I’ve grown weary of predicting winners in wrestling, because such things are a) sort of absurd, and b) rather subjective. Instead, I’m trying something new for NOC: What are the odds that a story will in any way conclude? What’s interesting about this show is that the odds are ludicrously long for almost every match. The entire show screams middle chapter in a way that hasn’t occurred since perhaps this time last year.
Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes vs Ted Dibiase
Not a chance this is a blowoff for this story. They will continue to fight one another until at least Hell in the Cell.
WHC Randy Orton vs Mark Henry
This is the only match I can think of perhaps being the first and last of the two, but the more I think about it, the more I think the match will be thrown out, concluding in a cell match.
CM Punk vs HHH
I had a really strange notion yesterday that this match would somehow end up being a title match of some kind by the end of it, but even that seems like a stretch. I see absolutely no way this rushed-seeming story can conclude here.
WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio vs John Cena
This match is the only one on the card that may be a one-off. The buzz for Survivor Series has begun, and something larger may distract Cena, allowing Del Rio to skate through. It’s about as well a conclusion as you can ask for in this story. Escalation doesn’t make sense here like it does with Orton and Henry.
Fatal 4-way US Championship Match
Ziggler and Swagger will continue to butt heads trying to win over Vickie, and someone else may steal Ziggler’s belt in the process.
WWE Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne vs The Miz & Rtruth
As fun as this match will be, don’t expect it to be the only time it occurs. The re-invigoration of the Tag Team Belts means meaningful defences and a fun rotation of teams.
Divas Champion Kelly Kelle vs Beth Phoenix
I think everyone’s expecting Beth to take it here, but if she doesn’t (especially if she doesn’t), this is a middle chapter.