Are you EXTREME-ly accurate with your WWE predictions? If you are, you can win your choice of closing song on an upcoming episode of Cheap Popcast! Read on for Dave, Henry, Brett, and Carolyn’s Extreme Rules 2015 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 the LT gang’s WrestleMania picks: of the five LaserTime contributors who submitted picks (Brett‘s were too late to include, but hermetically sealed in an envelope), four were tied with four out of nine predictions. One person had five, and that was the WrestleMania predictions champion Henry Gilbert! As for listener picks, butsukoy had the most Fastlane picks correct, and his choice of The Fabulous Moolah’s theme closed out the WrestleMania episode. For WrestleMania, two listeners got six-out-of-nine picks. While Ampatent had the closer running time for the main event and will have Disturbed’s “Glass Breaks” Stone Cold theme, I’ll likely fit Hairybeast44’s pick of Tetsuya Naito’s NJPW theme in during the break.
Anywho, here’s how the prediction contest goes. The LaserTime gang is going to make 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/no contest) 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.
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, onto each LaserTimer’s predictions, with special Extreme makeovers (apologies to Carolyn, since WWE 2K15’s create-a-Diva feature is the saddest thing in the world).
1- WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS TYSON KIDD & CESARO VS. THE NEW DAY
While Cesaro and Kidd are m’boys and probably the most entertaining in-ring duo in eons, I can’t deny that the WWE has finally discovered how to get heat on The New Day. There’s also quite a few hot face duos (Lucha Dragons, Prime Time Players) that need a true heel pair to vanquish (as opposed to the heel in name only Kiddsaro). New Day wins.
2- DOLPH ZIGGLER VS. SHEAMUS (KISS ME ARSE MATCH)
All convention says Sheamus should win this, since it’s his first PPV match since returning with a new heel guise. However, I think he works best as a bully, and in this case, it means losing (perhaps on a fluke), and indignantly avoiding the arse-kissing. I say Ziggler wins in what’s probably the best match of the night…
3- DEAN AMBROSE VS. LUKE HARPER (CHICAGO STREET FIGHT)
Unless these two take the cake. Putting two of the most hardcore-friendly wrestlers in a streetfight is a fantastic idea, and I have confidence these two will tear the house down before Big Show bores everyone inside. Ambrose hasn’t had a PPV pinfall win in a dog’s age, so I say he wins this one.
4- ROMAN REIGNS VS. BIG SHOW (LAST MAN STANDING MATCH)
Last Man Standing matches are rarely good, since half of the time is spent with one or both wrestlers on their back as a ref slowly counts. When you combine that with the sometimes-substandard Reigns and the rarely-ever-good Big Show and we’ve got an early frontrunner for the worst match of 2015. Prove me wrong, WWE. Prove me wrong. Roman wins, and hopefully pretty quickly.
5- DIVAS CHAMPION NIKKI BELLA VS. NAOMI
Naomi really deserves this, as she’s been one of the best Divas on the roster for three-plus years. Whether she gets it is another matter entirely, but I think this heel turn was for a reason. Plus, a title victory sets up feuds with both Nikki and a post-movie-making Paige.
6- INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION DANIEL BRYAN VS. BAD NEWS BARRETT
Sigh. WWE still has this listed, so I do too, but I’m not hopeful this will even happen. I say it’s a repeat of WrestleMania 28 and BNB gets handed an 18-second loss so that DB can rest for a month and maybe hopefully finally heal enough to go for a few years, pretty please?
7- UNITED STATES CHAMPION JOHN CENA VS. RUSEV (RUSSIAN CHAIN MATCH)
Cena wouldn’t have a US-Title-themed t-shirt if he wasn’t going to have that belt around his waist for a few more months. I think this match begins what was hinted at WrestleMania, and either Lana or Rusev turns on the other after Rusev doesn’t touch enough turnbuckles to get his championship back.
8- WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION SETH ROLLINS VS. RANDY ORTON (STEEL CAGE MATCH)
There are so many more possibilities with Seth; he can move onto Roman while Brock waits in the wings to annihilate Rollins around Summerslam. Heck, if Ambrose is rehabilitated enough, the WWE could work towards a Shield reunion triple-threat match. I like the idea of Bray Wyatt doing another steel cage teleportation to waylay Orton and kickstart a feud there. I say Seth Rollins wins in 23 minutes.
Up next… Hank’s picks!