WWE Night of Champions 2012 Predictions
WWE Night of Champions is just over 24 hours away, and the TD Garden in Boston will see every title put on the line. Aside from that, Dolph Ziggler will take on Randy Orton.
Alberto Del Rio, John Cena, Kaitlyn, Kane and Daniel Bryan all go into the event as challengers. Will any of them bring home gold?
The Miz is forced to defend the Intercontinental title against three other men in a fatal four way, and United States champion Antonio Cesaro will have to wait and see who prevails in a 20-man battle royal for a shot at his belt.
Let's take a look at each match on the card:
Battle Royal/No.1 Contender for United States Title
There will be 20 superstars vying for a shot at the United States title, currently held by Antonio Cesaro, in an over-the-tope-rope battle royal. This match will air on the YouTube pre-show.
Based on what transpired on Friday Night Smackdown, expect to see both Brodus Clay and Tyson Kidd in the battle royal. Zack Ryder has also confirmed he will participate.
Aside from those three, you can expect to see your usual array of mid-carders, but I would definitely expect one of those three to be the last man standing.
Prediction: Zack Ryder
Divas Title: Kaitlyn vs. Layla
These two ladies are friends and have respect for one another, so expect to see a good, clean match.
Kaitlyn has been on a roll since winning a battle royal to earn this opportunity. She also picked up a clean win over Beth Phoenix on the most recent episode of Smackdown.
Regardless of who wins, they will likely go into a feud with Eve over the title. In fact, Eve would have made a nice addition to this match as a guest referee. Any chance she gets involved?
In the end, it seems premature to put the belt on Kaitlyn. She is growing as a performer but still has more to learn.
Prediction: Layla wins by pinfall following her kick to the head.
Tag Team Titles: Daniel Bryan and Kane vs. Kofi Kingston and R-Truth
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth have been able to defeat numerous tandems since winning the titles back in April. But WWE also has always enjoyed giving title runs to teams that don't get along (MVP and Matt Hardy, Steve Austin and Dude Love, John Cena and Batista, to name a few).
Kane and Bryan have been the subject of some ridiculous "anger management" classes as of late, and WWE is teasing that the two may be starting to "understand" one another.
If they can get along, there is no doubt that Bryan and Kane pose a serious threat to the titles. Kofi and Truth will defend their titles valiantly, but new champions will be crowned.
Prediction: Kane and Daniel Bryan win the titles after Kane pins R-Truth following a chokeslam.
United States Title: Zack Ryder vs. Antonio Cesaro
Since Zack Ryder was predicted to win the battle royal, he will be placed in this match, but I don't feel it matters who wins the battle royal, because Cesaro won't lose the title.
Cesaro is starting to find his niche with Aksana in his corner and even if his gimmick of saying a new word in five different languages is a little corny, he is a good worker in the ring.
WWE needs to continue the push they have given this newcomer so he can slide into a feud with a superstar higher on the pecking order.
Prediction: Cesaro wins by pinfall following the Neutralizer
Dolph Ziggler vs Randy Orton
This is a very intriguing match. Orton and Ziggler have had some great battles over the last few weeks, with both men picking up victories.
On one hand, Ziggler should pick up the victory because if he is going to carry around that Money in the Bank briefcase, he needs to be viewed as a credible threat to successfully cash it in. On the other hand, WWE is in a position where they have to keep Orton near the top of the card because they don't have too many superstars on his level right now.
Ziggler should win the match but the way WWE books things today, I'd expect it to go the other way.
Prediction: Orton wins by pinfall following an RKO.
Fatal 4 Way for Intercontinental Title
These four men have been intertwined in storylines in recent weeks, and it has all led to them all being thrown into a match together.
The Miz is at a distinct disadvantage due to the fact that a pinfall or submission can occur between any of the other three men and he can lose the title, unless it is made into an elimination match.
Cody Rhodes claims that the Intercontinental title still belongs to him, but he has been equally obsessed with exposing Sin Cara by removing his mask.
Sin Cara and Mysterio have made for an exciting tag team lately, but only one of them can win the title.
The Miz is a resourceful superstar. He just finds ways to win against all odds. That's what will happen in this match, too, as he'll retain the title.
Prediction: The Miz retains the title after pinning Mysterio following the Skull Crushing Finale.
World Title: Alberto Del Rio vs. Sheamus
The odds seem to be stacked against Sheamus, as Booker T has banned the Brogue Kick. But the company just seems reluctant to put the belt on Del Rio again. How many times have we seen this match?
If Del Rio loses, you'd have to assume that it will be his last chance, at least his last chance to take it from Sheamus.
But Sheamus has developed a new submission hold for his repertoire, one that he defeated Daniel Bryan with on Smackdown.
Prediction: Sheamus retains via submission with the Texas Cloverleaf. But after the match, Del Rio assaults Sheamus and Ziggler comes out, successfully cashing in Money in the Bank.
WWE Title: John Cena vs. CM Punk
CM Punk has continually talked about respect to the point that he is now demanding it. Despite the extremely unfortunate situation involving Jerry Lawler this past Monday casting a cloud over Raw, these two men closed the show with an amazing promo.
Cena has said he will give Punk the respect that he wants if he can defeat him in his hometown. He also says that Punk doesn't really know his own identity.
Punk has picked up huge wins over Cena on pay-per-view before, but this one would be massive for his career, and it's the right direction for WWE to go in.
Punk recently aligned himself with Paul Heyman and I'd expect Heyman to play a role in the decision here. That way, Punk hangs onto the title and Cena still says he has no respect for him based on the way he won it.
Prediction: CM Punk retains the title by pinfall following the GTS after interference from Paul Heyman.
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