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Countdown to WWE Night of the Champions
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling





The Night of Champions is upon us and there's a decent amount of intrigue to carry the show. Unfortunately, the most interesting match does not involve a title belt.

You see, Triple H vs. CM Punk, the aforementioned solitary match that does not have a title belt at stake, has garnered the most buzz thanks in large part to the myriad of potential outcomes (though as you'll see soon, one is the most likely scenario, at least in my opinion). The other matches vary between predictable and somewhat uninteresting.

Still, the matchups offer a breath of fresh air and that should garner a few more buys than normal circumstance would dictate, so let's proceed.


WWE UNDISPUTED CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena


The WWE booking team has painted Del Rio as a cowardly heel champ which goes much the cockiness that brought him to the dance. The expectation is, thus, that ADR gets his comeuppance and Cena goes over; however, the true expectation is that this feud runs until at least the Survivor Series where we focus Cena back to his pending 'Mania match with The Rock. Ergo, Cena loses and definitely not cleanly.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry

Henry's on the roll of his life and definitely there is a sense that you need to strike while the iron is hot with him. I can't see any way that WWE doesn't give him the title tonight and pushes this feud along.
  GRUDGE MATCH

Triple H vs. CM Punk
 

There have been some interesting theories presented online - Punk and Nash are in cahoots and will re-form the nWo, Trips and Nash are playing this all as a ruse and the Johnny Ace theory have all flown pretty well. The bottom line, however, is that WWE needs to end this feud quickly before Triple H, who has become babyface teflon, kills Punk's momentum as the new fan favorite; so look for a returning Vince McMahon to take out Trips and cause him to lose the match.
  UNITED STATES TITLE MATCH

Dolph Ziggler vs. Alex Riley vs. Jack Swagger vs. John Morrison
 

A-Ri and JoMo are pretty much afterthoughts here. The real intrigue is between Swagger and Ziggler, with the question of which screws the other more in the bout. It wouldn't shock me if Swagger ends up with the title while Vickie announced him officially being part of her stable in an effort to keep the belt "in the family."
  DIVA'S TITLE MATCH

Beth Phoenix vs. Kelly Kelly
 

Please let this be the end of the abominable Kelly Kelly title run.
  WWE TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH

Air Boom vs. The Miz/R-Truth
 

I get the feeling Miz and Truth will have a longer pursuit of the titles than just one show as WWE needs to continue building Air Boom. Take the faces to win.
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