riding on SummerSlam 2018, and we don’t just mean all the gold up for grabs, either. There’s the sense the E needs a boost to move it back on the right path.

And with Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey defending and challenging for the biggest prizes respectively AND the men’s briefcase up for grabs once more, this really is a much-watch event.

You can tune in from 7pm ET/4pm PT on Sunday, August 19 (Midnight on Monday, August 20 in the UK) for all the action from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The one-hour Kick-Off show starts an hour earlier at 6pm ET/3pm (11pm in the UK), and here is everything you need to know.

What’s the full match card and predictions for WWE SummerSlam 2018?

WWE Raw Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss (c) vs Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey was a controversial signing to the WWE, despite the length of time it had been trailed.

Did her pair of devastating MMA losses kill off her aura? Would she be a “special attraction” who barely shows up like another ex-UFC champ?

As Paul Heyman rightly said, those losses didn’t damage the RR story one bit, and she was rocking up to Raw and PPVs regularly before her recent suspension.

At MITB, she lost out against Nia Jax when Alexa Bliss got involved, something she struggled to accept. Dana White wouldn’t have stood for those sorts of shenanigans.

At Extreme Rules, she wasn’t in the match but her own interference showed that she may have the skills, but is still lacking a bit of savvy.

But with 30 days (mainly) away from it all, we think Ronda will have learned a few things.

Alexa will once again try every trick in the book to keep on to that belt, but this time around Rousey will have the right answers.

PREDICTION: Ronda Rousey

WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Roman Reigns

Mamma Mia, here we go again. After their (excellent) match at WrestleMania 31, it feels like we’ve kept circling around this showdown with less and less enthusiasm.

Their WrestleMania bout was a lead balloon of a main event, with a lot of colour and even more finishers being kicked out of but zero depth.

The Greatest Royal Rumble cage match had a controversial finish but somehow seemed to dip the excitement even more.

Reigns lost to Lashley on PPV at Extreme Rules but won the do-over on Raw, and here we are.

Both these men are more than capable of doing it in the ring and doing it together (WM31 showed that, even before Seth Rollins’s introduction).

But the story going into this doesn’t inspire. Where’s the new angle? If Braun Strowman (or Kevin Owens) doesn’t get involved, it’ll be a hard ask for these men to deliver something the crowd can get behind.

We’re still hopeful though (always), and if they can finally get this right, we think Roman can take advantage of Brock having his eyes on Daniel Cormier to sneak the win against The Beast that’s so eluded him.

PREDICTION: Roman Reigns

WWE Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs Samoa Joe

While Brock Lesnar has been racking up the months as champ, AJ Styles has been (quietly) counting his own weeks at the top, and he’s actually been turning up and defending the strap, too.

He’s seen off Shinsuke Nakamura, he’s seen off Rusev, and now he’s got Samoa Joe lining up to take his title.

The duo have met many times over on opposite and the same side of the rings in TNA and ROH, but this is their first face-off in the WWE.

As he’s shown on SDLive (and NXT before that), Joe is a force of nature, not to be underestimated.

But Styles isn’t just a Phenomenal wrestler. He’s a super-experienced one who can take everything the Samoan will throw at him.

This clash of styles promises to be a hellacious encounter, and we’re backing AJ to keep on keeping on.

PREDICTION: AJ Styles

WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Carmella (c) vs Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair

Carmella wasn’t everyone’s prediction for SD’s Women’s champ going into SummerSlam.

But while Enzo Amore and Big Cass have left the company, it’s the Princess of Staten Island who is not only still going strong, she’s holding the strap, too.

She’s had a little help from her chinless friend James Ellsworth in recent months, but Paige put a stop to those shenanigans by firing the plucky underdog after he kept running his mouth.

We’re not entirely convinced that being fired will keep Ellsworth away from the Barclays Center come Sunday night, but unlike Asuka, we think Becky Lynch will have all the answers.

Whether or not she has backup, we can’t see Carmella stopping this incredibly hot streak that Becky Lynch is on right now.

Things got shook up a little when Charlotte Flair returned at the end of July to save Becky from a beatdown but also earn her own shot at the title.

It’s now a Triple Threat, which will make it extra hard for Becky to regain the belt that she so misses.

But the Irish Lass Kicker has overcome her recent on-off slump by just clocking up win after win after win on WWETV, and she’s earned this shot and her momentum will surely carry her all the way.

PREDICTION: Becky Lynch

Braun Strowman vs Kevin Owens [if Kevin Owens wins by any means, he wins the Money in the Bank Briefcase]

Well, this feud just got very interesting.

Braun Strowman has been wreaking justice on Kevin Owens for several weeks now.

KO, let us not forget, has absolutely deserved everything he’s got. He’s a backstabber and frequent traitor who also tried to end Daniel Bryan’s career for a second time.

But Owens has friends in high places, and he’s managed to angle himself a match against the Monster Among Men with something tangible at stake, and the odds re-aligned in his favour.

Not only does he nab the Money in the Bank briefcase with a win, but that win can come any which way.

Pinfall, submission, countout, even DQ, and Braun is Monster in the Bank no more, and Owens is in possession.

Despite that favourable addition to the stipulation though, we’ve seen very little to convince us that Braun Strowman will lose against Owens.

There’s no cage to be flung off or through, no need for Braun to start messing about with weapons, and no reason for him to walk off.

We think Braun will hang on to the case, and may even take advantage of Brock showing up to work to cash it in, too.

PREDICTION: Braun Strowman

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler (c) vs Seth Rollins

Well, this is an odd one.

Where do you go from a main event, 30-minute Iron Man match that goes into overtime with a 5-4 win for the champ?

A rematch on the very next pay-per-view, apparently.

Hopefully the Brooklyn crowd will be less annoying than the Pittsburgh countdowners and give these competitors the respect they deserve.

Despite feeling like something of a re-run, we have faith that both men will be able to pull it out the bag once more, in a more compact match-up.

And even though Drew McIntyre will no doubt have Dolph Ziggler’s back, we think that Seth Rollins will overcome (perhaps even with a little help from his friend, if Dean Ambrose makes his long-anticipated return from injury).

PREDICTION: Seth Rollins

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship: The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan) (c) vs The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) OR The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus)

Another case of lather, rinse and repeat in this tag match-up.

Despite the introduction of SAnitY (still missing something in our opinion, which leaves us a little Cross), we’re back with The Bludgeon Brothers versus either The New Day or The Bar.

These teams have been either Tag Team champs or contenders for what feels like forever, and while we can rarely criticise the quality of their matches, it does feel like there’s a need for new blood.

Team Hell No offered a taste of something different, but Kane’s injury (and political distractions) put an end to that angle.

Anyway, whether it’s The New Day or The Bar who pick up the win in their tournament final, we can’t see past The Bludgeon Brothers retaining here.

So while we’re sticking with Harper and Rowan for our prediction, we’re also hoping that SAnitY get it together and challenge soon.

And we’re also hoping for another call-up or two to shake up this division and make things a bit fresher going into the long stretch before Survivor Series.

PREDICTION: The Bludgeon Brothers

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander (c) vs Drew Gulak

After its turbulent beginnings, 205 Live has really hit its stride in recent months since the addition of Drake Maverick as General Manager.

It may not quite have the crossover excitement that the Cruiserweight Classic managed, but it really isn’t far off.

The 205 Live roster is shot through with ability, with countless superstars worthy of the title or at least a spot as contender.

You could stick a pin in that locker room at random and be certain of hitting raw talent, as the lead-up to this match-up has shown.

This time around it’s Drew Gulak who’s going for Cedric Alexander’s crown, and he’s definitely got the grappling skills to end the Age of Alexander.

But for now we think that Cedric will manage to stay up off that mat and use his all-round attack to edge a victory.

And win or lose, with a good spot on the card, both men can do their bit to help take the Cruiserweights to the next level.

PREDICTION: Cedric Alexander

What date and start time is WWE SummerSlam 2018 in the UK?

WWE SummerSlam 2018 is on Monday, August 20 and the event’s start time is midnight. The Kick-Off show starts one hour earlier, at 11pm on Sunday, July 19.

What date and start time is WWE SummerSlam 2018 in the US?

WWE SummerSlam 2018 is on Sunday, August 19 and the event’s start time is 4pm ET (7pm PT). The Kick-Off show starts one hour earlier at 3pm ET (6pm PT).

How do I watch WWE SummerSlam 2018?

If you haven’t bought a ticket to be there in person at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York (on sale now), your options are either the WWE Network, which we highly recommend, or if you don’t have a fast, reliable internet connection, the more traditional – and expensive – pay-per-view.

How do I live stream WWE SummerSlam 2018 on the WWE Network?

The WWE Network is priced at £9.99 per month in the UK and $9.99 per month in the US – first-time subscribers get a month free.

You can access it via the following platforms and devices – click for info on how to access with each app:

  • Google Chromecast
  • Kindle Fire/Kindle Fire TV
  • Android devices
  • Android TV
  • Apple TV
  • iOS devices (iPhone and iPad)
  • LG Smart TVs
  • Panasonic Smart TVs
  • PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4
  • Roku via the WWE App
  • Samsung Smart TVs (2013 and 2014 models)
  • Sony Internet-connected TVs and Streaming Blu-ray Players
  • WWE.com
  • Windows 10
  • Xbox One and Xbox 360

How do I watch SummerSlam 2018 on WWE pay-per-view in the UK?

You can buy WWE SummerSlam 2018 on pay-per-view in the UK via Sky Sports Box Office – priced at £19.95.

How do I watch SummerSlam 2018 on WWE pay-per-view in the US?

You can buy WWE SummerSlam 2018 on pay-per-view in the US via your local provider – full list here.

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