CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio
Rize: I’ve seen this match numerous times since last year. The thing is, at this time last year, these guys were feuding on SmackDown. I enjoyed 2010’s version more because its build up was proper and lacked the elements and basis for an entertaining feud. This version of this feud was spontaneous and seems as if it’s a filler match.
Simply put, the WWE didn’t have any plans for Punk or Rey and decided to place these two together.
In the end, Rey Mysterio will win simply because the WWE is stripping CM Punk’s credibility before he departs.
Ryan Frye: Simple: With rumors on CM Punk’s departure running rampant, the WWE plays it safe and gives Mysterio the win.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
John Cavanagh: This match is going to be a shockingly entertaining one. Not that they weren’t entertaining before, but we’ve seen it SO many times. CM Punk is being given a slight push as of late and will probably be elevated into a feud with John Cena after this. For that to happen, Punk has to win.
Winner: CM Punk
Charlie Groenewegen: Rey Mysterio will beat CM Punk. I don’t understand why they revived this feud now on RAW, but I guess it’s working. Rey will win for the fact that Punk is what, 1-17 on pay-per-view? Also, the fact that Punk is still considering to take time off of the WWE is another reason for his defeat. If the guy wants to leave why would Vinnie Mac give him a win here?
Wade Barrett © vs. Ezekiel Jackson
Rize: I don’t have to explain this one. This feud has become stale as a result of poor booking. With that said, it’s almost elementary to have Ezekiel Jackson pick up the win.
Ryan Frye: With the Corre’s breakup, the writing is on the wall for this match: Ezekiel Jackson will become the new Intercontinental Champion.
Wade Barrett’s stint as champion has been nothing short of dull and dissapointing to me. We have seen him beat Kofi Kingston in a feud that was quite frankly over before it got started. And then, this feud came about, and Jackson and Barrett’s in-ring styles just don’t mesh well.
At Capitol Punishment, Jackson will win, and hopefully, Wade Barrett can move onto bigger and better things.
Winner: Ezekiel Jackson
John Cavanagh: What should’ve ended a month ago, will most likely end now. This feud has not even seemed relevant. The buildup has been strange if you would like to call it that. Hopefully, this will give Jackson the title he has long waited for and move Barrett into the main event scene.
Winner: Ezekiel Jackson
Charlie Groenewegen: With The Corre officially over, I suspect Barrett to lose his Intercontinental Championship. Almost every match, Barrett had involved a Corre run-in. Without The Corre, Barrett should drop his title to Zeke and move on and start a real singles career. Alone.
Alberto Del Rio vs. The Big Show
RiZE: This is the worst feud of the year. This feud forces me to long for the days when WWE Creative knew how to create proper build up for a feud. The build revolved around numerous backstage run in’s between the two. When Ricardo ran over Big Show’s leg, I expected him to be out for at least a month.
Just two weeks later, he’s running to the ring as if it never happened.
Now, he’s on a rampage destroying everything in his path as Del Rio eggs him on.
Big Show destroyed CM Punk in a similar feud last year.
I expect the same result Sunday was Big Show will knock Alberto out. If not, I expect Alberto Del Rio to win by disqualification.
Ryan Frye: Allow me to say; this has to be the WWE’s dumbest storyline of the year.
A. Big Show gets ran over by a car. We then have him roaring on the ground for (a very awkward) ten minutes, and Kane (the supposed monster) showing sympathy.
B. Upon his return, Show isn’t limping or anything of the sort. Heck, he isn’t even walking. He’s sprinting like McDonalds is about to close! Once again, Kane shows sympathy while pulling Show off Ricardo Rodriguez saying; “Show, you’re gonna kill him!” But, doesn’t Kane love to inflict pain?
At the least, couldn’t Big Show and Kane switched roles in this feud? It would have made a little more sense.
Anyway, Del Rio has to win just to save face, and so he isn’t completely buried.
John Cavanagh: Beating Big Show is a big thing these days. He has been known to bury every opponent he has faced since his face turn. CM Punk and Wade Barrett were two victims, but Del Rio will not be one of them. He needs a big victory here.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Charlie Groenewegen: Big Show is back with revenge on his mind after Ricardo Rodriguez ran him over in the parking lot. I think Del Rio will pick up a cheap victory here for the sake of the feud.
Kofi Kingston © vs. Dolph Ziggler
RiZE: Like CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio, this match has occurred numerous times. Honestly, I’m frustrated with Creative as far as this match goes. It doesn’t offer anything storyline basis. It seems as if the WWE didn’t have any plans for either so Creative placed them in this match.
In the end, Dolph Ziggler will win like always.
Why? Kofi doesn't have too many guys to challenge for his U.S. Championship.
Ryan Frye: Ugh… Haven’t we seen this movie before?
Ziggler and Kingston had a series of great matches on SmackDown, but why do we need to rehash something that’s already been done?
Well, the same is the case for the CM Punk/Rey Mysterio match also on this card.
As far as the winner, this is pretty much a toss up. If he wins, who would Kofi feud with?
Knowing the WWE, I’d say Ziggler will win, so we can milk what little juice is left between these two.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
John Cavanagh: Ziggler was put into this feud to make the US Title more prestigious and keep Kofi Kingston from falling down the ladder. Kofi will retain in a match that will just make him look strong.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Charlie Groenewegen: Dolph Ziggler should beat Kofi. Why? I’m a Ziggler mark.
The Miz vs. Alex Riley
RiZE: This feud is the most intriguing on the card. Alex Riley’s face turn was executed perfectly while Miz has a feud to maintain the spotlight while out of the WWE title picture. That being said, Miz is a seasoned veteran while Riley was his lacky a month ago.
The WWE will attempt to stretch this feud out until SummerSlam.
Therefore, I think Miz will win this match with a cheap tactic.
Ryan Frye: Considering Riley has had the upper hand thus far, I will go with WWE logic here. Which would be—go over on TV and lose at the pay-per-view.
I expect this to last longer, with the end result of Alex Riley (finally) getting his singles pay-per-view victory.
Winner: The Miz
John Cavanagh: The Miz has made Alex Riley’s face turn into a huge success. This feud will last a long time to keep Riley in a high-profile feud, and keep Miz busy. To keep this feud new and interesting, A-Ry needs to win this one.
Winner: Alex Riley
Charlie Groenewegen: I think The Miz will defeat his former protege in our Nation’s Capitol. Will he defeat Riley cleanly? Of course not! A dirty victory will garner Miz some heat, give Riley some support and add a little fire to this feud.
World Heavyweight Championship:
Randy Orton © vs. Christian
RiZE: When I learned of Orton’s legitimate concussion, I gave Christian a small chance of winning this match.
Now that Orton has been cleared to compete, it’s hard to give Christian any chance of winning. Randy Orton is being groomed to become the Face of SmackDown. Christian’s two-day title reign adds to the notion. Like Cena on RAW, Orton will snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat on numerous occasions.
This storyline is becoming bland and predictable with each passing week.
Christian’s heel turn is certainly note worthy but I expect Orton to win this match.
Ryan Frye: Presuming he’s healthy enough to compete, (his concussion is real) I see Randy Orton walking out with the World title still in his grasp.
You see, Orton was drafted to SmackDown to become the face of the show, the John Cena of the “B-Show” so-to-speak. Further proof would be that the WWE only allowed Christian a two-day reign as champion, and then immediately handed the belt to Orton.
With this in mind, the only reason Orton loses is to keep this storyline going. I mean, Christian is about the only option right now, yet how does he recover from three consecutive losses to Orton?
Good question, but this is the WWE we are talking about.
Winner: Randy Orton
John Cavanagh: Orton has a concussion and is a “game day decision” on Sunday. While I expect him to wrestle, this match can’t go on that long. I’m shocked Sheamus wasn’t added to avoid Orton taking less bumps. Nevertheless, Orton will retain, ending his feud with Christian.
Winner: Randy Orton
Charlie Groenewegen: Christian should’ve never lost the World title in the first place.
John Cena © vs. R-Truth
RiZE: Before Monday Night RAW, this match could’ve gone either way. R-Truth has become RAW’s top heel in a number of weeks. His weekly “Little Jimmy” rants have become the most entertaining portion of Monday Night RAW. Truth has also been turning heads as of late with a pay per view win over Rey Mysterio at Over the Limit.
Everything was properly executed until RAW.
The WWE decides to place John Morrison in a match with R-Truth. Instead of having the match take place, the WWE has R-Truth attack JoMo backstage. This angle obviously gave away the finish to Sunday’s match.
Truth will be on the verge of victory due to dirty tactics, but before Truth wins the match, Morrison runs in and costs him the match.
Simply put, Truth loses so he can feud with Morrison afterwards.
It was the reason he was turned heel.
Ryan Frye: R-Truth is one of the few to ever go from jobber, to Raw’s top heel in mere months. The WWE has done a great job in making him look like a legitimate threat to Cena’s WWE title, although too fast for my liking.
With Truth’s attack to John Morrison on Raw, it only solidified the fact that on Sunday, Morrison will cost Truth his championship match. This will set up a triple-threat match at Money In The Bank, with Cena, Truth and John Morrison.
The next part of this will be later on, in the Money in the Bank Predictions.
Now, that I’ve painted my (predicted) picture of Raw’s main event scene for the next couple of months, let’s move on!
Winner: John Cena
John Cavanagh: Truth has been doing fantastic as of late, riding a huge wave of momentum. His new heel turn has garnered him plenty of heat and made this match very interesting. Still, WWE will not take the strap of Cena so soon.
Winner: John Cena
Charlie Groenewegen: I’m not sure about the winner of Cena vs. Truth, but I know for a fact that John Morrison is going to cost Truth the match. In other words: R-Truth, win or lose, is not leaving DC as the WWE Champion.