Batista v. Edge v. Undertaker: Edge manages to squeak out a win.
Trips v. Jeff: Yeah, like I believe Trips is going to lie down for the Rainbow-Haired Warrior. HHH wins clean, Jeff gets the A-for-effort "rub."
ECW Four-Way: I'd like to think Punk is going to get a win against all odds, but I have no basis for faith in WWE. I'm going with the worst-case scenario and say Big Daddy V wins.
Michaels v. Kennedy: Kennedy cheats to win to set up a rematch at the Rumble.
Finlay v. Khali: It doesn't really make sense to have Khali do his usual destruction on Finlay when they're trying to build him up as a face. But I can't see them jobbing him to Finlay after all the people who have already had to put him over. Khali wins.
Mickie v. Beth: Not much to say here. Beth retains.
Rey v. MVP: If anyone takes the belt off MVP, it ought to be Matt when he returns. Rey doesn't need the belt. So I'll say Rey has a strong showing, but MVP takes an intentional DQ or countout to escape with the belt.
"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?"
Orton over Jericho: Orton. I just can't see Jericho getting the belt back so soon, and all signs point to a face HHH facing Orton. Now, if HHH turns heel, then I change my voting and Jericho would win.
HHH beats Hardy. Because he's HHH.
Edge over Batista and Taker.
Beth beats Mickie, but the feud is not over.
MVP retains. His feud is with Matt, and should have a Wrestlemania blow-off.
Orton to retain against Jericho in what will probably be a fair main event.
Batista to retain against Edge and 'Taker. I think that this could be the match of the night.
CM Punk & Kane to win the tag team spectacle.
Hardy to 'overcome the odds' and, to paraphrase JR, win 'the most important match in his entire life'. I figure the Rumble gives Hardy the chance to have a nice little title match without it having to be the main focus of the PPV.
Michaels and Kennedy to go to a no-contest, DDQ, draw or something.
MVP to retain in what could be a decent match.
Khali to beat Finlay. I'm running with the idea that the WWE will want to get a nice video package together of Khali squashing people in matches like this leading up to 'Mania for a possible Hogan showdown.
Beth to beat Mickie.
Bonus prediction: Armageddon will be fairly rubbish, it always is.
Mm, I'm betting it'll be a lot better than most shows this year. The big four matches are far from sure things (Jericho might not have his timing back, Hunter and Jeff might not have heat because it's face/face, the threeway could be unwieldy, Kennedy could suck) but between those four and Rey/MVP, you don't usually see a PPV with five promising matches booked on it very often.
I'm all about seeing the threeway match for some reason. Edge vs Undertaker is a feud I can see being not only a really good feud that winds up turning very violent, but a long slow burn to get to that final stage. It's really the first feud I've looked forward to in awhile
-Chris Jericho def. WWE Champion Randy Orton by DQ -Edge def. World Champion Dave Batista & The Undertaker [hijinks] -Shawn Michaels def. Ken Kennedy -The Great Khali def. Finlay -WWE Women's Champion Beth Phoenix def. Mickie James -United States Champion Montel Vontavious Porter def. Rey Mysterio -Triple H def. Jeff Hardy to win a title shot -CM Punk & Kane def. Mark Henry & Big Daddy V
Y2J over Orton via DQ Edge wins the Smackdown title Michaels over Kennedy Khali over Finlay by DQ Beth over Mickie Mysterio wins the U.S. title Triple H over Jeff Punk & Kane over V and Henry (possible Sid sighting)
Orton over Jericho because it's too soon for Jericho. Nobody ever walks into the title that quick from a long absence. IMO they're using the title feud to get him back over (as little as he truly needs it) in order to eventually have him work the upper midcard putting new talent over. He doesn't need a title reign at this point to do that.
Most likely Edge is your new World heavyweight champion via heel oportunisticness, although there is a strong chance Batista retains to set up an edge/taker feud leading into mania, which is a feud that wouldn't need the belt to have tension.
Jeff is beating hunter, mark my words. Hunter "gets his job back" winning the rumble.. maybe from position 1 for good measure. This is my prediction for match of the night.
Micheals over Kennedy through either superkick or DQ. This match will be better than expected, but cut way short on time.
I don't care about the rest of the card.
(edited by Skarecrow on 13.12.07 2155)
(edited by Skarecrow on 13.12.07 2156) Evil Inside =X=
As much as Raw has been so-so to crappy so far tonight, I'll give credit where credit is due: the "F-View TV" idea of Bischoff hiding hidden cameras backstage so we can see wrestlers plotting behind the scenes is rather smart.