Late card addition predictions: Golden Truth over Breezeango; Dudley Boyz over Lucha Dragons
Why is this happening again? Is their new thing for Dolph Ziggler to put him in feuds that get dragged out for too long? The same thing happened with Rusev. I fully think this match will be about as good as their last two PPV outings. Solid but very unspectacular. The whole point of this feud should be to get Baron Corbin over and he should go over in the rubber match. That being said, WWE will probably put Dolph over considering a lot of their booking this year. Still, I'm gonna go with Baron.
Winner: Baron Corbin
HE GOT A BALD HEAD! That's pretty much my character synopsis for Apollo Crews at this point. Sheamus was WWE Champion less than six months ago and is now relegated to Kickoff Show duty. Part of thinks this is where Crews gets his first big win but Sheamus is still a bit of a name. I predict he wins here to give Crews his first setback. Crews may come back and win the eventual rematch or he may fall back to Superstars and Main Event status.
God, the women's division is a big steaming pile of shit lately. Charlotte is good in the ring, but is one of the company's worst in the selling department and is quite possibly the absolute worst on the microphone. This entire Natalya stuff has been a total drag to get through. It all just feels like massive filler until something better and more important happens. I badly want that to be Sasha Banks saving us from this, but whatever it is, I'll take it. Give the faces the win here to drive some "drama" between Charlotte and Dana.
Winners: Becky Lynch and Natalya
Tough call here. This would be a good place for the WWE to have New Day drop the straps without really taking the pinfall. However, I think they retain here. The Club is a good choice but they don't really need the belts just yet. The Vaudevillains aren't a team I see winning the belts anytime soon. Enzo and Cass are the next big tag team, but having them win here seems to soon. New Day should retain and then drop the titles at the one year mark at SummerSlam to the Club. From there, have Enzo and Cass dethrone them.
Winners: The New Day
The other match on this card that feels like filler. Titus O'Neil is a good guy to have around, but his best use is part of a tag team. Instead of keeping the Prime Time Players together, they insist on splitting them for no real reason. Titus gets plugged as a big celebrity father and not much else. Rusev needs to plow over him because Tong Po continues to be one of the best things going in the WWE.
These are usually hard to pick but this one is especially tough. Almost everyone has a shot. Yes, even Alberto Del Rio since the WWE loves to add up his accolades total. Jericho could get one final run since his current character has been very fun. Sami Zayn has the outside chance but I doubt it. Same goes for Cesaro since he's just seemingly going to be used for good matches only. It really comes down to Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens. On the one hand, Ambrose perfectly fits into the current Shield Title picture. On the other, he doesn't seem to win often. I'm going with Owens. He's the perfect heel character to hold the briefcase and could make for great TV.
Winner: Kevin Owens
This is one time that the WWE has gotten the "dream match" tag right, though it hasn't been 15 years in the making. As long as this isn't an overbooked mess like the Reigns/Styles matches, this has MOTY potential. John Cena steps up in big matches like this (Punk, Bryan, Owens, etc.) and AJ Styles always delivers. I could see Cena winning his first PPV return but I have a hunch this goes the way of Rusev and Owens. Cena loses the first match before reeling off two or three in a row. I also could see this finally being the debut of Finn Balor, helping AJ win. Then, towards the end of the year, Balor turns on AJ to take over "The Club", setting up a feud between them. Or not. I don't know.
Winner: AJ Styles
They keep hyping this as the "greatest Money in the Bank" ever, though only the top three matches really feel like a big deal. I've been waiting for this singles match since Survivor Series last year and it should deliver. Reigns is great when he's being led by a superior worker and that's what he has here. I badly want Seth Rollins to win back the title and regain his rightful spot as the man. However, I'm not betting against Reigns until he starts to look human in matches. I pick Reigns to retain and solidify his spot as the top guy.
Winner: Roman Reigns
2016 Prediction Record: 26-14
2015 Prediction Record: 60-35