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Countdown to WWE New Years Revolution
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




Can you believe it's been two weeks since there was a live wrestling pay-per-view event?

Yes, we actually have had a decent break between megashows (well, except for the absolutely amazing UFC pay-per-view), and while this card doesn't have a Liddell vs. Ortiz-level blow-away main event, the matches are still very intriguing. Here's what's on tap tonight at Club NYR.

 
MAIN EVENT: WWE HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH

John Cena vs. Umaga
 

SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

With the Royal Rumble only three weeks away, and therefore no time to set up a different feud for Cena, it stands to reason that he will be facing Umaga there as well. For that to make sense, he shouldn't win at NYR. Look for a DQ win by the Samoan to keep his winning streak alive, but not win the championship.

Jon Waldman

Conventional wisdom would dictate that this is the end of the line for Umaga's victory streak. Then again, conventional wisdom would've also stated that John Cena curb-stomped Kevin Federline. Given Federline's win, you have to figure he's not done in WWE and should make his presence felt tonight, costing Cena the belt, allowing Umaga a decent-sized run before he loses the belt at 'Mania to the Royal Rumble winner (wonder whhho that will be) while Cena spends the next few months chasing Fed-Ex.

Andy McNamara

This feud doesn't really do anything for me and I don't think will be a big draw on top. Umaga has been booked strong for months now, and I think it's time for the big Samoan's undefeated streak to end. After a lot of plunder and interference, Cena pulls it out and retains the title.

Greg Oliver

For the life of me, I can't understand the booking of this one. It's not 1986, and the monster heel beating down the hero doesn't have the same value. But something else hasn't changed from the days of King Kong Bundy, Kamala and Earthquake battling Hulk Hogan - the champ isn't going down. Cena wins, and ends Umaga's streak.

Brian Elliott

One of WWE's 2006 success stories was Cena's challenger here, also known as "The Samoan Bulldozer". Umaga has remained undefeated since April return, and has even defeated the likes of Kane, Shawn Michaels and Triple H on his way to this title match. Having had such a build-up, it is tempting to predict a title change, but with WrestleMania upcoming, and having suffered an embarrasing loss to Kevin Federline this past week, I predict Cena to retain.

Matt Mackinder

Does WWE pull a TNA maneuver here and give the belt to a “monster” a la Abyss? It wouldn’t shock me, but Cena dropped the title at New Year’s Revolution last year, so I’ll say he overcomes Hollywood (no, not Hogan) interference Hollywood to retain the gold.


TAG-TEAM GRUDGE MATCH

Rated RKO vs. DX


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

This feud has been built up really well - if nothing else, DX hasn't buried these two like they did with all the other teams they've faced. After laying out D-X a couple of weeks ago, tonight Rated RKO will get their comeuppance.

Jon Waldman

This feud has been money all the way, so you have to guess it will continue. The good thing here is that Orton and Edge have actually been allowed to look credible, so this one actually has a lot to go with. My spidey sense says that Rated RKO wins here, setting up a stip. match at the Rumble (maybe First Blood?), before all for men go into the 30-man match, whhhere one of the four will win the title opportunity at 'Mania.

Andy McNamara

This is an interesting scenerio, and I think the outcome depends on whether the belts are on the line or not. Orton and Edge destroyed Flair last week so logic suggests DX will pull out a victory to avenge their fallen friend. Rated RKO is an amazing heel team and I hope they can continue their run a while longer. DX has no other real opponents after this so I predict some kind of DQ or inconclusive finish to carry the rivalry onto the Royal Rumble.

Greg Oliver

It's all about revenge, and not the titles, so DX will win a bloody affair. But it's about time to start sewing some seeds of discontent on both sides between partners as well to build for down the road.

Brian Elliott

Team Rated-RKO might be a combination that was thrown together out of necessity, but in my view the combination brings together two of the best heels the company has to offer. I am not such a fan of DX, but at least this match has a little intrigue, unlike their recent bouts with The Spirit Squad and The McMahons. Orton and Edge to win.

Matt Mackinder

As much as I’d like to see DX with a championship, it’s hard to see Edge and Orton losing here. Then again, if HHH and HBK do win the straps, it’d give them the opportunity to face more than just Edge/Orton and Cade/Murdoch. I’ll go out on a limb and say we get new champs.


  INTERCONTINENTAL MATCH (STEEL CAGE)

Jeff Hardy vs. Johnny Nitro
 


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

This gimmick match will have to be really amazing, after the ladder match on the last PPV - hopefully neither guy gets hurt as bad as Joey Mercury did there. Nitro has really blossomed over the past few months and seems to be poised for singles gold - but not quite yet. Hardy retains, but this feud continues.

Jon Waldman

You know, if any of the Raw bookers watched Armageddon, this bout would have had so much more build-up. Obviously, that isn't the case, as what could have been a true blood feud has been pushed aside in favour of sending Rob Conway to ECW or Smackdown and keeping Nitro close to Fed-Ex. What we end up with is another match that will steal the show but have no momentum whatsoever. Given the number of faces in the Intercontinental Division, bank on Nitro winning, hopefully with some help from Mercury to further that awesome battle.

Andy McNamara

This one has the potential to be the match of the night. Nitro continues to improve in the ring and has proven to be quite the daredevil in his own right. With these two high flyers one can only hope that they won't hurt themselves too badly. Hardy will get over with or without the title so I think they let Nitro get the big cage win to allow his star to continue to rise.

Greg Oliver

Ah, a great forgotten feud. To build for their match, on RAW Hardy faced ... Rob Conway? Silly. Should be a good match. Hardy retains.

Brian Elliott

After their formidable ladder match on the November 20th edition of RAW, this is another chance for Hardy and Nitro to steal the show, in what will no doubt be another high-risk match. Currently, Nitro is been positioned rather high on the RAW roster, partly because of his association with Kevin Federline, and thus I expect him to take this one.

Matt Mackinder

I’m pumped for this match and I’ll admit it, I’m a mark for cage matches in general. Hopefully, this match ends the feud once and for all with Hardy retaining in convincing fashion.


 

UNDERCARD

 


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

Mickie James vs. Victoria - Victoria has really shone in her current storyline, and it seems to have worked in portraying her as a strong threat. She finishes her
checklist and takes the gold.
Carlito vs. Chris Masters -
Carlito pulls off some shenanigans to beat the big oaf.
Ric Flair vs. Kenny Dykstra
- After two losses to the former cheerleader, Flair finally gets a win - and the respect from Kenny that he deserves.

Jon Waldman

Mickie James vs. Victoria - I'm actually going to pick Mickie here, driving Victoria even crazier and setting up a gimmick match for the Rumble (Last Woman Standing would be novel, n'est pas?).
Carlito vs. Chris Masters -
Carlito wins here, no question. The only intrigue is whether or not the breaks the Masterlock in the process, which I'm betting he does.
Ric Flair vs. Kenny Dykstra
- Kenny keeps his momentum going here, cheating to win. Flair then contemplates retirement and has his final bout at 'Mania, likely against Rhodes or Steamboat (for old times' sake).

Andy McNamara

Mickie James vs. Victoria - Outside of this rivalry the women's division is dead. Victoria has run wild lately so I think the champ gets the stop to retain the title.
Carlito vs. Chris Masters -
Both these promising youngsters are stuck in neutral and this feud does nothing to change that. Carlito wins clean with the Back Cracker.
Ric Flair vs. Kenny Dykstra
- Flair will be playing the injured underdog role here. Kenny has cheated to win several times over the last few weeks and it is time for the wiley old vet to get a win back.

Greg Oliver

Mickie James vs. Victoria - Victoria is on such a roll that she wins the title back here.
Carlito vs. Chris Masters -
It's about momentum, so go with Carlito.
Ric Flair vs. Kenny Dykstra
- Flair has laid down and laid down. This time, he goes over.

Brian Elliott

Mickie James vs. Victoria - Victoria takes the title, and hopefully WWE can find a quality opponent for her, from outside their current ranks.
Carlito vs. Chris Masters -
In a match which has "curtain-jerker" written all over it, Carlito picks up the win.
Ric Flair vs. Kenny Dykstra
- The former Spirit Squad member was easily the stand-out contributor to that group, and I expect him to get the win here.

Matt Mackinder

Mickie James vs. Victoria - Victoria has had a decent schtick lately and deserves the title. Switcharoo.
Carlito vs. Chris Masters -
Carlito should win with his Back Cracker (I love that move!).
Ric Flair vs. Kenny Dykstra
- Dykstra was born the year the New York Mets (and Lenny Dykstra) won the World Series. Flair was already in his prime. I say Kenny cheats again to topple Naitch.


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-- compiled by Jon Waldman