Bold text means that’s my predicted winner.
Triple H (c) vs. Edge
Many people were thinking they would play up the Vickie/Edge break up, meaning no wedding/reception, up until the PPV with a swerve of La Familia helping Edge win. Well, given last night’s events on Smackdown, I still think Edge will win. He’ll find a way to pull this one off, setting up Vickie giving the go-ahead for ‘taker to return and chase Edge for the belt for a bit. Well, I actually, I hope we don’t see a chase. There’s just been too much Edge/’taker. Just gives us one more match and end it. Or make it a ‘taker/HHH/Edge feud, at least if this is going to be another long program.
Oh, and don’t you love how whatever belt HHH holds is current the “main” title in WWE and gets top billing? It’s always been whatever title RAW had that was most prestigious, but now that HHH holds a title on Smackdown, *that’s* the big belt.
World Heavyweight Championship
CM Punk (c) vs. Batista
So Punk has been getting the Rey Mysterio World title push, meaning he’s doing a lot of jobs and just getting punked out in general. He’s been made to look like he’s not worthy of being one of the “big dogs” and main eventers and WWE is actually encouraging this despite the decent ratings the Punk reign has brought. Punk jobbed to Batista in 2 minutes right after the RAW cameras stopped rolling, but I think that’s a red herring.
I say Punk retains, probably thanks to Kane interference on Batista. They probably won’t even let him pin him, it’ll just be a countout or DQ, furthering the notion that Punk is a punk. But, this is a good choice if they’re thinking the way I am.
Here’s my pitch: Batista loses, getting him ever closing to turning heel because he keeps obsessing over the title and choking in title matches. This also can set up a heel turn for Punk down the line who by him constantly trying to “prove” himself to the company, wrestlers and fans. Let him continuously get unintentional cheap wins via interference and countouts or put him in three-ways and let him pick the bones after the other two guys take each other out. People will say he still hasn’t proven himself with legit, definitive wins and this can push him over the edge as well and make him hyper-aggressive towards everyone and go on a whiny rampage about how much better he *knows* he is than everyone else.
Mark Henry (c) vs. Tommy Dreamer
Look! Tommy Dreamer is a main eventer in WWE! Is there really any doubt? This’ll probably set up a Henry/Atlas vs. Dreamer/Delaney match. Wouldn’t you love to see that?
WWE Tag Team Championship Fatal Four Way
The Miz & John Morrison (c) vs. Finlay & Hornswoggle vs. Curt Hawkins & Zach Ryder vs. Jesse & Festus
The only team that has a chance of winning the belts if Finlay & Horny. Jesse & Festus are a joke and H&R are treated like ones as well. Plus, there’s no reason to make a heel to heel title change. M&M retain. These guys have done such a well job as champs (even though they lose non-title matches often), that it’ll mean more for them to the lose the belts in a two on two encounter.
NYC Parking Lot Brawl
John Cena vs. JBL
It’s a logical booking to have the attempted murderer to do the job. Could be a fun brawl, despite the ludicrous backstory. JBL is such a joke these days.
Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
I’m loving this feud and my heart tells me Jericho should get the win here to keep the feud going, but my brain tells me HBK goes over. I hope I’m wrong though.
United States Championship
Matt Hardy (c) vs. Shelton Benjamin
Could be a decent match. Hard to tell with Shelton these days. He was on fire his first two years in the company and somehow fell behind. With Matt being an ECW “Superstar” holding a Smackdown belt and the recent affirmative action throughout WWE, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him drop to the Gold Standard here.
Then again, Miz & Morrison are ECW guys and have held the Smackdown tag belts for a while. I’ll say Hardy retains.
For the vacant Divas Championship
Michelle McCool vs. Natalya
Hmm… Michelle is dating the Undertaker. Which one do YOU think is going to win?
This looks like a real solid car on paper.