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SummerSlam preview

Predictions for tonight's WWE pay-per-view:

Team WWE (John Cena, Bret Hart, Edge, Chris Jericho, John Morrison and R-Truth) vs. The Nexus (Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, David Otunga, Heath Slater, Skip Sheffield, Darren Young and Michael Tarver) in an elimination match: The big question going into the match is who the seventh member of Team WWE will be. Daniel Bryan makes the most sense from a story line standpoint, but I don't think it will be him. Nor will it be Triple H or Vince McMahon. Evan Bourne is a possibility, but I seriously doubt it. That leaves The Miz, who said on TV this past week that he would consider joining the team and would give his answer at the show. I think it will be Miz, but he will end up turning on Team WWE and costing Cena and company the match. It will then be revealed that he is part of The Nexus. To set up the swerve, I wouldn't be surprised if WWE shoots an angle tonight in which it appears that Miz has been attacked by The Nexus backstage, prompting him to join Team WWE despite being "injured." On a side note, it's going to be interesting to see how Hart is going to be eliminated (assuming that he will be) since he cannot take any bumps. I suppose he's going to have to get counted out or disqualified.WWE champion Sheamus vs. Randy Orton: The stipulations for this match are that if anyone interferes on Sheamus' behalf, they will be indefinitely suspended, and if Orton loses, he does not get a rematch and goes to the back of the line. I would love to see Orton get the belt back tonight, but I don't think he's going to. I think WWE is going to keep the title on Sheamus until Triple H is ready to make his return and challenge him for it. Look for Orton to win by disqualification.

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World heavyweight champion Kane vs. Rey Mysterio: Like just about everyone else, I expect The Undertaker to show up either during this match or right after it to name his attacker. My money is on Kane to retain his championship and also be the guilty party, setting up a Kane-Undertaker match at the Night of Champions pay-per-view next month. I would love to see WWE pull a big swerve and have the attacker be anyone other than Kane, but I don't see that happening.

Intercontinental champion Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston: I expect this match to open the show and get things off to a good start. I don't see Ziggler dropping the belt this quickly after his long road to gold. My guess is that Ziggler escapes with his title when Kingston's newfound aggressive streak costs him the match. I wouldn't be surprised if Vickie Guerrero's interference also plays a role in the finish.

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The Big Show vs. CM Punk, Luke Gallows and Joey Mercury: If the Straight Edge Society is to be taken seriously at all, it has to win a three-on-one match, right? Although it wouldn't really surprise me if Big Show KO's Mercury for the win, I'm going with the SES to prevail.

WWE Divas champion Alicia Fox vs. Melina: With Mickie James no longer in the company, Melina is WWE's most popular woman and she will get the title back tonight. Fox continues to improve in the ring and Melina is a solid worker so this could be a decent match if they are allowed to go more than three or four minutes.


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