Tuesday, 1 April 2014

ARCHIVED WRITING: Wrestlemania 25 predictions

The Showcase of the Immortals, the Grandest Stage of them All, The Big One, Wrestlemania 25 takes place this Sunday, April 5th 2009 and here’s who I think will be leaving Houston, Texas with a tick in the win column.

[NOTE: This archived post contains my original predictions for Wrestlemania 25, originally posted on the morning of April 5th, 2009.]

Tag Team Unification Bout

Next to Michaels/Undertaker, this is probably the one this blogger has been looking forward to the most.

Forget Triple H/Orton. Who cares about Show/Cena/Edge? Those who regular tune in to the blue brand will hopefully agree that Carlito, Primo, Miz and Morrison have the potential to provide a surprising highlight of the night.

Who’s going to win? Miz & Morrison of course. Or at least, they should.

The Dirt Sheet Duo have been on a role these past twelve months and a win here should further cement their status as the premier tandem in the company.

And if Carlito & Primo do somehow snatch a win, expect M & M to grab the straps somewhere down the line.

Regardless as to who wins this one, it should be a pretty entertaining affair.

Money in the Bank

This one is hard to pick, especially as I’m not all that interested in it.

What makes predicting a winner even harder is that the wrestler I think will win is at odds with the wrestler I want to win.

I really want MVP to walk away with the briefcase, simply because he’s fun to watch and I reckon he’d be great in the upper echelons of WWE.

That said, my gut instinct tells me CM Punk is going to win, transfer to Smackdown in the draft and get into something long term, hopefully with Edge.

The IWC seems to have their collective coffers on Christian, but I’m bucking the trend and going with the Straight Edge Superstar.

25 Divas Battle Royal

Let’s face it, nothing long term could be achieved by having a diva on a one-shot deal win this.

No, this one needs to go to someone active on the roster who could benefit. I don’t really care who wins, but the way things are going at the minute, I’m guessing it’s even going to be Michelle McCool or Maryse.

With a quick flip of the coin, I’m siding with Marsye.

Intercontinental Championship: JBL vs. Rey Mysterio

Does anyone even care about the IC title any more? It seems to change hands with every title defence.

Which is why I reckon JBL will buck the trend and walk away from his home state of Texas with the title still in tact.

Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy

The build up to this one has been pretty solid, though even still it isn’t a match I’m aching to see.

It should still be entertaining nonetheless, and I’m backing the younger Hardy snatching a victory after spending the bulk of the bout getting beaten up by his brother.

That way, Matt still gets a push simply be looking so dominant, but the crowds are left feeling happy with a win for the ever-popular Jeff.

Chris Jericho vs. The Legends.

Easy, all logic in the world would say Chris Jericho has to win this one.

It makes no sense to build him up as one of the most effective heels in the biz, only for him to loose to a bunch of old men.

And since this isn’t TNA, where whatever doesn’t make sense is usually want ends up happening, I’m picking Jericho to win.

Just think of the bragging rights a win would afford him here. Sure, he’ll only end up beating three old dudes, but these are three old dudes held in high reverence by the wrestling world.

So, Jericho to win, but to then please the crowds by getting attacked by Flair, Piper, Snuka and Steamboat.

Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker

Above all others, this is the match everyone wants to see at ‘Mania, and if I were Michaels or ‘Taker, I’d be praying to God that the match could live up to everyone’s expectations.

As for the result, surely that’s already a forgone conclusion?

HBK has looked awesome in the hype for this one, and he should benefit from that alone without needing to win.

Meanwhile, The Dead Man must surely want vengeance. More's the point, for as long as Undertaker is still active, his Wrestlemania streak should be kept in tact.

That way, WWE creative already have a ready-made storyline for many Wrestlemanias to come.

World Heavyweight Championship: Edge vs. John Cena vs. Big Show

After Cena was pinned clean by Big Show on this Monday’s WWE Raw, many have predicted that this is a sure sign of him walking away with the Big Gold Belt come Sunday.

I beg to differ, and I’d bet the bank on Edge retaining.

I don’t know why, but whenever Edge wins a big match, it always seems to come as a complete surprise, and what better place to deliver the unexpected than at Wrestlemania 25?

Sure, Cena bagging the gold would make for one of those ‘Wrestlemania Moments’ The Big ‘E are so fond of, but so too would a shock win for the Rated R Superstar, especially if includes a cameo from Christian.

WWE Championship: Triple H vs. Randy Orton

Plain and simple, I’m going with Triple H. The McMahon clan have had their backsides handed to them by Randy Orton and his pair of whipping boys lately, it’s time they got their revenge.

And besides, there could be much more mileage in this one.

To surmise then, here’s my picks:

Tag Team Unification: Miz & Morrison
Money in the Bank: CM Punk
Divas Battle Royal: Maryse
IC Title: JBL
Hardy vs. Hardy: Jeff
Jericho vs. Legends: Jericho
Michaels vs. Taker: Undertaker
World Heavyweight Championship: Edge
WWE Championship: Triple H

0 comments:

Post a Comment

Retro Pro Wrestling

New reviews of classic WWF/WWE events recalling every moment from Wrestlemania 1 - 30. You'll also find reviews of WCW, ECW, TNA and the occasional indie event, along with a look at old school magazines, merchandise and more.