Predicting the outcome of wrestling matches is like predicting the weather. Anything can happen, and the more you bank on one thing, the more likely something else is to happen. Nevertheless, I'm going out on a limb and predicting that The Miz will emerge from SummerSlam as the new WWE champion.
I can't argue that putting the "big belt" on Miz is a good or bad idea. I do, however, feel that with Sheamus being the prototypical "transitional" heel champion, simply having Orton take his title is too predictable for a WWE showcase event such as SummerSlam.
Oh, I think Orton will wrest the strap from Sheamus, but I think Miz will quickly cash in his Money in the Bank title shot against a depleted Orton and defeat him. What better way to cement Miz as a detestable heel main-eventer than to have him take the title off a fan favorite in such a cheap manner?
Also, I would not be surprised if Orton invokes his rematch clause against The Miz to recapture the WWE title the next night on Raw.
Of course, none of this is based on logic or fact, just a hunch. It just feels right to me that Miz would get a well-deserved push into the WWE upper deck at one of WWE's four big pay-per-views.
How do you see it playing out?