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Out of every match on the HIAC card, this is easily the hardest match to call. Not because of the three great wrestlers who are in the match, but because there has been no real buildup, and after Cena won back at Night Of Champions, I really have no idea what direction the WWE plans on going with these guys.
Why Cena is champ right now still refuses to process with me, considering there's almost no doubt that by November he's going to lose it again in order to team up with The Rock at Survivor Series. Seems like a waste of a title reign for me, and it ruined a potentially decent ADR title run.
There's no way that this match isn't going to get crazy. After all, this will be the first triple-threat HIAC match in history, and some of the backstage insanity will definitely leak into this showdown, whether it be Awesome Truth's return, Nash's return or an intervention by Triple H. No way someone gets pinned in the middle of ring without some controversy surrounding it.
Like I mentioned before, I have no idea who's going to win this...at all.
Cena? Sure, why not? He wins everything anyways.
ADR? Well, it would be strange for him to lose the title just to get in right back, but there's been stranger things. Plus, he's not really involved too much in all this backstage nonsense, so if he won the belt back, it could set up a nice separate storyline and a nice buildup over the next month or so.
Punk? I think he's due for a worthwhile title run, and this may be the perfect moment to do it. He's a bit of an underdog since he was just thrown into this thing due to his star power, but he's still the hottest name in wrestling right now and a main event mainstay.
So, I decided to throw all three names into a hat, like any great analyst would do, and came out with CM Punk.
The hat has spoken.
I can't say that I disagree with my hat; I think it actually makes sense. Punk really isn't up to much right now since his feud with Triple H has somewhat faded, and this win will probably solidify him in the WWE Title main event at Survivor Series. As for Cena, this loss will allow him to get his rematch and stay at the main event at Vengeance.
He'll lose there, and then cruise into his historic showdown at MSG without the belt.
I don't, however, think Punk will win fairly.
Expect controversy, and I'm going to go with some sort of involvement by John Laurinaitis and his new cronies, Awesome Truth. Punk will reluctantly capitalize and win the title, moving things even closer in the direction of Trips and Punk putting aside their differences to fight a bigger foe, since I predict Awesome Truth will target everyone, much like Nash did at the last PPV.
How they'll get in the cell is a completely different story, but there's always some weak ref on the outside holding the keys. All The Miz and Truth have to do is give him a noogie and he'll give it up.
I also don't expect Cena to actually get pinned, because, you know, that's in the rulebook somewhere.
The night will end with a Punk victory, mass chaos, HHH trying to clean things up (like always), an enraged Cena and a whole lot of questions for Monday.
Winner: CM Punk (by pinning ADR)
What's Next?: Who the hell really knows? I'm tired of even trying to figure this whole mess out. All I know is that the madness will continue until The Rock finally returns to lay some smackdown and clean house with Cena by his side...so I expect Cena to really start getting thrown into the mix of this storyline very, very soon.