WWE No Way Out 2012: WWE 12 Full-Card Simulation
With No Way Out only a few days away, I felt it necessary to see how the card played out on WWE '12.
According to Wikipedia, there are only five matches on the card, plus a pre-show match.
The matches are:
- Brodus Clay vs. David Otunga (pre-show)
- Layla (c) vs. Beth Phoenix for the Divas Championship
- Christian (c) vs. Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental Championship
- CM Punk (c) vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Kane for the WWE Championship
- Sheamus (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler for the World Heavyweight Championship
- John Cena vs. Big Show in a steel cage. If Cena wins, John Laurinaitis is fired. If Big Show wins, Cena is fired.
We could also see Ryback, Damien Sandow and a Tag Team Titles match, but nothing has been made official. Plus, Triple H is appearing to make some sort of announcement.
I won't control any of the wrestlers, letting the AI take full responsibility of the matches.
Brodus Clay vs. David Otunga
This match was announced on Raw that will it take place during the pre-show.
The Funkasaurus taking on WWE's residential lawyer. This match was all Brodus Clay. He landed suplex after suplex on Otunga. Otunga was able to get some offense in and he even put Clay in a single-leg Boston crab. Brodus got in his fair share of submissions with a bear hug and a rear-naked choke. Clay won after he hit the G-Grip. (WWE '12 doesn't have the "Funkasaurus gimmick.")
The match lasted almost five-and-a-half minutes. It was very fast paced with a lot of submissions. I doubt we'll see any submissions between these two superstars. This match could be a squash match for Clay.
I do see Clay winning on Sunday, but in shorter fashion. The match will probably last around three minutes or so. The Funkasaurus is still over with the crowd and giving him a pre-show match will see how comfortable he is on the big stage.
Layla vs. Beth Phoenix for the Divas Title
This match was also announced last Monday. These two faced each other in a tag match that also featured Santino Marella and Ricardo Rodriguez.
This simulation was short and sweet. Beth was in control for most of the match. Beth tossed Layla all around the ring. Layla had Beth in an abdominal stretch, but Beth broke out of it. She then landed a German suplex, a fisherman suplex and capped it off with the Glam Slam, as Beth walked out with the Divas Championship.
As much as WWE doesn't care about the Divas division, I feel like these two will be given some time to show off their skills. Beth and Layla are two of the best women wrestlers WWE has, and I expect this to be a good match.
I don't agree with the finish, as I see Layla retaining the title and having this "feud" continue on into Money in the Bank.
Christian vs. Cody Rhodes for the IC Title
This match was a very entertaining match. Although it lasted five minutes, it felt like 15. Christian and Rhodes fought back and forth, trying to build some momentum. Cody took the upper hand as he took Christian down with a dropkick. He continued by planting his head into the mat with a DDT. Rhodes then landed the Alabama Slam. Cody then went for the Cross Rhodes, but Christian reversed it and hit the Killswitch. After a back breaker, Cody went for the pin, but Christian kicked out at the last second. Cody landed a Russian leg sweep and pinned Christian to win the IC Title.
The finish was very anticlimactic. Rhodes didn't even hit his finisher. Anyway, the match was really good and both men traded blows in the early going. I don't see Cody winning back the belt here. This loss will allow him to compete in the Money in the Bank match next month and possibly win.
Christian will be the Intercontinental Champ for another month or two before he gets back into the main-event picture.
CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Kane for the WWE Title
CM Punk was getting attacked by both Kane and Bryan in the early part of the match. It didn't last long, as Kane and Bryan traded blows. Bryan brought in a chair to make things a little interesting. Kane went for a chokeslam on Punk, but Bryan interrupted it. Punk had Kane in the Anaconda Vice, but Bryan broke it up. Punk left the ring and Bryan put Kane in the Yes Lock. Kane was able to break out of it. A few minutes later, Bryan had Kane in the Yes Lock again, but this time Punk broke it up.
Kane took out Bryan with a chokeslam and Punk hit Kane with the GTS and almost won. Punk hit Bryan with a double-underhook back breaker. Kane got up and hit Punk with his signature back breaker. Kane then went for another chokeslam on Bryan, but he reversed it into a DDT. Kane was thrown onto the apron by Punk but when he turned around, Bryan caught him with the Yes Lock to win the WWE Title.
I can see this match being match of the night on Sunday. Punk and Bryan are two of the best in the ring. Kane, when paired with the right opponents, can have a pretty good match himself.
This one is a hard one to predict, but I think CM Punk will walk out with the WWE Title. However, if AJ decides to show her face at ringside (hopefully she won't), things could end a little differently. WWE could even have Bryan pin Kane and win the title without Punk tapping or getting pinned.
Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler for the World Heavyweight Title
It's unfortunate that WWE has many superstars out from injury or suspension. However, it allows us to see Dolph Ziggler in a World Title match.
Ziggler locked Sheamus in the sleeper hold, but Sheamus was able to break out of it. Sheamus used a submission of his own and put Ziggler in the Texas cloverleaf. Sheamus then hit the High Cross and a chokeslam. Ziggler kicked out at 2.9. Ziggler mounted a comeback. He hit a clothesline and a back suplex. He continued with the Namedropper, busting Sheamus open in the process. He picked him back up and landed the Zig Zag. After a swinging neck breaker, Ziggler pinned Sheamus for the three count and won.
As much as I liked seeing Ziggler in a title match and holding the World Title, there is no way he's walking out with the World Title. He's been on a losing streak and hasn't been built up as someone who could defeat Sheamus. Well, neither did Del Rio, but that's another story.
This will be a great match, possibly a show stealer, but Sheamus will walk out still champion.
John Cena vs. Big Show in a Steel Cage
This feud has been ho-hum since it began last month. There are a couple of stipulations in this match. If Cena loses, he's fired, but if Big Show loses, then John Laurinaitis is fired.
Without the Cena stipulation, I thought Show might have had a chance to win, but now I don't think so. There have been too many "Cena's fired" matches to take them seriously. So, unless there is a screwy finish now that Vince will be at ringside, Johnny Ace will be fired.
Cena was in control of Show as soon as the bell rang. He landed a back suplex and a shoulder block in the turnbuckle. He then lifted Show with ease for the Attitude Adjustment. After a drop-toe hold, Cena made a break for it, but Show quickly brought him back into the ring. It was now Show's turn on offense. He headbutted Cena and then whipped him into the cage. Show then landed the Showstopper, but Cena got right back up. Both men attempted to leave the cage, but they were stopped at the top. After pulling Cena down from the cage, Show speared Cena. He then landed another Showstopper to win.
I hope Show wins the match to add some heat and legitimacy to his character, but I don't see WWE having Cena lose two pay-per-view main events in a row (again). Vince will be involved in the finish somehow and Laurinaitis will be fired.
Results and Your Predictions
With the simulation all done, this is what WWE '12 predicted:
- Brodus Clay over Otunga
- Beth Phoenix winning the Divas Championship
- Cody Rhodes winning the Intercontinental Championship
- Daniel Bryan forcing CM Punk to tap and winning the WWE Championship
- Dolph Ziggler winning the World Heavyweight Championship
- Big Show dominating John Cena in a steel cage
- All four titles changed hands, which is highly unlikely.
My predictions are:
Clay, Layla, Christian, Punk, Sheamus, and John Cena. I don't think any titles will change hands on Sunday and the fans will go home happy, as John Laurinaitis will be fired from his general manager position.
I want to know what you guys think, so comment with your predictions below.