Head over there first to check up on the current standings, then come back and see Blake's write-up and Andy's classic confidence percentages!
Jericho vs OrtonJericho's latest run has been painful. The fact that we all know he's a part timer I think has hurt the legitimacy of his matches. We know that he's just there to put other people over, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but we expect him to lose, and that's what's going to happen here. Orton, for being arguably the second biggest star the company has, has been in a rough spot lately. The fans are sick of him. He was WWE Champion going into Wrestlemania this year but was pretty much just in the background. He needs the win because he needs legitimacy. He's probably only going to get one of those things.
Winner: Randal Keith Orton
WWE U.S. Championship: Sheamus vs. CesaroSheamus is in a weird spot. He came back from injury at the Rumble this year and, despite being considered one of the top babyfaces in previous years and a former World Heavyweight Champion, he somehow managed to get his hands on the United States Championship. If that wasn't odd enough, he managed to it and hold on to it without ever feuding with anyone. It was rumored that he was meant to turn heel upon his initial return, but that obviously didn't happen. I think now could be the time, as I see Cesaro walking out of NoC with the US title in hand, free Sheamus up to do something more interesting.
Winner: Antonio "Don't Call Me Antonio" Cesaro
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler vs. The MizI've really enjoyed The Miz since he returned from filming his little movie. Not only did he finally turn heel again, something that most fans have been begging for since his face run fell flat, but he actually changed his gimmick up too! His movie star gimmick is nothing original, but at least its something new for him. Ziggler has finally started to gain momentum. He's nowhere near where he should be, or even where he used to be, but maybe this latest IC run is a sign that management is finally willing to give him another shot. On the other hand, maybe not. Either way, the Intercontinental title just changed hands at Summerslam and I doubt they'd move again this soon.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
WWE Divas Championship: Paige vs. AJ Lee vs NikkiThe Paige and AJ storyline has been going on for what seems like forever, and can kind of be traced all the way back to the night after Wrestlemania. It's definitely lost a lot of its luster. WWE seemed to try to spark interest by hinting at sort of a lesbian infatuation between the two a la Trish Stratus and Mickey James, but it doesn't really work in the PG era, so they were pushed into the "friend zone" where the storyline has been dying a slow death. Nikki ends this ridiculous storyline by taking the title off of both of these competitors and making it a focal point in her feud with Brie, because why not?
Winner: Nikki Bella
Mark Henry vs RusevReally? Are we actually doing this? Alright.
Mark Henry is pretty much just months away from retirement at this point. There is no reason for him to be the man that puts down Rusev. If I wasn't 100% sure of this already, the fact that Henry has gotten the best of Rusev on the go home shows leading into NoC kind of seals the deal. It's not going to be a clean finish because I can see this feud going another month or so, and I wouldn't be surprised if they did a double count out, but there's no way Rusev's first loss is coming at the hands of Sexual Chocolate.