SummerSlam has long been one of WWE's top pay-per-views each year, but this year, the stakes are even higher as the event marks its milestone 25th installment.

WWE has been slowly building to this event, teasing confrontation between Brock Lesnar and COO Triple H. Other matches have come together well, too, in recent weeks.

On Sunday, SummerSlam emanates from its recently perennial home in Los Angeles. Here's a look at the card and predictions from Ring Posts' Arda Ocal and Adam Testa.

 

Pre-Show Match

United States Championship

Santino Marella (c) vs. Antonio Cesaro

Arda: I desperately, desperately, want to see Antonio Cesaro win the US title. Not because I don't like Santino, but because nothing was done with him as champion except for Alberto Del Rio beatdowns. Cesaro wins the gold and exchanges the U.S. title for the European title - because Cesaro is, after all, "Very European!"

Prediction: Antonio Cesaro

Adam: I've fantasy booked the same scenario as Arda, with Cesaro bringing back the European Championship, but this doesn't seem to be the time. I don't buy reports that management isn't high on Cesaro, but I think that he will win the title in a more meaningful manner than a YouTube pre-show. Sadly, I see Marella's reign continuing past Sunday.

Prediction: Santino Marella

 

Intercontinental Championship

The Miz (c) vs. Rey Mysterio

Arda: I like the idea of former world champions vying for the IC title consistently. Christian, Miz and now Rey Mysterio -- it builds interest and prestige to the title. At the end of the day, however, it's title defenses that will make us have continued interest. If the champion doesn't defend the gold regularly, we will forget about it and complain every now and then about how good the title used to be. Miz wins this one and (hopefully) welcomes other challenges.

Prediction: The Miz

Adam: The Miz just won the belt after an absence from television to film a movie. Mysterio pinned the champ cleanly in non-title action. Booking logic says that Miz gets his win back here. Rey and Miz work well together, so I wouldn't mind seeing a rubber match at the next pay-per-view, but like Arda said, Miz needs other challengers and frequent defenses to make his reign and the title mean anything.

Prediction: The Miz

 

Tag Team Championship