Column: Koco’s Corner #70 – (UFC on Fox and Royal Rumble Predictions)
Two weeks in a row I went 7-4 in my MMA picks. Got the main event right. Hope I can improve that record this week with the UFC on Fox Event. For the Rumble I picked what I think WWE is going to do but I hope I am wrong and they do something awesome instead but like I always say on the Wrestle AM Podcast pro wrestling is not in the business of being awesome.
Prediction Record from last Column
UFC on FX 7: Bisping vs. Belfort Picks: 7-4
All Time Overall Record - 89-58
UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson (or UFC on Fox 6) is an upcoming mixed martial arts event to be held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on January 26, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago Illinois.
A bout between Erik Koch and Ricardo Lamas, previously linked to UFC 155, was moved to this event to bolster the main card.
Buddy Roberts was expected to face Michael Kuiper at the event. However, Roberts was forced out of the bout with an illness and was replaced by promotional newcomer Josh Janousek. Then just days before the event, Janousek himself pulled out of the bout citing an injury. With no time to find a suitable replacement for Kuiper, he was pulled from the event as well.
Magnus Cedenblad was expected to face Rafael Natal at the event but was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Sean Spencer.
UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson
My Picks in Bold
Flyweight Title Fight: Demetrious Johnson vs John Dodson
Donald Cerrone vs Anthony Pettis
Quinton Jackson vs Glover Teixeira (I will be rooting for Rampage but I fear he can’t pull it off.)
T.J. Grant vs Matt Wiman
Erik Koch vs Ricardo Lamas
Clay Guida vs Hatsu Hioki (I am really looking forward to this fight and see what type of Clay Guida shows up)
Shawn Jordan vs Mike Russow
Pascal Krauss vs Mike Stumpf
Ryan Bader vs Vladimir Matyushenko
David Mitchell vs Simeon Thoresen
Rafael Natal vs Sean Spencer
UFC on FOX Road to the Octagon
Royal Rumble (2013) will be the twenty-sixth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by WWE. It will take place on January 27, 2013 at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. It will be the first WWE pay-per-view of 2013, and will feature the traditional Royal Rumble match.
Royal Rumble features professional wrestling matches involving different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that are played out on WWE’s television programs. Wrestlers portray villains or heroes as they follow a series of events that build tension, and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.
On July 23, 2012, during Raw 1000, The Rock announced that he will challenge for the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble. During the same episode WWE Champion CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and John Cena each stated that they will face The Rock as defending champion; later that night, The Rock was attacked and laid out by Punk which marked the start of Punk becoming a heel character. Punk defended the championship for the rest of the year, while on December 23, 2012, The Rock tweeted to CM Punk that he was ready for the Royal Rumble. On the January 7 episode of Raw, Punk retained the WWE Championship by defeatingRyback in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match after interference from The Shield group, who had also interfered during Punk’s defence against Ryback and John Cena at Survivor Series; this win secured Punk as the wrestler who would defend against The Rock. On the January 21 episode of Raw while speaking about beating Punk at the Rumble, Rock was assaulted by The Shield. Following the assault, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced that if The Shield interfere in the match, Punk will be stripped of his championship.
On the December 31, 2012 episode of Raw John Cena announced he will enter the 2013 Royal Rumble match, making him the first confirmed entrant in the competition, and stated his desire to be WWE Champion. On the January 4, 2013 episode of SmackDownRandy Orton and Sheamus both announced they would participate in the Royal Rumble match as well, both wanting to win the World Heavyweight Championship. On subsequent episodes of Raw and SmackDown numerous wrestlers confirmed their participation: Dolph Ziggler claimed Cena had entered the match to hide from him, so Ziggler entered himself to stop Cena; 3MB (Heath Slater,Jinder Mahal, and Drew Mcintyre) announced all three members were entering; Wade Barrett was confirmed on the 20th Anniversary of Raw; The Miz announced on his entry during commentary of Main Event; Antonio Cesaro announced his entry by interview. On the January 21 episode of Raw a Beat The Clock Challenge was held with the winner being able to pick their entrance number. Ziggler defeated The Miz in the fastest time (due to beating Orton’s time over Cesaro and Sheamus vs Barrett ending in a time limit draw), but Raw Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero (after Ziggler barged into her office and gloated about winning) declared that his choice was between the first and second entry. On the same episode, Ryback announced his entry into the Royal Rumble after defeating Slater, while The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O’Neil) and Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane) also promised to win the match. On the January 25 edition ofSmackDown, Kofi Kingston and The Great Khali announced their entries into the Royal Rumble.
Big Show began a feud with Alberto Del Rio after humiliating Del Rio’s personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, sarcastically picking him to fight Show for the World Heavyweight Championship during “Champion’s Choice Night” on the New Year’s Eve 2012 episode of Raw, leading to a disqualification win for Big Show after Del Rio interfered. On the January 11, 2013 episode of SmackDown, Del Rio defeated Show in a Last Man Standing match for the championship. Three days later on Raw, Show announced that he would invoke his rematch clause at the pay-per-view. The week after, he made the match a Last Man Standing Match.
Officially announced Royal Rumble entrants
As of January 25, 2013, 20 of the 30 spots have been filled for the Royal Rumble match.
|John Cena||Announced his entry into the Royal Rumble match on the December 31, 2012 episode of Raw.|
|Randy Orton||Announced entries on January 4, 2013 SmackDown.|
|Dolph Ziggler||Announced entries on January 7 Raw
(Ziggler must choose either the #1 or #2 slot in the match.)
|Antonio Cesaro||Announced entry on January 11 SmackDown.|
|Wade Barrett||Announced entry on January 14 Raw 20th Anniversary special.|
|The Miz||Announced entry on January 16 Main Event|
|Ryback||Announced entries on January 21 Raw|
|The Great Khali||Entries announced on the January 25 Superstars|
|Cody Rhodes||Entries announced on the January 25 SmackDown|
|NXT tournament winner||An eight-man tournament comprised of wrestlers from WWE’s developmental territory (NXT Wrestling) will take place during Royal Rumble Fan Fest weekend leading up to the PPV.
The winner will receive a spot in the Royal Rumble match.
WWE Royal Rumble (2013)
My Picks in Bold
WWE Champion CM Punk vs. The Rock (I hope I am wrong)
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show (Last Man Standing Match)
30-Man Royal Rumble Match: John Cena (One again, I hope I am wrong)
WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No vs. Team Rhodes Scholars
U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz (Pre-Show)