Jun 04

Stanley Cup Final Predictions

This is easy right? The Kings are going to slaughter the Rangers…let’s say the Rags get one emotional win at home courtesy of Henrik Lundqvist and the rest go to the Kings. Why are we even talking about this? Honestly, this has 2002 written all over it when we had the Hurricanes somehow survive the cesspool that was the East in order to face the winner of the seven game war between the Red Wings and Avalanche, which felt like the real Stanley Cup Final. Seems familiar?

Remember when Realignment was first proposed, they wanted the Final Four to be reseeded? That would have given us the awesome matchups of Chicago-New York and LA-Montreal, and more importantly: Chicago-LA in the Final to determine the true champion of the league, instead we get this.

Honestly and truly, I just don’t see how the Rangers win more than one game here. All Hail the Kings, the closest we have to a Dynasty in the Salary Cap era!

May 17

Conference Finals Predictions

One of my first hockey memories was the magical spring of 1993. In the second round a New York based team upset a heavily favoured Pittsburgh Penguins squad, which gave the Montreal Canadiens a much easier time in the Conference Finals. Meanwhile out West in the Campbell’s, the LA Kings robed us of an Original Six finals. The next year the playoff format switched and divisional playoffs were removed in place of a Conference based set up which lasted until 2013.

Here we are, the first year back to divisional playoffs, and we may just have the same thing happen again. How bizarre is that? But I’m getting ahead of myself, we have some series to preview.

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings

Get used to this. For the second year in a row we get a match of probably the two best playoff teams in the league. If this was a matchup for the Cup, I’d be damned excited. As magical as the Kings have been this year I think that their luck will run out. They went through two seven game wars to get here, and I just don’t think that they have it in them again, not against these guys. The Hawks have been my Cup pick all year, and other than two games against St. Louis, I’ve felt confident in this.

Prediction: Hawks in 6.

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers

Man I want the Habs to win this one, really I do. They have been playing so well this post season, even outplaying the Bruins in some of their losses. The Rangers on the other hand have been really inconsistent in their 14 games looking like either world beaters or scrubs. I know I was against the Kings and their seven game series but these guys feel different. At the start of the season, I predicted Hawks-Rangers in the Final so I can’t go back now, even though I really hope I’m wrong.

Prediction: Rangers in 7.

May 04

WWE Extreme Rules: What SHOULD Happen vs. What WILL Happen

Oh right, he’s here too – Photo courtesy of WikiMedia

Greetings and welcome back to the SHOULD vs. WILL. This month and the WWE Pay-Per-View Special Event, we look at Extreme Rules, which is oddly features only one Wrestlemania Rematch. The focus of this card has been the dream match of Evolution vs. The Shield, which should be an absolute ton of fun. Every time The Shield steps into the ring of a six-man tag match, they have delivered and I expect this to be no different. We have three huge names with great track records for delivering on the other side. I’m kind of disappointed that this doesn’t have some kind of crazy stipulation attached, but maybe that will be added in to a later event. Meanwhile the consequence of putting your top three heels in one match, and it leaves the top face facing against someone who was squashed at the last event. While it’s been fun to see Kane put on the mask again, it seems a little strange to have Daniel Bryan face someone so low on the totem poll. But it’s probably ok, so long as it’s a short feud. But enough of this rambling, let’s get to it! As always, matches are in the order that they SHOULD happen.

El Torito vs. Hornswoggle Wee-LC KickOff Match

What SHOULD Happen: This match should be cancelled and we get The Usos vs. Rybaxel in it’s place. Wait that’s not an option? Alright, El Torito so we never have to speak of this again. What WILL Happen: El Torito is winning this one for sure.

Cesaro vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Jack Swagger Triple Threat Elimination Match

What SHOULD Happen: This match should be a ton of fun, and the elimination stipulation makes it even more interesting. I hope that they get 15 or so minutes and can really tell a story. Let’s have Cesaro swing Swagger out of this match and be able to defeat RVD after some Heyman-terference. I think that Swagger could benefit a lot from a new partner and a feud with The Usos, while Cesaro and RVD have a big one-on-one match next month before moving on. What WILL Happen: Cesaro is winning for sure here, hopefully it’s the start of something good.

Big E vs. Bad News Barrett Intercontinental Title Match

What SHOULD Happen: Call me crazy, but I have high hope for this match. Both guys have a very good brawling style, and it’s kind of a shame that this match doesn’t have a stipulation. But I guess there is always next month. Big E hasn’t done a ton with the title since he won it, sadly, so let’s give Barrett yet another go with that belt here. They can have a No DQ blow off next month. What WILL Happen: I actually think that may just happen…

Alexander Rusev vs. R-Truth and Xavier Woods Handicap Match

What SHOULD Happen: I had high hopes for Xavier Woods once. Rusev is going to win here and pretty cleanly I think. After he wins, let’s have Big Show come out and tell him to pick on someone his own size, setting up a match between the two next month. What WILL Happen: Rusev is going to win, and Truth or Consequences are going to be forgotten again.

John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt Steel Cage Match

What SHOULD Happen: Their match last month was legitimately amazing, and I think that the cage will make it even better. I think that Wyatt SHOULD have gone over last month, so he really SHOULD go over here, setting up a rubber match next month, possibly in a Three Stages of Hell match or something of the like. What WILL Happen: Man, I’ve got to stop predicting things so well…

Impromptu Match/Segment #1

 What SHOULD Happen: Triple H is backstage talking to the ten thousand heels that have helped him in the last week. He thanks them for his help but before he can get to tonights match, Batista interrupts him and says that they don’t need any help, Evolution has got this.

What WILL Happen: Bolieve…

The Shield vs. Evolution

What SHOULD Happen: As strange as it is, I think that Evolution should win here to extend the feud. They can split up a bit and go their own way before setting up a War Games match in July at Battleground. I mean, the name really sets it up. As The Shield is about to win, we can have Ric Flair distract the ref allowing for Alberto Del Rio (one of those heels from earlier) to sneak it and nail Dean Ambrose with a chair, allowing Evolution to pick up the W. Next month, we can have Orton get his rematch against D-Bry, Batista take some time off to promote his movie, and Triple H go back to scheming for now.

What WILL Happen: As much as I want an extended feud here, I could really, really see The Shield winning and Batista turning face to promote his movie. Yeah let’s go with that…

Paige vs. Tamina Diva’s Title Match

What SHOULD Happen: Paige wins, looks great and kills time until AJ returns. What WILL Happen: Yup.

Impromptu Match/Segment #2

 What SHOULD Happen: Del Rio jumps Ambrose backstage and runs off with his belt.

What WILL Happen: Stephanie McMahon speaks.

Daniel Bryan vs. Kane Extreme Rules Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Title

What SHOULD Happen: Daniel Bryan wins, decisively and cleanly. The show goes off the air with YES chanting loud and clear. What WILL Happen: Bryan wins, but I doubt that this will close the show. Looking at all of this, I think that the Payback in June SHOULD look like this:

  • WWE Title Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton
  • Three Stages of Hell Match: John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
  • Roman Reigns vs. Kane
  • US Title Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Alberto Del Rio
  • Alexander Rusev vs. Big Show
  • No DQ Match: Bad News Barrett vs. Big E
  • Paige defends the Diva’s Title Against Somebody else
  • Tag Title Match: The Usos vs. Rybaxel
May 01

Second Round Playoff Predictions

If I could describe the first round in one word it would be batshit-insane-super-hella-mega-awesome!!! Seriously, what the hell happened? We had blowouts, comebacks, overtimes, and some truly memorable performances. Really, the only series that didn’t deliver some kind of magic were Montreal-Tampa and Boston-Detroit, but that’s just because they were both appetizers to the 34th edition of the greatest rivalry in the sport. Not too bad, eh?

The second round, which is usually the dull round, features the aforementioned historical grudge match, the first playoff meeting between two cross-town rivals, a rematch of a first round series from last year, and the best offensive player in the league playing the best goalie. Really, if you don’t think that the league got it more right than wrong with the playoff format, you’re clearly not paying attention.

But enough jibba jabba let’s get to it.

CENTRAL DIVISION

#3 Chicago Blackhawks vs. #4 Minnesota Wild

Last year I dubbed their first round series as the “Midwest Massacre”. While the Wild put in more of an effort than I expected, I still don’t see this going any other way. The Wild should be proud of the fact that they won the first round, it’s a great step for the Coyle’s and Granlund’s of this team. But with Bryz and Kuemper as your goaltending battery, I don’t see this going well for the Wild Card squad.

Prediction: Blackhawks in 5.

PACIFIC DIVISION

#1 Anaheim Ducks vs. #3 Los Angeles Kings

Oddly, this is the first playoff meeting between these two cross-town rivals — thank you new playoff format! Despite the regular season standings, I don’t see this being close at all. The Kings are build for the playoffs, just ask the Sharks. Now that Kopitar, Richards, Quick et al. are rolling, I don’t see anything short of a miracle stopping them here. I don’t see this one being close either.

Prediction: Kings in 5.

METROPOLITAN DIVISION

#1 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #2 New York Rangers

Call me crazy, but I think that this may just be the Eastern Conference’s next great rivalry. Both teams have had rivalries with the Flyers and Capitals in recent years, but the Caps are a mess and the Flyers look destined to be a bubble team for the near future, and unless the Blue Jackets or Islanders decide to jump forward, it looks like these two may have several second round series in the next few years. On paper, the Penguins really should win this one, but their lack of depth will be apparent against the Rangers grinders and elite defence pairings. Expect McDonagh and Girardi to really get to know Crosby and Malkin over the next few weeks. Like many series, I expect this to come down to goaltending, which may be the biggest mismatch imaginable.

Prediction: Rangers in 6

ATLANTIC DIVISION

#1 Boston Bruins vs. #3 Montreal Canadiens

How awesome is this series going to be? These two teams are in their 34th instalment and it’s hard not to be excited. Both teams looked absolutely fantastic in the first round, and I really feel like the new playoff format is robbing us of a chance to see these two meet with a trip to the finals on the line. Having said all that, we know that the Bruins are winning, right? I mean they are as close to a perfect team as there is. Their three-headed defensive monster of Chara, Bergeron, and Raask will probably all win awards for being the best in the world at what they do. I could see the Ghosts of the Forum winning a few for Montreal to keep things interesting, but these are the Bruins, come on.

Prediction: Boton in 7.

Apr 30

How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Start Loving the NHL Playoff Format

The NHL got it right.

Does it feel weird to read that? Because it sure feels weird to write that.

This year the NHL tried a new playoff format, which is sort of a rehash of the old Smythe-Norris-Adams-Patrick Divisional playoffs, henceforth referred to as SNAP. To make things fair for teams in good divisions, they added the Wild Card, which really is fair despite some weird potential that we will get into later.

The haters who hate this format look at the Western Conference and raise an obvious complaint. Arguably the four true Cup contenders in the left half of the league are all matched up against one another. We’ve already see the Blues choke against the Hawks, and we may just see the Sharks choke even more against the Kings. So clearly the system is wrong, right?

Not so fast, had they gone for a 1-8 playoff the Western Conference would have given us the following series: Anaheim-Dallas, Colorado-Minnesota, St. Louis-Los Angeles, and San Jose-Chicago. If it looks familiar, then you’re paying attention. Half of the series are the exact same, while the other two just have the lower seeds swapped around. So no matter what we would end up with two of the “Big Four” out West golfing early. Just shows what happens when the St. Louis Blues take the last ten days of the regular season off.

Coincidentally out East we would end up with the same thing in a 1-8 system. Boston-Detroit, Pittsburgh-Columbus, Tampa Bay-Philadelphia, Montreal-New York Rangers. So it’s the same deal, half of the series are the same.

I don’t know how any sane person could look at the differences that a 1-8 format would get us and say it’s for the better. Sure the Kings have eliminated the Blues from the playoffs the last two years, but how on earth can that compare to the hatred they must feel for their closest geographic rival in the Blackhawks? How awesome has this Sharks-Kings series been? The Battle of California Round 1 has been great and will be great for the good of the game.

Sure Montreal-Tampa was a dud, but that’s the consequences of going with history over geography in your divisional alignments. Remember, they should have swapped the two Florida teams for Columbus and Pittsburgh, but man, oh man would that make the Metropolitan Division terrible.

Anyone who says we should go 1-16 should get slapped, I mean it. This year if we went straight 1-16, no divisional seeding we would get the following matchups in Round 1:

  • Boston – Dallas
  • Anaheim – Detroit
  • Colorado – Columbus
  • St. Louis – Philadelphia
  • San Jose – New York Rangers
  • Pittsburgh – Minnesota
  • Chicago – Los Angeles
  • Tampa Bay – Montreal

Sign me up for Colorado-Columbus!!! What’s that you see second to the bottom? Why it’s two Cup contenders matched up in the first round, just like we have here in the real world. Add in the fact that none of the series have any hatred in them what so ever. More to the point, there are two series pitting a team in the Eastern Time Zone against a team in the Pacific Time Zone, not exactly ideal for television.

The only complaint I have with the current system is the potential for a double Wild Card crossover. If the Columbus Blue Jackets had one less point then we would have seen this. The Red Wings, a team in the Atlantic would have to play the Penguins, the division leader in the Metropolitan, while the Blue Jackets, a team in the Metropolitan would have to play the Bruins, the division leader in the Atlantic. While this is fair in the truest sense, it sort of flies in the face of the idea of having strong divisional rivalries.

I think the very small change of having teams only cross-over when the fifth seed in one division has more points than the fourth seed in the other, like the Dallas Stars have done. This is much more of an issue out West where travel is far more of an issue than for the Eastern teams, but still it should be considered.

And really, how can anyone hate a format that’s given us a first round this compelling? With Boston-Montreal as the only second round series scheduled, I think we wont’ have much to complain about next round…

Apr 16

Western Conference Playoff Predictions

Welcome to the second half of the Predictacular! Here’s we’ll look at the more interesting Conference. Due to a fluke of the new playoff format we somehow or another end up with the four best teams on paper facing off against one another in both 2-3 series. Meanwhile, the 1-4 series each feature the best Cinderella teams outside of Columbus, although one of them oddly ended up in the number 1 seed. The West has historically been the more unpredictable of the two Conferences, last years Blackhawks being a big exception of course, so we should be in for quite the ride.

CENTRAL DIVISION

#1 Colorado Avalanche vs. #4 Minnesota Wild

How lucky were the Avs here? It looked like they were destined for a first round matchup mauling by the Blackhawks, but a few losses by the Blues later and they are able jump into the Division lead, which should pretty much cement Patrick Roy’s Jack Adams hopes and make it so that all four Western Conference playoff series feature matchups between teams that shared divisions last year, and two of the three teams without an s facing off..

This series seems ripe for an upset, given that the Wild got some playoff seasoning last year and the Avs were busy drafting Nathan MacKinnon instead. However, the big question question for the Wild is between the pipes. They have had at least four “starting goalies” this year and were able to ride the hot hand of Ilya Bryzgalov into the playoffs. I can’t say I would feel too confident in Mr. Universe facing the Avs scoring talent. I think that this will be a close one, but I see the kids coming out on top here.

Avalanche in 7.

#2 St. Louis Blues vs. #3 Chicago Blackhawks

How awesome will this series be? Honestly? These two teams are legit Cup contenders and I truly wish that these two teams were playing in the final, let alone the first round. The Hawks looked average at times this season, but I think that they will turn it on. The Blues meanwhile, should be very motivated after losing early last year, but I see them being the victims of this playoff format, just like the Flames and Jets were in the 80s.

Blackhawks in 6.

PACIFIC DIVISION

 #1 Anaheim Ducks vs. #4 Dallas Stars

The true battle of one line teams! Do you take Perry and Getzlaf or Seguin and Benn?

There’s an upset every year and I see no reason why this can’t be it. The Stars have been playing really well down the stretch, Kari Lehtonen has the potential to steal a few games, and Jamie Benn has Ryan Kesler 2011 written all over him.

Stars in 7.

#2 San Jose Sharks vs. #3 Los Angeles Kings

The main event here, the most interesting series of the first round. Honestly, you could really make a case that these are the two best teams in the league, and sadly only one gets to move on. Up until a week ago I was ready to take the Sharks, the emergence of Joe Pavelski really makes this a different team, but down the stretch Niemi has not been great and well, Jonathan Quick is Jonathan Quick, especially in the playoffs. I hope that this series goes long so that we can all win.

Kings in 7.

That would leave the Kings and the Hawks both making short work of their upstart rivals in the second round to set up a Western Final rematch of last year. Speaking of rematches, I think that the Hawks will move on yet again to get a rematch with the Bruins in the finals, and history shall repeat itself with the Hawks winning in six once more.

Apr 16

Eastern Conference Playoff Predictions

Well the most wonderful time of the year is finally here! The NHL Playoffs are finally upon us. Today we’ll look at the East. The first part of this season saw two heavyweights come out in the East in Boston and Pittsburgh. For a while it looked like the rest of the conference was a joke, but after Detroit, New York, and Philly all turned around things got a bit more interesting. Add in the fact that the Habs proved last year wasn’t a fluke, the Lightning look to prove that they are for real, and of course there are the Cinderella Blue Jackets. All in all, the eight teams in the East are all pretty interesting going forward.

ATLANTIC DIVISION

#1 Boston Bruins vs. #4 Detroit Red Wings

Come down the stretch we really saw the Wings are flying high…see what I did there? Out of all four Wild Card teams, the Red Wings are clearly the strongest, especially as all of their injured pieces start to return and this team can really start to fire on all cylinders (…you know…Detroit…cylinders…how funny is that?), but sadly they run into a near perfect hockey team. Honestly, find a flaw in the Boston Bruins, I dare you. Sure they lack a Sidney Crosby/Alex Ovechkin type up front, but they still managed to score the second most goals in the league this year, while allowing the second least. Sorry Wings, 23 straight years is impressive and all, but get ready for another year of one and done, should be a good series though.

Bruins in 6.

#2 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. #3 Montreal Canadiens

Man these two teams have been incredibly even all year, haven’t they? They enter the playoffs with near identical records backed by very good coaches, explosive forwards and phenomenal goaltending. Sadly for the Lightning though, they goalie is hurt and nobody knows when he’ll be back. Even if he does return, I don’t see him playing at 100% which he would need to be in order to try and match Price.

Montreal in 5.

METROPOLITAN DIVISION

#1 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #4 Columbus Blue Jackets

This is what the Penguins have been playing for isn’t it? Marc-Andre Fleury has had a very good year, but quite frankly that doesn’t matter anymore. Lucky for him, they drew the Jackets instead of the Wings in the first round. The CBJ’s story for the last 16 months or so has been nothing short of amazing and I think that it’ll culminate in their first ever playoff win. But the clock strikes 12 on all Cinderellas.

Penguins in 5

#2 New York Rangers vs. #3 Philadelphia Flyers

I can’t wait to see how intense this series is! This should easily be the most intense series in the East (making it as violent as the least intense series in the West). Both teams overcame early struggles to prove to be quite good. While Claude Giroux has been quite outstanding, and may just get nominated for the Hart, I just don’t think it’ll be enough to beat King Henrik. With all respect to Rask, he is still the best goalie on the planet and I see the Rangers winning this one.

Rangers in 6.

 

So in terms of the rest of the Right-Half of the bracket, I think that we’ll see the Bruins beat the Habs in 6, followed by the Rangers upending the Pens, giving us the greatest goaltending matchup imaginable. Despite even matchup in net, the team out front in Boston is just too good. The Bruins make their third trip to the finals in four years to face…

Tune in tomorrow to find out.

Apr 11

Wrestlemania XXXI: Predicting the Card One Year in Advance

Seriously, how amazing was Wrestlemania this year? Sure Brock beating The Streak was a shock and a half, but hot damn was it ever a bold, and probably smart move. The rest of the show was fantastic and really represented a changing of the guard in the WWE, very similar to Wrestlemania X and XXI in that sense. I’ll provide some more detailed thoughts soon, but before we get to that let’s start some rough predictions for what next year’s card will in fact look like…

Bo Dallas vs. Big E
Kick-Off Match for the Intercontinental Title

Bo Dallas is coming back up to the big leagues soon, and I really hope that they keep up his “Bolievers” gimmick. It’s perfect as a heel, and he would be great to be a trash talking midcard champion for several months. These two feuded for the NXT Title so there’s a nice bit of symmetry here.

Lights, fireworks, GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!

Sheamus vs. Cesaro

Sure these two have had some matches before, but never a good long, extended program. Let these two have their chances with the big stage and nobody will be disappointed. It would be a fun, stiff match to get the crowd pumped, especially if Sheamus Brogue Kicks Paul Heyman at some point.

Cody Rhodes vs. Goldust
Career Match

Every year this match gets bandied about, hopefully it can finally happen next year. Let them have a big blood feud where Cody turns heel and runs his brother out of town, ta-da instant megastar.

Dolph Ziggler and The Miz vs. Big Show and Rey Mysterio
Tag Team Title Match

I keep hearing some rumours about a Ziggler-Miz “Angry Men” duo forming soon and to me that just sounds perfect. They are both former world champions who have fallen from grace in recent years but a good run as tag team champions could really help revitalize both men. I like the short tag team of Show and Mysterio last year so let’s get them reunited. Maybe we could finally get the company to break that mask record that they keep talking about. If Big Show wrestles as a luchardore, it’s so worth it. Plus getting everyone to put on a mask is a great move to cool the crowd off after the emotional Goldust lose.

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

This sounds like it will be a regular thing which is fine by me. The big names I have in here include: Jack Swagger, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Fandango, Damien Sandow, Mark Henry, R-Truth, The Usos, and my personal pick for winner, Sami Zayn. The former El Generico has limitless potential and it would be awesome to see him get a huge win here.

Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins

This match has to happen at some point soon, doesn’t it? I really, really hope that they can stretch this out for a full year until they finally dissolve and give us a hell of a match.

Batista vs. Bray Wyatt
No DQ Match

You know that Batista is not going to be a heel once Guardians of the Galaxy comes out, right? Wyatt could do an awesome series of promos on a vapid movie star who calls himself “The Animal”. The match may not be great, so adding a No DQ stipulation to cover both mens in-ring flaws would help a lot I think.

AJ Lee vs. Paige vs. Emma vs. Summer Rae
Divas Title Match

The Divas need to be on TV, these are the best of them, four in a match is much, much better than fourteen.

John Cena and Sting vs. Triple H and Randy Orton
Match for Control of the Company

Sting and Undertaker are not having a match, Cena and Undertaker are not having a match. Taker is done through and through. Apparently Sting will be brought in as a General Manager, so obviously he would have some sort of conflict with Triple H and sadly, I don’t think that Sting has enough gas left in the tank for a big one-on-one match, even against someone as talented as Triple H. So let’s make it a tag match featuring four huge stars from three different eras. I think that this match could really, really draw and be a lot of fun.

Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan
WWE World Title Match

This match pretty much has to happen right? The two men who had the biggest Wrestlemania XXX get a chance to define a decade of Wrestlemanias. I think that Lesnar somehow winning the World Title and threatening to leave with it is all kinds of awesome. Sure it’s similar to the CM Punk or AJ Styles story, but hot damn would it ever make for some great promos and a fun build. You want to talk about ultimate underdog? Well here’s a great change to really show off D-Bry as a hero.

Apr 04

Wrestlemania XXX: What SHOULD Happen vs. What WILL Happen

Blah blah blah, intro intro intro…there’s not time for that at all IT’S WRESTLEMANIA!!! Let’s get started.

The Usos vs. vs. The Real Americans vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel vs. Los Matadores 
Kickoff Match for the WWE Tag Team Titles


What SHOULD Happen:
Why is this match evening happening? Why are the Rhodes Brothers not in this? I’m a little confused here to be honest. Questions of logic notwithstanding, this match should be pretty fun. With the exception of Rybaxel, these teams can all flat out go in the ring. I would love to see The Real Americans win here and getting a quick month long reign before dropping the belt back to The Usos in a gimmick match at Extreme Rules. This could set off the inevitable Cesaro face turn and carry off a nice little feud through the summer. Meanwhile The Usos can feud with Harper and Rowan or the debuting Ascension for the tag straps.

What WILL Happen: It’s the pre-show, it’s Wrestlemania, there’s no way that the faces are losing here, long-live The Usos.

Lights, fireworks, GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!

Match #1
The Shield vs. The Suits

What SHOULD Happen: Not long ago, I was convinced that The Shield would EXPLODE~! before or at Wrestlemania. But now, I’m really not so sure. The group has gained a tremendous amount of life through their recent face turn and can last as a unit until at least the summer. When this match was announced I was convinced we would see Ambrose and/or Rollins make a turn here, but now I think that’s not a good idea at all. Just let the Hounds of Justice get a clean and dominant win and let them Triple Bomb Kane through a table and move on from there.

What WILL Happen: I have a bad feeling about this, I think that we may just see a heel turn and the old guys get the win here.

Impromptu Match/Segment #1

 What SHOULD Happen: Something to remind people Hogan is the host, I hope he lays into Zeb Coulter somehow or another.

What WILL Happen: Let’s go with that…

Match #2
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H

Winner Gains Entry to the Main Event


What SHOULD Happen: 
Triple H taps like a little child and Bryan YESes his way to the main event. There’s no other option here. Still though, it should be a hell of a match and is early pick for match of the night.

What WILL Happen: They can’t be that trollish can they?

Match #3
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

What SHOULD Happen: So far only 27 of the 30 participants have been announced, with the additional possibility that Christian my be injured and unable to compete. There aren’t too many guys returning soon from injury, so I think that the three others will be Alexander Rusev, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and El Torito. A rookie, a nostalgia act, and a midget. What better options are there, really?

As for the winner, there are a couple of big questions as to what the point of this Battle Royal is exactly. Is this just a fun, one time thing or an annual event? Will this be seen like the King of the Ring as a “spring board” for bigger and better things, or will this be to put over the biggest name?

Personally, I see this being an annual event as a way to get a guy into the upper card. So for that end, I think that the winner should be Big E. He has all of the tools to be a major star in this company, he just needs the buy in from the powers that be. I’d like the final six or so to be Langston, Big Show, Ziggler, Sheamus, Christian, and Rusev. Sheamus and Christian get tied up in the ropes and Ziggler and Langston come and co-operate and throw them both over. Sheamus and Christian go out and brawl with one another on their way to the back to further that feud. A few minutes later Rusev and Ziggler both get tied up in the ropes themselves and Langston goes and dumps the two over, leaving Big E and The Big Show as the last two in the ring. The two have a quick little match that ends with Langston body slamming Big Show, a la Wrestlemania III, before clotheslining him out of the ring to win the match.

The next night on RAW, Ziggler then gets upset and jealously attacks Big E, turning heel saying that he eliminated the big monster, allowing his former ungrateful protege to win, and we have a great feud for the IC belt going forward.

What WILL Happen: Sheamus is the smart pick, so let’s go with that…

Match #4
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

What SHOULD Happen: “He’s got the whoollllle woorrrrlllldddd in his hannnddddds….”

Man I hope Wyatt wins here, it would really, really make him look like a million bucks, even if it is after interference from the Wyatt Family. Let’s have Wyatt win with some run ins and after the match Cena snaps and takes a chair to Rowan and/or Harper, which makes Wyatt cackle, setting up a great blow off match next month.

Follow the buzzards…

What WILL Happen: Cena wins at Wrestlemania, right?

Match #5
Vickie Guerrero Divas Invitational

What SHOULD Happen: AJ wins, Paige debuts the next night as she celebrates, easy peasy.

What WILL Happen: With so many faces getting the W, let’s have a heel retain here.

Match #6
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar

What SHOULD Happen: The build up to this match has been subpar, especially compared to the last few editions of The Streak, however with that being said, this match should still be fantastic. With the exception of last years snooze-fest, all of Brock’s matches have been great since his big return. Sure he doesn’t exactly have the highest winning percentage, but he’s delivered in the ring and I think that this will be no exception. This match should be brutal, stiff, and down right exciting. After this match, I think that both men will disappear until Lesnar returns at Summerslam to take on Batista and Taker comes back next year to take on Bray Wyatt, Eater of Worlds.

What WILL Happen: Pretty much what I just said.

Impromptu Match/Segment #2

What SHOULD Happen: Hall of Fame time, please let Warrior speak.

What WILL Happen: Hall of Fame time, probably no message to the Warriors.

Match #7
Randy Orton vs. Batistia vs. Daniel Bryan

WWE World Title Match


What SHOULD Happen:
Simple, isn’t it? Bryan wins but before he can celebrate Triple H comes down and all three members of Evolution are beating him down when all of a sudden “Cult of Personality” blares and Punk runs down to make the save and we get confetti falling as these two hug, a sort of mashup of Wrestlemania VIII and XX, the two best endings ever.

What WILL Happen: I doubt we’ll see Punk, but damn would that be cool…

So the Extreme Rules card SHOULD end up as…

  • WWE World Title Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Batista vs. Randy Orton vs. Triple H
  • John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt in Steel Cage Match
  • IC Title Match: Big E vs. Dolph Ziggler
  • Roman Reigns vs. Kane in a Last Man Standing Match
  • Big Show vs. Alexander Rusev
  • Sheamus vs. Christian
  • Tag Title Match: The Real Americans vs. The Usos
Apr 03

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Start Loving This Years Wrestlemania Card

Can you feel it? Wrestlemania is only a three short days away!!!

Yet somehow or another, this seems to be met with the usual boredom and apathy from the internet, but I for the life of my can’t begin to understand why. We have everything we want in this card, the spot-light on the tag division, and old team vs. a new team, John Cena out of the main event, an old school Battle Royal for a trophy, a grudge match between two established stars, and more importantly, a chance for our hero to slay two dragons. Yeah the Diva’s Match is a clustercuss, but that’s sort of par for the course at this point.

More importantly, I think that in not too long we will look back at Wrestlemania XXX as a real changing of the guard and the real coronation of the two B’s of the future, Bray and Bryan. Just like Wrestlemania 21 was the big moment for both Cena and Batista, it was also big for Edge and Randy Orton. This year’s event should/will see Daniel Bryan defeat three established stars, Bray Wyatt, a 26 year old freakin’ rookie, hold his own against the biggest name in the industry, and three future world champions extend their Wrestlemania undefeated streak to two matches as they go over some big names from bygone eras.

Imagine, honestly, a few years down the road, maybe Mania XXXV, maybe XXXVI, we get a Wrestlemania Main Event of Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt for the WWE Title. We’ll think back to this moment, this night when both men went from up and comers to down right amazing names.

Ohh, and I think that Punk will return to save Bryan from a beat down and we’ll get a mashup of the two best Mania endings ever, XVIII and XX, to close the show. How freakin’ cool would that be?