WWE Night of Champions Predictions
Night of Champions is but a few hours away. With every belt on the line, one would assume that this would be the show of shows to catch. While maybe not as well hyped as one of "The Big Four," tonight's event does contain a once in a life time event: Sting wrestling for a WWE Championship. What about the rest of card? Join us as Zach Wickwire and Marc Hall share their picks for tonight's event.
Neville and Lucha Dragon vs. Stardust and The Ascension
The endless parade of special and pay-per-views has brought us to the Night of Champions once again, the night that WWE has set aside to honor its champions of the past and present ever since 2008, with the exception of 2011. Well, what better way to kick the night off, but with a match that includes only former champions in a match up that seems like it was pieced together at the last minute. Now, let me back this up a moment and say that being teamed with Stardust is easily the best think to happen to Konnor and Victor since being brought up the the main roster earlier this year, but teaming Neville with the Lucha Dragons makes no sense. I mean, aside from saving the Dragons from a beatdown from the Ascension (I talked about that idiocy in my last SmackDown review), Sin Cara and Kalisto shouldn't have much reason to team with Neville outside of them being faces, and the teaming comes off as more random than Stardust teaming with King Barrett last month. Well, back to the topic at hand, I don't see Neville coming out of this one on top. The victory on the Kickoff Show will go to the Cosmic Wasteland, and deservedly so, Stardust is due for a big win and the Ascension need this more than anyone else involved in this match.
Your winners, The Cosmic Wasteland!
Stardust and company appear to be on a bit of a rocket as of late. Given the reactions from the WWE Universe, even Sin Cara's frequent attempts at staring in the latest Botchamania aren't enough to turn fans away from the Dragons. The Cosmic Wasteland on the other hand needs a victory here. Post Amell, Stardust appears to have drifted from partner to partner. While The Ascension still sucks, if there is anyone that can make this team palatable, its Stardust. Expect Stardust and company to come away with the win.
WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. The Dudley Boyz
Aaawwwwww, Kulture Shock! Clap for your two time champs and feel the power! The New Day is one of the best things in WWE today and I look forward to their matches and segments each week as they are a bright spot in an otherwise dismal product. Let's not make this entirely one sided though, the return of the Dudley Boyz after SummerSlam was certainly something to be excited about. This was the first time we'd seen Buh-Buh Ray and D-Von in more than a decade, a bulk of which the team spent down south with Impact Wrestling. As excited as I am at the prospect of seeing the Dudley's earn their tenth time with the belts, I'd rather not continue to see the belts continue to bouce from team to team every month of two, so I've got The New Day to win in this one. You have to admire any team that would send their #SaveTheTables petition to Barrack Obama on Twitter.
Your winners, and still WWE Tag Team Champions, The New Day!
The Return of the Dudleys is the best thing to happen to the tag division and WWE as a whole in a long time. With Sting, Undertaker and now D-von and Buh-Buh, the WWE roster has never been more exciting. While the New Day has become most entertaining thing about most episodes of Raw, that isn't enough to keep eyes on the product or asses in the seats. If the Dudleys are in it for the long haul, another spin with the straps is likely part of the deal. Dudleys win after Big E's big ass goes through a table.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev w/ Summer Rae
I don't think there's a match on this card that I could care less about than this one. This whole feud has been a waste of three talented individuals and it completely flies in the face of the message of the Diva's Revolution. The idea that Lana was supposed to be a strong woman that finally broke away from the abusive Rusev only to run into the arms of “Dog” Ziggler. Lana should have been allowed to flourish on her own with occasional verbal harassment from Rusev. This is really a story that would have panned out so much better if it had followed in the footsteps of the Sable and Marc Mero storyline from the Attitude Era instead of what they went with. All they've done is make Lana look weak and Dolph look like a jackass. Rusev and Summer were able to get out of this largely unscathed as Rusev remains a credible heel and Summer gets to stay out of the ring and remain a manipulative bitch on the sidelines. Really, I don't care who wins this one, so we'll leave it up the fate.
Your winner, eh, who cares...
Read Zach's stuff above. If Dog Ziggler was part of the feud I'd be far more engaged. I love both of the wrestlers involved, but the distraction of Summer and Lana is hurting all involved. Enough is enough, end this feud tonight and give each more important things above. I don't give a shit who wins, I just want it to end.
Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and ??? vs. The Wyatt Family
I gave my prediction for this match in a roundabout way in my SmackDown review last week. This is a match that I can't really say much about because regardless of who WWE pairs up with Ambrose and Reigns there is really only one way this match can go, and that is with victory going to the Wyatts. With the build up to this match, it would be impossible for WWE to have this go another way, because unless the Wyatts dominate this match you completely discredit Braun Stroman witch, in turn, damages everyone that he's attacked and choked out over the last few weeks, so bury Stroman would also bury Reigns, Ambrose, Randy Orton, and Jimmy Uso, not to mention the damage it would do to the Wyatts. Each of these men has their entire career at stake unless WWE does this right, so let's hope the recent trend of WWE doing the wrong this doesn't continue in this match.
Your winners The Wyatt Family!
Who wins isn't the real interesting prediction here (The Wyatts Win by the way). The real question is who joins Team Sort of Shield. Plenty of names have been thrown around from the likes of Randy Orton to Seth Rollins. Even Chris Jericho has made his way into the conversation, the announcement of which would send me out of my seat and rocketing to the moon with excitement. My money though is on Erick Rowan. Not only does he seem to be the most obvious choice, but his return has seemed to be hinted as for weeks now. Rowan's return could be used to set him up in a sort of heel role as he attempts to return into the Family. Expect Rowan to return and double cross Reigns and Ambrose as a way to seek return into his master's arms.
WWE Diva's Champion Nikki Bella vs. Charlotte
We've finally arrived at this so called “Diva's Revolution” the event that was supposed to change the face of women's wrestling in WWE and make it more like the women's division in NXT. Well, in the two months that this so called “Revolution” has taken place we've seen a whole lot of tag matches, but not a single Diva's title match, in fact, aside from Beast in the East, Nikki hasn't defended her title since Money in the Bank back in June. I shouldn't just run Nikki into the ground though, after all, she doesn't choose how she's booked and let's not forget that she actually has improved quite a bit over the last few months and she has been in matches, she just hasn't been a fighting champion. I think it's time for a change, they've already lost a lot of credibility for the “Revolution” and unless they want it to fall flat on its face, then we need to see Charlotte win the title on Sunday.
Your winner and the new WWE Diva's Champion, Charlotte!
You happy WWE? AJ Lee is all but gone from the record books and now you can move on and give the belt to someone else. You better put the belt on Roman Reigns and get him started on CM Punk's record.
WWE Intercontinental Champion Ryback vs. Kevin Owens
WWE has been trying desperately to return of the prestige to their undercard belts, after years of poor bookings and bad choices for champions, the belt that used to signify that a wrestler was ready for the next step now means less than its counterpart the United States Champion. The run of bad luck has been going for awhile, but looking just at recent champions, you had Bad News Barrett who lost more matches than he won during his reign, Daniel Bryan who won the belt and then was sidelined with an injury and forced to vacate, and now Ryback, who was out for a month with a staff infection and then thrown into a hold over match at SummerSlam, none of which helped him or the belt. However, it now seems that the answer the the IC belt's trouble has been dropped right on to WWE's lap in the form of Kevin Owens. Owens has been on fire and hasn't lost any steam despite losing in his feud against John Cena just a couple of months ago. Owens is a credible heel with great heat, and not cheap heat like Rusev, and he could potentially do great things for the IC title and his own career if he were booked properly. No offense to Ryback, but I don't think he's the right man for the job, if WWE wants to do for the IC title what Rusev and John Cena did the US title, then Owens needs to win this match.
Your winner, and the new WWE Intercontinental Champion, Kevin Owens!
This belt needs prestige. Kevin Owens needs help. From wrestling John Cena to wrestling on Superstars, no star has fell faster than Owens, save for maybe John Cena himself immediately after his debut. Save for another superstar returning and getting one last run with the strap, this game of IC hot potato needs to end. The belt must either go on a rising star and future main eventer or a returning main event performer, whatever the case, either champ must hold the belt for a significant portion of time. While i'd much rather see a member of the old guard holding the belt, I expect Owens to take a turn with what used to be the most coveted prize in the business.
WWE United States Champion Seth Rollins vs. John Cena
I love Seth Rollins, his time on top of the mountain since Wrestlemania has been great, and while his reign has come under some scrutiny from other wrestling journalists, I love the classic heel champions who keep their titles through interference and other underhanded tactics. On the complete opposite side of that feeling is John Cena, I am not a fan of John Cena. I can admit that his recent run as the United States Champion and, before that, his feud with Rusev, really helped to elevate the WWE US Championship to heights it has never seen since it was brought back in 2003. Despite this, I don't want to see the title go back to John, he has been on top of the WWE for more than a decade and at this point in his relationship he should be helping to elevate some of the younger talent and not worrying about when his next title reign will come, because regardless of what happens right now Cena has solidified himself as a future hall of famer. Seth Rollins is the future of the WWE and he doesn't need need to lose to the guy who was the future when he debuted against Kurt Angle in 2002. Rollins needs to go over, Cena has buried his share of talent, and Rollins is far too talented to let him become Cena's latest victim.
Your winner and still WWE United States Champion, Seth Rollins!
John Cena doesn't need this belt back. John Cena doesn't deserve this belt back. What does Cena winning the rubber match do for the story? Does Cena back on top validate his loss against Rollins before? Does is get revenge on Jon Stewart? As stated above, Rollins wins and goes over big. The insatiable lust of Cena and Helmsley has claimed enough stars already. Is the short sightedness of selling a fucking T-Shirt worth shaving years off the career of one of their biggest rising stars?
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins vs. Sting
With Seth Rollins pulling double duty tonight, I really don't have much to say about half of this match, since I feel I covered that in the last match. I wasn't writing for Kulture Shocked at the time, but I was very critical of Brock Lesnar's run as WWE Champion during the last half of 2014 and the early part of 2015, but despite that I am actually going to say that I want to see Sting win this match. It doesn't hurt Rollins that badly to lose to a legend like Sting, especially if he beats Cena in the same night, and this would help give Sting's legacy some meaning in the eyes of younger fans, especially after that joke of a match he had against Triple H at Mania. Sting needs this and this is the perfect opportunity to let him win one of the major wrestling championships that he's never held. How much more impressive would it be to add WWE Champion to Sting's resume after he's already a four time TNA World Champion, a six time WCW World Champion, and former NWA World Champion. This also helps move along Sting's ongoing rivalry against the Authority as I'm sure they would stop at nothing to help Rollins get his title back from Sting in an inevitable clash at Survivor Series in November.
As a bonus, I also think we're going to see Mr. Money in the Bank attempt to make a cash in after the World Title match. I can't imagine it's going to amount to much since I don't think we'll see two successful cash ins in the same year, so expect to see Shaemus tap out to the Scorpion Death Lock or take a Death Drop or two before losing his precious briefcase as the hands of “The Man They Call Sting”.
Your winner and new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Sting!
First off, Sheamus doesn't cash in tonight. WWE will save his failed cash in for later in the year as a way to validate the next champion. Your next champion is going to need to be a big name to help put Roman Reigns over when he eventually takes the title. Reigns is destined to hold the belt, and there's a very big chance that he is going to be the one to take the record away from Punk. Reigns' reign (sigh...) is imminent, the sooner we realize that, the quicker those 400 days are going to go. If I'm correct in saying that the next champion will need to give credibility to Reigns when he takes the belt at the Royal Rumble, what bigger name than Sting. Sting's career will be made complete tonight when he takes the belt away from Rollins.