WWE Tag Team Championship: Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (c) vs New Day
Justin “JC” Czerwonka: Cesaro and Kidd are two of the most over acts in the company. The New Day is almost at the point of X-Pac heat, where people just want them to go away. And that’s the WWE’s fault for booking them the way they did. Cesaro and Kidd retain the Titles here.
Matt “The Top Draw” Harrak: The only way The New Day wins here is if the WWE is really high on them turning heel. I don’t see that as being the case.
WINNERS: Cesaro and Tyson Kidd
Kiss My Arse Match: Sheamus vs Dolph Ziggler
JC: Remember when we thought Dolph’s big win at Survivor Series was going to be the start of a big push? Haha. Now Dolph seems like an after thought yet again and is put in a match with a terrible stipulation. Sheamus has just returned, and I’m going to guess he picks up the win here. Although I very much doubt we will see the bare arse of Sheamus on the show. There will be some kind of chicanery after the match so we don’t have to see it.
Draw: I know I’m in the minority here but I like Sheamus’ return as a heel. The sole reason: he hasn’t been booked as a “chicken shit” heel. He’s come off as a bully and a badass which is good for the entire heel roster since now Sheamus stands out. And shut up about his look already! What kind of makeover would you have preferred for him? This fits his character and is a rather drastic turn from what we’ve known to be the “Sheamus-look” for the last 7 years.
Divas Championship: Nikki Bella (c) vs Naomi
JC: Here’s how much the WWE thinks ahead. They give Paige the win in the Divas Battle Royal. But she’s going to film a movie, so they have Naomi turn heel and beat up Paige. But that then turns the Bellas, the top heels in the Divas Division, face by default. And what happens when Charlotte gets called up soon? I’m all for giving Divas a chance, but think ahead before you book this stuff.
Draw: As Justin pointed out, there’s little to zero consistency in the Divas Division. And if the powers that be can’t be bother to pay attention to the women, why should we? There’s such a big market and fan base for a strong Divas Division and a strong female hero but if the WWE can’t be bothered to book them properly than the women will never be looked at seriously.
WINNER: Nikki Bella
Street Fight: Dean Ambrose vs Luke Harper
JC: As much as I hate the stipulation in Sheamus/Ziggler, I’m still happy they are getting some sort of a mid-card feud. The same could be said for these two here. Harper has taken out Ambrose multiple times so Ambrose wants his revenge. Simple and to the point. Problem is, both of these guys REALLY need a win to gain some steam. I’m going to give Ambrose the win here. I think he needs it a little more.
Draw: Well this match came out of nowhere and I like it. I’ve enjoyed their brawls on TV lately and I’m glad they’re getting some PPV spotlight for their mini-feud. As much as I enjoy Dean Ambrose, his character is completely directionless and has been for a while. Plus he was given a brief shot to prove himself to the upper-midcard and main event ranks and came up a little short. Luke Harper on the other hand is riding high from a stellar WrestleMania ladder match showing and now his most recent work with Ambrose is marking him as a guy to watch. I think it’s Harper’s time for a bit of the spotlight and I think it starts on Sunday.
WINNER: JC – Dean Ambrose/Draw – Luke Harper
Intercontinental Championship: Daniel Bryan (c) vs Bad News Barrett
JC: We don’t even know if this match is going to happen. Going off of reports, I don’t think it will. My guess is Bryan won’t be able to defend the Title and be forced to forfeit it. However, I could see a Shawn Michaels/Dean Douglas/Razor Ramon situation play out. Bryan gives up the Title, but Barrett is forced to defend against a new guy. My guess? Neville. And Neville wins the Title. And we establish a new player in the mid card.
Draw: What Justin said. I’m just glad he had to type that up and not me.
Result: Bryan gives up Title, but Neville wins it in a match against Barrett
Last Man Standing Match: Roman Reigns vs Big Show
JC: Whoever decided to have this match in Chicago has a big set of balls on them. There’s a high chance this match gets crapped on. Although I still think that is unfair to Roman Reigns. If I was booking this, I would make it a Roman Reigns squash to get him over. But we know the WWE won’t do that. So we will get a lot of slow-moving moves and rest spots with long counting. Reigns will pick up the win and hopefully move away from Big Show as quickly as possible. Reigns needs to be built back up and a win here is a start, but an absolute squash of Big Show would be even better.
Draw: Whomever booked this match has never been to a WWE event in Chicago, Illinois. This match will be a riotous mess and unless Reigns & Show start trying to murder one another, Chicago will eat them alive.
WINNER: Roman Reigns
Russian Chain Match for the United States Championship: John Cena (c) vs Rusev
JC: Doesn’t Rusev know that a chain is one of John Cena’s favorite weapons? Or does he feel that because it’s Russian that it won’t help Cena? This feud hasn’t really been much of anything. Cena has been facing other people, and Rusev has kept to himself except for the last couple weeks. I hope it’s not the beginning of a de-push for Rusev. As far as Cena goes, these open challenges have resulted in good wrestling. But we all knew he was going to win until he got to Rusev. So after this, I hope both men move on. With this match not having any pinfalls, I could see Rusev winning. But I think Cena retains here and both men go on to new feuds.
Draw: If Cena hadn’t been doing the “US Open” gimmick every week, I would expect him to retain here. The thing is, the open challenge idea is only good for a month (if that) in today’s wrestling. Cena doesn’t need to get pinned here and he won’t. Rusev will squeak out a victory and move on to feud with Roman Reigns (if Bray Wyatt doesn’t take out Reigns first).
WINNER: JC – John Cena/Draw – Rusev
Steel Cage Match for the WWE Championship: Seth Rollins (c) vs Randy Orton
JC: Once again, Kane is playing a prominent part in a main event feud. And we all know how much I hate that. The RKO is banned here, but you have to assume Orton will sneak one in at some point. Kane is the gatekeeper in the match, and the WWE has tried to plant a seed of doubt in the minds of the fans as to whose side he is on. These two should have a good match, but the steel cage stipulation won’t keep others from getting in. J & J gets taken out and Kane comes into the ring. He chokeslams Rollins but then also delivers one to Orton. Kane then pulls Rollins out the cage to give him the win. On RAW, Kane says he’s always been for the Authority but had to teach Rollins a lesson.
Draw: Seth Rollins has been a decent success story since his win at WrestleMania and Randy Orton is in this match to deliver a RKO from the top of the cage (and yes I know the move is “banned”). The addition of Kane is boring and very much pointless when a cage match for the WWE title should sell itself. People like Orton and they want to see the sleazy Rollins get his ass kicked. That equation has worked for 100 years and adding a bore like Kane to the match is overkill.
WINNER: Seth Rollins