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Countdown to WWE Judgment Day
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




The second PPV of the WWE "season" is upon us, with a mixed-bag card.

Of note, only one of the matches on the card is a rematch from the last show, and one other is a modification from Backlash. This is an example of good booking that TNA can greatly learn from. While some may question the quality of some of the match-ups, none will deny the potential there is for a couple hot bouts as well as some good drama.

Let's get to the action.

 
MAIN EVENT: WWE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

John Cena vs. Great Khali
 

SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

With Edge gone and Orton not yet ready, RAW is running short on heels. Khali destroys Cena, but gets DQ'd, and this one extends for another month until HHH's return.

Matt Mackinder

Of course Cena wins here. I don’t think he pins the ogre, but maybe a countout win keeps the belt with Cena, who could also lose via countout. I say Cena retains.

Jon Waldman

Well, we know Khali has to go over here to build the longer feud. The question is whether or not he'll win the title. As the old axiom goes in wrestling, the chase is more exciting than the championship, so I expect Cena to drop the belt.

Greg Oliver

Ugh. How bad could it be? Pretty ugly. But Cena will retain.

Andy McNamara

This will not be a technical classic to say the least! I see Khali getting the title by knocking Cena out cold and forcing a referee stoppage.

Brian Elliott

Although he is certainly one of the least-skilled wrestlers to ever main-event a PPV, WWE have done an excellent job of building up The Great Khali in recent weeks. Given that, I expect him to take the title for a short run.


WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH

Edge vs. Batista


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

Hopefully Edge can be the MVP of Friday like he was on Monday this past year - Smackdown's injury-prone roster needs the help! He cheats to win.

Matt Mackinder

Edge just got the title and will keep it somehow here, perhaps with cheating or something of that nature. Batista will probably get a rematch, however, but I don't know why.

Jon Waldman

One question - why Batista? Has he not fumbled the ball enough times? I'm guessing Edge prevails thanks to an attack from Mark Henry.

Greg Oliver

I don't see the point of Edge jumping brands, and then losing in his first title defense. So the Rated R Superstar retains here and sets up a hot feud with Batista, probably reaching a climax at SummerSlam.

Andy McNamara
This match is way too rushed with no build they really should've held off. I'm picking Batista to win by DQ to continue the new feud.

Brian Elliott

I've heard several people knock the change of the World Heavyweight Title to Edge, and for the life of me, I can't understand it. Hard-working, skilled and a great interview, he is one of the best performers in the entire company. Edge will emerge from this bout with the title intact, albeit via disqualification.


  3-on-1 HANDICAP/ECW TITLE MATCH

Bobby Lashley vs. Umaga/Shane McMahon/Vince McMahon
 


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

Hear that? That's the sound of nobody caring about ECW any more. Lashley
wins.

Matt Mackinder

I see Lashley getting his title back here. At some point, I hope he rips Vince’s doo-rag off his dome or at least untucks Vince's ears.

Jon Waldman

You have to figure Lashley gets the belt back here or at One Night Stand. I'll go with the latter.

Greg Oliver

Been there, done that. Superman can't win all the fights, and neither can Lashley. But at least Superman had a little charisma. McMahons & Umaga win, for what it matters.

Andy McNamara
In this Backlash rematch something has to give. I am giving the edge to Lashley as he pins McMahon once Umaga takes out Shane by mistake.

Brian Elliott
I can comprehend the fact that Vince McMahon feels that there is no better ECW heel than himself, given what the original ECW stood for. But this isn't the original ECW - far from it - and a 3-on-1 handicap stipulation is ridiculous. Lashley to regain.


 

UNDERCARD

 


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

Chris Benoit vs. MVP (US Title/2 of 3 falls) - This match may be the only reason to buy the PPV. Kudos to Benoit for elevating MVP to superstar status. MVP pulls off a surprising win.
Elijah Burke vs. CM Punk -
Wow, did they hotshot this angle or what? Punk will look like a star, but the New Breed will interfere and help Burke get the win.
Shawn Michaels vs. Randy Orton -
This should be the night's other highlight. Orton loses after some Sweet Chin Music.
Carlito vs. Ric Flair -
Carlito draws first blood in what will be another lengthy feud.

Matt Mackinder

Chris Benoit vs. MVP (US Title/2 of 3 falls) - These guys are pretty exciting to watch. Is MVP ready for a title run? You betcha.
Elijah Burke vs. CM Punk -
Punk should be the face of ECW and with this pay-per-view win over Sidney Deane (look it up) takes another step in that direction.
Shawn Michaels vs. Randy Orton -
They sure rushed this match eh? Is Orton still in the doghouse? Was he ever out? Give HBK the win.
Carlito vs. Ric Flair -
This is what Ric Flair has been relegated to these days. Sad. And he loses, too.

Jon Waldman

Chris Benoit vs. MVP (US Title/2 of 3 falls) - Gotta free up Benoit for a summer rivalry with Edge, so let's take MVP this time, with a handshake at the end.
Elijah Burke vs. CM Punk -
Believe it or not, this is Punk's first singles match on PPV in WWE. He'll get the W here.
Shawn Michaels vs. Randy Orton -
I have to pick Orton over the H-airbrush Kid.
Carlito vs. Ric Flair -
Carlito has been made to look rediculous thus far in the feud. Anything but a dominant win seals his fate. Ric Flair winning? That's not cool.

Greg Oliver

Chris Benoit vs. MVP (US Title/2 of 3 falls) - Probably the match of the night, provided they are given enough time. MVP has got to come out on top eventually, otherwise the "constantly frustrated" storyline doesn't make sense. This is the time, since Benoit can get screwed on one fall.
Elijah Burke vs. CM Punk -
Punk takes it, but Burke gets a good showing.
Shawn Michaels vs. Randy Orton -
Neither will be hurt by a loss, and neither really gets a boost from a win. The feud will continue, so I expect a non-finish.
Carlito vs. Ric Flair -
It's not time for Flair to get his comeuppance, so super heel Carlito wins.

Andy McNamara

Chris Benoit vs. MVP (US Title/2 of 3 falls) - MVP continues to improve, however, after a hard fought battle The Crippler pulls it out and retains.
Elijah Burke vs. CM Punk -
CM Punk pulls it out in this fast paced match-up.
Shawn Michaels vs. Randy Orton -
This random grudge fest should be great in-ring work. Orton puts on a good show to continue his climb back up the ladder, but HBK ends things with Sweet Chin Music.
Carlito vs. Ric Flair -
Carlito cheats to win.

Brian Elliott

Chris Benoit vs. MVP (US Title/2 of 3 falls) - With 2 out of 3 falls at their disposal - and please, at least thirty minutes - this will be a hit. MVP to go over.
Elijah Burke vs. CM Punk -
Burke is a great young talent, and Punk needs to have a memorable match to kickstart his WWE career. This could be another great one, and I see Punk winning.
Shawn Michaels vs. Randy Orton -
Both men are supremely talented, but I can't help but feel I've seen this too many times before. Still, the match has promise, and I expect Michaels to take this one, as Orton continues to take punishment for his indiscretions.
Carlito vs. Ric Flair - Though in my opinion, it is the wrong decision, I expect Carlito's comments to Tim Baines to have sealed his fate.


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