WWE Night of Champions 2012: 7 Additional Matches We Need Added Now
WWE Night of Champions 2012 is less than two weeks away, and there's still only three matches on the card. There will likely only be a maximum of eight matches, leaving plenty of room for numerous bouts to be added.
Night of Champions is the one pay-per-view where it's guaranteed that all the titles will be on the line (as they should every PPV).
On Sept. 16, the WWE Universe will see CM Punk defend his WWE Championship against John Cena. Sheamus will attempt to fend off Alberto Del Rio for the 32nd (exaggeration) time, and Kaitlyn hopes to beat Layla for the Divas Championship.
And so far, that's it.
There are plenty of quality feuds going on right now. Each need proper build and a PPV platform.
Unfortunately, if the feud isn't for a title, it may be put on the back burner.
There are six championships. After each are battled for, there should be room for one more match, maybe two.
Here's a look ahead at the matches that absolutely need to be featured at Night of Champions 2012.
Pre-Show: Ryback and Brodus Clay vs. Jinder Mahal and Damien Sandow
I know, it's a travesty to not have Damien Sandow on the main card. But he's feuding with Brodus Clay, and Clay is not worth the main card.
These two—like Jinder Mahal and Ryback—have fought to the same result three times.
A tag-team match would keep things going and change things up at the same time.
Zack Ryder vs. Antonio Cesaro
Antonio Cesaro won the United States Championship from Santino Marella on the SummerSlam pre-show. Since then, Marella has had two rematches and has failed at regaining the belt both times.
It's a bold statement to say "no one" is enjoying this feud, but I'm willing to make it.
This feud is awful.
Cesaro needs a serious opponent, and Zack Ryder is in a great spot to challenge.
Ryder made the U.S. title worth watching when he held it nearly one year ago. He's also building momentum, having won his last two matches featured on Monday Night Raw.
With little time left, it'd be difficult to build this match.
However, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world to have interferences from Heath Slater (on behalf of Cesaro) and Marella (on behalf of Ryder).
The United States title would be on the line, Cesaro has a better challenger and the interferences would enhance these feuds.
R-Truth and Kofi Kingston vs. Prime Time Players vs. Epico and Primo
On the Aug. 24 episode of SmackDown, Kofi Kingston told Matt Striker that he and R-Truth were "willing to take on all comers."
Naturally, this sparked a fight which included the Prime Time Players, the Usos, Epico and Primo and Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd.
Now, it'd be awesome to see all five teams square off.
Unfortunately, that doesn't seem fair to the champions. Also, Gabriel and Kidd haven't built themselves up as a tag team on screen enough yet to deserve a title shot. They did recently lose to PTP, knocking them out of the equation.
The Usos haven't done a whole lot of anything lately either.
Darren Young and Titus O'Neil are the most deserving, but they've had many chances already. But the same can be said for Epico and Primo.
If Kingston and Truth can beat both teams over and over, it's time they beat both teams at the same time.
The Miz vs. Jack Swagger
Wait, what? Hear me out.
The Miz is the Intercontinental champion and a mighty fine one at that.
Just having him hold the belt lends a bit of prestige to it. But he'll need to put it on the line, and it will need to be against someone worthy.
The Christian angle seems to be dead.
The Rey Mysterio match was a good one, but Mysterio seems to be all over the place right now, especially with him in the thick of the Sin Cara and Cody Rhodes feud.
Insert Jack Swagger.
We just saw Swagger storm out of Monday Night Raw. General manager AJ Lee all but begged Swagger to say, crying "everyone is leaving her."
Swagger claims he's better than what has been portrayed, and AJ is fearful of having more superstars leave her.
It would be so easy to have AJ hand Swagger a title match at Night of Champions.
It makes sense on many fronts.
Both Swagger and The Miz are former champions. They're both Money in the Bank winners. Best of all, they'd put on a great match.
Ultimately, the Miz needs someone.
An open challenge met by a returning Mark Henry would be a pretty splendid option too.
Cody Rhodes vs. Sin Cara with a Stipulation
Surprisingly, Cody Rhodes and Sin Cara have put together a decent feud.
The recent tag-team match of Rhodes and Lord Tensai vs. Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio was nicely done and provided a little punch to the original singles matches.
Should they do it again at Night of Champions? No.
Tensai was a nice filler, but he really doesn't have a solid place in this. It also feels right to have Mysterio stand to the side and let this play out.
But it can't just be Rhodes vs. Sin Cara again. It needs more "oomph."
The idea of humiliating Rhodes by forcing a mask on him seems odd and not all that embarrassing. So a mask vs. mask match in which Rhodes puts on a mask if he loses and Sin Cara is unmasked if he loses is out.
Besides, we all know Sin Cara would win.
The outcome has to be more impacting on Rhodes. Maybe he has to wear Goldust paint for the rest of 2012.
Having Rhodes win would help him out, and Mysterio could always come to Sin Cara's rescue in the end, setting up a Rhodes vs. Mysterio feud.
It would keep the Rhodes-mask torture thing going too.
Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
You figure, this match has to happen.
Anger management is over, they've hugged it out, yet they still have issues.
The only way to solve them is to fight it out.
Waiting until Hell in a Cell might be a wiser choice (can you imagine?), but these two need to battle it out, and it needs to be soon.
Kane and Daniel Bryan have quality chemistry. WWE needs to capture it at its full potential.
Here's the hypothetical fallout too:
Kane wins at Night of Champions causing Bryan to absolutely lose it. He goes through such an epic meltdown, that he immediately challenges Kane to a Hell in a Cell match.
Of course, Kane accepts.
Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler
First and foremost, the feud between Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler needs to continue. It's been awesome.
Furthermore, for those keeping track, they've split decisions so far. Each has gained a victory over the other.
The tiebreaker needs to be at Night of Champions.
It wouldn't hurt to make it more interesting with some kind of stipulation, but these two have such potential that it's almost unnecessary to add anything. It could be as simple as this: The winner is the automatic, undisputed No. 1 contender to Sheamus' World Heavyweight Championship at Hell in a Cell.
If Ziggler wins, Orton could always re-enter the feud later, and we could see a Triple Threat, Hell in a Cell match next month.
Better yet, Orton could win, and Ziggler could announce he's cashing in at Hell in a Cell and make it a Triple Threat match anyway.
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