With the Smackdown go-home show in the books, the match card for WWE Vengeance, which will take place Sunday night (Oct. 23) in San Antonio, Texas, is now complete.
Eight matches are being advertised for the show. They are as follows:
-- Triple H and CM Punk vs. The Miz and R-Truth
I can't imagine this will go on last but it's more or less considered the main event what with who is involved and everything. Reports have Punk moving on to bigger and better things after this, namely the WWE championship, so I'm not sure what happens with Triple H and Miz and Truth.
-- John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio for the WWE championship
This is the kind of match that only has intrigue in terms of how exactly the loser will lose. There are no plans in place for Cena to win the title because he's got a pesky little feud with The Rock to deal with, which will be kicking into gear here soon. So, again, this is just about how Del Rio wins, not that he does.
-- Mark Henry vs. Big Show for the world heavyweight championship
I like to think of this as "The People's Headliner" because the people have overwhelmingly voiced their support for Henry as the world heavyweight champion. Hell, even Show has gotten over as a big babyface upon his return to challenge Henry. It's all quite amazing but as long as Smackdown ratings are up and these two keep delivering the goods, keep the gravy train rolling.
-- Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes
The Intercontinental title is not on the line and this is just WWE continuing to capitalize on the heat these two built when Rhodes got color hardway a few Smackdown's ago via Orton blasting him over the head with the ring bell. The fact that the belt isn't on the line makes it seem clear Orton will emerge victorious, which is fine.
-- Sheamus vs. Christian
This is a feud that was great when it started but for whatever reason, and maybe it's just me, it's lost all its steam. I'm not interested in another match between the two so much as just ready to see Sheamus break into the main event scene like he's been getting ready for with this big push over the past few months.
-- Beth Phoenix vs. Eve for the Diva's championship
My question for you -- do you care about this match? In any way, shape or form do you care about this match? Yeah, me neither.
-- Air Boom vs. Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger for the tag team championships
They've yet to explain exactly why this heel group is challenging for the title just a month or so removed from feuding with each other but whatever, they seem to work well together as talent under Vickie Guerrero's watch. All involved have passed off heat and that's a good thing, especially for a struggling mid-carder like Swagger. This match result will surely be contingent on another match result, which will be ...
-- Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder for the United States championship
... this match. Ziggler pulling double duty is probably the best news surrounding this entire pay-per-view. Long gone are the days of his annoying Spirit Squad character, replaced by a smooth heel who can bump with the best of 'em. I imagine if he retains his U.S. title, he'll lose in the tag match and vice versa. How amazing would it be, though, if he walked out with two belts? It would make the whole damn pay-per-view, actually.
That's the complete line-up, Cagesiders. How's it look to you? Worth the money or no?