Once I thought about it, this is a strange PPV. For the first time in a while, there may be more intrigue in the mid card matches as opposed to the top card ones.
The New Day vs Cesaro & Sheamus
Now that the New Day has broken the record they’ve been chasing, is it safe to assume they’ll drop the title soon? Probably not, because the WWE will definitely milk this for all they can. I’m assuming the company will want the New Day to brag about this for a few more weeks.
Sheamus & Cesaro have made a great team, and the two have become much more likeable since their bar brawl. It would be great to see them win, but they still need more time to get over with the crowd. They’ve been together for a little over a month, but it’s important to see if they can go the distance. With that being said, expect the them to take the “L”.
Winner: The New Day
Rich Swann vs TJ Perkins vs Brian Kendrick
This is the most excited I’ve been for cruiserweight match since the divisions debut on Raw. The story between these three has been booked rather well (given the time the writers have allotted them), and there’s legitimate intrigue.
Swann and Kendrick have already done a good job at getting their characters across to the audience, but now Perkins is starting to do the same. While he still is a white meat babyface, his new found aggression and drive will be a great addition to this match. There’s a lot going on for this PPV, but I believe these three have the potential to steal the show. Each of them knows how to work a match from aspects, and if done right they’ll be dropping a lot of jaws.
In terms of the winner, expect for the title to remain with Swann. He’s catching on with the fans, so it wouldn’t make sense for him to drop it.
Winner: Rich Swann
Braun Strowman vs Sami Zayn
Just like I mentioned on Raw, this has been the best built feud for this PPV. Foley, Zayn, and Strowman have been booked to their strengths, which is quite impressive. I can think of several gripes I have with every other feud, expect this one.
Heading into this match, all I know is that Braun won’t lose. Zayn doesn’t need the loss, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was pinned clean. Luckily for the Montreal native, his character is one that builds off clean losses. Considering how heated things have become, it’s best to just let the two fight to a no contest. This feud has more gas left in the tank, so it doesn’t need to end on this show.
Chris Jericho vs Seth Rollins
When Rollins had been feuding with KO, he could never win because of Jericho. Now that Seth and Y2J are feuding, that initial reasoning has become irrelevant. Jericho’s story is more focused on his relationship with Owens, while Rollins can only talk about getting even with Triple H. It almost feels like neither of them should be in this contest. I can confidently say that this is the match I’m least looking forward to.
In terms of the winner, it’s obviously going to be Rollins. He’s taken to many losses since the brand split, and he’s in desperate need for a PPV win.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Charlotte vs Sasha Banks
Well, many of us thought that this feud was over at HIAC, but we were wrong. Hopefully this is the final chapter for Charlotte vs Banks, at least for the next year or so. However, it’s tough to imagine this feud dying out, as the depth in their division is completely absent.
While fans may be sick of this feud, we can still expect Charlotte and Sasha to put on an excellent match. I’m sure we can all agree that the two have never lacked chemistry. They’ll most likely make this 30 minute iron women match extremely intense. If I had to predict the flow, I’m guessing Charlotte grabs an early lead which will be followed up by a strong comeback from Banks.
Winner: Sasha Banks
Roman Reigns vs Kevin Owens
Very much like Rollins vs Jericho, this feud lacks a legitimate story. People may dislike Roman’s character, but he’s the only one who’s motivations are clear. KO seems to be completely lost in his current role, which doesn’t make this match interesting.
There’s no doubt in my mind that the two will put forth a strong match. In fact, I’m guessing they’ll probably steal the show, as they’re two of the best in ring performers in the company. However, we should expect some sort of outside interference, which will most likely come from Jericho. That’s where this contest goes south for KO, as an interference will indirectly cost him his title. This will allow for the KO-Jericho feud to fully take off.
As for Roman, I believe that the company would rather have him as the champ before Mania season than Owens. Also, his current character is a better fit as top guy.
Winner: Roman Reigns