The success of a pay-per-view rides on a variety of factors, from match quality to star power. But one of the most important determinants for a show's quality is the match order and whether everything is effectively positioned on the night.
SummerSlam is in a few hours and WWE will want the optimum utilization of every element of their line-up. Therefore, the correct placement of matches is incredibly important for this show. There are ten matches currently scheduled for the event, with one likely to be moved to the Kickoff show.
The card has a lot of potentials, as many matches could impress and enhance the quality of the show. They need to be positioned effectively for WWE and the fans to gain the most out of the show. This could be one of the best main roster pay-per-views this year.
Here is how WWE should lay out the SummerSlam 2019 match card, from Kickoff show to the main event.
Kickoff show: Drew Gulak vs. Oney Lorcan (Cruiserweight Championship)
As has been the case many times in the past, the Cruiserweight Championship will likely be contested for on the Kickoff show. It looks like WWE is finally booking less, instead of more. So this could be the only kickoff match, depending on whether there are any late additions to the card. These kinds of matches generally do well in this position and with the recent form that 205 Live has been in, expect nothing much different.
Oney Lorcan won a 6-pack challenge match to face Drew Gulak and the match is likely to be a characteristically good one for the division. It will likely be hard-hitting, providing the fans with some really solid action before the pay-per-view begins properly. The NXT-205 Live dual-branded Superstar will give Gulak one of his better title defenses for sure, but the current Cruiserweight Champion should keep hold of his title for a few more months at least.