What could and should happen at WWE Royal Rumble 2015

The road to WrestleMania starts Sunday January 25 at the Royal Rumble and there are many scenarios that can play out that would paint a clear picture of what matches we will likely see at the big event. The matches we need to keep an eye on for Sunday is the triple threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the Royal Rumble match itself. Below are some of the scenarios that could play out and the likelihood they would happen.

The Most Heavily Rumored

The most heavily rumored and likely situation would be Roman Reigns winning the Royal Rumble and Brock Lesnar retaining his world title. This would effectively put the young guy over at WrestleMania and give him the big push he needs to be the future of the company. WWE has been on the hunt for the next Rock or John Cena and it looks like they’ve put all their stock into Reigns. If there were anyway to do this the fastest and most predictable way, it would be to have this story play out. Here’s the problem, though, Reigns has been out for a big chunk of 2014 and has returned with some of the most uninteresting and cringe-worthy promos. That says to me Reigns isn’t ready. Also, Brock Lesnar should be going head to head with the biggest and best names in WWE. Reigns seems to be getting over with the crowd nicely, despite his missteps, but to the mainstream world, no one knows who he is. I think it’s best if someone else gets the championship from Lesnar and you can hold off on the Reigns and Lesnar match until SummerSlam.

The Fan Favorite

This scenario also includes Lesnar retaining his title, but instead has Daniel Bryan winning the Royal Rumble. WWE made a huge mistake not going with Bryan last year at the Royal Rumble and the backlash to what should have been a happy moment for Batista was catastrophic. The same may happen again if WWE ignores the crowd’s desire to see their man Bryan winning the Rumble and shoving down another babyface down everyone’s throats. It was so bad last year to the point where Batista was forced into a heel role and Bryan was slotted into the WrestleMania main event anyway. Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan would also have much bigger drawing power since Bryan is a more recognizable name, plus he was the man who was shelved and stripped of the title due to an injury and is also the WrestleMania 30 main event winner; his redemption win would be a great story to tell at WrestleMania 31.

Odd But Possible

There’s the wild scenario where Seth Rollins wins the match or at least comes out of the Royal Rumble event with the title. Seth has been thrown into what was a one-on-one match and he also has the Money in the Bank briefcase. He could lose the match, but still somehow sleaze his way to winning the title by cashing in his title shot right after the match. This would set up the possibility of both Seth Rollins vs. Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns, both of which would be great matches. Bryan and Rollins would have a very good back and forth match due to their tremendous ringwork and Rollins vs. Reigns has the history of The Shield to gain some interest. This is the least likely of all the scenarios, but it can happen.

The Worst

Finally, you can never count John Cena out, which is why Cena winning the title is very possible at the Royal Rumble. Cena winning the title could force something like a Seth Rollins cash-in between now and March 29 to set up one last Cena vs. Lesnar match at WrestleMania. The match itself wouldn’t need the title and it would be a good way to keep the title out of the picture if John Cena wins. Cena winning can also set up a John Cena vs. Roman Reigns match at WrestleMania and much like the first scenario, it would be a good way to pass the torch to the young guy. The problem with this situation is also the same as the first scenario.

My dream card as of right now that is in the realm of possibility is with the second scenario. Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship would be the most interesting and best match to happen at WrestleMania. What’s cool about this year is that there is a lot up in the air and everything is not as obvious as last year’s Road to WrestleMania. The good thing is we won’t have to wait much longer for answers and we’ll have a good idea of what will happen very soon. Have fun watching the Royal Rumble!

WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs… and Stairs 2014 Predictions

Closing out 2014 is the last pay-per-view event, Tables, Ladders and Chairs… and Stairs. This is one of WWE’s biggest gaps between PPV’s and there’s a lot to wrap up and accomplish before going forward to 2015 and the Road to WrestleMania. Here are my predictions for this Sunday’s event.

TABLES, LADDERS & CHAIRS MATCH DEAN AMBROSE vs. BRAY WYATT

It appears that this rivalry will finally end with what should be a highly entertaining match. The two leaders (or at least the mouth pieces) of the greatest two stables in recent memory will duke it out in a TLC match. They’re not fighting for a title or a briefcase, so it will be interesting to see what exactly will be hanging above the ring. Both have had a great 2014 and will need a win in order to start the next year strong. My prediction is that Dean will win to set up one more big program with Seth Rollins next year. Bray will take the loss and maybe move on to facing off against the likes of Randy Orton or maybe even former buddy, now face Erick Rowan.

TABLES MATCH JOHN CENA vs. SETH ROLLINS

Once again, John Cena is set up in a Tables Match in order to take a loss without actually taking “a loss”. A number of things can happen here to screw over John Cena, including a Triple H run-in, Mercury and Noble run-in, Brock Lesnar run-in or just pure fluke luck. If memory serves me right, John Cena took a fluke loss to Sheamus a handful of years ago and it was done in such a way that Sheamus won the WWE Championship, but the loss didn’t make Cena look weak. My guess is Rollins will win, get all the momentum he needs to set up his next program and will have a win over Cena to further legitimize himself as a worthy holder of the Money in the Bank briefcase. The story with Cena’s number 1 contendership, I’m sure, will sort itself out on Raw the next night.

CHAIRS MATCH RYBACK vs. KANE

I’m sorry to say, but this will actually be the bathroom break match as opposed to the Divas match this time. Both men will show off some power moves, slap each other over the back with some chairs and call it a day. There may be a cool spot where Ryback demolishes Kane with a chair, spear type of move, but I don’t see this match lasting very long or being very entertaining. Ryback will pick up a win here to gain some speed with his first good win since returning and Kane will still continue to be Kane.

WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH THE MIZ & DAMIEN MIZDOW vs. THE USOS

The greatest thing in WWE right now. I am more entertained by this than anything else on Raw and they continue to amaze me. Damien Mizdow’s commitment to being The Miz’s stunt double is out-of-this-world funny — his spot on the go-home show for TLC where he took an unassisted bump while Miz was getting suplexed was classic stuff. Anyway, the newly crowned champs, Miz and Mizdow will continue their super over gimmick and WWE will seemingly continue doing right by them and let them retain the titles. WWE has found something that works for Mizdow and they’re going to run with it.

STEEL STAIRS MATCH ERICK ROWAN vs. BIG SHOW

This is the first Steel Stairs match of the newly named Tables, Ladders and Chairs AND STAIRS event. This could be fun as these two men will be lifting steel stairs over their heads and showing off their brute strength. Erick Rowan has been getting over quite nicely since the split of the Wyatt family and should set up something soon with former teammate Luke Harper. Big Show has been on the most believable heel turn I can recall, despite the fact that it’s the 500th time it has happened. My guess is Big Show will win and Erick will get encouraged as the babyface underdog to keep going and never giving up. Erick should have a big 2015 and he has nothing but time to continue building his character and crafting his skills.

WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP LADDER MATCH LUKE HARPER vs. DOLPH ZIGGLER

This is my pick for the best match of the night and both men have been on a hot streak as of late. Both can work a great match and based on recent shows, I’m sure the crowd will be very into this. Ziggler needs the win here to keep the ball rolling from Survivor Series, which is the last memory of many fans who may only watch PPV shows and not every Monday Night Raw. Harper has a number of other matches he can work, so dropping the title wouldn’t be a big deal for him. Just like Rowan, Harper has 2015 to build and build. Ziggler on the other hand could be a big part of the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania next year.

UNITED STATES TITLE MATCH RUSEV vs. JACK SWAGGER

This is another shake at a match up we’ve already seen, but seemed sort of rushed. It makes sense since Swagger is battling for the honor of fallen mentor Zeb Colter, but it doesn’t get me interested at all, especially since Rusev’s first fall will most likely not come from someone’s he’s already beat. The two will work a good match, but Rusev will surely get the win.

DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH NIKKI BELLA vs. AJ LEE

I actually look forward to the Divas matches now as they have proven to work very well, especially Nikki who has grown ten-fold in the past months. AJ is absolutely great in the ring and should never be counted out of a win. I believe AJ will win and capture the title for the 4th time and the Nikki and Brie rivalry will be revisited shortly after. On a side note, it’s amazing that WWE has been treating AJ like gold, despite the fact that CM Punk has been very heavily downplaying WWE and how they have treated him.

Mick Foley shares all about Christmas, Santa and a little bit of wrestling

Mick Foley is a former WWE Champion and one of the most recognizable names in wrestling lore. However, he is no stranger to projects outside of the squared circle and has pursued comedy, book writing, TV shows and many other things. Mick is the star in holiday documentary, I Am Santa Claus and recently chatted with BuzzFocus to share all things from being Santa to being beaten down by The Rock.

Thanks Mick for chatting with us today. So the first question is how does I Am Santa Claus stand out against everything else you’ve accomplished on TV and movies.

Mick Foley: Oh man, any documentary is a labor of love and you set out with realistic goals to make a really good movie that you hope people will eventually find. I really enjoyed being a part of it not only on screen, but also behind the scenes helping to shape it. I was really proud of it during occasions as I saw it, especially while watching it with an audience seeing the way the movie moves people and makes people think differently of the men in the red suits.

What’s some of your personal history with Christmas, Santa and your children?

Mick: Seen in the film, I try to pass myself off as Santa on Christmas Eve and I thought it would take my son 2 minutes to see that I’m not the real deal — it literally took him two seconds. He’s a pretty sharp kid and I wasn’t as good as I thought I was. We took the kids every year to a place in Jefferson, New Hampshire called Santa’s Village and so in the Foley photo album we photos of the past 20 years of all my kids sitting with Santa at Santa’s Village. Every year we go and every year we take a photo. I remember how important those photos were to me they were always on display in my parents’ room and it’s a moment to be treasured. So I’m really honored when I have the chance to create those memories for other families.

Are there any other traditions you celebrate during Christmas?

Mick: There’s a year round Christmas room so there’s a tradition to celebrate little bit of Christmas every day and keep the spirit of Christmas alive. People are actually surprised that I don’t have an elaborate, Clark Griswald-like Christmas display outside, but in no way, shape or form is the sight of me on a ladder (starts laughing) add to the Christmas spirit.

What was your favorite Christmas moment as a child?

Mick: Oh man, honestly as a child, being taken to Santa’s Village in 1968 and 1969 had a big effect on me. Although they took me in the summer, I guess this is where this kind of love for a year round Christmas started. I remember opening up Talking Football when I was 7 years old and I thought it was the greatest gift I ever received. Even now I go into storage and I’ll see the game and it no longer works and it’s all warped — I cant bring myself to throw it out I just have to hold on to it as it has a great memory for me.

And how about your favorite Christmas memory after becoming a WWE Hall of Famer and multiple time world champion?

Mick: I’m lucky to have been part of the the 1999 documentary film Beyond the Mat and it is very dear to me, but it also contains probably the worst moment for me as a dad. I was bludgeoned by The Rock in front of my children. Conversely, I Am Santa Claus contains my best moment as a dad when we receive a surprise gift from the “real Santa” on Christmas Eve. So that’s the memory I’ll hold with me for the rest of my life and I’m really glad that it’s captured on film.

I know that there have been many screenings already, so I bet that it’s been great to watch with an audience.

Mick: Yeah it’s fun. Most people will be able to see it on DVD and on demand services; but it’s really fun to take this movie in with the audience and they tend to get the subtleties and humor and it’s great to hear people laughing out loud where you’d hope they would.

You recently had an appearance on WWE television with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in the ring. How did that come about?

Mick: I received a phone call asking if I’d be interested and at first I said I can’t, because I had press to do — we had the world premiere in Hollywood on Sunday night and I had press that I committed to. But after a couple of phone calls and Kevin Smith was kind enough to do the podcast after the premiere, I was on a red-eye and whisked in behind a veil of secrecy and put in the ring with two of today’s top stars.

One last thing, I know you’re very focused on this movie, but are there any projects or future projects you would like to share about?

Mick: This movie is a big deal to me and I appreciate every one to give it a try. The response has been really positive, the general feeling is that the movie hits people by surprise with the depth. They think it’s going to be Mick’s fun Santa project and they come out of it realizing it’s a movie with substance, too. And I’m continuing tour around with my one man shows and I love them. I believe we will be having a television special in the near future which will give people a much better idea of what I do and make their decision to attend a much easier one.

Thank you, Mick.

Mick: Thank you. Have a nice day.

What it means for the WWE to be Champion-less until 2015

WWE being champion-less for a period of time was expected once Brock won the title, but the way they booked the whole thing is baffling to say the least. Brock Lesnar came in and destroyed John Cena at SummerSlam in a way I’ve never seen any champion get handled before. This left intrigue and fascination, because I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. Suddenly, the next episodes of Raw and pay-per-view, Night of Champions became must see events, because there was no telling what would happen next – It was, dare I say, unpredictable.

Then Night of Champions happened, which featured Cena and Lesnar in a rematch for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Cena came close to winning, but only wins via disqualification and no one ends up getting the pay off. Brock now looks weak and Cena gets screwed over. It’s been over a month now with WWE having no world champion and our lasting memory of Brock Lesnar is the guy who almost lost to John Cena. What was the point of doing that if there was going to be such a stretch between Brock’s appearances? Brock Lesnar’s next rumored appearance is set for the Royal Rumble at the end of January and it’s against John Cena again. The way WWE has booked this makes me feel no excitement for Brock’s next match whatsoever.

Brock Lesnar broke The Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania, runs a train through John Cena at SummerSlam and then completely flatlines at Night of Champions after suffering four Attitude Adjustments and being on the verge of defeat. The guy who beat Undertaker AND Cena in commanding fashion had to get bailed out at the last minute via DQ by a scrawny heel named Seth Rollins. WWE, what were you thinking?

WWE currently has a handful of top-tier superstars injured, including Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns and does not have a TV world champion for the next couple of months. The idea that WWE would not be suffering viewership loss or lose fans in droves is hard to believe. I’ve mentioned before that WWE has booked themselves into a corner, but it could not have been booked any worse. One thing is for certain – I will not be the least bit interested in John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble 2015. Why should I?

WWE in Crisis with Brock Lesnar and world championship

WWE has booked itself into a corner with a monster heel WWE World Heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar and they need to act fast before the long-lasting effects of having a part-time champion kicks in. Having house shows and weekly televised events missing its top champion has to be hurting the business. It already feels like every week is a struggle to compensate for a championless show with absurd main event segments involving Divas and mid-level stars like Mark Henry and Rusev.

Lesnar has ended the Undertaker’s streak and has defeated Cena in commanding fashion for the WWE World Heavyweight title. Cena got a DQ win over Brock at the recent Night of Champions event, but a title loss from Brock has yet to come. When Brock loses the title, it will have to be monumental and the rumor was to have Roman Reigns defeat him at WrestleMania 31. Unfortunately, Reigns is hurt and could be out for upwards of 3 months due to an emergency hernia surgery. All the steam he was supposed to get from now until Mania has now vanished.

WWE can’t and won’t want to rush Roman Reigns back and when he does return, it may be too little too late to build Reigns up for the main event picture and the biggest push in professional wrestling. Whoever stops Brock Lesnar will be pushed out of the stratosphere and will be considered the guy who stopped the guy who beat WrestleMania – Undertaker and SummerSlam main event – John Cena. That’s a whole lot for a Roman Reigns who wasn’t ready before the injury and now may never be. Additionally, WWE may be looking at other, healthier wrestlers if Reigns doesn’t recover soon enough.

What is WWE to do now? The person who beats Brock Lesnar has to be someone they can trust and see as a champion for the foreseeable future. They can put the title back on John Cena, but that would be incredibly counterproductive – Cena got destroyed at SummerSlam and it would be hard to convince anyone Cena was able to turn that around and defeat Lesnar in such a short period of time.

So if not Reigns or Cena, who else can legitimately do the job? Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and The Rock are top-level guys who can match up, but there are a few problems with each. Based on stature alone, booking Bryan to win is tough. Bryan does have recent clean wins over Cena, Triple H, Orton and Batista, but WWE’s “reality” approach with Brock Lesnar makes it damn near impossible to book Bryan as a guy who can “really” beat Brock Lesnar.

Orton has the size and credentials to beat Lesnar, but his character is in no position to get the job done in its current state. He’s currently with Triple H as a heel and his recent losses also make him unbelievable to winning the title from a red hot Brock Lesnar. If Orton were to win, he would need a complete character overhaul – perhaps turning him babyface. The Rock can do it, but he doesn’t need the rub nor does he have the schedule to be slotted into a program with his busy movie schedule. Plus, The Rock having the title will be just as bad for WWE with a part-timer handing over the title to another part-timer.

So what options does WWE have? They can have Seth Rollins cash in the Money in the Bank and win the title through some shady means, but that would mean all the build up for Lesnar would be undone and his momentum would come to a screeching halt. It’ll be very interesting to see how this all unfolds as WWE can’t afford to mess this up. They’ve already committed to giving the title to Lesnar and allowing him to defeat the Undertaker at WrestleMania — the payoff would have to be big.

What’s next for WWE and Brock Lesnar?

It’s not very often John Cena gets buried on WWE television — in fact, it probably hasn’t happened once in the past 10 years. In case you missed it, Brock Lesnar, coming off of the big streak breaking win against the Undertaker, won the WWE World Heavyweight title from John Cena in demolishing fashion. After two F5’s and sixteen German Suplexes, Brock defeated the most protected and one of the most accomplished WWE wrestlers of all time at the main event of SummerSlam. If that’s not impressive enough, he only allowed Cena to use two moves and a few punches throughout the whole match. So now where does WWE go from here? What happens to Brock after such a big win? What happens to John Cena who has never had to recover from such a loss? Maybe I can try to make sense of it all.

Brock Lesnar appeared on WWE television the night after SummerSlam, but don’t expect him to continue to be there. There may be a rematch between Lesnar and Cena at Night of Champions, but outside of that we’ll probably not see Lesnar wrestle until late this year. WWE has already made it clear that Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins are some of the wrestlers to pay attention to and based on their recent performances and Raw main event, they should be good enough to carry the upcoming champion-less pay-per-view events. Also expect to see meaningful number 1 contender matches to headline pay-per-views that will involve stars like Orton, Reigns and possibly a returning Daniel Bryan. Having Ambrose and Rollins main eventing will also give good build-up for Seth who will eventually win the title with that Money in the Bank briefcase.

John Cena has been decisively dominated. His loss wasn’t softened with an interference or sticky finish or anything like that — he was beat Spurs – Heat NBA Finals 2014 – style. Cena’s character has been vastly the same for over 10 years and it may be time to change his character up. He could respond by taking time off to “train,” but I expect a slight character change instead. Perhaps Cena will show his discontent for the fans booing him for so many years, especially at SummerSlam where he suffered such a loss. Or better yet, a heel turn? Could it finally happen? Cena’s real life girlfriend, Nikki Bella just joined the authority and it wouldn’t be completely unreasonable for Cena ally himself with her. This would also lead up to a highly entertaining Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena program to keep both men out of the title picture.

So what do you think? Who will fight Brock for the next few title defenses? And would you like to see a Cena turn? Let us know in the comments.

 

WWE Battleground 2014 Predictions

WWE Battleground is smack in the middle of Money in the Bank and SummerSlam — right between two of the biggest shows of the year. Because of that, this will be a throwaway event with little change or much excitement. Storylines will be built here and a clearer picture of SummerSlam will be made by the end of the night. Here are predictions of what should be happening at this less-than-stellar, but purposeful WWE event.

Pre-Show Match Cameron vs. Naomi

Naomi proved to me that she can have a great divas match at Money in the Bank 2014 and I look forward to seeing more of her. This is a grudge that I suppose we’re supposed to care about because of the history of these two as Funkadactyls, but I mainly just want to see Naomi win and move on to bigger things. Plus, I’m sure Jimmy Uso has taught her a thing or two about how to put on a good match.

Jack Swagger vs. Rusev

WWE has done a great job with both these men leading up to Battleground. Swagger has been a heel for years and to turn his hyper patriotic gimmick around to the point where everyone at any given arena is chanting “We the people!” was exactly what his increasingly stale character needed. Rusev has received good heel heat from his old school anti-American character and his valet Lana has been doing incredible mic work. WWE has been slowly bringing back the importance of having managers help tell a story and managers like Ricardo, Lana and Zeb Colter have proven to add a lot of depth to the superstars. I don’t think the rise of Rusev is done yet, which is why I think he will win this match in a great battle. Because of Swagger’s character being much more over than a version of himself just 2 month ago, bigger things are probably coming his way too. I think this match will ultimately serve as a mutually beneficial encounter.

The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) vs. The Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan and Luke Harper) 2 out of 3 falls for WWE Tag Team Championship

This should without a doubt be a very solid, fast-paced match. No matter the outcome, you will be entertained. Both teams are very good workers and with a stipulation like 2 out of 3 falls, we should also be getting a nice lengthy match too. So expect at least 20 minutes of great in-ring action. Now as far as a winner goes, I think the Wyatts will get the win here. Booking requires balance and with mostly faces set up to win the main matches, the heels have to take a couple. I say the Usos drop the titles at Battleground.

AJ Lee vs. Paige for WWE Divas Championship

AJ is back and both her and Paige have traded swift title wins from each other on Raw. Now, we have an official match with real build-up to see who is deserving of the title. Because of AJ’s longer history as a WWE star and years of legitimacy, she should be picking up the win here. If Paige were set to win the title back, I believe it will be held off until SummerSlam. There’s not much in the Divas division, so it only makes sense to have this feud drawn out for a little longer. All AJ here.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Big E vs. Bo Dallas vs. Cesaro vs. Curtis Axel vs. Diego vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango vs. Heath Slater vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rob Van Dam vs. R-Truth vs. Ryback vs. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara vs. The Great Khali vs. The Miz vs. Titus O’Neil vs. Xavier Woods vs. Zack Ryder for WWE Intercontinental Championship

This is a tough call, so I think the easiest thing to do is to rule out who won’t win. Sin Cara, The Great Khali, Zack Ryder, Diego, Heath Slater, Curtis Axel, Ryback will more than likely not win the match, because they are just too irrelevant to win such a title. People who I think are above the title should also not win this match for the simple fact that they will only be held down by winning the IC title. These men include Cesaro and Alberto Del Rio. This leaves us with Big E, Bo Dallas, Kofi Kingston, Rob Van Dam, R-Truth, Sheamus, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Fandango, Titus O’Neil, and Xavier Woods. All of these possible winners are either primed to win the title or at the cusp of such a push. I think your best bet is Bo Dallas who would be perfect as IC champ or Sheamus who could very well unify his United States title with it.

Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho

Y2J has returned and it’s to do what he does best — elevate younger talent. Jericho will put on a great match with Bray Wyatt, but his purpose here is clearly to push up the rising and red hot new guy. Bray just came out of a losing program with John Cena and to lose to an aging and returning Chris Jericho would only bring him down further. So it only makes sense that Bray wins here.

Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins

WWE has been booking these two fantastically and it’s clear that these two will be the future of the WWE and beyond. Since their debut, all three members of The Shield have been booked perfectly and they’re being handled expertly as single stars. A singles match between these two will be a classic and since Seth just won the Money in the Bank briefcase, Dean will probably pick up a win here. Plus, since something like the briefcase isn’t on the line, that should be telling that Seth will lose.

John Cena vs. Kane vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns for WWE World Heavyweight Championship

It’s a shame this match is only for one fall, but it does keep things very unpredictable up until the end. Whoever gets the first pinfall wins the match and the man who will do it is none other than John Cena. Kane isn’t big enough to win the title and Orton isn’t primed for such a big win either. Roman Reigns is set to win the title sometime down the line, but just not yet. John Cena will be retaining the belt and set up for his next match against Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam will be established here.

WWE Money in the Bank 2014 reactions and what’s next

One of the best (if not the best) WWE pay-per-views in the past few years, Money in the Bank has come and gone and it certainly lived up to expectations. The men most predicted to win their respective ladder matches based on predictions and betting odds have won their matches, which were both very entertaining to watch. The next few months and especially the big SummerSlam picture is definitely becoming more clear.

The best OMG! moment during the Money in the Bank contract match would have to be the superplex off the top of a ladder with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins — those two will be in highlight reels for years to come. During the WWE World Heavyweight championship ladder match, there was a cool spot where a ladder was wedged between the steps and then served as a foundation for an angled ladder which saw Cesaro hanging on for dear life. Each were, again, very fun to watch and even the undercard matches were surprisingly good, notably the Big E. vs. Rusev match and Paige vs. Naomi match.

Seth Rollins has won the contract to face the WWE World Heavyweight champion anytime, anywhere for up to a year and “the authority” angle is going at full force for at least the next two months. Rollins won with the help of Kane who came out to screw Ambrose over and assist Seth in climbing the ladder. Rollins will more than likely continue this feud with Ambrose with matches that will consist of battling over the briefcase and we could see the contract actually change hands between now and SummerSlam. Expect a penultimate moment for this angle to take place at Battleground.

John Cena is now a 15-time world champion and extends his own record with 12 WWE Championship reigns. His win comes as no surprise as he has not held the title since December 2013. Cena’s feud with Kane, Orton and the authority will continue on Raw and into Battleground, but will probably stop there to set up his next angle. My bet is Orton will win the title back and continue to feud with a returning Daniel Bryan by the time SummerSlam rolls around. John Cena’s SummerSlam angle has been rumored and potentially leaked to be against Brock Lesnar and I don’t think that has changed. Something along the lines of a screwjob will take place maybe at Battleground and it will setup a Cena vs. Lesnar match.

Coming off of his streak breaking match against Undertaker, Lesnar will have to make short work of Cena in order to make his next WrestleMania match mean something. Lesnar has been rumored to win the title, but it can’t possibly be this early because of his limited dates on WWE television. If Lesnar is going to win the WWE World Heavyweight championship, it will have to come in the same fashion as The Rock’s recent title reign during the Road to WrestleMania season. That way, it’s ok to miss some dates and WrestleMania is just around the corner. That is why Cena has to drop his title as he cannot lose to Brock at SummerSlam AND have him win the title.

Whether this is all true or not will be more apparent on Raw.

WWE Extreme Rules 2014 Predictions

WWE Extreme Rules is the first pay-per-view or “special event” after testing the waters with the WrestleMania XXX with WWE Network. Now, most cable providers aren’t even carrying the event, so it’ll be interesting to see how WWE handles this event. Certainly the urgency isn’t exactly the same as viewers through WWE Network are already locked into a monthly plan. Historically, Extreme Rules has always been one of the better shows throughout the year and the hope is that the trend is continued.

EL TORITO VS. HORNSWOGGLE (PRE-SHOW ‘WEELC’ MATCH)

The play on the acronym “TLC” and turning it into “WeeLC” is just so absurd. With that said, this should be a very entertaining match regardless of how meaningless it is. Yes, my guilty pleasure is the over-the-top corny stuff. El Torito should be pulling off some flashy stuff and Hornswoggle is always amusing to watch. I expect some high-flying stuff given the fact that 3MB and Los Matadores will be at ringside and it shouldn’t be hard for them to “catch” the two “junior” wrestlers. Because of Hornswoggle’s association with 3MB who are known for jobbing, I fully expect El Torito to pick up the win here.

ROB VAN DAM VS. JACK SWAGGER VS. CESARO (TRIPLE THREAT MATCH)

These three highly talented wrestlers are going to face off and it should be a solid match. The history between Jack Swagger and Cesaro has been thoroughly established and should end here with an explosive conclusion. Rob Van Dam was kind of thrown into this situation kind of randomly. WWE tried to put some interest in RVD’s involvement with him being offered by Zeb and Swagger to join up and his past with Cesaro’s new manager, Paul Heyman. Since Cesaro has been on the rise and if they’re going to go all the way with him, it would be wise for WWE to allow him to get the victory. My pick here is Cesaro.

R-TRUTH & XAVIER WOODS VS. ALEXANDER RUSEV (2-ON-1 HANDICAP MATCH)

This should be a quick squash for Rusev to confirm himself as a legitimate monster. I don’t see any other situation or result happening here. R-truth and Xavier Woods have not been in any major storylines or matches for a long while, so their role here is pretty apparent. Alexander Rusev will be winning here in commanding fashion.

DIVAS CHAMPION PAIGE VS. TAMINA SNUKA

I like Paige and I think she’s a very talented. However, I feel there were plenty of other deserving Divas to take the title from one of the most dominating Divas’ title reigns in WWE history. Tamina Snuka is one of those women and she now has a chance to prove it. Will she be able to overcome Paige’s fast rise? Unfortunately, Tamina winning probably won’t happen. WWE has chosen to go with Paige and winning at Extreme Rules will be a way for WWE to tell the world why they went with her. Paige will win in a very close match.

INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION BIG E VS. BAD NEWS BARRETT

Bad News Barrett all the way here. Big E won the WWE Intercontinental Championship at the end of 2013 and hasn’t done much with the title since. Barrett has recently returned to in-ring competition and he has been on fire. He has been getting a great ovation from the crowd and winning a number 1 contender’s tournament to reach this match is also very impressive. It would be silly for WWE to cut off such momentum for Barrett at this point in time.

JOHN CENA VS. BRAY WYATT (STEEL CAGE MATCH)

This match is very intriguing, especially after the past two weeks leading up to Extreme Rules. John Cena was forced into a 3 on 1 match by the WWE Universe and he laid out his discontentment with that on the go home episode of Raw. Could the fabled John Cena heel turn finally happen? Chances are slim to known, but I would say this is the closest we’ve been to actually seeing it. Cena has already beat Wyatt at WrestleMania so something out of the ordinary has to happen here. I say somehow Cena still wins the match, but what happens during or after the match is up in the air.

WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION DANIEL BRYAN VS. KANE (EXTREME RULES MATCH)

Daniel Bryan will be winning here and their match should be a good back and forth. Kane has been set up to be the monster heel again and Bryan is put as the underdog. Kane has been getting the best of Bryan and this should be time for Bryan to get his upper hand. This isn’t the match you would want to see the newly crowned WWE World Heavyweight Champion to be in after a fantastic couple of WrestleMania wins, but let’s hope this will be the last time Bryan is stuck in the middle of the card as champ. We wouldn’t want Bryan to get the CM Punk treatment of being champ, but never part of the main event.

THE SHIELD VS. EVOLUTION

Lots of heat and high energy action is expected here. Two of the most dominant factions in WWE history are clashing and this should be a classic. WWE has set this up very well with Evolution reuniting for a common cause and The Shield being who they’ve been for the past year and a half. There’s been talk of Shield breaking up or someone turning to the other side as a 4th member of Evolution, but I think that should be saved for another time. This match should end with a clean win and the result should lead to further storyline progression. I say Evolution wins and their win will cause turmoil to The Shield camp.

WrestleMania XXX Predictions

The road to WrestleMania XXX ends Sunday April 6 and it has been a very interesting road to say the least. CM Punk’s sudden departure, Daniel Bryan being inserted into the main event picture and John Cena not being in the title picture since 2004. With all the bumps and strange stops along the way, we’re finally here and the card is a stronger one than I initially anticipated. Four big, marquee matches are on this card and surprises from the likes of Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin have already been confirmed. So with all the excitement going in, here is how the night should unfold.

WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP FATAL 4-WAY MATCH

This year’s WrestleMania Pre-Show match features The Usos defending their titles against Rybaxel, Los Matadores and The Real Americans. It’s not the first time the tag titles have been defended during a match before the main card, but I’m certain WWE wants to squeeze in just a few more pay-per-view buys by creating some extra buzz. My hunch is that the titles will change hands and it could very well go to The Real Americans. The Real Americans have been getting babyface reactions from the crowd for a while now and it’s growing stronger and stronger each week. Also, expect to hear some “we the people” chats as a new champion is crowned.

VICKIE GUERRERO DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP INVITATIONAL

This is the cooler match that will probably be wedged between two of the top matches. You need to have a bathroom break strategically placed on a WrestleMania card and this match is it. AJ Lee has held the championship two months shy of a year and has single-handedly upheld credibility to the Divas division. It’s too bad a more traditional match wasn’t booked for AJ Lee and her title, because she definitely deserves it. I don’t expect AJ Lee to lose her title tonight and I think it’s only right that such a significant title reign should not be squandered to a gimmicky mess of a match. I expect many botches and awkward moments for you and your casual wrestling friends who’ll ask “why am I watching this again?”

ANDRE THE GIANT MEMORIAL BATTLE ROYAL

30 superstars total and 3 still unnamed participants are going to compete for a trophy that memorializes Andre the Giant. This is very cool to see, because you never know how well this goes and what lasting impact it will have. I remember being skeptical of the first Money in the Bank ladder match and now I think it’s one of the most interesting and unique concepts WWE has ever created. I believe Big Show will win, but because WWE is making it too obvious, maybe another up and comer will take home the trophy — Big E or Sheamus perhaps? My best bet is Big Show, but it’s a tough one to call.

THE SHIELD VS. KANE & THE NEW AGE OUTLAWS

This was a very thrown together match and I think The Shield deserved a much better match at WrestleMania than this. With little build and not much heat for the match, this could fall under the radar for a lot of people. However, The Shield could tear it up in the ring and Kane and the NAO aren’t too shabby either. I expect a very solid match, but it almost feels like a waste because of how meaningless the match feels. The Shield will without a doubt win this match.

JOHN CENA VS. BRAY WYATT

This is by far the biggest coin toss on the entire card. John Cena got the last licks on Raw, which, by WWE logic, means the victim, Bray Wyatt should get the last laugh at WrestleMania. On the other side of things, John Cena is John Cena and the man scarcely loses on TV much less on the grandest stage of them all. A win for Bray Wyatt against John Cena at WrestleMania would skyrocket his career and WWE should do it to build an almost certain future player. Bray is only 26 years old and Cena is getting up there in age. It’s time to do the right thing and WWE should pull the trigger on Bray now.

THE UNDERTAKER VS. BROCK LESNAR

There is no chance Brock Lesnar will win this match. So, the question is if the match will actually be good? The answer is yes. Taker and Lesnar have had great matches before in the early 2000’s and they’re still in good enough shape to put one heck of a show — yes, even The Undertaker. Both have had time to rest and prepare for this encounter and I’m sure Brock’s brutal style will suspend our belief during the match where we’ll think “he might actually win.”

THE WINNER ENTERS THE WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH, DANIEL BRYAN VS. TRIPLE H

One of the more unique angles for the WrestleMania main event in recent memory comes in the form of the winner of this match being automatically inserted into the WWE World Heavyweight Title match. This means the main event match for WrestleMania is not even set in stone yet until the night of WrestleMania and only after one of the marquee matches. Daniel Bryan and Triple H’s feud goes all the way back to SummerSlam when HHH screwed Bryan out of his newly won WWE Championship. Since then, Daniel Bryan has been on the chase to make it back to the top and hasn’t gotten there yet. WWE needs to give the fans the payoff here as so much time has been put into this storyline. Daniel Bryan will win this match and headline as the third person in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship triple threat match.

WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH, RANDY ORTON VS. BATISTA Vs. BRYAN OR TRIPLE H

No matter which way the previous match goes, I don’t think Orton or Batista will leave as champion. I think it’s guaranteed that the winner of the Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan match will win this triple threat as well. Assuming my first prediction is right and Daniel Bryan wins, then him winning the WWE World Heavyweight title should follow. People all over the world tuning into WrestleMania XXX will finally see Daniel Bryan as the “A” guy and a wrestler worthy of main eventing and holding the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Get ready to finally chant with the ginormous crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as Daniel Bryan hoists his championship in victory — YES! YES! YES!.