World Heavyweight Championship MitB Match: I want to say Ziggler, but I'm going to say Cody Rhodes. Ziggler's in a position where he can get a title shot without the briefcase, while Cody's been hanging around on the periphery for long enough.
WWE Championship MitB Match: Cena wins. I think it's time they have someone lose the briefcase title shot, and letting it be Cena is a great way to ensure no one's damaged.
Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk: Bryan wins, because eventually I'll be right. I said that last month too!
Alberto Del Rio vs. Sheamus: Sheamus retains. Not sure what he does at Summerslam, but they'll find something.
R-Truth and Kofi Kingston vs. Hunico and Camacho: Kofi and Truth.
Layla vs. Beth Phoenix: Layla retains.
The Ryback vs. Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks: The Ryback wins, though not with the double Shell Shocked. At least not without hurting someone!
Brodus Clay vs. David Otunga: Clay. Squashier than the previous match, even!
Truth & Kofi win. This match just seems to be to remind us that these guys are there. Then the champs will probably shift focus to the prime time players.
Cody Rhodes wins. This match is weird. 2 heel candidates to win it, who can use it to be elevated. the veteran Christian who should be considered a favorite but I think he's just there to be the ring general. Then you have 5 unknowns for this type of match. Santino will do some comedy and have a spot where he seems about to get it but fails at the last moment. It will involve the cobra. This match should be awesome if only for the bizarre randomness of these men being in a match together.
Del Rio wins. Simply for the fact that it's time to do a 'face chases heel' story again.
John Cena wins. This match is bizarre. Only 4 guys in a MitB match. And three of these are not known for their high octane offense. This is going to be a VERY different type of match than what we usually get. Lots of beatings with the ladders, but not as many high spots. I wish Jericho would win it, but the safe bet is Cena.
Punk wins. I hope we get a nice long match and that despite everything, Bryan walks off with the girl at the end. But without the title. If Cena wins, everyone will expect Bryan to win it only to have Cena run in and cash it in. But we'll get Mr. Cena be all noble again and announce when he cashes it in. At Summerslam. And Punk vs Cena is a better draw than Cena vs Bryan.
WWE Championship: CM Punk World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio WWE Tag Team Championship: R-Truth & Kofi Kingston WWE Championship Money in the Bank Match: John Cena World Championship Money in the Bank Match: Cody Rhodes
Ladies and gentlemen, the following public service message is brought to you by your friends from D-Generation X, who would like to remind each and every one of you that if you're not down with that, we've got two words for you... I love how they've booked this PPV because almost all of the matches could end up going either way (and the WHC MitB has only two guys that really don't have a chance of winning, Sandow and Sin Cara).
The one thing, though, that I'm sure about, is the WWE MitB will be won by Chris Jericho rather than John Cena as everyone is predicting. Reading all these predictions of Cena making a "traditional" MitB cash-in (especially potentially on Punk) are laughable because of the nature of Cena's character; plus, I don't think the E really wants to lump Cena with the label of "first MitB loser" (Cena's taken his lumps, but nothing so lasting). Jericho's a guy who'd be willing and able to take that lump, can do it against a heel or a face, and all of the remainders about him being the guy that "invented" MitB (even though he's never won one) have to pay off at some point.
I'm torn on the WWE title match because while it's clear that the E wants to attempt to recapture lightning in a bottle with Punk and Cena at Summerslam (and note that Cena doesn't need to have the briefcase for that booking to become a reality), the storyline's dictating something completely different. Both guys in the match should end up losing something as a result of this match and of jerking "poor little AJ" around - Punk the title (to Bryan) and Bryan his pride (when AJ kicks him in the balls after giving him the belt back and kicking him to the curb seemingly for good - as if to say, "Oh, remember what you said about how it was my fault you blew it the last time? Well, prove it, hotshot." What cinches my thinking is that Bryan vs. Cena and Bryan vs. Jericho would both represent fresh matchups, while Punk in Bryan's spot in both cases is scorched earth.
The only thing that gives me pause on the WHC title match is all this inside info from the dirt sheets about Del Rio having more backstage power because of the current unreliability of the other Mexican performers. In a just world, we'd see Sheamus pull an 18-second finish on Del Rio and Alberto would be sent back permanently to the midcard where he belongs; in reality, I think it's only a question of whether Del Rio wins it here or at Summerslam, and given that there are more possible MitB winners/new challengers on the heel side of things (Ziggler, Rhodes, Tensai, and the alleged reason MitB at WM was cancelled, Wade Barrett), Del Rio's probably winning it sooner so that Sheamus or Randy Orton can get it back sooner to set up the cash-in.
As far as the WHC MitB is concerned, pick your poison. Like I said, Sandow and Sin Cara are really the only two you can't make a case for winning, though I think the order of likelihood goes as follows: Rhodes, Ziggler, Kidd, Christian, Tensai, Santino. (And this also isn't counting the possibility that Barrett makes a surprise return and Wastelands his way into the match, probably at poor Sin Cara's expense, and wins it, since he allegedly was set to win it at WM before his injury led them to stupidly decide to scrub the match.) I'll officially pick Rhodes, but who knows what happens here.
smark/net attack Advisory System Status is: Elevated (Holds; June 18, 2006) While the switch from Cena to RVD should alleviate some complaints, the inevitability of the belt's return to Cena (note where Summerslam is this year) and the poor initial showing by the new ECW are enough to keep the indicator where it is for now. The pieces are in place, though, especially on RAW, for improvements to be made to the IWC's psyche in the near future.
Originally posted by Texas KellyBoth guys in the match should end up losing something as a result of this match and of jerking "poor little AJ" around - Punk the title (to Bryan) and Bryan his pride (when AJ kicks him in the balls after giving him the belt back and kicking him to the curb seemingly for good - as if to say, "Oh, remember what you said about how it was my fault you blew it the last time? Well, prove it, hotshot."
I think Bryan would probably take that tradeoff.
What cinches my thinking is that Bryan vs. Cena and Bryan vs. Jericho would both represent fresh matchups, while Punk in Bryan's spot in both cases is scorched earth.
That episode where they all tagged up did tease Punk/Cena (Punk tells Cena to follow his lead, Eve later tells Punk he's still overshadowed by Cena) and Jericho/Bryan matches. But only if you assume that angles on a thrown-together Raw are supposed to lead to anything longterm, which they usually aren't.
Del Rio's probably winning it sooner so that Sheamus or Randy Orton can get it back sooner to set up the cash-in
I think Orton is coming back to work with Sheamus and eventually turn heel on him, the direction they started before he got suspended. Del Rio is then freed up to work SummerSlam against Rey Mysterio in his return grudge ... which again foolishly assumes that guys they do injury angles with will bother to get revenge when they come back.
I'll go for broke. SummerSlam is:
HHH vs. Lesnar Cena vs. Bryan (w/ AJ) for the WWE title - all roads lead to Cena; the planets of Cena's TV time and AJ's TV have been orbiting each other and will now collide. prepare for some horrible Cena jokes! Sheamus vs. Orton for the World title Punk vs. Big Show - costs Punk his title rematch on Raw1000 just to be mean Rey vs. Del Rio
World Heavyweight Championship MitB Match: Cody Rhodes.
WWE Championship MitB Match: Cena.
Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk: Bryan. Though I think it makes a stronger SummerSlam main event if Punk goes in as champ and they do a title change there. Punk vs Cena one year later has more history behind it, while Bryan vs Cena would be just the first in a series of matches.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Sheamus: Sheamus.
R-Truth and Kofi Kingston vs. Hunico and Camacho: Kofi and Truth.
Layla vs. Beth Phoenix: Layla.
The Ryback vs. Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks: Ryback.
I'm really not sure I'm going to plump for Christian just for the hell of it really and because I'm a peep
Cena, I think some people are saying why so many and then so few in the match I actually think it'll make it interesting and different but it's only Cena to lead in to
Punk in that it's raw 1000 coming up. He's threatening to drop some pipe bombs on the guests. Cena/punk will be started to tease i think Punk will bring up the integrity question on Cena's character and because i don't think the WWE will give Bryan the big belt.
So eventually Punk/Rock set up by raw 1000 and leading to Cena/rock (possibly with Cena cashing the briefcase in for revenge after Wrestlemania)
And I can dream
Anyway Punk to win
World heavyweight title
Del Rio to light that fire under Sheamus' arse (as he might say himself)
I think I like RAW without the TitanTron now. Man Piper gave some awesome shoot comments tonight. The comments on Hogan were great! I kind of wished Joey Styles was announcing the Kofi/Orton fight. Great show tonight!