Sunday, Feb, 12 2017
What I Want To Happen: This is a hard call! The fracture in the Wyatt family is creating a great storyline and I want it to continue, but I also want Orton to win. I feel like an Orton win will tip the scales too far though and create a lull for them on the road to Wrestlemania. For once, I’m gonna root against Orton, but only for the greater good. I wouldn’t mind seeing Erik Rowan return to shake this feud up further though.
What I Think Will Happen: I don’t foresee the WWE having Orton come away from the Royal Rumble victorious and then having him lose the following pay-per-view. It should be a great match, but Harper will face defeat.
Natalya vs. Nikki Bella
What I Want To Happen: I have never been a Bella fan and at this point its safe to say I never will be. I would love to see Natalya grab a victory and get the push she deserves. Maybe even a title run since it's been ya know, years since she's held a belt.
What I Think Will Happen: Regardless the opponent, it seems Natalaya is destined to be the 'Dolph Ziggler' of the women's division. On top of that, rumor has it Nikki is on her way out. I don't see her going out on her back. I assume she'll win here and continue on to ride the victory train out of Wrestlemania.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Apollo Crews & Kalisto
What I Want To Happen: I like the dark, frustrated angle Ziggler is portraying. It is, after all, what he should be feeling as he is constantly underutilized! I say it every time, but he deserves a win and an upswing in momentum.
What I Think Will Happen: Kalisto and Crews are throwaway opponents at this point. Ziggler should come out on top, I just don't foresee the WWE going anywhere with it after that though.
Mickie James vs. Becky Lynch
What I Want To Happen: I’m happy to have another woman who can actually wrestle on the Smackdown roster. However, it’s ironic that Mickie James has returned to seek the credit 'she deserves,’ but in doing so is stealing the spotlight and credit another wrestler deserves. I’d like to see Becky come away with a win.
What I Think Will Happen:
TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
American Alpha (C) vs. The Usos vs. The Ascension vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. Breezango vs. The Vaudevillians
What I Want To Happen: The comedy route worked so well for Beauty and the Man Beast, I think Breezango could pull off a short haphazard, but humorous title run. It would be fun to watch, but that being said, would have to be brief to avoid mocking the tag team championship title.
What I Think Will Happen: Smackdown’s tag team division is lacking and doesn’t leave many realistic outcomes. This will go one of two ways: either American Alpha will retain their titles and ride this wave to Wrestlemania or the Usos will win with some shady under handed tactics.
SMACKDOWN WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP
Alexa Bliss (C) vs. Naomi
What I Want To Happen: As much as I hate to say it, Alexa Bliss retaining her title is the best possible outcome. Naomi reads as a cheap gimmick and it’s hard to want to take her seriously.
What I Think Will Happen: The women’s division is small and this match seems to have come about as a lack of opponents. Moving the belt would be lateral at best, Alexa Bliss should pull of a win here, no problem (sans an interference).
John Cena (C) vs. AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin vs. The Miz vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose
What I Want To Happen: I’m sticking to my prediction that Bray Wyatt wins. A win here ensures the Wyatt Family feud can erupt on the biggest stage of them all: Wrestlemania. Besides, its about time Bray Wyatt gets the recognition he deserves.
What I Think Will Happen: Its hard to think Cena would drop the belt so soon after tying Ric Flair’s record, but given his part-time status this is the ideal time for him to do so. Cena drops the belt to Wyatt.