SummerSlam 2013 predictions

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August 15, 2013

United States Champion Dean Ambrose vs. Rob Van Dam (Kickoff Match)

James Wortman: RVD is one of the most decorated Superstars in history, but no amount of experience will help “The Whole Dam Show” when he goes up against The Shield’s Dean Ambrose, a Superstar that arguably embodies the rough-and-tumble spirit of RVD’s old Philadelphia stomping grounds more than anyone else on the roster today. Even without the aid of his fellow Hounds of Justice, the nefarious Ambrose will go to any means necessary to retain his illustrious title. WINNER: Ambrose

John Clapp: This intriguing first-time matchup will start the night off right, but which Superstar will be left holding the stars and stripes when all is said and done? “Mr. Kickoff” isn’t as catchy as “Mr. Pay-Per-View,” but it might be every bit as fitting come Sunday. WINNER: RVD

Alex Giannini: This might actually be the match I’m most looking forward to watching, as it’ll pit the explosive, high-impact move set of RVD against the methodical maneuverings of Dean Ambrose. After failing to claim the Money in the Bank contract, RVD needs to make a big impact soon. This is the match to do it. WINNER: RVD

Anthony Benigno: "Mr. Monday Night" could earn his first U.S. Title at the summer classic, but as long as Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns draw breath, Dean Ambrose ain’t losing. WINNER: Ambrose

Michael Burdick: As effective as United States Champion Dean Ambrose has proven to be on his own, with his Shield cohorts ready to rail the opposition at a moment’s notice, he is virtually unstoppable as titleholder. If only there was a No. 1 contender forged inside the confines of chaos, someone who rose to prominence and thrived in the sheer mayhem of ECW, someone ready for anything and everything. One, wait … WINNER: RVD

RVD: 3, Ambrose: 2

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