Lesnar. I could totally see a spot where he breaks the hammer in two. Punk. Sheamus Bryan. Kane wasn't on tv even. Jericho. Miz. I guess Mysterio was with Kane... Prime Time Players, and the belts and champs go unseen until Rumble or something.
(edited by Lexus on 16.8.12 0957) "Laugh and the world laughs with you. Frown and the world laughs at you." -Me.
Punk. I've been going back and forth on whether his reign will end each month. With the three-way, I'm on not.
Sheamus. They really ought to do the Ziggler cash-in soon, because no one else seems like a decent opponent for Sheamus the way things are set up.
Lesnar. I just think it would be way too stupid to have Brock come in to lose twice, and to give those two wins over him to people who just don't need them. So much better to have him beat Trips and let someone avenge that later. (Preferably NOT Trips.) They actually got a call about this match on WFAN, the big sports station in New York, this afternoon, and one of the hosts passed on someone's theory that HBK would turn on Trips to set up an out-of-retirement match at Mania. Although it would take one HELL of a storyline to get people to treat HBK as a heel against Trips when it would likely be the last time we'd see HBK.
Jericho. The face turn plus the can't-win-the-big-ones storyline plus the guarantee add up to no other outcome making sense. Then when Ziggler cashes in, he can get the win back and send Jericho packing.
Miz. No need to change here.
Prime Time Players. Need a title change, and Truth and Kofi can find plenty to do without the belts.
Santino. I doubt that they think it's time to put a belt on Antonio, and if they were going to, it wouldn't be on the YT pre-show.
John Cena vs. Big Show vs. CM Punk, WWE Championship Match: I've got to stick with Punk here. His "the champion has to be the most important person in the company" thing loses its meaning if he's not the champion anymore. Punk wins by doing something heelish, maybe taking advantage of the inherent no-DQ rules of a Triple Threat after twenty minutes of everyone wrestling it straight-up as they usually seem to do so. Like the good old days where the tag team Tables matches always started with five minutes of normal tag team wrestling before everyone remembered that they don't really need to follow any rules.
Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio w/Ricardo Rodriguez, an expensive car that isn't a Ferrari, and presumably the Black Scarf of Mourning, World Championship Match: Sheamus is going in injured, here. But didn't he go in injured last month too? Sheamus survives, barely. And that sets up...
Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler w/Vickie Guerrero, World Championship Match: Dolph cashes in and wins the title. Maybe the angry Del Rio even sticks around long enough to make sure Dolph wins.
Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H: Lesnar wins. Won't be as much of a squash as it should be. And yeah, I know there's a pretty good chance that Lesnar won't actually win due to the HHHubris involved, but I have to go with him on the assumption that WWE actually wants to make money off of him in the future.
Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler: Jericho wins here to prove he can win the big one. Maybe Ziggler even gets himself DQed relatively early in the match? Reminiscient of the first Edge cash-in where Ric Flair beat Edge earlier in the night by DQ before Edge beat John Cena after the main event.
Daniel Bryan vs. Kane: Bryan wins, by submission. Wishful thinking? Maybe. Bryan seems to be like teflon now, where no matter how much he loses the fans will still care, but it's not like Kane's been shy about giving people big wins before. A submission win over Kane can be played up huge and make it less embarassing should other top faces have to tap out to the No!lock.
The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio, Intercontinental Title match: Miz retains. I don't know what Mysterio would do with the IC Title, and I don't think they're ready to re-elevate Miz to the main event yet.
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. The Prime Time Players: Going to pick the Prime Time Players, again. It didn't work last time for me! But I'll go back to the well.
Santino Marella vs. Antonio Cesaro w/Aksana, US Title Match: I want to pick Cesaro here, I like him and all, but after thinking it over I'll stick with Santino. Why? Well...
Bonus Match - Brodus Clay vs. Damien Sandow: I think Damien Sandow is more ready for a US Title reign than Cesaro is. Sandow wins over Clay by taking advantage of his injuries, remaining undefeated and setting his sights on Santino next.
pre-show: Antonio wins. With him talking in 5 languages and apparently wanting to restore the Euro title, this would be great to rechristen the US title
main show: Ryback squashes someone.
Prime Time Players win.
The Miz wins.
Daniel Bryan wins.
Jericho wins (gets taken out afterwards for his tour)
SHeamus wins. Ziggler threatens to cash in but runs off before he does.
HHH wins by dq when Lesnar doesn't stop when asked and just totally destroys him (which would probably get him more heat than a clean win over Hunter.) End of the year, HHH returns for a rematch but then he steps aside when Undertaker shows up and demands the match.
I've personally been thrilled with how well Big Show's been booked - and how he's stepped up to the plate - since he moved to SmackDown. He's really been trying, and he's finally wrestling like a 500-pound monster should be.