Predictions for every match at WWE's Night of Champions

September 14, 2012

One night a year, it's a guarantee that every championship in WWE will be defended.

At Night of Champions, seven men and women will put their gold on the line against a barrage of challengers. Some are looking to settle a score; others are simply seeking opportunity.

Ring Posts' Arda Ocal and Adam Testa take a match-by-match look at this Sunday's pay-per-view in Boston. Here is what they have to say:  

Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler

Arda: This match is a blessing for many reasons. Because he is occupied with an opponent, Dolph Ziggler doesn't tease cashing in the MITB briefcase every week. Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler put on great matches, and Dolph gets a main event-level rivalry hot off the heels of defeating Chris Jericho on Raw. It's a win-win situation that keeps the briefcase holder relevant and gives Orton some fresh blood to help elevate. No matter the outcome, Ziggler looks like a star. I wouldn't mind if this one continued past the PPV.

Prediction: Undecided

Adam: This is the rubber match of sorts of Ziggler and Orton's recent series, and I for one hope that the brash, young star puts away the Legend Killer. There was a time when Orton was the rising hot-shot, taking down stars of the past and climbing the ranks. This is a chance for Orton to pass the buck and give the rub to another star in similar position. Ziggler has proved himself a star, even though he hasn't exactly had a stellar win-loss record. A win here is more meaningful for Ziggler than Orton, especially with what I hope to see later in the evening.

Prediction: Dolph Ziggler

United States Championship

Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. TBD

Arda: The battle royal on the pre-show is an interesting concept that I enjoy, much like when Christian won Intercontinental gold from Cody Rhodes. I predict a mid-level babyface gets the win, but Cesaro retains by crook. I'd like to see Cesaro defend the gold more instead of being pinned by a tag-team champion on TV.

Prediction: Antonio Cesaro

Adam: TBD has proven himself a serious competitor in recent weeks, so Cesaro's title reign may be in trouble. In all seriousness, this is an opportunity for the champ to pick up a big win on pay-per-view. If Santino Marella (or the Cobra, for that matter) wins the pre-show battle royal, I will be extremely disappointed. I'd like to see a recently absent Christian return and pick up the win, to play off his similar situation earlier this year with Cody Rhodes.

Prediction: Antonio Cesaro

Intercontinental Championship

The Miz (c) vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Sin Cara vs. Cody Rhodes

Arda: This is a peculiar situation given the fact that Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara have been teaming in recent weeks. Perhaps the fact that Daniel Bryan and Kane are the challengers' focus in the tag division, this frees up the luchador pair to be interjected into the IC title picture. I see this match as nothing more than what it is -- an entertaining four-way matchup, likely with Miz retaining the gold. I hope Rey and Sin Cara don't tease a split-up already. I'd like them to challenge in the tag division before we see a singles match between the two that could do big business.

Prediction: The Miz

Adam: The champion is pretty much the odd man out in this contest, as Rhodes has been in a feud with Sin Cara and, by proxy, Rey Mysterio. I'd be willing to bet their story will play at the center of this match, as Rhodes tries to unmask one of the luchadors. That will probably allow The Miz to sneak in and steal the win. I, too, hope Mysterio and Cara work as a team and don't show dissension in the ranks already. They would be good foils for the soon-to-be new tag team champions.

Prediction: The Miz

Divas Championship

Layla (c) vs. Kaitlyn

Arda: Another match I'm unfortunately not really looking forward to, because the focus recently has been on Eve as opposed to the champion and challenger. With Eve as the focus, at this point, I wouldn't be surprised if somehow she managed to find her way in the match and win the title.

Prediction: Eve

Adam: I, too, have considered Eve sneaking her way into this match, but I don't see that happening. I think it's unfortunate that Kaitlyn's opportunity has been overshadowed by the "Stars Earn Stripes" victor, as this was a chance to establish a new diva, but Eve is one of the top in the division, in my opinion. I think Layla will retain here and go on to have a rivalry with Eve -- and perhaps Layla will embrace her bad side once again.

Prediction: Layla

Tag Team Championship

Kofi Kingston and R-Truth (c) vs. Daniel Bryan and Kane

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