Sunday, November 22, 2015
Dolph Ziggler is pretty much the definition of "midcard ceiling". Tyler Breeze is someone that I have high hopes for since he was so great in NXT. But then he debuted on the main roster on Smackdown. Then he lost his debut match (though thanks to the tournament, that wasn't really bad). Then he wrestled R-Truth in a match where Truth mostly dominated. It's early, but Breeze so far screams a lower card heel. Still, I'd like to think that the WWE is wise enough to have him win his first high profile match. Plus, at least one heel has to win on the show. Right?
Winner: Tyler Breeze
It's really cool that they want to show the Undertaker love for the 25th birthday of his character. The idea of the feud with the Wyatt Family is also cool. The execution has been BEYOND off though, just like the rivalry heading into WrestleMania this year. Bray Wyatt supposedly took Kane and Undertaker's powers. Then they show up and just hand the entire Wyatt Family their asses like nothing. Then the Wyatts send druids after them, only for the BOD to make quick work of them and again show that nothing Bray Wyatt does affects them. After beating Bray at Mania, I hoped this feud would mean Bray gets his win back. Instead, considering Bray's history and the anniversary of the Deadman, I expect the old guard to win again.
Winners: The Brothers of Destruction
I really want to care about this Divas Title program. I really do. I want to see the women's division succeed and I think that both Charlotte and Paige are talented enough to make me care. It's the writing and build to this that has been so subpar. We had Paige basically turn heel, then still team with Charlotte and Becky and then turn heel. The feud barely registered and then they were given the segment on the go home Raw. That whole segment seemed incredibly out of place, similar to the Mark Henry/Rusev segment before Night of Champions last year. A program can close the show if it feels like an important one. That wasn't the case here. The same goes for the match. It seems like just another divas feud. Expect Charlotte to retain, probably by DQ due to the now "personal" nature of the rivalry, setting up a rematch at TLC.
Winner: Charlotte via disqualification
Of the entire Survivor Series card, this is the one match that stands out as something I'm truly looking forward to. For the past year, these two have not only been among my favorite guys in the entire company, but they are two of the best performers in the company. I would love to see Kevin Owens make the finals here. During his feud with John Cena, he showed that he was more than capable of hanging in a major program. I actually think he has a better chance to make the finals than Alberto Del Rio. Still though, I sense Dean Ambrose wins here to set up a battle between friends in the finals.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
The WWE paid a ton of money to get Alberto Del Rio back and because of that, they pretty much have to push him hard. I like Del Rio and don't have a problem with that. However, along with injuries, this is the main reason why he has a spot in the Semi-Finals. Normally, I'd expect him to make the finals, but his opponent is Roman Reigns. Not only was Reigns the number one contender before the injury but once the tournament was announced, most people felt like it was a given that he'd make the finals or win the whole thing. That hasn't changed.
Winner: Roman Reigns
I don't believe that the finals of this tournament should be Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose. I think that, with Seth Rolins down, this match could be saved for WrestleMania. Regardless of that thought process, I absolutely think that this is what is going to happen. Now, this is where the prediction gets a bit rough. Will the WWE pull the trigger on the Roman Reigns WWE Title victory? Will the WWE finally decide to have Dean Ambrose on top? Will either guy end up turning heel? Honestly, this is the WWE we're talking about and, outside of a few surprises, most of what happens is the safe route. I say they go the safe route and give their guy the belt.
Winner: Roman Reigns
2015 Prediction Record: 50-33
2014 Prediction Record: 22-18 (Only five PPVs)