By: Troy Boesen
We're already on the heels of another WWE SmackDown-only Pay-Per-View. Here are my predictions this time around.
The Build: AJ Styles...BEAT John Cena. AJ Styles…BEAT Dean Ambrose. Dean Ambrose got a rematch, and AJ Styles…BEAT Dean Ambrose. So now we have a triple threat match. There is no other reason given to why these two are getting another title shot.
My Pick: AJ Styles. Ambrose is leaving to film a straight to the $5 bin at your local car wash WWE film, and Cena is heading to host a terrible reality show. This is good news for Styles, who gets to keep the belt warm until there is a large enough break in Cena’s schedule for him to hold the belt for more than two weeks.
The Build: Alexa Bliss won a femme fatal five way match to be #1 contender and spent the next few weeks out talking Becky Lynch despite Lynch giving the best promos of her career. This feud has been the best women’s feud on either show.
My Pick: Becky Lynch. I love Alexa, and her time will come, but Becky needs to run with the title for a while to prove she belongs on top. Mmmm...Becky on top... Excuse me a second.
The Build: Now that I cleaned up, Slyno (As The Rundown calls them) AKA Beauty and the Man Beast (as we refuse to call them) won the belts over the Usos. The Usos have begun to build up their heel persona and have done something few WWE Superstars are willing to do, change their move set.
My Pick: The Usos. This was fun with Slyno and all, but it’s time to get serious. Plus, The Usos feuding with American Alpha (now that they have some actual adversity to overcome instead of just “we are happy to be here oh thank you for these title belts”) will be great.
The Build: Ziggler keeps talking about how nothing is handed to him despite the fact that he has had a title opportunity at both SmackDown Live PPVs now. The Miz continues to be awesome. Ziggler decided to put his career on the line to get one last title shot. A guy wants the midcard belt so much that he is willing to retire for the chance to hold it. That is how you make a belt feel special.
My Pick: The Miz. I feel like Ziggler will take a few months off and return with a brand new gimmick. Maybe even a brand new name (doubt it). Ziggler should return to SmackDown Live, as he has helped make the brand feel special.
The Build: After Matt Hardy beat his brother Jeff, The Hardy Boys both became broken. Then…Oh wait, wrong spoopy, campy shit. Bray Wyatt has yet to look strong at the end of any segment. He sent out Rowan, who was instantly RKO’d. Orton has stood tall at the end of every segment. That is not the way to build a strong feud. Bray sent Orton on a scavenger hunt, and he locked Erick Rowan in a closet. Randy Orton then put on a sheep mask and sang while rocking in Bray’s chair. Then Kevin Dunn’s giant teeth hit a button, and suddenly Bray Wyatt was back in the chair but there was no audio. How is this guy still employed?
My Pick: Randy Orton. Cause fuck Bray Wyatt.
The Build: Carmella cost Nikki Bella a title shot during the fatal five way. Before that, Carmella turned heel on Nikki. The two have been booked with every other member of the roster around them but can’t stay away from each other.
My Pick: Carmella. The ability to put young talent over can be sexually transmitted. Carmella can then go on to feud with Becky next.
The Build: Jack Swagger got beat so bad by Jinder Mahal that he left RAW in shame. He then interrupted Baron Corbin as he was administering a hate crime. Jumping Jack Swagger looked terrified of Corbin, but the two will fight!
My Pick: Jack Swagger. Yes, I know. But I feel like they want to see what they have with Jack. I’ll give you a hint. It’s Jack Shit.
The Build: Dank Memes Curt Hawkins has been doing increasingly dumb vignettes directly next to his chocolate starfish. Now he gets fed a jobber or enhancement talent.
My Pick: Memekins.
What are your thoughts? Post your predictions in the comments section below!
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