Looking Ahead – 5th February 2007
How do! Dannyboy here with Looking Ahead, the column with more pounce than a tiger and more breast than a chicken. Read on for No Way Out and WrestleMania 23 predictions, some bits of fluff, and some lint.
No Way Out; Sunday February 18th
The Announced Card
Batista & The Undertaker vs. John Cena & Shawn Michaels
I’m not a fan of the current “let’s completely ignore the brand-split” notion that’s going around the WWE at the moment. Although I agree that it’s created some interest and unique matches. It should be a decent match though, from a psychology standpoint anyway. Will Batista and The Undertaker be able to co-operate? Will HBK and Cena?
Who the f*ck cares. Seriously. What’s the point in having the match? WHY the hell would Batista and The Undertaker want to win this match? There’s no titles on the line, and they can’t exactly do it “for the brand” as it means nothing nowadays. Same goes for Cena and HBK.
My theory is that both HBK and The Undertaker will attack and lay-out their partners and walk away, leading to a double count out. That way, no one brand will “win”, and it creates more of a story to tell in future weeks as we head to WrestleMania 23.
Fatal Fourway Ladder Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
London & Kendrick vs. MNM vs. The Hardys vs. Regal & Taylor
Loving this match. Maybe this years No Way Out match won’t be the worst PPV of the year like it usually is. Saying that, I don’t think anything can match the abysmal ECW December to Dismember. Back on point, this has swayed me into coughing up the dough (if it’s not free on Sky Sports) so bravo WWE.
I can see either the Hardys or MNM winning this match, then going on to defending the World Tag Titles at Mania in another rematch. That gives all four teams something to keep them occupied and on the card, freeing up some space in the Money in the Bank match.
Rumors and the like…
King Booker vs. Kane
King Booker sure is flailing around a bit now isn’t he? He’s pretty directionless. A feud with Kane to pass the time and maybe get a match at WrestleMania is a decent way to go I suppose. I just think he’s being wasted right now. And him and Kane don’t exactly mesh well do they? This could be an ugly feud, but the match will be good as both guys are pros and know how to elevate their game when needed.
Fit Finlay vs. Boogeyman
Nice to see Finlay is still in the mix, it’s just a pity he’s taken a step down. However, I see what the WWE are doing here. They’re doing a “Lashley” with Boogeyman. We all know he got fired, then re-hired as long as he went to Booker T’s school and continued training to be a better wrestler. They’ve put him in a feud with Finlay in the hope that some of Finlay’s aggression and power can rub off onto Marty, as it did with Lashley. Good call WWE.
World Heavyweight Championship
Batista vs. The Undertaker
WWE World Championship
John Cena vs. HBK
This should and will be an awesome match. It’s a first, it’s Cena (the most improved wrestler of the year IMO) and HBK (one of the greatest performers of our time) in the ring, getting it on. Not in THAT sense of the word. I was talking about wrestling. Queers.
Rumors and the like…
Personally… here’s how I’d book Mania. If you have any good ideas, opinions or fantasy bookings yourself, send them to me and I’ll print them if they’re not spelt all wanky and have good… well, decent grammar.
Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Umaga vs. Kenny Dykstra vs. Gregory Helms vs. Mr Kennedy vs. CM Punk vs. Elijah Burke
Intercontinental Championship Match
Jeff Hardy vs. Kenny Dykstra
Fatal Fourway for the WWE Women’s Title
Mickie James vs. Melina vs. Jillian vs. Ashley
Edge vs. Randy Orton
King Booker vs. Kane
Hulk Hogan vs. The Great Khali
TLC Match for the World Tag Team Championship
The Hardys vs. MNM vs. London & Kendrick vs. Deuce & Domino
WWE United States Championship Match
Chris Benoit vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Finlay vs. William Regal
ECW World Title Match
Bobby Lashley vs. Snitsky
The Last Bit…
Next week I’ll give you guys my reasoning behind my WM23 line-up, but I’ll probably make a few tweaks to it before. Oh, yeah.. there’s also gonna be a competition for you guys exclusively to Looking Ahead. Not too sure what you’ll win, but it’ll be fun and will probably give you something to do for the next month or so.
So, chow for now.
~ Danny Wallace.