'Monday Night Raw' recap: Finally, WrestleMania is here
This week's "Monday Night Raw" was all about this Sunday's big WrestleMania XVIII pay-per-view, so rather than review "Raw," let's take a look at the Super Bowl of wrestling and make some match predictions.
Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos versus Beth Phoenix and Eve: There's no way Maria Menounos agreed to appear on the show just to lose, so look for her team to win.
Randy Orton versus Kane: Kane returned to WWE as a supposedly unstoppable monster again just to get beaten by John Cena. If he loses to Orton, it will be really hard to paint him as an unstoppable monster ever again, so I'm picking Kane to win.
Cody Rhodes versus Big Show: It's time to push Rhodes up to the next level, and a win over Big Show would help do that.
Team Teddy versus Team Johnny, winner becomes GM of "Raw" and "Smackdown": If WWE feels the John Laurinaitis character has played itself out, then this would be a good way to write him off the show. I don't think he has though, so I'm predicting a Team Johnny win.
World heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan versus Sheamus: Bryan's character grows each week, and is building a sizable fan base. It would be a mistake to take the belt off him this soon.
WWE champion CM Punk versus Chris Jericho: WIth his commitment to his band, Fozzy, including a summer tour, Jericho is more of a part-time wrestler nowadays. Time for Punk to show everyone he is indeed the best in the world.
The Undertaker versus Triple H (Hell in a Cell with special ref Shawn Michaels): Undertaker's WrestleMania winning streak may end one day, but Triple H should not be the guy to do it. Look for Undertaker to scratch out a victory, but with both guys having to be taken out on a stretcher, allowing Triple H to complete his transition to full-time executive. With both of them taken out on the stretcher, who is the last man standing from the Attitude era? Shawn Michaels.
John Cena versus The Rock: If it were me, I'd have Rock win thanks to interference from the Miz, with Rock making a full-fledged heel turn, revealing that he has indeed truly gone Hollywood. This sets up a rematch at SummerSlam, which takes place in L.A., which Rock will reveal he considers his true home town, since this is where the movie stars live. The vanquished Cena gets his revenge in L.A.
What do you think will happen? Leave a comment and let us know.
Photo: Members of Team Johnny, from left, the Miz, Vickie Guerrero, John Laurinaitis and David Otunga in the ring during "Monday Night Raw." Credit: WWE.