WWE Night of Champions 2012: Power Ranking Matches Based on Potential Excitement
Night of Champions isn't considered a major pay-per-view on the WWE's schedule, and that is a little weird considering it is the only night where all titles are on the line.
The great thing about professional wrestling is that the powers that be can change things like this. By simply by emphasizing the event's importance, and backing it up with action and drama, Night of Champions could and should be a major event.
This year's card is fairly solid at fist glance.
There is really only one match that seems like an opportunity for a bathroom break.
Here are the scheduled matches ranked from potentially least exciting to possible classic.
WWE Divas Championship: Layla (c) vs. Kaitlyn
I hate to downgrade a match featuring two of the sexiest WWE Divas on the roster, but this one will probably be terrible. For all of Kaitlyn's voluptuous appeal, she is still quite sloppy in the ring.
Layla is smoking hot, and the better technical wrestler, but she isn't strong enough to carry Kaitlyn in this one.
This will be the worst match of the night.
Prediction: Layla retains the title
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Sheamus (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio
This feud has gone on too long.
I think the banning of the Brogue Kick gave it a little more life, but I still don't really care who wins. Sheamus is trying to improve in the ring, but I don't think he and ADR will make for a great match technically.
The only hope is the storytelling aspect, and Sheamus doesn't really excel in that area either.
The sole intrigue here is in seeing what finisher Sheamus will use if he wins. That's a pretty empty payoff in my opinion.
Prediction: Sheamus by Texas Cloverleaf
United States Championship: Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. ???
Cesaro has talent, but we haven't seen him in a match where he could show all of his potential.
Matched up against Santino, he had to adhere to the requisite comedy portion of the program, and that may be a little out of his scope.
Hopefully the winner of the pre-show Battle Royal will be a superstar that matches up well with him.
Because we don't know who that is, I'll put this match here in the rankings.
Prediction: Cesaro beats whoever wins the Battle Royal
Pre-Show Battle Royal to Name No. 1 Contender To Antonio Cesario
I may be a little biased because I love Battle Royals, even when they are stocked with mid-carders.
I placed this match above the actual title match because it features more stars (obviously), and because of the intrigue in uncovering who will receive the push.
There are a lot of young superstars and veterans who have slipped from their perch, or have never received a real push. The winner of this Battle Royal should be a person we haven't seen on a major stage in a while.
Prediction: None yet
Intercontinental Championship: Sin Cara vs. the Miz (c) vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes
You may not see a ton of compelling drama, but from a raw action standpoint, this could be epic. It is a nice balance of high-flyers and technical wrestlers.
Mysterio and Sin Cara aren't going to give you much from the storytelling aspect, but Miz and Rhodes can carry that aspect.
The latter two aren't too shabby in the ring either.
Prediction: The Miz retains his title
WWE Tag Team Championship: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth (c) vs. Daniel Bryan and Kane
This is where the event should get interesting. There are a few possible storylines in this one. Will Kofi and R-Truth split, which seems like an inevitable occurrence? What drama/comedy act will Kane and Bryan put on for the fans?
Oh, and who will actually win the match and the titles? This is a new and fresh angle, and it could be spectacular in the ring, and from a drama standpoint.
Prediction: Kane and Bryan win the titles, R-Truth and Kofi split up
Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler
From an in-ring action standpoint alone, this could be the main event. This is going to be an awesomely worked match. Two of the best technicians and showmen in the WWE, and it almost doesn't matter that there is no title on the line.
This has potential classic written all over it.
Prediction: Dolph Ziggler wins
WWE Championship: CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena
Beyond it being touted as the main event, and beyond John Cena being involved, this match really should be quite good.
Despite the hate Cena receives, he is solid in the ring, good on the mic and tells a story in the ring as well as anyone. Punk is all those things as well.
Throw in the Paul Heyman factor, and even the slightest chance that we'll see Brock Lesnar, and the potential for this match goes through the roof.
Prediction: CM Punk retains the title