WWE Vengeance 2011: 7 Matches We Really Want to See in San Antonio
WWE Vengeance is a couple weeks away and as of yet, not one match has been added to the card. The walk out on RAW really shook the foundation that the WWE is supported on. The Superstars are all on Smackdown in an attempt to boycott RAW until things change.
With all this in mind, what will Vengeance have in store?
What matches will appear and what kind of direction will it go as we head toward Survivor Series in November?
Spoiler Alert, a Christian/Sheamus match isn't here, that feud will likely get settled on Smackdown or Christian will be too concentrated on that class-action lawsuit against Triple H on RAW to care about the Celtic Warrior.
Here are some of the matches we want to see in San Antonio.
Sin Cara (blue) vs. Sin Cara (black)
It's not a matter that we want to see another botchfest, it's a matter of what else can these two do?
Storyline-wise, they don't really have anything else developed, and this good vs. evil polarity can be done right if you give it time.
I said it before and I'll say it again, watching these two is like watching a poorly done anime, complete with cheesy outfits and with good triumphing over evil the first time; you know the evil wants revenge.
Expect this feud to continue at Vengeance, hopefully with some closure and a better orchestrated match. This is their chance to prove that they can have a decent match and can carry the load for masked wrestlers with the absence of Rey Mysterio.
Intercontinental Championship Match: Cody Rhodes (c) vs. Randy Orton
As much as we would love to see Randy Orton face Mark Henry again, the WWE has already established that Henry can beat Orton clean on multiple occasions.
The WWE is likely not to bury Orton, but he should move on to another up and coming talent and boost his stock in the WWE. That man is Cody Rhodes.
Rhodes looks to be the standard for the mid card in WWE and to get a win over Orton with his Intercontinental Title on the line should establish him as a top performer in the company, especially if he's looking for a long run as champion.
Having Orton go for the belt may add some credibility to the belt, something WWE is slowly trying to do with most of their titles at this point.
Rhodes would obviously win this match to keep his belt, likely a dirty win, but a win to keep hold of his title.
We all know Orton wants his World Title back, but if he can't beat Henry, what other belt can he try to win? How about one that he held for an extended period of time while in Evolution?
Divas Championship: Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Kelly Kelly
An obvious match as Kelly Kelly is entitled to a rematch after losing her title at Hell in a Cell to the Glamazon.
After losing the title, Kelly unleashed her fury on Beth Phoenix without remorse and fueled by anger.
Is this the side of Kelly that needs to be present for her to unseat the new champion?
Phoenix has been looking stronger and stronger every week, most recently earning a squash win over Alicia Fox on Smackdown.
The "Divas of Salvation" are on a hot streak and we will likely see an extended title run for Phoenix, based on the rise of the division since Phoenix began feuding with Kelly.
Eve and Natalya will likely get involved in the match, but this match is almost a lock. That, or an interesting twist. Have Eve and Kelly vs. Phoenix and Natalya. If Kelly and Eve win, Kelly wins the title. If Phoenix and Natalya win, Phoenix keeps the title. Just a thought to consider after seeing three straight PPVs with singles matches between the two Divas.
Another thought, Bra and Panties match? It will never happen in a PG-era WWE, but a guy can dream...a guy can dream.
Tag-Team Title Match: Air Boom (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger
After a win on Smackdown, Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger are likely to get another title shot. We all want Ziggler and Swagger to just feud already, but they are likely going to be established as a tag-team that will probably break up in a few months time.
Zack Ryder is the next US Champion, in my opinion, so losing that belt will probably set Ziggler off the deep end and will start the animosity towards his tag-team partner, especially if Swagger accidentally costs him the match.
For now, however, we will have to sit and watch another failed attempt at the tag titles and another fit by Vickie Guererro afterwards.
The joys of building a PPV card in three weeks, great job WWE.
Handicap Match: Triple H (with Shawn Michaels) vs. Miz and R-Truth
Yes, Shawn Michaels is retired so he will likely not wrestle again, but a DX reunion should be in the works, considering Vengeance will be in Michaels' hometown of San Antonio, Texas.
Supporting his friend could be something good for Triple H here, considering he just had almost the entire WWE roster walk out on him on RAW.
The two reasons for that walk out: Miz and R-Truth. Triple H unleashed his fury on those two at Hell in a Cell, and if Miz and Truth continue to interfere, you can bet they will be reinstated, just so Triple H can make things legal and best them up in a sanctioned match.
The chants of "you still got it" still ring in my ears, so Triple H isn't done in the ring anytime soon. He won't care if it is a handicap match, he just has "vengeance" in mind.
Miz and Truth can benefit here too, being in the ring with The Game will boost their stock quite nicely and could set up the five-on-five Survivor Series match that has been advertised for a while.
Adding Michaels in the corner of his best friend will make things seem more fair.
World Title Match: Mark Henry (c) vs. Big Show
After Friday Night Smackdown, Big Show looked poised for a title shot and will look to settle the score with the World Champion, Mark Henry.
Henry has been on a roll lately, beating Randy Orton clean at the last two PPVs. We know Orton wants more, but with the return of Show, it's clear that this is the likely match to happen at Vengeance.
A monstrous showdown for the World Heavyweight Championship looks like a lock and should be interesting to see how dominant Henry can be against a larger opponent, if the match is to be booked that way, of course.
WWE Championship Match: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. John Cena vs. CM Punk
After Hell in a Cell, there are some questions that need answering.
For one, the ending had John Cena locked out of the cage, helpless to retain his WWE Championship, leaving Del Rio to pick the bones of CM Punk and winning his second WWE Title.
Without the Cell, a triple threat match can do many things, establish a credible champion, barring any interference from a particular cast member of Fantasy Island, and can show that Del Rio can think on his feet in an environment that doesn't isolate an opponent to the length we saw at HitC.
Another thing, after touring Mexico, it's a strong possibility that Del Rio will drop the title, as he doesn't seem to be getting over as a credible champion, considering his first title reign lasted a month, before SuperCena took the title in a clean win.
A triple threat match will get Punk involved in the PPV, which is a must now, because he is the most over in the company at the moment.
It also allows WWE some options if they want to take the belt off Del Rio. It could be Cena, it could be Punk.
A one-on-one match will pretty much say that Cena will get his 11th reign as WWE Champion.
What do you think?