So the final tally on the inaugural Calling the Shots was a respectable 3 hits and 4 misses (although I’ll still fight to make it a 3-3-1 by the end of this article). Not too shabby for a first run if I do say so myself.
So the correct calls were: Cena retains the title, The Miz takes home the Intercontinental Belt, and Rusev continues his win streak over Swagger. So my predictions for these outcomes: Cena goes up against Lesnar at the next PPV (the trailers have already told us as much). With Dolph Ziggler taking second place (and having the best elimination of the night over Sheamus and the massive pop he received from the Tampa crowd) and being eliminated in such underhanded fashion by a title-winning Miz, it’s likely that a feud will be established between the two that will culminate in a Ziggler win at the much more important Summerslam event. Finally, word down the grapevine is that the Rusev storyline has reached it’s conclusion due to political concerns. However, if it keeps going I think Swagger will play the “no pin, no submission, no win” card and demand a rematch at Summerslam.
And now, the unfortunate time has come where I have to say those three little words: I was wrong. I was wrong about the Wyatt’s getting put over (on both accounts), about Paige getting a win over AJ, and about Ambrose getting the win over Rollins (but I’m still not willing to accept defeat on that one). Creative must be pretty invested in the Usos to give them the nod over the Wyatts. Honestly, I don’t see it and the Wyatt’s have been nothing but awesome since they’ve debuted. Nevertheless, the four of them put on the match of the night. Bray and Jericho’s match was a bit of a bust, on the other hand, and suffered from a poor and questionable ending. Given that Jericho allegedly returned for a few months just to work with Bray, it’s likely that their rivalry will stretch into Summerslam and culminate with a Bray Wyatt win. As far as Paige and AJ, I admitted that the match could have gone either way in my initial assessment. However, after seeing the difference in AJ and Paige’s skills side-by-side, I can see how this was the right call. Rumor has it that Paige is even being shipped back down to NXT to sharpen her skills a little more before being called back up. As far as AJ’s future is concerned, Naomi or Cameron are the likely options.
Finally, Ambrose vs. Rollins. Technically, this was a loss for Ambrose due to Authority interference (which I did mention was a possibility) however the official result is that Rollins gets the win. Even if Ambrose did get the best of the exchanges, Rollins gets the nod from the officials. Either way, it’s clear that creative is saving this one for Summerslam.
So that concludes the first entry of Calling the Shots. Come back in a few weeks for Chinlock’s Summerslam predictions.