I was just watching USA and saw what felt like the 100th promo for next Monday Night Raw's main event: John Cena vs. Triple H for the No. 1 contender's spot at Night of Champions. This got me thinking about the possible outcomes of the match.
First, let me recall how we got to this mind-blowing match.
Last Monday, Batista announced that there would be a mini-tournament to determine Randy Orton's No. 1 contender.
There would be four competitors taking place in two first-round matches, allowing the finals to take place the following week. Triple H would take on MVP, and John Cena would take on The Miz.
I thought to myself, "Oh, good. Hopefully, we'll see one of the main event stars take on one of the mid-carders and either MVP or The Miz will be getting a well deserved and needed push." Silly me.
Both Triple H and John Cena won their matches after their respective opponents had the advantage for the majority of the match.
Not only does this kill the momentum that The Miz had and MVP could of had, but it promotes two superstars that are already larger than life.
Plus, it draws a very clearly defined line between main eventers and mid-carders and makes it almost impossible for the mid-carders to cross it.
Now, WWE has been hyping up this match as much as possible. Lawler has even said it will be the best main event he's ever witnessed. Two of WWE's biggest superstars fighting for a chance to take the gold from Randy Orton. It should be great!
The only good thing that I see coming out of this match is that one of these ego-maniacs will lose. Why? Well, lets look at the possibilities for each superstar.
Triple H wins.
Upsides to this? We've finally found John Cena's kryptonite.
Downsides to this? Triple H faces Randy Orton at a PPV for the 100th time.
Now, let me just say I don't mind Triple H; I actually like him as a wrestler. I just don't (and I know many others have said this too) want to see Triple H vs. Randy Orton over and over again.
My hopes are that if WWE does decide to go with Triple H winning, he will lose at Night of Champions, setting up a match for Summerslam.
I know that sounds strange, seeing as how I just said I don't want to see these two wrestle each other ever again, but let me explain.
This feud has been going on forever. Night of Champions is not a fitting PPV to end this feud.
Summerslam, on the other hand, is considered one of the "big four." WWE should have ended this feud at Wrestlemania, but Summerslam works for me. Set up a big match (Hell in a Cell maybe) and end it once and for all.
As much as I want Orton to retain his title, if dropping it at Summerslam meant ending the feud, I would be happy. Orton could feud with a new face, Triple H could feud with a new heel, and we would all be happy.
John Cena wins.
Upsides? I really can't think of any.
Downsides? John Cena has once again shown that he can "overcome the odds" and will probably win by hitting one F-U on Triple H.
This may not seem fair to Cena, since I am quite obviously biased against him. Shane Howard's latest humor article on Wrestlemania 26 made my day because of how he slammed Cena. That being said, let's see why I don't want him to win, storyline wise.
If Cena beats Triple H and moves on to Night of Champions, I see two possible outcomes.
The first is, Cena wins after losing the majority of the match to Orton in a match that makes Orton actually look good. This allows Cena's fans to think that he has once again overcome the odds.
The alternative isn't much better. If Orton retains, I have a strange feeling that it won't be fairly. Orton will spend the majority of the match running away from Cena and looking like a coward.
Legacy will then get involved, have a three-on-one beat down on Cena, and Orton will retain. This, or Orton will get himself intentionally disqualified and retain that way. This only makes Orton look bad and Cena look more like a wronged superhero.
Either way, I'm sure Cena will just laugh it off, remind us that he has suffered worse fates, and ask for a rematch.
Ordinarily, I would applaud good sportsmanship, but when Cena does it, I just get pissed. If someone took away my chance at a championship title uncleanly, I'd flip out much like Jeff Hardy did.
Who knows though? Maybe WWE will pleasantly surprise me.
As always, feedback is appreciated and thanks for reading (I apologize that this was more of a rant than an article).
Note: When I had written this article I was unaware that the spoilers for Raw were already out. Also, some of the comments below tell of some spoilers, including the result of this match. If you don't want to know, DON'T READ THE COMMENTS!
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