WWE Night of Champions 2014: Superstars Who Will Shine Under PPV Spotlight

Erik Beaston@@ErikBeastonFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2014

WWE Night of Champions 2014: Superstars Who Will Shine Under PPV Spotlight

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    World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-views provide Superstars from Vince McMahon's company with the opportunity to shine under the brightest lights imaginable. On September 21, Night of Champions will be the latest and greatest chance for the roster's top stars to ply their trade and bask in the spotlight.

    With a huge WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between John Cena and Brock Lesnar slated for the main event, the show already has a marquee bout that fans can look forward to.

    A bright, young roster of Superstars will fill out the remainder of the card, ensuring that the 2014 edition of Night of Champions ranks as one of the best in the event's history.

    Who will step up to the plate and earn the recognition and adulation of the fans watching on WWE Network (for only $9.99), thus creating a buzz that could propel them up the card?

    Take a look for yourself.

John Cena

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    The former world heavyweight champion turned in one of his better recent performances at SummerSlam when he took a tremendous, monumental beatdown from Brock Lesnar en route to the most lopsided loss of his career.

    At Night of Champions, he will have the chance to compete in what is likely to be a much more competitive match against Lesnar.

    Cena traditionally performs at the highest level possible in big-match situations. There is no bigger match right now in WWE than the so-called rubber match between him and The Beast Incarnate.

    With so much pressure on him and Lesnar to have a match that lives up to the hype that is sure to surround it, expect Cena to go above and beyond in his quest to improve on the the stellar story he and the new champion told at this year's summertime spectacular.

    Whether he wins or loses, Cena will deliver a performance that has fans buzzing the next morning.

Roman Reigns

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    Roman Reigns has been anointed the next big thing in professional wrestling, and his recent push is a major indicator of such.

    Some fans were left underwhelmed by his performance against Randy Orton at SummerSlam. Expect that not to be the case at Night of Champions, whether he squares off with Orton in a rematch or against Seth Rollins in the latest chapter of The Shield's implosion storyline.

    Reigns is a dominant force who will be put in a position to succeed thanks to management's belief in him. It will be up to the second-generation star to live up to expectations.

    He is a hard worker and improves constantly, so that should not be a problem.

    Whether he can prevent the WWE Universe from resenting him the way it does John Cena is another question, one that will be easier to answer if booking can differentiate between the two.

    If he can or not is a question for another time and place. For now, expect to see Reigns rise above some of the other individuals on the card and thrive under the bright spotlight of the Night of Champions pay-per-view.

Goldust and Stardust

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    The brothers in paint made a recent heel turn that will benefit them in the long run when they assaulted The Usos on the Aug. 25 episode of Raw. Just one night later, they continued their despicable ways when they beat down Los Matadores and even turned their aggression on El Torito.

    The change in demeanor should do wonders for the siblings. They had lost considerable momentum since dropping the tag titles to the New Age Outlaws back in January and had spent the last month in backstage vignettes rather than in the ring.

    Turning heel instantly puts them in contention for the tag titles, and their teased feud with The Usos jumps them to the front of the line.

    A potential match for the tag titles at the annual September event would be the biggest match for both Goldust and Stardust in months. Considering their history of strong ring work in major pay-per-view settings dating back to last October's Battleground event, there is every reason to believe that they would deliver something truly special against one of the most consistently great teams in recent WWE history.

    The Usos are always good. It will be Goldust and Stardust who shine should the match take place on Sep. 21.


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    Sheamus' absence from the SummerSlam card raised some eyebrows within the WWE Universe. After all, he is one of the top stars in the company and turned in a string of quality performances in the months prior to the big show. Why, then, was he deemed expendable when it came time to put together the card for the Aug. 17 show?

    As it turned out, there simply was no room. That is unlikely to be the case at Night of Champions given the fact that Cesaro defeated Rob Van Dam on Aug. 25 to become No. 1 contender to Sheamus' United States Championship and has already engaged the double-tough Irishman in a feud.

    Throughout his career, Sheamus has proved to be extremely motivated by what he considers a slight. 

    When his first WWE Championship reign ended after just two months, he worked harder to prove his doubters wrong, holding the title on one other occasion and the World Heavyweight Championship after that. Following an 18-second match at WrestleMania XXVIII, he and Daniel Bryan bounced back with an incredible match at Extreme Rules.

    The fact of the matter is that he has been taken for granted in the past and always seems to remind management that doing so is a mistake.

    Expect him and whomever he shares the ring with on Sep. 21 to deliver a match that is not only excellent but potentially steals the show out from underneath the more hyped and celebrated matches on the card.