WWE Capitol Punishment: 8 Matches We'll Most Likely See Live from Washington DC
As one of the WWE fans who absolutely hates when there are only three weeks in between pay-per-views, I'm starting to think that the WWE doesn't remember how to extend storylines and build feuds.
This time around, the WWE will have had about a month since Over The Limit aired.
Even so, some of the matches are already coming to fruition in rushed angles, and even some (not so) old rivalries are being renewed.
Last year's PPV had seven live matches and a dark match. If we assume that we'll get some sort of an eight match card, I believe the matches are already set up over two weeks in advance and they'll include all kinds of rematches.
Even though some have potential to be special, they're mostly matches we've seen before.
Last year's Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view has been replaced this year by Capitol Punishment.
On to the card...
John Cena vs R-Truth for the WWE Championship
I, like many others, am enjoying the heel turn of R-Truth.
His character has become very intriguing with the lack of theme music and the loose cannon-like promos.
The way R-Truth was able to steal a count-out win last week on Raw over John Cena was a brilliant touch to their story, and hopefully the WWE keeps booking R-Truth as a looney toon, harassing the 'Little Jimmies' along the way.
Even though this match has already happened, I'm looking forward to a rematch where someone will get pinned. If John Cena wins, so be it, but I'm hoping R-Truth can hold his own in the match and look strong in the process.
Fatal 4-Way for the World Heavyweight Championship
I have a gut feeling that even though they renamed the pay-per-view, they won't completely get rid of the gimmick in true WWE fashion.
It doesn't make sense to keep Sheamus and Mark Henry off of a pay-per-view again, especially if we are supposed to believe they are both title contenders, so this is a way to get them all involved.
If WWE wants to keep this Randy Orton-Christian rivalry intense and fresh, they can't have them continue to go 1-on-1 at every pay-per-view. I'd rather see this Fatal 4-way match happen and then give us the slow Christian heel turn, leading up to a huge title match at SummerSlam.
Given where the WWE is right now from a 'superstar' point of view, I have no problem with the titles staying on Orton and Cena until SummerSlam.
CM Punk vs Rey Mysterio
Neither of these superstars have much going on in the feud department.
We've seen them battle before over the past few years, and their match this past week on Raw was top notch.
While it isn't anything new, these two put on fantastic matches and could set the tone for the entire pay-per-view if the opened the show.
I wish I could think of more to do with CM Punk, but the WWE seems content with him toiling away in the upper mid-card with no real direction.
I also don't see any room for Mason Ryan or the Tag Team Champions, David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty on the card as of now.
Alberto Del Rio vs Kane
Speaking of superstars with no direction, Alberto Del Rio has basically been on vacation since being drafted to Raw.
At last month's Over The Limit, Del Rio was limited to a promo, and he hasn't wrestled in a televised match since back on May 16th's edition of Raw.
Whether it ends up being Del Rio vs Kane, Del Rio vs Big Show or a tag match with Ricardo Rodriguez (who is a wrestler by the way), I just don't have any interest in this feud, I and continue to wonder what ADR did to get himself demoted like this.
And I don't want to hear the "he'll be wrestling Cena at SummerSlam for the title" argument.
I'll believe that when I see it.
Alex Riley vs The Miz
Ladies and gentleman your next big face in WWE...Alex Riley.
It's true, it's true, the fans are all about Alex Riley and I can't say I blame them.
There's a lot of people out there who just don't like The Miz and have been waiting for someone to put him in his place. At first that was John Cena, but there's so much hate for Cena that nobody cared.
Enter Alex Riley.
This guy has the look of a star. He's certainly above average on the mic, and they even threw him some better music after that jobber theme he came out to on his only SmackDown appearance. Remember that?
The "signing" of Alex Riley back to Raw, on the other hand, is such a joke.
What was the point of even drafting Riley to the blue brand? It just shows how much disarray the creative team is in. As fans we're just supposed to forget things like Riley being drafted to SmackDown, forget his stupid music and forget he got an RKO for his troubles.
It's unrelated, but don't even get me started on how we're supposed to just forget about Michael Cole making fun of Jerry Lawler's dead mother for months, including a mother's day lashing that was disgusting.
Cody Rhodes vs Daniel Bryan
Now here's a match to get excited about.
Two young stars, including the man that most of the IWC believes is the best pure wrestler on the planet in Daniel Bryan Danielson.
And once again in true WWE fashion, they are doing their best to screw it up.
In a semi-SPOILER ALERT...
This coming Friday on SmackDown, rather than push this 1-on-1 rivalry, they add more participants into the feud in a classic 'let's try and get more guys involved in the pay-per-view' move.
At least the other guys getting involved have some talent, and if the match becomes official, it will certainly be exciting.
Side note: What happened to the push Cody Rhodes was supposed to get? After a huge win at WrestleMania, he ends up losing at Extreme Rules and then has a match with Ted DiBiase and then rekindles his alliance with him...Really? Really?
Kofi Kingston vs Dolph Ziggler for the United States Championship
The above picture is from last year when both superstars were on SmackDown feuding for the Intercontinental Championship.
What's the deal with WWE having superstars switch brands and have the same feuds?
CM Punk-Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio-Alberto Del Rio
Kofi Kingston-Dolph Ziggler...to name a few.
This past week on Raw, these two put on a great match, and I'm sure they'll do it again with the belt on the line. But why can't we find room for new superstars in the secondary title picture like Drew McIntyre, Zack Ryder and these next two guys...
Jack Swagger vs Evan Bourne
I applaud the WWE for trying out new things, especially having some mid-card guys getting air time (no pun intended) and putting on solid matches.
Two weeks ago, Evan Bourne took offense to a Swagger beat-down and hit him with a swift kick before running to the back.
Last week, Bourne took a beating for most of their match and then stole a win with a roll-up.
I think a pay-per-view match between the two could definitely be entertaining, but I have a feeling this could be relegated to the dark match especially if they use last year's line-up of one dark match and seven live matches.
Which leaves a lot of questions such as...
What Happens with These Superstars?
After taking a look at the eight potential matches I ran out of room for:
Ezekiel Jackson-Wade Barrett
Any sort of Divas match
A Tag Team Championship match with the New Nexus
Great Khali & Jinder Mahal (you laugh but WWE seems to be pushing this team)
So let me know what you think. Maybe I'm way off with some of the rematches from the past couple weeks of WWE television. That's what the comment section is for.
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