I am a little perplexed at the WWE and the way they are handling the booking of this weekend’s Night of Champions pay-per-view.
You cannot expect the WWE, with its creative team and its ability to create drama like it has, to come off looking like they have turned everything in the company around in two short months. Money in the Bank and SummerSlam were too good to expect the next five events to become chart toppers. That is just not how the WWE works.
What a sad state of events for the company, which should be working to out do itself each and every week, like it did years ago.
Oh, I’m sorry, there is no WCW for competition. That’s another column for another day.
The matches so far may intrigue me to some extent like the WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan, CM Punk vs. Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel & Paul Heyman (Handicap Elimination Match) , and the World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam), but there are some I would rather trade in to watch paint dry. Divas Champion AJ Lee vs. Natalya vs. Brie Bella vs. Naomi (Fatal 4-Way Match) will be brutal. And The Prime Time Players vs. The Usos vs. Tons of Funk vs. The Real Americans vs. 3MB (Tag Team Turmoil No. 1 Contender’s Match) will be confusing.
I always thought a “Night of Champions” was just that, a night of champions where every title was defended, there was intensity throughout the card and every match meant something. I also thought when it came to pay-per-view events, suspense, the unknown and the “OMG” moment were all a part of the creating the moment of “suspended disbelief.” That happened at Money in the Bank and SummerSlam, but has been sorely lacking at other events by the WWE for some time now.
Maybe the WWE officials and I should sit down for a bit and I could draw them a picture or two of what that is like.
As of now, there is no Dean Ambrose on the card (which is scheduled to change with Dolph Ziggler), Curtis Axel’s match with Punk is not for the Intercontinental Title). The Divas will pretty up the joint, but figure it to be nothing more than a bitching contest. Del Rio will retain his title with the help of Ricardo Rodriguez (oh, tell me you did not see this coming), or Del Rio will lose to RVD, only for Rodriguez to turn on RVD and Damien Sandow will cash in the title contract.
There is no Big Show on the card, no tag title defense (which actually may become an impromptu match with the Prime Time Players). And then we have the WWE Title match, which could become a real show stealer (sorry Ziggler) or a dud like the storyline is slowly becoming.
The match between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan will go one of a few ways.
Either Orton wins and the Shield helps him get the win while Big Show sits in Bryan’s corner and do nothing.
Orton wins with the help of The Shield but when Big Show comes to “aid” Bryan, he knocks out the Shield and then knocks out Bryan with provocation.
Orton asks Big Show (rather Triple H demands Big Show help) to knock out Bryan and Orton gets the right hand to the jaw instead.
Or Bryan wins cleanly, which we all think is about as much of a “sure thing” as me getting a kiss from AJ Lee.
In the end, it doesn’t even matter, the gold remains with Orton.
And why hasn’t the WWE moved to secure more matches and more intrigue? I’m not sure, but judging by what you just read, isn’t that enough to get us excited for the weekend’s events?
Follow David on Twitter @davidlevin71WWE Night Of Champions 2013