WWE Summerslam 2013 Results: Rematches We Must See at Night of Champions
The violent, dramatic symphony that was WWE's SummerSlam had some fans calling for an encore.
In the case of two short matches on that card, Night of Champions 2013 will be our chance to revisit compelling feuds. Some of Sunday's stories are over, but a tale of a friendship imploding and one involving revenge against a snake have to continue on the next pay-per-view.
As good as Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk and John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan were, WWE can't revisit those battles on September 15.
Kane will be busy shooting See No Evil 2, so Bray Wyatt won't be facing him again just yet.
Rob Van Dam challenging Dean Ambrose again has great potential, but it appears that Mr. Monday Night is going after Alberto Del Rio. Van Dam and Ricardo Rodriguez joined forces on Monday's WWE Raw to attack the world champ.
That sure looks like WWE is having him move on from Ambrose to a showdown with Del Rio.
If that's the direction WWE goes, then Christian's chances of getting "one more match" are rather slim. What options are left? What songs from SummerSlam deserve to be played once more?
Let's begin with the most obvious one.
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton
WWE has a near-perfect fruit that awaits picking in the form of Bryan's feud with Randy Orton and, by extension, the McMahon family.
Orton and Triple H joined forces to conspire against Bryan's title reign only moments after it began. Bryan was celebrating his victory over Cena when a Pedigree and a pin left him without the WWE Championship.
Monday's WWE Raw followed that up by having Triple H praise Orton and embarrass Bryan.
This is a feud that can build on these two foes' past intensity and make it a story of the rebel going up against a set of dictatorial authority figures. WWE needs to have Bryan challenge Orton and fail for him to get close to reclaiming his title, only to have Triple H or one of the McMahons get in his way.
There's enough emotion and spark here to spread this feud over several pay-per-views, from Night of Champions to perhaps Hell in a Cell and beyond.
While Bryan's momentum remains white-hot, and while the hate for Orton is on an upward trajectory, WWE needs to have these two collide, make things more difficult for Bryan and then repeat the process.
Matt Hardy is not the only one to compare Bryan to Steve Austin, and with good reason.
Now the 5 star match having, ROH original, workhorse known as Daniel Bryan gets the chance to take on the Stone Cold role. GO GET EM BRYAN!— Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) August 20, 2013
WWE made full use of Austin's popularity over a decade ago by pitting him against a tyrant in Vince McMahon. The audience could connect with an individual taking on a corporation, as most people deal with that conflict in their own lives. McMahon will be present this time around as well, but judging by who took charge on Monday's Raw, Triple H will be in command.
A story this good that has two opponents with such chemistry is not something WWE can wait on.
Damien Sandow vs. Cody Rhodes
Having Rhodes move on from this rivalry between former tag team partners to contention for the World Heavyweight Championship would be a great move. Before Rhodes makes that climb, WWE would be wise to tap into his feud with Sandow once more.
Rhodes and Sandow only battled for just under seven minutes at SummerSlam.
The foes made the most of their time, but with as much effort as WWE has put into fanning the flames of hatred between these two, it feels too soon to move on from this story. The narrative hasn't had a chance to fully escalate.
Rhodes stole Sandow's Money in the Bank briefcase and hurled it into the Gulf of Mexico. Sandow attacked his former friend backstage. This felt like a rivalry that was bigger than a single pay-per-view match; it has the makings of a contender for the year's best feud if given enough time and attention.
In the time between now and Night of Champions, the violence can increase, the animosity can intensify and the stakes can soar higher.
Rhodes' victory over Sandow on Monday's Raw may drive the Intellectual Savior of the Masses to do some nasty deeds going forward.
Perhaps Rhodes goads Sandow into putting his coveted "Sandowized" briefcase on the line. He could say that Sandow is indeed the better man, he should have no problem in beating him. This is a fantastic opportunity for both rivals to fight in the spotlight and for Sandow to amp up his villainy.
Cheating his way to victory or beating down Rhodes after the match is won would help propel him along in his journey to becoming one of the company's top heels.
Like with Bryan and Orton, WWE has a feud teeming with sparks that needs another go-round.
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