By Kendall Portis
U.S. Championship: The Miz vs. Antonio Cesaro. This match was confirmed last week to be featured on the YouTube pre-show. After losing the Intercontinental Championship to Kofi Kingston, The Miz has been doing a lot including commentary on Main Event and Miz TV. It's pretty obvious WWE has plans for him. Making The Miz United States Champion would be a step into the right direction also considering he recently turned face. I prefer for him to win via Figure Four Leg Lock made famous by Ric Flair.
Tag Team Championship: Team Hell No vs. Team Rhodes Scholars. I would like to see Rhodes Scholars win since Team Hell No wrapped up their anger management with Dr. Shelby. As wrong as it sounds, I need Team Hell No to win but to continue a feud with The Shield and lose it at WrestleMania.
WWE Championship: CM Punk vs. The Rock. After weeks of coming out on top of each other, who will come out on top? Last week on SmackDown, CM Punk confronted The Shield and it seems like they wont be involved in the championship match. Rumors are that CM Punk will retain and go on to face Undertaker at WrestleMania. That's not a bad idea since Punk has evolved since their rivalry in 2009.
Royal Rumble Match: Over the past few weeks Randy Orton, 3MB, Sheamus, Prime Time Players, John Cena, and Ryback all confirmed their presence. Many blogs reported John Morrison might return tonight. If he does, him and The Miz can reunite as a tag team. WWE.com confirmed NXT rookie Bo Dallas will be in the royal rumble after winning a tournament Saturday morning. I have no official prediction for the match yet.
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By Thomas Brunt
Perhaps Team Hell No's graduation this past Monday Night was a sign of a near disband. It would only make sense, afterall that would make the whole segment pointless if you think about it, and besides that, it's time for Kane and Daniel Bryan to move on to bigger and better things. While Kane has been in this company a lot longer than Bryan has and has accomplished so much more in his career, it's time for Bryan to resume climbing the main event picture, and continue to build what's been an already impressive career. WWE can also do Kane a favor and make him the monster we all really know he is, you know to make things more interesting. The Big Red Monster also deserves one more shot at a major title before he retires. As for Team Rhodes Scholars, they could both use a push, and why not start that push out by winning the tag team titles on Sunday?
Cody Rhodes could use it, after coming off what wasn't one of his better year's in 2012, and Damien Sandow could use it to further promote and make him a bigger Superstar, while he's already been granted a solid future in his career, this will only help Sandow. And if you think about it, it will only help Kane and Daniel Bryan.
That's why Rhodes Scholars need to win the tag team titles at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on Sunday.
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The Rock confronts WWE Champion CM Punk.
Effective opening segment featuring WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No, Team Rhodes Scholars, Big Show and World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio. This helped hype the WWE Tag Team title match on Sunday, which was desperately needed after failing to do so on Raw this week. This segment was pretty basic, but it did a nice job in hyping the night's main event matchup.
Solid match between Sheamus and Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrrett. As seen on Raw this week, these two always work well together and once again provided an entertaining contest. Sheamus going over does nothing for me, but at least the bout was given a substantial amount of time.
Fine match with Natalya defeating Rosa Mendes. I'm not exactly sure what the point of it was, but it wasn't anything bad at all. Mendes wrestled half decently for a Diva who hasn't competed in ages, so that was pleasantly surprising. That aside, though, this contest was mostly meaningless.
Strong promo from WWE Champion CM Punk and The Rock. I'm glad Punk addressed The Shield after all the accusations that the two parties are aligned, but since Shield didn't attack Punk, there's a chance that could still be possible. Punk once again cut a good promo, but I felt Rock's was even better this time around. He came off as passionate and really helped make this match feel even more important than it did before, which I thought was impossible. Sure, the two didn't have a war of the words as we saw a few weeks back, but both Superstars' individual promos were excellent.
By Sadia Shahid
It was the starting of the November 5th, 2012 edition of Raw that got the WWE Universe talking. An unexpected “I quit” came from The Miz regarding his status as a member of Team Punk for Survivor Series (Nov. 18th, 2012). This was the first step we saw from WWE in an effort to turn Miz babyface. Later in his match against Sheamus, no one actually cheered for him, but the ‘booing’ factor was just low enough to get noticed, at least by me. Miz being a longtime heel, it was obvious turning him face won’t be an easy task. It all came down to Survivor Series where majority had speculated he will remain heel, but eventually came to know this could last a while.
Week after week, strong segments of Miz Tv continue to make and stir controversy, especially by going up against the WWE Champion CM Punk, the current ultimate heel in my opinion. There was also hype during the minor Ziggler/Miz feud. Shame it wasn’t persuaded in the long run. The starting point of this face turn was interesting as for two weeks WWE shows stayed in Cleveland, Miz’s hometown, so things went smoothly. Afterwords, everything went downhill from there. Miz being a former WWE Champion with the longest title reign in 2011 (160 days), wasn’t given worthy opponents, and came to the point where Miz TV, no matter how entertaining, was the only thing keeping him in the ring.