Welcome back to our monthly look at WWE Events. As part of a preview we look at the card and what SHOULD Happen and compare it to what (probably) WILL Happen.
This card feels very much like a placeholder show, but it does have some potential long-term ramifications. The power of The Shield will continue to grow, Daniel Bryan continues to (hopefully) move up the card, and where does CM Punk fit into all of this?
Things feel predictable, Cena’s going to retain, both matches involving The Shield have pretty obvious outcomes, and of course the new guy that they love is going to win the title that they don’t care about! However, the company is known to mess things up every so often just to keep us all guessing.
Will this be one of those times? I guess we’ll have to see…
Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow
You-Tube Pre-Show Match
What SHOULD Happen: …wait are Rhodes Scholars together or split up? It’s so tough to tell these days. I was rather excited for this feud, as it seemed like a great chance to push Sandow, but the news that it was relegated to the pre-show sort of stung. Let’s hope that young Cody makes his appearance felt as we can keep this duo together in some meaningful way. Let’s have Cody interfere and cost Sheamus the match. Sheamus tries to look for a partner to take on his rivals before settling on either a returning Mark Henry or Big Show to create a Main-Event tag team that can help fill the void that the splitting of Team Hell No will create.
What WILL Happen: Sheamus will win cleanly, probably Brogue Kicking Cody Rhodes for good measure.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio
World Heavyweight Title Match
What SHOULD Happen: It’s kind of strange to have these guys jerk the curtain but it actually makes sense. Cena-Ryback is clearly going last and Jericho-Punk is a very big match in Chicago, so they’ll need to separate this match from the other two Main Events, and they haven’t been shy about using the WHC to jerk the curtain.
There’s no way Ziggler is losing here, he hasn’t made a big time title defense on account of his injury, and it’s nice that the company left the belt on him, when they had every excuse to strip him of the title last month. Ziggler should come out as champion on the account of Langstonterference.
What WILL Happen: Ziggler wins after Langston runs in, Langston and Del Rio resume their best of 367 match series.
Wade Barrett vs. The Miz vs. Curtis Axel
Intercontinental Title Match
What SHOULD Happen: It really is too bad that Fandango was injured, as he seemed primed to win the gold here. But alas, the fates intervened and they have the chance to give this title to their other flavour of the month. As much as I love Wade Barrett, he just hasn’t seemed to click since returning from injury in the fall. He feels like he’s sort of…there. He feels like he could benefit from a long-term tag team with a fellow heel, maybe someone from development could be his protegé.
As for the match, it seems like the company should get behind Axel. They have been a little stop-start with him in only 3 short weeks. Have him with the title with a clean pin and have a strong reign which includes a title defense against Triple H at Summerslam.
What WILL Happen: Axel will win after Heyman interferes then Triple H will run in and chase him off, putting a very small amount of attention on the title change.
Dean Ambrose vs. Kane
United States Title Match
What SHOULD Happen: These two had a fun match on free tv, and seem to have similar, sadistic, styles. Ambrose most certainly will, and should retain here. Hopefully it’s clean as a whistle over the monster.
After the match, Rollins and Reigns come out to beat-down Kane only for Orton and Bryan to run down for a save.
What WILL Happen: Probably just what was stated above. Ambrose is one of the best pushed men in the company right now and my personal choice to win one of the Money in the Bank matches nest month. He’ll win, it’s just a question of if it’ll be clean or involve some sort of interference. I’ll go with clean.
Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins vs. Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton
Tag Team Title Match
What SHOULD Happen: I love it when matches/segments blend together a little bit. It’s just plain fun, and here we have a great chance to do that.
The Shield should retain after some kind of miscommunication and get a pinfall on Orton, which helps settles just who is (and isn’t) the weak link. This can lead to both Orton and Bryan getting shots at Cena next month to further that story line.
What WILL Happen: Please tell me we aren’t getting another whacky-partners-who-hate-each-other. We just had several months of that.
There were rumours of a Daniel Bryan heel turn…God I hope not. He’s been very good as a goofy face and should continue to work as one. But let’s go with that happening…similar to what it says above but with Bryan snapping at Orton in the end.
Kaitlyn vs. AJ Lee
Diva’s Title Match
What SHOULD Happen: AJ is the most over woman on the roster not named Vickie. She should get a win here and maybe just maybe get some more attention to the belt.
What WILL Happen: Probably the same, get ready for a lot of matches between these two…
Impromptu Match/Segment #1
What SHOULD Happen: The Usos vs. Tons of Funk vs. Prime Time Players vs. 3MB: Four Way #1 Contenders Match. Apparently the company wants to push the tag team titles a bit more, so why not? They did a similar thing a year ago, and it helped with the slight renaissance we saw for the tag team titles last year. Apparently the plan is to also build up The Usos, so why not give them a win and a shot at the next PPV?
What WILL Happen: John Cena makes fun of Ryback.
CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho
What SHOULD Happen: Get comfy this is going to take a minute….
There’s no way that Punk is going to get booed in his hometown, so we may as well go with this as a face vs. face match. Give them 15-20 minutes to put on a clinic, much like they did last year. After awhile both men are lying on the mat, when out walks Heyman who distracts the referee and Curtis Axel runs in through the crowd and shockingly hits Punk with his title belt. Jericho recovers and get the pin, unaware of what was going on.
Punk limps out and confronts Heyman who replies “You never should have left me, I didn’t tell you that you could”. Punk brawls with Axel for a bit and dumps him from the ring and gets face to face with Heyman when out runs Brock Lesnar who hits levels Punk with an F-5.
What WILL Happen: Don’t count on the ‘E burning one of Lesnar’s dates on PPV without an announcement, but damn would it ever be amazing. If the above were to happen it probably would just involve Heyman and Axel.
But let’s go with Punk winning after Axel interferes, not really sure what’s going to happen long term with the Heyman family storyline.
Impromptu Match/Segment #2
What SHOULD Happen: The Wyatt family is coming…
What WILL Happen: They’re coming alright…
John Cena vs. Ryback
Three Stages of Hell Match for the WWE Championship
What WILL Happen: Ryback pins Cena, clean as a whistle, thus giving him a case against Cena again sometime in the future. Cena flukily puts Ryback through a table, much like Sheamus did to him way back in 2009. Cena pulls out some sort of a death spot on Ryback and rolls him into the ambulance to win. The feud is over and Cena can move on to feud with Orton and Bryan after they both get named top contenders somehow and Ryback can start to feud with some other big name faces before winning one of the big belts sometime in the fall.
What WILL Happen: Actually it seems pretty likely, doesn’t it?
This means that Money in the Bank SHOULD Be
- Cena vs. Orton vs. Bryan
- Ziggler vs. Jericho
- Punk (with Triple H) vs. Axel (with Brock Lesnar)
- Rollins and Reigns vs. The Usos
- Dean Ambrose wins one Money in the Bank Match
- Ryback wins the other
- Other MiTB Participants include: Kane, Sheamus, Damien Sandow, Cody Rhodes, Sin Cara, Antonio Cesaro, Big E. Langston, Mark Henry, Christian, Wade Barrett, The Miz, Alberto Del Rio, and a few more people I haven’t thought of.
Which can get us to a Summerslam that features: Cena vs. Bryan, Triple H vs. Axel (for real this time), Punk vs. Lesnar, and Rollins and Reigns vs. Undertaker and Kane