WWE Night of Champions 2013: Undercard Matches That Would Steal the Spotlight

Anthony MangoFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2013

WWE Night of Champions 2013: Undercard Matches That Would Steal the Spotlight

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    Every WWE pay-per-view is naturally structured so the primary focal points are the main events. After all, these are the so-called "money matches," so it only makes sense.

    But that does not mean the rest of the card cannot get a chance to shine as well.

    In fact, the undercard is frequently better on a pay-per-view like Night of Champions than it is on other events due to the inclusion of every title being defended.

    On many pay-per-views, the United States Championship or Intercontinental Championship might fall by the wayside, or a Divas title defense might be nothing but an afterthought. But Night of Champions tends to relish the opportunity to showcase talent.

    Many talented wrestlers, despite not being in contention for the World Heavyweight Championship or the WWE Championship, can find ways to steal the show at this upcoming event.

    Which potential matches could pack this show with a lot of punch? Let's take a look.

CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman

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    CM Punk and Curtis Axel have an opportunity to do something different in their match that we won't see from any other bout on the card.

    Rather than booking this match as an Intercontinental Championship defense—probably to avoid having Axel drop it—WWE has booked it as a handicap elimination match.

    Better yet, the stipulation surrounds the idea that Paul Heyman could finally get his comeuppance from Punk, which fans have been waiting to see for quite some time now.

    In one sense, unfamiliarity is helping this match. It benefits simply from being the oddball on the show, which should spice things up in the middle of nowhere.

    But it also features something very familiar: the quality of Punk's work, particularly when Heyman is involved.

    Axel is going to want to make the best of this high-profile match. Heyman will get the crowd riled up, and Punk will knock it out of the ballpark.

    It may not end up being a candidate for Match of the Year, but it assuredly will be one of the highlights of the night.

Dean Ambrose's United States Championship Defense

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    In a way, it doesn't even matter against whom Dean Ambrose defends his championship.

    After being left off the SummerSlam card and relegated to merely the pre-show, Ambrose and the rest of The Shield should have something to prove.

    Additionally, the stable has been injected with adrenaline now that it has partnered with Triple H's establishment.

    This comes at the perfect time, as The Shield was starting to fall a bit and lose some steam.

    Although it appeared at one point that Rob Van Dam would get a rematch against Ambrose, that no longer seems to be the case.

    Instead, we may end up getting Dolph Ziggler as the challenger, which is a massive upgrade for some people—myself included.

    With the stable's renewed vigor, this match has a good shot to be one of the better ones if it is booked to have enough time to feature its talent.

Divas Championship: AJ Lee vs. Natalya

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    AJ Lee's promo on this week's Raw was a fantastic way to start off whatever feud she winds up being cast in for Night of Champions.

    Since Total Divas is a priority, it makes sense for WWE to use one of the stars of that show to challenge Lee.

    More than likely, it will be Natalya. It's more natural for a babyface to go up against a heel champion, and the other faces just don't pack quite the same punch.

    A match against Cameron, Jojo or Naomi could be in the works, but the smart bet is on the match being AJ Lee vs. Natalya.

    If that happens, it could be one of the best Divas matches of the year.

    On the current roster, no other women have as much potential to steal the show as those two do when they are paired up.

    When you consider their tenacious, hardworking mentalities and their love for wrestling, AJ and Natalya could very well shut up the naysayers of the Divas division.

    What other matches would you like to see added to the card that could possibly steal the show?

    Tell us your booking ideas and predictions in the comments below.

    Anthony Mango is the owner-operator of the wrestling website Smark Out Moment as well as the host of its YouTube podcast show Smack Talk. You can follow him on Facebook and elsewhere for more.