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    ROH Final Battle 2014 Preview and Predictions

    ROH Final Battle in NYC. It’s probably going to snow that night.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeySplashwater, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

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    Mark Briscoe vs. Hanson vs. Jimmy Jacobs vs. Caprice Coleman

    Joey:

    Typical fun match to get guys on the show. These happen frequently in ROH and often delivers as a nice opener. Hanson has been wonderful to watch this year and I think he has to get the victory here.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Hanson wins.

    Tim:

    This should be a nice opener. Don’t have much to say about it besides I think Hanson should win this one. He’s been a delight. Also, Jimmy Jacobs is a personal favorite of mine.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Hanson wins

    Tom:

    Alright, Final Battle! Despite being an NYC resident, I’m not going to the show. The venue’s weirdly awkward to get to, it seems badly set-up in terms of seating and the ticket pricing is just wacky (I’m not paying $20 to stand up to watch wrestling, NO CHANCE). Man, I miss Hammerstein.

    However, even in spite my whining, I’ll still likely order it because the last one was a good laugh (and my ROH PPV party pictures are testament to that):

    Great times. ANYWAY, THIS MATCH. ROH fourways are generally an enjoyable mess, and I’m sure this one will continue that trend.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Hanson wins.

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    Survivor Series 2014 Preview and Predictions

    A wise human once said “you get what you pay for.”

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeySplashwater, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

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    Fandango vs. someone on the pre-show

    Joey:

    I like Johnny Curtis but the gimmick has no legs. Somehow Fandango has gone down in valet quality through the years and is at a new low with Rosa Mendes.

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Fandango wins.

    Tim:

    Two of my least favorite wrestlers in a match. Fandango? Nah. Horrible character. Someone? Nah again. Have you seen their haircut? Total jobbers here. I’ll be skipping the pre-show getting myself pumped for the actual event. Who will survive this series? Probably not me.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Someone wins.

    Tom:

    I fucking love Fandango, though mostly as a commentary presence. I still think back to him doing a Fonzie impression on a Raw a few months ago and it just being the most amazing thing. No idea what this is all about but I can confirm that it’s one of the few things I’m looking forward to.

    Interest Level: 9/10
    Prediction: Fandango is amazing.

    Team Paige (Paige, Cameron, Layla and Summer Rae) vs. Team Fox (Alicia Fox, Emma, Naomi and Natalya)

    Joey:

    Good grief. Maybe it will turn into Paige vs. Naomi.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Team Paige wins.

    Tim:

    Paige has three good opponents on the other team in Naomi, Nattie, and Emma. It doesn’t matter though. This match will be quick and oh my god at the roll-ups.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Team Paige wins.

    Tom:

    Alicia Fox is a goodie now? What’s going on? WHAT’S GOING ON?

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Everyone gets eliminated in about four minutes.

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    Bound For Glory 2014 Preview and Predictions

    We swear this PPV is happening on Sunday. This is not a weird prank.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeySplashwater, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

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    Samoa Joe vs. Low Ki vs. Kaz Hayashi for the X Division Championship

    Joey:

    This is probably the only match I’d look forward to if I watch the show, which I’m not even sure if I will or not. Joe and Low Ki had a really good match at a live TV taping I went to and I have fond memories of Kaz Hayashi.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Samoa Joe wins.

    Tim:

    This match should be entertaining and it looks really good on paper, especially when written next to the rest of the card. Probably the only reason to see this show. I used to enjoy Kaz Hayashi while Joe and Low Ki can definitely deliver the goods.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Samoa Joe wins.

    Tom:

    FINALLY. Everyone knows I am the Internet’s foremost authority on puroresu and, after over a year of having to talk about PG PUSSY BULLSHIT BABY WRESTLING, I finally get to to discuss a show that honours the ‘King of Sports’. TNA’s taking it to the next level with this show and I’m so happy to be alive to witness it.

    Samoa Joe and Low Ki are both gaijins but they are about as close as you can get to being a Japanese worker without actually being Japanese. Kaz Hayashi is a flawless human being. THIS WILL BE INCREDIBLE!

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: Kaz Hayashi wins.

    The Great Muta and Tajiri vs. The Great Sanada and James Storm

    Joey:

    I’d be interested in this if TNA didn’t take away a lot of fun that was Sanada. James Storm is whack these days.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Muta and Tajiri wins.

    Tim:

    I can not begin to give one bit of my attention to James Storm. The Great Muta is always nice to see but I don’t expect anything interesting from him. Sanada doesn’t get me excited the way he used to. TNA has a way of doing that to characters. Tajiri will be is okay, I guess. I used to love him but I don’t really care here.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: The Great Sanada and James Storm win.

    Tom:

    Tajiri was corrupted from his years of working in the West but I now consider him a puro master. Sanada is an incredible young talent who shows a LOT of fighting spirit (CRUCIAL!)

    I keep having to re-read The Great Muta’s name because I can’t believe he’s on this show. He is a legend of Japanese wrestling and I will be in tears by the end of this bout (NOT ASHAMED).

    Interest Level: 9/10 (had to knock one off for that disgusting alcoholic, James Storm)
    Prediction: The Great Muta and Tajiri win.

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    PWG BOLA 2014 Preview and Predictions

    PWG BOLA featuring just about all the best indie wrestlers in the world. What do we think about it?

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeySplashwater, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

    We will be breaking down the listed matches and our predictions for the final four.

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    Brian Cage vs. Bobby Fish

    Joey:

    Bobby Fish is one of my favorites and I’m hoping he does well in PWG. Not the typical PWG guy (doesn’t do flips and dives – YEAH, I SAID IT!) but I think he’ll have a standout performance.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Brian Cage wins.

    Tim:

    I’m glad Bobby Fish is in PWG. He is going to upset PWG mainstay Brian Cage simply because I do not care for Brian Cage these days. That’s how booking predictions work now. Should be an interesting match-up!

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Bobby Fish wins.

    Tom:

    ALRIGHT, THERE’S A FUCKING SHITLOAD OF MATCHES SO LET’S GET THROUGH THESE. Brian Cage is a big strong dude! Bobby Fish is a fucking hipster! It’s a match made in heaven.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Brian Cage wins.

    Cedric Alexander vs. Trevor Lee

    Joey:

    Both guys are the top breakout stars on the indie wrestling scene this year. I think PWG is going to push Trevor Lee to the moon, especially with him being “PWG made” in the grand scheme of indie wrestling, not having a presence in ROH or DGUSA.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Trevor Lee wins.

    Tim:

    Trevor Lee is pretty great and I think PWG is getting behind him as a featured player. Cedric Alexander is still growing and is already an exquisite pro wrestler. I’m heavily looking forward to this one.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Trevor Lee wins.

    Tom:

    I’m a bit behind in my PWG so I’ve only seen a little Trevor Lee so far. it definitely seems like he’s being positioned to be a big deal, given he was the recipient of Steen’s last match, but who knows, man. Who knows.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Trevor Lee wins.

    Biff Busick vs. Roderick Strong

    Joey:

    I like Biff Busick but have wanted to see more of him in promotions I watch regularly so this makes me happy. Not a huge fan of Roderick Strong’s singles matches but this is a pairing I’m interested in.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Roderick Strong wins.

    Tim:

    Buff Busick is a favorite of mine and have been wanting to see him in PWG for quite some time. I don’t really have a problem with him wrestling Strong because their styles will match up well. There could’ve been a more interesting pick for his match.  Hopefully he’ll get to stick around because there are some very interesting match-ups for him in PWG.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Roderick Strong wins.

    Tom:

    *whispers* Hey, I haven’t seen any Biff Busick matches! Don’t tell no-one! Anyway, without the benefit of knowing what ol’ Biff’s deal is, this is just a Roddy match to me and it’s therefore impossible to be too excited. SORRY DUDES AND ALSO BIFF! I HOPE I END UP LIKING YOU A BUNCH!

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Roddy wins

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    Summerslam 2014 Preview and Predictions

    Summerslam. On the WWE Network. Insert overdone $9.99 joke.

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    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeySplashwater, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

    Cesaro vs. Rob Van Dam (pre-show match)

    Joey:

    RVD and Jericho should just form a tag team of old guys fans love who aren’t as good as they used to be. Put them against the Uso’s and Cesaro against Wyatt. I just saved Summerslam. Boom.

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: RVD wins because Cesaro has to lose.

    Tim:

    Well… at least Cesaro has a match? They’re sure making that Andre The Giant trophy cry.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Cesaro wins.

    Tom:

    Welcome to the Attitude Era, Cesaro, YAH BASTARD!!!

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Robert Van Daminator wins with one of his spectacular moves from 1999.

    The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship

    Joey:

    I can’t get into this feud but Ziggler has been on a roll lately. Miz is still the lamest. Ziggler’s in ring talent will probably help the match over-deliver but I don’t have any excitement or interest in this one.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: The Miz wins.

    Tim:

    Not invested in this one at all. I’m sure Dolph Ziggler will make this a little better of a match. Not really much else to say about it besides that Miz still isn’t doing anything for me. I’m sure he’s going to retain the title. That’s what is best for Dolph anyway.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: The Miz wins.

    Tom:

    Man, fuck this show. I’m not looking forward to this match. Are you? If so, why? Is it because you still like seeing Ziggler bounce around and do stuff? Is it because Miz is wearing sunglasses now? Please let me know ASAP.

    Interest Level: 1/10
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    WWE Battleground 2014 Preview and Predictions

    This is a PPV that’s happening.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeySplashwater, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

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    Cameron vs. Naomi on the kick-off show

    Joey:

    I have to be honest. I probably won’t even watch this match. Naomi is one of the most entertaining female in ring performers in the world right now but Cameron is easily one of the worst. In fact, she’s actually more awful than Naomi is good.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Naomi wins

    Tim:

    Cameron is pretty hard to watch. Naomi is one of the best but I can’t do this to myself. Maybe Naomi can carry Cameron to something decent, though I doubt it. I also could not care less about them breaking up.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Naomi wins

    Tom:

    TOTAL DIVAS’ FIFTH MOST INTERESTING DUO* EXPLODES AS CAMERON FINALLY SAYS ‘GIRL BYE’ TO NAOMI!!! It’s cool that there’s, like, three TV storylines involving Divas right now but this is probably the worst of them. I’m glad that Naomi’s ditching Cameron so she can do good things as a singles wrestler, so I guess this match is a necessary evil.

    *The top four are as follows:

    Naomi and Whichever Uso It Is That She’s Married To
    Nikki and Cena
    Brie and Bryan
    Cameron and Her Weirdo Boyfriend

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Naomi wins. Brad Ward tweets ‘Boy Bye’ again.

    Rusev vs. Jack Swagger

    Joey:

    If you told me two months ago, I’d be excited for a Jack Swagger vs. Rusev match, I’d tell you that you were out of your mind. Amazing how much blind patriotism from a regressed fan base can do for a wrestling character. However, both guys have momentum and I’m interested to see how this plays out. I can see a DQ or count out finish to prolong this to Summerslam but I’m still gonna pick Rusev.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Rusev wins.

    Tim:

    I have a lot of problems with the wayJack  Swagger and Zeb Colter are faces now without ever once really apologizing for their past. The racist group quits saying racist things aloud for a couple of promos? Other countries are bad? Let’s cheer these men! The crowd pops for Swagger now so I guess I have to deal with it. I like Rusev and Lana is amazing. I assume they’ll have to tone down the politics of the Russian group but we shall see.

    I’m interested in Rusev matches but I don’t care about Swagger matches at all. Rusev has to win here to maintain momentum. This match has a lot of excitement around it but I think it’s been pretty poor in execution if you really look outside of the loud “yeah, America” cheap pops it’s been soliciting.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Rusev wins

    Tom:

    It’ll be interesting to see how they handle Rusev after the tragedy earlier in the week – I’m guessing they might ease up on the Putin references a little, but otherwise, I’m hoping they carry on with their shtick.

    Anyway, the match. Man, Swagger ain’t too hot, but Rusev has been pretty good fun in his last few PPV matches so I’m hoping it’ll stay the course of the last few shows – short, explosive and messy. Wait, that sounds completely gross and like I’m setting up for some kind of a terrible joke about ejaculation, but I’m NOT, honest.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Rusev wins.

    AJ Lee vs. Paige for the Divas Championship

    Joey:

    I’m enjoying this Divas feud for the first time in a while. It’s kind of cool that fans are picking sides and it feels like a real rivalry which hasn’t happened for the WWE female wrestlers since Lita vs. Trish. I’m not a Paige fan yet and I enjoy AJ Lee much more so I’m hoping she gets the win but the feud continues. I doubt they’ll do another title change here so I’m leaning towards picking AJ Punk.

    Interest Level: 9/10
    Prediction: AJ Lee wins.

    Tim:

    A diva’s feud I’m interested in! It hasn’t been enough but it’s definitely helped flesh out Paige’s character a little and AJ really is just great at her job. I think if we get a more aggressive Paige here this match could be great  I don’t think the feud needs to end here because it’s helping Paige so much. Keep it going until Summerslam!

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: AJ wins

    Tom:

    Frenemies! They’re frenemies? Did you know they’re frenemies? Frenemies is a word that the kids are using! Paige, don’t forget to reference that you’re frenemies!

    Anyway, lame buzzwords aside, this should be p. good. Like a few other matches on this show, it seems to be a placeholder to build things to the ‘real’ match that’ll happen at Summerslam so I’m guessing there will be some manner of fuckery happening before the finish.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: AJ wins.

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    WWE Money in the Bank 2014 Preview and Predictions

    The most ladder-heavy show of the year!

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeySplashwater, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlackett.

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    Daniel Bryan interview on the pre-show

    Joey:

    Expectations are Bryan cuts a babyface rallying promo. Stephanie comes out. They go back and forth. Bryan vows to win the title back when he returns.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Nothing noteworthy happens.

    Tim:

    He’ll probably cut a promo that WWE thinks makes him look like a good guy but instead does the opposite. He’ll answer some questions and then it will be done. I’m just happy to see him again.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: A whole lot of nothing.

    Tom:

    While the pre-show might be transformed from a wasteland of idiots to an almost passable form of entertainment now that Renee Young is set to replace the departed Josh Matthews, it’s still kind of a bummer that they’d shove Bryan on there, rather than have him be a part of the actual PPV or featured on Raw or whatever.

    Who knows, maybe it’ll all be a big swerve and he’s actually healthy enough to be worked into one of the ladder matches on the show, but that seems really unlikely. Instead, I’m guessing it’ll just be a pretty disposable promo with maybe some Stephanie/Kane interference.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Talking happens.

    Paige vs. Naomi for the WWE Divas Championship

    Joey:

    I am actually interested in this one. Naomi is probably the best female wrestler on the main roster and everyone swears Paige is great so maybe she shows it here? I’m expecting a good match and while rooting for Naomi to finally get past that lame gimmick/partnership with Cameron, I think Paige gets the win here.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Paige wins.

    Tim:

    Hopefully they get some time to have the good match that I know they could have. This has a lot of promise. I’m ready for Paige to prove herself on the main roster.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Paige wins.

    Tom:

    I enjoyed the Naomi / Alicia Fox match on Raw, though I think a lot of that was because I was just glad to have Paige and Cameron on commentary to drown out the sounds of three old men amusing themselves.

    Anyway, the Paige run has still underwhelmed but Naomi is one of my favourites, and I’m hoping that they’ll make for a fun dynamic together (and also that the commentary team can find it in themselves to call the match, rather than giggle over their old-man jokes).

    Interest Level: 6/10
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    TNA Slammiversary 2014 Preview and Predictions

    It’s TNA’s anniversary. Bring stale chocolate and malt liquor.

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    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeySplashwater, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlackett.

    The Von Erichs vs. TBA

    Joey:

    Likely vs. The Bro Mans minus Robbie E who is filming a CBS reality show with Brooke Adams. All the experts say the Von Erich kids are not very good which makes perfect sense.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Von Erichs go over and are never seen again.

    Tim:

    I… uh… Okay? I’m not really excited about this but I hope somehow it is good.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Von Erichs win.

    Tom:

    I haven’t watched more than 10 minutes of each episode of Impact for over a month, so I have NO IDEA what is going on in this show and approx. zero interest. I had no idea that there was a new generation of Von Erichs, aside from Lacey. Will they be as good as she is in the ring? HERE’S HOPING.

    Interest Level: No/10
    Prediction: Fuck you.

    Austin Aries vs. Kenny King (winner goes on to the main event)

    Joey:

    I will not be watching this show but if I ever look it up afterwards, this is one of the only two matches I can ever see myself watching at any point. Kenny King getting featured on television again is one of the few things in TNA that I can say I approve of. Hopefully the friendship between these two leads to good chemistry.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Austin Asshole Aries wins.

    Tim:

    This should be an entertaining match.  I’m glad they’ve been using Kenny King again and maybe Austin Aries can bring the best out of him.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Austin Aries wins.

    Tom:

    Hey, a match that could be pretty fun! Wasn’t expecting that.

    Interest Level: 5/10
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    WWE Payback 2014 Preview and Predictions

    Not to be confused with that Mel Gibson movie.

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    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeySplashwater, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlackett.

    El Torito vs. Hornswoggle in a Mask vs. Hair match on the pre show

    Joey:

    This was superbly fun last PPV pre-show with the TLC match but the act has started to get stale and Hornswoggle getting his shaved is unlikely to be as fun as everyone jumping through tables.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: El Torito wins.

    Tim:

    I’m down for this. It’s time to end the feud and nothing ends a feud better than someone getting a haircut. The WeeLC was a show-stealer so hopefully they can have some fun in a regular one-on-one environment. If El Torito wins this I demand he gets brought into the US Title scene AT LEAST.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: El Torito wins.

    Tom:

    Yes please! I’d be happy to see a mini other than Hornswoggle involved, but last month’s WeeLC was incredible and I’m a mark for any match involving a haircut (with the prime example being X-Pac vs. Jeff Jarrett from Summerslam ’98). Will Drew McIntyre put himself through a table again? God, I hope so.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: El Torito wins, Hornswoggle gets his head shaved and the announcers overreact in a fairly annoying way.

    Daniel Bryan/Brie Bella/Stephanie McMahon showdown

    Joey:

    Daniel Bryan is by far the best wrestler in the world right now. Stephanie is by far the best heel authority figure in wrestling right now. This should be more riveting but Brie Bella’s atrocious acting and Kane just being around sucks the life out of it. I think Bryan will give up the title to spare his wife’s job but Kane will still beat him up and likely tombstone Brie.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Daniel Bryan relinquishes the title.

    Tim:

    Eh. I’m not big on talking segments on PPVs but if the title actually gets vacated then I feel this is the place to do it. I’m not expecting this to be entertaining at all but maybe Bryan can pull out an emotional performance and maybe Brie’s acting will be minimized. Plus, I’m incredibly sad that this is where we are at after Wrestlemania.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Daniel Bryan vacates the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

    Tom:

    Ooph, no thanks. I think Stephanie McMahon has been frequently great in her role, but I’m not sure that this will do anyone any favours. Raw-style segments on PPV (or whatever we call PPVs in this post-Network age) are always a bit jarring so I could do without this.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Brie ‘cries’, Bryan acts uncharacteristically misogynistic towards Stephanie and then gives up the title. The crowd chants for CM Punk who posts some boring shit about hockey.

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    Extreme Rules 2014 Preview and Predictions

    No relation to Extreme Rising. R.I.P.

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    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeySplashwater, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlackett.

    El Torito vs. Hornswoggle in a WeeLC Pre-Show match

    Joey:

    I’m kind of interested in this. Is that bad? El Torito is a better performer than a lot of the wrestlers on the main card. The shenanigans and TLC parody of it should provide fun.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: El Torito wins.

    Tim:

    I’m a huge supporter of El Torito. Him in a TLC match should be pretty awesome. I am ridiculously intrigued about whether they’ll have mini-weapons or not. I’m probably more excited for this than most of the actual PPV card.

    Interest Level: 9/10
    Prediction: El Torito wins

    Tom:

    FUCK YES. I’m thrilled by the prospect of this. TLC and ladder matches are ripe for a little parody (no pun intended) and El Torito’s tremendous.

    Interest Level: 9/10
    Prediction: El Torito wins.

    Big E. Langston vs. Bad News Barrett for the IC Championship

    Joey:

    If I were these wrestlers, I would hope to lose this match if I wanted to ever be higher on the card. These mid-card titles just destroy any momentum you have these days, which is going to be bad news for Bad News Barrett fans once again.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Bad News Barrett wins.

    Tim:

    Every time someone I like wins the Intercontinental Championship I think “Oh, maybe they are going to try and make the belt worth something” and a few weeks after that I think “Man, whatever happened to _________? I really liked him.” Big E. Langston is one of those people.

    I’m ready for Big E to move on and now is as good a time as any to go ahead and let Barrett’s push slowly fade away in mid-card championship oblivion… Oh, maybe with Barrett’s push they are going to try and make the belt worth something again!

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Barrett Wins.

    Tom:

    I’m somewhat interested in Barrett push #217, but the problem is he still has something of the Smackdown Stink on him (i.e. it feels like I’ve seen him wrestle every single guy on the roster at least five times on shows I don’t care about and it’s become very difficult to look forward to any of his matches as a result).

    NOW, hopefully he’ll put on a good performance and it’ll be fun, but I wish they’d done a little more to build this up from Big E’s end – so far, he’s just been shown awkwardly watching the monitors in the back, and I could do with him being a little more involved and invested in all of it.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Bad News Barrett wins.

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