Sunday, June 20, 2010

WWE Fatal 4-Way Preview

WWE introduces a brand new PPV concept tonight, a show headlined by two Fatal Four Way matches, and I'm having a really hard time getting excited about it. WWE has thrown hype for this PPV out the window, scheduling three of the PPV's five announced matches in the last six days, that's bad. Sure, the Four Ways are the big selling point, but then those matches have been used primarily to hype the NXT Invasion on Raw and Kane searching for The Undertaker's attacker on Smackdown. The rest of the card is filled with matches we could see any week on Raw, Smackdown, or maybe even Superstars. But you never know, sometimes the cards that look bad on paper wind up surprising, and maybe that could be the case here. Let's take a look at the announced matches:

WWE Championship
John Cena © vs. Sheamus vs. Edge vs. Randy Orton

Orton's the wildcard in this match since he shoulder injury is still a lingering issue, so there is the possibility that he could be replaced. How crazy would it be if Bret Hart caves in and Wade Barrett uses his title match? No matter what happens with Orton, or if NXT gets involved, I expect John Cena to walk out as champion to enter a feud with Wade Barrett this summer. Depending on how nuts they go with interference, this is my pick for Match of the Night

World Heavyweight Championship
Jack Swagger © vs. CM Punk vs. Big Show vs. Rey Mysterio

Internet rumors say Mysterio is the favorite to win here, but I find that to be suspect considering the fact that he was never supposed to be in this match in the first place. And despite being insanely over for the last year and a half, Mysterio always seems to be the bridesmaid, never the bride. My money is on Jack Swagger since he's the most logical choice with the most options of people to work with after the PPV, but making the logical choice isn't always WWE's favored move. Definitely the toughest match on the card to predict, but I'm sticking with Swagger retaining.

Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston © vs. Drew McIntyre

Kofi just won the belt, but McIntyre has also been presented as untouchable over the last two months, so I wouldn't be stunned if he walked out of the PPV as a two-time IC Champ, but I'll stick with Kofi to retain. Could be a really enjoyable match, even if we've seen it twice since Over the Limit, but Kofi always brings the goods.

United States Championship
The Miz © vs. R-Truth

For the life of me, I don't know why they didn't do this match on Raw and then the Four Way on the PPV. I'm a huge fan of both guys, but there's no way this match will be as entertaining as the match involving Morrison and Ryder from Monday night. Miz definitely retains though, and despite the feel-good moment of Bret Hart winning the US Title, Miz should've never lost the belt in the first place.

Diva's Championship
Eve © vs. Maryse vs. Gail Kim vs. Alicia Fox

I suspect that when I wake up, Maryse will be the new Diva's Champion. But if a tree falls in the forest, and no one's around to see it, does anyone give a shit?

This PPV has a lot of things working against it: it's the summer, when all television viewership is down; it's Father's Day, so I'd guess that a lot of families won't be crowded around the TV tonight to watch wrestling; WWE has given this PPV very little build and the announced matches don't exactly scream "BUY THIS $45 SHOW!" Barring some major landscape-changing developments, Fatal 4-Way could be 2010's version of Breaking Point.

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