WWE SmackDown: 3 Bold Predictions and 3 Superstars to Watch for 7/26/13

Alex Musso@amusso18Featured ColumnistJuly 26, 2013

WWE SmackDown: 3 Bold Predictions and 3 Superstars to Watch for 7/26/13

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    With SmackDown tomorrow evening, it's time to roll out the predictions.  Of course, some of you have already ruined the show for yourselves by reading the spoilers on Tuesday.  

    I have not read them, so I am as clueless about the outcomes of the matches as most people.  What I have seen, though, is the non-spoiler preview.  This one to be precise, courtesy of prowrestling.com. So just one last time so I don't hear about it in the comments like I did last week: I have not read the spoilers.  

    Now that that disclaimer is out of the way, SmackDown will feature some big matches this week. According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t WrestlingInc.com), word is that WWE is not happy with SmackDown's ratings lately, so it might be safe to assume we're in for better SmackDown shows in the near future.

    With that in mind, here are three superstars to watch and three bold predictions.  

Superstar to Watch: Dolph Ziggler

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    Last week, Dolph Ziggler was a Superstar to watch, but did nothing of note.  This week could be make-or-break for Ziggler's push.

    As far as I know, he's not scheduled to wrestle on SmackDown.  If he does wrestle, he needs to win. Another loss could leave him definitively and firmly out of the World Heavyweight Championship picture.  

    He's already looking like he'll be feuding with Big E, which means no title for Dolph.  This is a big show for Ziggler.

Bold Prediction: RVD def. Alberto Del Rio

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    He could have been Mr. Money in the Bank.  But that honor went to Randy Orton.  But other than not winning the briefcase, Rob Van Dam has been on a tear.

    He's set to face World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio on SmackDown, and a win could land RVD on the expressway to a title shot.  

    He'll get that win.  And here's the bold prediction: Expect RVD to get a title shot based on this win.

Superstar to Watch: Antonio Cesaro

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    How amazing a wrestler is Antonio Cesaro?  Week-in and week-out, Cesaro delivers amazing matches. He's arguably been the star of Main Event lately, delivering awesome matches.  

    With guys like Kofi Kingston, Sami Zayn or Daniel Bryan, Cesaro has delivered.  In fact, his match with Bryan on Raw was so good, it's being considered as the best match of the year.

    He's quickly becoming the real star of the Real Americans.  If he has a segment on SmackDown, keep an eye on him.  He may well do something special yet again.

Bold Prediction: Randy Orton def. Damien Sandow

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    A matchup of the two holders of Money in the Bank briefcases, this bout is pretty high-profile.  Randy Orton is hot right now, though he's not had a match yet this week.  

    Sandow, though, has had a rough go of it since winning the briefcase.  He did get a win over Justin Gabriel on Main Event, but that's nothing special these days.

    Orton is on a tear, and I expect him to tear through Sandow.  RKO outta nowhere for the win is the prediction.

Superstar to Watch: Alberto Del Rio

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    Alberto Del Rio, the World Heavyweight Champion, has a problem.  A big problem.  

    Word from SE Scoops is he's got a broken rib, and he supposedly got it in his win over Sheamus on Raw.  This could be a big problem for him.  If he gets hurt even further, he could open himself up to losing his title to an opportunistic Sandow, or if he's hurt bad enough, he could be stripped of the title.

    Worse still for Del Rio is his opponent for SmackDown: Rob Van Dam.  RVD will probably kick those ribs and kick them often.  And if RVD hits the Five-Star Frog Splash on Del Rio, it could do even more damage to an already injured champion.

    We'll have to keep a close eye on Del Rio from here on.  If his injury flares up, a new champion could be crowned.

Bold Prediction: Fandango def. CM Punk

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    So finally we come to the boldest bold prediction of the night:  Fandango will defeat CM Punk.

    I don't know how, but he'll get it done.  Fandango needs a win, and CM Punk has bigger fish to fry.  If I had to guess, Fandango won't win via pinfall.  But then again, Fandango did defeat Chris Jericho at WrestleMania XXIX.  

    Will Heyman get involved?  We'll find out tomorrow night.