This Sunday, the annual Night of Champions event rolls round, where every title in WWE must be defended, meaning Seth Rollins will compete in two matches to defend both the titles he holds. The card also has the first title match in over 10 years for the Dudley Boyz as well as a first crack at the Intercontinental championship for Kevin Owens. Here is how I see the show unfolding:
Kick-off show match
Neville and the Lucha Dragons vs Stardust and the Ascension
A match I am personally looking forward to, even if it will be a short match on the pre-show. This match has 6 brilliant performers, all capable of putting on a great match. The feud has had a bit of focus too, so it could end up being a brilliant match. I think the babyfaces will come out on top, with Neville securing the pin for his team following a Red Arrow to one of the Ascension members, but I would also like to see Stardust and the Ascension continue their alliance as they could make a compelling team going forward.
Prediction – Neville and the Lucha Dragons win
The New Day vs Dudley Boyz for WWE Tag Team Championships
A match that could genuinely go either way. The New Day have done tremendous work to get their gimmick to be as over as it is right now, and they’ve only just won the tag titles back. The Dudley Boyz are television gold, and the crowds at every arena absolutely love having them back. Putting the titles on them immediately would be smart then, to please the fans and keep them as strong as possible. However, I think it is too early for the New Day to drop the titles, and they will win via shenanigans from outside, which is probably the best outcome to have them retain and Dudley Boys don’t lose clean.
Prediction – New Day retain the tag titles thanks to Xavier Woods interfering on the outside
Ryback vs Kevin Owens for the Intercontinental Championship
Firstly, I am so glad WWE haven’t made a rematch between Ryback, The Miz and Big Show from Summerslam. It firstly seemed like they were going to, but they ditched that idea and had a new challenger in Kevin Owens confront the Big Guy. Ryback has done a decent job of holding the title, but I think now is the time to drop it. Owens has had a decent stint on the roster since coming up from NXT, and he’s arguably the greatest heel in the company today. A win followed by a decent run with the title would quickly enhance his credibility towards the top end of the company and have him move into contention for a world title run one day. Doing that with Owens would also begin the path to making the Intercontinental title significant again. This will also be a surprisingly good match.
Prediction – Kevin Owens wins and becomes the new Intercontinental Champion
The Wyatt Family vs Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and ???
This is by far the most difficult match on the card to predict, because the person partnering Reigns and Ambrose is going to be announced on the night. The match could end up being decided by the person they choose to partner them. If WWE decide to go with someone such as Randy Orton then the Wyatt Family will probably pick up the victory as Randy could take the defeat and no-one actually involved in the feud is significantly hurt. If Reigns and Ambrose are partnered with a returning superstar or an upcoming NXT superstar then it seems they will pick up the victory instead, as it will be a big moment for all involved. As of writing, a difficult one to predict, but given Reigns and Ambrose overcome the Wyatts at Summerslam, I think the Wyatts will win this match.
Predictions – Randy Orton partners Ambrose and Reigns but the Wyatt Family win the match.
Seth Rollins vs John Cena for the United States Championship
Usually, it would be a poor booking decision for a superstar to win a title, only to lose it just a few weeks later. This time however, it would be a wise move to put the title back on Cena. Cena brought back excitement to the title with his US Title open challenges, and while Rollins has done no harm to the credibility to the title, RAW could do with having those challenges back on the show again. I can’t personally see Rollins carrying on for too long with two titles, and he is more likely to drop the US title at this show than the world title.
Prediction – Cena wins back the United States Title
Dolph Ziggler vs Rusev
Sadly, this match is happening again. At Night of Champions, the feud between a jealous boyfriend and his ex’s new lover continues for the second straight pay-per-view. Lana is now out of action for a good few months with a legitimate injury, so this feud will surely end this Sunday, even if only until she returns. It looks like Ziggler and Summer Rae are building a relationship behind the backs of their partners, so it all points to Summer at one point costing Rusev a match. I think it’ll happen Sunday, leaving Rusev all alone.
Prediction – Summer helps Ziggler defeat Rusev
Nikki Bella vs Charlotte for the Divas Championship
I for one wasn’t satisfied with the ending to this same match on RAW. The concept was correct. Have Nikki Bella cheat to break the record and Charlotte get her rematch at the next PPV. How it was done, though, was awful. The Twin Magic move has been used so many times, and the two Bellas don’t even look that much alike any more. Also, nothing is more ridiculous than seeing Brie Bella pulling tissues out of her bra as she is suggesting her sister has larger breasts than her. Embarrassing and ridiculous. Moving on to Sunday, all things point to a Charlotte victory. The events on Raw, the stipulation that Nikki will lose the title even if she gets counted out or disqualified, and I think Charlotte will win the title Sunday and reignite the divas division that will see her defend the title in great matches against Sasha, Paige and Becky in the near future.
Seth Rollins vs Sting for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
For me, a match that has only one outcome, and for many reasons. Firstly, I don’t think enough has been built for this PPV for Seth to drop the world title. It is also extremely unlikely that Seth Rollins drops his title to Sting. Vince has never been too eager to put his world title on a WCW star, and I doubt he will do so here. Having Sting as champion would be a strange booking decision too, given his age and the fact he lost his debut match in the company. Saying that, it is possible that they would put the title on him briefly just to say he held the title, then have him drop it back to Rollins or lose it to a Sheamus cash-in. This could then explain his debut defeat, as he was told to lose his first match in return for a title run later on in the year. Unlikely though, and I think Rollins will come away champion, even if it isn’t a clean win.
Prediction – Seth Rollins retains the world title
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
The Dudley Boyz vs. New Day for the Tag Team championship
Nikki Bella vs. Charlotte for the Divas title DQ/CO Rule Waiver
Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and ??? vs. the Wyatt family