Best For Business: The Big Push For WWE Battleground, Predictions For Sunday's PPV
CM Punk vs. Ryback
If you've been listening to The Greg DeMarco Show, and since I'm new here you may not have, you know that I fully expect the WWE to book CM Punk vs. Paul Heyman inside Hell In A Cell later this month. It's a nice payoff for this chapter in the Punk-Heyman saga, and another way for the WWE to use its famed structure in a blood-free era. That can be accomplished so many ways, but the path of least resistance is for CM Punk to fall to Ryback thanks to outside interference.
No, the WWE Championship hasn't been as big of a focus as it should be over the past three weeks. But in the three weeks from Battleground to Hell In A Cell, that will change. The Triple H/Stephanie McMahon manipulation of the roster is setting up to come to a chaotic head, and it think that peak happens on Sunday and bleeds over into Monday. I suspect some outside interference in favor of Randy Orton to bring out several key roster members (Dolph Ziggler, The Usos, Cody Rhodes) in favor of Daniel Bryan, leading to a chaotic brawl that ends the show and leaves us with a no contest—no winner, no WWE Champion. That allows the WWE to properly build the championship match at Hell In A Cell, where Daniel Bryan likely finally walks away WWE Champion, starting a competitive rivalry with CM Punk that can carry us until the Royal Rumble (Randy Orton can then focus on Cody Rhodes, if you're wondering).
And in all honesty, a no-contest is the right call—it's best for business.
- I largely enjoyed the Raw debut of Los Matadores, especially the inclusion of a mascot. Primo, Epico and Mascarita Dorada went all in on their characters Fernando, Diego and El Torito. Their first outing exceeded my expectations—which isn't saying much when my expected reaction was "this sucks." It didn't suck, and I'm down. For now.
- My only concern with the debut of our new matadors was JBL's "there's something very familiar about these guys" line. First reason being that they don't seem familiar at all. They debuted a largely new (and surprisingly matador influenced) offense and played to no comparisons of their prior personas. The second reason being that if this is going to be a legit act, his familiarization with the duo could undermine their success.
- In the "your time is long gone" department, Madusa had some choice words for current WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee over the last few days. AJ posed with the old Women's Championship, causing Madusa to go on a (admittedly difficult to actually read) Twitter rant on the current champion, saying she'll never be the real champion since Madusa never lost.
My problems with Madusa's points are plenty. Madusa, who held the championship as Alundra Blayze in the WWF threw the championship in the trash can in 1995, a full 18 years ago. It was resurrected three years later, and totaled an additional 45 reigns before being retired in 2010. Where was Madusa then? And does she realize AJ Lee isn't even the Women's Champion?
In all honesty, I don't blame Madusa here. She's old news, forgotten or never known by the majority of today's wrestling fans. She's hoping for a phone call and a payday with this tweet. And possibly a Hall of Fame induction. None of which I see coming. She should be happy—she's found a successful career for herself after wrestling racing monster trucks, and she's actually forged a Hall of Fame legacy in that career.
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