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No matter what happens here, a large portion of the fans are going to be disappointed and a large portion of the fans will be happy.
A John Cena victory will spark the usual comments of WWE shoving him down our throats and that "of course" SuperCena was going to win.
Randy Orton walking away with the titles will disappoint Cena fans and draw criticism from Daniel Bryan and CM Punk supporters that the Viper just doesn't compare to those babyfaces.
One way or another, no outcome is going to please everyone.
But between these two wrestlers, there's more to gain with Orton winning than there is with Cena as the champion.
The Road to WrestleMania is right around the corner and plans need to start coming to fruition for what is going to happen in New Orleans.
Whoever wins this match cannot drop the title before WrestleMania without looking weak and forcing WWE to rush to build someone else up as the champion.
With that being said, compare the two scenarios that are ahead of us.
Cena walking into WrestleMania as the champion to defend against a babyface Royal Rumble winner would mean it would have to be Cena vs. Punk or Cena vs. Bryan, both matches that we've seen.
Even worse would be a heel winning the Royal Rumble to defeat Cena at WrestleMania XXX, ending the pay-per-view on a sour note.
In comparison, a heel Orton as champion for WrestleMania almost assures that he will get his comeuppance when a babyface wins the Royal Rumble and takes the title away from him.
That babyface could be Bryan or it could be Punk, but at this point, the smart move is betting on the latter.
Some think that this match will end with some kind of a draw where both men grab a title and it stalls for a true champion until the Royal Rumble itself, but that isn't a necessity.
A rematch can easily take place between these two even if there is a winner.
Also, take into account that Cena can lose this match without being pinned or submitting and then lose their followup at the Royal Rumble from interference or cheating on Orton's behalf.
It is not beyond the realm of possibility for Cena to be crowned the unified and undisputed champion here, but all signs are pointing toward Orton getting the big win.
What are your predictions for Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2013? Who would you like to see leave with the Unified Championship?
Sound off in the comments below and fill us in on your theories!
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