Sunday, July 20, 2014

WWE Battlegrounds 2014 predictions

I forgot that the PPV was happening tonight, so let's get this thing out real quick.

Pre-show match: Naomi vs. Cameron: They used to be in a tag team called The Funktadactyls, then split like a week ago. Naomi can wrestle. Cameron, not so much.

Prediction: Naomi and hopefully they send Cameron back down to NXT for training or she becomes a manager or something.

Luke Harper and Erick Rowan of The Wyatt Family vs. The Usos for the Tag Team titles: A rematch from the last PPV. Rowan and Harper won a tag match for the right to another shot at the titles. Well that, and WWE isn't exactly bursting with tag teams at the moment.

Prediction: Rowan and Harper because as much as I like The Usos, the former need a run with the titles.

Speaking of Wyatts: Bray Wyatt vs. Chris "The Man of 1004 Holds" Jericho: Y2J came back for another one of his runs in-between touring and recording Fozzy albums and while it looked like he was going to start a feud with a returning Miz, he instead got into one with Bray. Ought to be good as both guys can bring it in the ring.

Prediction: Bray because Jericho is the perfect part-timer in that he's just there to help put over the new guys.

AJ Lee (Champion) vs. Paige for the Divas Championship: Paige made her debut the night after WrestleMania 30 during AJ's promo about retaining the title at the PPV. Paige then proceeded to beat AJ and win the title, which she held until June 30th, when AJ returned from hiatus (and her honeymoon with CM Punk) and won it back. Interestingly, they've been acting sort buddy-buddy with each other. Not exactly friends, but not like enemies either. I think the term is "frenemies".

Prediction: No idea. It would interesting if they traded the belt back and forth until it culminated in a ladder match. Either way, I just want them to form a tag team called Team Besties and go on the road, solving mysteries with Zack Ryder, Alicia Fox, and Dean Ambrose.

That bigass battle royal for the Intercontinental Championship with way too many names to type, so fuck that noise: Wade Barrett was stripped of the title after Swaggie threw him into a barrier and dislocated his shoulder bad enough to require surgery.

Prediction: Depends on WWE's plans with the title and Barrett.
If they plan on putting the belt back on Barrett after his return: Probably Dolph Ziggler.
If they don't plan on putting the belt back on Barrett after he comes back: Hopefully Cesaro because he could use whatever boost the IC title could give him.
There's a third option here - title unification. Sheamus is in the match and he's already United States Champion. This would be a chance to unify the two and bring back the Light Heavyweight Championship (as advocated by Okori in these two posts over at The Wrestling Blog). I don't think it's likely because WWE is too smart to let a title unification happen in a battle royal when it would be more of a draw as a singles match.

Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins: They've been feuding since Seth betrayed The Shield (and broke our hearts) and join The Authority. Dean has vowed to cockblock Seth every time the latter tries to cash in his briefcase. Both of these guys are excellent in the ring and are two of the brightest stars in the post-CM Punk era of WWE, especially with the absence of Daniel Bryan.

Prediction: Not a clue. I want this to end in a DQ so that their feud can continue.

Jack Swagger vs. Rusev: WWE finally got around to putting the "Real American" against the anti-American, pro-Russian brute.Swaggie and his manager Zeb Colter are now faces and it looks like the xenophobia and racism has been swept under the rug. I gotta say, I'm liking this feud because it has a bit of an epic feel to it. It isn't on that level yet, but it could be. Seeing Swaggie standing toe to toe with Rusev is just cool.

Prediction: Same as the Dean and Seth match, I don't want there to be a winner. I want them both to be counted out because they're too busy throwing bombs at each other outside of the ring to care. If I was booking this, I would have the next two matches between them end with no winner, with second to last match being a last standing match, which ends in a draw after they both lay each other out and can't make the ten count. The final match would be an "I Quit" match that ends up Rusev giving up while locked in Swagger's Patriot Lock.

John Cena vs. Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton vs. Kane for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Cena would play ball with The Authority, so they pit him in a Fatal Four-Way. Boy, they're really pushing Roman to the top pretty quick, aren't they?

Prediction: Cena most likely so that they can set up a match between him and...MY CLIENT BROOOOOOOOOOOOOCK LESNAR CONQUERED THE STREAK AT WRESTLEMANIA. *ahem*. Paul Heyman offered a Plan C to The Authority in the event that Plan A (Cena losing to either Orton or Kane) and Plan B (Seth Rollins cashing in his Money in the Bank contract afterwards) both fail. It's obvious that Plan C is Lesnar. My guess is it'll be at SummerSlam and Lesnar will win the WWE title.

On the other hand, it's entirely possible that WWE could pull the trigger on Roman and put the belts on him. He's pretty damn popular right now and they might just decide to bypass secondary title runs and put him on the main stage. The problem here is Lesnar. Does WWE really want to put the belts on Roman if they plan on crowning Lesnar at the next PPV? Then again, who's to say he'll even win. Winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and then defeating the guy who ended The Undertaker's Streak would be a pretty goddamn big feather in Roman's cap.

Let's see if I get any right again. I got all but one match right at the last PPV, so I'm hoping for a repeat.

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