SummerSlam delivered some memorable moments, new champions and a few great matches. With the biggest event of the summer now in our rearview mirror, it's time to start looking forward to Night of Champions.
SS saw Paige, Dolph Ziggler and Brock Lesnar take home the Divas, intercontinental and WWE World Heavyweight titles, respectively.
We also saw Stephanie McMahon and Seth Rollins win very personal grudge matches against Brie Bella and Dean Ambrose. The Billion Dollar Baroness (not sure if that nickname will stick) looked better than expected, but it was Rollins and Dean Ambrose who delivered the most exciting performances.
With Lesnar now on top of the WWE ladder, it leaves a lot of questions up in the air. How long will he be champion? How often will he appear? And most importantly, who will be the man who takes the title from him?
Monday's Raw was a big indicator of which feuds will continue through to NOC and which storylines have come to a close.
John Cena and Brock Lesnar
It's pretty obvious that this feud has not run its course for several reasons, the most obvious being that Cena gets a guaranteed rematch.
Cena is scheduled for next week's Raw to address his loss to Lesnar at SummerSlam. We will likely see him come out and talk about how he was beaten worse than he has ever been beaten before.
Then he will talk about how he plans to take the title back at Night of Champions. It's a template storyline, but it's one that will work simply because Cena and Lesnar can make a big feud with little to no originality seem fresh.
Lesnar is a very polarizing figure. He acts like a heel and gets cheered like a hero. With Paul Heyman by his side, there is almost nothing these two cannot make entertaining.
Night of Champions is the best place for Cena to get his rematch so Lesnar can beat him again and move on to new challengers.
Brie Bella and The Authority
SummerSlam featured the most predictable heel turn in history, but it was still fun to watch Nikki Bella lay out her sister and finally go over to the dark side.
Nikki had been taking the brunt of McMahon's anger toward Brie in recent months with handicap matches and random attacks from other Divas.
Once she turned on Brie and helped McMahon secure the win at SS, Nikki told Brie the following night that she always felt like she was in her shadow before slapping her hard enough to loosen some fillings.
Brie left in tears, but the crying will only last so long. Next week, we will see Brie and Nikki have some kind of confrontation, leading to a match at NOC.
Other than a short feud during their first WWE run, this will be the first time the sisters have been on opposite sides of the ring. Both women have improved a lot in very different ways over the past two years.
Brie has become more technically sound, but Nikki chose to focus on strength. They won't produce a candidate for match of the year, but the level of personal animosity should be enough to drive the storyline.
Miz and Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler won the IC title from Miz at SummerSlam in a very entertaining match and then retained in the rematch the following night on Raw due to being counted out.
Miz attacked Ziggler after the bout was over, but Ziggler got the best of him in the end by hitting a Zig Zag. Even though Miz has officially had his one guaranteed rematch, this feud seems far from over.
Miz is being booked well as the vein and cocky heel, and WWE probably wants to capitalize on his upcoming movie release, even if it is a straight-to-DVD release.
Miz is going to come out next week and claim he was screwed out of his title shot because Ziggler got himself counted out on purpose, even though that's not what happened at all.
Because Ziggler is a babyface who won't back down, he will accept Miz's challenge, and we will see the two have another title match at NOC.
Paige and AJ Lee
Paige surprised a lot of people by defeating AJ Lee and winning her second Divas Championship. The 22-year-old Paige definitely still has to worry about Lee, especially after what we saw on Monday night.
While Paige was taking on Natalya, Lee came out and provided enough of a distraction to allow Nattie to roll up Paige for a quick win.
Natalya may end up being integrated into this feud to freshen it up, but the real animosity is between the current and former champs.
If you add in Natalya, you have three of the most gifted wrestlers on the Divas roster in one match. It would be a lot of pressure on all three women to meet and exceed expectations, but they can and will handle it just fine.
Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt
Wyatt defeated Jericho at SummerSlam, evening up their record at one win each. The rubber match is going to happen at NOC, and it is going to be brutal.
Wyatt wrestles a very physical style, while Jericho relies on technical ability and exciting maneuvers. These two had a pretty good match at SummerSlam, but there's no doubt that they will step it up for what will likely be their final encounter.
This is the kind of feud that is tailor-made for Wyatt. Jericho represents the flashy lifestyle that Wyatt has been preaching against since he first debuted in WWE, making him the perfect opponent for the maniacal Wyatt.
Night of Champions looks like it will feature many rematches from SummerSlam based on what we saw on Raw, but that is not such a bad thing.
Many of the bouts from SummerSlam were very entertaining, and some of them exceeded the most optimistic expectations. Hopefully, Night of Champions is just as enjoyable.
Which feud would you like to see carry over to Night of Champions?
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