Sunday, March 5, 2017
I'm still finding it hard to care about the cruiserweights. Kendrick and Tozawa have been rather entertaining, but Noam Dar continues to be an entertainment vacuum. Outside of the way he says Alicia Fox's name, I find no enjoyment in anything he does. The match should be similar to most cruiserweight stuff so far. Fun, fast paced and with little heat or emotion. The faces win to get Tozawa somewhat of a PPV win.
Winners: Akira Tozawa and Rich Swann
I saw this at the Royal Rumble and didn't like any of it. This one has potential to be a bit better since Sasha will have use of both legs but I'm not expecting much. I see it going one of two ways. One, Sasha scores an upset win to gain momentum before Mania. Two, the more likely, Nia wins and it further fuels a Sasha heel turn before Mania. I go with option B.
Winner: Nia Jax
It's a rarity but the Cruiserweight Title match here actually focuses on two rather over wrestlers. Jack Gallagher gets good pops on most nights, while Neville is arguably the most known cruiserweight thanks to his time before the division came around. It has potential to steal the show if the crowd give a damn about it. I can't see Neville dropping the title this soon, despite the hot potato of the title so far.
The Raw tag team division is kind of a mess. Though Gallows and Anderson have the titles, they're still kind of a joke. Enzo and Cass did a whole lot of nothing for the past few months before getting this title shot. It's the PPV before Mania so I expect a lot of BS around the card. The champs will either lose via DQ or win by cheating before a multi-team clusterfuck at Mania.
Winner: The Good Brothers
This is my pick for match of the night. Samoa Joe and Sami Zayn had two great matches in NXT last year. The Two out of Three Falls one was the best match Joe had since signing with WWE. Joe is a brute and Sami is the best underdog and best at taking a beating in the company. It's like they were made for each other. Sami has shown that he can take losses and rebound well. Joe has to win in his first big match.
Winner: Samoa Joe
On a brand with talent like Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Chris Jericho, Cesaro and many others, the best part of Raw in recent months has been Braun Strowman. Roman Reigns has been one of the lesser parts. He's hot and cold in terms of entertainment and he's been on a cold streak for me lately. I think the best bet would be to have Braun win here. However, I've said it before but there are three people I never bet against. Roman Reigns is one of them. Especially if he has to look strong before a match with the Undertaker.
Winner: Roman Reigns
I cannot stress enough how awful the Women's division is on Raw. A fair amount of talent sure, but horrible booking. Bayley is a great underdog who should've gotten close a few times before getting a big win. Instead, she beat Charlotte in several non-title matches before losing just once at the Royal Rumble and then getting the win. That wouldn't have been that bad but they're running this horrid angle where Bayley won via help from Sasha so she looks like a paper champion who is undeserving. Also, most of us see where this is going. Everything in this division is a vehicle for Charlotte. Charlotte keeps her streak alive here (another person I don't bet against), Bayley looks like a lameduck champ and the division continues to be incredibly boring.
There's a 95% chance I don't watch this match. Goldberg is gonna win so they can do the shitty Goldberg/Brock III match for the title at Mania. That leaves Kevin Owens, who has worked his ass off for the entire year to not be champion at the biggest show of the year. I understand the use of part-timers and I get their value but they should not hog up the title picture. Goldberg will probably win quickly judging by Owens' promo on Monday. It was awesome but he spoke about making Goldberg work a long match so I doubt it. Whatever.
2017 Prediction Record: 6-9
2016 Prediction Record: 65-37