Sunday, June 28, 2009

Five Things I want to see at The Bash

Before we get started, let's take a look at the results of our Bash poll:

CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy - 38%
The Miz vs. John Cena - 26%
Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio - 21%
ECW Championship Scramble - 7%
Triple H vs. Randy Orton - 4%
Colons vs. Legacy - 2%
McCool vs. Melina - 0%
Dolph Ziggler vs. Great Khali - N/A (added after poll was posted)

The Miz vs. John Cena had the lead all week, but Hardy vs. Punk took the lead after some big hype on Smackdown. We'll see if the matches can live up to their expectations in just a bit, but first, here are the Five Things I want to see at tonight's event:

5. CM Punk and Jeff Hardy given at least 20 minutes
I'm a little worried this match is going to be cut short due to the fact that the card is pretty crowded with eight matches and one of them is likely to go three falls while another is 20-minute Scramble match. I think these two have all the potential to put on a Match of the Year candidate and it would be a damn shame to see them not get enough time to prove that they're two of the top competitors in the business today.

4. Rhodes & DiBiase lose and don't interfere in the main event
I know I'm being really tough on these two lately, but I'm sorry, they're just plain boring right now. I have no doubt they have all the abilities to be much more interesting, but the Legacy stable isn't even close to being as interesting as Evolution. I thought these two were going to get the Orton/Batista treatment from 2004-2005, but they're really just background noise. I think Bond villains often have more interesting nameless henchmen than these guys.

3. Rey Mysterio, masked.
I've made my feelings on this pretty clear over the last week, but under no circumstances should Rey Mysterio ever unmask in WWE. It makes for good drama in feuds like the one with Jericho, but Mysterio should not have unmasked in WCW and he shouldn't unmask ten years later. It worked for guys like Juvi and Psicosis, but Rey Mysterio unmasked is like La Parka unmasked, it just shouldn't happen.

2. Tommy Dreamer retains.
After all that drama and such a long storyline, I'd hate for Dreamer's ECW Title reign to end in a Scramble Match. I'd love for him to get a decent run with the belt, so it's way too early to have him drop it at all, especially in a multi-man match like tonight's.

1. The Miz - 1, Cena - 0
Make no mistake, I like John Cena. Very few men can outperform him in a big match situation in today's WWE, but I really want him to lose tonight. I don't expect anything but Cena getting his hand raised, but this is Miz's time and if he got a win over the biggest star in the industry today, it would instantly make his career. The loss wouldn't hurt Cena, but it would catapult The Miz into the upper echelon, so surprise me WWE, let The Miz be AWESOME!

Just a couple thoughts, feel free to share yours and make sure to check back at Kick-Out!! Wrestling shortly after tonight's event for my full review of The Bash!

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