Women’s Title: Trish vs. Melina
As for the match itself, well I don’t expect it to be anything more than a cat-fight. I’m sure we’ll see Mercury and Nitro get involved on the outside. I’m glad this match is on the card because when you have a card full of major match-ups like this one that will last a lengthy amount of time, you need something to break things up in between and give people a chance to recharge the batteries. Anyway, I expect a fairly short match, with Trish taking the win.
US Title Best of Seven Series: Match 1 – Booker T vs. Chris Benoit
I hope this match is given a good 15 minutes. Although the card is full of potentially long matches, there are only 6 matches signed (and it will probably stay that way) and with one of them being a women’s match and another a GM match then this still could get the time allocation it deserves. As for the match itself, these two gel very well and I have no doubts that this one will be an excellent contest. I predict we’ll see Benoit take the win, and hopefully the crowd won’t be too confused as to why he won’t walk out with the belt at the end of it.
Eric Bischoff vs. Teddy Long
Last Man Standing Match: Ric Flair vs. HHH
As for a winner? Well, Flair won the last time round, and his good friend may well put him over again. However, the safer bet is probably with Hunter to win the match and even the scores at 1-1, probably meaning these two have one final match that probably ends up being one match too many.
Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown!
Batista’s involved will surely be limited with his injury, but this could mean one of two very different outcomes – one that he is eliminated early or eliminated with little in-ring participation in a count-out of some sorts. Or, it could me he gets the hot tag near the end of the match and quickly proves the decisive factor, much like on Raw this past week. I would liken the second outcome to HHH’s win at Summerslam 2003 in the Elimination Chamber despite his injury. I would think that the more likely option is the second one but might also include the possibility that, despite the hot tag, Batista is still eliminated.
The winner is a tough one to call. I really have no idea who will pick up the win here. Raw might be the safer bet with Vince clearly seeing it as the stronger brand in most people’s eyes, but with a World Champion on the Smackdown! team I’m going to go with Teddy Long’s 5-piece to pick up the win.
WWE Title: John Cena vs. Kurt Angle
Cena’s reign has been lengthy, however, I feel the time is about to run out on Cena’s reign. Daivari will no doubt be the cause of any Cena defeat, should it come, and I believe the time hath cometh. I was certain of such a result until I read about the new drugs policy and how serious Mcmahon was taking it. I still feel Kurt will be given the belt, but with this drugs issue around, I’m not sure how long-term an Angle reign will be. But that’s a story for another time…
Until next time,
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