Published on January 25th, 2004 | by Dean Saliba5
The Final Cut – Royal Rumble 2004 Predictions
Hello and welcome to another edition of The Final Cut. Well, it is that time of the month again that brings pain, discomfort, threats of anger towards men and a whole host of other claptrap. I am, of course, talking about the monthly World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-view.
Eddie Guerrero Vs Chavo Guerrero Jr
The storyline for this match has been built up quite superbly, World Wrestling Entertainment get a lot of flack for their poor handling of wrestlers and angles (I’m a prime culprit) but on this occasion they deserve a slap on the back.
Eddie and Chavo have feuded once before when they were both being left to rot in World Championship Wrestling’s mid-card division. The fans, due to the poor storyline and the way it was pushed, laughed at the feud.
World Wrestling Entertainment have obviously looked at the mistakes that World Championship Wrestling made with the feud and have made sure they push the angle as much, if not further, than the two main event world title feuds.
I was a bit weary when they added Chavo Guerrero Sr. to the mix but this has worked so damn well and has managed to get the fans 100% behind Eddie. The only problem I see is can Chavito go it on his own? He has always had Uncle Eddie to back him up or someone else.
This match right here is the match of the night. Forget Triple/HBK or even Rey Mysterio/Jamie Noble, it’s the family feud that will steal the show. I can see Kurt Angle involving himself in the match somehow setting up the feud at Wrestlemania with Eddie.
Winner: Chavo Guerrero Jr
Ric Flair & Batista vs. The Dudley Boyz
As I have said on many occasions The Dudley’s are the best warm up wrestlers around. They are experts in getting a crowd hyped up and if that is what they are good at then let them do it. I fully expect this match to be either first or second on the card.
Lets face it, I can not see Ric Flair or Batista is going through a table and I can not see The Dudleys walking out with the gold on this occasion. Keeping the titles on Naitch
Batista has been criticised as the weak man in Evolution so I expect this match should be right up his alley. Let him do his clotheslines, powerbombs and weird noises whilst Ric Flair does the actual rasslin.
I do not think that it is a bad thing that the Dudleys are delayed from having another title run.
Winner: Ric Flair & Batista
Last Man Standing Match
Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels
Triple H against Shawn Michaels seems to be a monthly pay-per-view ritual these days. Most people will instantly shoot off with the whole clique thingamabob but to be honest Triple H and Shawn have a fantastic chemistry inside the ring.
And if this match is anything like the one that they had on Raw a few weeks ago then we are in for one hell of a treat.
I can see Triple H dropping the title to Shawn and then winning it back in their rematch either on a Raw or, more than likely, at No Way Out. (Whether or not this is a Smackdown only pay-per-view, I did not check)
Winner: Shawn Michaels
Rey Mysterio vs. Jamie Noble
Whilst World Wrestling Entertainment made a superb job of booking the match between Eddie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero they have gone in the other direction and have booked this match up extremely poorly.
The sad fact is that these two are actually pretty damn talented wrestlers and could tear the house down if they were allowed to do their thing inside the ring. But as we know World Wrestling Entertainment do not want these lowly stars showing up their top stars.
I do not think that Rey will drop the title just yet. I still believe that this feud has a lot more swerves in it that have yet to emerge. Such as Nidia gaining her sight back and then turning on Jamie Noble.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
Brock Lesnar vs. Hardcore Holly
This is the moment we have all been waiting for. Can Brock Lesnar carry a mid-card loser in a main event match? Can Brock make Holly look a legit threat without making himself look like an idiot?
Yeah, OK so it is Hardcore Holly, but if Chris Benoit can pull a decent match out of A-Train and Big Show then surely Brock can pull a match out of Hardcore Holly, right? Erm, right?
Let me make one thing perfectly clear right now. There is no way in hell that Hardcore Holly is walking out with that belt, unless he actually nicks it from Brock after the match is over!
I will probably miss the majority of this match making myself a sandwich and using the toilet. But5 hey I guess there must be someone out there who is salivating at the thought of this match-up, right? RIGHT?
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Kane, Kurt Angle, Booker T, John Cena, Goldberg, Chris Benoit, Scott Steiner, Billy Gunn, Christian, Rikishi, Chris Jericho, Shelton Benjamin, Mark Henry, Charlie Haas, Rico, Nunzio, The Hurricane, Big Show, Spike Dudley, Matt Morgan, Matt Hardy, Tajiri, Test, A-Train, Rene Dupree, Ernest “The Cat” Miller, Randy Orton, Bradshaw, Rob Van Dam, and Rhyno.
These are the people who will enter the rumble. Thirty men will enter and only one man will stay standing in the ring at the end of it all.
To be honest it looks like the strongest rumble in a long, long time and with 30 top stars lined up this has to be not only a solid rumble match but also the best rumble match EVER.
Chris Benoit has been placed at number one. Most people know what this means, hopefully another Shawn Michael type run. The time for Benoit to go for the world title is now; his support has never been this high before and lets face it this could be his last run at the top. Plus no one deserves a shot at the gold more than Chris Benoit does.
I expect we will see Paul Heyman out at ringside to try and interfere and then we will witness the arrival/presence of he Undertaker back to extract revenge against Kane, or something like that. I am not sure if Undertaker will turn up or if some kind of presence will be at The Rumble. We will just have to wait and see for that.
The last four in the ring in my opinion will be Chris Benoit, Randy Orton (perhaps Foley will eliminate him?), Goldberg and possible Kane.
Winner: Chris Benoit
Well there you have it folks. What looks to be one of the best Royal Rumble pay-per-views ever. I have a sneaky feeling we may even have the pleasure of a women’s match thrown in on Heat.
Well until Monday.