“Live From Madison Square Garden” Predictions

While not a PPV by any stretch, tonight’s WWE Network live airing of a house show from Madison Square Garden is still a pretty big deal. As such, I thought some predictions might be in order…

Lesnar vs Show - MSGBrock Lesnar vs. Big Show

I think you know as well as I do that Big Show is NOT winning this match. The fact that they’ve gone from having Sting decimate him on RAW to having Show destroy everybody in his path over the past couple of weeks (ex: Cesaro, Mark Henry) hasn’t really done a lot to give Show a realistic chance at beating Lesnar. I understand that they have really tried to build Show up, but at this point it’s a case of “too little, too late”. But obviously, it wasn’t going to do much difference anyway.

Right now Brock Lesnar is an attraction. People don’t tune in to see Lesnar for a 5-star match (although he is quite capable of delivering with the right opponent). No, people tune in to see Brock Lesnar destroy other people.

While this match is the main attraction for most, it’s really just a reason to show Lesnar is a positive light. Sure, Big Show will probably get in a bunch of offense, but at the end of the day Lesnar will put on a tremendous performance that will keep him in the “WrestleMania main event” discussions for next year.

WINNER: Brock Lesnar

Rollins vs Cena - steel cage MSGJohn Cena vs. Seth Rollins (steel cage match)

At this point, I don’t know if it’s going to be a title match or not. I haven’t seen it advertised as a WWE World Title match or a United States title match, so I’m going to predict based on that. To me, obviously, the winner will be Cena if the titles aren’t on the line. And yes, I fully expect Kane to make an appearance and be either (a) the reason Cena wins, though unlikely, or (b) the person who destroys Rollins after the match is already over.

In the 70’s and 80’s, the cage match was a spectacle. This was the place where feuds went to end and, usually, it was a bloody end. The use of colour was the best way to show the dangerous nature of the cage and also mask the limitations that the cage put on the match to begin with.

In the PG era, you’re not going to get blood. Instead, a lot of the high spots that performers use to get a match over are restricted due to the cage…meaning that you have to REALLY be a good in-ring performer to keep the crowd into it. Thankfully, these are two of the best in the entire world…so the match should still be a decent one.

WINNER: John Cena

New Day vs DudleyzThe New Day vs. The Dudley Boyz (WWE World tag team title match)

For me, this is the only match that really means something in terms of future storyline potential. Ever since the Dudleyz returned to WWE, they’ve been super-over and on a fast track to the WWE tag team titles. The only problem, obviously, is that current champions The New Day are the most over act on the entire roster. They just won the titles back so it really doesn’t make sense to take it off of them already.

Having said that, this would make for a HUGE “crowd pop” moment and one that really means something to the Dudleyz. I mean…winning a title at Madison Square Garden?? Hell yeah…that’s pretty damn awesome.

From what I’ve heard, this match will set-up another rematch at the Hell in a Cell PPV. For me, this screams out short-term “here’s your one-more tag title victory” for the Dudleyz so that their return can mean something, then New Day will regain the belts yet again at the PPV.

WINNERS: Dudley Boyz

Owens vs JerichoKevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho (Intercontinental Title match)

I read yesterday that Jericho has flown in friends from Calgary (including Lance Storm) for this show to celebrate an anniversary of him in the business (or something like that). Regardless, let’s not think this means anything because Owens is NOT losing the Intercontinental title to Jericho tonight. Period.

Having said that, this should still be a pretty kick-ass match and is one to look for.

WINNER: Kevin Owens

Orton vs SheamusRandy Orton vs. Sheamus

Listen…I’ve been a fan of this feud for some time now. But enough is enough already. Let this please be the blow-off to the feud. I mean, their matches have been stiff as hell and there have definitely been some highlights, but we need to end this so both guys can find new directions and storylines and guys to wrestle.

Orton is on a reduced schedule and Sheamus is the Money in the Bank title holder with continuous teasing of cashing in. Because I don’t think Sheamus will win whatever match he cashes the contract in on, I think he needs to be winning more. It’s the whole “Vince Reverse Psychology” thing.

WINNER: Sheamus

Ziggler vs RusevDolph Ziggler vs. Rusev

This storyline lost a ton of steam as soon as Dolph hooked up with Lana and Rusev hooked up with Summer Rae. The two pairs just don’t gel at all. If anything, Summer Rae and Dolph could be a very cool heel tandem. And for the love of all that’s good and holy, Rusev NEEDS to be re-paired with Lana so they can both regain their momentum.

I mean…c’mon, Vince…Lana doesn’t NEED to be a babyface hot chick right now. She was thriving as the mouthpiece for Rusev. Was she popular? Sure…but she can still be a Russian bitch who puts down America. Or whatever…just put her back with Rusev.

Oh yeah…the match. I hate it when they let the babyface win just to pop a house show crowd, but I can see Summer Rae costing Rusev his match…again.

WINNER: Dolph Ziggler

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But these are just my predictions. What are YOUR thoughts? Sound off in a comment below or via social media and let me know!

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