Regardless of who wins the WWE title match between John Cena and Daniel Bryan, it is Randy Orton who will rule the company following SummerSlam.
The only thing that remains to be seen is which side "The Viper" will take in the turf battle between Vince McMahon and Triple H.
"According to Dave Meltzer, John Cena has already scheduled surgery for his elbow after "SummerSlam," which likely means he's dropping the title to Daniel Bryan (or Randy Orton) at the big show," the cagesideseats.com story stated.
Never has a match meant so little to the WWE title and its holder. John Cena is all but assured of walking out of Staples Center on Sunday without the strap along his waist (elbow surgery as reported by Dave Meltzer). Whether losing the title to Daniel Bryan or Orton cashing in his Money in the Bank contract, it would appear a new direction for the WWE is about to take place.
Now, the WWE Universe must sit back and see which one of the McMahon clan Orton walks out with. There are still a few more "swerves" that could happen in this match, which was gearing up to be one of the better matches of the year until the McMahons were added to the soap opera.
I guess you could blame reality television on this one, Vince McMahon's desire to promote his new television shop "WWE Divas" and the fact he may believe in Daniel Bryan's talent, but he may not see him as a draw with the company while holding the WWE title.
Bryan is not the charismatic performer Cena or CM Punk have been for the company.
Now, it will be Orton's turn to shine. Like I said in my story the other night following SmackDown, there are several ways this all could play out, and Orton may not be the only involved in a "Corporation-like" story.
McMahon could align himself with Maddox and maybe Wade Barrett as his new "corporate man" in the WWE. He could align himself with Orton after Orton cashes in his Money in the Bank contract and aligns himself with McMahon as the new “Corporate Champion."
It could also be a work where Triple H works as the guest referee, but no matter who he counts out, Cena or Bryan, he then helps Orton win the WWE title and then stages a tug-of-war for control of the WWE that lasts through Survivor Series.
To make this program seem more viable, Barrett is the perfect foil in all of this. He's a big, rugged wrestler who is stuck in WWE purgatory and needs a push or storyline to keep him relevant.
I could also make the same argument for Curtis Axel, but he is stuck in a story with Paul Heyman.
Whatever happens Sunday, and I do believe Orton leaves Los Angeles with former Evolution stablemate Triple H, it is certain the new face of the WWE will be an old one that will remind us how great he truly is.