Report: Top 5 Matches for WWE Night of Champions Revealed

Imaan JalaliFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2012

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Image courtesy of WWE

Since 2007, WWE has dedicated one night a year to ensuring that every championship is defended.

The event is Night of Champions, the next pay-per-view on the WWE calendar.

Because SummerSlam 2012 failed to live up to expectations, it will be up to the annual September extravaganza to make up for it.

At around $50 per pay-per-view, it behooves WWE to consistently schedule an array of matches that at least have the potential to deliver.

And for the most part, the company has done just that this year, as Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber, WrestleMania 28, Extreme Rules, Over the Limit and Money in the Bank have all been good-to-great events.

However, after the lukewarmly received SummerSlam, Night of Champions may not regain the favor of WWE viewers.

As a report by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter suggests (reported by, the leaked Night of Champions card looks recycled and uninspiring:

WWE Title Match: CM Punk vs. John Cena
World Heavyweight Title Match: Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio (officially confirmed on
WWE United States Title Match: Antonio Cesaro vs. Santino Marella
WWE Divas Title Match: Layla vs. Kaitlyn
Fatal Four-Way WWE Tag Titles Match: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. Jay and Jimmy Uso vs. Epico and Primo vs. The Prime Time Players

Concerns about the success of Night of Champions begin with the WWE title bout.

While John Cena and CM Punk are the biggest active stars currently in WWE, they've wrestled on countless occasions before. Not to mention, what are the odds of the two topping their classic at Money in the Bank 2011?

Sheamus vs. Del Rio is the feud that seemingly never ends. Worst of all, none of the contests up to this point have been particularly thrilling.

Cesaro vs. Marella was presented to the WWE Universe free of charge via YouTube and Facebook prior to SummerSlam. Fans are now expected to pay for it this time around?

As for the divas and tag title matches, when was the last time either division mattered or produced a memorable match?

Assuming the reported card comes to fruition, even the most loyal of WWE pay-per-view devotees would be better off skipping Night of Champions.

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