WWE Battleground Predictions

Welcome to the Sports Scripts WWE Battleground PPV! This is the perfect time to get back into the prediction scene as WWE seems to start caring about mixing up their shows, and providing something fresh for us to watch. So here’s myself, Bell and Ricky’s predictions for the PPV before SummerSlam, Battleground.

Naomi vs Cameron

Bell: This is a pre-show match for the PPV and could be a sneaky good Divas match if there is such a thing. I’m going to go with Naomi in this match as it seems WWE has had her in bigger pushes within the company and it makes 0 sense for her to lose here.

Ricky: Does anyone care about a woman’s match that doesn’t envolve AJ?????? Give me Naomi just because.

Matt: Cameron is probably the worst character in the WWE right now. There’s a difference between being crazy and being just annoying. Naomi on the other hand is a lot of fun. She’s a solid building block in the new Diva’s division, so she wins her first match as a full-time singles wrestler.

Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter vs Rusev w/Lana

Bell: I am excited for this match on Sunday. I’ve always liked Swagger a little bit and thought he was loaded with talent. This is a match for him to really show his potential within the company. The battle here is USA vs Russia and I think the Real American comes away with the win in this match. The WWE wouldn’t just pump up Swagger like this to have him get squashed.

Ricky: I’ve really enjoyed the build in this match and think they have finally found something to make Swagger useful but now the question is how long they want this program to last. I think this may get another match at Summerslam, so give me some sort of DQ and Swagger wins.

Matt: Probably the match that I’m looking forward to most. Jack Swagger has always been a personal favourite, when he’s not injuring everyone, and Rusev is from NXT which means I automatically love the guy. Most importantly this is what I call a “Hoss Fight”. Two big dudes running into each other, and hitting each other really hard. Plus, submission finishers. I’ve got Rusev to win the match, but this is hopefully going to continue into SummerSlam.

WWE Tag Team Championship: The Usos (c) vs Erick Rowan and Luke Harper

Bell: I’m expecting this to be a nice contest and while I’d love to see The Usos keep the titles it wont happen. I expect the Wyatt family to walk away with the Tag Team gold this Sunday.

Ricky: These guys have had a fantastic feud and really got me excited to see what they will finish with. I think it’s time to give Rowan and Harper the belts. Harper has always been one of my favorite big guys to watch. I’ve watched him back to his Brodie Lee days in Chikara, so I am excited for the future for him as well as what he and Rowan bring to the Tag Team Division.

Matt: Hopefully this is the end of the feud. It’s been really good, but it’s time for both teams to have different competition. Harper and Rowan have become the best tag team in the company, and are primed for a great title run with them winning.

WWE Divas Championship: AJ Lee (c) vs Paige

Bell: Is it possible the PPV could have two solid Divas matches? I think so as AJ Lee is one heck of a wrestler and Paige is going to grow into one very soon. The two matches before were pretty much just quick little matches, but this time around it’s going to be different as they should get some time to showcase their talents. I’ll take AJ Lee in this match as I just don’t think the WWE was happy with Paige as champion.

Ricky: The single two hottest woman in the WWE, PERIOD!!!! AJ is back and I couldn’t be happier. She is the best thing to happen to the Women division in a long long time. So I am definitely ready for another match between these two. It won’t be the typical get up and get a refill of your drink or bathroom break match, this should be fun and AJ wins.

Matt: This should be another really good match, but another one that should’ve been started at SummerSlam. AJ just got her title back and turned face, so she’s going to win, but this will be one of the best Diva’s feuds in years.

Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins

Bell: You can mark my words here this match will steal the show on Sunday. These guys are the future of WWE and we will get a taste of it this Sunday. There are two ways I think this match will go and one is a clean win for Ambrose as Rollins has the MITB win already, or Rollins winning due some kind of interference to keep this feud burning.

Ricky: Best match on the card? Probably right next to Wyatt and Jericho, yes. I think this two could steal the show. Look for them to have a good back and forth match and I really look for a big time screw job and Rollins walking away victorious.

Matt: This is the must see match. Not only is it the better wrestling 2/3s of the Shield going at it, but they’ve really made us all emotionally invested in this feud. They really seem like they hate each other, and they’re going to tear down the house. Give me Rollins in some sort of distraction, but with Ambrose standing tall at the end with Rollins in retreat.

Bray Wyatt vs Chris Jericho

Bell: This should be a very solid match that could honestly go either way. I’m not sure what WWE has planned here, but I also think this will be a rematch at Summerslam. I’m going to say Wyatt wins because he’s taken two losses at the last two ppvs.

Ricky: JERICHO IS BACK!!!!!! And he is facing Bray Wyatt!!!!!!!! Love this program, both guys are fantastic on the mic and I expect this to be a really good match. Give me Wyatt with the victory easily setting up for a rematch at Summerslam.

Matt: These two had a really nice match on NXT just over a year ago, and now that they’re continuing the feud on the big stage, I expect an even better match. Bray wins this match, but hopefully this continues right until Jericho leaves again.

WWE Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal: Alberto Del Rio vs. Big E vs. Bo Dallas vs. Cesaro vs. Curtis Axel vs. Diego vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango vs. Heath Slater vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rob Van Dam vs. R-Truth vs. Ryback vs. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara vs. The Great Khali vs. The Miz vs. Titus O’Neil vs. Xavier Woods vs. Zack Ryder

Bell: It makes sense for a ton of guys here to get the push with the title, and picking one is really hard. Since this is a predictions article I’ll pick Big E.

Ricky: See now this is fun. I love random battle royals thrown together (sarcasm). I really don’t care who wins this but give me Bo Dallas just because.

Matt: Lots of really fun options in this match like Fandango, BO, The Miz or Big E, but the one guy who’s a must to get it, is Cesaro. And if this means that we’re set up for a Cesaro/Barrett feud down the line, then even better.

WWE Championship Fatal Four-Way: John Cena (c) vs Roman Reigns vs Kane vs Randy Orton

Bell: In my opinion this match is pretty much locked for John Cena to win after we learned of the Plan C on Monday Night Raw. If you read anything about WWE on the internet or are any kind of fan you know who plan C is. Brock Lesnar vs John Cena at Summerslam with Cena as champion, so yes he walks out of Battleground with the gold.

Ricky: Who cares? Cena wins, Cena Wins, Cena Wins…….

Matt: Roman Reigns punches and spears a bunch of dudes, Randy Orton coasts through the match, Kane gets pinned, and Cena wins, LOL.

WWE Extreme Rules Predictions

It is the start of the new WWE year, and with that comes the very first Pay-Per-View, or “special event” as they will be referred to from now on, WWE’s Extreme Rules! Always a fun show based on the numerous gimmick matches that take place, the card is full of change. Guys like Bad New Barrett, Daniel Bryan, Alexander Rusev, Paige and of course, The Shield in the main event. It’s a breath of fresh air to see all this new talent, and for the talent that’s been around for a while that I mentioned above, it’s good to see them being used in new ways, and being pushed to greater heights. So let’s look at Matt Bell’s, Ricky Valero’s and my predictions for Extreme Rules.

Pre-Show WeeLC Match: El Torito vs Hornswoggle

Matt B: Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm El Torito? I guess?

Ricky: Look this match is what it is. It’s going to be a comedy match between the two and I am probably more excited about this match than I am the rest of the card. I can’t wait to see this happen. Anyone know what a WeeLC match is? Haha. Going to be a classic match for sure and give me El Torito for the win.

Matt W: This match is going to be a classic. It’s going to have tiny ladders, tiny chairs, maybe a tiny table. Hornswoggle and El Torito have had one of the most entertaining feuds in WWE right now, and I expect this match to be no different. Even if they’re just messing around, these two show more intensity and emotion than most of the guys on the roster. El Torito wins, and it’s going to be gold, perfectly suited for a pre-show match.

Two-on-One Handicap Match: Alexander Rusev w/ Lana vs R-Truth and Xavier Woods

Matt B: This match is all about the building of a future superstar in Rusev. He goes over big time in this match and picks up a win over Woods and R-Truth.

Ricky: I HATE THIS MATCH. I don’t like burying two guys to put over another. Rusev wins in dominate fashion.

Matt W: Rusev has become a personal favourite, and of course I’m a big fan of Lana, and Lana’s legs. I feel bad for Xavier Woods because he’s actually talented, but R-Truth is the very bottom of the barrel for me, so I will enjoy seeing Rusev putting a double Accolade onto these two to win.

Cesaro vs Jack Swagger vs Rob Van Dam

Matt B: This is an interesting match for the PPV and probably will be one of the more entertaining matches of the night. I expect Cesaro to win this match being the Paul Heyman guy to keep building up something special for Cesaro.

Ricky: I don’t really like this match at all but don’t get me wrong it’s going to be a good one. Cesaro with Heyman has been money and I wish they would give Zeb/Heyman more time together on the mics. I really can’t see Cesaro losing this match, it wouldn’t make any sense at all for him to lose here.

Matt W: This match should be pretty good. You have two stalwarts in Cesaro and Swagger, and those two should do some fun things with a high flyer, and smaller guy in Rob Van Dam. Cesaro is going to swing everyone out of the building, and will win this match. Onto bigger and better things for the King of Swing, and the manager of the man who conquered the streak. Did you know that Paul Heyman’s client Brock Lesnar conquered the streak? I feel he should talk more about that…

Divas Championship: Paige (c) vs Tamina Snuka

Matt B: Paige will eventually defend against AJ Lee, but this isn’t AJ Lee and she wins this match.

Ricky: Paige has supplanted AJ as my favorite Diva. She really is the total package and honestly wish she would’ve had a long program with AJ because it would’ve been some good stuff. But this match is really just for Paige to get another win under the belt. Give me Paige to win this won but get beat up pretty bad throughout the match.

Matt W: I’ve been waiting for Paige for so long, and she has not disappointed since coming up. Putting on the best one-on-one Divas matches in the past few months, with such luminaries as Alicia Fox and “Old Glory Knee Dropper” Aksana. The Modified Scorpion Crosslock has been fantastic, and while the match won’t be great, Paige should come out looking pretty good.

Intercontinental Championship: Big E (c) vs Bad News Barrett

Matt B: The crowd is really into the Bad News Barrett character right now and with a victory over RVD the other night I think that sealed if for me that he finds a way to win this match. I’m afraid Big E will have some Bad News come Sunday night.

Ricky: I am a big time Big E fan and not sure where they can go with from here. He has the potential to be a big star and they have kind of dropped the ball a little as him being IC champ. Bad News Barrett gimmick is awesome, I love it, the crowd loves it and he loves it. They finally might get the ball rolling with the IC title and the guy I would have do it is Barrett. So much potential for him and I can’t wait to see what happens after he wins on Sunday.

Matt W: BAD NOOZ! This man is on fire, not only with the crowd, but in matches as well, and the best thing you can do with a guy who looks amazing in physical, beat ‘em up matches, is put him with another big physical dude. Big E is that dude. I love Big E, but I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news, Mr. Barrett is winning the Intercontinental Championship and continuing his role.

Steel Cage Match: John Cena vs Bray Wyatt

Matt B: Wyatt vs Cena I can not wait to see this match. These are two of the best in WWE and I’m not sure how the match will go. I want to see Wyatt win, but I won’t be surprised if Cena wins the match.

Ricky: This match should be fantastic. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see a Full on Cena heel turn but we know that won’t happen. I love Bray Wyatt and feel he really needs to win this match. They should continue this feud heading to Summerslam and the only way to do that is if Wyatt beats Cena. Cena doesn’t need this match, Wyatt does.

Matt W: I got my hopes back up for this feud when Bray Wyatt had that amazing opening segment on RAW. But then Cena came back an hour or two later, completely unaffected, and joking again. Sigh, even though Bray Wyatt is going to win this match, it just feels like this could’ve been so much more.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Extreme Rules Match: Daniel Bryan (c) vs Kane

Matt B: THERE IS NO WAY KANE WINS THIS MATCH!!! Daniel Bryan wins!

Ricky: This match should be fun and filled with a lot of drama. I fully expect some guys to come out and “try” to cost Bryan the title. But at the end of the day we all know that Bryan is going to walk out champion.

Matt W: The build has been great for this feud, not so much because of what Bryan and Kane have done, and they’ve been great, but it’s because of the new Vincent Kennedy McMahon, his daughter Stephanie! The last time we had such an interesting, asshole-ish boss character in WWE, was back when Vinny Mac was in his hey-day. D-Bry wins this match, but not without some interfering from Steph on behalf of Kane.

The Shield vs Evolution

Matt B: Bautista is leaving the company for a while after this match and this fact alone suggests to me that the Shield wins this match.

Ricky: It’s been a really long time since I was looking forward to a match. This match should be fun and just all the way around awesome!!! Orton (while annoying) is really good in the ring, the same can be said for HHH and Batista brings his own big guy element to the matchup as well. Of course you have the Shield. Each guy brings his own unique thing to the table. This match is going to be hard hitting, high flying at times and just a knockdown drag out fight. I am really looking forward to seeing how the match turns out. I am 50/50 on who I think will win this match but give me Evolution but some screwy finish.

Matt W: I’m so excited for this match, it’s insane. The Shield has been absolute gold for a year and a half now, and now they get a main event feud with the re-created Evolution. That’s how much faith they have in these guys. The match should be great, it should be intense, with spears and superman punches flying like wild. With Batista taking time off soon, I expect The Shield to win, and for this magical feud to pick back up in the summer.

Burning Question: Who is the next man up in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture? Assuming that Daniel Bryan comes out of this intact, who’s the next man he’ll face at Payback?

Matt B: I think Daniel Bryan should feud with John Cena I’d really like to see them just let Cena become a bad guy and make it in some sort of way where the Bella twins become separated in support of their man.

Ricky: That’s a really tough question on who is the next man up and I think it really depends on who wins that Evolution match as well. I really think they are just going to throw together a couple of matches for Bryan between now and the build for SummerSlam which may be him and Batista. So honestly right now I am not sure who the next guy will be up, but consider my interest peaked for sure.

Matt W: I feel similarly to Ricky, in that they’re going to be putting individual people against Daniel Bryan, in a continuation of the Authority storyline. I expect perhaps Orton and Triple H in a triple threat at Payback, but by the time SummerSlam rolls around, I’m thinking, maybe CM Punk, and we can continue their awesome 2012 feud in the main event.

So there are our predictions for the upcoming Extreme Rules PPV. Make sure to check out Ricky and myself’s inaugural The Wrestling Script podcast episode right here, and tune in Sunday morning at 12ET to watch our Extreme Rules preview.

NBA Playoff Preview

The NBA Playoffs are just about to get underway, and I felt about giving some predictions on each of the match-ups that we have this year. The one thing I enjoy about the match-ups this year, is that everything is very wide open. The Heat are at the tail end of their dominance, and while LeBron is still the best player in the NBA, the rest of his team is suspect. The Pacers have been awful of late, the Spurs are great but could fold if they have to face the Thunder, the Thunder themselves might not have enough help outside of Durant, and there are a number of potential sleeper match-ups. So here’s a quick series of thoughts and prediction for all eight series.

Western Conference:

San Antonio Spurs (1) vs Dallas Mavericks (8)

This is the most sure series in the first round. The Mavericks have some kind of incredible season, because looking at that lineup, there’s no way this team should’ve made the playoffs, let alone win 50 games. Dirk Nowitzki had one of the best seasons in his career, Rick Carlisle certified himself as one of the best coaches in basketball, and their oddball supporting cast of Ellis, Calderon and Vince Carter have surprisingly worked. But none of this matter as they’re going up against the machine known as the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs have made everyone is well rested, and are looking to have some big performances from guys like Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli who have both been great. The Mavericks had a nice little run getting here, but the Spurs are going to roll right over them, en route to their second round matchup.

Predictions: Spurs in Four Games

Houston Rockets (4) vs Portland Trail Blazers (5)

This could end up being one of the best series in the first round. Both teams anchored by superstar guards, Harden and Lillard, and superstar low post players, Howard and Aldridge. If I had to make one guarantee about this series, it would be that very little defense will be played. Both teams are putrid on defense, but are super efficient on offense, and let those threes fly like wild. A lot of the Rockets success will come down to whether or not Patrick Beverley can play a lot of minutes because he’ll be essential against Damian Lillard, and trying to keep him contained. However, in a series that’s so close, with two teams that are so close, I almost always go with the team who has the best player. James Harden is that guy, so I’m going Rockets in this one.

Prediction: Rockets in Seven Games

Los Angeles Clippers (3) vs Golden State Warriors (6)

If only Andrew Bogut weren’t hurt. Then the Warriors could not only have a legit shot at winning this series, but at even making to the finals, or the West finals at the very least. But sadly, this is not the case, so we’ll have to settle for the most entertaining series in the playoffs. This is like the Rockets-Blazers series, but with faster teams, and better players. Chris Paul vs Stephen Curry? Yes please. Blake Griffin vs essentially the entire frontline trying to fight him? That sounds amazing. It’ll be interesting to see a playoff series, with Blake Griffin turning into the top five player in the NBA this past season. How does the alpha dog game work between him and Chris Paul in playoff pressure? Regardless, this series is going to be nuts, game to game. I expect Curry to win a game by himself, the Warriors to have one ridiculous three point shooting game, but the Clippers are just a better, and more complete team.

Prediction: Clipper in Six Games

Oklahoma City Thunder (2) vs Memphis Grizzlies (7)

Now it’s time for the NBA nerds series. This series might not have the firepower of the Clippers-Warriors or Rockets-Blazers series, but it pits two teams that have such an amazing set of matchups. The Grizzlies are the absolute worst team for the Thunder in round one, as they force the pace to slow down, and can just focus on beating the crap out of the Thunder with their physicality. Scott Brooks could be the deciding factor in this series, and not in the Thunder’s favour. If he spends too much time with Perkins on the floor, and trying to play big, then he’s going to get beaten around constantly. Marc Gasol has remerged as one of the best centres in the game, and if you give him even a slight advantage, he’s going to kill you. Of course, one team has Kevin Durant, and that team is going to win, despite the Grizzlies coaching and size advantage.

Prediction: Thunder in Six

Eastern Conference:

Indiana Pacers (1) vs Atlanta Hawks (8)

This should be a clean sweep for the Pacers, but with how terrible they’ve been playing, not only do I think they lose a game that they throw away, I also think they could be pushed to the limit. The Pacers have gone from dominating the Eastern conference, to limping into the playoffs, and lucky they don’t have to play a team like the Knicks or another team with a legitimate star. From on court issues of shots, to serious off court issues, I’m looking your way Paul George, this team has been free falling of late. Still, they are playing the Hawks without Al Horford. They will inevitably throw a game a way, but they still win this series. The real question is, has the damage been done when they play a good team in round two?

Prediction: Pacers in Five Games

Chicago Bulls (4) vs Washington Wizards (5)

I’m really torn on this series. On one hand, I really like the matchup the Wizards get here, as I think that they can get better shots than the Bulls can, and John Wall is about to have his coming out party. On the other hand, Randy Wittman vs Tom Thibodeau is a wash. The Wizards definitely have the overall star power, and fire power in this series, especially with Nene coming back in time for the playoffs. The aforementioned Wall is on the precipice of breakage through to stardom, and I think he could be a real alpha dog in this series, just making things happen against a great defense. A guy like Bradley Beal could also be a potential wild card, as he could be one of those guys who can get hot quickly, and win a quarter or two, and even swing a series. On the other hand again, Wittman is an awful coach. And Joakim Noah is the third place guy on my non-existent MVP ballot. Regardless of all this, I think I’m going to go out on a limb on this one and take the Wizards. The Bulls just can’t score when they need to. Running plays for Jimmy Butler won’t cut it.

Prediction: Wizards in Seven

Toronto Raptors (3) vs Brooklyn Nets (6)

I’m not going to be a homer… I’m not going to be a homer… I’m not going to be a homer… I can’t help it, CANADAAAAAAAAA! It makes me beyond happy as a huge supporter of Canadian basketball in this country, to see the Raptors succeed so much this season. The fans deserve this more than anything, and they just have such a likeable team. Unfortunately, the worst matchup they could’ve gotten in round one is the Nets, and in round two, they’d have the Heat. Yikes. Fortunately, they have the backcourt advantage, as well as having the best player in the series, DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry depending on your preference. As for the Nets, they shamelessly tanked the final game to get the Raptors, but the basketball gods could smite them for that. It’s scary seeing how much playoff experience this team has, but everything rides on how Deron Williams performs. If we get alpha dog Deron, who’s outplaying Lowry, then the Nets win. If we get sulking, constantly being beat, and taking bad jumpers Deron, then the Nets will seriously struggle. So give me Canada’s team.

Prediction: Raptors in Six

Miami Heat (2) vs Charlotte Bobcats (7)

Unfortunate that the Bobcats get the Heat here, because I honestly thought they could’ve given the Pacers a run for their money, with Al Jefferson constantly eating Roy Hibbert’s lunch. Oh well. Al Jefferson will just have to settle for eating the Heat’s combination froncourt’s lunch instead. Big Al is going to being averaging 25+ point, and probably have one of those super fun 35 point and 20 rebound games. but regardless of how well Al plays, this is the Heat we’re talking about, and even though Kevin Durant is the MVP this year, LeBron is still the overall best player in the world. He’s not losing on round one, even though we might only see the 50% version of Dwyane Wade, and mangled mess of a rotation. The Heat aren’t losing this series, but could be vulnerable next round depending on who they play.

Prediction: Heat in Five Games

WrestleMania 30 Reactions

Welcome back to the Sports Script, and this past Sunday we witnessed the extravagance, the pageantry of the greatest show on the planet, WrestleMania 30! It was one wild roller coaster of a night, and I will give WWE a ton of credit for making it a truly memorable night. Myself and Ricky are here to give our reactions of the night, now that we’ve had a couple nights to digest all of it, so here are our WrestleMania 30 reactions:

Best Moment

Ricky: I would have to say the opening of the show. Seeing Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold and The Rock all in the ring at one time was so surreal. Even better was making a Hogan flub with the Silverdome thing and making it a comedic moment to remember forever.

Matt W: There is no other answer to this question. Cesaro winning the Andre the Giant Battle Royal was great, but this was Daniel Bryan’s night. Just him with those two titles high over head, YES-ing along with 75,000 people is something that I’ll never forget. It was truly YEStleMania

Best Match

Ricky: HHH/Bryan – I am not sure it was really close either. These two really kicked the hell out of each other and put on one heck of a show. HHH sold for Bryan like I haven’t seen him sell for someone in a very long time. HHH knows what he is doing and he is taking this company to the next level and he propelled Bryan tonight by doing so.

Matt W: HHH/Bryan – Shockingly, the best match also involved Daniel Bryan, but it was the opening bout of the show. Daniel Bryan vs Triple H was a masterpiece, of submission and chain wrestling, but with so much passion added in. Triple H wasn’t carried either, I truly believe this is the greatest match of his career. Triple H has never been this good as a character, and apparently as a wrestler as well.

Best Entrance

Ricky: Bray Wyatt – I love his entrance normally and the personal feel they are giving week to week with it now is even cooler. Easily hands down my favorite entrance of the night.

Matt W: Bray Wyatt – It’s the easy answer saying the Undertaker’s entrance, but it didn’t do much for me this time. Instead, I’ll go with Bray Wyatt’s entrance, and the live playing of his theme song “Broken Out in Love” by Mark Crozier and the Rels. That was a truly creepy moment, with the clapping, and I think we’ve found our spiritual successor to the Undertaker’s entrances.

Biggest Shock

Ricky: The easiest question to answer on here. Brock Lesnar beat the Streak. I was floored when this happened, I looked down and boom it was over. The way that Paul Heyman and the 75,000 people that were there reacted was UNREAL. This is probably the biggest surprise in wrestling since Hogan turning heel with the NWO? The Montreal Screw Job? While there has been a lot of complaints on it happening, I can honestly say that I was very happy with the way it ended. No Lesnar didn’t “need” to win but it has given the whole world something to talk about outside Bryan finally becoming champion.

Matt W: Nothing compares to The Streak being broken. I think people had the idea in their heads that Lesnar never stood a realistic chance in hell in this match, but WWE got us good. I’ve never seen a crowd in stunned silence like that. 75,000 people, completely snuffed out. They couldn’t even bring themselves to boo.

Biggest Letdown

Ricky: Wyatt/Cena – While it was good at certain moments and told a solid story around the whole Cena having this dark side to him. It just really wasn’t all there for me. I would’ve liked to see more wrestling between the two as we know they both can go.

Matt W: Wyatt/Cena – My biggest letdown was Bray-Cena. It wasn’t a bad match, but it wasn’t the instant classic I was expecting, and Cena doing his same song and dance to win was just disappointing. It could’ve truly been the future’s night if Bray had won, but I guess we can’t ask for too much.

Worst Match

Ricky: Diva’s Title Match? I guess. I don’t know it was a filler like it is every year in between the Semi-Main and Main. Just didn’t do anything for me and the right person won.

Matt W: I guess that I’ll be going with the Divas Invitational Match, but honestly wasn’t that bad. There were some nice things done in that match, especially when the Bellas channelled their inner Bryan and did a double suicide dive onto everyone. Still, it really just couldn’t stand up to the rest of the stellar card.

Best Performer

Ricky: Daniel Bryan by default? He and HHH put on one of the best matches of the year and beat the crap out of each other for over 30 minutes. While it may have been almost 3 hours later Bryan came out and wrestled in the Main Event triple threat

Matt W: Hey guess who this is? Daniel Bryan! Bryan went a total of something like nearly an hour of wrestling on Sunday, and he didn’t miss a beat. He is a wrestling machine, whether it’s making a five star classic with Triple H, or carrying Batista to a good match. He took that scary Batista Bomb/Reverse RKO through the table like a champ.

General Thoughts

Ricky: I really enjoyed the show and really feel like it’s finally taking WWE in the right direction. While Cena/Wyatt disappointed, Cesaro winning the Andre The Giant Battle Royal, Bryan/HHH being good and Lesnar beating the streak, there was enough good to make up for the few slight disappointments.

Matt W: My overall thoughts were this was a great WrestleMania. It had an excellent first couple matches, and really didn’t miss a beat very often. The crowd was great, but understandably was ruined by the main event after that Undertaker shocker, but Daniel Bryan completely rejuvenated them. Overall, they made a great night.

Overall WrestleMania Score

Ricky: 8.5/10

Matt W: 9/10

Burning Question: WWE went with the future tonight, and said to fans of the past, that this is a new era. Where does WWE go from here? Who will reign supreme in this new era along with Daniel Bryan?

Ricky: The “New Era” that WWE is here. I have been and on/off WWE watcher over the past few years and for the first time in a long time I am genuinely looking forward to seeing what the future holds. The build has been great, they’ve got all the young talent in the world to make this really work out. Bryan/Cesaro/Wyatt/The Shield are the immediate future and that is really awesome.

Matt W: I think we saw this last night on RAW, but the future is now. NXT is going to be taking over the show, and I couldn’t be happier. Guys like Bryan, Cesaro, Wyatt, The Shield, Big E, Rusev, PAIGE!! They are the future of this business, and showed up in a big way last night. I couldn’t be happier after WrestleMania, and somehow I got even happier after RAW. WWE is truly in great hands. #TheFutureIsNow

So there you have it, our WrestleMania 30 reactions. This was a phenomenal show, with some incredible lasting memories. In my opinion, it was the fourth best WrestleMania of all time, only beat out by 20, 3 and 17.

If you haven’t checked out our WrestleMania podcast, make sure to do so here, and keep checking in on The Sports Script as we bring more wrestling content in the coming weeks.

Wrestlemania 30 Predictions

Hello and welcome to The Sports Script’s Wrestlemania 30 predictions piece! The Grandest Stage of them All is only a day away now, and things are really starting to heat up. Let’s look at Ricky and myself’s predictions for Sunday:

WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos (c) vs The Real Americans vs Los Matedores vs RybAxel

Ricky: This match is going to be DUD of the night for me (outside the womans title match). RybAxel and the Los Matedores are just useless and wasting space. The Usos are on a nice run right now and will easily win this match after a mishap between Swagger and Cesaro. Look for a Cesaro awesome Giant Swing for a little while to showcase it during Mania.

Matt W: I like four-way tag team matches like this, but unfortunately, I don’t particularly like this combination of teams. Absolutely give me The Usos and The Real Americans, but it’s a head scratcher seeing RybAxel and even more so with Los Matedores in it as well. It is a real slap in the face to guys like the Rhodes Brothers left out. Regardless, give me the Usos to retain.

Andre the Giant Memorial 30 Man Battle Royal

Ricky: This is a throw away match. Give me someone to win it and Rusev to do a Bad News Style beat down on the winner.

Matt W: I love Battle Royals, and also love oversized trophies, so this match is definitely for me. I think it’s a neat concept putting Andre The Giant’s name on it, and it will be a nice little rub for someone, and hopefully something that continues on in future Wrestlemanias. Give me Alexander Rusev accompanied by his hot valet Lana to win this match.

Divas Championship Invitational: AJ Lee (c), Naomi, Cameron, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Tamina, Emma, Summer Rae, Natalya, Aksana, Alicia Fox, Layla, Rosa Mendes, Eva Marie

Ricky: God I really could careless about this match. Give me a Bella twin, just because.

Matt W: I’m in full agreement with Ricky on this one. I just don’t understand this whole thing, especially with it being single fall, with 14 girls. Unless we get Paige coming up as a surprise, or maybe a Kharma surprise return, I’ll go with Naomi to win.

The Shield vs Corporate Kane and The New Age Outlaws

Ricky: This is going to be a fun match for sure. The Shield are my favorite thing going (outside Wyatt). I like the Shield to win this because there is no reason for them not too.

Matt W: Now things start to get really good. This match should be really good considering the Shield can do amazing things with anyone. The Outlaws and Kane get one last good Wrestlemania match in, and the Shield’s face turn gets validated by looking like the badass swat dudes that they are. Bonus points to them if they repel from the top of the arena.

Bray Wyatt vs John Cena

Ricky: This will be match of the night and it will tear the roof off the place. Wyatt is amazing and Cena is really good himself. Give me Cena to win this with a beat down afterwards extending the feud.

Matt W: Match of the night candidate alert! John Cena is a top 3-5 worker in WWE right now, even if people won’t give him credit for it, and after Bray’s match with Bryan at the Royal Rumble, we know that he can seriously go as well. I’d love to see Wyatt win here, and become almost a new generation version of the Undertaker, but I won’t even be too upset when John Cena inevitably wins.

The Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar

Ricky: Beast vs. Streak and I just don’t care. Not much left in the tank for Taker and this match has had a mediocre at best build to it. Both guys are going to kick out of each others finisher 50 times and Taker will prevail somehow.

Matt W: Some people are really down on this match, like my partner in crime Ricky, but I still like it, because it’s Taker. It’ll be a very good match regardless, even if Undertaker has every single bone in his body broken by Bork Lazer. Give me the obvious here, and Taker moving on to 22-0.

Daniel Bryan vs Triple H: Winner Gets Added to WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match

Ricky: HHH should dominate this match from start to finish. I think Bryan will win on a rollup of some sort out of nowhere. We spoke about this on the podcast as well. This needs to be the Semi-Main leading up to the Main Event to really get the people going about how he will “overcome” the odds.

Matt W: One of my all-time favourite builds to a match of all time. From Triple H’s sarcastic baby voice, to that video package of him “burying” everyone, to even his choice of vocabulary, this has been everything I love. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have never been this damn good. Daniel Bryan will win, but not without getting the everliving stuffing kicked out of him.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton (c) vs Batista vs Bryan/Triple H

Ricky: With Bryan inserted into the match, I really can’t see anyway that we don’t see Bryan winning. The only outside slim chance of something else happening is if we see CM Punk. Punk could really make a return and just really blow this thing up big time. But give me Bryan to win this and standing tall screaming YES YES YES to 65+ thousand fans.

Matt W: Time for Daniel Bryan to finally get his big payoff, that we’ve been waiting for since SummerSlam. Daniel Bryan finally wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and triumphs over 3/4 of Evolution. This is going to be one of the greatest moments in Wrestlemania history with something like 70,000 people YES-ing to their hearts content.

So there are our predictions for the biggest PPV in wrestling history, Wrestlemania 30. We did a big Wrestlemania 30 Podcast extravaganza earlier this weekend with myself, Ricky and Mike “Promo” Combs, so make sure to check that out right here!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thesportsscript/2014/03/30/wrestlemania-preview-show-1

So enjoy the spectacle of Wrestlemania 30, and we will be back here with the aftermath of everything, and our impressions of the show, including best match, best moment, best entrance etc.

WWE Elimination Chamber Predictions

Welcome back to another edition of our WWE PPV predictions, this time we have one of my favourite gimmick matches in the Elimination Chamber. We’re only weeks away from the grandest stage of them all, Wrestlemania, so a lot of important things will be happening on Sunday. We’ve got a star studded match inside the Chamber, that has only seemed to look even better as the weeks passed, and we also have one of the most anticipated matches in WWE history, and that is not an overstatement in The Wyatt Family vs The Shield. But first, let’s get to the pre-show…

Pre-Show: Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs RybAxel

Matt B: RybAxel wins this one as there is no reason for the Rhodes brothers to win. I think this match will end with some friction between the two brothers that leads up to their rumored match at WrestleMania.

Ricky: RybAxel is such an awful name honestly. Can anyone believe how Goldust has looked on this run he has had over the last few months? He has looked great in the ring and wrestled well. It’s nice to see an “older” star keep it together and still is able to go every now and then. Ummm toss a coin here and give me the brothers.

Matt W: Of all the tag teams in WWE right now, the one that I can’t truly enjoy, is RybAxel. I’ve grown to like Ryback more, but they don’t have anything special together. I think the Brotherhood wins this one, but not without some friction, think Cody or Goldie tagging in blind and stealing a pin. Nothing to send it over the edge, but enough to create discomfort.

Darren Young vs. Titus O’Neil

Matt B: This is by far the worst match on the card and I don’t even understand why two guys that no one enjoys watching on Raw even make it to the pay-per view card. I think Titus O’Neil wins this match, but there is much better talent in the WWE locker room worthy of a match on this PPV.

Ricky: Titus is getting the big push and should handle Young rather easily in this matchup. O’Neil has the size and the look but not sure it will really amount too much.

Matt W: I’ve really liked what Titus has brought these past few weeks, he’s super entertaining, full of confidence, and is decent in the ring as well. He wins this one.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Batista

Matt B: Does anyone really think Alberto Del Rio has a chance to win this match? NO!

Ricky: It’s really interesting to hear the rumors of Del Rio maybe leaving when his contract expires soon. With that being said he has no chance in this match at all. I would have a better chance of winning this match. (I would destroy Batista, Well maybe with a little help from Matt Bell and Matt Wincherauk we could get him). But yeah 45 Batista bombs later and Batista wins.

Matt W: I think the Sports Script trio could take down Batista, considering he can hardly move, but in this match, BOO-tista will win. Let’s just hope he doesn’t tear anything trying to Batista Bomb Del Rio.

WWE Tag Team Championships: The New Age Outlaws (c) vs. The Usos

Matt B: I’m going to just go with my hopes here and that is that The Usos win and the New Age Outlaws get back out of the rings. They are entertaining, but they are old and the tag team division has to much talent for them to be holding the belts.

Ricky: The Usos have been getting a nice little side push (for the 80th time) but give me the NAO to keep the belts heading in WrestleMania.

Matt W: I wish I could say that the Usos are going to win this match, but they aren’t. They’re setting up a big moment at Wrestlemania for the New Age Outlaws to drop the titles, and it won’t be to the Usos. Unfortunate, but these guys will eventually get their run after Mania some time.

Intercontinental Championship: Big E (c) vs Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter

Matt B: Big E wins this one as Jack Swagger has a potential feud building with Cesaro and Zeb Colter. Big E still has a lot he can do for the Intercontinetal division and it makes little to no sense for Swagger to take that as he’s in a let down stage for Colter.

Ricky: Big E is one of my favorite up and coming wrestlers. I really wish they would adapt the “count to 5” thing he had going on in NXT. He has a great look and I swear should be pushed to the moon. Swagger has been in a bit of a slump as of late and I think that continues here. Give me Big E with the W.

Matt W: Big E has supplanted Damien Sandow as my personal favourite. His charisma is really shining through, and once he start five-ing it up, then he’s going straight to the moon. Jack Swagger has been really good of late despite losing a lot of matches, so he should be a lot of fun even in a loss. Two personal favourites of mine, and Zeb Colter should mean for a fun match.

The Wyatt Family vs The Shield

Matt B: I actually will be watching the PPV just for this match as I think it could be a nice brawl. The Wyatt Family will walk away with the win in the end though as I believe we start to see The Shield coming to an end as they’ve already shown signs of making these guys individual stars.

Ricky: The match I am really looking forward to the most. The potential is endless for this match and it’s been a really long time since we have seen a match between two “bad guy” teams like this and I am truly excited for it. Dean Ambrose is one of the best things going for the company and Roman Reigns is the “next big thing” no offense Brock. I think the Shield should win as the Family doesn’t “need” this victory. But maybe some arguing between Shield members or a walk out by Reigns sets up a Wyatt Family win.

Matt W: No joke, one of the most anticipated matches in WWE history, these two are going to blow the roof off the place. All the tense moments in the past week, Bray and even Luke’s awesome talking, the friction between the Shield, Roman Reigns somehow becoming more badass, and Ambrose playing the role of the poser to perfection, this match has everything. This is why I’m tuning in, even above the Elimination Chamber match.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match: Randy Orton (c) vs John Cena vs Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus vs Christian vs Cesaro

Matt B: This has a ton of talent in the match, but it all comes down to who WWE thinks they can build a WrestleMania card around. Randy Orton wins the match and goes on to feud with Batista for a showdown at the Big Show. I’m looking for them to build Cesaro in this match as he will perform very well, not pick up the win. I can see Christan becoming the bad guy in the match sitting up him and Sheamus for a match and don’t be surprised if the Wyatt Family cost Cena somehow.

Ricky: I am so excited that they left Cesaro in this match. THIS GUY IS A STAR!!!!!!! I have seen this guy in person (trained with him a little) and he is strong as an ox. But yeah Christian isn’t going to win as he isn’t the “IT” guy anymore, Sheamus really has no place in this match (nor do I like him), Cesaro I think comes down to the final 3 but gets eliminated by Bryan. Which leaves us with Orton, Cena and Bryan, Cena will be eliminated somehow by Bray Wyatt interference and I think that would lead to a final two between Bryan and Orton. As much as I would like to see Bryan win the title and head into the WrestleMania Main Event champion, that’s just not going to happen. The WWE wants Batista vs. Orton way too bad at Mania and that’s sadly what we are going to get.

Matt W: Now this is going to be a phenomenal match. Four guys that I love are in this match, and two that I think are doing really good things as well. Cesaro is almost as hot as Daniel Bryan right now, and I’d look for him to continue to be strong, Bryan should be a finalist, Cena might get a Wyatt beating, Sheamus fits perfect inside the Chamber with his physical style and has been having quality matches just under that Bryan-Cesaro-Shield level of late, I’d hope that Orton plays the role of a snake and sneaks out with a win, and Christian… Well he’s there too. This has the makings of the best Chamber match in years, so you cannot miss it.

Burning Question:

The Wyatt Family and the Shield are the hottest thing going in WWE right now, and will have an epic clash at Elimination Chamber. Where do these two teams go afterwards? Who does Bray Wyatt target, and how does this Shield breakup scenario play out?

Matt B: Bray Wyatt is going to be matched up with Cena at WrestleMania and I believe that all starts here as they attack him in the PPV. The Shield will probably continue to show dysfunction into Raw on Monday possibly sitting them up for a match at WrestleMania after one turns on the others.

Ricky: As I said earlier I think Wyatt interferes and cost Cena the title during the Chamber, so I think that’s where they are going.

As for the Shield you really see the whole break up happening which is truly sad to see. I really think they should have a “make up” with them and maybe go after someone else and play it up and eventually heading into next year’s Mania we get Ambrose vs. Reigns. Ambrose and Rollins are going to get lost in the shuffle once the feud with Reigns is over. Reigns is going to turn into a massive baby face for the company and someone I could see them feuding Orton or maybe Batista down the road. I could even see him helping out Cena with the Wyatt family and getting that nice little rub from him.

ALSO LETS GET THE WWE NETWORK ROLLING!!!!!!!!!!

Matt W: I think that Bray Wyatt gets involved with John Cena, in a feud that could really put him over the top, if he wasn’t there already. As for The Shield, the obvious answer is that they move into full breakup mode. I’d like to see these guys not completely break up, but kind of stay friends while going there own ways. That being said, that probably won’t happen, but I’ll be fine if I see a Shield Triple Threat match for the US Title at Wrestlemania.

Enjoy the PPV folks, and we’ll see you back here in a few weeks for our Wrestlemania extravaganza!

WWE Royal Rumble Predictions

Welcome back to another WWE pay-per-view predictions piece, this time we have the Royal Rumble, probably my favourite PPV in the WWE calendar. The card so far is a bit underwhelming in my opinion, with a “traditional” match between WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and challenger John Cena. We also have Brock Lesnar making his return vs the The Big Show, Bray Wyatt takes on Daniel Bryan to end their feud, but of course we save the best for the last, the 30 man over the top rope Royal Rumble match, which once again promises to be a great match.

WWE Tag Team Championships: The Rhodes Brothers (c) vs The New Age Outlaws
Matt B: What in the world are The New Age Outlaws doing back right now? I haven’t been able to figure it out, but I actually expect them to win this match. The Rhodes brothers are going to split up and compete at Wrestlemania.
Ricky: I belive we are going to be setting up the Cody vs. Dustin match for Mania. I’ve been super impressed with how Billy Gunn is wrestling and he and Punk had a great match on RAW. So give me the New Age Outlaws to get one more run with the Tag Team titles.
Matt W: I’m not going to change this trend, and I’ll pick the New Age Outlaws to win this match. I think we’ll see the Rhodes Brothers face off at Wrestlemania, and this is the beginning. They’ll challenge for the tag titles again at Elimination Chamber, and that’s when we’ll see them break up.
Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt
Matt B: Daniel Bryan isn’t in the Royal Rumble match and is the biggest thing going right now for the WWE. That being said I don’t see anyway he loses to Wyatt this Sunday.
Ricky: This should be one heck of a match. Both guys have built a very nice program and despite the weird Bryan being bad and now being good crap. But this should end in a Bryan win via DQ and the Family coming out and beating the crap out of Bryan.
Matt W: I think it’s time that this fantastic feud come to an end. We saw Daniel Bryan turn from the Wyatts and come back even more popular than before. It’s time for Bryan and Bray to move on to bigger, and better things.
The Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman
Matt B: Lesnar will win against the Big Show as he’s going to be one of WWEs stars heading to Wrestlemania. What better way to build him up than have him beat up a giant in the Big Show.
Ricky: This has MEH written all over it. Not looking forward to this match really at all. Could be a fun little match in the battle of the big man but Brock can’t lose as we get closer to Wrestlemania.
Matt W: I’m not too excited for this match, but it is always fun to see two massive human beings crash into each other, and although he’s done it before numerous times, it’ll be great to see Brock Lesnar get Show up for the F-5. Give me Brock Lesnar.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton (c) vs John Cena
Matt B: Randy Orton will defeat John Cena on Sunday at the Royal Rumble something many fans are not used to seeing. Cena doesn’t hardly ever lose matches like this but I just feel WWE will be better with Orton holding the title heading to Wrestlemania  as a true heel character.
Ricky: The whole Corporate thing is just dumb to me. I am really tired of seeing Orton as champion. I don’t like the guy really and he just is boring. Cena has to win here and move this along and hopefully this is the last time we have to suffer through this two wrestling each other.
Matt W: I’m going to stick with Randy Orton in this situation, because of how badly they’ve made him look in the past few weeks. I’m ready for this feud to be done for good, so how about we pretend to like this match, and WWE never gives it to us again.
30 Man Royal Rumble Match
Matt B: The Royal Rumble will be won by Batista as many predict. He will be left with just CM Punk when all is said and done.
Ricky: Honestly it comes between two guys Batista or Daniel Bryan. I really don’t see them letting Bryan winning this thing, so I am leaning Batista. A few surprise guys that it’s possible are either Brock or CM Punk. But if I had to choose one guy it would be Batista as he tosses Bryan out for the win.
Matt W: The Royal Rumble is my favourite gimmick match in wrestling, with Money in the Bank coming a close second. I was on the Daniel Bryan bandwagon for months, even when he was part of the Wyatt Family, but because he’s not even guaranteed to be in the match itself, I’ll take Batista, who will meet Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania.
Burning Question: 
This past RAW saw the return of the “Animal” Batista. What do you guys think is the plan for Batista as we get on the Road to Wrestlemania? Are you excited to have Batista back in the WWE?
Matt B: This leads to my burning question as yes Batista has always been one of my favorites in the WWE. He will headline mania against Randy Orton when all is said and done.
Ricky: Excited? Maybe depending on how they use the guy. I am not overly fond of watching him wrestle but he is surely a fresh face compared to terrible Orton. I could see him easily winning the Royal Rumble and being in the title picture come Wrestlemania. I don’t see any other reason they brought him back except to get the title around his waist.
Matt W: I am. It brings me back to the good old days of Smackdown 2006. Batista might be older that Triple H, but he brings back great memories, and he’ll be around full-time, for a very long time. So yes, I’m quite excited for him to be back.