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This is it.  The biggest show of the year, Wrestlemania.  Rivalries are taken to the next level.  Feuds come to a climax.  Wrestlers are elevated.

This year the big event hits the quarter century mark and at least on paper, it has a chance to be one of the best Wrestlemanias ever.

Chris Jericho vs. Roddy Piper, Ricky Steamboat and Jimmy Snuka (with Ric Flair) – Handicap elimination match

Jericho has been as good or better than he’s ever been with this clean cut anti-Y2J character.  What started as a feud with Mickey Rourke ended up as a feud with Ric Flair, who was retired after losing a match at last year’s Wrestlemania.  Since Flair is retired, three legends will fight for him: Roddy Piper, Ricky Steamboat and Jimmy Snuka.  I think it’s about time that Jericho moved back up to the main event, and I don’t expect this match to finish without at least a little bit of of Ric Flair in the ring, and while Flair might get the better of Jericho, the match will end with the three Legends defeated.  Jericho eliminates them all.


The Royal Rumble is one of my favorite matches of the year.  Thirty guys with one goal, win the shot at a championship title.  One of the best parts is watching the interactions of the low and mid-card wrestlers against the main eventers.

Trying to predict the Royal Rumble winner often involves trying to predict what the WWE wants to do for Wrestlemania.  When there was only one belt, the winner went on to get that belt and predicting it was easier.  When there was a wrestler that was being held down by Mr. McMahon, the best bet was on that wrestler to win the Rumble and go on to win the title at Wrestlemania.  With the brand extension, there are two more belts, but it seems like many more options.  One brand can work with the Rumble winner as challenger for the title while the other brands get an extra month to figure out who to push at the champion.


Quick Trivia, other than the Undertaker the night Kane made his debut, who were Kane’s first victims?

Kane has been maskless for a few years now, and while it was interesting at first, it’s really diluted the character.  Kane usually seems to be over pretty well with the fans, and is one good push away from being a believable champion again.  I think he’s been a great company man for many years and deserves a good push to the belt.  I don’t think it would get in the way of Batista or Cena who will probably just get injured next year anyway.  I won’t write down all the little details, but I came up with a way to bring back some excitement with the Kane character and put him back in his mask. (more…)

I just finished watching RAW on my DVR a little bit ago, and I have to say that for the umpteenth time, WWE dropped the ball.  Sure, we don’t know where all the new storylines with all the post-Draft, post-tragic-accident jumble, but some really good ones just slipped through their fingers.

I’ll keep this short.  I don’t want to bore you with tons of small details, so as of Night of Champions, Mr. McMahon is out, his family is busy with him, RAW has no GM and both main belts are on Smackdown. 

WWE chose to have CM Punk use his Money in the Bank to bring a belt back to RAW after Edge was softened up by Batista.  While this may be ‘poetic justice’ considering how Edge has won the belt in the past, it’s also not CM Punk’s character.  Instead, it should have been drawn out over the summer or even longer to help bolster ratings in this traditionally slow time of year. 

Here’s what I would have done.


Last weekend I made some predictions about this year’s Wrestlemania matches.  I pick who I think should win, along with who I think the WWE will actually have win.  I keep track of how I do for the ‘who will win’ pick.  The ‘who should win’ pick is merely my thoughts on what is best for future storylines or in developing stars.  It’s what I would do if I were writing this stuff.  On with the results…

24-Man Battle Royal – Winner faces ECW Champion Chavo Guerrero

Who Should Win:  Jamie Noble
Who Will Win: I said either of Tommy Dreamer, Hardcore Holly, Kane or Jaime Noble would have a good match with Chavo.

I actually didn’t get to watch this match, so I can’t tell you much about it.  If I was watching this match as it evolved and wrestlers were eliminated, I would have never expected it to finish the way it did.  It came down to two big men, Kane and Mark Henry, which I wasn’t really surprised to see, with ECW recently focusing on powerful large guys.  Normally, I would have expected Henry to win, since Kane never really ever seems to get any kind of legitimate title shots.  I figured they would make Henry their challenger, even if it was heel against heel.  But I was pleasantly surprised and Kane came out on top.  I can’t really take credit for this one since I basicly said four guys.  Winner: Kane (0-0) 

Belfast Brawl –  Fit Finlay vs. John Bradshaw Layfield

Who Should Win: Finlay
Who Will Win: Finlay
This was a pretty good and basic hardcore match.  They used weapons, but didn’t stray from the ring.  Each of the men beat each other silly.  I don’t care a whole lot for JBL, but he’s got a very good focused attitude when he wrestles that comes across the television well.  Every time Finlay gets into a ring with a table, I think about the time his leg went through poorly gimmicked table top in WCW and sliced through to the bone, putting him into retirement.  I was glad this was a simple match.  It didn’t really need to be a fancy hardcore match because WWE has been taking it easy with these things so that they mean something more when they actually do happen.  I’m not sure where they are going to go with JBL winning, but I’m going to guess that their feud isn’t done yet. Winner: JBL (0-1)

Money in the Bank Ladder Match – Mr. Kennedy vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Chris Jericho vs. Carlito vs. Montel Vontavious Porter vs. CM Punk vs. John Morrison

Who Should Win: Mr. Kennedy
Who Will Win: Mr. Kennedy 

This was a pretty good ladder match, but you could expect that with the level of talent they had in there.  The surprise of the match was a returning Matt Hardy getting his revenge on MVP as he went to grab the briefcase.  I thought that they would give the title shot to Mr. Kennedy because he seemed like the most main-event ready performer in the match.   As I was watching the match though, I realized that having an ECW wrestler win the title lets them not have to worry about working it into the main storylines in their top two shows.  Of course, if they wanted to really throw a wrench in things, they should have C. M. Punk use the contract to go after either the RAW or Smackdown champion.  Winner: C.M. Punk (0-2)

SmackDown vs. Raw: Batista vs. Umaga

Who Should Win: Umaga
Who Will Win: Batista

I don’t really care much for either of these wrestlers, so I didn’t pay much attention to their match.  It went about as I expected.  Batista didn’t need the win to be seen as a main eventer, but Umaga does.  Instead of trying to build up a top heel, they went the easy route. Winner: Batista (1-2)

Chavo Guerro vs Kane (ECW Championship Match)

I didn’t predict this one, though I did say that Kane could have a good match against Chavo.  It wasn’t a good match, but it definately was an interesting match.  Kane appeared in the ring while Chavo was looking up the ramp and then he chokeslammed the champion to the canvas pretty forcefully and got the pin 1-2-3 with no resistance.  Since C.M. Punk had the belt taken from him not that long ago, and he now holds the title of Mr. Money in the Bank, I imagine he’ll be using it to face Kane.  Winner: Kane

Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels (Career Threatening Match)

Who Should Win: Ric Flair
Who Will Win: Ric Flair

A great match between two great workers.  And before the ref had even counted three I was trying to think of a way they could reverse the decision and get Flair out of that retirement stipulation.  The reaction of Michaels right after the match and of the crowd and Flair’s kids was definately touching.  I still think that there had to have been a better way to have Flair retire rather than having him lose to another legend on the backside of his career.  I’m certain we haven’t seen the last of Ric Flair, but that’s material for another entry.  Winner: Shawn Michaels (1-3)

‘Playboy’ BunnyMania Lumberjack Match featuring Snoop Dogg – Ashley & Maria vs. ‘The Glamazon’ Beth Phoenix & Melina

Who Should Win: Maria
Who Will Win: Maria

As far as women’s matches go, this was pretty good.  I don’t see why they had Maria lose though.  It didn’t make much sense.  Jerry Lawler clocking Santino was ok, but I don’t want to see a feud between the two.  Maria should pick someone else to represent her White Knight and teach Santino to respect her.  Snoop did end up getting a little taste of Maria afterward.  Winner: The Glamazon and Melina (1-4)

Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship – Triple H vs. John Cena vs. Randy Orton

Who Should Win: Randy Orton
Who Will Win: John Cena
Having the marching band play Cena entrant’s music was a really unique touch.  I was really surprised with the results of the mobile text voting.  I figured that HHH (40%) would have a higher percentage than Orton (52%) and I didn’t think that Cena would have such a low number (8%).  Will WWE finally realize that forcing Cena as a face is a bad idea?  I can see his career parallel the Rock’s (albiet with a lower level of electricity) if they turned him heel and let the fan’s cheer him back to a face.  Lots of good action in this match.  Orton won in a way that was very Orton-like, with a kick to the head of HHH while he was going for the pin.  Maybe they will be changing Cena’s character since he wasn’t a factor at the end of the match.  HHH goes on to feud with Orton while Cena starts to terrorize anyone in his way, ala Stone Cold?  Winner: Randy Orton (1-5)

Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Big Show

Who Should Win: Big Show
Who Will Win: Floyd Mayweather

This was a better match than I expected.  Big Show is a great sport to lose to Mayweather.  He showed a lot of power and spent a good deal of the time throwing that power around.   I think Mayweather did a pretty decent job in the ring and if he wanted to give up boxing, he’d be an entertaining full-time cruiserweight wrestler.  How do they procede with Big Show now that he lost to a non-wrestler?  Winner: Floyd Mayweather (2-5)

World Heavyweight Champion Edge vs. Undertaker

Who Should Win: Undertaker
Who Will Win: Undertaker

This match was a sort of best-of-both-worlds.  Edge got to work over Undertaker pretty well, but he also took a lot of punishment.  Loads of near-falls to get the crowd riled up.  I think it cements Edge’s place at the main event level even though Undertaker gets the win and keeps his undefeated 15 win record at Wrestlemania.  Both men left it all in the ring and they definately showed that they deserved the closing match on Wrestlemania.  Fans went home happy, as it should be.  Winner: Undertaker (3-5)

Final Record: 3-5

Not horrible, but not good either.  While watching the matches I realized that there were probably some good reasons to go with the other guy that I didn’t think of the first time around.  I promise to try harder next time.

How’d you do?