With the 2012 edition of WWE’s Night of Champions pay-per-view scheduled for Sunday night, the excitement over the one of the company’s biggest events is reaching a fever pitch.
The company hasn’t put as much build into this show as they should have, but the excellent go-home edition of Raw has built this as one of the biggest title matches in WWE history.
If you can’t watch it on PPV, there is always the WWE’s live stream to make sure you don’t miss any of the action.
Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
When: Sunday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. ET (pre-show at 7:30 p.m. ET)
Live Stream: WWE.com ($44.95)
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Alberto Del Rio
After months of building the feud between Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio, the WWE will finally give the Mexican Aristocrat his due and let him win the world heavyweight championship at Night of Champions.
The WWE has never made Del Rio look stronger than they have over the last month, and the inability to use the brogue kick by Sheamus has shifted the balance of power; Del Rio could actually win.
If there was ever a time that the WWE would let Del Rio go over and win the title, it would be at a secondary PPV far enough from WrestleMania that Sheamus could get it back easily.
While I am predicting that Dolph Ziggler will lose his match against Randy Orton earlier in the night, Ziggler will cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Alberto Del Rio and become the new world heavyweight champion.
After a hard-fought match between Sheamus and Del Rio, the Mexican superstar will finally win the gold. As he is celebrating, Ziggler will hit the ring and cash in his briefcase to win the title from the newly crowned Del Rio.
In this scenario, every WWE superstar involved would come out of this event looking strong, and the storylines would write themselves. The hope either way is that the one-on-one feud between Sheamus and Del Rio is over.
As much as Raw became about the dire situation for Jerry “The King” Lawler, the ending promo between John Cena and CM Punk is the kind of talk that makes every fan want to buy a PPV.
Now that Punk has his heel persona in order and his accomplice conspiring with him—none other than Paul Heyman—the match at Night of Champions is exactly what fans wanted for this feud when they gave it to us last year.
With a huge win over Cena, Punk would be the dominant heel in the company and a viable option as the WWE's No. 1 guy if needed.
If the plan is to have Punk face The Rock at the Royal Rumble, they better make the current WWE Champion look strong at night of Champions.
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