Ah, my first bleacher report PPV prediction comes at a PPV that actually interests me.
After an incredibly forgettable Over The Limit, WWE's newest PPV—Capitol Punishment—has some potential to seriously shake up the landscape in WWE.
It also has the potential to keep things exactly as they are. As usual, we'll all be either raging or celebrating depending on the results.
The RAW leading into this PPV was pretty mediocre. Nothing other than Piper's Pit really advanced the feuds. Smackdown, on the other hand, was very nice and really hyped up Orton/Christian. With some hot feuds, Capitol Punishment definitely has some momentum.
So, let's start breaking things down shall we?
Likely to open the show, CM Punk and Rey Mysterio will continue their spontaneously renewed rivalry and do battle at Capitol Punishment.
Honestly, the most important thing about this match is that CM Punk could end his PPV losing streak, which has gone on since Over the Limit 2010. Booking wise, I suppose this is an important match for building the New Nexus, or possibly causing tension if Punk loses.
Honestly though, it's probably too little too late on that front. CM Punk is a hell of a talent. But with the way the group has been dominated, particularly by Randy Orton, it's hard to imagine a push for these guys being taken seriously.
I expect a solid 8-12 minute match, nothing more, nothing less. Could go either way, but with Punk allegedly taking a break, a Mysterio victory seems likely.
Prediction: Rey Mysterio
Another rivalry that has popped back up out of nowhere, Kofi Kingston defends his United States championship against Dolph Ziggler.
Kofi Kingston is a tough one to gauge. On the one hand, he's an incredibly talented wrestler who seems over with the fans, and always seems to be on Wrestlemania posters—along with John Cena, Randy Orton, etc.
On the other hand, WWE seems reluctant to do anything other than just give him mid-card title reigns. Kofi Kingston has had 3 IC title reigns, 2 US title reigns, and a tag title reign.
Yet none of them have seemed remotely significant.
Even though Kofi has really done all he can in the mid-card, I don't see him dropping the title just yet. With Ziggler having all the momentum, I see Kofi getting a win here and the feud continuing—possibly adding some more superstars.
And honestly, Dolph should be in the main-event anyway.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Two former Corre members collide, as former top heel in WWE Wade Barrett defends his Intercontinental Championship against Ezekial Jackson.
I think the expectations for this one have been pretty unanimous. Barrett's time as champion has run its course, and it's time for Big Zeke to nab some gold.
I fully expect Jackson to win this one clean, and begin his run as Intercontinental Champion.
As for Wade Barrett, he has all the tools to be a main-eventer. But with Christian and Sheamus ahead of him on the totem pole, it's tough to see where he'll go.
After a rematch, I see Zeke beginning a feud with Jinder Mahal.
Seeing Zeke deal with him and Khali could be an interesting rivalry on Friday Nights.
Winner: Ezekial Jackson
As I mentioned in another article, whenever WWE has nothing for you, they put you in a feud with the Big Show.
The 2011 Royal Rumble winner Alberto Del Rio has yet to get that World Title around his waist, and until John Cena's schedule is clear, he's going to be dealing with the World's Largest Athlete.
I haven't much cared for the build-up on this one. Del Rio really had no reason to bother Big Show in the first place. He just kind of started yelling at him, and eventually slapped him—leading to the car incident.
That said, I like the segments from the two on Smackdown. Both men showed the passion you haven't seen in a while.
I see Del Rio picking up a win here to keep his stock high, or possibly a walk away count out or DQ.
I'm not sure how much longer the feud will last, but I can't see Big Show getting his revenge and winning here.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
This one is probably the toughest to call on the card. Whichever way it goes, there will be major ramifications for the careers of both men.
Alex Riley has been gaining a ton of momentum against The Miz, and Miz has been doing a great job of putting Riley over (take notes, John Cena).
But is it too early for Alex Riley to cleanly beat The Miz?
I don't see this as being the end to the feud, so I don't see this as being a clean win for Riley. I'm guessing Riley has a great showing, but Miz ends up getting a cheap win by grabbing the tights or something—with Riley possibly beating down on Miz afterwards.
I see this going on at least until Money in the Bank.
Winner: The Miz
After a stellar contest at Over the Limit, Randy Orton and Christian fight over the World Heavyweight Championship for the third time—the first time with Christian as a heel.
And presumably, this will be Christian's last chance at Randy Orton—and the World Heavyweight Championship.
Christian's heel turn has been a little iffy for me.
Honestly, heel turns are best with babyfaces who the fans don't really care about any more. The fans were already behind Christian, and when WWE's landscape is as barren of good babyfaces as it is, it seems like bad booking to have him turn.
I do expect Randy Orton to win here. There are more opponents for Randy Orton to face going forward, like Sheamus and Wade Barrett. WWE seems to want him on the level of John Cena in terms of booking.
I have no idea what's next for Christian, which is a shame. Him winning the title was one of the best moments of the year.
Expect the feud to end here with Orton putting Christian out of his misery.
Also expect Sheamus to attack Randy after the match, beginning the feud between those two.
Winner: Randy Orton
First of all, isn't that video package just awesome?
It's a new one they showed on Smackdown and it did a great job telling the story between Cena and Truth. Definitely pumped me up.
I never thought I'd ever say this, but I want R-Truth to be WWE Champion. There's not much on WWE that brings me more joy right now than watching R-Truth go completely insane.
And I'd love to see how that translates into him being champion.
That said, it's tough to bet against John Cena in any capacity, let alone when the WWE title is involved. Obviously, if John Cena does intend to hold the title until Wrestlemania 28, the title won't change hands.
In addition, Alberto Del Rio has been waiting in the wings for a title shot against Cena for some time now.
But I actually think WWE is going to go for the shock route and give R-Truth the title. It wouldn't have to be a long reign, but just to see Truth pull of the upset would be quite a moment. I don't think WWE will pass it up.
Maybe it's wishful thinking, but hell, they're my predictions
Capitol Punishment could certainly shake things up in WWE.
Expect some new champions and some memorable surprises. I'll be sure to write up my thoughts on what went down at the PPV.
Thanks for reading and happy Father's Day!
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