I guess practice does make perfect! Calling the Shots comes away with a near-perfect 6-2 ratio for SummerSlam! At this rate I’ll be 100% accurate by Hell in a Cell.
My first miss was Ziggler vs. The Miz, and honestly I couldn’t be happier that Ziggler got the go-ahead. Considering Lesnar’s limited appearance schedule, the Intercontinental Belt just became a lot more important and will likely headline a lot of RAW and Smackdown showings. Creative clearly paid attention to the fans when they picked Ziggler to carry the weight. Hopefully this will be the start of a series of good ideas for the company.
On the other hand, I really don’t understand the purpose of the Rusev/Swagger feud. What was the point? All that lead-up just to deflate the crowd at the very end. Unless creative was trying to play with people’s expectations (ie. “It’s so obvious that Swagger is going to win right OH WAIT NO HE ISN’T!), I don’t see where this is going, unless they are just trying really really hard to put Rusev over. I can’t think of where this is going next, but here’s hoping that it finally leads to something interesting for both characters.
So here’s how I see things playing out in the near future: Ziggler goes up against probably anyone in a short feud leading in to Night of Champions (probably Bad News Barrett if he’s healthy enough, Randy Orton otherwise), Rollins and Ambrose keep their feud going through September and into October so it can culminate in a Hell in a Cell match, Paige and Aj have a rubber match at Night of Champions, The Bellas start feuding, Jericho and Wyatt have one more match, and Roman Reigns gets a shot at Brock Lesnar.
Justin will be putting up his Hits and Misses soon, so I don`t want to step on his toes with my pros and cons. But I will say this: Randy Orton is way better than he is given credit for (That superplex was impressive and that powerslam was the fastest and smoothest of all time), Roman Reigns is REALLY uninteresting, and Cena vs. Lesnar was the dullest main event I’ve ever seen (Even though I seem to be in the minority on this one).
Come back next month when I call the shots for Night of Champions, when every title goes up for grabs (even Sheamus’ seemingly perfunctory U.S. Championship).