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WWE SummerSlam is coming on Sunday, August 20 and fans are surely bracing for an epic night. SummerSlam is of course one of the company’s biggest events of the year, and everyone knows that WWE always delivers when it matters the most.
Perhaps “always” is too strong of a term, but the effort will most certainly be there.
That effort will come from the men and women booked for the summer classic, though only Universal champion Brock Lesnar and SmackDown Live Women’s champ Naomi have been mentioned for the card thus far. But fans can expect all of WWE’s heavy hitters for the night, as both Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live will be represented.
However their presence on the card will only matter if the storylines that get them there matter first.
Lesnar’s storyline in particular is still developing, as he will face a Samoan Superstar at SummerSlam. Of course no one knows which Superstar that will be just yet. Maybe he will face both of them, which means the SummerSlam main event would be massive indeed.
Naomi will face one of five women from the blue brand, though no one knows who that opponent will be either. WWE could book just one, or perhaps more, to step into the ring against her on August 20.
The company has options, and can go in several different directions with both titleholders. The same is true of every top talent that will compete that night. Though nothing is confirmed for any of those talents just yet, fans are surely beginning to see the groundwork being laid for what’s to come.
The proof is in the storylines.
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Naomi is waiting for her SummerSlam opponent.
That opponent will be determined at WWE Battleground on Sunday, July 23. Five women will step into the ring, and will battle for the right to challenge the champ on August 20. The Five-Way Elimination Match will feature Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Tamina, Natalya and Lana.
Conspicuous by her absence is Carmella.
The first ever Ms. Money in the Bank will undoubtedly be on hand though. She may even be at ringside that night. But whether she’s near the action or backstage, she will have the briefcase in her possession. That briefcase will be invaluable in the coming year, as it means she’s one three count away from winning the gold.
But that three count may not come until SummerSlam.
Carmella is the wildcard in this storyline because of her guaranteed title shot. She doesn’t have to be booked against Naomi in order to cash in. She doesn’t have…