Okay, I feel like I need to digress for a minute. Remember WM31? How they built Brock up as this fucking Terminator who killed Cena, then a bunch of other guys, then fought Cena again, with Rollins, shrugged off all their offense, then killed Cena again? Then they built Roman like this: Roman: I'll beat Brock. Fans: Uhh..., no you won't. Roman: I Can and I Will. Fans: You can't, and you shouldn't. Roman: Believe That. Fans: Why should we? Roman: Believe....That.
The biggest problem going into that match (which had many, actually) was that Roman had like half of Brock's credibility. Tops. This time around, they want to do the fight again for reals, and first they fed Roman the (aged and decrepit) Undertaker at WrestleMania. Now, they've got an absolute beast in Brawn Strongman, and actually giving Roman a hard-fought win here puts him a lot closer to Brock's level, booking-wise. I'm not saying that this fixes Roman's (many, many) problems, but at least they're doing something this time around, which I appreciate. So, for picks, yeah I'll take:
Reigns Owens - obvious, really Bayley - they're right around the corner from that hot Sasha summer feud Cesaro & Sheamus - why not? I foresee a heel turn here, but I don't want it. Rollins - although where he goes from here, I have no idea. Neville - on the baseless assumption that Cedric is close to a return, and he should be the one to beat Neville and let's say, oh, Bray Wyatt wins his "signature" match on the RAW exclusive PPV, with the help of maybe a new Wyatt Family guy, or maybe Jinder & Co. Don't feel real confident about this one, though.
I really enjoyed this story. You should consider maybe doing some recaps for us in the future. Your perspective is unique. I actually liked the anecdote about seeing Malenko on his cell phone. I imagine he was talking to GRAN NANIWA~!