The WWE is a couple of weeks away from following up its highly successful SummerSlam event. The 2015 Night of Champions card appears to have come together featuring an assortment of title matches and a potential grudge match to cap off the night.
[adinserter block=”2″]Night of Champions is a good idea in theory and even better when it was first created. Unfortunately, the concept is quite muddied down today due to titles being marginalized and the overabundance of title matches fans see monthly on special events and free television. Night of Champions rarely stands out for that reason although the WWE is hoping the return of an icon will temper the cynics.
Sting returns to the WWE ring for only his second career WWE match as he challenges Seth Rollins for the WWE world title. Sting returned on RAW to ruin Rollins’ statue ceremony to right the injustice that went down at SummerSlam. The unique opportunity to see Sting challenging for a WWE world title may be enough to reel in some casual viewers.
I love the idea of Sting challenging Rollins for the WWE world title. Sting looked fantastic at WrestleMania 31 and looks in even better shape today. However, the problem with this match is that nobody in their right mind believes for a second that Sting is winning the belt. I’d love to see it, just for the initial shock value, but even the most casual WWE fan doesn’t think the icon has a chance.
On the contrary, fans do believe that there is a chance of a title change in the co-headliner. Seth Rollins will be doing double duty at Night of Champions as he defends the U.S. title against John Cena. I don’t want to turn this into a predictions blog but at this point, it does make sense that Cena would take back the U.S. title. Regardless, as novel as the idea is of seeing the world champion wrestle twice, it could be a case of overkill when it comes to Rollins.
I will say this in defense of John Cena. He has cut some great promos on Rollins since being screwed at SummerSlam. Cena has delivered some of the best promos of his career as a championship challenger on RAW in recent weeks. His promos have certainly elevated what appears to be a routine match into a match that WWE fans can get hyped about.
Kevin Owens looks like he’ll be challenging Ryback for the intercontinental title. Call me crazy but this feud is highly intriguing to me. I like the mix of styles here and I have no doubt that Owens can have a great match with the big guy at N.O.C. 2015. The storyline is a little weak thus far, especially when you take into consideration the number of losses Owens has had in recent months But as the Bellas say, wins and losses don’t matter right?
Speaking of the Bella twins, Nikki Bella will be wrestling Charlotte for the Divas title. I think it’s been clear since the start of the Divas revolution that Charlotte was earmarked as the breakout star of the group. The girls have been getting a lot of criticism lately, some rightfully so. Yet I have no reason to think that with enough planning that Charlotte and Nikki can’t pull off a great match. Plus, you actually have a storyline here that makes sense, unlike the intercontinental title match.
[adinserter block=”2″]A couple of tag team matches will round out the card. The Dudleys return to the title picture with their first WWE tag team title match in years and this feud must continue as the Wyatts are likely to take on Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and a partner to be named later. I think it’s a safe bet after RAW on Monday that their partner will be Randy Orton in what will probably be a pretty exciting match.
Overall it’s a fine card but nothing to get real excited about. On the positive side, the wrestling should be very good and for $9.99, you probably aren’t going to be able to do much better.
Tentative WWE Night of Champions 2015 card
Seth Rollins vs. Sting for the WWE world championship
Seth Rollins vs. John Cena for the U.S. championship
Ryback vs. Kevin Owens for the Intercontinental championship
Prime Time Players vs. the Dudley Boyz vs. New Day for the Tag Team championship (*TBD)
Nikki Bella vs. Charlotte for the Divas title (Pending)
Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Randy Orton vs. the Wyatt family