It feels too soon to take the title from Orton. Also, with Survivor Series being a good ppv to end factions, I don't think Barrett's winning the title and dragging Nexus on any longer than that, especially with the Miz waiting in the wings. I'm thinking what we'll have here is a situation similar to what the Cena/JBL match was at the Royal Rumble when HBK was under JBL's employment. Cena will be told he has to help Barrett win the title, and he'll do some sketchy stuff, but Orton will end up winning anyway, partially from Cena stalling or whatever.
PREDICTION: Randy Orton retains.
A buried alive match?! Awesome! Ok, so it isn't the most technical, fast-paced, action packed match out there. But hey, how often have we had this match? There's been some buzz that this will put one of them out of commission for a while so things can possibly heat back up around time for WrestleMania, but to be honest, I don't really expect that to happen. Plus, how can they top this match afterward? Inferno match at WrestleMania? A simple casket match won't do. If this is the end of the feud, Undertaker definitely wins. If this sets up Undertaker/Kane for WrestleMania, then I'm assuming Taker wins because he just went out on injury and would look kind of weak doing it again. If this feud continues until Survivor Series...well, I still think Taker wins here and that just becomes a rematch. UPDATE: Apparently according to several websites, the Undertaker is in need of shoulder surgery and quite possibly will be taking time off after this pay-per-view. That being said, if it is indeed true, then Kane has to win here. They can't take the title off him and then have Undertaker vacate it in a week or something. Kane retaining can build his momentum up even more and could really put him in the best spot he's been in since 1998. Depending on how long Taker is out, I don't know how they can end the feud, or where, but the possibility of a WrestleMania rematch certainly isn't out the window anymore with Taker leaving.
PREDICTION: Undertaker wins the title if he's sticking around. If not, Kane HAS to retain.
Mark Henry's mystery spot goes to Ezekiel Jackson, hopefully because of them wanting to do that rather than being forced to, what with Mark's brother's health problems. Three names in this match are kind of confusing for me. Ezekiel is one of them, but I can see why they'd want him to come back to a resurgence and I have no problem with that. The other two are Santino and Reks. If Santino stays on the team, he'll just be quickly eliminated. I can't see any way around that. I still think there's a possibility that Santino WON'T stay on the team, though, and will be replaced by Triple H, though there have been absolutely no reports indicating anything close to that. Do I expect it to happen? No. But its a possibility, and it feels like there must be SOME reason they put Santino on the team instead of...well, almost anybody...so it has to be one of the two. On Smackdown's side, they chose to replace Kaval (who could have provided some energy and fun spots to the match, as well as received a bit of a push in the process) with Tyler Reks of all people. I have NO idea what they're doing with that. Reks had nothing going for him during his very short ECW stint and hasn't been seen basically since July of 09 outside of a few dark matches, and he wasn't even injured. I speculated for months that he would be released at any time, especially after supposedly freaking out on an airplane during a flight, but apparently they see something in him enough to not only keep him all this time but also put him in this big match over the likes of MVP, Kaval, Cody Rhodes, Drew McIntyre, and others. Very surprising. I still don't think he'll play any part whatsoever in the match outside of a quick elimination.
PREDICTION: The big factor here is Triple H, though even if he comes back, I don't think it is necessarily a lock that Raw wins it. With Smackdown having just moved over to SyFy, I wholeheartedly expect them to try to give the benefit of the doubt to the B-show and make Smackdown look better and competitive to their new network.
Again, I really don't see them taking the title off Michelle and Layla yet. They seem to love their whole gimmick. I'm not exactly sure why...since they're so awful on the mic...but when they like something, they stick with them despite that (cough*Sheamus*cough). Thus, Natalya has no shot here. I'd be utterly shocked if she won the title.
PREDICTION: Natalya comes up short again.
Its a non-title match, not a unification, so it doesn't REALLY matter who wins. They aren't even doing the three match tally like last year, so this won't even count towards a Smackdown or Raw point. Because of that, I'm expecting Ziggler to cheat and win.
PREDICTION: Dolph Ziggler wins via Vickie distracting the ref and Kaitlyn helping, or something.
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