The past few months have been both confusing and exciting. Every time we think we understand what is happening, the story shifts dramatically. I commend the WWE writers for keeping us on our toes, however, nothing ever seems to get explained.
This Sunday we may finally get the chance to see a few of these storylines lead to a climax. For the fans who have been patient, they may have all their questions answered in a few short days.
Another possibility of course is that this PPV will simply add more confusion to an already chaotic WWE universe.
Let's examine the possibilities shall we? I present my "Predictions That You Can Take to the Bank!" You will not be able to deposit them, however.
Air Boom, the team of Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne, will put their Tag Team titles on the line against Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger this Sunday at “Vengeance.” These two teams have collided twice before with both teams gaining a victory over the other. This Sunday will be the tie breaker and the winner will leave as the Tag Team Champions.
If there was ever a match where it could go either way, it would be this one.
Air Boom is the team that the WWE has proclaimed will rejuvenate the Tag Team division. Thus far they have beaten all opponents put in their way and the fans seem to respond positively to them. Although I agree that the WWE needs to give them a few legitimate rivals, Air Boom seems to be doing enough for now to bring legitimacy back to the Tag Team division.
The Team of Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler, led by Vickie Guerrero, are as good a team as any in the WWE currently. Ziggler may be the best mid card heel the WWE currently has, and Vickie Guerrero gets more heat than any other heel in the WWE.
A win for Swagger and Ziggler would certainly solidify them as top heels in the company. To be in control of the United States and Tag Team Champions would also convince me that Vickie Guerrero is one of the best managers of the last decade.
I think this will be a highly entertaining match regardless of who wins, but I think the WWE will continue to roll with Air Boom for now. A win over Ziggler and Swagger will only make Air Boom that much more convincing as a great tag team.
Winners: Air Boom (Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne)
I honestly cannot remember the last time Kelly Kelly was not involved in the Divas Championship picture. The WWE seems to have moved on and given Eve a shot to face current champion Beth Phoenix for the title this Sunday at “Vengeance.”
Having Eve get a chance at the title will be a refreshing change. The last three Pay-Per-Views we have been forced to watch Beth Phoenix and Kelly Kelly fight each other for the Diva’s Championship. I’d be lying if I thought any of the matches between those two were entertaining at all.
However it is now Eve’s turn to take on the "Glamazon." Eve has some momentum as well since she recently defeated Beth’s buddy, Natalya. Is this a sign of what is to come on Sunday?
This match will continue the storyline pitting the “Barbie Dolls” against the “Divas of Doom.”
The storyline of “strong” divas against “pretty” divas has been very weak since its inception. Basically, it has been Eve and Kelly Kelly against Beth Phoenix and Natalya every week for the last three months. Neither team is ever in control for long as they are constantly trading victories.
It’s still hard to read which direction the WWE wants to head with this whole storyline, but I am going to give Beth Phoenix the win. It would be a mistake to take the title off Beth so soon.
I do not see Eve being the poster girl for the Diva’s division at this time. It’s more realistic to see Maryse come back from her injury down the road as a babyface and challenge Beth Phoenix for the title.
Winner: Beth Phoenix
Bonus: I also predict at least five annoying screams from Kelly Kelly.
The feud between Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton will come to a head this Sunday at “Vengeance.” Rhodes will not have the opportunity to sneak-attack Orton, since he will be standing directly across the ring from him.
These two have a history and Cody Rhodes has been very aggressive in his attacks against Orton lately. The one-time allies are now worst enemies, with each wanting to prove who the best really is.
To be honest, it is not entirely clear if the Intercontinental Championship is on the line in this match or not. WWE’s website has not indicated that the title is up for grabs.
It would seem this match is simply a grudge match, with Rhodes coincidentally being the IC champion. I suppose it would be a regression for Orton to go from the main event scene to the Intercontinental championship picture.
Nevertheless, this match looks to be the sleeper on Sunday. I fully expect this to be the match that steals the show. Both men are super talented and have excellent chemistry in the ring together.
In a WWE that currently has an abundance of heel champions, look for Orton to get “vengeance” over Rhodes with a big “W.”
Winner: Randy Orton
With a Pay-Per-View theme of “revenge,” there is no more appropriate match on the card this Sunday than the Big Show vs. Mark Henry. The World Heavyweight Championship will be up for grabs as the Big Show looks to get revenge on Henry for breaking his leg four months ago.
I can now shamefully plug an article I wrote a few weeks ago where I predicted Big Show had a chance to take on Mark Henry at Vengeance. Apparently I was right and I am going to stick to my guns. I truly believe this match is only happening as a way for the WWE to buy time.
Sheamus seems to be the next big time face on the rise in the World Heavyweight Championship picture. He needs time to continue to win over the fans and solidify his status as a top three babyface. Why not have Big Show fight Henry in an obvious match-up at Vengeance?
Some fans think this match will be slow paced and excruciating to watch. I have faith the WWE will do the right thing and keep this match under 15 minutes. Henry and Big Show are ring veterans and know they can only deliver a quality match for so long before they get tired.
Look for Mark Henry to defeat Big Show…by disqualification. I fully expect Kane will come down to help out his former tag team partner, but will inadvertently cost Big Show the match.
This will set up a three way match for the World Heavyweight Championship at a later PPV where Mark Henry will defeat Kane and Big Show to retain the title.
Winner: Mark Henry by DQ
In what has become one of the most confusing storylines ever to follow, Triple H’s feud with the Miz and R-Truth will attempt to be settled at “Vengeance.” Triple H will be teaming up with an unlikely partner in CM Punk to face the conspiracy theorists, the “Awesome Truth.”
I understand the feud between the Awesome Truth and Triple H to a point. Although their conspiracy angle was interesting, they had no hard evidence that Triple H was conspiring against them.
I did enjoy their paranoia taking over and them attacking Triple H at “Night of Champions,” but I could not understand why they attacked CM Punk at all. If Punk won, wouldn’t that achieve their goal of ridding the WWE of Triple H?
CM Punk’s role in this feud feels very forced. Especially since the conspiracy angle seems dead; we no longer hear anything about it from the announcers or even from R-Truth and the Miz.
The momentum for Punk, Truth and the Miz has begun to slow lately. A loss for either team could do irrefutable damage. What seems lost in all of this is that the WWE’s most controversial stars are feuding, and the WWE title is not involved.
I just feel like there has been a lot of inconsistencies and plot holes in this entire storyline. I also do not believe anything will be settled at “Vengeance.” I guarantee this will spill over to “Survivor Series.”
Look for Kevin Nash to interfere and insert himself back into the story by costing Triple H and CM Punk a victory. I expect Punk and Triple H to lose, setting up a massive team vs. team battle at Survivor Series.
Winners: The Awesome Truth
Alberto Del Rio and John Cena look to settle their grudge at “Vengeance” when they do battle in a “Last Man Standing” match for the WWE Championship.
John Cena picked the stipulation when he and Jim Ross defeated Del Rio and Michael Cole on the latest episode of Raw; the winner of that match had the ability to set the stipulation for Sunday’s match.
On Monday, the WWE announcing team was pushing hard the fact that Alberto Del Rio had never defeated John Cena in a singles match. This was obviously being done to remind fans that Cena has had the upper hand in this feud.
I wish the WWE had built this fact up earlier. It felt sloppy the way the WWE waited until the last moment to push the angle that Cena always wins against Del Rio.
John Laurinaitis also made sure to let John Cena know that this is his last chance to get the WWE title from Alberto Del Rio. If Cena loses on Sunday, he will not be getting a rematch.
If this doesn’t scream “Alberto Del Rio victory” then I don’t know what does.
Is the WWE really foolish enough to push Cena as “unstoppable” against Del Rio and then have him win? It would be far too predictable.
Not to mention Johnny Ace gave Cena an out from this feud. By losing to Del Rio, Cena will not be allowed a rematch. This will allow John Cena to turn his attention toward The Rock.
I know some fans are still sitting there and saying “but Joe, how can the almighty John Cena lose a last man standing match?”
By having Alberto Del Rio cheat to win of course. Del Rio will win using devious methods, and this will cause John Cena to whine on the following night at Raw.
However, Laurinaitis will come out and say “sorry” and that will be that. Del Rio gets to keep the title and John Cena loses without having to lose cleanly, because that would somehow make him less of man.
John Cena will then team up with CM Punk, The Rock and Triple H at Survivor Series against Del Rio, the Awesome Truth and Kevin Nash.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
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