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WWE Bash Preview and Predictions

Triple H vs. Randy Orton The WWE Bash will be headlined by six title matches. For the first time in months, we will get to see some fresh matchups. Two of the three headlining matches will be first-time matches on pay-per-view. That in itself is a breath of fresh air for fans that have struggled with the same routine of consistent matches since WWE WrestleMania.

Triple H vs. Randy Orton for the WWE championship in a Three Stages of Hell Match.

Considering all of the matches that these two have wrestled against each other, this one is a first. This will be a nice shine on a feud that has become extremely rusty over the last few weeks. Long layoffs and hot angles haven’t been enough to save what has turned into the most disappointing feud in ages for WWE fans.

The good news is that you really can’t go wrong with three gimmicked matches. The bad news is that it requires two-three Triple H vs. Randy Orton matches in one night. These two have the tendency to wrestle lengthy matches. The bright side to this is that I would expect short matches.

The WWE Bash has seven scheduled matches which doesn’t include an extra one-two from Triple H and Randy Orton. With a possible nine matches, I would expect at least two of these matches to be quick. Unfortunately, this means that we could be in for a combined 45 minutes of watching Orton and Hunter wrestle on Sunday.

The highlight here will be the Falls Count Anywhere Match. Those are generally fast-paced and all over the place. I would be shocked if this one doesn’t go three falls. I would suspect that in the end, Triple H goes over and gets the title back. Then again, with the WWE that title reign could last a week. Regardless, I think Triple H comes back and wins the last two falls to regain the title.

CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy for the WWE world heavyweight title. Finally, the WWE offers a fresh matchup on the top of the cards. This is the first-time that these two have wrestled in a singles match on pay-per-view. The bigger story here may be the backstage gossip regarding Jeff Hardy and his WWE contract.

Hardy recently posted a countdown online. Most speculate that the countdown represented Hardy’s last WWE match. Personally, I think this could be one big swerve. Everyone at this point is aware of Hardy’s status. Either it is a swerve, or the WWE may put him over to surprise the fans. The WWE did the same exact thing for Rob Van Dam when he wrestled Randy Orton before his contract expired.

I completely forgot that CM Punk was a defending champion at last year’s Bash. Punk’s first title reign is all but forgotten at this point. I think it is fair to say it was a disaster and did more to hurt Punk in the end. This match right here will show Punk fans whether this time around will be any different than the first.

Rumor has it that Punk is working hurt. Other than chopping his leg off, I don’t think there is anyway he is going to miss time due to injury right now. However, this could hamper his abilities inside of the ring. Reportedly he has some kind of a chest injury. Depending upon the severity, he may not have much of a choice when it comes to his immediate future.

I think CM Punk has a world of pressure on him with this match. How can anyone not have a great match with Jeff Hardy? Punk still has his detractors within the WWE. If Punk looks anything but great against Hardy, his title reign could be in serious jeopardy. I would expect the best out of Jeff Hardy. Hardy shines best when he is in there with other athletic wrestlers.

I am going out on a limb here and predicting that Jeff Hardy wins the title. I think it will be a swerve for one thing. Another key component here is that it could spice up Punk’s heel turn. If the heel turn is as inevitable as most think it is, a loss would make perfect sense. Otherwise, I expect an old school heel trick out of Punk to keep the title and simmer the heel turn.

Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio…Mask vs. WWE Intercontinental title. While this isn’t a fresh match, I could watch these guys wrestle all day. So far, I have enjoyed every match of theirs immensely throughout this series. These guys have great chemistry and seem to come up with new things every time out.

Once again, the backstage drama plays a component in this match. Reportedly, Rey has been upset with management and has threatened to quit. It is far fetched, but maybe part of a condition of his release is the mask. Rey just re-signed several months ago so the WWE could hold on to him for a few years. The mask could be the solution for everyone’s problems.

It is well documented that the plan going into this was for a lengthy feud, possibly through WrestleMania. I think that may be a little long, but this one has yet to get stale. I think both have looked better against each other than they have in years. The two just seem to bring the best out of one another.

I can’t see Rey losing the mask here if he isn’t leaving. The WWE have millions of dollars tied up in merchandising. Have you see the amount of kids wearing Rey Mysterio masks on television? This isn’t Jericho’s first time challenging for a mask. I am shocked that the WWE hasn’t played off his winning Juventud Guerrera’s mask in WCW. I think the WWE missed the boat on creating some intense drama in this match with the omission.

My bet here is that Rey Mysterio wins back the title. The title win gives this yet more depth and takes the feud to another level. Jericho can stew a bit and dig down deep back into that nasty heel character of his. I predict a great match, if not a show-stealer from these two. I predict Rey Mysterio with the win and the title…if he’s staying.

John Cena vs. The Miz. Wow, can it be? Are we really getting a fresh opponent for John Cena? Between Big Show and Edge, it seems like it has been years since Cena has wrestled anyone new on pay-per-view. On top of that, it has been just as long since we have seen a new face on top.

I know a lot of people love The Miz. I like his character and his promos are pretty funny. However, I just can’t get into him as a wrestler. I think I still carry the reality television stigma when I see him in the ring. I just can’t take him that seriously. I love where they are going with this, but I just can’t quite embrace The Miz as a top wrestler.

I am sure I speak for many when I see I am sick of John Cena. The guy makes me turn my television whenever he comes on. People can say whether he is a draw or not, but I could argue that for weeks. Has anyone looked business recently? His promos are great if you are an eight-year old boy watching WWE RAW and that may be insulting to all eight-year old children who watch WWE RAW.

There is only one answer to this one. The Miz needs to win here. Anything other than a win from The Miz is a waste of time. The WWE has something here whether I can get into it or not. The WWE has a golden opportunity to create a star and give an old star some new life. Do I think that will happen? Absolutely not as I predict a John Cena win and an abrupt end to the feud.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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