Predictions for WWE's Night of Champions pay-per-view

September 21, 2014|By Aaron Oster

Night of Champions has had a lackluster build, but the pay-per-view could end up directing the flow of the WWE for the next few months.

The WWE seems to always get in a bit of a rut after SummerSlam. They had so much geared up toward the big event, that they have a bit of a hangover in September or October. This year has been no different, as they have limped to this weekend’s pay-per-view, Night of Champions.

Once you throw Roman Reigns’ injury into the equation, which takes out one of the marquee matches in Reigns against Seth Rollins, and there has to be a lot of questions swirling around this show. Despite that, the card has some compelling matchups, and the results really will tell a lot about what the WWE intends on doing for the next few months.

Here are my thoughts and predictions for Night of Champions:

Rusev vs. Mark Henry

I’m going to end up saying this a lot in this column, but I’ve been disappointed by the build to this match. It seems like all the Rusev feuds so far have been, more or less, exactly the same, despite the fact that they seem like they should build somewhat. Until the very last segment on last week's Raw, Henry’s strength, in comparison to Rusev, was never brought up. That last segment was no different than almost any other segment involving Rusev, despite putting it in the main event slot. However, just like the matches with Swagger, I think this has the potential to be a good match. Henry has always done well with other “hosses” in big matches. This match, hypothetically, should be no different.

As for the result? I still don’t think it’s time for Rusev to lose cleanly. We’ve seen him lose by disqualification, but he has never been pinned. And Mark Henry doesn’t feel like the guy to do it. There’s a rumor that after John Cena is done with Brock Lesnar, he’s going to move on to a feud with Rusev. And a win by Rusev here helps set Rusev on that path.

Winner: Rusev

Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho

This match is frustrating, because if given proper build, these two have shown that they could put on a tremendous program. Instead, this entire match is built off Orton randomly attacking Jericho and then saying, “It’s the season premiere.” This match was hastily put together and feels like something that was only done to give Randy Orton a spot on the card, which, quite frankly, it probably was. So what could’ve been a pretty decent build with Jericho, who we know can carry a feud on the microphone, and Orton, who has worked well with Jericho in the past, is instead just turned into a match and nothing else. 

The one interesting thing about this match is that apparently Christian will host a special episode of “The Peep Show” in the preshow for Night of Champions, and Jericho will be his guest. Christian has worked preshow panels before, but he hasn’t wrestled a match or had any sort of main-show interactions since March, when he suffered a concussion. We’ll have to see why there’s the special episode of The Peep Show, but a build to one more match between Christian and Jericho wouldn’t be a bad thing at all, as their feud back in 2004 was one of the best of both wrestler’s carreers.

No matter what happens with that, I see Orton walking out of this show with a win. He badly needs a win, as he hasn’t had a high-profile win for quite a while. Jericho can absorb the loss, and then either take some time away from the company again, or move into a feud with Christian.

Winner: Randy Orton

Sheamus vs. Cesaro for the United States title

This match has spanned several months, which is actually pretty unusual for a mid-card WWE feud these days. The two have been dancing around each other almost constantly since Sheamus won the title at the beginning of May. And that’s a good thing. It’s actually a shame that despite having basically a four-month long feud, it’s gone largely overlooked by the WWE Universe. It’s not the fans’ fault though, as despite having some quality matches between the two, the feud just hasn’t clicked all that much, particularly when Paul Heyman was pulled away from Cesaro.

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