With Vengeance in the rearview mirror, we must turn our attention towards the future. This last PPV may have been slightly disappointing to a lot of fans, but that is why it is so important to immediately begin to speculate upon future possibilities.
I present to you the seven rivalries and feuds I could see in the near future. With so many storylines twisting and turning, I believe some rivalries will combine with others just in time for Survivor Series. The legendary autumn pay-per-view has always been a good place for "super feuds" to begin.
Let's take a look, shall we?
Beth Phoenix has beaten Kelly Kelly and Eve at consecutive pay-per-views to retain her Diva’s Championship. With Eve giving a disappointing performance at Vengeance, I fully expect the WWE to start fresh and give us a new opponent for Beth to take on.
We have not seen the beautiful blonde for some time due to an injury. Since she went out, the environment for the Diva’s division has changed some. Apparently, “looks” are now what determines if you are a heel or baby face in the Diva’s locker room. Considering how gorgeous Maryse is, I fully expect her to come back as a face so the WWE can continue the ridiculous storyline of “pretty” divas against “tough” ones.
It makes sense for Maryse to return as a face. Unlike Kelly Kelly and Eve, she does have charisma. Even in the ring, Maryse is not a bad athlete.
Is she the most talented in-ring competitor you will ever see? No. However, she is highly marketable and could garner fan support if pushed correctly. I would be intrigued by an ongoing rivalry between Maryse and Beth Phoenix. As long as the WWE keeps Kelly Kelly and her infuriating “screams” far away from the cameras, I will be a happy fan.
This may feel like an odd matchup, but hear me out.
Sheamus just beat Christian AGAIN, making it two consecutive, meaningless victories in a row. Cody Rhodes lost to Randy Orton, so Orton basically ended that rivalry. Orton would have no reason to have a rematch with Rhodes since he proved he was the better man. The WWE cannot afford to keep having their Intercontinental Champion continue to have non-title matches, either.
So why not have Sheamus feud with Rhodes over the IC belt?
Sheamus is starting to become one of the top faces in the WWE, so it makes sense for him to have one last mid-card feud before entering the Heavyweight Championship scene.
It’s obvious that the Big Show and Mark Henry have unfinished business, so why not have Sheamus stay hot by winning the IC title from Rhodes? This could be a very interesting rivalry and may even continue to make the Intercontinental Championship feel relevant again.
Maybe a more appropriate rivalry would have been "The Big Show and Mark Henry vs. the Ring." I guess the WWE believes none of us remember when Big Show and Brock Lesnar destroyed the ring a few years ago?
Regardless, it is obvious that this feud is not over, although I wish it was. I honestly thought this was going to be a one-and-done feud, but I was wrong. In a WWE Universe that consistently has repeat matches every PPV, I guess we can look forward to another matchup between these two.
The only difference I see going forward in this feud is the addition of Kane. It may be obvious, but we all know Kane is going to get involved soon enough. Look for Mark Henry to take on the Big Show and Kane in a Triple Threat match in the coming future. I see Henry retaining the title against them, though.
I also see a lot of large men panting in the ring, gasping for oxygen after a simple move such as a clothesline.
Air Boom successfully defended their Tag Team titles against Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler. Although I was disappointed, the win for Air Boom solidifies that they are the better team at this time. We have seen this match three times already, and that should be enough.
The WWE will now have to find new opponents for Air Boom. Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne have proven they are a real team at this point, so I imagine their next opponents will be established as well.
How about the Awesome Truth?
The Miz and R-Truth basically attacked everyone EXCEPT Air Boom, so why would I make up this rivalry?
Eventually, the Miz and R-Truth are going to want the gold. With a big victory over Triple H and CM Punk, I imagine the WWE will want to take advantage of their momentum. Look for this feud to happen soon enough.
John Cena lost to Alberto Del Rio at Vengeance, but you can thank the Miz and R-Truth for the victory.
The Awesome Truth came out and cost John Cena a chance to win back the WWE Championship. Their motivation is not apparent at this time, except that maybe the conspiracy has somehow reversed. Perhaps the WWE is entering a bizarre future where John Cena always loses and the heels win everything.
Except that John Cena could not lose cleanly AGAIN. That is how we know we are still in the same old WWE.
Honestly, this attack was only to set up Survivor Series. John Cena will be on one team and the Awesome Truth will be on the other. Although a feud will come out of this, it will be bigger than Cena vs. Awesome Truth.
Remember when CM Punk had momentum and actually beat John Cena for the WWE Championship?
That feels like a long time ago. At this point, CM Punk just feels like an irrelevant player in the WWE. Survivor Series is shaping up to be the "Conspiracy Theorists" vs. the Faces, and CM Punk is lost in the shuffle.
There have been rumors that Punk will be feuding with Alberto Del Rio in the future for the WWE Championship. Unless we see dramatic changes soon, I do not see that happening until well after Survivor Series.
By throwing Punk in with Triple H and John Cena, the WWE has completely dropped the ball with Punk's character. He was at his best when he was alone and rebellious. Now he is the guy that always gets pinned.
If you did not foresee Kevin Nash making his return at Vengeance, then you have been watching a different WWE. It was obvious ever since the Awesome Truth vs. Triple H and CM Punk was made that “Big Daddy Cool” was going to return.
Kevin Nash interfered and cost Punk and Triple H the victory. He then proceeded to decimate Hunter, and enacted revenge for Triple H firing him a month ago.
The sneak attacks and verbal threats will end once we get to Survivor Series. Kevin Nash will be part of the team that opposes Triple H’s team. It will be a perfect time for Nash to return to the ring since he will not be relied upon to carry the whole match.
The feud is much bigger than these two. All of these feuds will combine to form a super feud, where the only way to settle things will be a “Survivor Series Match.” Look for Cena, Punk, Triple H, the Rock and someone else to take on Nash, Miz, R-Truth, Alberto Del Rio and another opponent. Those last two wrestlers will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Although Nash and Triple H is an entertaining feud, it is not the big picture.
Do you see these rivalries forming into a larger “Super Feud” that will play out until Survivor Series?
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