Droz' Two Cents: No Way Out predictions

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February 16, 2008

Well, let me just start off by saying that I was really up and down with my Royal Rumble picks. I was really hoping Jeff Hardy would win the WWE Championship. I still think his time is coming, and it maybe sooner than you think. We were all thrown for a loop when John Cena entered the Royal Rumble Match at No. 30, and even my psychic powers couldn't figure that one out. Hopefully I'll do a little better with No Way Out, so lets get it going.

John Cena vs. Randy Orton (WWE Championship Match)

Right off the bat, I have to say I'm rooting for Cena to win this one, for the simple fact that he has been able to come back from his injury so quickly. He shocked everyone at Royal Rumble, by not only entering but winning the Rumble Match, and he showed me something: Extreme desire and the will to get back doing what he loves. Orton, on the other hand, has done whatever he has had to in order to hold on to the WWE Championship. He always seems to find a way to keep that gold around his waist, and unfortunately for my rooting interest, I feel this match is going to end the same way. I would love to see Cena on top, but Orton is going to pull this one out and keep the title.

Rey Mysterio vs. Edge (World Heavyweight Championship Match)

Rey getting injured overseas really dampens the prospect of this match. I'd like to wish Rey the best, and I hope he recovers quickly. If the match does go on, Rey will obviously be at a huge disadvantage, especially against someone of Edge's caliber. Edge is very skilled in the ring, as we all know, but giving him the chance to go after an injured body part would be like giving a dog a fresh bone. So however this turns out, I think the Rated-R Superstar is going to come out on top. Still, I wish Rey the best of luck.

Raw Elimination Chamber

With the caliber of talent in this match -- Umaga, JBL, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho and Jeff Hardy -- we're due for some serious excitement. It's going to be a whirlwind with all six of these Superstars locked in the Chamber. Although it's every man for himself, I think that we'll see some people working together, trying to increase their odds of being the last man standing. Luck of the draw has a lot to do with it as well, as the man who enters the match last has a huge advantage. I'd love to see Hardy get win his chance to main event WrestleMania XXIV, but I see The Game using all of his ring skills to pull this one out and head to Orlando to face the WWE Champion on March 30.

SmackDown/ECW Elimination Chamber

First off, let us hope that the ring holds up during this one. There is a whole lot of beef involved with this group -- The Great Khali, Big Daddy V, Batista, Undertaker, MVP and Finlay. This one is a little harder for me to pick, but I'm leaning toward Batista and Undertaker.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not counting anyone out, but experience helps greatly when it comes to the Elimination Chamber. I can only pick one, so I'm going to go with Batista. The Animal has been in the Chamber before, and this is his ticket to get another opportunity at the World Heavyweight Championship.

ECW Champion Chavo Guerrero vs. CM Punk

These two have been going at it for a couple months now, and their matches never seem to disappoint. Chavo has been complaining for the last week about was being tossed into the Gulf of Mexico, but I think this weekend he better be more concerned about dropping the title, because Punk is hungry to get the ECW Championship back. With that said, I think Chavo still has his number at this point and will retain the title. Hopefully Punk will have another opportunity in the near future, because I don't see him cashing in on this one.

Ric Flair vs Mr. Kennedy

My personal feelings about this match are with Ric Flair all the way. I hope Flair never loses and keeps his career going for a long time, but I have to be realistic; sooner or later everyone loses. Even Goldberg and Tatanka, who had quite impressive undefeated streaks, eventually got one in the other column. Flair has a very formidable foe in Kennedy, and this will be a true test to see if the "Nature Boy" has what it takes to keep it going. Flair's knee is most likely still not 100 percent either, but that's just another obstacle for him to overcome. This is a tough one to call, but I have to root for Flair and pick him to win this match.

Well that's it for my picks. Hopefully, I'll do a little better this month. As always, if you could please keep our troops and their families in your thoughts and prayers, they will be much appreciated.

I'd also like to send out some early birthday wishes to my family members. My sister, my two nieces and one nephew will celebrate their birthdays on February 22, 24 and 26, and I hope they all have very happy birthdays.

Until next time,
Droz -- Peace

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