WWE Night of Champions: Burning Questions and Projections

Andy Soucek@Andy_SoucekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 15, 2012

WWE Night of Champions: Burning Questions and Projections

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    I am putting my 5-3 career match guessing record on the line (I knew I should have gone with Cesaro last month!) as we look at WWE’s Night of Champions.

    Every WWE belt will be defended in this once in a lifetime show.

    Sadly, the European Title, the Hardcore Title, the Million Dollar Belt and the FTW belt won’t be defended. Sources are unclear if Lance Storm’s Saskatchewan Hardcore International Title or the 100 Kilos and Under Championship will be defended on the show or not.

    You’ll have to pay $60 to find out!

    As an aside, I wish Night of Champions was one of the biggest Pay-Per-Views of the year. I mean, ideally wrestling should be built around the titles, so having every title on the show should be a big deal. But who am I to judge?

    Unfortunately, only two titles in the entire company seem to have any value. Two matches on a pay-per-view just isn’t enough, though. That’s why we get six!

    With that all said, here are the burning questions and projections for WWE’s Night of Champions.

Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler

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    Burning Question

    With Randy Orton getting the best of Dolph their last three meetings, what exactly is the point of this match?

     

    Match Outlook

    Fun fact: Dolph Ziggler is 2-7 in his last nine pay-per-view matches! His last singles win at a pay-per-view was at Survivor Series in November against the departing John Morrison.

    It’s only been 10 months, maybe he’s due for a win?

    Actually, it's too bad that these two are facing each other. Yes, it should be a good match, but both could use the win.

     

    Projection

    Orton (80 percent confidence). Randy Orton has gotten the better of Ziggler nearly every step of the way in this feud, so that may be Ziggler's one saving grace for the match outcome.

    Basically, though, Ziggler always seems to lose, and Orton almost always wins. So I’ll take the safe bet and say after a 15-minute match, Orton puts away Dolph cleanly with an RKO.

Kane and Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi and R-Truth

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    Burning Question

    Will Kane and Daniel Bryan become the most unlikely tag champs since Kane and The Hurricane? Or Kane and Rob Van Dam? Or Kane and X-Pac?

     

    Match Outlook

    Poor Prime Time Players. They didn’t get their title shot because they annoyed AJ?

    But they’d bring millions of dollars of revenue to the show. Well, maybe dozens of dollars? I'm assuming at least a couple of their family members would order the show because they were on.

    WWE seems to really be rushing a Kane and Bryan title shot, but maybe they’re reasoning is to strike while the iron is hot. Expect to see Kane and Bryan tease brawling with each other a few times before finally getting their act together.

     

    Projection

    Bryan and Kane (85 percent confidence). I expect to see WWE go all the way with this team. They’re arguably the most over wrestlers in the entire company.

The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes. vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Sin Cara

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    Burning Question

    Remember when the Godfather had the Intercontinental title? That was like Randy Savage's run compared to The Miz's.

     

    Match Outlook

    Miz may actually be the most pathetic Intercontinental champion in WWE History.

    He's lost four non-title matches so far in his short run. Why he still has the title at this point is a bit of a mystery.

    At Night of Champions, the belt is on the line. It should be a good match, and it will be interesting to see if Sin Cara and Mysterio have a go at it.

     

    Projection

    The Miz (50 percent confidence). WWE keeps the title on Miz for no particular reason, and he continues to get pinned every week anyway.

    The only way that Sin Cara takes the title is if Rey Mysterio somehow starts to turn heel on him. Cody Rhodes would be my second pick. Whichever way you look at it, whoever wins will probably lose the title within the next two months anyway. Just trying to be realistic here!

Layla vs. Kaitlyn

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    Burning Question

    What percent of WWE fans will use this match as a bathroom break?

     

    Match Outlook

    Not since Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior faced off at WrestleMania 6 have we had two such dominant babyfaces going head to head.

    The atmosphere will be electrifying and the crowd will be split right down the middle.

    Anything could happen in this match. Will Layla pass the torch to the star in the making, Kaitlyn? Will Kaitlyn be able to press slam Layla above her head? Will Kaitlyn botch more or less than five spots?

    The only way to find out is spend $60!

     

    Projection

    Layla (90 percent confidence). Layla heels it up a bit and resorts to some form of chicanery or tomfoolery, or perhaps a combination of both to pin Kaitlyn.

Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio

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    Burning Question

    How many more times do we need to see this match? No, seriously.

     

    Match Outlook

    Sheamus can’t use the Brogue kick in this match. This seems like it would be trouble except he’s won his last four matches using a Texas Cloverleaf.

    So basically, I’m not sure I get the point of the entire angle.

    At some point in the match, it will look like Sheamus is about to use the brogue kick. He decides not to do it, and locks in the cloverleaf in the middle of the ring. Del Rio taps and hopefully this feud ends.

     

    Projection

    Sheamus (75 percent confidence). Sheamus is John Cena 2.0, so expect him to smile, overcome the odds, and play to the crowd. Meanwhile, he will alienate even more teenage and adult male fans in the process.

John Cena vs. CM Punk (with Paul Heyman?)

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    Burning Question

    Can WWE bear to have John Cena go another month without the title?

     

    Match Outlook

    It's hard to recall the final go home hype between these two from Raw. After what happened with Jerry Lawler, it was hard to focus. It was just bizarre watching wrestlers trying to act again when something horrible had just happened in real life.

    It's a shame too, as Punk and Cena had an intense encounter that could have been a great final sales pitch for the show.

    The match should be a good one though. There's a variety of ways they can go with this, and Paul Heyman is likely to play out in the finish.

     

    Projection

    CM Punk (65 percent confidence). My guess is that CM Punk holds onto the title until Royal Rumble, and loses to the Rock. Later that night John Cena wins the Rumble and faces Rock at WrestleMania 29 with the title on the line.