Bray Wyatt’s got to be one of my favorite characters in WWE. He’s so different! He’s so cryptic! Aaand yet I can’t deny that I’ve been tuning out his rambling rants and raves for a while now. I’m not sure what I’m hoping for from him, but when I don’t feel like he has anything really substantial to say about himself or his opponent, I have trouble giving it my full attention. Maybe I should give him more credit though, his debut promo still gives me chills when I watch it.
After a couple of Pay Per Views off, Botched Spot is back with predictions! Ironic, because I’m far less excited for Extreme Rules than I was for Fastlane or Wrestlemania 31. I mean the second match at Wrestlemania is now the main event of Extreme Rules only a month later! Sure, there’s a title on the line and a steel cage, but it’s the same guys fighting it out. And it’s also hard to feel that there’s any urgency going into Extreme Rules or that anything big will happen when we just got through ‘Mania season. In the past Extreme Rules has managed to deliver though (Cena vs. Lesnar in 2012, for example), so I’m not giving up hope yet. Alright, let’s dig into these matches!
The New Day (Sucks!) vs. Tyson and Cesaro (Are pretty good actually!) for the Tag Titles.
So I’ve really been digging Tysaro (or Ceson? Season?) as a tag team and I’m also glad that The New Day have finally turned heel. I may be in the minority with this, but I believe that The New Day’s heel turn was part of the plan all along, with the WWE realizing that the crowd would really hate three guys who are really positive. So I’m not sure if this is supposed to be a heel vs. heel match, but I think it should still be fairly entertaining. I’m picking Tysaro to win because I’m thinking the WWE will want to push the Lucha Dragons into a feud for the titles as soon as possible, which means they won’t want to keep The New Day in the title picture for long.
John Cena vs. Rusev in a Texas Chain Bullrope Russian Strap Match
How is this gimmick match still around? I’ve really enjoyed the feud between these two, matches and all, so I’m warily looking forward to this one too. I don’t know man, it’s just that this gimmick of touching the turnbuckles is so unnatural. Matches where guys try to knock each other out or climb a ladder for a title makes sense. Trying to touch all four turnbuckles doesn’t. It doesn’t help that the last time they did this- as a strap match at Extreme Rules 2013, I believe- the turnbuckles didn’t even light up properly for the start of the match. I’m predicting Cena to win though and continue on with his open challenges.
Daniel Bryan vs. Bad News Barrett in a Bryan’s Neck Hanging On By A Thread Match
What is it with Bryan getting injured as soon as he holds a title? Long time readers will know I’m a huge fan of Bryan, so I’m disappointed that he might not even make it to the show. It’s hard to predict this match without knowing if it will even happen, but I’m giving Bryan the benefit of the doubt that if there is a match he’ll walk out the champ… however that’s mostly based off of fan-boy mentality more than logical reasoning.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus in a Kiss My Ass Match
As much as I’d like to see Ziggler win, I’d feel pretty bad if Sheamus lost his first pay per view match right after rebranding himself as a stupid looking heel. I’m glad Sheamus is heel again though, and I bet that this will be a great match, except for that stipulation. I don’t know how Dolph goes from winning the main event of Survivor Series 2014 to getting Sheamus’ pasty ass forced on his face only five months later, but there you go.
Nikki Bella vs. Naomi
The Bellas are turning heel and face more often than the Big Show! I don’t really think Naomi will win, except that I’m not sure why they’d turn her heel if not to feud with Paige over the title. I think the WWE are going to play it safe and keep the title on Nikki. The real question is will fans chant for CM Punk or AJ Lee?
Roman Reigns vs. the Big Show in a Last Roman Standing Match
While I don’t find myself excited by the idea of another Reigns vs. Big Show feud, I guess having these two square off is a good way to get people to cheer Roman (y’know, because no one’s supporting Show). I’m definitely predicting that Roman will win though, and will soon be inserted back into the title picture. I don’t know that we’ll see anything in this match that we haven’t seen before, but it’ll give Roman something to do while all of us fans forget that we hated the idea of him winning the title.
Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper in a Chicago Props Fight
This match… I don’t even know what to say about this match. I imagine if any matches are cut for time, it will probably be this one. It will probably be more about Chicago themed props than anything (deep dish pizza? CM Punk?), but I expect both guys to bring their A game and show why they deserve to be doing something more. I could see this going either way, so I’ll just give the prediction to Harper, if only because Ambrose always seems to lose.
Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton in an All Finishers Banned Match Oh Yeah And A Steel Cage Is There Too
Seriously, is there a worse time to have Rollins ditch the curb stomp than right as they’re building a match around Randy not being able to use his finisher? It makes no sense! I’m confident in picking Rollins to win, mostly because it would be really weird to have him lose the title this soon after he won it. I imagine that with Kane as the Groundskeeper there will be some shenanigans with him acting all face-like only to turn heel on Randy and let all of the Authority and all of their stooges into the cage. Rollins already did something screwy like this once before where he made Randy think the Authority was breaking up only for them to stay together, so I’m imagining that something like that will happen again.
Well that’s a lot of matches! After going through the whole card I find myself a little more positive about it, but not by a lot. I’m at least looking forward to the main event more than the undercard, which is a pretty rare thing for me to say. I guess I should at least give the WWE credit for having their “extreme” stipulations be a little unique this year, but at the same time I can’t say I’m really looking forward to hearing JBL squeal about Ziggler kissing Sheamus’ ass.
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Who doesn’t love the Royal Rumble? It’s my favorite Pay Per View of the year, even more than Wrestlemania, and the reason why is that the Rumble promises potential. Up until the end of the show there are still so many possibilities and things that could happen in the WWE. You want Dean Ambrose to main event Wrestlemania even though he’s been on a losing streak? Sure, maybe it could happen! You want to see Jericho return to his full time status? Maybe he’ll be a surprise entrant and stick around for a while! Sure, you’ll come down once Orton wins it and the biggest surprise entrant was Santino, but right now there’s still all kinds of hope! Let’s dive into these predictions and see what’ll happen:
A New Day vs. The Masters of the WWE Universe… and Adam Rose
Wrestling in anything but the World Title match and the actual Rumble match itself at the Royal Rumble is about the most thankless job a wrestler can have. Although I’m sure these men will find their way into the Rumble match anyway, because where would Kofi be without his once-a-year Rumble spot? I predict that A New Day will win and maybe tease a heel turn a little bit more… did you catch it when Xavier said that they would put everyone in the hospital on the last episode of Raw? I think A New Day heel turn is coming and it might be at the expense of the Bunny.
The New Age Outlaws vs. The Road Warriors 3.0
Wow, The Ascension really took it on the chin, didn’t they? I still like them though and have hope that they’ll find their way. Their promos are terrible and the red face paint is eye-roll worthy, but they were enjoyable in NXT and I think if they weather out the shoulder pad storm they’re going through they’ll be okay. I think The Ascension has to win this match after the beating they took at the hands of a bunch of retired wrestlers last Raw, so I’m predicting them to win.
Tyson’s Wife and the Glampire vs. The Bella Twins
Man, what happened to the Divas division? Not long ago they were in major storylines and having multiple matches with storylines attached to them and now they’re in this throw away tag match. I predict the Bellas will win because the Paige/ Nattie tag team really has no history other than in Total Divas clips.
The Usos vs. The Miz and Mizdow in their best of 75 series
I think we’ll see The Usos retain after some major dissension between Miz and Mizdow, which will culminate in them eliminating each other at the Rumble. I’m not really sure what else to say about this match. I feel like the Usos could face any other team and it would feel like the hundredth time we’ve seen it.
The first match people actually want to see, an hour and a half into the show (for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship!)
I’m entirely too excited for this match. Just by adding Seth to it, the WWE have increased my interest a hundred fold. Typically Money in the Back winners have gone on a losing streak before cashing in and winning, so it’s been refreshing to see Seth earn a title shot even without the briefcase.
This match is still a doozy to predict though. One issue is not knowing for certain when Brock’s WWE contract is up. If he is guaranteed to work at ‘Mania it seems like he would retain his title for sure, and possibly go on to face Bryan or Roman. I could also see John winning the title and keeping it to defend against Rusev at Wrestlemania. Rollins could technically still hold onto his briefcase until after Wrestlemania and all the way until the next Money in the Bank PPV, if memory serves. I think the most obvious outcome for this match, and the one I’m going to predict, is John Cena winning and then Seth immediately cashing in his briefcase to win the title.
My only concern is that I see Rollins being in a similar situation as CM Punk a couple of years ago when he dropped the title to the Rock at the Rumble so that Rock could defend it at Wrestlemania against Cena, or as Edge when he dropped the title at the Royal Rumble in 2006 so Cena could defend it against Triple H at Wrestlemania 22. Like they’re trying Rollins out in this main event heel role, but maybe they’re not 100% committed. Even so, I’ll predict that he walks out the champion.
The Bootista Memorial Battle Royal
Alright, so this is an extremely hard match to predict, so I’m going to look at the wrestlers most likely to win.
-Daniel Bryan: While I would love for Bryan to win, I don’t see it happening this year. And I’m okay with that. He had a huge moment last year that would be impossible to top, so I don’t see him in the main event of Wrestlemania again. Also his name keeps getting brought up on WWE TV as someone who is very likely to win it, so I think the WWE is trying to work us over.
-Roman Reigns: While he’s constantly brought up as the person Triple H and Vince want to push, I don’t think they’ll go through with it. He just hasn’t gotten the reactions that he would need to be the champion, and I think putting the belt on him now would just make people hate him for it.
-Rusev: A month ago I would’ve bet money that Rusev would win and go on to face Cena at Wrestlemania, but I just don’t see it anymore. His impressive win streak has turned into a meh-inducing “never been pinned” streak, which is far less cool. The fact that he just lost to Ryback on Smackdown (albeit by countout) tells me that the luster is wearing off of him.
-Randy Orton: This is probably one of the stronger choices because he’s been off TV for so long, and not because of an injury, but rather because they’ve been saving him for something. In fact, considering that Randy already has a built in feud with Rollins, I feel confident in saying that Randy Orton will win the Rumble and go on to face Rollins at Wrestlemania!
Well, that’s the Royal Rumble! There are a lot of potential outcomes and only a couple that I really hate, so that’s a good thing for me. My only problem is going to be sitting through the gauntlet of tag team matches in order to get to the main event and the Rumble. I’m sure the Usos and everyone else will bring their A-game, but the two main events are the ones I really care about.
I’ve been to a few WWE house shows throughout the years, and they’re always pretty fun. It’s all the wrestling with none of the storyline fluff or terrible announcing. I wouldn’t say I always go; it usually depends on when it is and who’s on the card. For example when the WWE Live event was announced for St. Louis on January 16th of this year, I almost didn’t go. WWE just had Survivor Series here a few months earlier, so I didn’t really have an itch to scratch for seeing the same guys over again. But then Jericho was announced, and then Bryan, and then I had to go. Anyway, it wound up being a pretty solid show all around and I’m glad I went. Here’s a brief rundown of how everything played out:
Bray Wyatt fought Dean Ambrose in the opening match, and it was a great way to kick off the show. Ambrose won, which was nice because he only seems to lose whenever there are cameras filming it. Ambrose was super over with the crowd, as was Wyatt, although there weren’t a whole lot of people playing along with the whole “fireflies” schtick. I personally didn’t, because y’know, you have to stand up and pull out your phone and find a place to put your nachos and by that point Wyatt’s in the ring already… you know how it is.
Next up Cesaro beat Justin Gabriel, who the crowd could not have cared less about. The match was filled with some nice holds, reversals, and mat wrestling in general, but not too many people were into it. There was lots of “woo”ing going on and someone trying very hard to start a “boring” chant. There’s always one, isn’t there?
Fandango came out next with Rosa Mendes and he had a microphone! He insulted us by calling the “Gateway to the West” the “Gateway to Sadness,” which, as a St. Louisan of three years, sounded to me like one of the nicer things he could say about this city. At least it sounds sympathetic! R-Truth interrupted and asked if Fandango had been taking cold medicine, because he sounded like his head was loopy. I don’t know, folks, I’m just telling you what happened. Anyway, they had a match and R-Truth (who was pretty over with the crowd) won.
Jericho came out next to one of the best pops of the night and proceeded to grab a microphone and tell us that St. Louis is one of his favorite wrestling cities (sorry, everyone else!). He went on to explain that he wasn’t just saying that, it was completely true. He grew up in Chesterfield and his Dad played hockey for the St. Louis Blues, and has won a couple of championships here. I always thought he was strictly from Winnipeg, but I guess I just don’t remember his first book well enough.
Eventually Luke Harper came out and interrupted him after Jericho started talking smack about the Authority, and the two of them had a great match. Chris Jericho locking in the Walls of Jericho got a huge pop, and eventually he won with a Code Breaker.
Next was an awesome tag team match between the team of Big Show and Kane versus Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan. Bryan was probably the most over wrestler at the entire show, which (as a huge fan of his) was great for me to see. Roman Reigns also got a pretty good pop when he came out, although that may have just been people excited to see if he’d walk past them when he came out through the crowd. After Bryan and Reigns won and the crowd was going nuts doing the whole “yes” pose, Bryan gestured towards Roman Reigns so we would cheer for him too. The crowd booed. Well, not EVERYONE, but people were far less excited for Roman and there was some noticeable booing. Roman played it off though with a wave and a smile. Much better than Batista.
Then there was an intermission!
Next up was a match between Natalya and Nikki Bella. At the start of the show Jojo, the ring announcer (described by the guy behind me to his son as “the girl from that Divas show”- you know which show, sir), encouraged us to tweet or text whether we wanted Brie to be at ringside with Nikki for her match by either tweeting “YesBrie” or “NoBrie”, or texting some numbers to a place. So if you’re wondering why “YesBrie” and “NoBrie” were trending Friday night, that’s why. After the votes were tallied Brie got to stay, and Nikki would go on to beat Natalya with a Rack Attack. It was a decent match though, and the crowd stayed into it.
Lana came out next with Rusev in tow, and she called the St. Louis sports teams “pathetic”. Swagger would have none of that though and he came down with his comically oversized American flag to wave in their face. Eventually they fought, Swagger tapped, and we all booed. The best part was when Swagger came out and did his “We the People” chant and pose on the turnbuckle, and the security guard sitting in front of us said said incredulously, “THAT’S his thing?!”
After that it was time for the main event, which was a steel cage match between John Cena and Seth Rollins (accompanied by J&J security). I’m not sure if there was a technical issue or what, but it took about ten minutes for them to bring the cage down, and it involved tech guys standing on the turnbuckles and guiding the sides of the cage down so they didn’t get caught on the ring. It killed the majesty a bit, but we still got to see a cage match, so I’m not complaining.
Rollins and Cena went on to have the best match of the night, and as someone who initially was convinced Cena would win no matter what (which he did) there were a few times where I was doubting it. Seth Rollins even kicked out of the Attitude Adjustment! He would eventually be defeated by a second AA from the top of a turnbuckle, much to my wife and the security guard’s dismay, but most of the crowd was happy. Actually, the reception for Cena was extremely positive, much more so than other shows I’ve been to in St. Louis, which means either the fans here are nicer when there aren’t cameras rolling or it’s mostly Cena fans who go to house shows.
-There were TV screens set up by the entrance curtain which showed the wrestlers’ entrance videos and also WWE ads in between matches. The videos weren’t long enough to be annoying, but after I’ve seen the same videos for Macho Man’s Hall of Fame induction, Connor’s Cure, that video of all the cars being smashed on the Network, and that goddamn $9.99 music video several times on Raw and Smackdown, I could’ve done without them at the live show. Maybe I’m just cold hearted though, because there was a brief “Connor” chant after his video aired.
-When Rosa came out the little boy sitting behind us described her to his Dad as “the Diva that likes Paige,” confirming them to be Total Divas fans.
-Most all of the lights were kept off in the Scottrade Center except for the ones above the ring, giving the matches a cool old school feel to them. I’m not sure if this is a regular thing for them, but it was the first time I saw it and it looked awesome.