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The lineup for WWE Unforgiven is really starting to take shape and, while the in-ring action is hardly going to be a Smackdown-quality offering, the storyline and character development should be enough to make the show a winner.

Topping the bill will be Triple H's last defence as world champion after almost a year at the helm of the Monday-night franchise.

The Game will be taking on Goldberg in a title vs. career match, in which he's expected to drop the strap and then take a hiatus from the mat wars to recover from his groin injury and prepare for his real-life wedding to Stephanie McMahon.

The semi-main of the evening will be a last-man-standing match between Shane McMahon and Kane. The stipulation means there'll be no pinfalls or submissions -- the only way to win will be to beat your opponent so far into unconsciousness that he can't answer the referee's 10-count.

With a gimmick like that, look for Shane O'Mac to take some kind of sick bump to set up the finish.

Moving down the card, the Jim Ross vs. Jonathan Coachman match has been mercifully expanded to include their respective commentary partners, Jerry Lawler and Al Snow. The winning team will be awarded the full-time announcing job for Raw and, even though Ross and Lawler are the obvious pick for the victory, I have a feeling WWE bosses might use this as a chance to experiment with Snow and Coachman in the broadcast booth, at least for a week or two.

'Legend vs. Legend Killer' is the tagline for the Shawn Michaels-Randy Orton collision, which has the potential to be the match of the night. This could even be the breakout match that makes Orton a star, since Michaels tends to bring out the best in his opponents.

Elevating a young talent like Orton would help erase the selfish prima-donna image that has plagued Michaels for so long.

Moving into the undercard, all three Dudley Boys will be teaming up to take on La Resistance and Rob Conway in a tables match.

Conway needs to establish himself as a serious player and La Resistance are still mid-card comedy figures with a little cheap heat, so I'm hoping and expecting WWE execs to use this bout to get them over as credible heel champions.

Rounding out the card is Test vs. Scott Steiner, with both Steiner's and Stacy Keibler's "services" on the line.

I don't know where they're going with this but I doubt comedy writer Brian Gewirtz will pass up the opportunity to turn this into some sort of twisted love-triangle gimmick with Stacy and Steiner being forced to follow Test's orders.

That's the full rundown of the lineup available at press time but one final match will probably be announced Monday on Raw.

The main considerations are Chris Jericho vs. Christian for the Intercontinental title, Gail Kim and Trish Stratus in a women's match or maybe something involving Maven, who is being scouted for a heel turn as the newest member of Evolution.

Unforgiven, the Raw crew's second brand-exclusive pay-per-view, starts at 6 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Giant Arena in Hershey, Pa.

Unforgiven will be shown on pay-per-view, at Famous Players theatres and at Bottoms Up Sports Pub.