Re: WWE: The Evolution Of Greed
~News, Notes and Spoilers~
(Judgment Day T-minus 3 hours and counting.)
With Judgment Day just a few hours away, there is a real sense of anticipation backstage for tonight’s event, although as of right now, the outcome of one match is particular is still very much up for grabs.
Each member of tonight’s Fatal Four Way Match for the World Heavyweight Championship has their supporters backstage for them to leave San Diego as champion, with the creative team being charged to consider possible future matchups for all four men as champion. A retention by Batista seems to be the most popular choice, with the possibility of future defences for him against Umaga a mouth-watering prospect to drive SmackDown forward over the summer. However, the case for Chris Benoit has also been pushed strongly, with Vince McMahon himself leaning towards giving Benoit one last title run as a mark of respect for his contributions to the company before he heads off into the sunset this summer. Even if he doesn’t win tonight, Benoit is still expected to be heavily involved in the title scene until he departs the company. However, both Edge and Mr. Kennedy have gained a ton of momentum so far this year, with Edge winning the Royal Rumble and delivering a great performance against Batista at WrestleMania, while Kennedy was given a huge win over Ric Flair two months ago in Detroit. There has been particular weight behind Edge stealing a win tonight, while many would prefer a Kennedy title reign to be kicked off in a one on one match. As of right now, no concrete reports have been given as to who the winner will be, with no doubt all members of the creative pushing their particular favourites hard in the run up to the show.
Two matches with almost certain winners are the United States and Cruiserweight Championship bouts. Matt Hardy has been impressing everyone backstage so far in 2007, fully living up to the pressure placed upon him during his biggest singles push in his long tenure with the company. While The Miz is fully expected to be give a strong showing during their title match, there currently are no plans to take the title away from Hardy. As for the cruiserweight scene, a Bryan Danielson victory is almost certainly on the cards, with many feeling he can breathe new life into the division. While Gregory Helms has dominated as champion, many feel that after over a year as the division’s number one, it’s time for Helms to step aside and let someone new take over. As a reward for his contributions over the last year or so, Helms is set to be involved in title feuds further up the card, namely in the tag division with a yet to be named partner, or maybe even in a feud with his long-time friend, Matt Hardy. Either way, expect Helms to leave San Diego as a former champion.
With the tag team division heating up on Raw, the SmackDown writing team has been charged with doing the same on the blue brand, and so far many have been impressed with the subtle way in which Brian Kendrick has been developing his character over the last few weeks. Many feel that The Hooligans are in a similar boat to Gregory Helms, in that they have done such a good job of dominating their division for so long, that it’s finally time for them to step away from the titles, hence the reason for Kendrick’s arrogant actions in since WrestleMania. While he and London are expected to drop the titles sometime soon, it may not necessarily be tonight against The New Breed. One possible scenario being played out is for The Hooligans to retain tonight, and then drop the titles at the Great American Bash to two members of the newly formed Coachman Coalition. With the impressive names involved in Coachman’s group, it’s thought that the trio winning gold will happen sooner rather than later. With that in mind, the Coalition are strongly favoured to win tonight against The Extremists, with a win giving the new group a real boost of momentum to get them going in a positive direction.
Rey Mysterio’s return has generated a real buzz within the locker room, although it’s the surprising Chavo Guerrero who figures to emerge from this feud with his reputation enhanced. Chavo has pleased a lot of people backstage with the manner in which he has handled this feud, and his work over the last few weeks with regards to Mysteiro’s past opponents has caught the attention of Vince McMahon himself. While Mysterio is very much expected to win tonight to finally put this feud to bed, Chavo is expected to be kept strong in defeat, leading to more opportunities for him over the summer. The same however can’t be said for either Kane or Finlay, as both have been treading water since WrestleMania, hence the reason for their hastily thrown together feud. Although both men are considered valuable parts of the roster, neither is expected to challenge for gold any time soon. Expect either one of both of them to switch over to Raw during the upcoming WWE draft.
In signing news, the combination of Deuce and Domino are expected to debut on WWE at some point in the near future, with SmackDown looking like the preferred destination to further boost the ranks of the tag division on the blue brand. Negotiations have continued with independent female wrestler Amazing Kong, although she is now a part of a bidding war between both WWE and TNA. Rumours are that TNA are set to launch a woman’s division of their own soon, and they view Kong as potentially being the centrepiece of the division alongside former WWE diva Gail Kim. There is no word as of yet as to which way Kong is leaning, but both companies have indicated they wish to have her signed up at some point this summer. There has also been negotiations with Ring of Honor star Matt Sydal over Sydal possible joining the company. Although Sydal would no doubt initially be sent to OVW for seasoning, he is being viewed as a potential future star in the cruiserweight division, with Bryan Danielson even giving Sydal a strong recommendation to the talent division.
World Heavyweight Championship Fatal Four Way Match:
World Heavyweight Champion Batista vs. Chris Benoit vs. Edge vs. Mr. Kennedy
Last Man Standing Match:
Chavo Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio
United States Championship Match:
United States Champion Matt Hardy vs. The Miz
Cruiserweight Championship Match:
Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms vs. Bryan Danielson
WWE Tag Team Championships Match:
WWE Tag Team Champions The Hooligans vs. The New Breed
Finlay vs. Kane
Six Man Tag Team Match:
The Extremists vs. The Coachman Coalition
What will be the match order?
How many championships will change hands?
Who will take the fall in the Six Man Tag Team Match?
Will there be any surprise appearances? If yes, then by who?
What will be the longest match?
What will be the shortest match?
Will there be any blood shed? If so, which match(es)?