*WARNING CONTAINS SMACKDOWN SPOILERS*
WWE are on for a hat trick of mediocre PPVs. With WrestleMania being underwhelming and Extreme Rules being all but a little to predictable, WWE need this one to be a hit (or at least entertaining). Unfortunately, the Raw main event makes me believe this will be another one where we will all see the results coming a mile off.
Last year's event (which saw five wrestlers pick up injuries) looked like this:
Intercontinental Championship: Kofi Kingston Def. Drew McIntyre(c) by Pinfall
R-Truth Def. Ted DiBiase by Pinfall
Rey Mysterio Def. CM Punk by Pinfall (CM Punk had to shave his head)
Tag Team Championship: The Hart Dynasty(c) Def. Chris Jericho and The Miz by Pinfall
Randy Orton and Edge fought to a double countout
World Heavyweight Championship: Big Show Def. Jack Swagger(c) by DQ
Diva's Championship: Eve Torres(c) Def. Maryse by Pinfall
WWE Championship: John Cena(c) Def. Batista in an I Quit match
You know when a feud is done when nothing more can be said about it. Pretty much all I have to say has already been stated in my last two prediction articles. I hate the fact Raw doesn't have a commentary team that can't go five minutes without bickering, and once again I can't see how this futile series of matches can be prolonged any further.
Let's wrap this one up quickly. Twice the most obvious result didn't happen, and Cole has escaped with bragging rights. Hell, even if my prediction comes true, I wouldn't be surprised to see this feud last long enough to make Survivor Series. This is the one where Jerry gets him. Cole will be destroyed and will hopefully be humbled. If not, I don't know how much longer I can keep tuning in for Mondays and might become a permanent viewer of SmackDown...oh wait, Cole's on that show too...
Winner: Jerry "The King" Lawler
Since John Morrison needed to take time off this Sunday, this match is the replacement to enhance Truth's heel push. Personally, I have nothing against R-Truth, but I just don't find him entertaining as a face or heel. As a face he was all songs and dance, which I hate. As a heel he's constantly pulling a face like he is constipated.
Mysterio, however, is the same as always, just on a different brand. Most of the time I would say Mr. 619 would get the win because he needs to establish himself after the draft, but I think WWE wants us to take heel R-Truth seriously. Ron Killings will pick up the win (via controversial means) and continue this feud into Capitol Punishment.
What's this? A tag team match that I'm actually interested in seeing the outcome for. Well hallelujah, maybe WWE is really starting repair the broken division. CM Punk, who is coming off his rather disappointing feud with Randy Orton, desperately needs the win, while this could also be a good opportunity to get some experience for Mason Ryan.
My major issue is that Punk and Ryan have not tagged before this event. Sure, Ryan has been shown to take on the two giants by himself but was chokeslammed the following week. So far I believe the current champions are doing a good job. When the time comes for them to drop the belts it will make whoever beats them (providing it's not via triple threat etc.) take a huge amount of promise away with them.
With that said, I think the belts will not change hands. It would make more sense to give the belt to any other member other than Punk, who should be main eventing or at least maintaining high profile feuds. I think they will come close but later down the line another team from nexus (minus Punk) will take the belts.
Winners and still champions: Big Show and Kane
So the inevitable break up of The Corre has begun with Big Zeke being the first to drift away. The problem I am having with this is that The Corre was nowhere near as affective as it should have been to make this match work. If Barrett had dominated SmackDown with the help of Jackson, then it would be interesting. As it stands, we have the leader of a group that has been squashed, constantly facing off again with the member WWE have been trying to get everyone behind.
Seriously, I have to believe the only reason Jackson was put in The Corre was so that he could get over as a face. His last run as a goodie was pretty weak, yet WWE feel that his five-month run as a heel is enough. Considering The Corre's loss on the upcoming SmackDown, I would usually claim Barrett will use Champion's Advantage, but I believe Zeke will take the title on Sunday.
Winner and new champion: Ezekiel Jackson
This is the match that would have made the PPV had they not aired it for free three weeks ago. Since I get to watch the PPV for no charge, I can still say this is the match I'm going to look forward to the most, but for the paying audience there is little this match can offer to make people depart from their hard-earned cash.
I have to say that its been an usual experience for a title match. I know because it's a face vs. face affair, and due to this there has been little conflict between the two in the past couple of weeks. The build up is refreshing to say the least, but in a way it also makes it feel as if the feud is filler.
Unfortunately, this has left me with little to say on the matter, so I'll move onto me prediction. I feel this is just a stop gap between Orton and his next opponent. Considering he defeated CM Punk in three straight matches, it means RKO is on a roll. It would also be pointless to place the belt back on Christian, as it was only taken off him less than three weeks ago.
Winner and still champion: Randy Orton
So we come to Raw's main event of the evening, the (probable) final encounter between John Cena and The Miz in this series of matches. It's Miz 1, Cena 2 on the overall score card, and I believe its been set up this way purposefully so that new rivalries can be set up after Cena successfully defends the WWE Championship.
I would usually try and keep my prediction to the end but let's face it—all suspense and guessing goes out of these matches when one man wears "Never Give Up" on his merch. They could have chosen any assortment of matches to make it look like The Miz has a chance, but instead they go for a match that he would have trouble winning against lesser opponents.
It's such a shame when I have little to say about World Championship matches because I feel that I'm short changing the readers, but I should really blame WWE for poor booking decisions and not giving me enough to say on the matter.
Winner and still champion: John Cena