WWE SummerSlam 2012: Roundtable Predictions
What's up, ladies and gentlemen? My name is Eric Kanes, and I am back here today with my monthly pay-per-view preview. I will break things down and give the realistic odds for each match.
As always, I'll have some fellow QuickWrestlingNews columnists joining me. This month, we've got the usual crew with Geddy Cahoon, Dave Scott, Adam Behan, George Cushnie, Liam Hindmarsh and "Primetime" Gregory Bitetzakis.
Just for fun, I'm keeping track of the amount of predictions the QuickWrestlingNews staff got right for each PPV. Here are the results for Money in the Bank:
Gregory Bitetzakis: 5
Liam Hindmarsh: 4
Adam Behan: 4
Eric Kanes: 4
Dave Scott: 4
Geddy Cahoon: 2
George Cushnie: 2
And here are the combined PPV prediction results:
Adam Behan: 31
Dave Scott: 29
Eric Kanes: 29
Gregory Bitetzakis: 28
Liam Hindmarsh: 27
George Cushnie: 23
Geddy Cahoon: 22
Now, without any further ado, let's get this show on the road!
Pre-Show: Santino Marella (c) vs. Antonio Cesaro
Eric Kanes: The pre-show match for SummerSlam is Santino Marella vs. Antonio Cesaro for the U.S. Championship. Logic would dictate that Antonio Cesaro needs to win. He is an up-and-coming heel who could benefit from being champion and Santino as champion has become incredibly stale anyway, so the prestige of the title would benefit from it as well. That is exactly why I am expecting Santino Marella to end up victorious.
Eric's Pick: Santino Marella
Geddy Cahoon: I really couldn't care less about this. Cesaro has a decent enough look (those washcloths wrapped around his thighs are stupid, though), and he's OK in the ring. I'm also sick of Santino as champ, but...I don't necessarily know if Cesaro should be winning the belt. Yet I guess I wouldn't be averse to him winning. One thing that I'm just throwing out there right now, though, about Castagnoli: His uppercuts are overrated. Anyway, I guess Cesaro will win here; otherwise, the entire little mini-program these two have been having is rendered completely pointless. But Santino is quite popular, whereas most still don't know Cesaro yet. I say it'll stay on Santino. This may have seemed a little unfocused—it's because I couldn't care less about this feud or match.
Geddy's Pick: Santino Marella
Dave Scott: Santino to retain on this one, too soon for Antonio to have the title. Move Santino on to a real feud.
Dave's Pick: Santino Marella
Adam Behan: The YouTube match: ...How did we live without it? The U.S. title picture has just become the biggest joke in professional wrestling. The sad thing is it once showed promise. Antonio Cesaro is a guy with a gimmick that would of been great 20 years ago. He has beaten Santino already and has looked good on SmackDown. However, he is wrestling the midcard John Cena. Santino can't wrestle for his life and yet gets all the attention and accolades. Santino will retain again with his "four moves of doom" and the stupid Cobra. Odds are he will eventually lose the title on Raw one night.That is how midcard titles get changed, right?
Adam's Pick: Santino Marella
George Cushnie: Santino must hold the record for most pre-show PPV appearances in WWE history. It goes to show the US title means nothing. I've got no problem with Santino as a character, but he doesn't need the belt. He's over enough with the crowd that he doesn't need it. If he keeps the title for much longer, they'd be as well retiring it. Cesaro is a huge star just waiting to happen. He can get it done in the ring and he's a tremendous worker. I like his pairing with Aksana too. They've got good chemistry and could be a great mid-card power couple going forward. Since the U.S. title would be a good way to get Cesaro more exposure, my pick goes to him.
George's Pick: Antonio Cesaro
Liam Hindmarsh: I've said this many times before. I don't like Santino. He doesn't appeal to me at all. I don't find any of his comedy funny, and frankly the U.S. title shouldn't be around the waist of a joke character. Santino does nothing to add prestige to the belt other than acting like a goofball. Cesaro, on the other hand, is a young guy who has a lot of potential and could really benefit from a singles title run, which may even go some way toward bringing some credibility back to the midcard belt, as it's pretty much pointless right now. This being the pre-show match, I'm fearful that WWE will have Santino win as a way to warm the crowd up. I hope, however, that Cesaro is able to show his talents and pick up the win.
Liam's Pick: Antonio Cesaro
Gregory Bitetzakis: For a pre-show match, I do not totally hate it. Putting a title on the line assures at least some interest in the pre-show, and it also gives an opportunity for Cesaro to be seen on a pay-per-view. I have to be honest—I have maybe seen him three times in the ring, so the jury is still out on him, at least in my mind. For the match itself, Santino will walk away with the belt because, first, I do not think the belt will change hands on a pre-show and, second, I do not think Cesaro is over enough to hold a belt—regardless of the fact that the U.S. belt is pretty useless anyway.
Gregory's Pick: Santino Marella
Kofi Kingston & R-Truth (c) vs. the Prime Time Players
Eric Kanes: The first match on the card will likely be R-Truth & Kofi Kingston defending their tag team championships against The Prime Time Players. It sucks that AW got fired because he made the Prime Time Players entertaining. Neither Darren Young or Titus O'Neil can really work the mic, so I can't see them getting far without some sort of manager. Nonetheless, I expect them to get the win here as they are an actual tag team while Kofi and R-Truth are still just two guys randomly teaming for no reason. I'd hope that this is not the end of Truth and Kofi's run as a team, though, as they are needed much more as a tag team right now than as singles competitors.
Eric's Pick: The Prime Time Players
Geddy Cahoon: Jesus. When was the last time Kofi and Truth even wrestled as a team? Their job as "champs" has pretty much just been to commentate on matches, namely PTP vs. Primo and Epico. It's no secret that I love the Prime Time Players. They're hilarious, entertaining, and they have a lot of chemistry. They're not the GREATEST in-ring competitors, but that's all the more reason to get Kofi and Truth back to the singles - Kofi and Truth ARE amazing competitors, singles or otherwise. I've been pulling for a PTP win for a while now. Even in the unfortunate absence of A.W., let's make it happen.
Geddy's Pick: The Prime Time Players
Dave Scott: I think this is the Prime Time Players' time; they are a proper tag team. Get Kofi and Truth back to singles.
Dave's Pick: The Prime Time Players
Adam Behan: This match has received a weak build that is all so typical of the Tag division. The main focus of this entire rivalry so far has been the departure of A.W. with his "foul" live commentary. In the last couple of weeks the Primetime Players have looked good and strong. The beat down of R-Truth on Raw has given the Players the edge before the event... Which means that Kofi will hit the Trouble in Paradise for another win. One of wrestling's oldest rules; If you get beaten up the week before a PPV, it usually means you will win at the PPV. The Tag champs to retain after a ten minute bore fest.
Adam's Pick: Kofi Kingston & R-Truth
George Cushnie: Kofi and Truth (aka Jimmy Boom) are only together as a team because WWE has NO clue what to do with them as singles stars. In saying that, they're entertaining to watch and both guys are tremendous athletes. Then we come to the Prime-Time Players. When they first debuted on NXT as a team, I couldn't stand them. I thought they were irritating as hell, but as much as I hate to admit it, they've grown on me over the last six weeks or so.
George's Pick: Kofi Kingston & R-Truth
Liam Hindmarsh: I've been asking for this for months. The tag team champions defending their belts on a PPV. Even better, this isn't just a random match. We have logic behind the challengers. They won a number one contenders match and again even better, these teams have had interaction with one another. It's almost as if this is a feud. Funny how that works isn't it?
I like both teams. I'm not going to go into detail about AW being gone. Yes he was a good talker but I don't think the Prime Time Players will be losing anything in the long term. As for Kofi and Truth, they're faces who do their job well and have tryed their best with the tag belts. Truth getting injured didn't help. I think with the fact that the Prime Time Players aren't just a random team and they've been built up means we'll probably see a title switch here.
Liam's Pick: The Prime Time Players
Gregory Bitetzakis: Before I begin I want to touch on the whole A.W. situation. I am a fan of him and I do think it was premature for the WWE to throw him away, with that being said I do not like someone moaning and complaining publicly once they have been fired. You know the WWE is PG and that Linda McMahon is running for a political office so if you have a microphone you got to kind of be careful with what you say. Obviously A.W. needs to work on his filter but I do hope WWE brings him back because he does have charisma and was a good mouthpiece for a young team. For the match I am going to go out on a limb and predict a title change. Even though I am a fan of Kofi and Truth, the division has been kind of stale with them as champions and we need a change. Both Kofi and Truth are too good to be in this division and with the influx of talent coming into the tag division, I think the WWE will make a statement and give another team a turn at the top.
Gregory's Pick: The Prime Time Players
The Miz (c) vs. Rey Mysterio
Eric Kanes: I remember that before Money in the Bank, I saw a bunch of people saying they can't wait for Miz and Mysterio to come back. A few weeks later, they've already gotten stale. Such is the case with everything in WWE these days. Anyway, I expect The Miz to successfully defend his title here, defend it one more time at Night of Champions, and then not defending it for the next 200 days while losing nearly every match.
Eric's Pick: The Miz
Geddy Cahoon: Maybe The Miz will actually win this match. I don't think he's won a televised match since winning the IC title. This is how WWE builds their champs people! If Rey wins here I will be extremely pissed off, though I don't see why he would.
Geddy's Pick: The Miz
Dave Scott: I think the Miz would gain more from this than Rey, hope to see Miz move up the card again soon.
Dave's Pick: The Miz
Adam Behan: I predicted this match two weeks ago and I am very happy it is happening. Two guys that have been out of action a long time for differing reasons in a very underrated match on PPV. Miz won the stagnant Intercontinental title off of Christian and done the world justice by doing so. Mysterio defeated Miz two weeks ago on Raw and earned himself a shot at the title pretty much immediately after Miz won it. The Miz won't lose it so quickly folks. I am happy that two former world champions are making the IC title look valuable, but it will be the awesome one taking the win. WWE has got to promote movies with champions (probably still won't draw, WWE movies suck).
Adam's Pick: The Miz
George Cushnie: This one should open the card. It'll be a good way to get the crowd into the show and both guys can go in the ring. Mysterio's at the stage of his career where he'll elevate the younger guys to make them look credible. He's an excellent all-round performer and doesn't get the credit he deserves IMO. Miz is someone who has all the tools to be a major player in the WWE. He can talk, his in-ring work is solid and the crowd can relate to him, whether he gets cheered or booed. In terms of the match, I think it'll go between 10-15 minutes with Miz coming out on top.
George's Pick: The Miz
Liam Hindmarsh: This smells like a throw away feud, although it's a way of getting both guys onto the card. Then again, it shouldn't be difficult booking your mid card champion onto a PPV. Before Miz left to film the Marine, he was in a slump. His return felt fresh and picking up the IC title has really helped him along, especially having some clean wins over Christian. Rey is a good choice of opponent and it will likely be a good match, I just feel that at this stage of his career, Rey doesn't need the IC title whereas Miz could really benefit from a long run as champion, to give him that star quality. I say Miz wins in what will be a very entertaining match.
Liam's Pick: The Miz
Gregory Bitetzakis: The WWE confuses me. The moment I feel like the Miz is going to get a push with a Intercontinental title run, he loses his next couple of matches and who knows what is going on with him now. I respect Rey and I know he could bounce back from a loss so I think the Miz needs this win more and will keep the belt. If by no other reason, give the guy some credibility won’t you?
Gregory's Pick: The Miz
Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
Eric Kanes: My favorite thing about this feud so far has been the fact that Kane had absolutely no problem helping Randy Orton win his match on SmackDown despite the fact that they hated each other and kidnapped each other's fathers just three months ago. It amazes me that all the faces are friends and 90 percent of them are almost like the same person with no individuality. With that little rant out of the way, I don't expect much from this match. Daniel Bryan is probably my favorite at the moment but I don't think that even he can get a three-plus-star match out of Kane. In a logical world, I'd expect Daniel Bryan to pick up the win because he actually has some sort of future in WWE. Since this is WWE, however, Kane will win, likely after a distraction from Charlie Sheen.
Eric's Pick: Kane
Geddy Cahoon: Daniel Bryan is currently the most entertaining thing in WWE aside from Damien Sandow. Of course, that means he gets to engage in pointless feuds/matches with Kane. I love how Kane randomly turns heel and face. There's never any point or transition when he turns. Oh, did I say I love it? I meant I hate it. It's stupid. From a technical standpoint, I'm sure this will be at least OK. Bryan is immaculate in the ring and Kane is passable. But this is a pointless match and a pointless feud. A loss would hurt Bryan badly, especially since WWE has recently taken him out of the main event scene. He needs to win here, even if it will really accomplish nothing in the long run.
Geddy's Pick: Daniel Bryan
Dave Scott: Bryan to win—he needs it more. Kane would't be hurt from a loss; Bryan would be.
Dave's Pick: Daniel Bryan
Adam's Pick: These two have no reason to be fighting each other at all. If anything they should be in the main event fighting with Cena and Punk. I suppose this is what we get, though. AJ has been the GM I thought she would be, and that is a crappy one. WWE is making her seem like a great GM because she is torturing Daniel Bryan, but I am noticing more people jump on the Bryan bandwagon. That is due to the fact he is, well, simply awesome. WWE seemingly has the mindset of completely burying Bryan as much as it can for no reason. Kane will win this match by default, really. A chokeslam after 15 minutes of Bryan working on some part of Kane's body will get the win.
Adam's Pick: Kane
George Cushnie: Daniel Bryan is one of the best things about WWE right now. His crazy-eyed heel routine is outstanding. His in-ring work is outstanding. Simply put, Daniel Bryan has been the MVP of WWE for the last eight months, and for my money, he should be in the WWE Title match. Kane is another underrated worker. His involvement in the Punk/Bryan/AJ feud was excellent, but he's kind of just been floating around without any direction since Money in the Bank.
The match will go for around 10 minutes, and Bryan needs a win to get back on track.
George's Pick: Daniel Bryan
Liam Hindmarsh: I feel like I've seen this match so many times over the spring and summer. I like both guys, but what's disappointing is that this whole feud seems to be about promoting Charlie Sheen's show. WWE has stopped mentioning Sheen recently, but it wouldn't surprise me if he did make an appearance. Strange thing is these two were competing for the World title just a short time ago; now they seem to be in a pointless feud to promote a TV show. Bryan has been losing a lot recently, but his character is so good, the defeats don't hurt him. Kane on the other hand has transitioned back into a babyface and will most likely be used to put over younger guys going forward. I'd like to see Bryan win, but I'm plucking for a Charlie Sheen distraction, which will allow Kane to pick up the win.
Liam's Pick: Kane
Gregory Bitetzakis: Here is another example of a guy whose direction is all over the place. He is one of the best workers in the WWE, and while my biggest complaint about him was his mic skills being overrated, he proved to me that he can be entertaining to listen to. He went from a title contender to now floundering somewhere between midcard and main event. Like with Rey I think Kane can afford a loss here and that Bryan needs a victory, so I will go with Bryan to somehow beat the Big Red Machine.
Gregory's Pick: Daniel Bryan
Sheamus (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio
Eric Kanes: I've been saying the same thing about Del Rio ever since he debuted so I don't feel like I need to repeat myself here. However, it boggles my mind that out of all the possible contenders on SmackDown, Del Rio, possibly the least believable contender of all, is chosen for the second PPV in a row. The feud itself has been going on for four months and needs to end as just like most current WWE feuds, it has just turned into two guys fighting each week for no reason. Hopefully, within the next several months, we see Randy Orton vs. Sheamus, Big Show vs. Sheamus, or at least something that isn't so lame and predictable. Until then...
Eric's Pick: Sheamus
Geddy Cahoon: It's almost comical how little I care about this program. Sheamus is an awful champion. Del Rio would probably be even worse, which is as unbelievable as it is sad. There have been rumblings about a possible Ziggler cash-in. I'd really be fine with that. It would keep the title off of both Del Rio and Sheamus for at least the foreseeable future. I'm assuming that whatever happens in the end, Sheamo goes over.
Geddy's Pick: Sheamus
Dave Scott: I don't want Del Rio to win, he isn't ready for the title picture. Move him down the card to let him develop more, he needs it.
Dave's Pick: Sheamus
Adam Behan: Urghh. The World Heavyweight title match. Every time I get this portion of predictions, I feel like I am repeating myself over and over with the same scenario. Heel wants to fight Sheamus, Heel looks like he may beat Sheamus, Heel gets title match, Heel gets squashed by Sheamus on PPV. EVERY SINGLE TIME!!! Alberto has no chance in the world of winning at Summerslam and the Brogue kick will be the decider once more. 18 seconds again WWE? Please?
Adam's Pick: Sheamus
George Cushnie: The big Irish fella has become the focal point of SmackDown and he deserves everything he's got. I wasn't sure about him as a babyface, but in the last 12 months, he's been on one hell of a roll and he just looks plain unstoppable right now. Del Rio on the other hand is the most boring, unentertaining superstar I've seen in a long time. No matter what he does in the ring or when he cuts promos, I just don't care. He doesn't make me want to see him fight in a match.
The match will probably go for 15 minutes, with Sheamus coming out on top. If Del Rio wins, then it'll be the OMG moment of 2012.
George's Pick: Sheamus
Liam Hindmarsh: This is getting slightly boring now. How many times has Sheamus beat Del Rio for the world title? I can't recall but its been a few times. This should of ended at the last PPV but somehow we're here again. I don't know what it is about Del Rio but the guy just bores me to hell. It's not a good sign when I find his ring announcer more entertaining than him. I fully expect Sheamus to win this, then after the match, hope somebody like Randy Orton or maybe even Wade Barrett to arrive and do something. Just as a way to end this feud. I don't want to see Sheamus/Del Rio again. Sheamus is beyond the level of Del Rio and he deserves a more prominent feud. If Del Rio wins. I'll be one very confused person.
Liam's Pick: Sheamus
Gregory Bitetzakis: The whole flip flopping of this match has confused me. I first thought that this match would be a slam dunk and Sheamus would retain, but with all this other stuff swirling around, I am not so sure anymore. Sheamus has steamrolled everyone in front of him and Alberto does not look like a viable opponent but something tells me something fishy will happen. I will go with the safe pick and say Sheamus retains but I am just not as sure about it as I was a week ago.
Gregory's Pick: Sheamus
CM Punk (c) vs. Big Show vs. John Cena
Eric Kanes: This sort of ties into what I said about Kane's face turn earlier, but it needs to be said. It's a bit irritating to watch CM Punk be a dominant champion who will take on anybody and never back down from a fight for 12 months straight but then as soon as he turns heel, he automatically becomes a coward. I don't understand why every heel must be exactly the same. Would he not be a much bigger draw if he actually backed up everything he said? I just don't see the logic behind this. Anyway, I'd expect, or at least hope, that Punk would win here as his "I shouldn't be disrespected because I'm WWE Champion" act would be killed otherwise.
Eric's Pick: CM Punk
Geddy Cahoon: This is a yawn-worthy storyline as well. Myself and many others were excited at the idea of Punk being a heel again, but as I noted in my most recent article, WWE is never going to pull the trigger on a full heel turn for Punk. Big Show as a heel was entertaining for about a week. Cena is Cena. I doubt this match will even be that great, but if there is some sort of merciful being governing the universe, we will see Big Show exit from the main event scene after this showdown. Apparently the plan is to have Cena win, Rock beat Cena at Rumble, and Punk face Rock at 'Mania. My issue with that (Other than the idiocy of putting the belt on Rock) is that Punk may fall far if he's not in the main event scene for his non-title period. I'm guessing it's once again time for Cena to possess the championship.
Geddy's Pick: John Cena
Dave Scott: I really think Punk should win by some underhanded tactic to progress his heel turn, hopefully not a Cena victory, and—good God—hopefully not a Show win.
Dave's Pick: CM Punk
Adam Behan: It's Clobbering time! CM Punk with his new found attitude has built this match way better than anything Cena or Big Show have done. Watching this match will give me headache because Show shouldn't be here as he is a Heel and will slow the pace down immensely. CM Punk and Cena always have good matches so it is a shame that has been ruined for Summerslam. I am gathering that Cena and Punk will be feuding until Survivor Series to build towards the match with the Rock at Royal Rumble. I am seeing CM Punk retaining all the way until then so for tonight it is CM Punk to pin Show after the FU... Sorry "AA". Best in the World!!!
Adam's Pick: CM Punk
George Cushnie: Show continues to entertain me. I think this heel run is the best of his career by far. He just comes out, batters people and leaves. Wins and losses aren't important. For Show, it's about hurting people. Cena's the same as he always is. He comes in, cuts his shtick and wins. It's that simple. Before anyone moans, that's all I'll say about him. When it comes to Punk, I just don't understand why they're trying to turn him "heel". Why? Because there are NO fresh main-event babyfaces in WWE for him to feud with.
The problem with predicting this match is what do any of these guys do once this storyline is over? If Show loses, what does he do? Go to SmackDown and fight Sheamus? I can't see it. If Cena loses, what does he do? Feud with Punk probably, but we only saw that 12 months ago. If Punk loses, what does he do? Feud with Cena. Yawn. That's the problem with choosing a winner. There's got to be one, so I say Punk retains, but if there's a title switch, it goes Big Show's way.
George's Pick: CM Punk
Liam Hindmarsh: Triple threats are hit and miss with me. They all tend to follow the same formula and to be honest I would much rather see Punk and Cena go at it again but I assume WWE are keeping that until next months PPV which is in Cena's home area. Big Show is fine, it's just putting a big man into a triple threat is strange when you know he can't wrestle at the pace of Cena and Punk. Really, what his role is in the match, is to slow the down the pace while working over Cena or Punk, allowing the latter to take a breather.
Big Show isn't winning. If he did I would be extremely surprised. He will likely be the one to get pinned, hopefully setting up a Cena/Punk match next month. I'm torn between who will win. I think Cena will hold the title again soon, But will he win it next month in Boston, or will he be walking into Boston as the WWE champ? Also right now we have CM Punk in his transition back to a heel, this slow burning turn which I'm really enjoying. It's the turn that's making me question what will happen. Losing the title would only accelerate the turn and I think the turn will be complete at the next PPV in Boston.
I could flip a coin for this but I'm going to take a stab in the dark. Cena pins Big Show to win the title.
Liam's Pick: John Cena
Gregory Bitetzakis: This is a very interesting match since I can make an argument for either CM Punk retaining or Cena winning (sorry Big Show fans, he will not be winning). I think Cena will win the belt eventually, either at Summerslam or Night of Champions. I think with Night of Champions being in Boston I will give the nod to Punk here with Cena getting the belt next pay per view. What I am interested in seeing is if Punk will go full fledge heel or be a tweener because in my opinion, he has to go completely heel. As a heel he has more license to say what he wants, which is a big reason why he got so over in the first place. Have Punk cheat somehow to win and let the transformation truly begin.
Gregory's Pick: John Cena
Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler
Eric Kanes: Even though Chris Jericho is reportedly leaving on a tour next week, Jericho pretty much needs to win here. It's amazing how WWE has taken an elite main eventer such as Jericho and managed to bury the crap out of him. Like Ziggler has pointed out, he's lost every PPV match since returning. If he were to lose here, it would legitimately make him look like a loser. A win over a loser does not do much for Ziggler either. Jericho needs to win to regain some sort of main event status.
Eric's Pick: Chris Jericho
Geddy Cahoon: Yawn. That's all I really have to say about this program. Jericho bores the crap out of me. His face turn made no sense on top of everything. Let's just have Ziggler go over and be done with this.
Geddy's Pick: Dolph Ziggler
Dave Scott: Again Jericho to lose, he doesn't need a victory and Ziggler would benefit a lot more.
Dave's Pick: Dolph Ziggler
Adam Behan: A potential classic in the making and more than likely match of the night. This match is actually a toss up for the winner. Firstly you have Dolph Ziggler who won Money in the Bank. He needs this push to take him to the top of the wrestling world and a win against legend Chris Jericho may do the trick. Then you have Y2J Chris Jericho. The most underutilized star in WWE's PG Era. He has lost every big match on PPV since the Royal Rumble and needs a win badly. I am going out on a limb and predicting Chris Jericho to win this match... On the basis that Ziggler cashes in his briefcase on Sheamus and wins the title. Jericho will win here but Ziggler will redeem himself later in the evening.
Adam's Pick: Chris Jericho
George Cushnie: One of my favourite wrestlers of all-time against one of my favourite performers of the last three years. Jericho is the smartest man in wrestling. He understands it. He knows that as a wrestler gets older, they're supposed to help elevate younger stars. He's done it since he came back with Sheamus and Punk, so now he's got his sights set on Ziggler. Ziggler reminds me a lot of a young Jericho actually. A tremendous superstar who you're "supposed to hate", but you actually can't stop liking him. He needs to bin Vickie Guerrero though. She takes away from some of his promo time. If you've ever seen "WWE Download" on YouTube, you'll know that Ziggler can cut an entertaining promo.
I expect this match to be the best of the night for purists. It should be given 20-25 minutes, with Jericho winning BUT, Dolph takes him out after the match and injures him, meaning that he doesn't lose any heat after coming up short against Y2J.
George's Pick: Chris Jericho
Liam Hindmarsh: Storytelling at its best. Old versus new. The young pretender versus the established veteran. A simple question. Do you still have what it takes? It's remarkable how simple this booking is yet its the match I'm most eagerly awaiting to see. This has match of the night written all over it and I do hope it delivers. 12+ minutes to make something memorable happen. With Jericho apparently taking time off after this week, I can't think of a better opportunity for Ziggler to make his moment. A win over Jericho would be huge for him, infact just as important as his Money in the Bank win. The Money in the Bank helps lift you to the main event. If he picks of Jericho, he'll be there already and when the cash in comes, He'll be known as a legitimate main eventer.
Liam's Pick: Dolph Ziggler
Gregory Bitetzakis: This is a very interesting match even though it may be the easiest to predict. I love both guys, Jericho is just an incredible overall wrestler, been that way since he started. Ziggler has tremendous upside and looks like he is well on his way to stardom. What I do not like is how Jericho has been booked since his return and that is why there is no way he is going to win this match. He is going to be utilized as the rub guy, and will propel Ziggler to main event status. But why have him continue to lose every match since he has been back. The fans who know Jericho from his past know what he is capable of, but the casual fan has to wonder, all this hype Jericho gets, what has he done recently to deserve it? It looks as if he has not won a match in a incredibly long time, and besides a match on Raw a couple of months ago with Kofi, I can not even remember the last time he won a singles match. Bottom line is that it sucks the way he is used, and his losing will continue with a loss to Ziggler in this match.
Gregory's Pick: Dolph Ziggler
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
Eric Kanes: Brock Lesnar is pretty much in the same boat as Chris Jericho. I was incredibly excited when he was brought back as he is one of my all-time favorites and had potential to be the biggest draw in a company that is severely lacking in star power at the moment. However, my excitement was killed when he jobbed to Cena in his first match back. Now, during this storyline, there have been moments where he's looked dominant but at the end of the day, he's been running away from Triple H every single week. This goes back to my point of all faces being friendly and all heels being cowards. Why does Brock Lesnar have to be a coward? He is a legit MMA fighter who is bigger and stronger than just about everyone else on the roster. This story is completely messed up because Triple H is supposed to be the underdog here but in reality, it's the complete opposite. I hope that Brock Lesnar wins here for the sake of keeping some sort of credibility as a main eventer and having some sort of purpose for the remaining eight months that he has left on his contract.
Eric's Pick: Brock Lesnar
Geddy Cahoon: So I'm a little divided over this storyline. When it geared up months and months ago, it was ridiculous. But once Paul Heyman was thrown into the mix, it really picked up. The promos have been fairly good, and though the whole "Kidnapping Shawn Michaels" thing was awfully ridiculous, it made the fans hate Lesnar even more. I'm sure the match will be decent, but WWE has done a great job building the urgency and scope of this feud either way. Now, it kind of makes no sense to have HHH win. If Lesnar loses AGAIN, there's no reason for anybody in the locker room or whatever to be scared of him anymore; he's clearly not a threat to anyone. They seem to be leaning towards an HHH win though; the fans want to see Lesnar get his ass beat, and Michaels will likely interfere (While wearing a sling or something) and help Hunter out. On the flip side, having Lesnar beat HHH on top of attacking HHH's family and injuring Michaels would make him an even more effective and hated heel for his later appearances. And plus, WWE wouldn't bring Lesnar back just to have him lose again..... Right?
Geddy's Pick: Brock Lesnar
Dave Scott: I don't care about this too much but I hope Brock wins, because him losing would be silly. He needs to look like a monster and only a victory will do that.
Dave's Pick: Brock Lesnar
Adam Behan: The main event has to be the match that Triple H is in... I will eat my hat if that is not the case. The egotistical COO Vs. the monster that is Brock Lesnar. Triple H has the arm break of Shawn Michaels to motivate him for this match and he will come out all guns blazing. The thing is that Triple H cannot win this match. Lesnar needs this win much more than Triple H to make him believable for the rest of his tenure. Brock Lesnar will win this match with an F-5 and injure Triple H for good. Taking out DX will build Lesnar up for a future clashes with Randy Orton, Sheamus, and The Undertaker at the next Wrestlemania. As a result, Triple H will finally not open a Raw. A real reason to chant Yes! Yes! Yes!
Adam's Pick: Brock Lesnar
George Cushnie: Where do I start with this? HHH and WWE have been building this storyline since April 30th, but did anybody really care about it until Raw on Monday? I don't think so. All the heat in this match came from Brock destroying Shawn Michaels on Raw last week. This ISN'T going to be a pretty match. It's going to be ugly, physical and violent. They'll want to make it look as realistic as possible.
Let me make this clear. If I was booking this match, Lesnar would destroy HHH and pick up a decisive win. No question. However, I'm not booking it, so I can see the same thing happening here that happened at Extreme Rules. Lesnar will dominate, but HHH will somehow pick up the win. I don't like it, but I can see it happening.
George's Pick: Triple H
Liam Hindmarsh: I'm torn in this match. Is this just another chance for Vince to give the middle finger to the UFC or is he finally going to let Lesnar be the monster. I was confused after Brock lost to Cena but after a while I looked at it objectively. Brock is part time while Cena is the face of WWE. But this time, both competitors are practically part time performers. The build up has been so so. Paul Heyman has been excellent as always. In my honest opinion, I'm just not feeling the feud at all. It's almost as if something is missing from it but I can't put my finger on what that is. They've made it personal with family references and with what happened to HBK last week but I'm still a little unsure.
This wont be a wrestling match. It's more likely to be a straight up brawl. It's the kind of thing that I would expect to see a little blood but that's a touchy subject. Brock was hot when he faced Cena, but that heat was lost when he was beaten. WWE have worked hard to get this heat back. They really shouldn't kill it by having Lesnar lose again. Lesnar wins with the F5.
Liam's Pick: Brock Lesnar
Gregory Bitetzakis: Here is the street fight we have all been waiting for. The battle between someone who is part owner of WWE and a guy who could care less about the WWE. The match is interesting because of the fact that Brock lost his first match back against Cena and now that Shawn has been removed from HHH’s corner, things become more interesting. I think and I may be fortune telling a little but that Brock is set up to fight the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. If that is the case then you need to build some momentum with Lesnar and a win here would certainly do it. Now we all know that HHH does not like putting anyone over but with that said, I think Brock needs a win here and will get it.
Gregory's Pick: Brock Lesnar
I'll end this column with some bonus questions for my readers.
If you could add one match to the card, what would it be?
I'd go ahead and add a Fatal Four Way: Randy Orton vs. Christian vs. Damien Sandow vs. Cody Rhodes. Winner gets a World Heavyweight Title shot at Night of Champions. Orton wins by pinning Rhodes. These four men, particularly Orton and Sandow, deserve a match much more than some of the wrestlers that will be competing tonight.
Which match will steal the show?
Despite the fact that its build-up wasn't what it could've been, I see Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar being the match of the night. If it emulates the model of the Cena/Lesnar match at Extreme Rules and we see a straight-up fight, I can't see anything else topping it.
Will you be ordering this PPV?
Yes, I will. This show will be held in the Staples Center, just a few miles away from my house. I could've actually attended it live but the ticket prices don't match the quality of the card for me this year.
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