Big Show vs. Mark Henry has been added to the PPV (luckily, as I wanted to bump this thread up as we only have two predictions a day away from the show!). Henry really needs a win and he'll get it here.
HHH retains over Orton. Jericho pulls out a win over HBK. Cena gets his first PPV win since February over JBL. I'll go with Punk and Kane to win the tag titles, with them losing them and feuding sometime in the near future. Mickey to hang on to the Women's Title. Edge and Undertaker to end without a clear winner, necessitating another match. I know Henry needs a win, but I don't see him beating Show - Big Show wins.
HHH d. Randy Orton in a Steel Cage Match: This hopefully takes Randy Orton and his chinlocks out of the title picture once and for all.
Y2J d. HBK in a May The Best Acronym Win Match: Batista runs in and kills Shawn dead to give Jericho the win.
JBL d. John Cena: JBL wins to keep the acronym streak alive. With Orton essentially getting flushed down the toilet, Triple H's next feud looks to be against ANOTHER obnoxiously overrated heel that can't wrestle. Huzzah.
Undertaker d. Edge: This should hopefully wrap up this feud. What's irritating is that there doesn't seem to be any point to UT getting stripped of the belt in the first place. He either gets it back here, thus making that exercise pointless, or you put the belt back on Edge and essentially hit the Reset button to bring things back to where they were in February. Oh, a winner? Yeah, I'll go with UT, who goes on to feud with the winner of the next match...
Big Show d. Mark Henry: Big Show's been on a winning streak and Mark Henry is nothing more than a JTTS at this point. Show destroys Henry and gets the next title shot.
Miz and Morrison d. Kane & CM Punk: Since there was no ECW thread this week, let me be the first to point out how colossally STUPID it was to job CM Punk CLEANLY to The Miz. You might as well have Punk cash in the briefcase against Kane for all it means at this point. The stupidity continues here, as Miz and Morrison win with Punk doing the job.
Mickie James d. Beth Phoenix and Melina: Heel miscommunication leads to a Mickie win.
Triple H d. Randy Orton -- Hunter just won it, so this is simply the blow-off of the feud. I say WWE should move Orton over to SmackDown. He's been an AWESOME main-event heel, but he's got nobody left to feud with on RAW.
Edge d. Undertaker to win the title -- Undertaker hooks the gogoplata, Vickie DQs him and awards Edge the title. Odd to give it to Undertaker, take it away, and immediately give Edge the title back. However, I can't imagine why else they would have taken it off Taker so soon otherwise.
JBL d. John Cena -- Either the beginning of a feud, or a way to build up JBL as a challenger to Hunter.
Jericho d. Michaels -- Again, this is either the beginning of a feud, or the build of a heel challenger to Hunter.
Big Show d. Mark Henry -- Show is lagging, as there's nothing for him to do in the midcard, but no heel champs to feud with. I'm guessing this is a way to continue his build, and maybe lead to a summer feud with Edge for the title?
Punk & Kane d. Miz & Morrison to win the Tag Titles -- Seems to be the way they're going, considering Miz & Morrison beat Punk & Kane in singles matches on the go-home show. Not happy about that, since Miz & Morrison have made awesome, awesome, AWESOME tag champs. My only hope is maybe it leads to a big singles push for Morrison. I wasn't a big fan of his ECW Title run, due to the Morrison gimmick being too fake. But he's come into his own as a character over the past months, and is ready to be a huge star.
Mickie James d. Beth Phoenix and Melina -- James just won the belt. No need to take it off her yet.
I'm going with Orton winning here, to keep his mojo, push this feud to summerslam (Remember, they thought this feud was potentially good enough to headline WM last year), and get Hunter closer to magical title reign #17 (before he semi-retires to backstage life in a few years) when he takes the title back at SS.
I don't watch Smackdown, but how do you have Edge be as involved with the GM of the show as he is if he loses here? Not to mention that taker never holds the title long. I'm going with Edge. Wait, can I go with "Super surprising return of Brock Lesnar who finally took the huge pay cut when realizing this is where his bread was buttered?" No... damn. Ok, Edge. Probably via DQ after taker uses the choke.
Tag Titles: When did they become an ECW property? *shrug* who cares. I suppose I'll go with Morrison and Miz because I'm assuming they actually do something with them. Normally I'd think that WWE would do the opposite specifically because of that, but they actually seem to have put some thought into the Tag divison of late (not counting cade & murdoch).
No way Jericho beats HBK cleanly. This feud should go on for months because it would be 2003/2004 Benoit vs Angle levels of goodness... but of course it won't. This is a one-shot. It'll get forgotten after Batista runs in and beats Shawn up. Either Jericho wins via Batistaference, Shawn wins via DQ after Batistaference, or Shawn takes down Bastistaference with a superkick AND gets Jericho with a superkick as well.
If they job Cena to JBL here, I start scratching my head, as that'd be 3 PPV losses in a row for him, which hasn't been seen since... 2003, 2004? JBL in the ring is a giant hole of suck and if they try and present him as a legitimate threat to HHH, I just gotta wonder WTF they're smoking. They bring Jericho and JBL back at the same time and push BRADSHAW?! He should be midlevel jobber at best. I'm sorry, but his sloppy ring work, monotone repetitive promos, and big flopping boobs just don't do anything me at all. My pick is, for everything that is right with the world and for the love of god Cena.
I want to see Beth destroy both Mickie and Melina. She doesn't have to win the belt, but there needs to to be carnage. Hell, I'll go with Melina winning here through edge-like oportunistic heel tactics, have mickie be "injured" for 2-3 weeks, and give us some good monster heel vs cowardly cheating heel matches for a few weeks.
Big show selling offense just never looks right to me, and you know he'll have to sell Mark Henry's offense. *sigh* I mean, the outcome isn't in doubt, it's all Paul, but this will probably be the least watchable match of the night, and that's including a match featuring JBL and a women's match. That's really saying something (and that something is BAD).
edit: spelling and additional notes on taker vs edge.
(edited by Skarecrow on 18.5.08 1214) Evil Inside =X=
Mike Johnson says Jeff Hardy vs. MVP may be added to the line-up. That definitely is a positive, if it happens. He also says that there is a chance (although this is just speculation) that it could replace Show v. Henry, which is another positive.
Was anyone else immediately turned off the second the show started - when Orton came to the top of the ramp and started smiling at the crowd? Way too babyface-ish for him. I seem to remember The Rock behaving the same way...