Hey all, it’s Craiggers. It’s been a while, as I’ve been torn between working on my current novel and enjoying the summer. The best thing about writing is that you can take to the road and still do it.
I’m expecting a mediocre PPV tomorrow. Ladder matches are always fun, but there’s nothing compelling on the undercard. Creative is still in scramble mode because of the Bryan injury. They’ve covered up well enough, but it’s been the matches that are carrying the product right now.
Anyway, on to the predictions:
Big E vs Rusev I am very excited for this feud. Their match at Payback was great, and if you read this blog, you know that I’ve been calling for a full on feud. Both men are big but can work. Rusev has a lot of heat (mostly due to Lana and real-life politics) but Big E has a ton of natural charisma. I don’t know how I feel about Preacher E (although it’s better than Buff Carlton), but none of that matters in the ring.
I don’t see either man going over clean here. I’ll say either double countout or double DQ Let’s set up a finale at Battlegrounds.
Ivan Drago: “If he dies, he dies…”
Summer Rae vs Layla I care so little about this match. I don’t know who wins, but I know who loses: The bathroom, as I blow it up during this match like only a fat guy can
I’ll say that Summer Rae wins, with Fandango forced to lay down the 1-2-3.
Rybaxel vs Goldust and Stardust I have no reason to care about this match beyond my love of Goldie and Star. Cody is great with this new gimmick, and I love the way that Goldust plays off of it. Ryback is ok, but Axel has the charisma of a toenail clipping. There are rumors that Stardust is going to bust out a new finisher (please be a Shooting Star Press).
I have absolutely no reason to think that Rybaxel will win. Goldust and Stardust all the way.
Dashing Mustachioed Stardust Rhodes
Paige vs Naomi I should be looking forward to this, but i’m not. They are both very good wrestlers. Paige has been in the business since she was in diapers. Naomi is a natural athlete. Unfortunately, Cameron is going to interfere somehow and ruin the match. I don’t know if she’s going to turn on Naomi or cheat on her behalf, but either way, it’ll suck.
I’m gonna say Naomi wins by DQ
Your Twitter feed would say otherwise
The Usos vs The Wyatts I’m back on the Uso bandwagon. There were stale for a while, but they cut a fantastic dual promo Friday night, enough to make me a fan again. Despite this, it’s time to change champs. The Wyatts are ready to carry the title. Let’s make this a real feud and carry it to Summerslam.
The Wyatts win clean
Money in the Bank (Suitcase) There’re two ways that they can go with this: they can give it to Ambrose or they can give it to Rollins. Barrett is injured (good job Thwagger). Swagger injures people. Kofi is destined to midcarditude. Van Dam is a part timer. Ziggler is a possibility, but he’s already had it. My guess is that they give it to Rollins.
Mmmmm pizza rolls…
Money in the Bank (Championship) I see two choices, Orton or Cena. Cesaro isn’t ready. Del Rio has no storyline and less charisma. It’s still too early for Reigns to hold the title. Bray is an option (and the one I hope for), but I don’t think that’s how they’re going. I’d love to see a Kane championship run again, but right now his gimmick is HHH’s crony. The only way that Kane wins is with a turn against Orton.
I think that Orton wins, and that’ll set up either a feud with Reigns or a feud with Bryan when he gets back. But I hope hope muthafucking hope that it goes to the Eater of Worlds (and Stucky’s Pecan Logs), Bray Wyatt.
Follow the butthurt
I hope that i’m wrong about the PPV. Usually I’m pretty positive, but I’m just not feeling it this time.