1-R-TRUTH VS. KING BARRETT (KICKOFF MATCH)
Y’know, my first reaction is that Barrett wins this to show the KOTR means “something,” but after seeing Truth at a house show it’s clear people like him and he gets good reactions. The whole “you got beat by R Truth??” thing used to mean something, but since he’s cleanly beaten Stardust and Barrett (I think?) in the past and he’s good with the crowd, I think Truth’ll take this one! Actually, I hope so since he’s entertaining and kinda deserves an actual moment in the sun. Maybe he already got one pre-2013? [EDITOR’S NOTE: Yeah, in 2011… kinda.]
2- DIVAS CHAMPION NIKKI BELLA VS. PAIGE
I like both of ’em but Paige had a go at this last year and the reign was ho-hum. Nikki is great as a hoss bully so if she’s playing that character Sunday night (impossible to tell beforehand) I think she’ll win. If she’s a face, I think Paige will win. Either way this match goes about 5-7 minutes.
3- INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION RYBACK VS. BIG SHOW
Ryback explodes Show over his back like Johnny Cage’s Mortal Kombat Trilogy fatality. 10 minute match, I bet.
4- WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE NEW DAY VS. THE PRIME TIME PLAYERS
New Day wins, probably through trickery but I bet we get some feats of strength from Big E and duder whose name I’m forgetting. [EDITOR’S NOTE: The Real Deal, Titus O’Neal! *barking noises*]
5- MONEY IN THE BANK LADDER MATCH – DOLPH ZIGGLER VS. KOFI KINGSTON VS. NEVILLE VS. RANDY ORTON VS. KANE VS. ROMAN REIGNS VS SHEAMUS
Reigns? Orton is a no, Kingston is a no, Kane is a no. Neville would be interesting since he doesn’t have a particular direction at the moment, but it’s a tad early stil. Sheamus or Ziggler COULD, but both have already been champ and the MITB needs some fresh vibes on it… so Reigns is the guy.
6- JOHN CENA VS. KEVIN OWENS (NON-TITLE MATCH)
Cena scrapes out a victory… but does Joe interfere??
7- WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION SETH ROLLINS VS. DEAN AMBROSE (LADDER MATCH)
Ugh this is kind of a mess. Rollins as the beatable heel has been beaten numerous times by heels, faces and everyone in between. At the house show Ambrose even came out with the title and Rollins was nowhere to be seen. It’s super weird… I would love Ambrose to win, but then it’s like… he kinda already DID win, and has been holding the belt for 2 weeks so what does a win even matter? So uh as a prediction… Summerslam is prolly gonna involve Lesnar and [Champ,] so maybe regardless of winner Reigns cashes in tonight?
I guess I’ll go with Rollins as the winner though.
Up next… Henry’s picks!