Great Balls of Fire
Predictions/how I’d book it
Travis Welch @Travis_W_TWG
Neville vs. Akira Tozawa (Cruiserweight Championship) – Kick-off
I love the new heel Neville persona, a man that refuses to break kayfabe even on twitter. The build up to this match has been, strange, to say the least. The Titus brand gimmick is kind of over, but not really. That being said I don’t see any reason to take the title off of Neville, considering he’s one of the only good things about the cruiser weight division. Expect Titus to be the accidental catalyst costing Tozawa the match.
How I’d book it– Pretty much the way I predicted it. That way it protects Tozawa for future rematches, and keeps the heat on Neville.
Enzo Amore vs. Big Cass
In a feud that, in my opinion, is happening way too soon and seems like a cheap way to get heat, which is all the WWE seems to care about now a days, we have a true David versus Goliath scenario. Cass is obviously headed on to bigger things if not immediately after this match, then shortly after. What happens to Enzo is the bigger question. Does he go to 205 live? Become the mouthpiece of a new big guy? Just kind of flutter around until the inevitable reunion down the line? Only time will tell. This match though is gonna be a show case for Big Cass.
How I’d book it– Simple. Let Cass brutalize Enzo, but no matter what he does, Enzo kicks out. He gets a few moments of shine in, even a few roll up false finishes to get the crowd into it, then Cass debuts a new finisher and finally puts him away. Cass comes off as a ruthless heel and Enzo the never say die underdog.
Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt
Who cares? Both of these guys are spinning wheels while Lesnar holds the world title for ransom. This feud is poorly defined and obviously thrown together just to keep both guys semi relevant.
Winner- Seth Rollins because WWE creative never let’s Wyatt win.
How I’d book it– I wouldn’t, this match wouldnt happen. If you put a gun to my head i’d just go with Wyatt winning through shenanigans. He gets some heel heat and Rollins is protected.
The Miz vs. Dean Ambrose (Intercontinental Championship)
In the feud that won’t die, and spans both brands, we get the rematch of a rematch of a rematch. The Miz is currently one of the only true heels on the roster, and Dean is currently, well… Dean. I really hope this is the end of this feud so both can move on to fresher things. Bear suits…Fucking bear suits
How I’d book it– Id keep it even, but in the beginnings of tghe matchm including the entrance, keep playing off of The Miz and Maryse’s dysfunction. Eventually have Maryse help The Miz win by distraction or other nefarious means, proving they are still a power couple. Side note, on the following Raw I’d immediately put The Miz in a program with Finn Balor, who should eventually take the title off of the Miz.
Sheamus-Cesaro vs. The Hardy Boyz (30-minute Ironman match for Raw tag team Championships)
I am fully behind the tag team of Shesaro,they have become much more than what i thought they would. The Hardys are, well, a rehashed version of the Hardys from earlier times. This is a hard match to predict with all the speculation on the rights of the “Broken” universe. I’ll assume its not happening and predic as such. This will be a great match that has the potential to steal the show. The iron man gimmick will benefit these guys, especially with the hardys big time experience and Cesaro’s natural ability. Oh yeah, Sheamus will be there.
Winner- The Hardys
How I’d book it– Going on the assumption that the WWE or Hardys havent procured the “broken” rights, I would have this be a true technical display, let the Hardys go over clean off of a last second pin. I much prefer the tag team of Shesaro but the money fued is in a Hardys/Revival program.
Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks (Raw Women’s Championship)
Alexa Bliss is the surprise star of the brand split. She is still not the best in ring worker but her mic skills and facial expressions mask it a little. Sasha is so over that its insane. Those being said i see a situation where there is interference. This will not end clean
Winner- Alexa Bliss
How I’d book it– Plain and simple, Bayley heel turn. She comes out to help Banks fend off Nia Jax, who is there to guarantee she gets her title match against Bliss. After she neutralizes Jax, she all of a sudden turns on Banks and leaves her lying for the Bliss win. She gets a huge feud with Banks where the winner goes on to face the winner of the Bliss/Jax feud.
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman (Ambulance Match)
Braun is white hot right now. He is getting the reactions that Vince and creative wish Roamn was getting. With the way they’ve built Roman as “The big dog” it makes it hard to book. The common belief is that Roman goes over, but i feel thats a mistake. Sure, Strowman isn’t the worker Roman is right now, but he is over. A defeat does nothing but hurt Strowman, and doesn’t boost Roman. None of that matters though.
How I’d book it– Strowman wins through underhanded tactics. If you’re really feeling adventurous have Undertakers gong sound play to distract Roman enough for Strowman to capitalize.
Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe (Universal Championship)
This feud is not only big money, but is the hottest program on wither show. Joe has been booked like the bad ass he is, and a true threat to dethroning the beast. Lesnar is a savvy businessman, despite how people feel about him, and his willingness to look vulnerable to an “indy darling” like Joe shows he knows that this feud can be more than a one off deal. I expect this to be a bloodbath, an old school vicious brawl. This wont be suplex city. This will be a legit match. All things being said….
Winner- Brock Lesnar
How I’d book i- Let this match be a throwback to the territory days, a pure slugfest, complete with blood, violence, and ending in shocking fashion. Samoa Joe gets the coquina clutch on Lesnar, Lesnar slams him into turnbuckles, punches his bloodied face, and almost makes it to the ropes, but falls short and passes out. Making Samoa Joe your new universal champion.
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