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This weekend WWE presents it's next pay-per-view, Night of Champions. Every title (other than the IC Title) is scheduled to be defended, and maybe the IC Title match will get added yet. Given the stories of late, I'd expect Rhodes vs. DiBiase perhaps. Anyways, let's look at the six matches announced and what I think might happen!
WWE Title Match
Alberto Del Rio (C) vs. John Cena
They can't have Del Rio lose the title in his first PPV defense can they? Let's hope not. If they want to make Del Rio as a top guy for years to come, he has to retain here. If they REALLY want to make him, he should go over clean. But, he's a heel, and WWE just will not allow heels to win cleanly. So, I'd expect some sort of screwjob here, leading to Hell in a Cell next month for Del Rio and Cena "to keep the interference out". Maybe Ricardo Rodriguez will throw his goat milk in Cena's face to interfere. I can't believe I just wrote that sentence, and even worse, I can't believe that it's entirely likely it could happen...
World Heavyweight Title Match
Randy Orton (C) vs. Mark Henry
Again, I'd love to see them give the title to Mark Henry here, but I just don't see it, as it seems that Orton/Christian "one last time" in Hell in a Cell makes more sense. I hate that I look at title matches and my first thought is "how will they put Cena and Orton over here", since that seems to be the only focus of the creative team. Henry's "Hall of Pain" run has been awesome, and he definitely deserves a run with the title, to be the monster champion, with someone coming in to be the one who finally "slays the dragon". But, instead, I expect an RKO here to show that Orton is the only one who can control Henry. Ugh, same old same old.
Triple H vs. CM Punk
Triple H has to resign as COO if he loses this match. I figure Kevin Nash and John Lauranitis will be involved in this matchup, and likely will cost Triple H the win. Now, the question then turns to, are they aligned with CM Punk, or are they acting on their own and just want Triple H out of power so that Johnny Ace can take over? I hope that Punk looks strong here, because they didn't position him that way in the promo last week. If he hangs with and defeats Triple H clean, he'd be a made man as well (though I think he's close anyways). But, there's no way that happens here. I do think Punk wins, but it's screwjob city for sure.
WWE Divas Title Match
Kelly Kelly (c) vs. Beth Phoenix
One has to believe that Phoenix wins here. If not, it kind of spells the end of the current storyline. Phoenix MUST win the title here....MUST.
WWE Tag Team Title Match
Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne (c) vs. The Miz & R-Truth
Air Boom have just gotten going, but with the way the tag titles get moved around, I wouldn't be shocked at all to see The Miz and R-Truth win the titles. If they lose, it will be because of something they can continue their "conspiracy theory" stuff with. Maybe the fireworks go off again and distract them or something. But...I really think Miz and Truth walk away with the gold.
United States Title Match
Dolph Ziggler (C) vs. John Morrison vs. Alex Riley vs. Jack Swagger
This one is thrown together. The storyline seems to play out best if Swagger does something that causes Ziggler to lose, so on a flyer, I'll go with Alex Riley getting the pin after Swagger drops Ziggler on the top rope or something.
What do you think...who wins the matchups this weekend?