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Well, it’s that time again.  Another week, another WWE PPV show.  Some of the matches on tonight’s card had the full three weeks of build, while others…well, actually, when you think about it, every match has in some way or other received the full three weeks of build, so each match has at least some significance for each performer tonight, which is nice.  No Smackdown matches with two days of build this time.  Though they did wait until the last minute to add their last match, so we’ll see how it goes.  Anyway, it’s time for my picks for Judgment Day.

Shelton Benjamin vs. John Morrison

While I admit I still find Morrison’s face turn a little strange, I’ll accept it since he’ll be getting a major push soon.  There have been talks that WWE is going to start pushing new talent after so many years of the same old shit, and that’s a nice breath of fresh air for me.  Guys like John Morrison and MVP are going to get their shots at the top of the heap, and it’s well-deserved for both of these guys.  They’ve paid their dues for 3+ years, and it’s time they get to shine.  That being said, Morrison’s got all the momentum, and Benjamin’s kind of in a free fall since losing the US Title a couple of months ago.  Now, I used to like Shelton.  His feud with Rob Van Dam back in 2006 was the reason I started liking him.  But his act has gotten stale over the past year or so, and he hasn’t been impressing me in the ring for quite some time.  Not to mention he’s got the charisma of a block of wood.  Morrison is the prototypical WWE wrestler, and he will have a ton of success as a singles competitor.  John Morrison wins the match and continues his run through the mid-card on his way to the top of the mountain.

CM Punk vs. Umaga

I’m betting this match will be short and sweet, because there’s no way in hell that Punk isn’t going to cash in the Money in the Bank Briefcase tonight.  They’re in his hometown of Chicago, and he’s been trying to cash it in for three weeks now, only to have Umaga ruin it every time.  I loved the three seperate brawls that ended Smackdown last Friday, with Umaga the obvious winner of that pairing.  Umaga has the potential to be a top heel on Smackdown, and all he needs is the go-ahead from Creative to tear a hole through the Smackdown roster.  He’s going to be a world champion someday.  I can just imagine the Morrison vs. Umaga matches now, and they are glorious.  Of course, all this has nothing to do with the match at hand.  Punk’s going to cash in MITB, and if he somehow wins the title off of whomever wins the World Heavyweight Championship match, it makes the title just a little bit less important.  Seeing as how Edge can’t seem to hold a title for more than a month, I’m betting that maybe, just maybe, there’ll be a title change tonight.  As for this match, I’ll put Umaga over, since Punk won’t be able to lift him up for the GTS, and because Umaga needs a push after being off TV for so long.

Side note: Am I the only person who’s been wanting to see an Umaga/Khali match since they both debuted a few years ago?  I know they’re worlds apart talent-wise, but goddamnit, it would be an awesomely ugly match.  And it could work with Khali as a face now.  Think about it…

John Cena vs. The Big Show

Let me say one thing about this match.  John Cena was, as the announcers have been hyping for three weeks, “Thrown through a 7,000 watt searchlight,” and he managed to return the next night and ruin Big Show’s match.  He was in an “exhibition” match with the Miz last Monday and seemed to look almost ready to face anybody.  So he’s put in a match with Big Show three weeks after being “thrown through a 7,000 watt searchlight.”

Triple H gets kicked in the head by Randy Orton and has not been seen since.

What’s wrong with this picture?  Seems like there’s a touch of a double standard going on here.  I won’t go any further into it.  I’ll just let your minds think about that for a while.  As for this match, it’s a toss-up.  Cena’s obviously not 100%, but he’s beaten Big Show on multiple occasions in the past, always with the FU.  I’m not expecting a blockbuster five star match from these two, since Show’s gotten out of shape again and is looking as sluggish as ever.  It isn’t like this match actually matters in the grand scheme of things anyway, so I’ll just pick John Cena to win, because he’s John Cena and he wins a lot of his matches.

Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho – Intercontinental Championship Match

There are reports that Mysterio got hurt during his match with Shelton Benjamin that was taped for Superstars.  So there’s no way to know if he’s 100%.  If Jericho won, it would give him significant momentum towards a probable clash with Edge at some point.  Mysterio’s a huge fan favorite, and having a title only increases his popularity.  This is a tough call.  If Mysterio’s good to go, this could be a great match.  Mostly because Mysterio can make any opponent look good.  I’ll say that Rey Mysterio wins by DQ or count-out.  He’s only had the title for a couple of months, and he needs it for a few more months to solidify himself as a great IC Champ.  Jericho’s got bigger and better fish to fry up at the top of the card.

Christian vs. Jack Swagger – ECW Championship Match

If Swagger wins the ECW Title, Christian is done in WWE.  I said that last month at Backlash, and Christian finally won a world title in WWE.  He better not lose it now.  He needs to keep it for a good long while to prove to everyone that it was the right decision to come back to WWE.  Hopefully they realized their mistake in never pushing him in the first place and he’ll get more prestigious titles.  Perhaps a WWE Title run at some point…Anyway, Swagger’s never impressed me in any way, so I’m going with my heart once again in this match and I’ll say Christian retains his title.  We might get a Christian/Dreamer match at One Night Stand/Extreme Rules/whatever the fuck it’s called nowadays.  I’m betting Dreamer’s going to retire.

Edge vs. Jeff Hardy – World Heavyweight Championship Match

Look for CM Punk to stick his nose into this match somehow.  As far as this feud as been built, it’s probably the strongest of the entire card.  It’s extremely emotionally charged, and you know these two guys can go.  I’m expecting this to be the match of the night, so let’s hope they don’t disappoint.  As far as the result goes, it’s a toss-up.  Hardy pointed out that Edge’s PPV streak has been very…well, streaky.  Going back to Armageddon, he’s lost a title, won a title, lost a title, won a title, lost a title, and won a title, all at PPVs.  Is he going to lose the title again tonight?  Quite possibly.  People in the Internet Wrestling Community were saying that if Edge doesn’t hold the WHC for a while, both he and the title will be so devalued that it wouldn’t matter who held it.  That remains to be seen, as I’m sure whomever ends up walking out of Judgment Day with the title will hold onto it for a while, be it Edge, Hardy, or Punk.  If Punk somehow doesn’t cash in the MITB briefcase, I’ll say Edge wins.  But this should be a barn-burner and a great match that probably should end the show.

Batista vs. Randy Orton – WWE Championship Match

Randy Orton won the WWE Title three weeks ago.  Do you honestly think that he’s going to drop it to Dave Batista now?  Orton’s got momentum, he’s got Legacy, and he can disqualify himself or get counted out on purpose, and we know that Vickie Guerrero won’t restart the match for that.  She’s obviously in the heel’s corner as GM, and she’ll do anything to screw over a guy like Cena or Batista.  So it’s kind of an easy pick for this one.  Randy Orton wins and will stay on top of the Raw mountain for a while at least.  Until MVP loses his US Title and comes after Orton.

I’m a little surprised that an MVP/Regal match wasn’t put on the card.  They’ll probably have a match on Raw tomorrow.  I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Regal walked away with the title, if only to free up MVP to take a run at the main event.

I really like how WWE has decided to finally give some of the new-ish guys their due run at the top.  John Morrison’s been around for four or so years, and he’s has two very successful tag team runs and a fairly strong singles run as ECW Champ.  But he’s really come into his own since the gimmick change.  It could probably be said that he’s my favorite WWE wrestler at the moment.  He has all the tools to have an enormous amount of success in WWE.  All that needs to happen is for Creative to allow him to become the main eventer that he already is.  The same goes for MVP.  He’s got all the tools necessary to be a top star.  The only thing stopping him is what goes on behind the scenes.

The one other little extra thing I was going to mention also regards a new guy who I am utterly shocked is getting any sort of push at all, that being Dolph Ziggler (or, if your memory serves you well, Nicky from the Spirit Squad).  I mentioned a few weeks ago that he was one of the most badly mismanaged talents in the company, and guess what happens?  He starts over on Smackdown.  I mention that he reminds me a lot of Mr. Perfect.  What happens?  Jim Ross says exactly the same thing a short while later.  Now, I’m not claiming that I’m the cause for Ziggler’s recent push, but damnit, it can’t just be a coincidence.  The guy’s got unlimited potential to be a great champion in the company.  All he needs is a slightly less ridiculous name (how about his real name?) and a finisher that isn’t just a copycat of Shelton Benjamin’s finisher only reversed sort of.  Let’s hope he gets the latter one sooner, because until he does, all I can think of when he hits it is, “That’s Shelton’s finisher.”  Though I suppose with Shelton’s rapid decline, we won’t have to worry about that soon.

Oh, and I also find it hilarious and awesome that some of the women in WWE are using finishers from TNA wrestlers.  Melina’s using a version of the Canadian Destroyer, Michelle McCool uses the Styles Clash, and Beth Phoenix uses a slight variation of the Implant Buster.  I love that for some strange reason.

Okay, that’s all for me.  I’ll be back sometime with more rantings and ramblings, so stay tuned.  I’ll let you know how I did with my picks probably tomorrow.

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