Many share their predictions on the outcomes of each Pay Per View match. Usually, I am no different, I just don't feel the need to post mine in a separate article. But in this case, I think it would be smart to capitalize on a few possible story lines for Wrestlemania that could be started with a well-run No Way Out.
1. HBK def. JBL in an All Or Nothing Match
The obvious choice, I think anyone with eyes knows that the WWE wouldn't really let a storyline be pushed where HBK loses his name and persona to JBL. But a well-run match here with a surprise ending could setup an even bigger feud for Wrestlemania.
2. John Cena def. Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston, Mike Knox, Chris Jericho and Kane in an Elimination Chamber Match
Also an obvious choice. Why you would want anyone else to gain a guaranteed Wrestlemania main event spot is beyond me. Kane has held a major title for a grand total of less than 24 hours.
Jericho is leading towards an imminent match at Wrestlemania with a "Legend" of some sort, since Vince McMahon is really pushing for a "Legends Match" and Jericho seems to be the WWE's current representative.
Rey just isnt popular enough anymore, and Kofi and Mike Knox winning at this stage in their careers is as big a mistake to me as CM Punk winning the World Heavyweight title.
A win here secures John Cena in the Wrestlemania spotlight, but then again so does a loss. I'll elaborate more on that in the SmackDown EC coverage.
3. Triple H def. Edge (c), Vladimir Kozlov, Jeff Hardy, Big Show and the Undertaker in an Elimination Chamber Match.
Now I know what a lot of you are thinking. Edge is going to steal a win here and retain his "Ultimate Opportunist" moniker by gaining a cheap win. And it's definitely likely, it's not like the WWE hasn't used that method to death with Edge.
However, I ask you to consider a different approach.
Kozlov and Big Show have absolutely no momentum at all, basically they're just extra "big men" in the match. Same could be said with Taker, sadly, as he hasn't had an actual feud to work with in some time, and doesn't really have momentum, though, he still is the Undertaker.
Jeff winning back the title seems highly unlikely, as Matt Hardy was obviously brought over to Smackdown to feud with Jeff, so dropping the ball on what has potential to be a classic match would seem pointless.
That leaves two people: Edge and Triple H.
Edge very well could win, but remember: A win OR a loss secures Edge in the title match at Wrestlemania. Either way, because of the rematch clauses, we're GOING to see main events led by Edge and John Cena, respectively.
Now the same situation I'm going to pitch in my next article could very well happen in the Raw EC match as well, but I think it's a lot more likely on SmackDown.
4. Randy Orton def. Shane McMahon in a No-Holds Barred Match.
This match, if setup well, could easily provide one of the more entertaining feuds to be seen on either show this year—that of course happening at Wrestlemania. I'll cover more in detail in the next article, but look for Orton to win here, since Shane got the last laugh on the last Raw before the PPV.
5. Jack Swagger (c) def. Finlay for the ECW Championship; Christian Cage def. Jack Swagger (c) for the ECW Championship, IF IT HAPPENS.
Now I know Christian challenged the winner at NWO. I'm not sure whether or not that means he is challenging whoever wins to compete again at NWO for the title, or if that just means at a later date he wants a title match, as I've seen both reported.
I can't see Finlay winning here, he just doesn't have enough credibility right now, and even though there are more heels on ECW than faces to work with, it's obvious that Christian returning means he's now the "Matt Hardy" on the brand and the No. 1 face on ECW.
IF they decide to push both matches at NWO, look for Cage to steal the second match. If the WWE is obviously pushing for two ECW Title matches on the card at NWO when their one usual choice doesn't even get attention, what they're basically saying is: "Pay attention to the fact that there's TWO matches, something is going to happen."
The fact that they're drawing attention that much means look for a title change in the second match, or else they'd just have the match with Cage and Swagger at a later date and not on the same night.
Stay Tuned for Part Two of the Ideal Road To Wrestlemania.