Wow, these past few months have had PPVs and special live events in the WWE left, right and center. We had Payback, then Elimination Chamber 2 weeks afterwards, then Money in the Bank 2 weeks after that and now, we have the ‘Beast in the East’ WWE Live Network Event coming up this Saturday, making that 4 PPVs/Special Live Events in the space of 2 months! Whilst this isn’t supposed to be a PPV with only the Kevin Owens Vs. Finn Balor match really having any storyline backing it up and since this will also feature Brock Lesnar’s first match since Wrestlemania, I thought I’d give my predictions to each of the matches now that the full card has been announced. So let’s begin shall we:
Brock Lesnar Vs. Kofi Kingston – Brock Wins By Pinfall
Brock will win this, No question about it. An F-5 to Kofi will wrap this match up and Lesnar will win by pinfall.
Come on? Do any of you reading this really expect Kofi Kingston, someone who hasn’t had a main event push (The New Day don’t count) in years now, to beat Brock Lesnar, the man who beat the Undertaker’s streak and, as far as I know, has never lost at a PPV before? Let’s just all say our goodbye prayers to Kofi now as Lesnar will literally kill him in that ring…Rest in Peace Kofi, Rest in Peace.
Nikki Bella Vs. Paige Vs. Naomi (Divas Championship Triple Threat Match) – Nikki Retains by Pinfall
If you’re not sure why you seem to remember this exact match happening already, then let me enlighten you. At Elimination Chamber a month and a half ago, this exact match happened and I’ll be extremely shocked if the exact same result doesn’t happen. WWE aren’t going to let Nikki lose the championship at an event that isn’t even a PPV, especially with the fact that just 2 days ago, she became the second longest reigning Divas Champion ever beating Maryse’s 212 days last Monday, a record only beaten by AJ Lee’s 295 days as champion.
There’s either two ways Nikki is going to lose her championship, one of which is at Summerslam to someone or they’ll have her go on the beat AJ’s record as the longest reigning Divas champion and then have her lose it. As you can quite blatantly see though, neither of those ways involve losing at this event.
Cesaro Vs. Diego – Cesaro Wins Via Pinfall
I’ll be honest, I had no idea who Diego was until I looked him up and if you’re unsure yourself, he’s one half of the Los Matadores. Now you may be thinking ‘Why is he going solo when he’s barely had time to establish himself in the tag team division?” Well this isn’t the first time he’s went solo, only the first time under this name. He used to be known as Primo and has been with the WWE since 2008 and has been in many solo and tag team matches, with his former tag team partner, Carlito.
Anyway, this match literally has zero storylines backing it however it would be very unusual for Cesaro, a former United States Champion, to lose to Diego who has never performed in solo contests under this name. Cesaro will win this via pinfall from the Neutralizer.
The Lucha Dragons Vs. The New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods) – The Lucha Dragons Win Via Pinfall
When I first saw this in the developmental card list, I was a bit confused. I thought for a second that they’re were going to have Kofi compete in two matches since it’s rare to see Big E and Xavier fight together. Well apparently not because Big E and Xavier will be representing The New Day as a whole in this bout against the Lucha Dragons.
After their loss to the Prime Time Players at Money in the Bank, I’m not entirely sure where the WWE are putting The New Day in terms of the Tag division rankings: Are they going to have them constantly fight the champions for the tag titles, or are they going back to the bottom to put over some of the newer tag teams like The Lucha Dragons and The Ascension? The more likely scenario is the latter, in my opinion: They’ll have their feud with the Prime Time Players, but afterwards, they’ll probably be putting over some of the less popular tag teams. So, with that in mind, It’s probably like that the Lucha Dragons will take this.
John Cena & Dolph Ziggler Vs. Kane and King Barrett – Cena & Dolph Win Via Pinfall
This seems to be somewhat related to the Authority, with Dolph and Cena being quite prominent ‘Anti-Authority’ competitors and with Kane having a vital role in the Authority and King Barrett being a heel, pointing to the fact that he would be on the Authority’s side. Regardless however, this match, like many other in this event, has no prior storyline attached to it, meaning that predicting the match is entirely a guess.
Since Cena is in the match, I’m gonna go with him and Dolph winning because it’s Cena…And 99.99% of the time, he wins.
Neville Vs. Chris Jericho – Neville Wins Via Pinfall
This match, for many a wrestling fan, is quite literally a match made only in dreams: Neville’s high flying and general athletic abilities which earned him the title of ‘The Man That Gravity Forgot’ combined with Jericho’s insane versatility and veteran knowledge, earning him the title of ‘The Best In The World’ is bound to make for a match of the ages.
Let’s be frank though, Jericho really doesn’t need a boost anymore, especially considering he’ll probably be retiring in about 5 years or so, so I’m gonna predict that Neville is gonna hit the Red Arrow and win via pinfall.
Kevin Owens Vs. Finn Balor (NXT Championship Match) – Finn Wins By Pinfall
And now, for the match you’ve all been waiting for: Kevin Owens Vs. Finn Balor for the NXT Championship. I’ll be honest, I’d never saw Balor wrestling until his match on NXT a week or two ago and I’ve been a fan ever since. Don’t get me wrong, I love Owens but everything about Balor is just…perfect. His entrance, his music, his moveset, his appearance; hell, even his finisher works with everything else!
Balor made his wrestling career as Prince Devitt in Japan, so I’d be very surprised if he didn’t win the championship from Owens at the event. With the rumors circulating also, that Owens is scheduled to make a full time move to the main roster via taking the US championship from Cena, it seems only logical that Balor would take the championship and pioneer the male singles NXT leagues for a few months before heading to the main roster himself.