The card for SummerSlam is now up to 12 announced matches.
WWE confirmed this morning that Rusev and Lana will be teaming against Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega in a Mixed Tag Team Match on the SummerSlam Kickoff. It’s the first match to be officially confirmed for the pre-show.
Vega has defeated Lana twice on SmackDown LIVE over the last two weeks. The story of their matches has been that, amid dissension between Rusev, Aiden English, and Lana, English has come out to try and help Lana, but it’s backfired and led to her losing.
Rusev wasn’t with Lana at ringside on the July 31 episode. Almas got on the apron to cause a distraction, English ran out to stop him, and Vega rolled up Lana for the pin.
This week, Rusev said they forgave English but suggested that he shouldn’t come out for Lana’s match. He ran down while Rusev and Almas were fighting, with English accidentally tackling Almas into Lana while she was climbing the top rope. Vega hit a double knee strike in the corner for the win.
Almas also defeated Rusev last month after English trying to break up a fight between Lana and Vega backfired.
SummerSlam will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on August 19. Here’s the updated lineup.
* Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
* WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe
* Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey
* Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens
* Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins
* SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch (Triple Threat Match)
* United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy
* Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz
* WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander vs. Drew Gulak
* Finn Bálor vs. Constable Baron Corbin
* SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers vs. The New Day
* Rusev and Lana vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega (SummerSlam Kickoff Match)