This Sunday, June 17th WWE presents No Way Out from East Rutherford, NJ. I have the feeling this is going to be a huge night for AJ as it's close to her hometown and she's been involved with a number of people, so possibly she could be around for a couple matches. I'm mentioning her in particular because of how her character has grown in recent weeks and how wonderfully she's been handling her character.
Ken Predicts - Pre-Show Match - Brodus Clay vs. David Otunga
It was one thing to feed Clay to Big Show, then not let him near Big Show or be fired. Then to feed Slater to Clay, but Otunga? I'm sorry, but this man just doesn't have it! He has an amazing physique, but dang his ring and mic work blow! As long as Clay's 'injury' isn't too bad, he's going to run through Otunga like a hot knife through buttah!
Ken's Predicted Winner – Funkasaurus
Stacy's Predicted Winner – Funkasaurus
Ken Predicts - Tuxedo Match - Santino Marella vs. Ricardo Rodriguez
This match is going to be fun! As I said in my little write up I did about meeting with Beth the other day, Ricardo has some great ring skills and has a lot in common with Santino. From seeing what we've seen from these two guys, this should be a lot of fun, but I hope we actually see some decent ring work from them as well. Up until this moment I figured that Santino had this in the bag, but I just thought about it and, well, Santino has been able to get the upper hand with Ricardo at every turn. Isn't it about time Ricardo come back at him and really give them something to feud about? ADR might be out for a bit, why not push a real feud between these two? On a whim I'm going to pick Ricardo, but we all know how my strange whims go when it goes to predicts, so don't expect this to happen!
Ken's Predicted Winner – Ricardo
Stacy's Predicted Winner – Santino
Ken Predicts - WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
- Christian (C) vs. Cody Rhodes
This is a hard one for me. I really like Cody and he needs to keep getting pushed up the ranks. Now that RAW is going to three hours weekly, they will need some bigger names to fill these holes and Cody should be one of these guys. He's really worked hard to get to this point in his career, will another PPV loss hurt him? Honestly, I don't think a loss to Christian will hurt him much right now. Christian is freshly returned and freshly strapped, so I think he's going to retain here. Will Cody cause a DQ of some sort? Either way, Christian will retain the strap.
Ken's Predicted Winner – Christian retains IC Title
Stacy's Predicted Winner – Christian
Ken Predicts - WWE Divas Championship Match - Layla (C) vs. Beth Phoenix
As much as I'd love to see Beth win, I doubt they'll book it that way. Of the two, Beth is much bigger, stronger and more dominant, but Layla just won the Title and I don't know as she'll be losing it any time soon. Unless Kharma's returning soon, in which case maybe Beth will win the Title... nope, I think Layla will keep it for now.
Ken's Predicted Winner – Layla
Stacy's Predicted Winner – Layla
Ken Predicts - World Heavyweight Championship Match - Sheamus (C) vs. Dolph Ziggler
I have to say that at the start of Smackdown I wondered if maybe Dolph could possibly win this, but the way he stole the win at the end and fled, I don't think he will. What I do hope Dolph does is really prove himself. Dolph needs to step up and show that he really is main event material. This is his big chance and he'd better grab it; prove that he should be at the top. While I really think Dolph deserves this spot a heck of a lot more than ADR does, I don't think he'll win this time around which sucks after the speech Punk gave about Dolph who keeps talking smack, keeps trying, but keeps failing. Having another big loss like this under his belt will blow, but I think he needs to move away from Vickie and from thinking like mid-card talent and do all he can to be at the top. I know he needs to prove himself in this match and I'll be shocked if he doesn't. Dolph has the skills, the charisma and the drive, now if he'd just bleach his roots!
I don't want to ignore Sheamus here as he is the World Heavyweight Champ, and he's been a lot more interesting recently. He's only had the Title for about a month and a half, and that's not really long in the grand scheme of things. I'm thinking Sheamus has what it takes to take care of Dolph in the then, but it will be quite the match!
Ken's Predicted Winner – Sheamus
Stacy's Predicted Winner – Sheamus
Ken Predicts - Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship - CM Punk (C) vs. Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
Stacy and I were discussing how they came up with the idea for AJ to become the 'crazy chick' character. What was it that made creative, or whoever, backstage that realized AJ would be great in this role? We're just wondering how it came about because each week AJ takes 'crazy chick' to a whole new level.
But who will come out on top and who will AJ mess with, or help win? And while Kane was just thrown into this to slap us around, is there a way he could come out on top? Stacy thinks so, but I'm not sure. As much as I love Punk, and that Kane was just tossed in as a straight up slap to the smarks, I'm really liking Kane in this. He hasn't had a direction in so long, nor has he received any hot Diva lovin' in quite a while. Though I have to say that adding AJ into his list just makes his first two 'romances' that much stranger. Will he lose this one to another man as well? Could Kane actually pull out another Title reign after having very few big Title runs in such an illustrious career? I'd love to see it, but I'm not sure.
But then is there a possibility that this is all a ruse and AJ is working with Bryan to mess with Punk and Kane's heads? But I don't think it will help if Bryan wins right now. Right now he runs around screaming "YES!", or he'll be Champ and run around and scream "YES!" I don't think it matters whether he's Champ or not, so I don't think strapping him at this moment will mean a whole lot.
That leaves Punk. Going in to this match he'll have been Champ 210 days, this time around. Total he will have 238 days, tying Taker for the 20th spot for combined days as Champ. Those are all pretty big numbers. But will this be the end of it for him? Since Punk has stepped up into the number two spot in the company some might say he doesn't need the Title to be BMOC, others might feel he needs the Title to stay in that spot. Personally, I don't, but I do think he will retain here. But I'm not going to guess who he pins to retain his Title.
Ken's Predicted Winner – Punk
Stacy's Predicted Winner – AJ tries to help Punk, and in the process Kane wins!
Ken Predicts - Steel Cage Match - If Big Show loses, John Laurinaitis is “fired.” If Cena loses, he is “fired.” - John Cena vs. Big Show
Stacy and I just had a big discussion about the last time Cena was 'fired'. Stacy thought it had been more recently that Cena was either fired or threatened to be fired, but I think the last time was with Nexus. So, does the WWE do the right thing and 'fire' Cena so he takes some time off to recuperate? Or, does WWE do the right thing and 'fire' Laurinaitis so we won't have to listen to his horrible voice or see his boring face? No matter which of them is 'fired' it isn't something that will last. So the biggest question is will the WWE, or VKM, force Cena to take time off and heal up a bit, or will he be allowed to fight through his (emotional and physical) pain while continue working? Laurinaitis, being 'Senior VP of Talent Relations' could have set up his own contract so that if he was fired something bad would happen. Then VKM would have to keep Laurinaitis around. Or Big Show could hire Laurinaitis as his manager. So, after all this, will Cena lose Sunday night? Will Big Show be vindicated after all the silly he's had to endure?
I don't think Big Show will ever be taken seriously if he loses this match, and after all these years, he sure deserves it. He can prove that he really is the man, plus then Laurinaitis will really run rampant over RAW and Smackdown. Besides, what does it all matter? VKM will finally step in, bring Cena back when he's ready and fire Laurinaitis – possibly completely.
Ken's Predicted Winner – Big Show
Stacy's Predicted Winner – Big Show, Cena goes on sabbatical
I'm hoping that No Way Out doesn't crash and burn as it's not one of the big four, and there's nothing huge an unusual at this PPV, though AJ is unusual for the Divas. Yes, I'm very focused on her as I think she'd going to be the biggest question mark of the night, even though I think VKM wishes that Big Show vs Cena was. I'm actually looking forward to a number of these matches, but nothing like I look forward to the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania. Make sure you stay checked in to WNW for results, and maybe come hang out with me in the Live Blog which is always gripping, if not absurd! So, who do you think will win which matches, and why?
KB & Stacy