WWE Capitol Punishment Pay-Per-View Preview
This Sunday is the Capitol Punishment pay-per-view. The WWE has done a pretty good job at hyping the event with funny promos involving presidential press conferences referring to the pay-per-view.
As of now, the event has seven matches on the card and most of the bouts seem to have the potential to be instant classics—it might be the best pay-per-view of 2011.
This slideshow will preview each match on the card as I offer my predictions. If you have an opinion on the pay-per-view, my opinion on the matches, or the feuds themselves, then please leave your comment below in the comment box.
Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler for the United States Championship
Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler have been embroiled in a feud since last year. The battles waged against each other have ranged from RAW to SmackDown to SummerSlam to almost half the pay-per-view events of 2010 and 2011.
This feud has produced some pretty good matches between these two young lions and I expect Sunday to be no different.
Dolph Ziggler defeated Kofi in a non-Title match a few weeks back, earning him the title shot for this Sunday. Dolph has been getting pushed again as of late and, with the heat that Vickie Guerrero brings as his manager, I don’t see why the WWE wouldn’t have Dolph as the U.S. Champion.
Kofi Kingston, however, is one of the most talented superstars on the RAW roster, so I don’t see him just getting buried if he does indeed lose the U.St Title this Sunday.
Kingston could get a main event push soon if he continues to impress fans and critics alike. Therefore, he must have an impressive performance on Sunday in order to show the WWE brass that he can be taken seriously as a future main-event player.
In conclusion, I believe Dolph Ziggler will defeat Kofi Kingston for the U.S. Title this Sunday.
Dolph will get a mini-push as champion, since he is considered by some as the future main-event heel character.
Kingston will be pushed as one of the top baby-faces on RAW. I believe he will get a feud with either R-Truth or Alberto Del Rio over the summer months, and maybe even a high-profile match at SummerSlam.
My Prediction: Dolph Ziggler defeats Kofi Kingston for the U.S. Title in a classic opening contest.
Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk
Rey Mysterio and CM Punk have battled on pay-per-view over six times in their respective careers, but this Sunday’s match has the potential to be the greatest match of their long-standing rivalry.
Mysterio and Punk’s feud started last year when Punk wanted Mysterio to join the “Straight Edge Society.” Mysterio denied Punk’s offer, setting off one of the WWE’s best feuds of the past decade. Their wars have been well documented and, as seen below, the records between these two almost seem even in the win/loss column.
WrestleMania XXVI: Rey Mysterio defeated CM Punk by pinfall
Extreme Rules 2010: CM Punk defeated Rey Mysterio by pinfall
Over The Limit 2010: Rey Mysterio defeated CM Punk by pinfall to Shave Punk Bald
May 30th 2011 RAW: CM Punk defeated Rey Mysterio by pinfall
June 6th 2011 RAW: Rey Mysterio defeated CM Punk by pinfall
The feud has produced some classic battles between two of the top superstars on the WWE roster. This Sunday should end this long-standing rivalry—I don’t see fans getting excited over this feud any longer. The feud has run its course; it is time to end it at Capital Punishment.
I expect a classic fast-paced battle between these two great superstars— it has potential to be a match-of-the-year candidate.
My Prediction: Rey Mysterio defeats CM Punk in an absolute classic wrestling clinic.
The Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio
The Big Show going one-on-one with the “Mexican Aristocrat," Alberto Del Rio, is one match that I don’t see too much potential in.
Del Rio is a rising talent in the WWE; he will be a champion by the time WrestleMania 28 comes around next March. To relegate him to such a poor feud is a slap in the face both to him and his talent.
Big Show is past his prime and is nearing the end of his in-ring career—so you cannot honestly believe that he can still produce a great wrestling match. Show will be the dominate character in this match as he tries to get his revenge on Del Rio for the incident that happened a few weeks ago on RAW.
I think Del Rio will move on to bigger and better things after this mini-feud with Big Show.
Right now, I am predicting that Alberto Del Rio will win the Money In The Bank Ladder Match next month on pay-per-view, and go on to cash it in on WWE Champion John Cena. Del Rio and Cena will feud over the summer (in my opinion), because it’s a money feud that could produce higher buy-rates and great matches over the late summer months.
Big Show will continue on his mid-card status over the next few months and really won’t make too much noise on the WWE scene until next year’s Royal Rumble. Show is getting older and isn’t someone that the WWE can push as a main-event player due to his limitations inside the ring.
My Prediction: Big Show defeats Alberto Del Rio in a squash match.
Wade Barrett vs. Ezekiel Jackson for the Intercontinental Championship
Wade Barrett has been the IC Champion since defeating Kofi Kingston in late March for the gold. Barrett has been impressive since his WWE debut last year, but it could be time for him to drop the title as he goes one-on-one with ex-Corre member, Ezekiel Jackson.
Barrett and Jackson were both members of the stable known as The Corre. Jackson received the push of a lifetime as a member of the top heel stable in SmackDown, after destroying superstars like Big Show, Kofi Kingston and Santino.
Barrett became jealous of Jackson’s instant success and decided to make a huge impact on SmackDown, defeating Kingston for the IC Title.
Even though Barrett was the IC Champion, Jackson continued to be seen as the dominate member of the Corre.
With all of the jealousy brewing at the surface, Barrett kicked Jackson out of the group. The feud reached a boiling point at Over The Limit when Wade got himself DQ’d in order to retain his title over Jackson.
Jackson received a re-match for the title at Capital Punishment this Sunday.
Wade Barrett maybe in trouble against Jackson, as he disbanded the stable just two weeks ago. With nobody to watch his back, can Barrett retain his IC title, or will Jackson finally gain his much awaited revenge on Wade by taking it from him?
My Prediction: Ezekiel Jackson defeats Wade Barrett for the IC Title.
The Miz vs. Alex Riley
The Miz and Alex Riley were like brothers until The Miz lost his WWE Championship to John Cena at Extreme Rules, then went on to lose his re-match against him at Over The Limit in the “I Quit” match.
These events sparked an angry Miz to fire long-time associate, Alex Riley. Riley didn’t take too well to Miz firing him on RAW—he decided to take matters into his own hands by beating the hell out of him. This feud will come to a head this Sunday when Miz will go one-on-one with Riley.
Alex Riley has all the talent in the world, and is now in a position to elevate his status in WWE when he takes on The Miz at Capitol Punishment.
I believe Riley’s baby-face turn was exactly what he needed; he had grown stale as Miz’s stooge. I think Alex has a natural ability inside of the ring, but he needs to gain experience in order to become one of the top stars in WWE. This feud could end Riley's baby-face reputation and might put him in line for a U.S. Title shot if all goes well with The Miz.
The Miz is currently one of the top heels in the WWE. He has a chance to put one over on his former NXT rookie this Sunday. The last time Miz was in this situation, he had some classic matches with Daniel Bryan over the United States Title.
The Miz is a top-tier talent in the WWE and the fans recognize the baby-face in any of Miz’s matches, so this could be a proper push for young Alex Riley.
I expect this feud to last all summer long and finally end at SummerSlam. The Miz doesn’t have to come out on top in this feud in order to keep his spot as the top heel in the WWE. I think this match has the potential to be great. Fans will be glued to their television sets this Sunday.
My Prediction: The Miz defeats Alex Riley in a pretty good matchup of two young stars.
Randy Orton vs. Christian for the World Heavyweight Championship
At Extreme Rules, Christian realized his lifelong dream by defeating Alberto Del Rio in a ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Christian seemed destined for great things as the World Champion, but it all came to a sudden halt just five days later, when he lost the title to Randy Orton.
Christian tried to regain the title at Over The Limit, only to come up short yet again. With the losses piling up, Christian decided to change his attitude and attacked Orton from behind. Because of this, Orton accepted Christian’s request for a re-match, which will happen at Capitol Punishment.
Christian, in my opinion, is one of the best in-ring workers that the WWE has right now—it has shown in the past few months with his brief reign as champion.
Christian and Randy Orton’s feud has produced some great matches and I believe that this Sunday will be no different. Orton does have a legit concussion, so his status is uncertain at this time, but I believe he will compete—not only is he the champion, but he also isn’t the type of performer to miss in-ring action on the biggest stage due to minor injuries.
I think Christian is in prime condition to earn the world title and I believe this Sunday will be a special night for sure.
My Prediction: With Orton’s injury comes Christian’s opportunity. He will defeat Orton for the World Heavyweight Title.
John Cena vs. R-Truth for the WWE Championship
R-Truth has been a talent on the rise since turning heel in April. Truth’s crazy character ended with the WWE Universe and the WWE brass. This momentum change has garnered Truth a WWE Title shot this Sunday against Mr. John Cena, aka “The Champ.”
R-Truth was once a top baby-face that fans really admired and cheered for, but that all changed after he lost a match against John Morrison. Truth attacked Morrison out of bitterness, which led to Truth turning on the fans and worrying about himself.
Truth’s heel turn has been very entertaining, in my opinion, and is something that RAW really needs in order to become a must-see television show. I think Truth will give John Cena a run for his money and it will be a very intriguing match to watch.
My Prediction: John Cena defeats R-Truth to retain the WWE Title.