WWE Night of Champions: Reasons Why All 6 Titles Will Change Hands
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Tonight, WWE presents Night of Champions, the only pay-per-view that requires every champion to defend their title every year.
In the world of professional wrestling, few things get people talking more than a new champion. Whether the IWC is thankful that an up-and-comer is finally getting his reward, or whether they're tired of a veteran winning the title again, there are always strong opinions about who wears gold in the squared circle.
Imagine the amount of chatter it would create if every single WWE championship changed hands tonight!
I'm going to give reasons why each championship could very plausibly be around the waist of someone new by the end of the night.
US Championship: Antonio Cesaro vs. Winner of Pre-Show Battle Royal
The mere fact that they're having a Battle Royal to determine the challenger is reason enough to believe the title will change hands.
The U.S. Championship isn't a title that most superstars hold for very long. It's generally a stepping stone for someone on their way up, a way for the WWE to say to the WWE Universe, "Hey, pay attention this guy—he has serious potential.
Giving a guy a Battle Royal win only to lose to the champion doesn't do much for the challenger, and it makes the Battle Royal seem pointless.
Everyone recognizes that Cesaro will be a big-time player in the near future. He doesn't need a long U.S. Title reign to prove it.
Divas Championship: Layla vs. Kaitlyn
We all know it: Kaitlyn was never supposed to win the Battle Royal that earned her this title shot.
Eve's interaction with both of these divas as of late has been peculiar, to say the least. Something is up.
Layla's reign as Divas Champion has done nothing for her and nothing for the Divas division. It's time for someone else to take over.
Whether Kaitlyn manages to pull off the upset, or Eve manages to get herself involved somehow, there's good reason to believe that Layla won't leave Night of Champions with the Butterfly Belt around her waist.
WWE Tag Team Championship: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. Kane and Daniel Bryan
WWE has finally put some real effort into developing the WWE tag team division, and it looked like they were ready to move on from the current champions to one of the "tag team specialist" duos they are building, the Prime Time Players.
Then, WWE hit unexpected gold with the anger management segments featuring Daniel Bryan and Kane. And like WWE always does with an unexpected success, they are milking it for all it's worth.
It could be a lot of fun to see which of the upcoming tag teams could put things together enough to overcome a super-team like Bryan and Kane. That's at least one good reason the Tag Team Titles could be in the hands of the WWE's newest comedy duo.
Intercontinental Championship: The Miz, Cody Rhodes, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara
The numbers are enough to prove that there's a good reason to believe we'll have a new IC Champion tonight: as the commentators always remind us, Miz has a one-in-four chance of winning.
But perhaps the bigger reason to believe this could be the last night of The Miz as Intercontinental champion is that every other superstar in this match could benefit from taking the gold.
Sin Cara is the man in this match that needs a boost more than anyone else. Especially when you consider what the WWE hoped to get out of Sin Cara as opposed to what they have actually gotten. They need something to put him over the top. An IC Title run could very well be just what his career needs.
But perhaps they don't feel Sin Cara has quite earned it, although he's close. They could give the title to Rey, who could then eventually work a program with Sin Cara. We all know it's coming, and as Rey has to start deciding how to end his Hall of Fame career, he may want to pass the torch to Sin Cara by means of the IC Championship.
Cody Rhodes already had a very solid Intercontinental Title reign. It could put him up there as one of the best IC champs of all time. But no one could ever call him the all-time best. But if he were to get another solid reign so soon after his last, that could cement his IC legacy along those of the Honky Tonk Man, Mr. Perfect and Bret Hart. He'll be around for a while, no need to necessarily rush him to the main event.
So, there you have several reasons to believe The Miz will move on to something other than the top of the midcard.
World Heavyweight Championship: Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio
This feud has dragged out longer than almost anyone had hoped. This has to be the last match, right?
There hasn't been a new World or WWE champion since WrestleMania. That's a long time in the world of WWE. And I don't think anyone would have guessed this long of a reign for The Great White.
I can't figure out why WWE would put us through this match again if they didn't finally decide to take the belt off of the Irishman and put it on the Mexican aristocrat.
Unless, of course, Ziggler decides to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase.
Both good reasons to believe we're through with Sheamus as the holder of SmackDown's biggest title.
WWE Championship: CM Punk vs. John Cena
What WWE seems to be setting us up for is The Rock vs. CM Punk at the Royal Rumble, with The Rock defending against John Cena at WrestleMania 29.
Or maybe that's just what they want us to think.
If The Rock is coming back at the Royal Rumble, he's going to have a big-name opponent. Who could draw bigger for a WWE Championship match at the Royal Rumble than John Cena, for the inevitable WrestleMania rematch?
That would prevent us from having to waste the rematch at WrestleMania 29. That could be reason enough to expect a title change tonight.
Do I really believe all six titles will change hands? Of course not.
But I think each title does have a chance to move to a new champion tonight.
Which championships do you think will change hands? Who do you hope retains?