The New Day vs Sanity (Tables Match)
The New Day are in that weird spot where they don't really need the titles but they are so popular you have to find ways to get them to the audience. This is a perfect spot for them against a debuting stable that if you do not follow NXT you may be unfamiliar with. Eric Young conveys a very unhinged psycho, Killian Dain is a tank with a Ferrari engine and Alexander Wolfe is woefully underrated.
|What a damn weirdo.|
Kevin Owens vs Braun Strowman (Steel Cage Match)
One of the funniest running gags over the last few months has been Braun Strowman going out of his way to bowl over and find creative ways to give Kevin Owens' them hands.
This is going to be nothing short of a squash match essentially but I fully expect Owens to knock the big man down at least once so he can take solace in that.
Winner: Braun Strowman
Finn Balor vs Baron Corbin
Since debuting his Constable Corbin gimmick and shaving his head Baron Corbin has actually been entertaining. As the eyes and ears of the corporation he has a prominent role whether he is in the ring or backstage. Finn Balor on the other hand while not being uninteresting has been kind of lost and really needs something creatively to do.
Personally I wouldn't be mad if he was next in line for the Intercontinenatal Championship but that's booking ahead. I think that Balor will get the win simply because he is more over than Corbin who could eat a loss and use it as a reason to stack the deck against Balor going forward.
Winner: Finn Balor
Shinuske Nakamura vs Jeff Hardy (United States Championship)
While a bite from a police dog has seriously derailed how entertaining a feud between these two weirdos could have been I'm still excited about this match. You got the still pretty athletic style of Jeff Hardy against the strong style of Nakamura who if we're being honest probably should have been given the chance to beat Styles and be champion.
Roman Reigns vs Bobby Lashley
Sigh. This match. We all know we're leading to Roman vs Brock...again. Which is a shame because Lashley for as uninteresting as he is has a very impressive MMA record. Putting the two of them together, maybe even have Lashley as the one who slays the beast could lead to the best Lashley there is, super arrogant asshole Bobby Lashley.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Seth Rollins vs Dolph Ziggler (Iron Man Match for Intercontinental Title)
I definitely expect this match to steal the show which let's face it, Seth Rollins is becoming notorious for. Teaming Ziggler with Drew McIntyre has been genius as it seemingly has lit a spark under him as the reboot this Shawn Michaels/Diesel relationship again.
|Nice show you got there...be a shame if someone stole it.|
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Team Hell No vs The Bludgeon Brothers (Smackdown Tag Team Championship)
I never knew I would pop so hard to see Kane return for the billionth time but hey 2018 is weird. You have so much history in this match. You got the Bludegon Brothers vs Bryan as part of the Wyatt Family, you got Kane who has battled and battled along side Bryan.
I think we're gonna get a very entertaining match as I think Luke Harper may be the MVP as he is woefully underrated. In the end the Bludgeon Brothers should go over as I see this as nothing more than a stop gap feud for Daniel Bryan.
Winner: The Bludgeon Brothers
Asuka vs Carmella (Smackdown Women's Championship, Ellsworth suspended from a shark cage)
This one may be the hardest one for me to call. On one hand Asuka should kick Carmella so hard that it caves her chest in. On the other hand I could totally see Carmella finding a way to escape with the title. With Ellsworth suspended in a shark cage you just know he's gonna get involved in some way. My guess is he causes a disqualification which gets Asuka a win because she can't keep taking pins but allows Carmella to hold the title until Summerslam which would b a much bigger moment for Asuka to capture the title.
Winner: Asuka (By DQ)
The B-Team vs Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt (Raw Tag Team Championship)
The B-Team has carved out quite the little hot streak since the Miz was sent to Smackdown. They are perfectly cast as a comedy heel team and should provide enough of a threat to push the Woken Warrior and the Eater of Worlds. This however is going to be another one where we already know the outcome. Hopefully after this Hardy and Wyatt can move on to my team of choice as their next opponents, the top guys!
Winner: Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt
Nia Jax vs Alexa Bliss (Raw Women's Championship)
This is a confusing one. I mean what the hell was the point of any of the initial feud, the subsequent Rousey feud and back to this feud. Creative has done no favors for Nia Jax in this regard. First she was being bullied, then she was the bully now she's back to being bullied. The hell? Given that Ronda Rousey is going to be in the audience I would expect her to get involved and this is probably going to lead to a triple threat match at Summerslam.
Winner: Alexa Bliss
Rusev vs AJ Styles (WWE Championship)
AJ Styles is one of the best wrestlers in the world. That said this run as champion has kind of been boring. Not bad but it's not blowing the doors off by any means. Opposite of that is the ridiculously popular Rusev...DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! In a perfect world Rusev shocks the world and we celebrate Rusev Day with a world title.
Winner: AJ Styles
And there we have it folks, another ppv successfully prognosticated. I would say I've earned a treat. So I am off to sneak some of my son's goldfish. I hope he doesn't notice.