Re: Being The Booker
This is gonna be predictions with a fair amount of feedback thrown in. You've been going at a mega pace lately, and I'm delighted we've got a PPV so soon after your return. Anyway, onto the picks...
!!ELIMINATION CHAMBER MATCH!!
Randy Orton vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Batista vs. Garrison Cade vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Paul London
6.~ Choose the sixth and final entrant ~
The build for this one has really been top notch, and in a stark contrast to SummerSlam, SmackDown has really outshone Raw lately. The dynamic of the characters involved have lent themselves so well, with the rise of London, the dominance of Lesnar, the expansion of Batista's role and his little side feud with The Undertaker, Cade emerging from being Orton's lackey for much of the year, so much going on, and it's been so entertaining to read. Add into it the Elimination Chamber stipulation, it's all been great stuff in the main event scene on the blue brand. Perhaps Orton, as champion, has almost taken a back seat to it all as the focus has been more on his challengers, but for me, that makes him even more dangerous to hang onto his title. I'm ruling out London, I doubt you'd go for a double champion, and I just don't see Cade or Van Dam as champion, although if you don't go back to London/MVP, I'd love to see a program between London and Cade. Batista... I think he has 'The Deadman' in his sights... and maybe even a heel turn? Either way, his future seems brighter, but again, away from the title. So that leaves Orton and Lesnar. And I'm torn. I still get a feeling you'll return to Orton and a feud with Ric Flair, especially given your recent news posting about 'Naitch', but would that involve the title or not? I'm gonna say not... but I feel you'll save that for a few more months. And that's why I'm going for a Randy Orton win here. I think he'll somehow hang on, by hook or by crook, it'll come down to Orton and Lesnar and somehow, someway, Orton will retain. I do however think that eventually, it'll be Orton and Lesnar one on one and Lesnar will finally grab the gold... but not tonight. I do however think Brock Lesnar will be the sixth entrant, but tonight's won't be his night.
5.World Heavyweight Championship Match;
~ CHOOSE THE SPECIAL GUEST REFEREE ~
Christian vs. Kurt Angle
~ Mr. Kennedy OR Rey Mysterio OR Eric Bischoff ~
While the build for the Raw main event hasn't quite been on the level of SmackDown, there is definitely a bigger sense of intrigue on the red brand given the referee stipulation. Angle is a pretty natural choice for challenger, given his wins over Cena and Mysterio, he certainly deserves his shot. However, given that it's the 'fans' that are making the choice, I doubt we'll be seeing Kennedy or Bischoff getting the nod. Therefore, I'm going for Rey Mysterio as referee. As for the winner, I just can't see past Christian retaining the title. I just think he's been booked as the poster boy of Raw, and rightly so. My only concern would be that after beating Umaga, just who on earth could he ever drop the gold to? But yeah, for Cyber Sunday, Christian retains.
2.WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match:
The Brian Kendrick vs. Jamie Noble OR Super Crazy OR Chavo Guerrero OR Evan Bourne OR Kid Kash OR Sonjay Dutt OR Daivari OR Elix Skipper OR X-Pac OR Scotty Too Hotty
Your approach to this one has been pretty interesting, especially with the various promos and the way you've given everybody a chance to state their case over the last few weeks. The arrival of X-Pac onto the scene was rather strange though, as have most of Arn Anderson's signings. I'm not sure exactly where you're going with this all, and I certainly don't think Anderson has taken full advantage of this signing period available to him, but I'll hang fire to hear what Jesse Ventura has to say about it all soon. Anyway, back to the match. I think that given his performance in the gauntlet match last Friday, Jamie Noble will be the fans choice to take on Kendrick, but Kendrick has been such an awesome character in this thread. His build and progression over the summer has been superb, so many subtle touches that have saw his character develop, it's been a real lesson in the slow burn turn. And that's why I'm going for The Brian Kendrick to win. Just too good, and he deserves much longer with the gold.
1.Intercontinental Championship Match:
William Regal vs. Ken Doane OR CM Punk OR Greg Helms OR Paul Burchill OR Christopher Daniels OR Doug Williams OR The Miz OR Cody Rhodes OR Charlie Haas OR The 2007 King of the Ring; Brent Albright
I'll be honest, I look at that SmackDown chamber and I think, that spot Cade has... wouldn't that have been perfect for Brent Albright? I mean, he's won the King of the Ring, what better way to progress his career by involving him in a title match? Granted, I'm sure he and Haas are needed in the tag division on Raw, but at times I feel like Albright has taken a backwards step. But then again, you look at that list of competitors, and it should really be Albright who is Regal's next challenger, and he should be the one to take the title off Regal and have another solid midcard title reign. But, tonight, I think it'll CM Punk the fans choose for a real stiff face v face match. I think William Regal will retain, but if you're not gonna give the belt back to Shelton Benjamin anytime soon, then it's gotta be Albright who emerges as Regal's next challenger.
4.All … or Nothing??
Edge vs. The Undertaker
~ Winner faces WWE Champion @ Smackdown Season Premiere OR Loser is forbidden a title shot for 12 months ~
I honestly haven't a clue who's gonna win this one. Really. I mean, Edge, he's been so unlucky both in thread and in your booking not to become champion so far. And then throw in this stipulation choice. I really don't know which way the fans/you would go. Surely Edge won't beat 'Taker on two straight PPVs. But then again surely you wouldn't ban Edge from title shots for a year. And then there's The Undertaker and Batista situation that's simmering. Was what you said, too many variables? I'm really struggling with this, a credit to the way you've booked it, it could go either way. I think though that ultimately you'll go for Loser is forbidden from a title match for 12 months, and... The Undertaker will win. And Edge will ever so slowly go insane. But I could easily be 100% wrong here.
Shawn Michaels vs. Umaga
~ Samoan Strap Match OR Ambulance Match OR Stretcher Match ~
Given that Umaga has finally suffered that first defeat, the intrigue and mystique around him has naturally taken a dip. Granted, the way you've used him on Raw and loooked to rebuild it has been impressive, but Michaels is back, and he has all the momentum. I think given the way Michaels was removed from action all those months ago that we'll have a Stretcher Match, and somehow, Shawn Michaels wins. I don't know how, it could be some kind of fluke, but I dunno if you'd bring Michaels back and have him lose again. So yeah, Michaels wins, and maybe Umaga takes some time away to recharge his character.
~ AND, WILL JOHN CENA SIGN FOR SMACKDOWN?? ~
I thought for sure he would indeed sign with SmackDown, until I read that promo from Bischoff on Raw where he called out Cena for running from problems. For me, that turned back in Raw's favour. Cena's one of those guys who's never backed away from a fight, and that's why I think he's staying put. I do wonder where he'll go character wise, and that's what makes me think he could well jump to SmackDown... but that promo, it's stuck in my mind ever since I read it. From a storyline point of view, it makes all the sense in the world for Cena to go to SmackDown and pursue pastures new... but I just think he'll hang around. And maybe even rue that decision in the future... leading to a heel turn? Please?
1) Predict which wrestlers/matches/stipulations will be voted for (12 points) Yip.
2) Predict the winners (6 points) Done.
3) Predict the match order (6 points) Yuh huh.
4) Predict the order of elimination in the Elimination Chamber (5 points)Cade, Van Dam, London, Batista, Lesnar
5) Will John Cena sign with Smackdown or remain on Raw?? Raw (2 points)
6) What will be the longest match?? *ELIMINATION CHAMBER NOT INCLUDED* (2 points)Michaels/Umaga
7) What will be the shortest match?? Cruiserweight Title(2 points)