Published: April 5th, 2013 | Tags: WrestleMania XXIX, A.J. Lee, Alberto Del Rio, Big Show, Chris Jericho, CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, Fandango, John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus, The Miz, The Rock, The Shield, The Undertaker, Triple H
World champion Torrey Smith of the Baltimore Ravens stopped by Studio 66 this week to talk a little football but the conversation quickly turned to WrestleMania XXIX where he and I broke down the card. The following are Smith’s picks, along with my analysis.
WWE Diva’s title: A.J. Lee vs Kaitlyn
Smith’s pick: Kailtlyn
Rank’s pick: Kaitlyn
Analysis: Kaitlyn has developed some nice offense and has become a pretty good force in the division. She’s going to hold the belt for some time.
WWE Tag Team titles: Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston vs. Team Hell No
Smith’s pick: Ziggler and Langston
Rank’s pick: ditto
Analysis: The Rhodes Scholars deserve to have the belts, but they will be given away here. Bryan has to turn heel at some point. He would be a good villain to go after Ziggler if he cashes in his “Money in the Bank” briefcase.
Intercontinental title: The Miz vs. Wade Barrett
Smith’s pick: The Miz
Rank’s pick: ditto
Analysis: It’s a surprise Barrett has kept the belt this long after he’s lost on RAW week-in, week-out. A beatdown of Zack Ryder notwithstanding. The Miz is on his way back up the card.
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
Smith’s pick: Jericho
Rank’s pick: Fandango
Analysis: It would be the WWE’s style to bury a new guy, but Jericho has now become jobber to the up-and-comers. Remember when Jericho couldn’t get through the glass ceiling?
The Shield vs. Randy Orton, Sheamus, Big Show
Smith’s pick: Orton, Sheamus, Show
Rank’s pick: The Shield
Analysis: I want to be wrong if a win by The Shield means an Orton heel-turn and joining The Shield. Have The Shield go over clean.
Retirement match: Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
Smiths’ pick: Triple H
Rank’s pick: Brock Lesnar
Analysis: Triple H wanted to proper sendoff at Summer Slam, but us fans at Staples Center relished in him losing. So now he wants a heroic good-bye.
CM Punk vs. The Undertaker
Smith’s pick: CM Punk
Rank’s pick: The Undertaker
Analysis: The streak will go on.
World Heavyweight championship: Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio
Smith’s pick: Alberto Del Rio
Rank’s pick: Jack Swagger
Analysis: Well, if a heel Swagger is holding the belt, they can turn Ziggler face.
WWE championship: John Cena vs. The Rock
Smith’s pick: The Rock
Rank’s pick: John Cena
Analysis: I would love to see something where The Shield comes in to help Cena win and starts his heel turn (it would be so nWo). But what we’ll likely get is Cena going over clean. And then Monday night, he gives a rambling promo about how he’s overcome the odds (for the eleventh time).
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