WWE Night of Champions predictions

After going 7-1 with my SummerSlam predictions, you would think I’d be brewing with confidence heading into Night of Champions. In reality, though, I’ve never been so unsure about my picks heading into a pay-per-view. But hey, I’m not going to let a little lack of self-confidence stop me from potential public ridicule. So with that, here are my Night of Champions predictions:

 

 

Mark Henry vs. Rusev

I like America just as much as the next guy. And I even feel a little “rallied” after Mark Henry’s appearance on Raw this past Monday. But the truth is none of that is going to help the World’s Strongest Man in this one. I see WWE continuing to keep Rusev strong up until his rumored upcoming rivalry with John Cena. Of course, that means Henry will have to get his wig split against Rusev. Winner: Rusev

 

Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho

If the Montreal Screwjob has taught us anything it’s that doing the job on the way out the door is a time-honored tradition. And according to rumors, Chris Jericho is heading for the exit after Night of Champions, which leads me to believe that Randy Orton goes over clean. Winner: Randy Orton

 

The Usos vs. Gold & Stardust

Gotta go with the Dust Brothers here for no other reason than Cody Rhodes deserves to be rewarded for embracing the Stardust character more than I’ve seen any other Superstar embrace a whacky character. Winner: Gold & Stardust

 

Paige vs. AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella

Given the amount of time WWE has put into the Bella twins storyline, you would have to think that it’s far from over at this point. And if that’s the case, it can certainly (and probably should) continue without the Divas Championship in the mix muddying its purpose. As for AJ Lee, if she was going to be Divas Champion again, she could have very well won the title in a one-on-one match with her rival, Paige. It’s just cleaner that way. So by process of elimination, I’m going with Paige here. For extra credit, let’s throw in a Brie run-in that costs her sister the match. Winner: Paige

 

Sheamus vs. Cesaro

The way Cesaro has been booked in recent months doesn’t give me any confidence at all in his future. But at the same time, Sheamus’ U.S. Title reign has been flat since Day One. At this point, a little mix-up could be good for all involved. I’ll take Cesaro winning and becoming new U.S. Champion. Winner: Cesaro

 

Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins

I can’t envision a scenario where Seth Rollins would lose cleanly to anybody twice in the matter of six days, unless of course they’re doing that thing they did with Daniel Bryan where he lost a large number of matches prior to cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase. If that’s the case, I still don’t like it; but I get it. I also can’t imagine a scenario where Roman Reigns would lose, especially if he is, indeed, the chosen one. With all that in mind, I fully expect a Dean Ambrose sighting at Night of Champions. Even worse (and I hope I’m wrong), I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ambrose swerve us all and help Rollins get the win. Winner: Seth Rollins

 

Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz

I figure if I pick The Miz enough, I’m bound to be right eventually. Winner: The Miz

 

Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena

Full disclosure: I’m a John Cena fan. I appreciate and respect everything he’s done and continues to do for the industry of sports-entertainment. And if it was my money that was on the line, I’d also have him as the face of the company, given the amount of revenue he’s generated over the past decade. But even the biggest John Cena fan would have to admit that him beating Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at this point in their respective careers makes little sense. For Cena, it would be just another title reign. And even worse, for Lesnar it would diminish the potential “Undertaker rub” he can give to the next Superstar who beats him. There’s real money that has yet to be made from that storyline. Why waste it?

On the flip side, WWE can’t make Cena look weak for a second straight pay-per-view. Remember, he’s the one driving the most revenue at this point, whether you like it or not. So in order to get out of this match with Cena looking strong and Lesnar keeping the title, I suspect we’ll see Cena go into a fit of rage and beat Lesnar with everything under the sun, thus causing a disqualification. Winner: Brock Lesnar

 

WWE Superstars on Derek Jeter

You know you’re a big deal when the face of WWE and the World’s Largest Athlete comment on your retirement. And that’s exactly what happened when John Cena and Big Show had the above comments for New York Yankees Captain Derek Jeter. Other celebrities offering congratulations to Jeter include:

Raw Recall #9

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Sight of the night: The Miz getting his makeup done mid-match, while his stunt double shouted “cheekbones” to the makeup artist

 

Equation of the night: Makeup artist + director’s chair + stunt double + celebratory bottle of Evian = HEAT!

 

MVP of the night: Ryan. Anybody who takes one Bella to the prom and hooks up with the other knows what’s going on.

 

Understatement of the night: Curtis Axel misses Ryback

 

Sign of the night: I could be at home watching Nitro

WCW Nitro

 

Match of the night: John Cena, Roman Reigns & Chris Jericho vs. Kane, Seth Rollins & Randy Orton

 

Fashion statement of the night: Triple H’s violet tie … nimrod.

 

Guilty pleasure of the night: Michael Cole calling the action between Heath Slater and the bunny. Yes, at one point, Cole actually called the bunny a “wabbit.”

 

Tweet in the night:

 

Random Thoughts:

 

I’m not much of a fantasy booker, but while watching Bray Wyatt tonight, I got excited about the idea of having him completely stop talking for two or three months. At this point, Wyatt’s promos have become among his most popular tools. To take them away now would build up such an amazing level of anticipation for the next time he opened his mouth that he would become one of the most popular babyfaces in recent memory when he finally gave the fans what they wanted.

 

So it looks like John Cena’s rematch with Brock Lesnar at Night of Champions is not yet set in stone. And I, for one, could not be happier. To me, going back to Cena-Lesnar so soon doesn’t seem best for business for a variety of reasons, mainly because there’s no way Lesnar should lose the title yet, which means that Cena will need to lose yet again.

 

Normally, I would say that the face of WWE could withstand a loss (or several losses). But in this case, Cena was beaten so badly at SummerSlam (or emasculated, as Paul Heyman said) that he really needs to look insanely strong in his next pay-per-view match. Additionally, Cena vs. Lesnar was so intriguing that I’d save the sequel for a more important card on the WWE calendar. Maybe WrestleMania. Sure, Roman Reigns is on the fast track. But what if he’s not ready to main event WrestleMania? Cena vs. Lesnar could certainly fit the bill.

 

There was some serious star power in that main event this week, as well as a nice cross section of legacy stars, present stars and future stars of WWE.

 

Speaking of the main event, the reaction John Cena got when he was tagged late in the match is exactly why WWE still sees him as the face of the company.

 

Stealing her sister’s prom date? Stealing her sister’s driver’s license? Stealing and crashing her sister’s car? Are we sure Brie isn’t the heel of this storyline?

 

Apparently, AJ Lee and Randy Orton have the same incompetent lawyer. What do these people have to do to get their contracted title rematch?

 

Raw Recall #8

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Seems to me that WWE would want to promote that the Cena-Lesnar rematch was first announced on the WWE Network as much as possible. Yet, when King made mention of the rematch at the very top of the show—when many fans were presumably hearing about it for the first time—there was no mention of the Network.

 

WWE did a smart thing by breaking the news on the Network, but left some money on the table by not citing where the news originally broke. In the sports (and news) world, it’s common to credit which outlet was the first to break a story, even if it was a different company that broke the news. With that in mind, the fact that WWE didn’t cite their own Network as the source at the top of Raw is surprising. At this point in WWE Network’s history, and given the importance of it succeeding, WWE should be breaking the news that the Network has broken news.

 

Speaking of the WWE Network, WWE did do a great job of promoting that a whole slew of new content is coming, including all-new episodes of Monday Night War, the upcoming “Attitude Week” and the first 100 hours of WCW Monday Nitro.

 

Unless Natalya is about to embark on a slow heel turn, I don’t like the idea of her attacking Paige from behind after losing to her clean.

 

The eulogy of Dean Ambrose reminded me of The Rock holding a funeral for Stone Cold Steve Austin … and there’s nothing wrong with that:

 

Jey Uso realizing he hurt his knee reminded me of Marlena checking for her earrings before “passing out” to a Chyna attack. Ironically, Goldust was involved in that match, too:

 

Is the Mark Henry-Rusev rivalry going to happen?

 

Seth Rollins will make Roman Reigns look like a million dollars at a very pivotal time in his career. If Reigns doesn’t come out of this one smelling like roses, he’ll have nobody to blame but himself.

 

If the Stephanie McMahon-Brie Bella rivalry is over, please find something else for Stephanie to do. I’m not sure I’m ready for another Raw without her on it.

 

Quote of the night: “My client is humiliated that John Cena would dare invoke his rematch clause … Are you out of your mind?”
– Paul Heyman to John Cena

 

Tweet of the night

 

Guilty pleasure of the night: Damien Mizdow

 

Match of the night: Goldust & Stardust vs. The Usos

 

Teddy Long memorial decision of the night: The Authority changing the main event to be a six-man tag match