Vengeance: Who will win, and buy or sell?
That’s right, folks, it’s already time for another WWE pay-per-view.
Tonight’s Vengeance event will mark the company’s third PPV in just six weeks. Fortunately, this one looks to have a little more potential than the last two. WWE will next build towards Survivor Series, which isn’t until Nov. 20.
Let’s talk about who’s going to win tonight.
All-time PPV prediction record (through 2 shows): 6-6
Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Eve Torres
Out of all of my predictions for this show, I used the least amount of thought for this one. Beth is only two weeks removed from knocking Kelly Kelly off to become Divas Champion, there’s no reason she’s losing it so quickly, especially against someone like Eve who hasn’t been made to look particularly strong on TV in recent weeks. WWE does appear to be still building Kelly Kelly up with a new edge, so I suspect we’re not too far off from a Beth/Kelly rematch for the title, but probably not until December. I expect to see a big Divas tag-team match next month at Survivor Series. Beth wins this one fairly easily
Winner: Beth Phoenix retains Divas Championship
Tag Team Championship
Air Boom (C) vs. Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger
Manager Vickie Guerrero has helped Ziggler and Swagger go from nearly tearing each other apart to the point where they’re functioning well as a unit. Vickie could be well on her way to becoming a Bobby Heenan-type manager in that she manages multiple champions, but i’m not sure tonight’s the night we see new tag champions crowned. This is the first of two matches for Ziggler tonight.
Winner: Air Boom retains Tag Team Championship
United States Championship
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Zack Ryder
I don’t see Ziggler splitting his matches. I see him either winning both or losing both, so this will likely be either a very bad or a very good night for Ziggler. The WWE Universe fans have been chanting Ryder’s name for weeks even though he’s hardly appeared on TV, and the WWE has finally responded by giving him the first one-on-one pay-per-view match of his career. This match might as well happen on free TV if Ziggler’s going to win — why not have a little fun and give Ryder the belt, even if it’s only for a couple weeks or so?
Winner: Zack Ryder wins United States Championship
Sheamus vs. Christian
I don’t really see the point of the WWE extending this feud like it has been other than they can’t find anything for either wrestler to get involved with. There’s no way this rivalry sees another singles match on pay-per-view, so Sheamus wins again here to put it to rest.
Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes
These two have quite the history, and it’s nice when WWE revisits an old rivalry but adds a new wrinkle to it and approaches it from a different angle. Two years ago I think most people thought Ted DiBiase (Rhodes’ former tag partner) appeared as if he was bound to be the bigger star, but it’s fair to say Rhodes has pleasantly surprised us all and is outperforming DiBiase. That said, Rhodes’ Intercontinental Championship is not on the line in this match and I think we all know the reason, hence my prediction.
Winner: Randy Orton
CM Punk & Triple H vs. The Miz & R-Truth
Four weeks ago, we saw Punk and Triple H face off at Night of Champions in a no disqualifications match. Now, they’re joining forces, not so much because they get along well, but because they have a common enemy. Miz and R-Truth have now been “reinstated” on Raw by Interim General Manager John Laurinaitis. Meanwhile, Triple H has Miz & R-Truth largely to blame for his power over Raw operations being relinquished. I can’t see the team of Triple H and Punk getting knocked off, but I do see this match building to another tag match at Survivor Series, only with more than four wrestlers in it.
Winner: Punk & Triple H
World Heavyweight Championship
Mark Henry (c) vs. The Big Show
The fact that this match is for the World Heavyweight Title seems extremely appropriate, considering these two men weigh more than 800 pounds combined. I think this match could surprise some people in terms of its quality. I also don’t think there’s much of a point behind this match other than using Show to help further build the credibility of Henry’s title reign. Show winning the title at this point makes little-to-no sense to me.
Winner: Mark Henry retains World Heavyweight Championship
Last Man Standing
Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. John Cena
Is anyone else already sick of seeing these two face off? I incorrectly predicted before the last pay-per-view that we would see the end of the WWE Title being hot potato’d from one wrestler to another, but look, we got the belt back on Del Rio again. I have no problem with Del Rio as champion but the title will really lose some luster if it happens to change hands again. The Last Man Standing stipulation allows Cena to lose without being pinned and it also always for plenty of shenanigans (interference maybe?) along the way. I also don’t see Cena winning the title here right before The Rock (supposedly) comes in to team up with him at Survivor Series. But what the hell do I know?
Winner: Alberto Del Rio retains WWE Championship
Buy or sell: Buy
This is the third pay-per-view I’ve previewed and the first one I’ve recommended buying thus far. Vengeance has the potential to be a really good show with some really fun matches. I think it’s fair to say most people are looking forward to seeing Punk and Triple H team up, and they should be able to put together an entertaining match against Miz & Truth. Pretty much every match on the card has the capability of being pretty good, even Big Show against Mark Henry.