Tomorrow, like the Beast in the East before it, WWE is going to be broadcasting what is essentially a house show live on the WWE Network. This time, instead of sending Brock Lesnar to Japan, they’re sending him to New York to the famed Madison Square Garden. Here’s my quick and dirty predictions for the card – again, assuming we’re getting this entire card and not just the Lesnar match, the tag titles match, and the Rollins / Cena steel cage match that have all been mentioned on WWE TV.
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WWE Live from MSG Predictions
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
Wow, this match. Again. There isn’t really much I can say about this combination. These two could probably have this match while both are unconscious and it’d go fine. There is nothing on the line here and, true to form, this seems like a completely reasonable pairing for a house show match.
Prediction: Orton with a RKO outta somewhere.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev (w/ Summer Rae)
The feud that has been the bane of my summer gets another showcase. Whatever. I really don’t care about this match. Like at all. The stupid soap opera aspect of this story line has sucked out any ability to care what happens.
Prediction: Ziggler wins. Why not? It’s basically a house show and they love to have the faces win those matches. And Ziggler is somehow the face in this feud so I choose him here.
Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho (WWE Intercontinental championship match)
Well, this is a unique pairing that has been making the house show runs, but we’ll finally (maybe) get to see on the Network. I don’t see any conceivable reason to put the title on Jericho here. If Jericho is going to show up on TV at all, it had better be to further the unfinished business with Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose – and I don’t see that happening any time before Hell in a Cell. They seem dead set on dragging Owens / Ryback along further so there is no way Owens looses the title here.
Prediction: Jericho wins but by DQ or count out. Maybe they reprise the cheap title retention Owens did on SmackDown this week and have him just walk out and take the count out loss. Since I otherwise realistically see the faces winning across the board, this is a way Jericho can technically win and Owens can keep his heel heat.
The New Day vs. The Dudley Boyz (WWE Tag Team championship match)
The tag title match on this card is the one I’m the least certain about. I predicted the Dudleys to take the belts at Night of Champions and I was wrong then. If they don’t have the Dudleys go over and take the belts here, then I officially have no idea what the WWE is doing with them. On Raw and SmackDown they appear to be positioned to take the belts from New Day for a nostalgic run with the belts, but they’re not really pulling the trigger on that. Part of me wants to predict that New Day will retain here and the blow off will be at Hell in a Cell. But, beyond getting a Brock Lesnar pop on Network subscriptions, this otherwise seems like a pointless event to put on TV. Even Beast in the East saw the NXT Title change hands.
Prediction: Fine. Dudleys win the titles and I’ll likely be wrong again.
John Cena vs. Seth Rollins (Steel Cage match for the WWE United States championship)
I’m sure this will be a great match. Er, at least as great of a match as a steel cage match in TV-PG era WWE can be. However, I don’t see any reason to put the title back on Rollins here. Cena just got the belt back and putting it back on Rollins here would be like that “everything is a circle” thing Bray Wyatt talked about last night on SmackDown. If anything, maybe we’ll get a Dean McCain cameo to really mess with Rollins more, but that almost seems like too much booking for a televised house show.
Prediction: Cena wins, LOL.
Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show
I’ve racked my brain since this match was announced and I still can’t think of any reason whatsoever to have Big Show win this match. We got Beast in the East because Brock Lensar wanted to visit with Antonio Inoki in Japan. Perhaps Brock needed to make a trip to NYC for some reason so they just worked this into his schedule and we have this match. I remember back when I did music, if I was going on vacation somewhere, since I was a solo artist, I’d always try to get a gig in that city. Maybe this is just the Brock Lesnar version of that and WWE figures he’s marquee enough to put this on the Network. I really don’t see Undertaker showing up and getting involved either. They’d save that for a Raw between now and Hell in a Cell.
Prediction: Lesnar wins. This is the only acceptable outcome.