April 30, 2016 by Joey Keogh
The PPV after Wrestlemania is always a moot point, with loose ends tied and new strings formed. This year’s event, headed by AJ Styles Vs Roman Reigns with the added interaction of Bullet Club members Gallows and Anderson, adds an air of intrigue over what could’ve been a sorry state of Styles jobbing to the Superman.
The under-card is where the real gems are to be found, with at least three smaller matches set to steal the show on Sunday, so without any further ado, onward to the predictions:
United States Championship Match: Kalisto (c) vs. Ryback
Do we really need to see the Big Guy on another pre-show? A surefire way to not get people to stay tuned, Kalisto has potential and they aren’t utilising it one iota.
Hopefully Kalisto will once again retain and end this madness, and give the US Title a little more credence with Cesaro or even Kevin Owens holding the gold in the near future.
Kalisto to retain
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin
NXT’s Lone Wolf has finally left the pack and risen to the main roster. Baron Corbin is everything Vinnie Mac loves; he’s a powerhouse ex-NFL player with a hard hitting style and super wet hair à la Roman Reigns.
Dolph Ziggler has once again been relegated to jobber and despite his demonstrable in-ring talent, he can’t seem to catch a break. This should be yet another short squash affair, with Corbin notching another win on his journey to the top of the main roster proper.
Baron Corbin to win
Intercontinental Championship Match: The Miz (c) (with Maryse) vs. Cesaro
It is great to see Cesaro back in a WWE ring, the charismatic Swiss Superman has taken this new movie star gimmick and ran with it and this feud is building up very nicely indeed.
It would, admittedly be nice to have Tyson Kidd back and have them compete in a flourishing tag division, but until that day it’s good to have Cesaro around again.
Expect Maryse to get involved here, but I don’t think it would be enough to stop Cesaro from claiming some gold.
Cesaro to win the Intercontinental Championship
Tag team match to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Tag Team Championship:Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady vs. The Vaudevillains
An all NXT tag team match on the main roster is testament to the hard work of these talented wrestlers. Enzo and Cass are firmly over with the main roster crowd and the prospect of them going for the gold is enticing against – them facing off against The New Day adds tenfold to this.
The Vaudevillains are an entertaining duo but their strongman gimmick may fall flat with the general WWE universe. Having said that, this could still be a show stealer as the two teams have had some classic encounters over at Full Sail.
Enzo and Big Cass to become #1 Contenders and you can’t teach that!
WWE Women’s Championship Match: Charlotte (c) (with Ric Flair) vs. Natalya (with Bret Hart)
Charlotte Flair and Natalya have had some decent bouts during the build-up for this bout, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks should really be the ones in the challengers spots.
Ric Flair will get involved and this could also add the Hart factor to the equation to even the odds. It’s hard to see past Flair retaining the title but given the time this could be an entertaining and hard-hitting women’s wrestling match.
Charlotte Flair to retain
Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho
Dean Ambrose is money, plain and simple. Anything they give him he runs with and makes it entertaining. The Ambrose Asylum was a great segue into a feud with Chris Jericho and this could be an unsung hero of the night.
Jericho loves to take it to the limits and Ambrose is the perfect accomplice to create a fun, violent bout.
Dean Ambrose will throw everything he has into this match and this could be a gem in the rough as a result.
Dean Ambrose to win
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
Arguably the best bout on the card, this will be another passionate, hard-fought bout with the two former best friends holding intense animosity against one another.
Owens has taken the ball and ran with it on the main roster and Zayn is set to follow in his footsteps. Expect high spots aplenty and some brutal action, as these two try to settle the score once and for all.
All things considered, the fans are the true winners in this match.
That being said Sami Zayn could benefit from this win and it will add fuel to the fire for Owens, so I’m calling a Zayn victory here
World Heavyweight Championship Match: Roman Reigns (c) vs. AJ Styles
It’s hard to look past Roman Reigns once again in this spot against a man who should rightfully be a champion in the WWE already, but the interest here lies with his former NJPW buddies and running crew The Bullet Club.
There are three options available, to consider:
1. AJ Styles accepts their invitation for help, joins them and destroys Reigns.
2: Gallows and Anderson turn on their former leader and cost him a title shot alone.
3. Finally, and possibly most enticingly, Finn Balor joins Gallows and Anderson and attacks AJ Styles in a power struggle for control of the BC.
These options make this otherwise throwaway Main Event into a veritable must-watch scenario. However, with all that being said WWE could just go down the Roman Reigns destroys everyone route yet again, have him win clean and us leave the PPV hating everything yet again, but whatever the outcome it will hopefully have fans talking.
Roman Reigns to retain but at what cost?
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