WWE is hosting Night of Champions on Sunday, which will give folks who don’t plan on watching the Emmys or … NFL football something to occupy their Sunday night. WWE is really going to have to make this one special as the odds are good the eyes of the entertainment world won’t be nearly as focused as what’s going on in the ring like they were last month for Summerslam.
On paper, this looks like we could be in the making for a surprisingly good show with at least one potential entry onto the Top 10 matches of the year list. Let’s break down the matches and see how I do on this round of predictions.
The Dudleys made a shocking return to the WWE on the RAW after Summerslam and they immediately set their sights on the tag team titles — currently held by The New Day.
New Day is quietly the best act in the WWE right now and their on-camera antics are only rivaled by their online videos. New Day was just getting going when their first title reign was ended by the Prime Time Players. Another title loss could potentially ruin their chances of staying a force in the WWE. In what will prove a theme for the night, the young guard defeats the wily veterans.
Prediction: New Day
Following his feud with John Cena, Kevin Owens also lost his NXT title to Finn Balor before rebounding with a win against Cesaro at Summerslam. If Owens comes up short in his bid to capture the Intercontinental title, we’ll definitely have a better sense of how WWE bookers view him. Ryback has been a decent IC champ, but his feuds with The Big Show and The Miz haven’t exactly set the world on fire and he can do that just as well without the title. Owens needs the momentum boost and will provide an unstoppable force for midcard faces like Neville and Cesaro to battle.
Prediction: Kevin Owens
Since Bray Wyatt introduced Braun Strowman to the fold, The Wyatts have dominated their feud with the former Shield members. Ambrose and Reigns have a mystery partner lined up and it doesn’t matter if it’s Kane, Big Show or even Savio Vega, Ambrose and Reigns get the win here to keep their feud going until the bookers figure out how to move Reigns back up to the main event.
Just for fun though how crazy would it be if the mystery partner was Seth Rollins reuniting The Shield a la DX back in 1999 after Triple H finally got over as the main event heel champ?
Prediction: The Shield and +1
Lana’s real life injury deprived us of the mixed tag team match that was set up for the show and our consolation is yet another singles match in this never-ending feud. This is a match-up that really needs some sort of stakes to it especially since this doesn’t involve a title of any kind on…Night of Champions.
This is the make-good from the title vs. title stipulation from last month. The biggest problem is for the world champ every other belt is a lesser title and why would Rollins expend any great amount of effort to retain the U.S. belt at the expense of the world title? Cena winning here will be the only time the loser will be able to retain every bit of their heat in a loss.
Prediction: John Cena
Now that Nikki has eclipsed AJ Lee’s longest Divas title reign there’s absolutely no reason for her to hold on to the belt. This being the WWE though, Charlotte may just screwed again so Nikki can beat all the newcomers from the Divas Revolution.
Prediction: Nikki Bella
Even the most hardcore Sting fan like myself clearly has to see what’s going on here. Sting has joined the WWE in order to put over the next generation and get a couple of token wins against lowly talent like Big Show to look “strong.” While as a loyal little Stinger few things this year in the wrestling world would satisfy me more than seeing Sting as the WWE champ even if it’s for one night, this is the only guaranteed lock of the show.
Prediction: Seth Rollins