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Countdown to WWE Homecoming
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




Honey, I'm home!

WWE returns to USA, in the very high hopes that their ratings will return to the lofty heights they were at before the Fed jumped to Spike. If they're going to attract an audience, they've definitely done their best to draw people in with the most stacked Raw since...well...their debut on Spike. Let's take a closer look at the card.


WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Eric Bischoff vs. John Cena


SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur
    What a non-event this will be. Cena will beat Bischoff for a few minutes, then Kurt Angle will do a run-in. It's too bad that, for a world title match on the biggest TV show in many years, there's no drama whatsoever.

  • John Milner
    They can't put the title on Bischoff, can they? I mean, this is just a glorified squash with a late Kurt Angle run-in to continue their feud, right? (John remembers David
    Arquette, Vince McMahon, Vince Russo) Well, in this case, I think it's a glorified squash. I'll take Cena to retain.

  • Chris Sokol
    This has to be changed at some point during the show. WWE couldn't actually go through with this. Honestly; WWE's biggest Raw in quite some time, and they put Eric Bischoff in a main event spot? That's ridiculous. A Kurt Angle/John Cena rematch would have enticed the fans much more than this. But, if this does go down, for the sake of WWE, John Cena wins

  • Jon Waldman
    The big mystery here is who is Bischoff's freind that Vinnie Mac alluded to last week. The knee-jerk reaction would be Kurt Angle, but you almost have to bank on it being someone from the days of WCW. In order for that to be plausible, it would have to be a major heel or someone from the nWo, say Scott Hall. More likely, however, it's Triple H. In any case, Cena wins, but gets punked to end the show.


    30 MINUTE IRON-MAN MATCH


    Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels


    SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur
    Oooh, mama! These two have already put on two of the best matches of the year, and this should be no exception. If they keep it free of interference and screwjobs, this could be a downright classic. Angle wins 5-4.

  • John Milner
    The Angle/Michaels series is tied at one apiece and since the previous two matches got high marks from fans, this may be the match of the night, something to let
    fans know, "hey, this is what you can expect on Raw" (like maybe once a year?). With Angle still feuding with Cena, expect Angle to go over here…momentum and stuff.

  • Chris Sokol
    While Angle would have fit better in the Heavyweight Title scene at this moment, this will still be an outstanding match. Angle will go the distance and stop the show for "The Showstopper", further gaining momentum towards his WWE Championship run.

  • Jon Waldman
    This will be an awesome bout as long as it stays run-in free. Given that the last Iron Man of any sort was Triple H vs. Chris Benoit, which ended with Eugene's interference, this one should be clean. With HBK now out of the feud with Chris Masters, this one should be a straight win for Angle.


    LOSER LEAVES RAW, MONEY IN THE BANK LADDER MATCH

    Edge vs. Matt Hardy


    SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur
    As much as I would like Matt to get a title shot by winning the Money in the Bank briefcase, I can't see that realistically happening. He'll be a great addition to Smackdown, though, and hopefully he can add some credibility to the Cruiserweight division.

  • John Milner
    It's not like these two guys haven't impressed in ladder matches before. If Angle and Michaels steal the show, they may steal it from this match. I'll go with the prevailing belief that it's Hardy going to Smackdown and pick Edge for the win here.

  • Chris Sokol
    The way things have been going, it's fairly easy to pick Edge as the winner on this one. Hardy won the cage match and recieved a little praise from WWE, but it's time for him to continue right back to his losing ways, falling victim to Edge.

  • Jon Waldman
    This is definitely the most appropriate blow-off for their feud. For Matt's sake, he'd better win. There's no question that he'll get lost in the shuffle on Smackdown, and fired again. Should he win, Edge would go to SD!, but leave Lita behind. That alone sets up enough feuding until 'Mania, as Lita finds more men to punish Hardy for taking her man away. Please, for all that is good, let Matt take this one.


    OTHER MATCHES
    Bra and Panties Handicap Match: Trish Stratus/Ashley Massaro vs. Ladies in Pink
     
  • Bob Kapur: I miss Molly Holly.
  • John Milner: In this match, the winner is anyone who decides to use the extra time to load up on refreshments, coming back just in time to see Trish carry the match and her team get the win.
  • Chris Sokol: No matter who loses, the fans win; however, I predict that Torrie, Candice and Victoria will get the last laugh on this one, who else is there on Raw to feud with?
  • Jon Waldman: Boring! Ashley will get the final "pluck", but this is going to suck horribly. Maybe the saving grace will be that this will end up being Torrie's last match.

  • Smackdown Showcase Match
  • Bob Kapur: The good guys win, and some seeds are planted between Eddy Guerrero and Shawn Michaels for next year's Wrestlemania (please, please, please).
  • John Milner: It'd be nice to think this was a six-way battle for Batista's title, but alas, it's probably a meaningless six-man tag match to showcase some of Smackdown's talent in which Batista walks out looking strong.
  • Chris Sokol: This will just be a way to put over Smackdown, considering the fact that it has also moved from its usual time slot.
  • Jon Waldman: Hey guess what! There's a PPV this weekend! I don't know the format, thus I don't care. Only thing interesting is when Batista runs into Triple H backstage.

  • WWE Returns
  • Bob Kapur: Foley plugs his book, and scraps with Piper. Hogan and Austin shake hands, but when Hogan tells him to drink milk instead of beer, Austin stuns him and sets up a match for Mania. HHH turns on Flair, when he tries to recruit Carlito and Masters to form a new Evolution.
  • John Milner: Triple H will return and eat up a good 25 minutes before turning on Flair. Expect at least one other legend to get into a physical confrontation with
    an existing Raw superstar, leading to either a comeback (if it's Hogan or Foley) or a Masterlock Challenge (if it's McDaniel or Valentine, etc)- too bad "Legend Killer" Randy Orton isn't still on Raw.
  • Chris Sokol: This should make for a real interesting Raw.
  • Jon Waldman: HHH turns on Flair, Hogan eats a Superkick, Foley Sockos Piper, Austin stuns Bishoff or McMahon (for old time's sake), rest just have memory moments.
  • -- compiled by Jon Waldman