Not going to submit a long and detailed post today, but I just want to get these out there. Feel free to comment and/or pass along your reaction and thoughts.
Pre-Show Kickoff match: Naomi vs Cameron
Umm, I think I’ll still be “tailgating” or helping my boys get ready to enjoy the first hour of the main card (before their bedtime at 9:00 of course). I honestly don’t know anyone that really cares about this match, and I hate to have my Swami Says predictions start off on a missed pick with a match like this. Eeny Meeny Miny Mo. Go with Naomi. Cameron is horrible in the ring.
Jack Swagger vs Rusev – I just read a report that WWE might be dropping the evil Russian storyline due to the tragic events in the Ukraine this past week and everything that’s really going on with Vladimir Putin. If this match does happen tonight, and IF WWE is still giving Rusev the monster push, then Rusev goes over Swagger. I of course could see them going the other way in light of recent events. The crowd chants of “We The People!” are one of the most popular chants going.
The Usos vs Erick Rowan and Luke Harper of The Wyatt Family (WWE Tag Team Championship match) – My predicting the Wyatts to win the title at MITB last month was incorrect. They of course continue to beat The Usos on TV in non-title matches. I’ll stick to my guns and go with Harper/Rowan once again. New champs tonight!
AJ Lee vs Paige (WWE Divas Championship match) – Paige respects AJ. AJ respects Paige. WTF! Just get it on! AJ retains tonight.
Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins - Should be one of the best, if not THE best, wrestling match on the card tonight. Rollins cannot lose the Money In The Bank briefcase in this one, or his chance to cash in anytime for the World Heavyweight Championship. I have a feeling they give Ambrose a little bit of revenge tonight and a win in this match, but it won’t be the last time we see them both on the Battleground broadcast.
Bray Wyatt vs Chris Jericho – Is Y2J back part-time to put over another young up-and-coming Superstar? He did put over Fandango at WMXXIX which was a bit of a surprise. Wyatt has so much more potential than Fandango ever had or ever will have, and the crowd is still pretty much into Bray and his “He’s got the whole world in his hands” mantra. Look for a big win by Wyatt tonight although we could still see Y2J/Bray in some fashion together again at SummerSlam.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Big E vs. Bo Dallas vs. Cesaro vs. Curtis Axel vs. Diego vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango vs. Heath Slater vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rob Van Dam vs. R-Truth vs. Ryback vs. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara vs. The Great Khali vs. The Miz vs. Titus O’Neil vs. Xavier Woods vs. Zack Ryder (WWE Intercontinetal Championship battle royal) – I truly believe there are only a handful of guys with any chance of winning this battle royal and claiming the vacant IC Championship. They are Cesaro, Sheamus, Dallas and possibly the recently returned Miz. My gut is telling me they want Sheamus to win and unify the US and IC titles. I’m also thinking they’d like to call Cesaro the “King of Battle Royals” since he won the Inaugural Andre The Giant Memorial battle royal at WMXXX. Former (and currently injured) IC champ Wade “Bad News” Barrett is supposedly going to be there to award the winner the belt. I only include Bo Dallas in this conversation because of his current huge push and his history with Barrett (eliminated him from the Royal Rumble a couple years ago, and then they had a mini feud with a match at the next PPV). Miz could be a sleeper or wild card or whatever you want to call it with his “Moneymaker” being protected all the way to a win. But I’ll stick with my first instinct and that’s Cesaro.
John Cena vs Roman Reigns vs Kane vs Randy Orton (WWE Championship fatal four-way match) – If you’re reading this blog then I’m guessing you may have read some other predictions too or maybe even have listened to some pro wrestling podcasts or radio shows. (like I do when I can – Busted Open Radio on SiriusXM being the absolute best!) Regardless, my expectations for this bout are probably very similar to many diehard fans’ thoughts as well. Super Cena wins and retains the title. The Authority has their Plan B (and possibly Plan C as has been alluded to on Raw this past week) and will not stand for Cena being the face of the WWE. Look out for a probable return of The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar tonight after this match is over and a nice little beatdown on The Champ. Then out comes Mr. MITB Rollins to cash in, with Dean Ambrose on his tail to interfere and thwart Rollins’ chances once again. But it just might happen tonight. Lesnar & The Authority hold off Ambrose allowing Rollins to cash in on Cena. Rollins walks away the new Champ. Cena is left laying as Lesnar stands over him, setting up their SummerSlam main event.
Then we all look forward to Monday Night Raw tomorrow night as is always the case following the par-per-view event.