As is the case with every WWE pay-per-view, it's time for some pre-show predictions and analysis. Without further ado, let's take a look at what fans should expect at tonight's big pay-per-view...
TLC Match (Title Unification)
- Randy Orton (c) vs. John Cena (c)
Analysis: As I've noted in past eWN editorials since the build for this match began, the majority of the focus for this one is being put on the fact that the match will feature the WWE and World Championships being unified. Very little attention is being given to the fact that this is also an actual "TLC match." For John Cena, this will be his second official TLC match in WWE. For Randy Orton, his very first. This will be the 15th actual official TLC match in WWE history, making it one of few gimmick matches that haven't been completely prostituted by the company (yet). As noted in a recent eWN article, WWE came up with the idea for the finish in this match over a week ago, and while the company usually changes their PPV main event plans multiple times leading up to the show, the planned finish for this one has reportedly remained untouched and WWE will go with the clear-cut direction they came up with when first putting together this bout. Expect a lot of bells and whistles in this one, a lot of sizzle to accompany the steak, if you will.
Prediction: John Cena
WWE Intercontinental Championship
- Big E. Langston (c) vs. Damien Sandow
Analysis: It's actually a shame that Damien Sandow is the challenger for the Intercontinental Championship. Considering the fact that Big E. Langston just recently became the I-C Champion, I can't see a scenario where the company takes the title off of him already. Sandow can't afford to continue losing so many high-profile matches without it hurting his star-power in the eyes of casual WWE fans. When looking at this one, it seems apparent that Langston goes over, but let's hope WWE books this match in a way where Sandow can come out of it without losing too much. WWE will certainly want to use this match to continue their push of Langston, but let's hope that it doesn't completely bury Sandow in the process.
Prediction: Big E. Langston
WWE Divas Championship
- AJ Lee (c) vs. Natalya
Analysis: Anyone who has read the news on Sunday knows AJ Lee is currently in hot water with WWE management regarding an incident with NBC personality and Access Hollywood co-host Michelle Beadle. As noted in the report, Lee is expected to suffer some sort of disciplinary repercussions as a result of the incident, so seeing her losing the Divas Championship at the TLC pay-per-view wouldn't be the most shocking thing in the world. Natalya is one of the best Divas in the company in terms of in-ring performance, and she has become somewhat of a star due to her strong showing on the Total Divas reality show. Natalya has been getting some decent television time and about as much of a "push" as any Diva can really get with so little focus on their division in the grand scheme of things. Taking all of that into consideration, I think it's a fair assumption that Nattie comes out of this one with a couple extra pounds of gold to carry with her luggage.
WWE Tag-Team Championship
Analysis: Unfortunately it feels like it's time for the WWE Tag-Team Championships to change hands. WWE is putting added emphasis on their tag-team division lately, so giving the straps to part-time duos like Big Show and Rey Mysterio, or even Ryback and Curtis Axel, seems unlikely. Certainly possible, but unlikely. That would leave The Real Americans as the favorites, however online reports claim Antonio Cesaro is scheduled to get a babyface push in the near future. If that is true, I can't see WWE putting the belts on The Real Americans, unless it's a prop designed to start the beginning of their inevitable split. Pretty tough one to call if you're of the impression that the titles will be changing hands here, as I do, so I'm going to take a shot...