Tonight’s WWE RAW will guarantee a new WWE champion. The 3-hour RAW will feature a Fatal Four-Way match to determine a new champion. Triple H, Big Show, John Cena, or Randy Orton will walk out tonight as the new WWE champion.
The bout comes as a result of Batista and his recent injury. Batista defeated Randy Orton at WWE Extreme Rules for the title. Batista also suffered a severe injury during the match. It was subsequently decided that the vacated title would be decided between the four top superstars on WWE RAW.
This isn’t the first time that the WWE has used this type of match to solve a vacated world title. Bret Hart won the WWE title in 1997 defeating Steve Austin, Vader, and Psycho Sid after Shawn Michaels vacated the title. Unlike expectations for tonight’s match, that was a classic.
Personally, I would have loved to see some kind of a mini-tournament. I think a tournament would have allowed some of the mid-tier card guys to participate and maybe pull of some upsets. This would have been a perfect opportunity to elevate someone like MVP, similar to when Chris Jericho won the first undisputed champion tournament.
Honestly, this one could go any man’s way. I think the edge goes with Randy Orton. Orton is the WWE golden boy these days. I think it would continue cementing his legacy if he was able to outlast Triple H and John Cena in one match for the title.
Big Show is the long shot here. I don’t think it is out of the question to see Show win the title. As the obvious long shot, a win would surprise the fans. Show is a former champion. WWE owes Show in a sense for putting over Floyd Mayweather at WrestleMania 24. This could possibly be the payback for Big Show.
Cena and Triple H are obvious choices. Triple H recently had the title, while Cena lost it back in February. I think it would be a little ridiculous for Triple H to win the title one-week after returning. Cena probably has the edge here, but honestly I don’t know how many fans want to see either man with the belt.
The bottom line here is that once again, WWE goes to the usual suspects in this situation. Instead of taking an open door and seizing an opportunity by elevating some new stars, WWE plays the safe card. Ratings aren’t improving because the show is stale. It is as if WWE RAW writers are living in a 2005 time machine these days.
I would also expect a big return from Ric Flair tonight. Tonight’s show is in Flair-country, Charlotte, N.C. Triple H missed almost two months from taking the same Randy Orton kick. It would seem a little ridiculous that while everyone else has sold the punt for months, 60-year old Flair is back in two weeks. On the other hand, Flair was back this weekend at ROH which means nobody was too concerned about selling the injury.
SmackDown and ECW will also have big title matches. Tommy Dreamer defends the ECW title against Christian, while Edge and Jeff Hardy challenge CM Punk for the WWE world title. I wouldn’t expect title changes in either match. At the same time, nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to the WWE.
Finally, a new General Manager could be announced tonight. Ric Flair would have to be the leading candidate. Don’t get your hopes up. The last few times WWE turned this into an angle, fans were rewarded with Jonathon Coachman and Mike Adamle. My bet is on Lillian Garcia this year.
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