1 – Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin (Chairs Match)
I was initially expecting Corbin to plow right through Kalisto, but when I think about the stip, I can’t help but picture a Salina del Sol right onto a pile of chairs. That seems like a hot spot and a believable way for Baron to lose yet still act like Kalisto “robbed” him by using such a dirty move. Like both these guys so I’m happy either way.
2 – Nikki Bella vs. Carmella (Falls Count Anywhere Match)
Hmmmm Carmella does need some kind of hefty vwin to seem like any kind of threat on SDL, so I imagine, again, some kind of foreign object or strange environmental victory. Nikki will look strong but Carmella’s use of the surrounding area will net her a win that both A) Gives her some bragging rights and B) Keeps Nikki from getting pinned clean.
3- Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler (Ladder Match)
Lawdy SDL needs some new faces, cuz this feud was sizzlin’ white hot mere weeks ago. Now it’s like, well, you already escalated this to belt vs career match and now you’re following with a plain ladder match? I mean, I do expect a solid bout so I’m excited for the match itself, but the circumstances seem a bit backwards. Hoping they don’t bounce the belt back and forth, and allow Miz to retain and Ziggler to either move on to the main title or give some kind of meaning to another languishing heel on the roster. Or, just turn heel and open up some new opportunities.
PICK: The Miz
4 – WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions Heath Slater and Rhyno vs. Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton
I haven’t exactly kept up with this storyline, but it kinda seems like Slater’s feel-good tale has worn its welcome to some degree, and a belt change to the “Wyatts” would help keep this championship active and interesting. Plus, this would be the first belt for Bray, right? It’d be weird af to have this career faction man win his first tag belt with… Randy Orton… but hey, that does elevate the title and FINALLY makes Bray seem like he can put his money where his mouth is.
PICK: Wyatt and Orton
5- WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss (Tables Match)
Well crap. Earlier I picked Carmella as the victor, but I truly think this is Bliss’ moment to take the belt from Lynch and I’d be surprised if both heels walked away the winner. I guess I’ll leave Carm where she is, but I really think Bliss has earned a run with the belt, and this also gives Lynch / Nikki / Whoever Else a chance to chase through Mania season. In that time, Bliss can heel it up big time and earn a big moment in Orlando.
PICK: Alexa Bliss
6- WWE World Champion AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose (Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Match)
Would really prefer Styles keep the belt, and have ol’ Ellsworth cost Dean the match in some way. However… looking at all my choices, I’ve gone nearly 100% heel (they’re just booked better!) and can’t imagine they’d stack a show with so many heroes eating the mat. But, Wyatt is still popular, Miz as well, so do those even count as “heel” victories when it comes to emotions? Maybe I’ll stick with this and keep Styles as the winner because, would you look at that, Styles is super over and who doesn’t want to see him enter Mania season with the belt. That’s quite a year – 2015 Rumble as a surprise entrant, then by Rumble 2016 he’s already been champ for months.
PICK: AJ Styles
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