Now I bet you are
all wondering why there was no column for this week's edition of WWE RAW.
Fact of the matter is that I just got too busy with work and I did not
have time to write the column. Judging by all the e-mails and the count
of all the people that come to the Outside Influence, nobody really missed
I'm going to be looking
at the WWE King of The Ring "from the cheap seats". Actually we got pretty
good tickets for the event in Columbus, Ohio. I paid more for my King
of the Ring ticket than for my Wrestlemania XVIII ticket. I am going to
run down my predictions for you even though some of you could care less
what I think.
Triple H vs. The Undertaker
WWE Undisputed Title Match
It is time to play the GAME again!!! I see Triple H coming out on top
again. Funny how my idea about Triple H becoming the challenger to the
Undisputed Title actually came true. Although it is later than I expected,
Triple H being the challenger for the title is a lot more interesting
than watching the Undertaker wrestle for the title. I expect a good match
out of these two because they want to step up and fill the void that has
been left by Steve Williams.
Winner and New Undisputed Champion:
Hulk Hogan vs. Kurt
It seems that Hulk Hogan's WWE tenure has been different in the sense
that he is really putting over the younger talent on the roster. It was
like pulling teeth for younger talent to go over on Hulk Hogan in World
Championship Wrestling. If you don't know what I mean, just ask Billy
Kidman. This match is a tough one to call. I look for Hulk Hogan to win
this one. This match should be a good one as well. I think Kurt Angle
can carry Hulk in a match. I will be very entertained by this match too.
Kurt Angle is a funny guy and just an all around great worker. Winner:
Trish Stratus vs.
WWE Women's Title Match
Who cares who wins this match? This one is going to be a crowd killer.
The Women's division is weak. Trish can't wrestle and Molly can. The problem
is that Molly can't carry Trish in a match either. I mean just look at
their recent match on RAW for an example of this. Trish is going to win
this match because if Molly is the Women's champion then no one is really
going to give a crap.
Winner and Still Women's Champion:
Ric Flair vs. Eddie
I am a big fan of Eddie's and Ric Flair has put on some great matches
as well but this match is going to be horrible. Since Steve Austin walked
out on the WWE, Eddie was left without an opponent at the King of the
Ring. This match was thrown together at the last minute. Last minute matches
never work. Take for example The Undertaker vs. the Big Boss Man in a
Hell In The Cell match at Wrestlemania VX. Hopefully this match will surprise
me like the Scott Hall vs. Steve Austin match at Wrestlemania XVIII did.
The Hurricane vs.
Jamie Noble (with Nidia)
WWE Cruiserweight Title Match
I'm not really repulsed by the fact the Nidia makes out with Jamie on
a regular basis during WWE Smackdown, I am probably just frustrated with
the fact that I don't have a girl to do that with. Now I hate calling
these Smackdown roster matches because I don't follow WWE Smackdown on
a regular basis. I'm kind of looking forward to this match too because
I want to see what Jamie looks like in action. I can't say that I followed
the Jung Dragons all that much in WCW so I don't know what Mr. Noble is
capable of. Should be a good match as most Cruiserweight matches are.
I look for The Hurricane to regain the Cruiserweight title. Look out though
Hurricane, Rey Mysterio Jr. is coming.
Winner and Still Cruiserweight Champion:
King of the Ring Semifinal
Chris Jericho vs. Rob Van Dam
Has the WWE lost all confidence in Chris Jericho. He has really fallen
from grace since his reign as the Undisputed Champion. Rob Van Dam's stock
keeps rising in the WWE though. This should be one hell of a match if
both wrestlers bring their "A" game. Unfortunately not much build up for
any of the King of the Ring matches since the "Split". The "Split" has
made the King of the Ring tournament as a whole less enjoyable. Rob Van
Dam wins this one and advances to the finals.
Rob Van Dam
King of the Ring Semifinal
Brock Lesner vs. Test
This one is the bathroom break match. I think that this match is going
to be a total squash. Test is going to get his Canadian ass kicked. Brock
Lesner wins this one just like he has won all of his other matches. Oh
yeah and Paul Heymen will be there too.
King of the Ring Final
Rob Van Dam vs. Brock Lesner
Now I disagree with the WWE's decision here. Brock Lesner will be the
2002 King of the Ring. I knew that this would happen right after Vince
McMahon declared that the winner of the King of the Ring would receive
a title shot at Summerslam 2002. Now this match won't be a squash match.
It might rival Brock's first match with Bubba Ray Dudley. Rob Van Dam
will not be crowned "king" tonight. It won't be over for these two either.
Brock needs to do something with his time before Summerslam.
Winner and the 2002 King of the Ring:
I hope you all enjoy
the King of the Ring this Sunday as much as I do. I will be there and
I will also be at RAW which is in Cleveland, Ohio at the Gund Arena. Something
usually big happens when RAW comes to Cleveland so watch it. I will have
a special column on Monday to discuss my thoughts on the whole Steve Austin
situation and I will also comment about Vince Russo as well. Look for
my exploits of Sunday and Monday on next Friday. Until thenů