If you’re the most accurate with your WWE predictions, your song choice will get in the Fastlane towards Cheap Popcast fame! Read on for Dave, Henry, and Brett’s Fastlane picks and then make yours!
As we’ve been doing for awhile now, the reader who makes the most correct predictions gets to pick the song that plays at the conclusion of next month’s episode of Cheap Popcast! First, though, a recap of Royal Rumble 2015. With only six matches to predict, the results were close; amongst the Laser Time hosts, Henry Gilbert picked four winners, edging out my trio and Brett’s pair of predictions. As far as this month’s winner goes, we had five people predict five out of six matches correctly, but there were three that guessed within a minute of the title match running time tiebreaker. With the official run time at 22:44, GhengisPro was 44 seconds under and Andrew was 38 seconds over, so their picks may make it into future breaks and closers. However, the true winner was Tron, who picked a running time of 22:30 and chose Jake “The Snake” Roberts’ entrance theme.
Anywho, here’s how the prediction contest goes. I’m going to make my picks in this here article, and then open up the replies to you awesome listeners. You will then pick a winner (or if you’re feeling frisky, a rare draw/double DQ) for each match (don’t worry about getting the finish right, I’m just looking for winners if any), and then, just in case there’s a tie for correct predictions, pick a running time for the final match listed (the presumed main event) as a tiebreaker. Just check out my predictions as a guideline. As a bonus, Henry Gilbert and Brett Elstonalso weigh in with choices!
What does the winning commenter get, though? Well, you can make your mark on the next PPV-themed Cheap Popcast episode by choosing a theme to close a segment. Pick the wrestler theme and include a YouTube URL to a wrestler’s theme alongside your predictions (including the running time of the final match listed) and I’ll give you a shout-out on next month’s episode. Got it? Good. Now, the predictions!
DOLPH ZIGGLER, ERICK ROWAN & RYBACK VS. SETH ROLLINS, KANE & BIG SHOW
DAVE’S PICK: This match is a bit of an oddity — Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler we basically the main event of the Survivor Series and now they’re in the last-minute throwaway match. It’s tough to make a bad six man tag match, but there’s a few too many slow-moving parts (basically everyone BUT Rollins and Ziggler). I get the feeling we’re going to have Rollins embark on a bit of a losing streak before cashing in, so I say Ziggler, Rowan, and Ryback win.
HENRY’S PICK: Ziggler scores the pinfall due to Kane/Show disagreements, or because Randy Orton interferes.
BRETT’S PICK: Seth’s team wins when Ziggler’s pinned, setting up some WM31 match for revenge that Ziggler will win
GOLDUST VS STARDUST
I usually loathe WWE drawing out rivalries for multiple shows, but this is one I don’t want to see rushed to end just because they don’t have room for the match at WrestleMania. I say Stardust wins via nefarious means before the brothers put on a great retirement match for Goldy as he gets the win next month.
HENRY’S PICK: Goldust, but Stardust is still pissed off, extending feud to Mania.
BRETT’S PICK: Stardust, with Goldust asking for one more chance before retiring?
WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE USOS VS. CESARO & TYSON KIDD
DAVE’S PICK: I feel like Cesaro has served his time in the doghouse, and I think that the WWE probably wants something a little different at WrestleMania than another Usos title defense. I say Cesaro and Kidd win here, with perhaps a ladder match defense at ‘Mania so these four can really shine.
HENRY’S PICK: I want Cesaro/Kidd, but likely Usos pull out close win, to keep momentum going to Mania.
BRETT’S PICK: Usos win
INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION BAD NEWS BARRETT VS. DEAN AMBROSE
DAVE’S PICK: This match just makes me sad. If Ambrose wins, he’s officially stepping down from the main event spot he deserves and it signifies Barrett’s saddest title reign yet. Barrett retaining is slightly less sad, so I say Barrett wins, possibly due to Rollins interfering and setting up a rematch with Ambrose at ‘Mania.
HENRY’S PICK: Ambrose, because Bad News’ reign has been a huge joke.
BRETT’S PICK: Kinda think BNB will win solely because IC champs keep losing singles matches but win title matches!
DIVAS CHAMPION NIKKI BELLA VS. PAIGE
DAVE’S PICK: While I want to see Paige get a spot on the ‘Mania card (a match against the returning AJ Lee would be a great capper to their year-long rivalry), I have the feeling that the WWE is going to build up to an over-dramatized Bellas match or some “every Diva competes” shitshow. I say we get the former, and Nikki Bella wins here.
HENRY’S PICK: Nikki with a distraction roll up. Honestly, I’m thinking that almost nothing on the show will have finality before Mania.
BRETT’S PICK: I guess Nikki? Probably distraction
UNITED STATES CHAMPION RUSEV VS. JOHN CENA
DAVE’S PICK: If this wasn’t a US Title match, there’d be a slight bit of mystery to this match. There’s no way Cena lowers himself to holding a secondary belt, so I say Rusev cheats to win here, so that Cena get get his revenge and break Rusev’s streak at ‘Mania.
HENRY’S PICK: A goofy ending that gives Rusev a win, though it won’t be as bad as Wyatt’s singing child.
BRETT’S PICK: Rusev, rematch at Mania
ROMAN REIGNS VS. DANIEL BRYAN (WINNER FACES BROCK LESNAR AT WRESTLEMANIA)
DAVE’S PICK: Once again we find ourselves a month away from WrestleMania with no clue about how the WWE will be treating Daniel Bryan. I’m going to be optimistic and say they give the fans what they want. Daniel Bryan wins in 19 minutes here, setting up a heel turn for Roman Reigns (who whines his way into the main event too).
HENRY’S PICK: I REALLY want Bryan to win, but I think this is just meant to put Reigns over. At best, it’s a weird no-contest to allow for a three-way main event at Mania. But I bet it’ll be Reigns by spear.
BRETT’S PICK: Reigns via some kind of interference.
Alright, there’s our picks. Sound off below with your match predictions, the running time for the final match listed, as well as a YouTube link to your wrestler theme pick. Good luck, everyone!