By Brock Koller
1992 was supposed to be the SummerSlam you thought you’d never see.
2017 is looking like the SummerSlam I never thought could be.
If you just were to look at the WWE Championship match, you’d understand.
The WWE Champion is Jinder Mahal. A wrestler for most of his time in the WWE who was relegated to C-level shows and hardly ever won a match. His purpose was to make others look better and sometimes pretend to be able to play guitar.
But then something happened, Mahal left WWE and came back. However, his return was pretty much met with the same response as his previous tenure.
But then something happened…again.
He was switched from Raw to Smackdown and, it was as if he got a whole new persona.
Jinder Mahal, the man seen fighting on Main Event and Superstars week after week, was now the modern day Maharaja. He was beating Randy Orton again and again. And he was the WWE Champion.
Jinder Mahal is the WWE Champion going into SummerSlam. That is something I thought I’d never see.
His opponent is a three time IWGP Heavyweight Champion in New Japan Wrestling. He wrestled in the G1 Climax tournament, New Japan Cup, and was dubbed the King of Strong Style.
His name – Shinsuke Nakamura.
But because wrestling fans in 2017 are very knowledgeable, Nakamura was not an unknown when he made his way to NXT in 2016. Within months he captured the NXT Championship, all while fans sang along with his theme song.
Despite Nakamuranot given the mic too often, he quickly became one of WWE’s most popular superstars even prior to his call up to Smackdown.
And he defeated John Cena.
Now, with hours to go, a champion faces a challenger where neither is named Cena, Orton, Reigns. Rollins, or Ambrose.
It’s a match most of us thought we could never see at an event we thought we’d never see.
1. Miz & Miztourage
2. Akira Tozawa
3. The New Day
4. Big Cass
5. Randy Orton
6. Finn Balor
7. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose
9. Sasha Banks
10. AJ Styles
11. John Cena
12. Jinder Mahal
13. Samoa Joe