1 – Nia Jax vs. Alicia Fox – Pre-show match
Jax has been squashing folks for weeks, Fox has no reason to end that streak – and certainly not on a pre-show! Nia’s improved her game considerably over the past year so she takes the win and keeps on squashin’
PICK: Nia Jax
2 – Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho
Jericho has been on a roll for months, and as a fan of his I’d be happy to see him get a win this season. BUT, Zayn has a longer career ahead of him and can put on world class matches if he just had a story to back them up. I think he’ll win this and hopefullllllly use that to actually move on into a feud of some kind – even if it’s just Jericho for another month or so!
3- Cesaro vs. Sheamus: Match 7 in a best of 7 series
The saga concludes. Surely Cesaro takes this, right? I can’t even imagine what they’d do with Sheamus that would be worth all this back and forth… he was champ in the past year, he was in a big faction, he’s had PPV matches consistently for years… it’s time for Cesaro to shine and use this final win as ammo for a title shot. ANY title, just give him one!
4- WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins vs. The Brian Kendrick
Hmmmm… it would be silly to have a 10 week, grueling tournament that crowns a new champion and then have said champion lose his first title defense. But, I kinda think the CWC’s story is done, we all had our happy moment and now it’s time to put that belt on someone RAW viewers may remember. I wasn’t watching when Kendrick was around before, so I have no memories or fondness for him, but even if 1% of RAW audiences like him from back in the day, that’s more than Perkins has – even though I think TJP is a blast to watch and deserves the belt. I really want TJP to retain but for some reason I feel like they’re going to toss this belt over to a “known” quantity and perhaps that will add some heat to subsequent cruiserweight matches.
PICK: The Brian Kendrick
5- WWE Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks
This SHOULD be an amazing match, and I believe all three of ’em will (almost literally) kill themselves to come out as “match of the night.” But as far as victors go, I think Charlotte retains and that spins into a couple other feuds for the fall; maybe Charlotte and [person who almost costs her the match aka Dana Brooke] and then Bayley/Sasha get something going. Or two camps begin to form for Survivor Series?
6- WWE Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. The Club
New Day’s still over af but the belts aren’t really part of their shtick other than gyrating their hips as they say “WWE World Tag Team Champions.” They can be over, while Club can be big bully brutes with the belts for a little bit. Would also give us some other kind of tag team matchups where Club would have to defend against… uh… who else is on Raw? Anyway… Club finally takes it and ends New Day’s historic run.
PICK: The Club
7- WWE United States Champion Rusev vs. Roman Reigns
I’m kiiiinda bored by this matchup and the belt is almost without any of its John Cena shine these days. Rusev’s 2014-15 run with this same belt was pretty great and they’re mostly retreading that same story, but now with Reigns in place of Cena. If Rusev loses, a long but forgettable reign is over and Reigns gets the belt. His world title run wasn’t that interesting either so I’m not excited by a US run…. man this one’s a boring turn of events. Let’s say Reigns wins but it’s a DQ? He looks strong but Rusev keeps the belt? Ugh fine just, whatever, Roman wins, sure.
PICK: Roman Reigns
8- WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
This will be the first “big” title defense for Owens AND the Universal title, so I’d like to see him retain after a long and hard-fought scrap. Owens needs time to leave his mark as the first “real” Universal champ and so far that hasn’t happened. Start a legacy with a great title defense and go from there.
PICK: Kevin Owens
There’s our choices! Make yours in the comment section below, and be sure to include a running time for the World Championship match as well as a YouTube link to your wrestler theme of choice for inclusion in Cheap Popcast, should you win!