The angle was set up at Survivor Series last night (Nov. 24, 2013) in Boston, Massachusetts, after Randy Orton successfully defended the WWE championship against Big Show in the main event and John Cena successfully defended the world heavyweight championship against Alberto Del Rio earlier in the evening. The match was announced on tonight's (Nov. 25, 2013) episode of Monday Night Raw in Uniondale, New York, after Cena threw down the gauntlet and The Authority took the bait. The showdown will take place at the upcoming TLC pay-per-view (PPV) on Sun., Dec. 15, 2013, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
And both the WWE and world heavyweight titles will be on the line.
It's a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match, which means both belts will be suspended above the ring. Details on the particulars of the match are sparse, however, leaving the door open to a lot of screwy finishes.
It should be noted that at no point did anyone involved in making the match mention the word "unification". In fact, it was noticeably avoided. That makes it entirely possible Cena or Orton wins both belts and simply keeps them both.
Here's a bit from the WWE.com match preview:
With not one, but both World Titles hanging in the balance, World Heavyweight Champion John Cena will face WWE Champion Randy Orton in an historic Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match. The watershed contest will leave one Superstar in possession of both World Titles, a feat that has never been accomplished since the World Heavyweight Title was introduced in September 2002.
Many have already suggested and openly speculated on social media that the booking is wide open for a swerve in the form of Cena grabbing one belt, let's say the WWE title, and Orton grabbing the other, let's say the world title, and that being the finish.
Thanks for the $65 and all.