June 28, 2009
Countdown to The Bash
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff
Dubbed the "Mystery" pay-per-view by wrestling journalists Bryan Alvarez and Dave Meltzer on account of its lack of build-up, at the re-named "The Bash" show on Sunday, there are at least a couple of matches on the show which should be intriguing for everyone.
Of particularly curiosity, I would suggest, is the Intercontinental Title bout between Chris Jericho and Rey Mysterio, as well as the World Heavyweight Title contest, as CM Punk puts the title up against the man he took it from, Jeff Hardy.
Hereís how the SLAM! Wrestling staff feel about how the show will go down:
World Heavyweight Championship: CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy
Greg Oliver: It's way too early to end the second Punk era, but it'll be a good, competitive, interesting match. Therefore the powers that be won't let it go on last. That honor goes to the repeat of HHH vs Orton.
Jon Waldman: No chance of a title change here. Hardy still, apparently, has not signed. This should be a great match though, with more building for Punk's heel turn.
Matt Johnson: Punk retains the title using a cheap, heelish tactic. He does not do a full heel turn yet, however.
Matt Bishop: I love the way they've been teasing Punk's heel turn. The way he's been acting since winning the title is nothing short of awesome. With Hardy rumoured to be leaving in the near future, I can't see him coming away with the victory here, and this will be a good feud to continue to Night of Champions next month.
Brian Elliott: Having invested the time in putting the title back on Punk, I donít expect him to drop the title already. His hinted heel turn makes the most sense to do with the title around his waist, creating a new dimension for matches against Hardy down the road.
WWE Championship: Randy Orton vs. Triple H
Greg Oliver: Whoopee. Triple H is back. I still don't care. Orton wins, likely with some cheating from the outside.
Jon Waldman: This should be a good series of matches. I like the Three Stages of Hell concept still, and the crescendo here is apropos. A Hell in a Cell match waits in the wings for these two. I'll take Randy to retain.
Matt Johnson: Orton wins the traditional wrestling match. Hunter wins Falls Count Anywhere. Orton wins the Stretcher Match to retain the WWE Championship.
Matt Bishop: Great, another stip match between Randy Orton and Triple H.This feud is beyond stale and we're probably going to have to see a death match at SummerSlam the way they're blowing through stips for these two. Hopefully Orton retains because I don't think the world is ready for Trips as champ again.
Brian Elliott: When HHH took some time off recently, it was said to be to allow the fans to get back into his character. And yet, now heís back and in a World Championship singles match? With Orton a favourite with the vocal minority, it makes no sense to put the belt on Hunter. Orton defends with outside interference.
ECW Championship (Scramble Match): Tommy Dreamer (c) vs. Jack Swagger vs. Christian vs. Mark Henry vs. Finlay
Greg Oliver: What would be the point of giving Dreamer the title and then losing it so quickly? He gets by, somehow, some way, and escapes with the belt.
Jon Waldman: Consider this to be a toss-up, but Dreamer is not keeping the belt.
Matt Johnson: Tommy Dreamer retains the title, only to lose it to Jack Swagger on ECW television.
Matt Bishop: Hey, a way to get the title off Tommy Dreamer without him being pinned. I must say, I'm hoping for Jack Swagger in this one, but I have a sneaking feeling Finlay will come away with the title at the end of the day.
Brian Elliott: I canít imagine Tommy Dreamer having a long run with the title, but this seems to be set up for a ďflukeĒ win for him.
Women's Championship: Melina vs. Michelle McCool
Greg Oliver: Not that it matters, but I think McCool will win the belt.
Jon Waldman: McCool could take the title, but there's still a lot of drama with the first Women's/Diva's champion to be crowned. I almost sense a duelling matches concept happening at Night of Champions.
Matt Johnson: Michelle McCool gets the win.
Matt Bishop: McCool wins the title with a little help from Alicia Fox.
Brian Elliott: McCool taking the title seems the logical outcome to continue the program, so thatís what will happen.
Intercontinental Championship: Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio
Greg Oliver: Still feels like there's legs to this feud, so Jericho retains.
Jon Waldman: Rey wins.
Matt Johnson: Rey wins and it sets up a hair vs. mask match between Jericho and Mysterio.
Matt Bishop: A mask vs. title match on a less than two week build. Only in WWE. I just can't see Mysterio losing his mask here. It makes no sense whatsoever, but I can't really see him winning the title, either. So here's hoping for a no contest of some sorts. Maybe a double pin?
Brian Elliott: This mask vs title contest should still be hot, but you canít help but feel that it should have been promoted so much better. Mysterio leaves with the belt.
The Great Khali vs. Dolph Ziggler
Matt Johnson: Khali puts Ziggler in his place. Basically, they need another babyface to get a win.
Brian Elliott: I canít believe this is on pay-per-view. If they go over two minutes, it will be a candidate for worst match of the year.
Greg Oliver: Khali. Pretty weird last-minute addition.
Greg Oliver: The Miz has made a valiant attempt to establish himself as a personality, but no one, no one, believes he has a chance here. Cena wins, unless he doesn't -- which would only happen with some outside interference from Big Show.
Jon Waldman: Miz needs the W more but it won't be clean. DQ will continue the feud.
Matt Johnson: Cena blows through the Miz.
Matt Bishop: I have never wanted a man to win a match more than I want The Miz to beat John Cena on Sunday. This is mainly because I want to see continued awesome interaction between Miz and Maryse. I guess I'll be happy as long as Miz looks respectable in this one. If he loses in less than five minutes to one of Cena's terrible finishing holds, I will not be happy.
Brian Elliott: The Miz is sent back to Jobberville within five minutes.
Unified Tag Team Championship: Carlito & Primo vs. Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase
Greg Oliver: This is the type of feud that should last and last until SummerSlam, building slowly and making it meaningful. Instead, I think the Colons will drop the belts quickly.
Jon Waldman: Should be a good bout, but there's plenty of time to switch the belts still.
Matt Johnson: Cody and Ted take the titles, solidifying Legacy as a force on Raw.
Matt Bishop: Have the Colons even defended the belts once since winning them at WrestleMania? They've done absolutely nothing (although that's because WWE doesn't care about the tag division) and haven't really impressed me much along the way. The titles would be a much bigger boon to DiBiase and Rhodes than they would be to the Colons, and this could also jumpstart Legacy to being on all three shows.
Brian Elliott: This has the chance to be a very good, old-school tag team match-up, if itís given twenty minutes. That seems unlikely, however, and I see DiBiase and Rhodes taking the titles.