After two months of great promos, sneaky wins and Honk-a-meter segments, Santino Marella is set to battle one of three WWE legends this Sunday on pay-per-view. Cyber Sunday is WWE’s yearly attempt to get the fans involved and have suped up the card with some interesting matches and choices.
After winning the IC title at Summerslam, Santino has come out week after week and compared his title reign to that of the Honky Tonk Man, the man who is considered to be the greatest IC Champion of all time due to the longevity of his reign.
Santino’s goal is to surpass that reign, something he would accomplish in approximately one year. An interesting wrinkle for this weekend’s title defense is that Santino does not yet know who his opponent is. Fans will be making that decision for him via text message voting.
They are able to choose between three options, all former IC Champions: Roddy Piper, Goldust and the man himself, Honky Tonk Man.
The obvious fan favorite in this scenario is Roddy Piper. The fans still adore the Hot Rod and he has ready made heat with Santino dating back to a mini-feud they had back in May. While Piper and Santino could have a fun comedy match, the true highlight of a match between these two would be the crazy promos they would cut on each other to build to it.
Because of the way the show is structured, that would not happen, so I think most of the appeal of a match between the two is evaporated a bit. Still, I would say Piper would be the odds on favorite to win the vote.
Of course, one thing could end up swaying fans is all the trash talking Santino has been doing in regard to the Honky Tonk Man. With Santino invoking Honky’s name as a comparison point week after week, you would have to think fans would subconsciously be driven to vote for him.
It makes a lot of sense based on Santino’s shtick, but it would make even in a year, with Santino on the verge of breaking the record. Of course, the odds of him making it that far with the belt are low, so perhaps they want to just pull the trigger on this one now.
Finally, we have Goldust. Goldust is always entertaining and you know his interactions with Santino would be golden, no pun intended, but two things stand in his way. The first is that he is a bit played out. He has made multiple returns and his last one, in a 2005 stint as the Coach’s muscle, was very sub par.
Secondly, he doesn’t have the fan backing that Piper has or the ready made storyline that Honky has, so I just can’t see him leapfrogging either man to win his way into the match.
I think the key to breaking this down would be your position on the legitimacy of the vote. If it is legit, I think Piper wins. If it is rigged, then Honky is clearly getting the shot. Either way, I think we can expect a quick comedy match with Santino getting the win to pad another week onto his illustrious title reign.
Of course, I wouldn’t be surprised to see all three guys end up in the ring smacking Santino down in the end, either. No matter how you break it down, it should be a fun filler match on a pretty interesting card.
I hope you enjoyed my debut column and I look forward to breaking things down once again in the future! Until then, enjoy the matches!