On December 15 at the annual TLC pay-per-view, WWE champion Randy Orton will take on World Heavyweight champion John Cena in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs matched aimed at establishing a single champion.
See, WWE has not gone out of its way to promote the match as a unification one. Instead, Triple H said on Monday Night Raw that he wants the match to establish a single champion to represent the company.
He reiterated that want in his weekly sit-down interview with Michael Cole this past week.
Wanting does not necessarily lead to getting, a fact WWE fans have become all too familiar with in 2013.
The hesitancy of the company to officially announce the unification stipulation that fans have anticipated since Cena confronted Orton to close out Survivor Series indicates that it is unlikely to happen.
Unless the creative team changes their minds.
They do that.
The outcome of the match will go a long way in determining the success of the entire TLC pay-per-view.
After an uncharacteristically long string of less-than stellar pay-per-view events, delivering an indecisive finish to the top match on the card could, and would, do severe damage and further alienate an audience burned multiple times over the last four months.
Simply having Cena and Orton swap titles would result in a disastrous conclusion to the December 15 show and fail to further any storyline.
Status quo would be the phrase of the day.
Fans who have stuck with the company despite the major blunder that was the Daniel Bryan push, not to mention the poor conclusions to the majority of the pay-per-view events since SummerSlam, deserve to have their loyalty rewarded.
They deserve to be assured that the company has a direction it wants to go in and that WWE is not simply making things up on the fly.
That reward can come in the form of either Cena or Orton hoisting both the WWE and World Heavyweight titles overhead to conclude the TLC broadcast.
Anything less, outside of the mythological Cena heel turn, would make the match (and PPV) obsolete.