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Countdown to Capitol Punishment
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling




Capitol Punishment is upon us and WWE is serving up what has become a very hot card with very little gimmickry. It's amazing what can happen when you generate new, refreshing feuds eh?

Because so many of these feuds are in their early stages, it's somewhat impossible to tell what exactly will happen tonight, so I'm not expecting a high accuracy percentage tonight, which is fine by me - I'd much rather be wrong and surprised by what goes down tonight, than be right and bored.

Let's take a look at the lineup.


WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

R-Truth vs. John Cena

The unfortunate part of this match is that it was rushed to this point. Truth is on fire, but rushing him to the main event could be a mistake. I know there are circumstances that led to this - namely John Morrison's injury - but an in-between feud would have been preferred. I expect a somewhat screwy finish here to advance the conspiracy angle against Truth.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Randy Orton vs. Christian

We've seen Orton and Christian a couple times already but it really feels like we haven't begun to scratch the surface of what the two can do. Orton will be severely limited in the ring, thanks to his concussion, and I could see WWE doing the title flip to give him a rest for a couple months leading to a big rematch at Summerslam.
  UNITED STATES TITLE MATCH

Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler
 

Of the two retread feuds on this card, this one bugs me a lot more. By the time Ziggler/Kofi was done last time I was more than sick of the two being in the ring together. Nothing's changed. If there's any time to take a "break", it's during this match.
  INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH

Ezekiel Jackson vs. Wade Barrett
 

Last month, I said this feud was rushed to PPV too quickly. Now that more time has passed, I'm feeling a bit better. The added dynamic of Wade Barrett going solo makes things a bit more interesting, and I wouldn't be surprised if Zeke has a certain entourage with him. Zeke wins.


  GRUDGE MATCH

Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio
 

The angle for this match was simple, yet very well executed. I'm not expecting a clean finish here, as there is plenty of life left for these two in the ring.
  GRUDGE MATCH

Alex Riley vs. The Miz
 

The build for this bout has been solid, but something seems fishy. Methinks The Miz has a new protege in his back pocket ready to run interference, either he or at the July PPV. Miz wins in sneaky fashion.


  GRUDGE MATCH

Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk
 

Is WWE trying to appease Punk by giving him a good worker to battle, or are they putting him in neutral and coasting with him until he leaves? I'll take Rey to win, and I get the feeling we're getting a Loser Leaves Town match in July or August.

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