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Old 07-08-2011, 12:39 PM   #148 (permalink)
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First of all, thank you so much for all the predictions received so far. Absolutely blown away by the volume of them, very much appreciated. Anyway, here is the afore-mentioned news piece. Show will be up on Sunday at some point I'm sure.

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~News, Notes and Spoilers~

With Saturday Night's Main Event mere hours away, there's a big time feel backstage at Madison Square Garden tonight as the company gears up for the final push towards Wrestlemania XXIII. Vince McMahon in particular is gearing up for the show in a big way, trying to lead by example with his efforts in the John Cena feud. With Vince and Shane facing Cena tonight, it's all but guaranteed that Cena's opponent will be revealed during the broadcast. Many names continue to be tossed around, including a late push being made for Triple H to be inserted into the scene. Vince had long wanted a Wrestlemania 26 rematch between the two, with the possible storyline being floated that should Triple H lose tonight, he will immediately turn heel and re-united with his in-laws for a McMahon Family partnership. This would then leave Rob Van Dam and Shawn Michaels to compete in the WWE Championship Match, while Cena and 'The Game' would be one of the featured matches on the undercard.

Officials backstage are reportedly pleased with the recent developments of both the tag team and cruiserweight divisions over on Smackdown. The arrival of Bryan Danielson has brought a great deal of excitement to the cruiserweight scene, and as of this moment a match between Danielson and Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms at Wrestlemania is a lock. As for the tag team division, the addition of Paul Burchill has breathed new life into The Bluebloods, La Resistance and The F.B.I are both set to have strong presences on the card, while the trio of Tommy Dreamer, Sabu and The Sandman, all thought to be on the way out of the company after the demise of ECW, have proven themselves as a solid lower card team. Further additions are on the way with the team of Elijah Burke and Monty Brown scheduled to debut before Wrestlemania, providing another set of challengers to The Hooligans.

With things going well on Smackdown, attention has now turned to developing the tag team scene on Raw. With the titles having been passed around between makeshift teams such as Rated-RKO and the current champions Ric Flair and Carlito, there's a real desire to return the titles to a more permanent fixture within the division. That would suggest a win tonight for Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin, but there have been rumours floating around that The Hart Legacy may debut as heels as win the titles on their first night with the company, much like the Spirit Squad did when they first debuted. Regardless, there is a determination to make more use of the division on Raw, with more teams set to follow The Hart Legacy and better use of Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch.

As of this moment, the Wrestlemania card calls for one Triple Threat Match. The questions remains whether it will take place for the World or United States Championship. With Edge and Batista already guaranteed to meet in Detroit, the campaign to insert Mr. Kennedy into the match has really gathered pace in recent weeks, as has been the way Kennedy has impressed lately. This would help further the issue between Flair and Kennedy that has been developing in recent weeks, with Flair firmly in the corner of 'The Animal' come Wrestlemania. Meanwhile, with Matt Hardy knowing he'll be facing the United States Champion at Wrestlemania, whoever that may be, there again has been talk of having both Benoit and Finlay involved in the match. If this plan doesn't come to fruition, expect the loser of tonight's Belfast Brawl to be one of the early favourites for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.

As of right now, there is very little chance in Kane being the man to end Umaga's defeated streak. The Undertaker IS in Madison Square Garden tonight, but officials are playing things very close to their chest. There has been talk of keeping 'Taker off our screens until Wrestlemania, and only having him return on the night to face Umaga. One interesting comment from one member of the creative was "There's a real sense of nostalgia with this feud...". What the means with regards to tonight remains to be seen. Another match with a fairly predictable outcome is the match between CM Punk and Mike Knox. Punk is almost guaranteed to win tonight, however officials are hoping that he can gain exposure from appearing on the big show, putting him nicely in the frame for a run at the Money in the Bank Ladder Match come Wrestlemania.

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Prediction Template:

Number One Contenders Tournament Final Match:
Winner will face Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania XXIII for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP

Triple H vs. Rob Van Dam

Steel Cage Handicap Match:
Mr. McMahon and Shane McMahon vs. John Cena

Last Chance Tag Team Match:
If Edge and Kennedy win, Kennedy will join Edge and Batista in a WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP Triple Threat Match at Wrestlemania XXIII

World Heavyweight Champion Batista and Matt Hardy vs. Edge and Mr. Kennedy

United States Championship Belfast Brawl:
United States Champion Finlay vs. Chris Benoit

World Tag Team Championship Match:
World Tag Team Champions Ric Flair and Carlito vs. The World's Greatest Tag Team

Four Way Elimination Match:
Winner will face Gregory Helms at Wrestlemania XXIII for the CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

Bryan Danielson vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Joey Mercury vs. Shannon Moore

Grudge Match:
Umaga vs. Kane

Grudge Match:
CM Punk vs. Mike Knox

Bonus Questions:

What will be the match order?
How many championships will change hands?
What will be the order of elimination in the Four Way Elimination 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 The Undertaker answer Armando Alejandro Estrada's challenge to appear tonight?


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See you Sunday.
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