WWE Night of Champions 2012: Non-Title Matches We'd Like to See at Upcoming PPV
WWE's September pay-per-view may be called Night of Champions, but that doesn't mean that every match has to have a title on the line. In fact, last year's main event was CM Punk vs. Triple H, and there wasn't a title to speak of. That means we're likely to see some non-title matches this year as well.
None have been announced with the event still a couple weeks away, so all we can do is speculate at this point. The WWE has been developing a few mid-card feuds that aren't focused on a championship necessarily, meaning there should be plenty of options moving forward.
Here are three non-title matches that we would like to see added to the Night of Champions card in the coming weeks.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Randy Orton
Which non-title match do you most want to see at Night of Champions?
As the holder of the Money in the Bank contract, Dolph Ziggler desperately needs to be involved in meaningful mid-card feuds so that he is credible when it comes time to cash in on the World Heavyweight Champion. He had a great feud with Chris Jericho, and although I didn't like the way he was booked to lose at SummerSlam only to win the next night, it did help to keep him relevant.
Seeing as Ziggler has had a couple run ins with Randy Orton recently and is scheduled to face him on SmackDown, that would be a logical storyline for Ziggler to enter. Ziggler has to beat established guys in order to be a believable champion when the opportunity presents itself, and beating Orton would be huge for him.
Orton has been a world champion on multiple occasions and is one of the most popular superstars in the entire company, so beating him at a PPV would be absolutely huge for Ziggler. To make things even a little more interesting, I would have Ziggler put his Money in the Bank contract on the line again in order to make his win seem even more important.
Cody Rhodes vs. Sin Cara
While I haven't been a huge fan of the feud between Cody Rhodes and Sin Cara thus far, I have to give the WWE credit for trying to build a mid-card angle and trying to give a couple of talented competitors something to do. Rather than just having Rhodes try to unmask Sin Cara each and every show, though, I would like to see some sort of resolution or progress at the very least.
I would put Rhodes and Sin Cara against each other in a mask vs. mask match. If Sin Cara loses, then he must stop wearing his mask, but if Rhodes loses then he must begin wearing his clear, protective mask again.
I didn't love Rhodes' grotesque gimmick, but at least it set him apart, whereas now he doesn't currently have any type of discernible gimmick that makes him special.
Rhodes clearly needs a career spark and putting the mask back on may be just what the doctor ordered. Unless Sin Cara is on the outs and on his way out of the company, I certainly wouldn't have him lose his mask. The whole concept of a faceless wrestler is the thing that allows him to be over with the crowd in the first place, so Rhodes would have to lose this match.
Damien Sandow vs. Brodus Clay
Like Cody Rhodes vs. Sin Cara, the Damien Sandow vs. Brodus Clay feud hasn't been anything to write home about, but at least two up-and-comers are involved in something. Clay has lost a lot of his steam since losing to Big Show a while back, but Sandow is one of the fastest risers in the company and he would really benefit from a PPV match against The Funkasaurus.
A feud can only be so successful without a PPV blow off, so these guys really need to compete at Night of Champions, even if it is only the pre-show match.
Sandow has only been around for a couple months, but he has received rave reviews for his entertaining elitist character and it feels like he is ready to get involved in something a little more substantial.
He must first dispatch of Clay, however, and Night of Champions would be the proper platform to do it on. It wouldn't be a great technical match or anything to that effect, but it's something that needs to be done in order for Sandow to move up the ladder. The next step for him may be a mid-card title and the main event probably won't be far behind.
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