It’s the end of the line for WWE predictions. Roadblock: End of the Line, that is! Read Dave and Brett’s predictions about WWE’s final PPV of 2016 and make your own picks too. Winner gets their favorite wrestling theme on the next Cheap Popcast!
2016 has been a bit of a shitshow, but wrestling has been pretty good, right? We’ve got the final WWE PPV this weekend, and even if the superior Smackdown brand isn’t involved, this has been one of the better-built Raw shows. We went through the six biggest matches on a WWE 2K17 stream, and you can watch the fun (and Dave’s get flabbergasted with random run-ins) below!
Anywho, here’s how the contest goes. Dave and Brett will 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.
If you have the most correct predictions, you can make your mark on the next Cheap Popcast episode (exclusive to Patreon) 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 Universal Championship match) and I’ll give you a shout-out on the next Patreon popcast. Got it? Good. Now, onto each LaserTimer’s predictions!
1 – Big Cass vs Rusev (Kickoff Match)
WWE obviously has a big boner for Big Cass, but going over Rusev seems a bit too much for a first major push, right? I think that Cass can look good with a near victory that Rusev has to cheat like gangbusters to overcome. That way the Realest Guys look good and can begin their slow build to a WrestleMania Tag Title victory. Save Cass’ Reigns push til 2018, I say.
2 -Sami Zayn vs Braun Strowman (10-minute time limit match)
SPEAKING of Rusev, Braun’s in the midst of a Rusev-esque streak, wherein he can lose in particular ways before Cena or Roman finally beats him. The time limit almost seems like a McGuffin that Zayn will inch RIGHT up to but fall short of, but I’m going to say that WWE gives a slight bit of a push to Zayn, given the fact that he’s been killing it in his confrontations with Mick Foley. He’ll survive the time limit, but barely.
3- Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann vs Brian Kendrick vs TJ Perkins
Like quite a few of WWE’s titles (the NXT Championship, Raw’s Women’s Championship, and the Intercontinental Championship), the best thing for the Cruiserweight Championship right now is stability. Swann is a great face for the division and gets a minor reaction from crowds (unlike most of the dead-in-the-water cruisers), so I say keep Swann atop the division for a few months so that the Cruiserweight Championship match at WrestleMania doesn’t fall on deaf ears.
PICK: Rich Swann
4 – Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day vs Cesaro and Sheamus
Now that The New Day has FINALLY eclipsed Demolition’s tag title record, we can look forward to some competitiveness in Raw’s tag ranks. A part of me thinks the WWE will keep the belts on TND just because everyone expects the trio to drop the belts once the record is moot, but I think the European duo desperately needs momentum. Plus, the thought of Cesaro going title-free in 2016 makes me a bit sad, so I hope he wins the belts and pays homage to Tyson Kidd in the process.
PICK: Cesaro and Sheamus
5- Seth Rollins vs Chris Jericho
I desperately want Jericho to have one last major title run before he leaves (he hasn’t held a big belt since 2010), given how amazingly he’s reinvented himself with this run, but I don’t think he needs to win here to get to that level. The entire basis of this feud is that Kevin Owens signed Jericho up for this fight, so I say Jericho fends well for himself before Owens bungles things and separates the former best friends even further.
PICK: Seth Rollins
6- Raw Women’s Champion Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte (30-minute Iron Man match)
Another WWE critique as of late; too many title-focused feuds have advertised a “final confrontation” between long-feuding foes. Unless the title-holder notes they won’t be invoking a rematch clause, it’s a guarantee that the champ will leave with their belt, and so far that’s exactly what’s happened in the Nakamura-Joe and Miz-Ziggler feuds. To that end, I don’t think Charlotte will be ending 2016 atop Raw’s Women’s division. Even though she has her Pay-Per-View streak going, I think a draw in this match would be too unsatisfying given such a momentous match, so I say Banks wins a slim victory.
PICK: Sasha Banks
7- WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns
I’m not quite sure what Roman Reigns does in the new year and coming up to WrestleMania (I REALLY hope it isn’t another main event), but I don’t think he’ll replicate Shield-mate Seth Rollins’ dual title accomplishment. Owens vs Jericho kind of needs the Universal Championship to build heat, so I think Owens pulls out a cheap victory (perhaps via a begrudging Jericho) to build towards a better comeuppance for the prizefighter.
PICK: Kevin Owens
Up next… Brett’s picks!