Originally posted by geemoney-John Cena vs. Great Khali, WWE Title Match (Pinfalls Count Anywhere- isn't that part of ECW rules anyway?)
No. In the original ECW, you could do anything you wanted and fight anywhere you wanted but pinfalls had to happen inside the ring. Falls Count Anywhere is essentially a WWF/WWE hardcore match. The McMahon vs. Lashley street fight is identical to Extreme Rules and technically the only match being held under what were the old ECW's rules -- Anything goes but the pinfall must occur in the ring. Historically all WWE "street fights" are identical to the old ECW's rules/Extreme Rules. The falls count anywhere aspect of the WWE "hardcore match" is what made it different from a "street fight" and the old ECW's matches/Extreme Rules.
Every other match will have no rules but will have a variation to how the match can end. Stretcher match, tables, and ladder match do not end in pinfalls. Cage match will most likely have the escape the cage stipulation. Pudding match is held in a pudding pool and not in the ring.
Cena Lashley Edge Orton Candice Hardys Punk, Dreamer and Sandman
-John Cena vs. Great Khali, WWE Title Match (Pinfalls Count Anywhere- isn't that part of ECW rules anyway?): Cena kills Khali, finally.
-Mr. McMahon vs. Lashley, ECW World Title Match (Streetfight): McMahon retains, freeing Lashley up to switch shows in the draft.
-Edge vs. Batista, World Heavyweight Title Match (Steel Cage): Edge retains.
-Melina vs. Candice Michelle (Pudding Match): It's non-title, so I'll pick Candice to win. The feud continues to Jell-O next month.
-The Hardys vs. The World's Greatest Tag Team, World Tag Title Match (Ladder Match): Hardyz retain through Cade and Murdoch interference, but get destroyed after the match by same.
-Randy Orton vs. RVD (Stretcher Match): In RVD, we have a guy who's walking away from a paycheck. In Orton, we have a guy who's always getting his paychecks taken away from him by the WWE. I love the meta-plot.
Orton wins, unless he once again trashes his hotel room the night before.
-C.M. Punk, Tommy Dreamer, Sandman vs. Elijah Burke, Marcus Cor Von, Matt Striker (Six-Man Tables Match): Tommy Dreamer gets pinned.
John Cena vs. Great Khali, WWE Title Match, Falls Count Anywhere: Call me crazy, but I actually think they'll give Khali the belt here. It'd be an insanely stupid move and they'd essentially be giving a guy with the world's most limited moveset their top title, but I think they're actually stupid enough to do it. Someone up there thinks there will be money in Cena chasing the title until Summerslam. Sigh. Brace yourselves. It's gonna be a long few months.
Dr. McMahon vs. Lashley, ECW World Title Match, Street Fight: This has been the year for having guys just shoved down fans' throats against their will. There's no bigger example than Bobby Lashley. He's had a marquee Wrestlemania match, had Donald Trump in his corner, had the benefit of a McMahon feud, been the only guy to break the Masterlock, and got the rub from a departing Big Show. He's a good wrestler, but since he's got the charisma of a cardboard box, he's not over in the least despite all that. And yet somehow, he'll get the belt back here.
Edge vs. Batista, World Heavyweight Title Match, Steel Cage: Batista's been slowly working himself back into his groove. Edge is too good a heel champ, though, and he needs to stay strong for when Kennedy returns. Edge wins relatively cleanly.
Melina vs. Candice Michelle, Pudding Match: I hear JR talking about Candice's improvement, but I sure don't see it. Melina wins.
The Hardys vs. The World's Greatest Tag Team, World Tag Title Match, Ladder Match: I give it to the TWGTT, thanks to Cowboy-ference. This should hopefully set up a 3-way at the next PPV.
Randy Orton vs. RVD, Stretcher Match: Again, I feel the need to point out that when RVD brings bad publicity to the company, he immediately gets buried with no hope of ever seeing a main event again. Orton brings bad publicity to the company and he's now getting an even bigger push than before the incident. Life is not fair. Orton wins in a squash.
C.M. Punk, Tommy Dreamer, Sandman vs. Elijah Burke, Marcus Cor Von, Matt Striker, Six-Man Tables Match: The ECW Originals win, possibly as a way to ride into the sunset before getting separated in the draft.
The Wisdom of Homsar: Let's sing a song of Pennzoil!
Orton got bad publicity from the dirtsheets and online fans. RVD got bad publicity from a state court and the arresting officers. Orton hasn't been in a position of importance for over a year. RVD was the world champion of two brands when he got busted. There's a world of difference there.
Quick picks: Cena Lashley Edge Orton Hardys New Breed Candice MVP (if he fights)
For some perverse reason I'm actually looking forward to this show.
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My (anal-retentive, Virgo) list, with best-case expected "clearance" date: Chris Kanyon -- complications (early Jan'03) Mark Henry -- ankle (early Jan'03) Billy Gunn -- shoulder disloc & numbness (reeval Dec'02)