Capitol Punishment is tonight and I'm definitely going to have to utilize some DVR wizardry to get around the premiere of Falling Skies and the season finale of Game of Thrones, but I'm actually pretty excited for this show. Even though I'm sure no one will actually watch it, the card is rock solid, features several new faces in major matches and I expect most of the matches to actually be pretty good. Let's take a look:
CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio
You know your card is in good shape when even the one poorly built match is guaranteed to at least be good. Punk vs. Rey Rey is nothing new, we've even seen it twice this month on Raw, but with these guys in the ring together, with at least ten minutes to work with, I'm sure we're in store for something special. The match definitely seems like "we're not sure what to do with these guys right now," but it's going to be awesome regardless. I'll go with CM Punk since he's fresh off a win over John Cena and seems to be back on the upswing.
Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio
This is the only match on the card that isn't really sticking out to me. I like both guys, but their feud has fallen flat; car wrecks and fat impersonators? C'mon. I doubt their styles will gel either, but there could be fun to be had. I'll guess Del Rio wins to set up his all-but-confirmed SummerSlam feud with John Cena, but a DQ loss wouldn't surprise me either.
Wade Barrett © vs. Ezekiel Jackson
The Corre has collapsed, Big Zeke has been on a roll, so naturally, Wade Barrett will win. To be fair, Barrett vs. Sin Cara or Daniel Bryan for the IC Title is much more interesting than Zeke vs. Mark Henry or Cody Rhodes, but I can't help but think Barrett's ship has sailed for the moment and Zeke has the potential to be the next big singles star.
United States Championship
Kofi Kingston © vs. Dolph Ziggler
Kofi won the US Title for no other reason than to get the belt back on Raw after the Draft, Dolph Ziggler wins this one.
The Miz vs. Alex Riley
Does A-Ri win and become solidified as a top-tier star? Does Miz win and regain some of his lost momentum? Will wrestling fans ever stop thinking in terms of heads or tails? It's the best told story on the card and either guy could win and it would work in the context of the story. I'm going to go with The Miz after some dastardly tactics and a star-making performance from Riley, but with WWE's track record of cold feet lately, I'm guessing they'll go with the safe bet. Either way, I have a feeling this match will be reminiscent of Chris Jericho vs. John Cena in 2002, it won't be Riley's ticket to the WWE Title, but it'll be a big first step.
World Heavyweight Championship
Randy Orton © vs. Christian
Randy Orton's concussion has cast a cloud of doubt over this match, but after their Match of the Year candidate at Over the Limit, I hope Orton is fully recovered. Don't get me wrong, if they just want Christian to sneak up behind him, hit the Killswitch and win the title, you won't see me shed any tears, but I'd really like to see these two tear the house down again. Soak it in, Kick-Outers, I am eagerly anticipating a match where Randy Orton is going in as World Champion, that may never happen again. Still predicting Randy Orton to win though since, ya know, he never loses.
John Cena © vs. R-Truth
R-Truth is the best thing in WWE right now, hands down. Admittedly, Truth getting the belt right now might hamper his whole conspiracy victim shtick, but screw it, R-Truth for the win! I expect some shenanigans in this match, maybe even Truth winning by count-out or disqualification, but just the thought of what kind of craziness Truth could do with the WWE Title around his waist is very appealing. C'mon Truth, prove all the Lil Jimmies wrong!
Feel free to leave your predictions in the comments section and make sure to check back later tonight for my full thoughts on WWE Capitol Punishment. Here's hoping for a Robocop cameo!