• Over/Under

    Over/Under: 10/28/2013

    Is it possible to predict the future of the wrestling world? Given that ‘plans change’ might as well be the official motto of the WWE, this might be easier said than done, but in Over/Under, we’re still gonna try!

    Each week, we’ll choose five scenarios and then predict how likely they are to come true, by saying whether it’s ‘over’ (i.e. we think it’s over the odds that it’ll happen) or ‘under’ (i.e. we think it’s under the odds). As usual, members of the site @TimWelcomed@typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett are on hand to embarrass themselves by being the ones to make the predictions.

    Summerslam 2014: The date that at least one member of The Shield will split off from the group.

    The Shield are nearing the one year anniversary of their debut. One of the strongest WWE factions ever, when exactly will they split up?

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    Tim:

    Seth Rollins will be the first out of The Shield. I’m kind of ready to see him or Ambrose break off and do their own things but also kind of sad about it because Rollins and Reigns are much needed in the tag team division. I can see this happening real soon. Maybe even in time for Wrestlemania.

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    typicalROHfan:

    The Shield breakup is coming sooner rather than later in my guesstimation. I think around the Royal Rumble, Seth Rollins will leave or get kicked out. Everyone can tell he’s a much better babyface and a match with him as face vs. heel Ambrose is something I’d LOVE to see at Wrestlemania 30. Either way, I see Rollins being the person to be split off and I see it happening well before Summerslam.

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    Tom:

    I’m going to say no – it’s inevitable, but Summerslam just feels a little too soon. With three ‘core’ teams in The Shield, The Usos and The Rhodeseseses, the tag division seems to finally have settled into a nice groove, and the only team I see splitting within the next few months is Cody and Goldust.  I’m assuming Rollins is the one who’ll receive the eventual face turn, but I don’t know what he’ll be once they take him out of the tactical gear – he’s so good that I’m sure he’ll be fine in the long run, but it’d just be a shame to see him Ted Dibiase-ing after a Shield split. While there’s plenty of time between now and Summerslam to give him more of a character and a purpose to oppose the other two, they’re so strong as a team right now that I think they could go another year without needing to be divided.

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    Over/Under: 9/23/2013

    Is it possible to predict the future of the wrestling world? Given that ‘plans change’ might as well be the official motto of the WWE, this might be easier said than done, but in Over/Under, we’re still gonna try!

    Each week, we choose five scenarios and predict how likely they are to come true, by saying whether it’s ‘over’ (i.e. we think it’s over the odds that it’ll happen) or ‘under’ (i.e. we think it’s under the odds). With usual site member @TomBlackett on sabbatical, we have @BradWardFGN here to replace him for the week. He’ll join usual members of the site @TimWelcomed and @typicalROHfan to embarrass themselves by being the ones to make the predictions.

    January 26, 2014: The date John Cena returns

    The rumors are that John Cena will return at the Royal Rumble, which is slated for January 27, 2014. Cena has a history of returning from injuries way earlier than expected.

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    Tim:

    John Cena always comes back early but I think he’ll be back at the Royal Rumble this year. I don’t dislike Cena at all but I have enjoyed him not being around for a bit. He needed some rest anyway.

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    typicalROHfan:

    John Cena‘s history of injuries usually result in a shockingly early return but I don’t see it happening this time. Due to being older in age, protecting him for Wrestlemania and the current storyline going on.

    With someone important (Triple H) involved in the feud, I think the boss (Triple H) will give them (Triple H) more faith in running time until Cena comes back around the time of the Royal Rumble giving a bit more time to get ready for WM season.

    My prediction would be Cena is hyped to return at the Royal Rumble but ends up getting eliminated via underhanded tactics by Triple H’s group leading to either a WM match vs. Orton for the title or vs. Triple H in an attraction match.

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    BradWardFGN:

    This is a weird one because you have Sheamus returning around the same time frame and you want to give the Cena Wrestlemania feud enough time as possible.

    For that reason, I think Cena may return later. I think he’ll return the day after Royal Rumble.

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    Over/Under: 9/9/2013

    Is it possible to predict the future of the wrestling world? Given that ‘plans change’ might as well be the official motto of the WWE, this might be easier said than done, but in Over/Under, we’re still gonna try!

    Each week, we’ll choose five scenarios and then predict how likely they are to come true, by saying whether it’s ‘over’ (i.e. we think it’s over the odds that it’ll happen) or ‘under’ (i.e. we think it’s under the odds). As usual, members of the site @TimWelcomed@typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett are on hand to embarrass themselves by being the ones to make the predictions.

    9.5: Total Triple H appearances on RAW tonight.

    With the corporate heel Hunter as dean of the WWE Universe, he makes many appearances. Counting live promos, backstage segments, recaps and any other form of short haired Triple H, we’ve set the total appearances for him on tonight’s Raw at 9.5.

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    Tim:

    OVER. OVER. OVER. There’s not many words that describe The Cerebral Assassin quite like “over.” He knows they love him as a good guy or a bad guy so he’ll give The WWE Universe what they want. I’m going to say that we’ll see Triple H a record breaking sixteen times tonight. Recap videos, backstage segments with Stephanie McMahon and/or Vince McMahon, In-ring promos… There are so many chances to see The Game tonight that the world HAS to tune in. Oh, and I’m sure he’ll humiliate Goldust in some way.
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    typicalROHfan:

    I’m going with the OVER because The King of Kings is OVER as a ratings juggernaut, brother. With Monday Night Football returning and ratings significantly declining last two weeks, there’s only one solution. More Triple H. My predictions are at least two promo segments (one opening, one closing and likely one with Edge), at least five backstage segments and at least four highlight video packages of things he said this or last week. ESPN may have a football “game” but do they have THE Game? I don’t think so. I’m going with 10-13 HHH appearances tonight.
    OVER.

    Tom:

    Call me an optimist, but I’m going for under. Even though Triple H might be set on being the focus of the show, I’m hoping he also realises that an ULTRASTAR (copyright Brad Ward) of his magnitude needs to limit his appearances. Always keep them wanting more, y’know? Now, there is literally no historical evidence that demonstrate that philosophy as being one The (sigh) King of Kings believes in, but man, I really, really want to enjoy Raw tonight! Edge and Goldust are both returns I’m actually looking forward to, so I don’t want to be chased away to playing video games just so Triple H can further cement ‘best for business’ as a t-shirt worthy catchphrase!
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    Over/Under: Week One

    Is it possible to predict the future of the wrestling world? Given that ‘plans change’ might as well be the official motto of the WWE, this might be easier said than done, but in Over/Under, we’re still gonna try!

    Each week, we’ll choose five scenarios and then predict how likely they are to come true, by saying whether it’s ‘over’ (i.e. we think it’s over the odds that it’ll happen) or ‘under’ (i.e. we think it’s under the odds). As usual, members of the site @TimWelcomed@typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett are on hand to embarrass themselves by being the ones to make the predictions.

    0.5: The total WWE Title runs Triple H has left.

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    Tim:

    Triple H is known to always want the spotlight. Putting himself in the middle of whatever the hot storyline is at the moment is his thing. He could easily slip back into the title picture but will he? I don’t think he would.

    Triple H may be very noticeably egotistical but I think he has good enough sense to not put the strap back around his waist. I might just be delusional and full of hopeful wishes, but I really believe that even he knows that would be too much. I do see him being involved in at least a thousand more storylines, however.
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    typicalROHfan:

    Currently Triple H is in a non wrestling role, both on television and on the business side. That means he can’t possibly have another WWE title run, right? Wrong! You know….. Brock Lesnar, the unbeatable beast of a being? The Game slayed the beast on the grandest stage of them all!

    More importantly in that match, the Triple H retirement stipulation was lifted. This means he (or his nanny) isn’t putting away his boots any time soon. Given his reputation and history, would it really shock you if he was the WWE champ again? In fact, I can realistically see this Orton run flopping and HHH getting the title off Bryan or Cena in 2014 so New Age Corporation 2.0 can work, brother. Hide your water bottles because I’m going with the over as HHH will have at least one more title reign.
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    Tom:

    This is a tricky one. On the one hand, there’s absolutely nothing stopping Triple H from having another run or two because ‘it’d get great heat, brother’. There’s also really no sell-by date on when a megalomaniac can decide to award himself a belt – if 60 year old Vince can become champion, then why not Triple H in twenty years?

    However, I can also see Triple H using his lack of future title runs as evidence that he’s ‘passed the torch’ or whatever, even though I fully expect him to be main eventing over the actual champion at numerous points in the future. Belts don’t mean anything when you’re booking yourself at the top of the card.
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