HHH vs. Batista: Batistaís got so much momentum going right now that itís virtually unthinkable that heíll lose this one. And while HHH is the only heel champion to ever retain at ĎMania (twice, no less!), I donít see him doing it here. If anything, the only thing that has me skeptical is how vulnerable theyíve been showing HHH to be going into this one. He hasnít one-upped Batista at any point in this feud, which may actually hurt the match itself. Benoitís win last year was sweet because they planted seeds of doubt that heíd be able to do it. The message this year is that Batista has had HHHís number in every conceivable way, so his taking the title is just another step for him. Winner: Batista
JBL vs. Cena: I donít see them doing two title swaps on the same show. And since the brand split, the challenger has always retained in an undercard Heavyweight Title match (yeah, there have only been two ĎManias since then, but itís still worth pointing out). Winner: JBL
Money In The Bank Match: Kaneís the ďunstoppableĒ monster of this match-up, which automatically means he wonít win. Jericho and Christian are both top-shelf workers in the ring and on the mic, but I donít see them winning. Benjaminís a longshot, but still needs to develop a personality for fans to click with. So that leaves Benoit and Edge. I see Benoit doing it, and screwing Edge over in the process. Or possibly even having the two of them remove it at the same time, leading to confusion (and a brief feud) over who really gets the title shot. Either way, winner: Benoit.
Trish vs. Christy: Having no talent and holding a title only works if youíre a heel. Christy doesnít need the belt, and would be for the womenís division what David Arquette was for WCW. Winner: Trish.
Angle vs. Michaels: I really donít see Angle winning this one. Heís the heel, heís been largely one-upping Shawn the entire feud, and heíd be largely free of any come-uppance if he won. Winner: HBK
Eddie vs. Rey: There will be some lying, cheating, and stealing that will plant some friction in their team. Winner: Eddie.
Big Show vs. Akebono: Akebono isnít going to lose his match on a ďfakeĒ show. Winner: Akebono.
Taker vs. Orton: I donít see them throwing away Takerís streak on a last-minute addition to the card, and Orton hasnít proven that he deserves to be the one to end it. Winner: Taker.
In order of how well I think they've built the matches:
HHH via Flair interference (25 minutes), both bleed
Benoit (he's the most over and can carry Batista in a 3 way) - 40 minutes
Cena - a face has to win a major title, 22 minutes
Taker in 20 minutes w/ lots of blood
HBK in only 10 minutes, HBK bleeds
Trish - via Matt Hardy interference as he's pissed at Lita, other Divas run in to get them on the card
Akebono via Reigns throwing salt in Show's face - 5 minute
Rey - but they only get 12 minutes
Bonus multi way, 2 fall nontitle tag team - Regal/Tajiri retain over La Resistance, Dupree/Holly, Hurricane/Rosey, Booker/London, Bashams, Maven/Dean Snitsky/Heidencrap- gets everyone on the card - takes all of 6 minutes
World Title Match Triple H v. Batista Well, the time to pull the switch on Batista is now, and a loss would definitley kill a lot of momentum he has gained. This should be last on the card, so they should send the crowd home happy. I have to wonder how good this match will be, as it was fair at best when I saw it three weeks ago. However, with tight booking, lots of smoke & mirrors (blood, weapons, etc.), and a motivated Hunter it should turn out fine. WINNER: Batista
WWE Title Match John Bradshaw Layfield v. John Cena Another match that's quality is in question. I haven't been able to see most of the buildup, and really the only thing I've seen is the stuff they did at No Way Out and last week's debate. Cena is super over with the crowd. On the one hand, I'm not sure if they'll do two face wins. On the other hand, they did it last year, and Cena is another guy who I think they should pull the switch on now. WINNER: John Cena
Shawn Michaels v. Kurt Angle The buildup to this has been excellent, so it should be a hot match. While both guys are past their primes, they also both pull out everything they've got when it comes to big matches, so I'd expect a **** match at least. I'm not 100% sure who'll win. However, I see Undertaker winning his match, and also say the faces will win the two title matches, so why not put a heel over here? WINNER: Kurt Angle
Undertaker v. Randy Orton This match could go either way quality-wise. Both of these guys can be good when really motivated and really not good when they're not motivated. Since it's WrestleMania, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and say that I see them pulling out a good match. Orton should go over in theory, but I don't see 'Taker jobbing at 'Mania... ever. WINNER: Undertaker
Money in the Bank, Ladder Match Chris Benoit v. Chris Jericho v. Kane v. Shelton Benjamin v. Edge v. Christian This should be quite awesome, as you have 5 of the best workers in the company, and Kane will probably do what he did in that RAW TLC match: lay down and let the workers work. Kane won't win because he had the advantage on Monday. Shelton probably won't win because he never does. Same deal with Christian. I don't see Jericho winning this either. I'd say it's a toss-up between Benoit & Edge. I'll go with Edge, since he's the main heel and will probably be fed as Batista's first opponent. WINNER: Edge
Eddie Guerrero v. Rey Mysterio I'm predicting this to be match of the night. No clue who'll pull this out. I could see Eddie winning via Chavo interference. I also could see Rey winning as an upset. I like that last one better, so... WINNER: Rey Mysterio
Sumo Match Big Show v. Akebono Oh god, why? If it's a shoot then Akebono wins. If it's a work then Show wins. Personally: Don't care, don't have to. WINNER: uh, Big Show?
WWE Women's Title Match Trish Stratus v. Christy Hemme You know that, as things stand now, this is the only title aside from the two world titles that is being defended at WrestleMania? Way to make the belts seem important, guys! My head says Christy Hemme will win, but my heart says that WWE realizes Christy's flaw (ie, can't wrestle) and let's Trish keep the belt. I'll go with my heart, although I fear my head is right. WINNER: Trish Stratus
WWE United States Title Match Orlando Jordan v. Booker T I believe on SmackDown last Thursday that Michael Cole said that OJ would be defending the belt at WrestleMania. Since Booker doesn't have a match yet, he gets honors. I'll say they let OJ keep the belt since he just won it, although I wouldn't mind seeing someone else holding the thing. WINNER: Orlando Jordan
WWE Cruiserweight Title Match Chavo Guerrero v. Paul London This was originally planned for the card, but is now in question due to Chavo's injury. I'm hoping Guerrero is ready to go and they add this to the card, because I was all excited to see Paul London actually get on the card of WrestleMania. Not sure if they'll actually add this, though. WINNER: Paul London
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The answer to WWE's financial problems...
Never 'Wiener of the Day', and is actually quite bitter about it.
Is this the first WrestleMania ever without any tag matches at all? Not just no tag title match, but there's NO tag matches period. Sort of like a reverse WM 2000 where there were no straight up singles one-on-one matches at all.
Since the Rumble winner normally has his title shot as the last match, this ~should~ go 30+ minutes. Either Batista and HHH have been scripting this match for a month now or Dave blows up 10 minutes in and gets carried the rest of the way by Trips. Either way, send the fans home happy, give Batista the title and let HHH take it back at Backlash.
JBL vs. John Cena:
I do not like John Cena. I do not like the character, I do not like the mannerisms, I do not like the way he works, I do not like him as a face. In a perfect world, this would be a four minute squash. Beating, beating, beating, Clothesline from Hell, cover, pin, JBL retains. JBL brings out Farooq and the rest of the Cabinet and Cena eats a Dominator through the limo. Cena recovers to challenge for the title again in May with the stip that if he loses, he has to come out to the West Texas Rednecks music for the rest of his career. Cena loses, and after the match Steph comes out and slaps him for ever wearing that Vanilla Ice costume.
I do not like John Cena.
HBK vs. Kurt Angle:
My heart says Kurt, and having him lose three straight WM main events is something I'd hate to see. But HBK is HBK and... oh, screw it, go Kurt!
Winner: Kurt Angle
Randy Orton vs. The Undertaker:
As much as I don't like Orton (face or heel) I hate the Undertaker even more, and I can see him retiring before WM22. Thus, get the streak over with this year and let Orton go to Smackdown as the dickish heel that ended 'the streak.'
Winner: Randy Orton.
Mysterio vs. Guerrero:
If Angle/HBK isn't MOTN, this will be. Expect it to go 20+ and have a lot of sneaky Eddie cheating. I also predict some kind of 'off the lowrider' shenanigans.
Trish vs. Christy:
Paul London vs. Chavo Guerrero:
Probably the Heat match (if it's happening? I dunno) but will be strong nonetheless. London wins and hopefullly starts a long run as CW champ.
Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
Lots of interference here since half the Raw roster doesn't have a spot on the card. More than half a dozen broken tables and Edge sneaks up and grabs the briefcase. I'd love to see him use the shot right after the Batista/HHH match, but it'll probably be saved for Summerslam or later.
Winner: Edge, with a possible double-grab with Christian or Benoit.
Big Show vs. Akebono:
Hogan comes out and bodyslams them both. Who cares.
Winner: My bladder.
Piper's Pit: Piper and Marty Jannetty throw SCSA through a smoking skull glass window. Again, who cares.
World Heavyweight Championship: Triple H (C) vs Batista: I will never pick against HHH. Much as I'd think a Flair turn leading to his downfall would make sense, I've been burned too many times to ever pick against HHH Prediction: HHH
WWE Title: John Bradshaw Layfield (C) vs John Cena: They've gotta have one new champ
......don't they? Prediction: John Cena
Kurt Angle vs Shawn Michaels: Angle after Marty returns for revenge.....against Shawn Prediction: Kurt Angle
Undertaker vs Randy Orton: Psh. I shall sit back and be glad that Taker is an old non jobbing crotchety asshole, as Randy gets deservedly squashed dead Prediction: Undertaker
Sumo Match: Big Show vs Akebono: Why would they possibly bring in Akebono to lose? Prediction: Akebono
Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio: Eddie after an unwanted assist from Chavo Prediction: Eddie Guerrero
WWE Women's Title: Trish Stratus (C) vs Christy Hemme: I'm guessing Trish beats her down for several minutes, toys with her, gets caught in a small package and beaten Prediction: Christy Hemme
Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Shelton Benjamin vs Chris Benoit vs Edge vs Christian vs Kane vs Chris Jericho: Edge, I suppose. And yes, I can see him using his option for the match the next night on Raw.....except he'll manage to lose that too Prediction: Edge
-Batista will beat HHH to become World Heavyweight Champion.
If this doesn't happen, Batista's huge push has basically been meaningless. Strike while the iron's hot, as who knows how long Batista will remain as popular as he is now. Giving him the belt now will ensure that he keeps that popularity longer than if he loses to HHH.
-Cena will beat JBL to become WWE Champion.
Basically the same reasoning as with Batista, here. However, if Cena is screwed out of the title here by the Cabinet, it won't be as bad as Batista not winning the belt. Cena has that kind of steady popularity that will keep him afloat past Wrestlemania to a a title win in the hopefully-not-so-distant future.
-Undertaker will continue the streak and beat Orton
All Orton has done is talked some smack, and shown up at Smackdown once. That's not the stuff legendary feuds are made of, and breaking a 12 match winning streak is something that should be done in a legendary feud, not some seemingly random match with a poorly built story around it.
-Angle will beat HBK
No real reason, other than the fact that I like Angle much more than Michaels. Also, it seems that HBK wins all the time, and Angle doesn't. Throw him a frickin bone here. Something that could be so as to not have this be utterly decisive is to have angle use nefarious means to injure HBK's ankle in the middle of the match, and slowly work on it for the eventual submission. HBK could blame cheating, and Angle could still have a win with a relatively clean finish.
-Shelton Benjamin wins the 6-way Ladder Match
I don't think the person who wins this match will be using their contract anytime soon. Why say that it's good for a year, if someone is going to use it within the first couple of months. I'd like to see Shelton win here, and actually save his shot for WM22. That way, a Smackdown guy could be given the Rumble win next year, and RAW's title defense will be as a result of Shelton challenging the current champ. Shelton is the best guy to have the title shot work out this way, as he is not main event material yet, but its obvious that he will be in the near future. This argument could be used for Christian as well, though I don't see him as ever being main event material, he just doesn't click that way for me.
-Eddie will beat Rey
But the match will be amazing, and a very close victory. I don't think we'll see any cheating here either, Eddie will play it clean because he knows Rey will play it clean. Turning Eddie hell would be so incredibly stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid. Maybe he'd be booed for a few weeks, but soon after the 'Eddie, Eddie' chants would start back up and he'd have to be a face again. A heel turn would fail, guaranteed. So, Eddie wins because he's closer to the top of the card, and he should be back in the top of the card this year. A loss for Mysterio will help Eddie much more than it will hurt him.
-Trish will retain the Women's Title
I dislike the fact the Christy is even challenging here, like most others here. If she wins, Trish will win it back in a very short amount of time, hopefully as soon as RAW the next night. But then, why bother. Maybe if she learns how to wrestle by next year, Christy can have her Wrestlemania win.
-Akebono beats Big Show
This is kinda stupid, but it will probably be entertaining at least. Hopefully Big Show will make it all about the comedy, since he's a funny dude. Akebono wins, then he and Big Show get into some sort hilarious antics after the match.
HBK: Youíre flat broke arenít you? MJ: Please let me wrestle on RAW! HBK: Fine, but I ainít weariní no fruity tassels. MJ: Are these your mirror pants? HBK: Give me those!
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Originally posted by samoflangeAngle will beat HBK
No real reason, other than the fact that I like Angle much more than Michaels. Also, it seems that HBK wins all the time, and Angle doesn't. Throw him a frickin bone here.
Apparently, Motorola is throwing said frickin' bone. In the spirit of this old thread(The W), I present...Angle and HBK ringtones for a Motorola T720 cellphone. (They're also offered for many other phones and wireless providers...shill mode off.)
Weird that the only two workers whose themes are available from Motorola are squaring off at 'Mania this Sunday. Hell, who knew WWE and Motorola had a deal?
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Originally posted by samoflangeAkebono beats Big Show
This is kinda stupid, but it will probably be entertaining at least. Hopefully Big Show will make it all about the comedy, since he's a funny dude. Akebono wins, then he and Big Show get into some sort hilarious antics after the match.
This is why I don't like the idea of this match. Sumo doesn't mean anything to me personally, but I know that it is a big deal (and something of a sacred tradition) to the people of Japan.
And there is no way to make a match here that will be both entertaining and respectful. If it's respectful, Akebono will win in a squash... and that's not entertaining. If it's entertaining, Big Show will do lots of clowning around to fuck with Akebono, and probably mock sumo poses in the process... and that's sure as hell not respectful. I just don't see what good can come of this "match."
So I'm gonna go the Costanza route. I'll figure out which outcome I'd prefer, and then assume the opposite will happen.
World Heavyweight Title Match: I always like to see Triple H lose. Therefore, Triple H loses (and retains) by DQ (the worst of both worlds).
WWE Title Match: I'd like to see Cena get his chance at the top. Therefore, JBL pulls it out one more month.
Women's Title Match: Trish is awesome. Can we call her the best female worker in the WWE, ever? I don't know the history well enough. Therefore, Christy gets a clean win.
Shawn Michaels vs Kurt Angle: I hate Shawn Michaels. Therefore, he'll pull out the win after Angle has him in the Ankle Lock for like 5 minutes.
Big Show vs Akebono: Big Show will still be here in a month, so I'd like to see him win. Therefore, Akebono wins.
Randy Orton vs The Undertaker: I'm torn. I'd like to see The Undertaker lose, but it seems he only goes against stiffs at Wrestlemania. And Randy Orton? I shudder to think of it. So Orton wins by pinfall when Kane interferes. Because the world is on fire for Kane vs Undertaker VIII (or whatever number it is).
Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio: I'd like to see Eddy win with unasked-for help from Chavo. Or the swerve where Rey and Chavo put the beat down on Eddie. Instead, Eddie will lose cleanly before turning after the match.
"Money In The Bank Earns 4% Interest" Match: I'd like to see Jericho win it. I'd like to see the winner cash it in immediately following the main event. I'd like to see Matt Hardy make an appearance. I'd like to see somebody turn. Instead, Shelton Benjamin will win, and lose to Triple H on Monday when he cashes in the title shot.
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HHH V Batista- Batista ..Listen to the roar when the ref hits 3..Batista wins
JBL V Cena -- Hmm like most I am expecting a Cena win and would enjoy the ride as we go along with the chain gang, but I also wouldnt be surprised to see JBL retain and stretch this a bit longer...Cena wins
HBK V Angle -- Its a fantasy match so how could you spoil it by having either wrestler win? And who would benefit more? I think HBK is booked to win, because I feel Angle is in semi retirement mode and wont lose much from losing. HBK wins
Eddie V Rey Rey-- Come over to the dark side Rey Rey.Heel turn by Rey who spits the dummy after losing in a bad way to Eddie..Eddie wins
Sumo match Big Show V Akebono -- Filler fun . I am more interested in seeing if the ring breaks. This match will be before the HOF and Pipers Pit segment , so they can fix the ring if needed. Oh and Akebono wins.
Trish V Christy - Trish wins
Orton V Undertaker-- Nahh Undertaker wouldnt job in a WM match. Would he? I think this is the only time there has been any doubt over an Undertaker WM victory. Undetaker wins
Ladder match-- When looking at this field , first you must sort the wheat from the chaff, and work out who WONT get a chance at a title match in the next 12 months.Kane ,Christian and SB, I feel wont have that chance till after 2006( Kane if ever)and Benoit has already had his run, and with Batista expected to win,unless Benoit turns heel or Batista is a Tweener, then I cant see Benoit V Batista. That leaves Jericho and Edge in my mind. And with Jerichos contract due for renewal in October/November, I am sure if there were any long term plans then he would have signed now. So Edge more by default than anything. Edge V Batista at SummerSlam? Edge wins
I will add any more matches later
(edited by PerthHeat on 31.3.05 1032) if you cant stand the heat...buy icecream
This is an unusual Wrestlemania for predictions, since you can really make a decent case for anyone to win their respective matches.
I'll go with a face/heel split on the title matches, with JBL retaining and Batista winning. Undertaker over Orton, HBK over Angle, Eddie over Rey via a heel turn, Edge to win the ladder match, Trish to beat Christy, Big Show/Akebono to end in a draw and Piper/Austin to beat Hassan/Daivari in an impromptu tag match.
I'm interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She's a Georgetown sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be? While thinking about that, can I ask another? My Chief of Staff Leo McGarry insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself or is it okay to call the police? Here's one that's really important because we've got a lot of sports fans in this town: touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point? Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother John for planting different crops side by side? Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads? Think about those questions, would you? One last thing: while you may be mistaking this for your monthly meeting of the Ignorant Tight-Ass Club, in this building, when the President stands, nobody sits." --- President Jed Bartlett, The West Wing
I don't really worry about match-quality here, since I imagine that this will be carefully booked, and that both guys will be well-protected.
Batista's at a crossroads right now that John Cena is not, since Cena may be a little more bulletproof right now booking-wise. Since I think only one of the big titles changes hands, it really stands to ask the question whose standing would be hurt more if they DON'T win the title on Sunday. The big clue is going to be which title match goes on before the other. There is room for booking shenanigans here in both directions and I would expect some one way or the other.
PREDICTION: Batista wins his first world championship. =======
WWE Title John Bradshaw Layfield (c) vs. John Cena
And speaking of shenanigans, there's JBL and his title reign. They MAY want to stretch this feud out a little further, since it really hasn't gone where it could yet, and Cena as a strong challenger could make up for the last couple of Smackdown PPVs with a strong one in April. So with the allure of the Bling Bling Belt notwithstanding, I wouldn't expect anything less than an all-hands-on-deck interference-fest from the Bashams and Orlando Jordan, especially if they have nothing else to do at WrestleMania.
PREDICTION: JBL wins by extreme cheating. Although I do not question the manner in which he defends his title. LONGSHOT: Cena wins the title, switches shows with Batista and forms the Honor Society on RAW. ========
Interpromotional Matchup Shawn Michaels (RAW) vs. Kurt Angle (Smackdown)
Normally, a cross-show matchup has something yet lacks something. It has something because it's two guys who don't interact normally and thus there's the buildup to finally have them in the same ring at once. On the other, it lacks a little because all of the talking is done at the camera, not in another man's face. Although God bless Kurt Angle, who has absolutely been carrying the buildup to this match on his back.
From a quality standpoint, Michaels is probably going to have to adapt more to Angle's style than the other way around, which should at least be interesting, although I'd expect a bit more matwork than you'd normally see in a Shawn Michaels match, but I still expect this one to be very good.
PREDICTION: Shawn Michaels ==========
No Checks Straight Cash Homey Ladder Match Shelton Benjamin vs. Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho vs. Christian vs. Edge vs. Kane
There are a few scenarios in play here, since you can make a case for a few guys who could be the first/next challenger of either HHH or Batista. Benjamin I don't think is one of them yet, and actually, the great tip-off of him not winning is that the IC belt is not on the line. This should be spot-tacular, although a bit dialed back on the suicide spots from a few years ago, since there are a few people in this match who shouldn't take them.
PREDICTION: Edge, although something happens in the midst of that match that keeps him from cashing in right away. In other words, give him a feud to build him for a PPV down the road. ==========
Interpromotional Match Randy Orton (RAW) vs The Undertaker (Smackdown)
In five of The Undertaker's 12 wins, he's slid by winning based on two immutable rules in wrestling: A relatively fresh monster face/heel turn and push seldom equals losing (8,15, 18) and a return with a vengeance equals losing never (14, 20). Right now, though, Rule 1 applies to Randy Orton, and as a bonus they've dusted off the legend killer gimmick just in time for this match, with the Undertaker's undefeated streak hammered home, whereas last year it was mentioned only in passing. As in 2 minutes before the match started.
PREDICTION: Randy Orton goes 2-0, Undertaker goes 12-1, as Undertaker sacrifices the streak to put Randy Orton and the Legend Killer gimmick over...and Orton won't shut up about it on RAW until WrestleMania 22.
======== The Hall Of Fame Standing (or sitting) Ovation Segment
Inductees: Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Paul Orndorff, Nikolai Volkoff, The Iron Sheik, Cowboy Bob Orton.
PREDICTION: By the time the Iron Sheik gets to the ring, it'll be WrestleMania 38.
======== Piper's Pit GUEST: Stone Cold Steve Austin
There are one of two things that can happen here: we get ramblage from the two of them, someone (Hassan?) does a walk-on, the two of them team up to kick some righteous Arab ass, then we get stunners and we get beer. Or Piper reverts to his dickish roots, provokes Austin, maybe Cowboy Bob comes to run interference for old time's sake, then we get stunners and we get beer.
PREDICTION: Stunners and beer.
Sumo Match The Big Show vs. Akebono
By the way, notice how they keep referring to Akebono as "grand champion" as opposed to that other, more official term for it? I can't see them having Akebono lose in his own setting unless there's some sort of nonsensical interference by someone (Reigns?) or that it goes 50/50 and that someone pushes Akebono in the back, causing the Big Show to lose.
PREDICTION: One way or the other, Akebono. And the shenanigans last 3-5x longer than the match itself.
WWE Women's Title Trish Stratus (c) vs. Christy Hemme
I'll presume this match has already been fought about 50 times in the Stanford dojo. Trish may have to wrestle for 5 divas here to make someone with no experience whatsoever outside of pillow fights and dodgeball look good, but this is an obvious upset in the making.
PREDICTION: Christy Hemme wins her first women's title, and becomes to the WWE Women's division what Mikey Whipwreck was to the ECW TV Title.
Eddy Guererro vs Rey Mysterio
I thought the matchups that took place on Smackdown a few months ago (especially with the attached psychology) were aces. They were even, both guys did some really great stuff and Rey beating Eddy at his own game was good stuff, and needs to move to its logical extension. The fact that Rey keeps getting the upper hand is just begging Eddy to go to the bottom of his bag of dirty tricks. Also, there's an x-factor here that historically, the Los Angeles crowds have loved to hate Eddy...or they still love to hate Art Barr, and it's long term guilt-by-association, but either works. Plus, I think Rey needs a push up and Eddy needs a fresh character.
PREDICTION: Rey wins, but Eddy goes apeshit afterwards and does something really really really bad. I don't know what he'll do, but I have full faith in Eddy's ability to act like a dick in order to get himself over as a heel.
(edited by Blanket Jackson on 31.3.05 1245) "Meet the kite-eating tree you son of a bitch!"
This one is really hard to call, almost right down the line. This'll be a pretty damn good card just on that basis alone.
SMACKDOWN: Eddy Guerrero (WWE Tag Team Champion) VS Rey Mysterio Jr. (WWE Tag Team Champion) I think we'll be seeing the full-blown heel turn happen here, and I do think that the common logic that it'll be Eddy turning will be accurate (although a heel Mysterio could be interesting.) Still, Eddy wouldn't ultimately flip out after a win - and a heel turn via cheating and chicanery certainly won't work with him - so the only possibility is for it happen after Rey Mysterio pulls off the win.
SUMO MATCH The Big Show VS Akebono I don't see any logical reason to do this match unless Big Show wins. (I really don't see any logic reason to do the match even if Big Show wins, but that's beside the point.)
WWE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH John "Bradshaw" Layfield (WWE Champion) VS John Cena It amazes me that only a year and a half ago John Cena was one of my absolute favorite guys on the roster and I was praying for them to finally release "Big Dumb Bradshaw". Now not only has JBL turned into a remarkably entertaining character, but I'd rank Cena among the most grating and annoying personalities ever in the business.
That said, the entire JBL character has the potential to "jump the shark" if he doesn't lose here. He's a Honky Tonk Man champion - a weak coward who's in over his head but manages to cheat his way out of every single PPV with the belt. It's a great role to play, but he's done it against Eddy Guerrero, The Undertaker, Booker T, Kurt Angle and The Big Show already. If John Cena doesn't go over here, there's no one left to do so. Plus Cena's lame-ass schtick is insanely over, so you may as well strike while the iron's hot before everyone gets sick of him.
RAW: WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH Trish Stratus (Womens Champion) VS Christy Hemme You know what - the womens division is dead right now. After Trish, who's easily the most over and overtly talented woman they've ever had on the roster - the only healthy wrestlers they've got are Victoria and Molly Holly, both of whom have fought Trish so many times that I can't bear to think about putting any combination of them onto PPV again. I honestly have no problem sticking the belt onto Christy Hemme for a few weeks to try to drag some storyline or interest out of the division, at least until Lita is ready to return to the ring.
(For what it's worth, my sister thinks Lita has come off as amazingly insincere in her recent promo work with Hemme and that a heel turn is so obvious that she can't believe that everyone isn't aware it's staring them right in the face. I think Lita's just a really shitty actress and sounds insincere no matter what she's saying.)
"MONEY IN THE BANK" LADDER MATCH - NONTITLE: Chris Benoit VS Chris Jericho VS Edge VS Christian VS Shelton Benjamin (Intercontinental Champion) VS Kane Just on the principle of a future title shot, this could go to any of Benoit, Jericho, Edge or Kane. I can't see the other two maineventing a PPV just yet (and it stands to reason that even if we don't see the match at Backlash - and I hope we don't), we will be seeing it on PPV at some point. (And, to be fair, I think Shelton Benjamin is on his way in that direction, though I think he's going to be hold the IC belt longer than Orton did, leading to a feud where Orton tries to get the belt off him before it happens - but that won't be until sometime this summer. That'll probably lead to him taking the next step sometime this fall).
But then you have to take stock of the stipulation, and the only guys who can make a huge game out of that "title match on demand" stipulation with their current gimmicks are Chris Jericho and Edge (and Christian, but we've already established he's losing). I see no reason why Benoit wouldn't demand his title shot on next week's RAW - ditto for Kane.
So we've got two - and I hate to spoil a future prediction, but I think we've going to have a face World Champion after this show andEdge's whole gimmick has resolved around getting screwed out of chances at the title lately, so I see no reason not to expect him to win this one.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - LIKELY MAIN EVENT: HHH (champion) VS Batista No sense in dragging this one out. It's Wrestlemania. It's the main event. Face goes over. Batista wins. Thems the rules. (I'd love to see a Flair face turn as well. Batista sure would make a great enforcer in a new Four Horsemen stable, wouldn't he? And Benoit sure doesn't seem to have anything on his plate at the moment...)
INTERPROMOTIONAL: LEGEND VS LEGEND KILLER: The Undertaker VS Randy Orton Thank god they turned Orton again. He's an awful face, but he's such a detestable heel that he's about to become a legitimately valuable part of whatever roster he's going to be a part of. He's such a prick that he's got me pulling like hell for The Undertaker, even though I haven't given a damn about him since his heel run about two years ago.
That said, as much as I don't want it to happen, they're making way too big a deal about Taker's 12-0 record and they wouldn't be if Randy Orton wasn't going to be ending it. (Plus, even for Wrestlemania, this card is getting very face-heavy and it's got to be balanced out somewhere.)
LEGEND VS LEGEND: Shawn Michaels VS Kurt Angle Even though if current reports are to be believed, this isn't going to be Angle's last hurrah, I can't imagine these two giving less than 100% to ensure that we've got a truly memorable encounter that'll be the match we remember when we look back at Wrestlemania XXI (much like we really only remember Bret/Austin at WM13 or Rock/Hogan at WMX-8).
The winner is an afterthought here - logic says the face goes over in a situation like this when there'll be no further blowoff, but I have a feeling that if we have another draft lottery in the next few weeks that HBK is going to be headed to Smackdown to freshen the show/his career up a bit, so I'll go against the grain and predict Kurt Angle.
OTHER STUFF: I think the chances of a Hassan/Hogan match are all but nonexistant at this point. McMahon is way too intelligent a business man not to hype a Hulk Hogan match. He'll probably show up on Piper's Pit and eat a Stunner.
(Piper's Pit also has the potential to be incredibly interesting, as we know Roddy is lacking in common sense and liable to say anything even when he's under contract, so I can't imagine what's going to come out of his mouth when he's on working on a one-night-only basis, with a live microphone and a huge audience.)
I wouldn't be shocked if they find some way to add a Regal/Tajiri or Orlando Jordan title defense. Even with a quite a few matches that deserve a lot of time (the ladder match, HBK/Angle, Eddy/Rey, HHH/Batista will get at least 25 minutes as well), this is still a tiny card for a four hor show, especially since I can't imagine the Womens Title or Sumo match going more than a few minutes a piece. Regal and Tajiri would likely retain against most anyone (most likely scenario - Maven/Dean and/or La Resistance on Heat), but the rumored OJ/Booker match will lead to a new US Champion if it happens.
3/31 Smackdown! spoiler:
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I'm thinking that Paul London winning the CW title early may be a sign that the match with Chavo ain't happening. Pity.
The Hall of Fame stuff should be a bit more interesting this year - I've got to think we'll be getting individual entrances just because I can't imagine a Nikolai Volkoff or Paul Orndorff getting the love they deserve with the Hulkster on the stage with them. Bob Orton will, of course, be eating an RKO at some point, although I think it'll be at the ceremony proper. Hey, maybe he'll take a nasty landing from it and wind up wearing a cast to Wrestlemania!
"Take away the right to say fuck and you take away the right to say fuck the government." -----Lenny Bruce
World Heavyweight Championship Match: Batista vs Triple H(c) w/Ric Flair WINNER: Batista wins the gold
WWE Championship Match: John Cena vs JBL(c) w/Cabinet WINNER: JBL keeps the gold JBL wins with help of course
Women's Championship: Christy Hemme w/Lita vs Trish Stratus(c) WINNER: Christy wins the title Hopefully with the way the women's divison is in WWE right now, Christy will win the gold and then they will slowly fade out that title
Interpromotional Match: Kurt Angle vs HBK WINNER: Angle gets the win Marty Jannetty tutns heel?
Interpromotional Match: Undertaker vs Randy Orton WINNER: Taker takes the win Orton gets someone, (maybe from 'Taker's past) to try to help him, but atlast Taker still gets the 3
Money-In-The-Bank Ladder Match: Y2J vs Christian vs Edge vs Chris Benoit vs Shelton Benjamin(c) vs Kane WINNER: Edge gets the win Edge cheats somehow to win
Sumo Match: Big Show vs Akebono WINNER: Akebono wins I thought WWE might try to make this a draw but at WM that would suck to have a draw, then I thought Show would win but then I figured Akebono guy would only sign on if he wins
Tag Champion vs Tag Champion Match: Rey Mysterio(c) vs Eddie Guerrero(c) WINNER: Uncle Eddie gets the win
Yeah, but what do you do with him? He's not getting anywhere near the push he had going when he comes back, and is he worth bringing back just to stick in mid-card purgatory for however long he has left on his contract?