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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Posted on: March 28, 2008 2:59 pm
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In my opinion late March and early April is quite possibly the best time of year in the sporting world. You have the NBA and NHL seasons coming down to the wire, you have the NFL draft and offseason in full swing, you have the NCAA tournament in full force, you have spring hopes for 30 franchises as the baseball season gets underway, and last but not least, you have the Grandaddy of them all Wrestlemania! This is one of the only times of the year that fans of every sport have something going on. Last year I attended Wrestlemania in Detroit and took a plane back the next morning to go see the White Sox open their season against the Indians. I was on cloud 9...well at least until Jose Contreras got hit hard and that opening day set the tone for the entire season. Nonetheless, that was one of the greatest 24 hour periods in sports I have ever had. The greatest being when I attended the Bulls championship rally followed by the first ever White Sox vs. Cubs regular season game (that didn't go well either....damn Jaime Navarro!), and then after the game I made the journey complete with a trip to the United Center to see World Championship Wrestling's Monday Nitro. The nWo was in full force back then and Dennis Rodman was on hand with Hulk Hogan for a great night of wrestling.

In this edition of the Extravaganza I will make my Wrestlemania predictions. The show takes place on Sunday March 30th in Orlando Florida. The show is shaping up to be a pretty good card with the highlights being the Undertaker vs. Edge, John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Triple H in a three way dance for the WWE title, the possible retirement match of Ric Flair and the mainstream media match between Floyd Mayweather and The Big Show.

Money in the Bank Ladder Match- The MITB match has become a staple of Wrestlemania and allows younger guys the opportunity to jump from the mid card to the main event level. Edge and Rob Van Damn have both accomplished this. This year you have MVP, Ken Kennedy, CM Punk, Chris Jericho, John Morrison, Shelton Benjamin and Carlito vying for the chance to win the contract for a match versus any champion. There are a couple of ways the WWE could go in this one. Kennedy won the event last year before losing the contract to Edge and he seems primed to win it again. Kennedy has been on the cusp of main event status and a good showing here might just get him there. Chris Jericho might be the one to win it because he made a come back that wasn't so great of a come back and this may be what he needs to get him to where he should have been a couple of months ago. Jericho is one of the most talented wrestlers on the roster and is also one of the most charismatic superstars the industry has to offer. He has recently won the Intercontinental Championship and seems to be getting on a role. My pick to win is MVP. I think he has the opportunity to jump up to main event status and become the next major star the company has. MVP has been a great worker, a U.S. champion and very entertaining for over a year now. To me MVP just seems poised to make the jump. While Jericho is the safe pick I think the WWE needs to go with MVP.

Umaga Vs. Batista in battle for brand superiority- The background of this match is Smackdown's general manager Vicki Guerrero and Raw's general manager William Regal picked a wrestler off of their roster to see who has the best brand. I think Batista will win this match and it will be a very good match with a lot of hard hitting. Umaga has become a real nice wrestler who plays his roll as a monster perfectly. Umaga got the best of Batista on a recent Smackdown but I find it hard to believe that he will be victorious over Batista at Wrestlemania. Smackdown wins this battle.

JBL vs. Finlay in a Belfast Brawl- This match kind of got thrown together to end the story line of Hornswaggle as Vince McMahons midget bastard son. JBL came out and said he discovered that Hornswaggle is really Finlay's son and he is going to make him pay for deceiving McMahon. It will probably be a bloody match with the use of a lot of weapons and the winner, in my opinion, will be Finlay.

24 man battle royal- The winner of the 24 man over the top rope battle royal will go on to challenge ECW champion Chavo Guerrero for his title in the same night. This will probably be a very fast paced match with a lot of eliminations early. I can't see too much time being devoted to this match up. Barring any surprise entrants into the match I think your winner will be the Big Red Machine Kane. Kane has the most recognition, the coolest entrance and is the most logical choice to end up being the last man in the ring come Mania night.

Kane vs. Chavo Guerrero ECW championship- I think Chavo will win this match since Kane has gone through a battle royal. Chavo will probably cheat to win which will then set up a nice feud between the two for a couple of months.

Bunnymania match between Beth Phoenix and Melina vs. playboy cover girls Ashley and Maria- Snoop Dogg will be on hand during this match as this match will be a filler between a couple of big matches on the card. If this was any other time of the year the much more talented team of Melina and Beth Phoenix would dominate, but since Maria's playboy is currently on the shelf I think there is no doubt that somehow Maria and Ashley will wind up victorious. Hopefully they are wearing revealing outfits at least.

Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair- If Flair loses he is forced to retire. Vince Mcmahon told Flair a few months ago that the next match you lose will be your last. Since then Flair has defeated all challengers including MVP, Kennedy and McMahon himself. Everyone is expecting Flair to lose this match and retire on the biggest stage of them all. I am not so sure, however. I think that Flair will wind up victorious in his final Wrestlemania which would come as a huge surprise to everyone. Flair will then go on to lose at the next pay per view but it will give him one last giant moment in the sun at Mania.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Big Show- This match has the chance to be a disaster. Usually celebrities win when they make guest appearances and I don't think this will be any different. Somehow Mayweather will come out on top. Considering the size difference between the two-300 lbs and 1 1/2 ft- it could be awful for the career of Big Show when he loses. How can he compete against the likes of Undertaker, Batista, HHH, Cena and Orton if he can't even beat a 155 lb boxer. This match really needs to be creatively booked in order to not make him look absolutely pathetic. It has served its purpose at getting main stream attention put on Wrestlemania however. I just feel bad for the Show if he loses.

Edge vs. Undertaker for the World Championship- I think this has the ability to be the match of the night. Undertaker has never lost at Wrestlemania and usually puts on a wonderful match. I predict that both of those trends will continue. Undertaker will extend his winning streak to 16-0 and will take the championship for the second straight year. Edge has also become just an outstanding wrestler over the past few years and will undoubtedly put on a quality match. I absolutely see Edge winning the championship back before SummerSlam but at mania that title will be taken back to the darkside.

Randy Orton vs. John Cena vs. HHH for the WWE title- I am kind of disappointed in this being a three way match but there really wasn't any other option. Orton has earned his main event status and has been, in my opinion, an excellent champion. Cena's return from his injury at the Royal Rumble meant that he was to be included in the main event at Mania and HHH coming off of his missing Wrestlemania last year was also going to be in the match. Orton has done a wonderful job as champ as I stated earlier but I think his run ends here. Cena was champion for a long time before Orton was. I think it is time for another run of HHH as champion, like it or not. HHH is victorious here and will enjoy a long run as WWE champion. I am sure this match will be well put together and will be very entertaining.

I think this Wrestlemania on paper looks pretty good but once the event starts I think it will be outstanding. The whole company seems to get up for Wrestlemania more than any other event and in that venue with 70,000 in attendance I think it will be an outstanding show.

Then on Monday the White Sox will repay the Indians for last years beat down and everything in the world of Coach Ken will be outstanding!

Just remember, when you are nWo- it's 4 LIFE!

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Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2008 5:12 pm
 

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I really enjoy reading your blog entrees. You seem to know what you are talking about, and I find parts of it humorous. I think the nature boy is going down though. He will be retired at Wrestlemania. I pretty much agree with everything else though. I love this time of the year!!!



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