At WWE’s upcoming Night of Champions pay-per-view, expect one or two major titles to change hands.
The most likely one?
Eh, probably the Divas Championship.
Champion A.J. Lee has had a good reign since winning the belt at June’s Payback pay-per-view—and cut some incredible promos—but it’s time for someone new to have a turn.
At Night of Champions, Lee is scheduled to face Total Divas cast members Naomi, Brie Bella and Natalya in a Fatal 4-Way match. It wouldn’t be surprising if WWE made the call to give the title to one of the challengers in a bid to capitalize on the success of the reality show.
The most likely candidate is Natalya since she’s by far the best technical wrestler of the three and has become a fan favorite thanks to her newfound exposure. Allowing her to win the belt may be the thing that finally puts her on the map and allows her to become a top female star.
Judging by recent television, United States champion Dean Ambrose looks to be headed for a showdown with Dolph Ziggler. Again, don’t be too surprised if WWE makes the call to end Ambrose’s lackluster title run and give Ziggler the nod.
It would at least give Ziggler’s floundering career a small boost.
Of course, the biggest question mark seems to be regarding the Randy Orton/Daniel Bryan WWE title match.
Having only won the belt last month, you would expect the newly turned Orton to hang on to it for a significant amount of time, especially with WWE attempting to get Triple H's group over as wrestling’s newest power stable.
The message on TV is clear: These guys are going to be sticking around for a while.
But considering how badly WWE has been booking Bryan recently—he’s been left laid out on seven straight shows—you have to think he is winning the belt from Orton, after all.
Having been made to look so inept, Bryan desperately needs to get his heat back. How else is he going to regain his credibility?
Of course, it’s entirely possible, even probable, that WWE actually thinks it’s making Bryan a better face with this nonsensical booking and that Orton will walk out of the pay-per-view as WWE champion.
I’d like to rule it out but considering the disastrous job the company has done with smaller babyfaces in the past—Rey Mysterio’s terrible World title run in 2006 springs to mind—it seems a likely outcome.