What’s to Love: The crowd heat should be pretty good for this one. Orton and Cena usually deliver in the ring and it will be interesting to see who WWE goes with for the winner.
What’s to Hate: Even though it's been quite some time since Cena and Orton had a big feud, there's still a bit of fatigue in seeing another round.
First off, let's just look at the sheer number of times these two have faced off against each other in their careers (via profightdb.com)
-The two have fought for free on Raw or SmackDown nine times in one-on-one matches.
-They've fought against each other (for free) 25 times in tag matches. (Amazingly, Orton is 5-20 against Cena in these matches.)
-In one-on-one pay-per-view matches, this will be their eighth encounter. In other pay-per-view events, they fought twice in triple threat matches, had two fatal four-way matches, two Elimination Chambers, a five-way match and a six-way. That makes 16 matches (more than a year's worth) of those two going at it for money in some way or the other.
Ok, so if you can get past that, how has this match been promoted?
Well, Orton was easily beat down and put through a table by Cena on Raw two weeks ago. The week after, his boss beat him up. On SmackDown, he then meekly apologized for his actions. Wow, what a tough heel!
Most depressing is that this is a unification match that was promoted as such just a couple weeks before it happened. This isn't WrestleMania, or SummerSlam or even Royal Rumble. This is TLC, and two of the biggest titles in wrestling history are merging with a lousy build-up.
Prediction: Cena (65 percent confidence).
I'm bracing myself for HHH to run in and steal both titles for himself, but praying it won't happen. With a WWE network (in some form or the other) possibly on the near horizon, I'll go with Cena being the true face of the company when it launches.
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