Well, while the WWE roster has been ravaged by suspensions and injuries as of late, I think they've managed to put together an alright show considering what they have to work with. The main program sucks, but I'm looking forward to some of the other matches and the desperate hope that we'll finally get to see Johnny Ace fired.
So, I'll throw some predictions out there, and I encourage the rest of you to do the same.
Brodus Clay vs David Otunga
Kind of self explanatory, this is just to get the crowd hyped up. I fully expect it to do the job. Brodus wins.
Winner: Brodus Clay
Divas Champion Layla vs Beth Phoenix
Filler. Maybe my bathroom break, although I'm sure everyone else will have the same thought. Since this has gotten NO buildup whatsoever, we're not seeing a title change. Layla wins.
Winner, and STILL Divas Champion: Layla
Intercontinental Champion Christian vs Cody Rhodes
Christian is a guy who knows how to get a crowd hyped up, and I'm excited to see him after he missed Survivor Series with an injury. This should be a nice undercard match with two great workers, and could be even more if given time (which I expect many of the matches to get, given how thin this card is). I can't see Christian losing it. It seems like soon might be the time for Rhodes to move into the main event scene, while Captain Charisma holds down the blue brand's upper midcard.
Winner, and STILL Intercontinental Champion: Christian
World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus vs Dolph Ziggler
So happy they made the right choice with this one. I felt that Ziggler was easily the best option for this match, and thankfully, WWE agreed instead of putting someone like Tensai in there. Again, could be fantastic if given time, which I think it will be. Of course Sheamus is winning, he was going to win against Del Rio anyway. All I'm looking for here is a great match.
Winner, and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Sheamus
H talking for 20 minutes seems like their desperate way of filling time on a pay-per-view with only five matches (and perhaps a Ryback squash thrown in). I would expect that we'll at least get a Paul Heyman appearance, and maybe Lesnar as well (I sure as hell hope so). Not really sure where this lawsuit angle is going, besides the obvious fact that they'll be having a match at SummerSlam. Hopefully, they manage to accomplish something here to further build towards that.
John Cena vs Big Show
This whole storyline is crap on a sandwich, but the stipulation (which is still intact according to WWE.com) gives me a slight glimmer of hope. I know Ace keeps escaping these firing angles, but I don't know how much longer they can keep it up, especially with the 1000th Raw having these interactive aspects. Not to mention how dominant Big Show has been, which anyone who has watched WWE for more than five minutes will know means he's probably going to lose. Cena wins, and finally rids us of this torturous John Laurinaitis stuff. If Johnny escapes again, then I'll just give up and accept the fact that he's going to be the general manager for the next twenty years. But here's to rooting for the end of People Power one more time.
Winner: John Cena
SpoilerJust read the SD spoilers. Yep, Cena's winning. No doubt in my mind now. Thank the lord.
WWE Champion CM Punk vs Kane vs Daniel Bryan
Now this is a wonderful storyline. AJ's involvement in this is legitimately the most entertaining thing going on in this company right now. They've made it so that it's actually not so predictable what's going to happen, and I'm not quite sure about this one. But, I'm going to go with Daniel Bryan winning. Punk keeps proving everyone wrong whenever he's predicted to lose, but this AJ thing has been building pretty much the whole year and I don't see it ending with her and Punk together. I think she's going to help Bryan, either as a batshit thing she does herself or as a scheme that they had planned the entire time. Either way, I plan on chanting "YES!" all night long.
Winner, and NEW WWE Champion: Daniel Bryan
Now, the rest of you, go! And don't steal my formatting again.
(Just kidding, go ahead and steal my formatting. It makes me feel cool.)