We’ve got ourselves a unification! …Or do we?
There seems to be a lot of confusion this morning regarding the main event of the TLC PPV (just 3 weeks away!?) announced in the opening to last night’s edition of Monday Night Raw. In case you were like me and watching some bad football at the time, here’s how it all went down.
The Authority-endorsed “Face of the WWE,” Randy Orton opened the show to demand an apology from everyone who doubted him in last night’s Survivor Series main event. RKO also took a moment to dress down his bosses, Triple H & Stephanie, for their musical interference. Orton didn’t need their help you see, and he’s the greatest superstar in history. Cue John Cena. The World Heavyweight Champion hits the ring to issue a challenge, Title for Title, One Champion. Orton doth protest, but the Authority agreed with the leader of the CeNation and the match was made under Tables Ladders and Chairs rules.
Because the word unification was never uttered, a lot of theories and rumors are flying this morning. With ideas ranging from a screwy finish resulting in a straight up title swap (Cena leaves as WWE Champ, Orton leaves as WH Champ) to a screwy finish leaving the Undisputed Title up for grabs in the Royal Rumble. I could be in the minority, but from the official match description on WWE.com we could be looking at one man holding both championships:
“With not one, but both World Titles hanging in the balance, World Heavyweight Champion John Cena will face WWE Champion Randy Orton in a historic Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match. The watershed contest will leave one Superstar in possession of both World Titles, a feat that has never been accomplished since the World Heavyweight Title was introduced in September 2002.”
It will be certainly interesting to see if WWE goes through with the idea of one World Champion. Currently the WWE has two “world champions,” so a title match can headline their two live touring companies. Are they willing to give up that live attraction? Or will another championship headline the “B” shows? We’ve often called for a return to prominence of the Intercontinental Championship on this site. The strap is one of the most storied championships in WWE history and deserves to move back to the #2 seed when it comes to singles titles. Or if the increased focus on tag team wrestling that was rumored weeks ago comes to fruition, perhaps the Tag Team Championship headlines the “B” Shows?
The Beard and The Best versus The World
Last night, we got a rematch of sorts for the best match on the Survivor Series card as The Wyatt Family took on CM Punk & Daniel Bryan in a 3 on 2 Handicap Match. Prior to the match in an in-ring interview with my future ex-wife Renee Young, Punk & Bryan were on top of the world, having conquered the Twin Towers of Harper & Rowan the previous night. However by match’s end Daniel Bryan was abducted by the Wyatts and Punk was decimated by the Shield, starting with a brutal spear by Survivor Series star Roman Reigns. (Another solid match, BTW.)
Far overshadowing the main event championship scene in my book, this feud featuring the two best wrestlers on the WWE roster & the two best factions on the WWE roster has the potential to be off the charts amazing. Luke Harper had a coming out party as far as being known for in-ring work Sunday and when you add he and Bray to the mix of Rollins, Ambrose, Reigns, Punk, & Bryan; WWE could have 2 hours of Khali farting on a snare drum and as long as this feud keeps rolling through WrestleMania I’d be happy.
Are the two factions working in tandem? Or could we see someone else join up with Punk & Bryan for a three-way, six-man tag feud? Will we get Bray Wyatt in singles action against Punk or Bryan? Will my pants be able to contain the excitement? I already can’t wait for next Monday.
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