After taking two months and aproximately 17
Pay-Per-Views WWE Network Events for only $9.99 a month off, the SHOULDS vs. WILLS return to look at a very intriguing event.
We’ve already looked at the various possibilities of Cena-Lesnar, but that’s not the only match that’s worth considering here. Can Stephanie do it again in the ring, 13 years after her unexpected classic with Trish? How will Roman Reigns do in his first singles match on Pay-Per-View? Will Jericho and Wyatt rebound after a disappointing finish last month? Can Swagger finally break through? Will Ziggler and The Miz get bumped to the pre-show?
So many questions to be answered, all well worth considering going into the biggest event of the summer. Let’s get too err. As always match orders are what they SHOULD be.
WWE Network KickOff Match
What SHOULD Happen: As of right now (before Smackdown aired but after it was taped), no match has been bumped to the Pre-Show just yet, so I’m holding out hope that we will get a different match, hopefully featuring the tag team division. Instead of a straight up tag match let’s have an eight-man tag featuring The Usos, Goldust & Stardust vs. Rybaxxel, Rowan & Harper which ends when Goldust gets the win for his team. In the celebration, Stardust grabs the tag title belts and says “I found it! I found the Cosmic Key!” and runs off with the belts, setting up a tag team feud for next month.
What WILL Happen: Either Miz-Ziggler or AJ-Paige gets bumped to the pre-show.
The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
WWE Intercontinental Title Match
What SHOULD Happen: Give these guys 10-15 minutes to put on a great match to kick start the PPV properly, which we know they can have. The Miz just won the belt last month, and is in the midst of a gimmick change so let’s have him win by nefarious means to set up a rematch, or possible multi-man match involving these two and others at Night of Champions.
What WILL Happen: This is so getting bumped to the pre-show, we know that right? The Miz is winning, and this little feud will be forgotten about in no time I’m sure.
Jack Swagger vs. Rusev
What SHOULD Happen: I’ve kind of liked Swagger as a face, and I’m surprised because of how unlikable this guy seems. If they really want to establish him as a big time face, the route is simple: Hulk Hogan. Have Swagger about to the flag only for Lana to grab his foot while Rusev recovers and grabs a chair. He starts assaulting Swagger with the chair when Real American hit and Hogan runs down, unannounced, and chases Lana off while Rusev drops the chair. Swagger picks the chair up, hits Rusev, then gets the flag. Swagger, Zeb, and Hogan pose and wave ol’ glory in a feel good moment. Lana can claim that Swagger only won because of outside help and we can have a final blowoff match in the next few months between the two, which Rusev can win and both men can move on to bigger and better things.
What WILL Happen: I have a bad feeling that Coulter is going to turn on Swagger, I just hope it’s not here and now. I think that we are going to get some weird screwball finish where Rusev wins but doesn’t look too strong in the process.
Impromptu Match/Segment #1
What SHOULD Happen: Goldust and Stardust run from The Usos in some whacky hijinks and talk about the Cosmic Key (the tag titles)
What WILL Happen: John Cena goes all Denzel on Brock.
Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt
Rowan and Harper banned from ringside
What SHOULD Happen: I just don’t understand why Jericho got the win last month. This feud seems like it’s been booked backwards. Logically, we should have had Bray Wyatt win on account of the numbers game, Jericho get those two wins to make this a straight one-on-one encounter where he wins, setting up the rubber match later on. Seems simple right? Instead, here we are, Jericho overcame the odds last time and won, and now he has Wyatt in a straight one-on-one match, but why? He beat him despite help last time so shouldn’t this be easy? Bray Wyatt should win this one clean as a whistle, setting up a gimmick match later on where Bray wins again and carts Jericho off like he did to Kane last year.
What WILL Happen: This just reeks of a screwjob doesn’t it? Maybe the lights will go off and Wyatt will win anyway, or maybe some new guy will debut as the newest member of the Wyatt Family. But Wyatt will win this one via nefarious means.
Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton
What SHOULD Happen: Can you believe that this is Roman Reigns’ first singles match on PPV? Kind of shocking, isn’t it? The company has done a very good job of protecting their heir apparent and now is their time to have him put up or shut up. Not only should Reigns win, but he should look like a world beater in the process. Have some failed interference from Kane and any other member of The Authority that still ends with the big guy standing tall.
What WILL Happen: Probably just that.
AJ Lee vs. Paige
WWE Diva’s Title Match
What SHOULD Happen: Tough call here, isn’t it? On one hand AJ has not had the title for too long, but on the other hand, Paige is fresh off a heel turn and just lost twice last month. This match is just begging for a DQ finish that makes Paige look strong (and crazy) to set up her title win next month at Night of Champions.
What WILL Happen: I think we’ll see a title change here, so let’s go with a Paige victory.
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
What SHOULD Happen: Why did Ambrose pick a Lumberjack Match exactly? Wouldn’t a cage match or something be more logical given the story and Ambrose being a psychopath? Curtis Axel and Ryback (working as lumberjacks) distract the refs long enough to allow a briefcase shot from Rollins, giving him the win and keeping him strong. Hopefully these two can have a match inside the Hell in a Cell come October, I mean, why the heck not?
What WILL Happen: Probably the same as above, but without the Cell match.
Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon
What SHOULD Happen: Can you believe that this main evented two straight RAWs? I know Cena and Lesnar were not on those shows, but come on, Reigns was right there…anyway, Brie should win this one clean as a whistle and move on.
What WILL Happen: This is definitely going to be overbooked, chances are Triple H will distract Brie long enough for Steph to get a cheap win. I can totally see Steph/Triple H vs. Brie/Bryan sometime in the not so distant future.
John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar
WWE Title Match
What SHOULD Happen: As mentioned previously, Lesnar should win here, clean as a whistle and look hella strong until Wrestlemania, when Roman Reigns beats him for his big moment.
What WILL Happen: Probably the same, I think that Brock is going to win and serve as an advertisement for the Network (only $9.99/month!!!) by appearing rarely for free on Raw and Smackdown.
All of this SHOULD Lead to the following Night of Champions card:
- Vacant WWE Title: Cena vs. Cesaro
- IC Title: The Miz vs. Ziggler
- US Title: Sheamus vs. Rusev vs. Swagger
- Tag Title: The Usos vs. Goldust and Stardust
- No DQ Diva’s Title Match: AJ vs. Paige
- Steel Cage Match: Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt
- Ambrose and Reigns vs. Rollins and Orton