The Great American Bash preview
Predictions for tonight’s WWE pay-per-view:
WWE champion Triple H vs. Edge: With Edge and Vickie Guerrero breaking up on Smackdown Friday, it seems unlikely that Edge would win the title here. Guerrero probably will somehow cost him the match, perhaps by reinstating The Undertaker and having him take out her new (and soon-to-be former) husband.
World heavyweight champion CM Punk vs. Batista: To say that Punk hasn’t looked strong since winning the title – or, for that matter, even before winning the title – would be an understatement. That could mean that WWE has no confidence in Punk as champion and he is dropping the title tonight. Or maybe that is what WWE wants us to think and Punk is going over. I’m going with the latter scenario, although I bet it will be one of those deals in which Batista dominates the match and basically has it won before Punk pulls out another fluke win. I’m guessing that Kane will interfere and cost Batista the match.
John Cena vs. JBL in a New York City Parking Lot Brawl: This feud has been very one-sided. I picked JBL to win his past two pay-per-view matches against Cena but was wrong both times. JBL has to win one sooner or later, doesn’t he? Somehow, perhaps with interference from Ted DiBiase Jr. and Cody Rhodes, JBL finally will get a victory over Cena.
Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels: This story line has been booked so well and both guys have been so good in their roles that this match feels like the real main event. Since Michaels won their previous meeting – and to keep the program going – I think Jericho wins this one, perhaps with an assist from Lance Cade. I expect Michaels’ eye injury to be a factor.
ECW champion Mark Henry vs. Tommy Dreamer: I don’t give Dreamer much chance of winning. Frankly, it seems kind of weak to have Dreamer in a pay-per-view title match (even if it is just for the ECW championship). Look for Henry to score a convincing victory in his first title defense.
WWE tag team champions John Morrison and The Miz vs. Fit Finlay and Hornswoggle vs. Jesse and Festus vs. Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins: Morrison and Miz have held the title for eight months, so it might be time for a switch. I don’t think the “Edge guys” are winning, and it would be a travesty if Finlay and Hornswoggle got the belts. That leaves Jesse and Festus. They are over with the crowd – especially Festus – and just might have earned themselves a title run. I say “Biscuits and Gravy” all the way.
Michelle McCool vs. Natalya to crown the WWE divas champion: It might be wishful thinking, but I’m picking Natalya. She is much more believable as a champion than McCool is.