Continuing on from Raw’s use of younger guys being thrown in to the mix on the big stage, it seems Smackdown! is doing the same. So, while I refrain from posting a long rant on the misfortunes and utter waste of Matt Hardy on Raw, I will now run down a brief preview of what one can expect to see this evening, if you are indeed willing to order this event.
MNM vs. The Road Warriors and Christy
I have always liked MNM as a team and I’m disappointed for them that they don’t have quite the exciting array of teams in the tag division to feed off of. They deserve better. But will they be walking out as victors on Sunday? I think not. I see the babyface team getting the win.
Bobby Lashley vs. Simon Dean
Cruiserweight Title: Nunzio vs. Juventud
Hardcore Holly vs. Ken Kennedy
Holly is the worst of performers to be paired against on PPV, and I think these two could put together a decent match. I don’t see it lasting an awful long time, but I do see Kennedy continuing his wining streak, but not without a stiff kick or two from ‘Sparky Plugg’ along the way.
JBL vs. Rey Mysterio
The styles of both these guys could mesh well, and I can see one or two exciting spots in this one making it worth it’s place on the card. As for the winner? Well, as I said before, I think Rey has had some success over JBL in the past, so this time Layfield will take the win.
US Title: Chris Benoit vs. Orlando Jordan vs. Booker T vs. Christian
Benoit has been a decent US Champ and he hasn’t held on to the gold for that long. Without the belt he could be left in limbo if they have no plans to move him up the card. I think, for the time being, they’ll keep the belt on him as he’s still relatively early in to his reign.
Handicap Casket Match: The Ortons vs. The Undertaker
This will probably be a match that is given too much time, and I doubt poor old Bob Orton’s pace-maker could handle such a marathon. Undertaker matches always seem to stretch out just that little bit too long. Don’t get me wrong, Orton and Undertaker have produced a good (Wrestlemania) and a fairly good (Summerslam) PPV battle thus far, but I just have no desire to see these two fight again. And I’m sorry, but Bob Orton’s introduction to this pairing, and the casket stipulation do NOTHING for this rivalry.
So, who’s walking out of No Mercy as the winner? Well, based on these Internet reports then I have to say the Ortons will win. These rumours that circulate or often turn out to be correct, you know.
World Title: Batista vs. Eddie Guerrero
Eddie will use his cowardice and conniving ways to work the crowd and Batista and I’m sure he’ll do whatever it takes to get the victory tonight. Batista, however, isn’t portrayed as a dumb face, like many often seem to be when suckered in these situations. It seems Batista’s character is a little smarter than that, so a nice battle of wits emerges in this one already.
The psychology will play a key role in this match – perhaps just as much as the in-ring stuff. However, physically it could also be an entertaining affair. I don’t like Batista as an in-ring performer, but in there with a guy like Eddie, I think we could see a decent title match. My heart would love Guerrero to win, but my head says Batista retains.
On a final note, Raw guys are expected to invade No Mercy, so perhaps we’ll see them screw the Undertaker, or ruin the finish of the World Title match. They are the two most likely scenarios. That’s what my head says. My heart would love Edge to show up and try and ruin a segment, only for Matt Hardy to appear and kick his ass, announcing his arrival on Smackdown!.
Until next time,
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