SummerSlam 2013 predictions

BY Editorial Staff

August 15, 2013

With the 26th annual SummerSlam mere days away, WWE fans are buzzing about this year’s summer classic, which will feature not only three huge title matches, but also a Ring of Fire Match, a Mixed Tag Team clash and a much-anticipated battle of “The Best vs. The Beast.”

Who will leave Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center with victories at one of the biggest pay-per-view events of the year? Join members of’s editorial staff for match-by-match predictions for Sunday’s massive event, and don’t forget to tune in and catch all the spectacular action, starting with a special hour-long Kickoff, which will stream live Sunday starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian

James Wortman: After rolling up Alberto Del Rio for the three-count on the Aug. 9 edition of SmackDown, Christian put The Mexican Aristocrat on notice in a major way. Having severed ties with his sneaky personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez, the solitary Del Rio will be wishing he had his friend on his side in Los Angeles, where the “Peeps” will celebrate the emergence of a new World Heavyweight Champion. WINNER: Christian

John Clapp: Even though Christian is perhaps the most perceptive competitor in the locker room and he holds recent victories over The Essence of Excellence, don’t be surprised if Alberto Del Rio ratchets up the intensity in this all-important contest. Simply put, few are better than an aggressive Del Rio. WINNER: Del Rio

Alex Giannini: Christian is one of the wiliest veterans on the roster, but Del Rio’s newfound (or is that, re-found?) mean streak is going to keep the title on the defending champion at The Biggest Party of the Summer. WINNER: Del Rio

Anthony Benigno: Del Rio has fallen twice to Captain Charisma already, which makes a three-peat almost a foregone conclusion. Almost. WINNER: Del Rio

Michael Burdick: In my estimation, Alberto Del Rio is one of the most underrated Superstars to ever win four World Championships. That being said, while ruthless aggression will take you far in WWE, charisma will take you that much further. Christian will not be denied in his mission for ONE … MORE …TRIP to the top of the mountain. WINNER: Christian

Del Rio: 3, Christian: 2

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