After the highs of Survivor Series and the potential that it promised, here we are back to the usual rubbish that WWE seems to be so good at throwing at us. We have a couple of potential great matches in here however and I’m more interested in them being decent than any story at the moment. (Probably the way it should be anyway!!!)
So let’s get to the predictions
Divas Champion Nikki Bella vs. AJ Lee
M. Looks like AJ is done with WWE and probably for the best. Nothing to to with her, cause she really has been the divas division for the last few years but why stay on a sinking ship?
Prediction: Winner and still champion – Nikki Bella
A. So it definitely looks like AJ is leaving. The rumours have gathered momentum, and her Slammy acceptance speech really felt like a farewell. And with the likes of Charlotte appearing on TV, they may be getting ready to replace AJ. How random was Brie Bella’s heel turn by the way? Anyways, no reason for a title change here.
Prediction: Winner and STILL Divas Champioin – Nikki Bella by pinfall
The New Day vs. Gold & Stardust
M. I just don’t get these guys yet. Is it just me or does anyone else think that Big E just doesn’t quite fit in this group? I can’t quite place why but it just looks odd. Anyway, they’ll win for sure. New group momentum and all that jazz.
Prediction: winners by pinfall – the new day.
A. So yeah, this is happening. Easy win for the new team to establish them.
Prediction: Winners – The New Day by pinfall
United States Champion Rusev vs. Jack Swagger
M. Again? Seriously? No one believes Swagger will win! WWE need to be careful here not to drop the heat with Rusev. He has appeal and people are invested in him as a strong heel so putting him against mid card faces constantly does him no favours. My dream at the moment would be for him to get back at the Rock for earlier in and build to a match at mania where he wins. But that isn’t likely!
Prediction: winner and still US Champion – Rusev via submission
A. Jesus, how often do we need to see Swagger lose to Rusev? The fodder is getting repetitive. Again, no reason for a title switch here, so Rusev to retain.
Prediction: Winner and STILL US Champion – Rusev by submission
Intercontinental Champion Luke Harper vs. Dolph Ziggler (Ladder Match)
M. This is one of my picks for match of the night. These 2 guys have fantastic chemistry in the ring and are 2 of the better performers on the roster. I don’t know what happens to Ziggler here though. He seems destined to lead the midcard forever. If he wins, he’s back to IC champ and doesn’t move but if he loses, he gets pegged back again and all the momentum built up over the last month goes with it. Maybe if he wins it here and then drops it to rusev at the rumble, that could be interesting as it would be seen as a step up for Ziggler, it gives a fresh opponent to rusev and makes the IC title a bit more unattainable, seeing as how it’s on rusev. I’m reaching here but I’m going with optimism rather then sense.
Prediction: winner and new IC champion – Dolph Ziggler via pinfall.
A. Ok, so here’s the thing. I absolutely believe this match could steal the show. But Ziggler doesn’t seem to be able to move past this level. He has been booked well in recent weeks, but I can’t look ahead to Wrestlemania with the same level of optimism, and I can’t see Harper losing the belt here. I worry that Ziggler will suffer from losing again, but at the same time there might not be much to gain from a win either. He’s in a really awkward position on the card. Maybe another run with a briefcase can finally get him to the next level.
Prediction: Winner and STILL Intercontinental Champion – Luke Harper
Erick Rowan vs. Big Show (Steel Stairs Match)
M. Stairs match? Eh? Ok I’ll let that slide but only because I’m really more upset about the way the Wyatt’s have been discarded! There was no story behind the break? Really? What a waste! I like the guys don’t get me wrong but they have no hype or image around them. Maybe they’re just going to build themselves, which is fair I suppose, but still! I suspect the big show will win here, however it could go either way.
Prediction: Winner via pinfall- Big Show
A. Um, what? What even is a stairs match? Jesus. I’ve been confused by the booking of Rowan, on one hand they’ve given him a small spotlight and are attempting to build up his character, on the other hand he isn’t being put into positions where he can look dominant. And this is another one of those. For some reason I can’t look past Big Show here. He’s just turned heel, and will probably have to face off with bigger names than Rowan soon just to give them someone other than Seth Rollins to work with, so he needs to win. It’s unfortunate for Rowan, but for me he’s in a no win situation here.
Prediction: Winner – Big Show by pinfall
The Miz & Damien Mizdow vs. The Usos — WWE Tag Team Title Match
M. I don’t see Miz and mizdow losing here. They seem to be building to something, and the titles are a pivotal part of that. It won’t be a long match and probably not a good one, which is a shame considering the Uso’s are in it.
Prediction: Winners and still tag champs- Miz and Mizdow
A. Again I’m a bit conflicted here. Miz and Mizdow are seriously entertaining, and probably deserve a title reign. But at the same time a vignette for The Ascension aired during Smackdown, and if they’re debuting on the main roster soon they will win the titles. They also won’t be faces, which you would think means they will be squaring off against face champions. Maybe a multi-team match at Wrestlemania will be the ascension of… The Ascension. Which means Miz & Mizdow can keep the belts. For now.
Prediction: Winners and STILL Tag Team Champions – The Miz and Damien Mizdow
Ryback vs. Kane (Chairs Match)
M. Can anyone say “yawn”!! Don’t care.
Prediction: winner – Ryback via pinfall
A. This really isn’t an exciting prospect, is it? I don’t expect this one to last long, but it wouldn’t surprise me if there was a lot of carnage. Kane is almost an enhancement guy at this stage, but because of his legacy will always be a credible threat. Still, Ryback for the win.
Prediction: Winner – Ryback by pinfall
John Cena vs. Seth Rollins (Tables Match)
M. I have high hopes for this match. I’m hearing and Orton return could be on the cards so if that’s the case then I’m pretty sure Cena walks away victorious here. Not really much more to say on it though, it’s a Cena match so nothing is a lock.
Prediction: Winner – Cena
A. This could be a great match. We’ve seen before that these two have good chemistry, and I think the stipulation might help them here. If this was a normal one-on-one match, there would be no doubt that Cena would walk out victorious. As it is, I still think Cena will win, but having lost Tables Matches before (and at this event too) there is a bit more doubt. Have WWE had second thoughts about another Cena-Brock match? No. I highly doubt it.
Prediction: Winner – John Cena
Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt (Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match)
M. This is the other candidate for match of the night. They have been lacklustre of late and their fued has lacked any bite,( as so many of them do nowadays) but they are both still capable of pulling out a performance. The fact that it’s a TLC match aswell, means there’s no excuse really. I’m plugging for Wyatt here, purely because ambrose has a feud to fall back on that he will win I.e. Rollins, and I don’t think Wyatt can afford to lose another big one.
Prediction: winner via pinfall – bray Wyatt.
A. I can’t make up my mind as to whether I like this feud or not. It does seem to have essentially the top billing though, which I think is a good thing. Here’s hoping they can tear the roof down, these two are both unorthodox enough to come up with things we’ve never seen before, especially in this kind of environment. Ambrose needs to win though. He hasn’t won on PPV since June 1st, which was when The Shield defeated Evolution at Payback. That’s right, Dean Ambrose hasn’t won on PPV since The Shield broke up. I think he desperately needs a win, so for that reason alone, I’m going for an unstable victory here.
Prediction: Winner – Dean Ambrose by pinfall