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RassleMania Challenge: Beat Scott Bowden, win Shawn Michaels 3-disc DVD set

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A special contest for my loyal KFR subscribers only: Outpick me in my RassleMania Challenge, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for the three-disc DVD set Shawn Michaels: My Journey, which features 25 HBK matches from the past, many of them classics. You must be a KFR subscriber to enter. Not a subscriber? Sign up today, you stinkin’ redneck. (Complete online form below to subscribe; it’s ABSOLUTELY FREE.) If no one outpicks me (highly unlikely, given my track record)…I win! Bring it!

Send your picks to bowden@kentuckyfriedwrestling.com (Entries must be received by Sunday, March 28, by 3 p.m. Pacific.)

Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk: WWE wisely canceled the hair vs. mask stipulation as this show is loaded, so the emphasis and effectiveness of the stip would be lost. Besides, unlike TNA, which gives you the blowoff to a feud at the beginning of a program, WWE has a better grasp of storytelling. These two are in the early stages in their feud, so best to build the animosity over the next few months, perhaps culminating with the stip at SummerSlam. I think Punk needs to win here, perhaps with the storyline that Rey was consumed with vengeance for his familia, blinded his rage, enabling Punk to steal this one . Wouldn’t it be cool if the talented young actress playing Rey’s daughter turned heel? Too bad Paul Heyman isn’t booking. Punk takes a beating in the bout, but emerges victorious in the end. Winner: Punk

Randy Orton vs. Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes: WWE TV has been clicking lately; for the most part, the buildup for WrestleMania is the best I’ve seen in years and the best overall lineup since the Attitude era….with the exception of this match. Inexplicably, Creative switched gears on DiBiase’s planned babyface turn and instead made Orton the reluctant babyface in this feud. For more than a year, fans have been dying for a reason to cheer Orton, but the execution of the split with his protégés has been so lackluster that the response has been lukewarm. In my opinion, Orton is such a wonderfully slimy heel that the issue has got be stronger than this for fans to rally around him. I’m thinking maybe, just maybe, this is a swerve, where Rhodes at some point will side with Orton, who ravages the young DiBiase, which brings his legendary father to ringside…for a punt to the head. Though with Trips supposedly going heel soon, it would make sense to keep these two on opposite sides of the fence. Orton wins here either way. Winner: Orton

Triple H vs. Sheamus: The only way this match will be memorable is if Triple H puts over his handpicked superstar, elevating him to the next level. For all his critics, Triple H is smart and calculated; he’s willing to command the spotlight all year long while “doing the right thing for business” by putting someone else over at WrestleMania. With talk of him going heel (and perhaps screwing HBK in the main event), I say he loses here and snaps, reverting back to the evil Triple H we love (well, like maybe) to hate. Winner: Sheamus.

ShowMiz vs. Morrison, Truth: Like Jericho, Miz is ideal for the tag-champ spot, as he can appear on both RAW and SMACKDOWN, and he’s really hitting his stride as top-notch personality. (The comedy dynamic between Show and Miz works for me as well.) I can’t say the same for Morrison and Truth. (I’d rather endure a root canal–by Dr. Issac Yankem no less–than have to endure Truth’s live entrance song more than once a week.) Winners: ShowMiz

Bret Hart vs. Vince McMahon: I was surprised that McMahon didn’t do more to get his heat back on Monday after Hart clocked him at the contract signing. He simply promised “a surprise.” Hmmm..if this were TNA, I’d swear an Earl Hebner appearance was in the works. Clearly, they’re teasing McMahon finding a way to screw Hart once again, but I ain’t buying it. For Bret’s sake, I so want this to be good. Winner: Bret Hart

Batista vs. John Cena: I’ll know if I’m wrong here if this bout goes on last. Batista is getting over huge as a heel personality, so I’m hoping WWE resists the desire to have another Cena title win close the show (which we’ve seen way too many times) and books the champion to retain. Cena is much better chasing the belt, and a loss would continue the storyline of his inability to beat the Animal. If they handle it correctly, Cena would benefit more by losing, building up a “final” PPV rematch between the two. Winner: Batista.

Animal instincts: Batista is coming into his own as the heel champ.

Edge vs. Chris Jericho: One major title has to change hands, and Edge winning the title would cap the story of his comeback perfectly. Imagine the huge pop (“SPEAR!”) when Jericho is speared for the three count. Winner: Edge

Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels: A brilliant job by everyone involved in the pre-match buildup. This has that classic WrestleMania main event feel from my teenage years. I think this has to go last, given how exhausted the crowd was after their last meeting; nothing could have followed it that night…especially the lackluster Trips vs. Orton match. I think Taker will lose on the grand stage before he heads back to Death Valley for the final time, but wisdom would dictate that a younger star on his way up would get the nod.  With both men taking time off after the show, there’s been speculation of an hour-long Broadway, with both men pushed to the brink and mentally and physically exhausted to explain their absence. That would be among the worst cop-out finishes in history. Taker snatches victory from the jaws of hell once more, perhaps thanks to a Triple H sledgehammer, setting up a heel HHH vs. returning HBK (“retirement” is kayfabe for four months off) at SummerSlam and the Game vs. the Deadman at next year’s Mania. Winner: Undertaker

Ladder of success: Who is the heir apparent to the championship?

TIE-BREAKER: Ladder Match: Drew McIntyre’s entry into the fray has been promoted more so than the others, but I can’t see them putting him in the money spot as the winner just yet…at least not until the guy develops a personality. Christian looks to be getting a little airtime on RAW, despite the fact that McMahon has never seen him as a main eventer. Christian winning could open a much-needed heel turn in the months ahead, perhaps ambushing his friend Edge for the World title. Personally, I would love to see Shelton Benjamin catch a break; seems like the guy shines annually in this match but never wins. Dirk Ziggler is another darkhorse after the company scaled back his push months ago. MVP was pretty hot a couple of years ago as U.S. champ, when I picked him to win…but Matt Hardy screwed him out of the briefcase near the end. MVP is another guy who could use the rub right now as Mr. Money in the Bank, a moniker that would complement his cocky athlete persona. Swagger’s got loads of potential but desperately needs an old-school manager to serve as his mouthpiece. Meanwhile, Hardy has most likely has talked his way out of a push anytime soon. Kingston is another whose push was over before it again, so this would give him a boost. Evan Bourne has been DOA, despite his amazing athleticism…he’s more likely to steal the match than snag the briefcase. Swagger fits the mold as the young cocky star on the rise, much like Kennedy and Edge in years past. I think they go with Swagger. Winner: Jack Swagger

Send your picks to bowden@kentuckyfriedwrestling.com Entries must be received by Sunday, March 28, by 3 p.m. Pacific.

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