SummerSlam is almost here, people! The annual pay-per-view arrives Sunday and is a cornerstone of the wrestling year and one of the "Big Four" pay-per-views. (The other three are Wrestlemania, the Royal Rumble and Survivor Series, in case you ever get that as a trivia question. Don't say I don't do anything for you.)
SummerSlam is like a TV midseason cliffhanger finale that sets up plot points for the next few months. The thing that's great about this year is even if you aren't a wrestling, fan, this event relates to you. Here are three matches to watch, depending on what kind of sports fan you are:
If a coach "betrayed" your alma mater and now is the leader of a top-10 program, check out:
CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar
The titans are facing off and the main reason why is legendary manager of champions Paul Heyman, who spurned Punk for the human wrecking ball (and former UFC champ) Lesnar. This one should steal the show, honestly.
If you support a traditional sports program that hasn't been interesting the past couple of years:
Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian
This one is kind of a snoozer with two wrestlers who have been involved in big moments in the past but have kinda been on cruise control for a while. You might get surprised, but feel free to go make a grilled cheese during this match.
Do you enjoy the NCAA but kind of hate the oppressive, hypocritical, corporate status quo it supports on the backs of talented athletes who can't catch a break? Then watch:
John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan
These guys are acting as puppets, kind of. WWE owner Vince McMahon = the NCAA in this case. Cena represents his All-American ideal of what a champion should stand for. Daniel Bryan is a fiery, explosive guy who has captured America's attention but is continually denied the respect he deserves. If you want one reason to order this PPV, this is it.
Ernest Wilkins is Chicago's wingman. @ernestwilkins
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