2.) Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Keith Lee [WWE Championship]
While our Anthony Mahon argued why Drew McIntyre should defeat Keith Lee, there are still two possible finishes to this match that could be used to protect Drew McIntyre and Keith Lee in this championship match. The first possible finish involves Mr. MITB The Miz failing his cash-in again. Adam Pearce conveniently gave him the MITB Briefcase back on last week’s Raw, so Miz can cash in during this match to make it a triple threat and get pinned by either McIntyre or Lee.
The second possible finish involves Sheamus or the returning Braun Strowman attacking Keith Lee to force a disqualification. Sheamus lost to Lee last week and has been a hot head with McIntyre in the past few weeks, so his interference makes the most sense. Meanwhile, Strowman has not been seen since he head butted Adam Pearce and got suspended last month. His interference would be sensible too since he is a rival of Lee and was due for a WWE Championship match.
However, there’s a twist pertaining to Sheamus in particular. On Raw Talk last week, Lee made the fans recognize that McIntyre is known by the company he keeps. In this storyline, Sheamus is McIntyre’s best friend, who has still been acting like a heel. When Sheamus attacks Lee to force a DQ, many fans will expect McIntyre to help Lee. However, he won’t because he will be frustrated by Lee’s indomitable performance during their championship match.
Instead, McIntyre will turn heel by deliberately walking away and allowing Sheamus to pummel Lee, which is very similar to how CM Punk turned heel on Raw 1000. CM Punk’s WWE Championship match with Cena ended in DQ due to Big Show’s interference and Punk deliberately walked away and allowed Show to pummel Cena after being frustrated with Cena’s indomitable performance. When The Rock ran in to help Cena, CM Punk stopped The Rock with the GTS.
Since this is also a special episode of Raw, the WWE could be planning something huge, and a CM Punk-like heel turn by McIntyre could do the trick. McIntyre’s first WWE Championship reign from April-October was a fun babyface run, but his second WWE Championship reigns needs to flip the switch with a pivotal heel turn and a riveting heel run before his character goes stale on the long, arduous road to WrestleMania 37.
Prediction: Keith Lee (via DQ)
1.) Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton [Grudge Match]
On last week’s WWE Raw, Randy Orton and Alexa Bliss hinted at Bray Wyatt returning on this episode before Orton allegedly burned Bliss to a crisp. Orton and Wyatt are reportedly set for a Firefly Funhouse match at WWE Royal Rumble 2021. Henceforth, it would make sense for Wyatt to return on this special episode to confront Orton and set up that match. Since The Fiend is dead, it would make sense for Wyatt to return as either his normal self or a new being.
However, that new being should be saved for the PPV. Wyatt should return back as his normal self to battle Orton. Since it his return match, it would make sense for him to come out with the victory, thanks to outside distractions from Alexa Bliss or his puppets. When it comes to matches between Wyatt and Orton, WWE has a proclivity to either book non-finishes or leave the fans on a cliffhanger. Expect the latter to occur on Legends Night.
Prediction: Bray Wyatt