Space Suplex #29: End of the Line

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Matt presents one final show and chats about the previous seven months of WWE pay-per-view programming and his predictions on the early card known at the moment for WrestleMania 33.

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Batista/Triple H II

With only five matches currently scheduled for this Sunday’s show things aren’t looking that good. It seems that Mr. McMahon is banking on viewers to buy the PPV on the knowledge that they will want to see Batista/Triple H II and Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan one more time. I’m sure that they will add another two matches or so to this card during Sunday Night Heat.

The WWE had better not keep throwing on last second matches onto PPV cards during Heat because later this year the show won’t be airing anymore. This is because they are switching back to the USA Network and Heat and Velocity weren’t made part of the deal. Hopefully this will make them realize that they have to book farther into the future and quit with the WCW style of booking that currently exists.

Oh well, enough of my ranting…on with the predictions.

World Heavyweight Championship
Batista vs. Triple H

This is the rematch from WrestleMania 21. By the look of the shows lately, Batista is still getting the better of Triple H at every turn. Plus, Batista is hardly ever on any of the shows since WrestleMania. It’s almost like Hunter is already going to get his title back for the 11th time.

Why WWE can’t create great buildup to a PPV other than WrestleMania is beyond me. I know that I do better with my e-fed than they can do in real life. I’m going with Batista to retain, but I still fear that Hunter will win the title back here just like he did after Randy Orton only had one month last September.

My Choice: Batista

Hulk Hogan & Shawn Michaels vs. Muhammad Hassan & Khosrow Daivari
This is one of the few matches, even most likely to be the only match on the card to have buildup. This would be better if only Hulk Hogan wasn’t involved. Like I said before, I would rather Sgt. Slaughter instead of Oldmanmania to team with HBK.

The start of all of this was back before WrestleMania. Shocking isn’t it? Anyway, Shawn Michaels lost to Hassan in that match and then lost to his manager, Daivari, a few weeks ago. Then, last week the Orange Goblin showed up to team with Michaels at Backlash this Sunday.

I pick Hogan and Michaels for one simple reason. Hogan won’t want to do the J.O.B. to make new stars. He may ask to see if Michaels will job for the third time, but otherwise it will be a win for them. I don’t want it to go that way, but I have little else to believe at this point.

My Choice: Hulk Hogan & Shawn Michaels

Intercontinental Championship
Chris Jericho vs. Shelton Benjamin

Speaking of rematches, here’s another one. However, this one isn’t from WrestleMania, it’s from Taboo Tuesday back in October. The only story here is that ever since Jericho lost the IC title to Benjamin at the aforementioned PPV he has been dying to get another shot at regaining what he lost. A few exchanges of words and some exchanges of fists setup this match for Backlash.

This will be a good match and I know that these two will do great just like in the last match. However, I don’t feel that the former 7-time Intercontinental Champion will make it eight times this Sunday.

My Choice: Shelton Benjamin

Last Man Standing Match
Chris Benoit vs. Edge

These two have basically been fighting each other off and on since October ’04 and now it’s time to end it once and for all (or at least until next time). This is likely to be the show stealing match and will definitely be better than Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H at the Royal Rumble in 2004, which had the horrible draw finish.

Edge was the winner of the ladder match at WrestleMania, which gives him a year to challenge for the WORLD TITLE. He should be protected at all costs and should win all major matches building up to his championship match. Chris Benoit will be the first to go down at Backlash.

My Choice: Edge

Kane vs. Viscera
This match is a result of Kane trying to attack Trish Stratus when she was talking with Lita two RAW shows ago. Viscera, who previously has only had non-important bit roles in storylines this year, was out to save Trish from her pending doom and in turn set this match up for the PPV. In fact the last time that Viscera had an actual match on PPV was back at WrestleMania 2000…five years ago.

I can see this story continuing until Lita is fully healed to face Trish in an actual match. And to tell you the truth I have enjoyed the vignettes that Trish and Viscera were in on the RAW from England. Now I know that this match won’t be a gem in anyway in the ring. Let’s just hope that Trish and Lita spice it up enough to be at least watchable.

My Choice: Kane

This isn’t exactly what I’d book to follow a WrestleMania pay-per-view, but at least three of the five matches will be good to awesome.