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WWE Survivor Series preview

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

WWE champion Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett (special guest referee: John Cena): WWE has done an outstanding job of creating drama for this match. The stipulation is that Cena will be free of The Nexus if Barrett wins the title, but Cena will be fired if Orton retains. I'd love to see WWE make the bold decision to turn Cena heel tonight, but I don't think it's going to happen. The more likely scenario is that Cena calls the match down the middle, but some type of interference takes place that he doesn't see and he has no choice but to make the three count for Barrett. It wouldn't surprise me to see David Otunga and/or R-Truth get involved. There also is a possibility of The Miz – who doesn't have a match tonight – cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase and walking out of Survivor Series with the WWE title. Either way, I don't see Orton retaining the championship.

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World heavyweight champion Kane vs. Edge: My guess is that Edge wins the match by disqualification, thus setting up a rematch at next month's Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view.

Survivor Series elimination match (Rey Mysterio, The Big Show, Kofi Kingston, MVP and Chris Masters vs. Alberto Del Rio, Jack Swagger, Cody Rhodes, Drew McIntyre and Tyler Reks): As much as I would like to see Del Rio emerge as the sole survivor, I just have a feeling that Mysterio's side will prevail.

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U.S. champion Daniel Bryan vs. Ted DiBiase Jr.: CM Punk was in line for a title program with Bryan, but his injury opened up the spot for DiBiase, who had been stuck in a bottom-of-the card feud with Goldust. This should be a good match, although I can't imagine that WWE would take the belt off Bryan at this point.

Intercontinental champion Dolph Ziggler vs. Kaval: Much like the Bryan-DiBiase match-up, I expect a well-worked match and the champion to retain.

John Morrison vs. Sheamus: The most entertaining aspect of the build-up to this match has been Santino Marella's involvement, but there probably won't be any funny business tonight. This has the potential to be the best match on the show. I feel pretty confident that Sheamus will win.

WWE tag team champions Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater vs. Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov: I know that some people already consider the WWE tag team title to be a joke, but putting the belts on the comedic duo of Marella and Kozlov would remove all doubt. It won't happen. Gabriel and Slater retain.

WWE Divas co-champions LayCool vs. Natalya in a handicap match: This is the third straight pay-per-view in which Natalya has challenged for the title, and I'm going with the old adage about the third time being the charm. Michelle McCool and Layla will get their signals crossed and a double-team move will backfire, allowing Natalya to overcome the odds and win the title. That will lead to the break-up of LayCool and a feud between McCool and Layla. Or is that just wishful thinking?


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