Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns, Universal Championship Match: I could say the build-up has signaled a Reigns win, but that's happened before, too. Ultimately, it depends on how Vince McMahon feels when he wakes up Sunday morning. I'll go with Reigns.
A.J. Styles vs. Samoa Joe, WWE Championship Match: Looking forward to this one. I have a lot of titles changing hands, so I'll go with Styles retaining, but in a way that allows Joe to challenge again next month. I'm hoping this is a long-term feud.
Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey, Raw Women's Championship Match: I guess Bliss could get DQ'd, leading to a follow-up match. But on this stage, I think they go Rousey here.
Carmella vs. Becky Lynch vs. Carmella, Triple Threat Match for the Smackdown Women's Championship: Lots of directions this could go, with Charlotte and Becky possibly cancelling each other out (maybe with Charlotte turning?) and Carmella retaining, or a straight-up Becky or Charlotte win. Given the storyline, as much as I'd like to see Lynch win the title, I don't think it happens. I'll go with the former scenario, and Carmella again escapes with the title.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins, Intercontinental Championship Match: Rollins wins the title back with Dean Ambrose in his corner.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy, United States Championship Match: Nakamura wins and retains, Randy Orton gets involved at the expense of Hardy.
Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens, if Strowman loses he cedes his Money in the Bank contract to Owens: Braun wins and keeps the briefcase - WWE likes calling him Mr. Monster in the Bank too much for him to lose it.
Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz: This is another one that should be a long-term direction, so I'll say Miz wins.
The Bludgeon Brothers vs. New Day, Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: With the return of The Bar, it would make sense for them to get into the tag title picture, but they can only do that if New Day has the titles. They win the belts from the Bludgeons.
Baron Corbin vs. Finn Balor: Corbin is a good bet to be first in line to challenge Reigns for the Universal Championship, so he wins here.
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Rousey Lynch Rollins Shinsuke B-Team Braun Miz via Mrs. shenanigans New Day Balor Joe Braun cashed in mid-match and wins, leading to Reigns FINALLY turning. (edit - NOPE. Changed my mind. Lesnar. THEN Braun cash-in. Monster leaves SS with belt.)
Rousey. They already did the Dq. Rollins. Ambrose new look is more heelish to me, but I doubt they turn him. Maybe if he didn't show up on Monday. Nakamura. Randys issue doesn't change the result. Bryan. Big win. Wins rematch next month. Vs AJ at The Series. AJ. Joe is a good monster, but AJ vs Bryan is bigger than him. Bludgeon Bros. Might be start of new day singles runs. Let Xavier do double duty on 205 to win the belt. Kofi US, Big E main events. Charlotte. Leads to her or Lynch turning. Which one fits the best. Balor. Braun. They are all in on him. If he loses the case he's ruined. No cash in.
Team Cien. The Shakespeare of Song fully turns. Alexander.
I haven't watched Raw or Smackdown for at least a month so basing this on reports read and previous action.
Lesnar. I was the only one on here to call his victory at Mania (I think!) but in a lot of ways it makes so much sense for him to win and give Roman more of an edge as he gets pissed off. Which means Roman probably wins - looking forward to the crowd reaction more than the match, especially if they go long.
Joe deserves it. This has the potential to be superb as long as they let them do what they can do. Although we said that with Nakamura as well.
Rousey so they can get her picture with the belt out there in the mainstream.
Ziggler so Seth can move on. Not sure what Dean will do. I'd love to see Seth right at the top of the card rather than IC, but they are bound to do Dean turning heel after beating Ziggler to face Seth who will be in his corner at the next PPV. Sorry, Network special.
Carmella pins whichever one gets laid out by the other. Should be Becky winning though. I'd even like Elsworth run in and help Becky to win!
Shinsuke with Randy coming out to do something. Not sure how he helps Shinsuke win and then challenge him as that is heel vs heel but fans like both.
Braun. Owens is brilliant, but if you had just started watching Raw lately you wouldn't think that.
Miz, especially if Bryan hasn't signed a contract yet.
New Day are still super over so will probably win. Especially with Cesaro and Sheamus back.
Corbin cheats to win.
Cedric keeps the cruiserweight title so he can face Lio whic should be fun.
Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns, Universal Championship Match: Brock. I'm just saying this so fate can decide against me and Reigns wins to put an end to all this and restore the timeline to the Raw after WrestleMania 31.
A.J. Styles vs. Samoa Joe, WWE Championship Match: Joe. I'm impressed that Styles has been given such a long reign, but it has to end at some point, right? Joe's probably about due, too.
Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey, Raw Women's Championship Match: Rousey. This isn't the time to SWERVE~! with her.
Carmella vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte, Triple Threat Match for the Smackdown Women's Championship: Charlotte, I guess? Gotta build her up for the inevitable Ronda match.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins, Intercontinental Championship Match: Rollins.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy, United States Championship Match: Jeff Hardy.
Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens, if Strowman loses he cedes his Money in the Bank contract to Owens: Owens.
Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz: Miz. Depends on if Bryan has signed, methinks.
The Bludgeon Brothers vs. New Day, Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: New Day.
A) Rusev/Lana vs. Almas/Zelina (Mixed Tag Team match - Kickoff) - English screws up again by appearing, Almas with the Hammerlock DDT on Rusev for the pin.
B) Alexander/Gulak (Cruiserweight Title Match - Kickoff) - Gulak with the upset via Gu-lock to win title.
C) B-Team/Revival (Raw Tag Team Title Match - Kickoff) - B-Team retain by roll-up.
1) Corbin/Balor - Corbin wins with End of Days.
2) Bludgeon Brothers/New Day (Smackdown Tag Team Title Match) - New Day by DQ after attempted use of mallets.
3) Bryan/Miz - Bryan with the Yes Lock to win match.
4) Nakamura/Hardy (US Title Match) - Nakamura with the Kinshasha to retain title, Orton RKO's both after match.
5) Ziggler (w/McIntyre)/Rollins (w/Ambrose) - Rollins wins title with the Stomp, outside will lead to McIntyre/Ambrose storyline (no turn for now for Ambrose, but will happen before 2018 is over.
6) Carmella/Becky/Charlotte (Smackdown Women's Title Match - Triple Threat) - Charlotte via yanking Becky off Carmella during pin, and then pinning Carmella, starting a slow burn for a heel turn.
7) Bliss/Rousey (Raw Women's Title Match) - Rousey wins title with the armbar submission.
8) Styles/Joe (WWE Title Match) - Joe wins title with the Kokina Clutch, Styles passes out instead of submits.
9) Strowman/Owens (MITB goes to Owens for any Strowman loss) - Strowman with the powerslam.
10) Lesnar/Reigns (Universal Title Match) - Reigns with the spear to win title...closing titles come up...ROAR!!!! Strowman enters, cashes the MITB case, powerslam, Strowman wins title. Reigns completely loses it and turns heel on RAW.
Summerslam will be insane with almost non-stop title changes like last year, and the landscape will be changed.
Lesnar wins via signing a new contract with Vince in a closed door meeting. Everything stays the same as it has been for what feels like a year. Lesnar will stay champ, so he can carry it into the Octagon for a UFC match that is a borderline squash match for him.
I figure that, whoever has the Money in the Bank challenges whoever wins the main event and takes the title, so either Owens/Reigns or Stroman/Lesnar, depending on how it actually shakes out. For my actual picks, though:
Owens via cash-in Reigns Styles Bliss - Rousey is in no way prepared to carry the division. She simply can't do anything well right now. Lynch - It's gotta be. And let me say, I absolutely love the booking here. Lynch spends months working her way into title contention, and Charlotte is gifted a title shot - Lynch's title shot - on the first day she comes back. I love it. Ziggler - this lets Rollins move up to the UC, and Ambrose can fight for the IC belt. Nakamura Owens - see above Bryan - this is the one I'm most looking forward to New Day Balor Gulak Almas/Vega
Reigns, with no cash in. Joe Becky Lynch Ronda Braun Constable Corbin Seth Rollins after Ambrose-ference Hardy after failed Orton-ference YES YES YES Bludgeon Brothers
Preshow for fun: Rusev/Lana Day Gulak wins
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