On Sunday, September 14, 2013, WWE will present their annual PPV, “Night of Champions.” The PPV will emanate from Detroit, Michigan, at the Joe Louis Arena. The idea behind this PPV is that every championship will be defended.
This year, however, the Intercontinental Championship will not be defended. The United States Championship will not be defended either. I am guessing, it may be an impromptu match, as I can’t see Dean Ambrose, the title holder, not wrestling on the card.
Overall, the general push for the matches that have been announced, has been pretty good. I liked how the Paul Heyman/Axel vs Punk match has been built up. The match between Daniel Bryan vs the rehashed Corporation WWE Champion Randy Orton, backed by WWE COO Triple H and wife Stephanie with the Shield as lackeys has really gotten a lot of the attention and build up.
This PPV looks pretty good on paper, even though I am sure there will be some impromptu matches, and appearances. I do wish more matches had been announced. I don’t understand why the US Title is not being defended.
I understand why Curtis Axel is not defending his title, but if the idea behind the PPV is that all titles are to be defended, then all titles should be defended. I will do what I can with what is announced.
Opening Match on YouTube: Number One Contenders for Tag Team Titles (Tag Team Turmoil Match):
Well, the two teams I can eliminate right off the bat are Tons of Funk and the Real Americans. Tons of Funk are more a comedy team, and The Real Americans, I just don’t see them winning. Swagger has his personal issues, and I don’t think WWE will want to put a belt on him. Vince for some reason, doesn’t like Cesaro, even though Cesaro can put on a good match.
Both the Prime Time Players and the Usos have been getting wins, and some momentum. Between the two teams, whom I think will be the two remaining teams, I think the Usos are going to be the ones getting the nod though. I don’t think the PTP are ready for “Prime Time.” Pun is intended.
Overall, I think this can be a pretty good match. All the teams are capable of putting on a very lively show. The Real Americans add some good technical wrestling. The USO and PTP add some high flying acrobatics, and Tons of Funk add some physicality. I wish that this matc was on the main card, actually.
Winner: The Usos
Tag Team Championships: Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns (C) vs the Usos
I am thinking this should be a very good match, as both teams are very capable of a high flying offense. Seth Rollins will take some crazy bumps, and I expect him to use much of his excellent ring work, and Roman Reigns to be more of the brute force.
I also see Reigns using a lot of his power moves, and he is no slouch in the ring. Reigns, I am sure will throw in a couple of his spears as well. Rollins and Reigns will take every short cut to keep their belts, as I am sure Ambrose will make an appearance.
I don’t see the Usos ready for the belts, WWE is not ready to stop pushing the Shield, as they are also Triple H’s lackeys, so I think the champs retain. The Shield are in WWE as a group for the long haul. I don’t see them breaking up for awhile.
I do think the Usos will get a run with the Tag Belts. I enjoy them. I think they have a lot of potential as a team. I just don’t see them defeating Rollins and Reigns at the PPV.
Winner: Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns
Divas Championship (Fatal Four Way Match): A J Lee (C) vs. Natalya vs. Brie Bella vs. Naomi
This match has “promote “Total Divas” ” all over it. I mean, does the title feel like an afterthought, or what? I have always believed that a Title match should be about the Title. This match is nothing about the Title.
Look, I admit that I like the “Total Divas” show. It is a fun, cornball show. I just don’t think the show should be a catalyst for this match. A J is NOT on the show. The three others gals in the match are on the show. I just don’t understand it at all.
Am I missing something? I thought A J was the champion, yet, I feel that this match is being used somehow to push the show that airs on E!. I loved A J’s “pipe bomb” on the Divas on that one Raw episode. That was awesome. Had a lot of truth to it, even though it was a worked promo.
The match itself should be just alright. I am not expecting a four star match. The Divas don’t get a lot of time as it is. I do wish they would get more time. I think the other divas, like Kaitlyn, and such, will make some sort of run in.
Winner: A J Lee
Handicap Elimination Match: CM Punk vs. Paul Heyman and Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel
This match between Heyman/Axel vs. Punk is one of the more interesting ones on the card.
The back story is that after CM Punk got beat by Brock Lesnar at Summerslam, Punk wants to get to Heyman. The crafty Heyman has been doing everything, and anything to get out of facing Punk. Now is the time for Heyman to face Punk, or will he? Punk has to somehow eliminate Axel, and that won’t be an easy task. If Punk does, look out Heyman.
Now, Heyman has been doing a great job verbalizing his feelings. Heyman has been awesome playing the coward. He has been so good, that I want to see him get his. I loved how Heyman got that “doctor” to try to get him out of the match. I love how Heyman has been trying to play the sympathy card. The fans are not buying it, and neither am I. I just want to see Heyman get his butt kicked.
As great as he has been, and as great that Punk has also been in showing his intense desire to get back at Heyman, think Punk will have to wait a little longer to get at Heyman. Heyman is smart. I am almost sure he has a plan to outwit Punk, and get another monster to prevent Punk from getting to him.
That is one thing about Heyman. Heyman always has some sort of backup plan. You can never count out Paul Heyman. That is why I pick Heyman to win this match. I think eventually Heyman will get his, but not on Sunday.
World Heavyweight Championship Title Match: Albert Del Rio (C) vs. Rob Van Dam
This title match just seems like it was just thrown against the wall and see if it sticks. I have no interest in this match, and I don’t see why anyone should really care. It is just a very boring feud. I just want it over. I feel I am watching paint dry. Actually, I rather watch paint dry. I would rather watch the New York Jets play than watch this match. That is how much interest I have in this match.
You have a very boring champion in Alberto Del Rio. The challenger is a very stale Rob Van Dam, whose sidekick (who is not allowed at ringside by orders of Vickie Guerrero) is Ricardo Rodriquez, Del Rio’s former ring announcer. The storyline does not even make sense. Why are they even fighting for the title?
I don’t find anything about this so called “feud” that I find all that fantastic. At least Christian had a reason to fight Del Rio. Christian had his “one more match” gimmick. That made WAY more sense than what is going on here.
The match should be just decent. Del Rio is just alright in the ring, and I never cared for RVD and his “pointing to himself,” and his Rolling Thunder, and such. Del Rio does his best. I think his character has been ruined. RVD is just stale. I just see RVD being forced to tap out to that arm breaker of Del Rio’s and Del Rio retains in a semi-boring match.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
WWE Championship Title Match: Randy Orton vs Daniel Bryan
The basic storyline behind this feud, “the beleaguered worker vs the evil boss,” has been rehashed, In my opinion, it was done a lot better, with the Rock as the “Corporate Champion.” The famed “worker vs boss” storyline with Stone Cold against Vince McMahon was far superior. I even liked the “McMahon/Helmsley Era” storyline better than what is going on here between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan.
Here is Daniel Bryan, one of the best wrestlers in the company, arguably the best wrestler in WWE, being treated as if he was just another wrestler. Stephanie calls him a “B+.” In the eyes of Steph, and her husband, COO Triple H, a person like Randy Orton, the WWE Champ, is an A+. because he is tall, handsome, and well-groomed. Daniel, on the other hand, is short, scruffy, and has a beard.
Bryan is also up against this McMahon/Orton regime that will do what it takes to make sure Bryan does not have any help in Bryan’s endeavor to regain the WWE Championship. Through intimidation of the Big Show, and through their firing of Cody Rhodes under the guise of “doing things that are good for business,” Triple H is doing everything he can to make sure Randy Orton remains WWE Champion.
Even when WWE Hall of Famer Edge stood up for Daniel Bryan, and told off Triple H, Hunter tried to intimidate Edge by having the Shield drag out Christian’s beat up body. I guess Triple has to have more heat than his character already has.
I was shaking my head, and I am one of Triple H’s biggest fans. I just thought that was a bit much, even though I understood the psychology behind it.
In my last blog,”Edge’s WWE Appearance Shows His Greatness and How Much He’s Missed”(http://camelclutchblog.com/edge-wwe-appearance/), I discussed some of the problems with the angle, so I won’t go into great detail about that again. I WILL say that the main problem is Triple H’s lack of selling for Daniel Bryan, like Vince sold for Austin.
I don’t think this feud is going to be ended at the PPV. It would be way too early. I expect this match to be the MOTN. I think both guys will put on a very good match. We all know Daniel Bryan is capable of putting on a great match. Randy Orton puts on very good matches as well.
I do see Triple H adding some sort of stipulation. I could see him intimidating the entire locker-room with something like if anyone interfered, they’d be fired.
I do wonder, being that the Big Show was suspended for a day on Smackdown, will Show grow a pair and start something with Triple H at the PPV? Could it be possible that the entire locker room starts a revolution against the Triple H regime? It could be that Show may even turn heel, and join the regime. Interesting possibilities, but nonetheless, I think the feud won’t end at this PPV, and I am expecting some screwy finish, so I think Orton retains.
Winner: Randy Orton
Those are my picks. Enjoy the PPV.
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