Jan: I like Cena for a number of reasons. First, he’s still the face of this company. He’s been putting over a number of other talents in recent years and the mounting losses are beginning to hurt is credibility. Second, The Rock will only ever be a part-time talent at this point, so don’t fall in love with the Rock as champ. Finally, I like Cena to even this feud at 1-1, then a rubber match next year at WrestleMania 30. (Jan picks John Cena to defeat The Rock for the WWE Championship)
Justin: I’ll have to disagree with Jan on this one. Never have I ever been accused of being a Rock fan, however I think he’s the smart choice for this one, if only because it was recently announced that he will be competing at WWE’s Extreme Rules Pay-Per-View in May, likely in a match against Brock Lesnar. Can you imagine Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock for the WWE Championship? I think having that on the marquee next month is too good to pass up. (Justin picks The Rock to retain the WWE Championship).
Jan: The best part of this feud has been the leadup. We’ve been able to see CM Punk establish himself as one of the greatest all-around talents in history. Remember, a year ago, he was a huge babyface. Now, he’s a mega heel. Oh, and he’s a pretty darned good wrestler too. That said, he’s not ending the streak. No one is. Taker wins. (Jan picks The Undertaker to defeat CM Punk).
Justin: CM Punk is the first person, in ages, that I actually believe could the streak. He has absolutely dominated WWE television, as Jan mentioned, for the better part of the last two years. I defy you to name a better all-around sports entertainer than CM Punk. That said, I absolutely do not think he will end the streak, and my vote goes to the Undertaker going 21-0. (Justin picks The Undertaker to defeat CM Punk).
Jan: Flip a coin on this one. Both guys are mean. Both guys are tough. Both guys are willing to bleed. With Lesnar expected to re-sign and stay with WWE, and Triple H only competing a few times a year, Lesnar is the runaway favourite. While I’d hate to see the Game retired by a loss, just like his best friend Shawn Michaels was (and go figure, Michaels is in HHH’s corner tonight), it is entirely feasible. Still, I’ll go with my heart on this one and take Triple H in a bloody, ugly, violent match. (Jan picks Triple H to defeat Brock Lensar).
Justin: I’m on the fence about this one, too. I don’t want to believe that Triple H’s incredible in-ring career is over. There are only a few wrestlers that have come and gone that I’ve had a hard time dealing with their retirements (Mick Foley, Ric Flair, and Shawn Michaels). You can very easily add Triple H to that list. I really believe, however, Brock Lesnar is going to take this one, and then go on to face The Rock at next month’s WWE Extreme Rules Pay-Per-View. One thing that Jan and I can both agree on is that this is going to be a bloody, violent, and brutal match that will be remembered for ages. (Justin picks Brock Lesnar to defeat Triple H).
Jan: Both guys have lost the momentum they carried in the weeks leading up to Mania. Swagger has been overshadowed by his mentor Zeb Colter, who does all the heavy lifting, while Del Rio’s shine as a babyface is wearing off. Let’s be honest, he’s a great heel. I’ll take Swagger, only because WWE needs to finish what it started with this angle. (Jan picks Jack Swagger to defeat Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship).
Justin: It’s not much of a secret in the Cousineau household that I’m a huge Jack Swagger fan. There wasn’t a fan in the WWE Universe happier to see him not only return at the Elimination Chamber PPV, but win and move on the World Championship Match at the Grandest Stage of the All, WrestleMania 29. This match hasn’t been particularly inspiring, however, and it’s a real shame when you consider the talent involved. I like Zeb Coulter. I like Jack Swagger. I like Alberto Del Rio. I like Ricardo Rodriguez. So I’m not exactly sure why I’m not as excited as I thought I would be for this match. But my enjoyment of Swagger’s act is undying, and it would almost be sacrilegious of me not to pick him here. (Justin picks Jack Swagger to defeat Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship).
Jan: The real surprise here would be if The Shield doesn’t win. The Shield is arguably the best thing the WWE has going right now. They are mean, tough, over with the fans and riding a huge wave of momentum. The only question remaining is where do they go from here? Nowhere but up, I say. Take The Shield. (Jan picks the Shield to defeat Show, Orton and Sheamus).
Justin: FEAR THE SHIELD! RESPECT THE SHIELD! (Justin, in his own unique way, picks The Shield to defeat Show, Orton and Sheamus).
Jan: This match will be marked with feats of strength. Power versus power with two of the better big men in the business. Don’t expect a long match, but one with some jaw-dropping power moves. I say Ryback wins, then joins the elite in the hunt for the WWE or World title. (Jan picks Ryback to defeat Mark Henry).
Justin: This is the sleeper match, for me. I really think it could end up being one of the more memorable matches of the evening. These two monsters are going to eat each other alive, and do so much damage to one-another that I just can’t see it ending it anything but a disqualification. My pick is Mark Henry getting disqualified, leading to a rematch under Extreme Rules at the next WWE Pay-Per-View offering. (Justin picks Ryback, via disqualification, over Mark Henry).
Jan: Poor Dolph Ziggler, with his Money In the Bank briefcase … Here’s hoping he cashes it in during WrestleMania. Meanwhile, I expect the breakup of Team Hell No is imminent, and the fallout should be excellent, hopefully culminating with a long feud between Daniel Bryan and Kane. Take Team Hell No to win, but watch the crumbling begin… (Jan picks Team Hell No to retain against Big E. Langston and Dolph Ziggler)
Justin: I’m with Jan on this, in that it’s a real shame that Dolph Ziggler isn’t using his guaranteed Money in the Bank championship match contract to challenge for one of the two heavyweight belts at WrestleMania. There is no doubt that he’s ready to shatter through the glass ceiling, and never look back. As for this match, it almost seems like it’s in the way of where Ziggler should be going, and I think he feels the same way. That lack of focus will cost him, and Team Hell No will retain the championships. (Justin picks Team Hell No to retain the Tag Team Championships against Ziggler and Langston).
Jan: If there is a show stealer among the matches at this pay-per-view, this is it. Jericho is one of the greatest talents of all time, and of late has shown his true skills at putting over his competition. Fandango will escape with the victory here, looking all the better because of Jericho. Expect to be entertained. This could even be a solid opening match. (Jan picks Fandango to defeat Chris Jericho).
Justin: Jan is probably right, this match will steal the show. I absolutely love what Fandango is doing right now, and he’s on a runaway train to becoming one of the most charismatic, and entertaining WWE Superstars in history. I can’t see Chris Jericho losing here, though. My guess is that Fandango gets hit with a Code Breaker, out of the blue, and loses the match. (Justin picks Chris Jericho to defeat Fandango).
Jan: This could be the shortest match of the evening. Expect a few laughs, and some dancing. In the end, though, go with Rhodes Scholars and the Bellas, who recently returned to the WWE … (Jan picks Team Rhodes Scholars and the Bella Twins for the win.)
Justin: Okay, let’s talk about what’s important here. The Bella Twins are back, and that’s headline news for this guy. I love me some Bella Twins. ….oh…..there’s a match you need my prediction for? Ummm….. (Justin picks Team Rhodes Scholars and The Bella Twins over Tons of Funk and the Funkadactyls).
Jan: The Barrett barrage continues. Miz, while mildly entertaining, just doesn’t do it for me. Barrett has all the makings of a soon-to-be World Champion. Maybe WrestleMania will be his launching pad. (Jan picks Wade Barrett to retain the Intercontinental Championship).
Justin: If there is a love in my household for Jack Swagger, there is a hate for The Miz. I never got him, I’ve never enjoyed him, and I just find him endlessly and ridiculously annoying. I hope Barrett hits him with the Bull Hammer so hard it knocks the goofy look right off the Miz’s face. (Justin picks Wade Barrett to retain against The Miz).