WWE SummerSlam 2013: Superstars Who Must Rebound at Night of Champions
SummerSlam may be WWE's biggest party of the summer, but for some Superstars, it wasn't exactly the best night for them.
Not everyone can win their matches and walk out of a pay-per-view looking like gold. Sometimes, you're the person who needs to take the hit on this particular event.
However, this can't become a regular thing. Eventually, you have to make up for that.
Otherwise, your credibility will continue to decrease and you'll wind up going nowhere fast.
Who had a bad time at SummerSlam and needs to turn things around at Night of Champions? Let's take a look.
Despite holding half of the titles in WWE and being the biggest stable in the company today, The Shield had virtually no presence at SummerSlam.
Only one member of the trio wrestled and not only was it in a losing effort, but it was on the pre-show as well.
While Dean Ambrose did not drop the United States Championship, he certainly did not look like a million bucks by the end of the night, requiring Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins to interfere on his behalf.
The Hounds of Justice felt more like filler and less like the focal point that they should be.
Things have gone downhill for The Shield since winning their championships, and SummerSlam was without a doubt one of the worst nights they've had.
Being featured prominently on Raw the next night helps to counteract that to an extent, but it isn't enough to put them back on the right track.
Due to their status as titleholders, Night of Champions is a pay-per-view that they cannot afford to slack on.
A loss to Brock Lesnar is nothing that would derail someone's career, particularly if you're as popular as CM Punk.
Still, Punk could use a win at Night of Champions to put some momentum into whatever comes after for Battleground.
This storyline with Paul Heyman can't go on forever, especially if Lesnar is going to be taking time off from WWE for the next few months.
Punk needs his retribution to end this and move on to something else.
AJ Lee has found herself on the losing end of things quite often lately, whether it's a tag team match with Big E Langston or Layla or a singles match against Natalya.
Now that Night of Champions is coming up, AJ needs to show just exactly why she is the one holding the Divas Championship.
Without a legitimate win, she is going to start falling into the trap that many champions do in WWE, where they continually lose to their challengers and, in turn, devalue their title reign.
Moving on from Kaitlyn will be a step in the right direction, but a notch in the win column will be an even bigger one.
Before everyone jumps to conclusions, this in no way means Daniel Bryan needs to win back the WWE Championship or that he had a horrible SummerSlam.
In its most basic sense, this simply means that Bryan needs to rebound from his treatment at the hands of Triple H and Randy Orton.
He can do this by coming close to winning the WWE Championship in a match against Orton and really taking the fight to him, only to be screwed over and lose once more.
WWE has put Bryan in an odd position, where if it would have simply let him retain the title, his big push would continue.
Now that it took it away from him, the only way to salvage it is to make the story about him chasing the title and eventually coming out on top.
Such a storyline would be killed immediately if he were to win it at Night of Champions, so he cannot rebound to that full extent.
This is a tough predicament, but Bryan needs to be booked in some way to look stronger than he did before and still have somewhere to go from the event as the underdog.
Who else do you think has to rectify something that happened to them at SummerSlam?
Does Christian need to make up for his loss? Should Kane get back at Bray Wyatt?
Let us know your ideas in the comments below.
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