Off the heels of an unpredictable SummerSlam, we, the WWE Universe, are a little less than five weeks away from the next Pay-Per-View on the WWE calender, Night of Champions.
Live from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, this will be the first time the Night of Champions PPV is held in the fall rather than the summer. My guess for its change of scheduling is that fall PPVs don't do tremendously well buy rate wise, with the return of football, school, etc.
Since Night of Champions is usually one of the most successful PPVs of the summer, why not put it in the fall, hence making it one of your most successful fall PPVs?
Only time will tell rather or not this is a smart move on WWE's part. But if not, they can always return it to its usual June/July slot on the next calendar year. Now obviously, five weeks is a long time between pay-per-views in today's WWE, and a lot can happen between now and then.
Nonetheless, I'm going to try guessing the card for the always exciting Night of Champions Pay-Per-View:
WWE Championship Match
Sheamus (c) vs. Randy Orton vs. John Cena
The Sheamus vs. Randy Orton SummerSlam match had the stipulation that if anyone interfered, they would be suspended indefinitely. Also, if Randy Orton lost he would not get a rematch.
I'm going to assume the stipulation of Randy Orton losing was by pin fall or submission. Being as he won the match by DQ, he should be in line for another title shot at Night of Champions.
Of course, with this being Night of Champions and the only way you can get on the card is by being in a championship match, this could very well be a triple threat—like the Randy Orton/Triple H/John Cena match last year—with John Cena as the third man.
I think this is the route they'll probably go, with Randy Orton finally winning his seventh WWE Championship by pinning John Cena.
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Kane (c) vs. The Undertaker
This match is going to happen! Just at look at the events of SummerSlam. The Brothers of Destruction are feuding once again, enough said!
Nonetheless, I don't see The Undertaker going over here. Kane retains via DQ, most likely.
This feud could last until WrestleMania if booked the right way.
With Edge being rumored to return to SmackDown in the fall, it's anyone's guess whether or not the WWE will make this feud last that long. However, I would book it so the feud finally ended at WrestleMania in a retirement match of some sort.
Be it a Casket match or singles match, just some type of match.
I mean, there's already rumors out there that Kane will be retiring soon. What better way to send him off than on the grandest stage of them all at WrestleMania 27? I can't think of a better way!
United States Championship Match
The Miz (c) vs. Daniel Bryan
The seeds were planted at SummerSlam when Team WWE decided to go with Daniel Bryan as the seventh member of their team over The Miz, and The Miz later played a role in Daniel Bryan's elimination from the match.
At this point in The Miz's career, whether or not he wins, when he cashes in Money in the Bank, he doesn't need the U.S. title to get over anymore.
He's got the Raw Money in the Bank briefcase, so drop the U.S. title to someone worth holding it. It doesn't have to be Daniel Bryan, but I think it will be eventually.
If not, maybe John Morrison, Ted DiBiase, Evan Bourne or R-Truth. Nonetheless, I think WWE would be wise to make it The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan at Night of Champions.
There's too much of a back story there of when they were a pro/rookie duo on the first season of NXT not to go with it. Fans wanna see this match WWE! Please make it happen!
Intercontinental Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Kofi Kingston
What was starting to be a great match at SummerSlam, ended with Nexus running out and the match being thrown out. I have no problem with this, actually. It set up Nexus' match with Team WWE later on in the night. And from what I've been seeing on SmackDown lately, there's plenty of material to go off of to make this feud last another five weeks.
If they chose not to have this rematch at Night of Champions, however, they could always go with the Six-Pack Challenge that was originally reported on PWInsider's website for SummerSlam.
Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Drew McIntyre, Cody Rhodes, Christian, and Matt Hardy. Granted, I'm not much of a fan of Six-Pack Challenges, but I doubt WWE would do a Fatal Four-Way considering they have a Fatal Four-Way PPV now.
Nonetheless of who he faces, I see Dolph Ziggler going over and reigning for at least the remainder of the year as champion.
Unified Tag Team Championships Match
The Hart Dynasty (c) vs. Edge and Chris Jericho vs. The Straight Edge Society
Edge and Chris Jericho are no longer feuding, but does this mean they're back together as a tag team? It certainly looks that way, and it wouldn't hurt to have this match.
Even if Edge does return to SmackDown in the fall, the titles are not exclusive to either brand.
That's something the WWE seems to have forgotten of late, as I don't recall The Hart Dynasty appearing on SmackDown even once since winning the unified tag titles in April.
With that said, maybe the Straight Edge Society should be challenging for the belts instead, or perhaps a triple threat? I think they'll make it a triple threat. It'd work better that way, and I'd also have the titles change hands.
I don't know whether or not the Straight Edge Society are breaking up any time soon, with what happened at SummerSlam, but in any event I'd give the tag title win to Edge and Chris Jericho.
Let them have a chance to do what could've been done last year before Edge got injured.
Women's Championship/Diva's Championship Winners Take All Match
LayCool (Michelle McCool & Layla) vs. Melina & Kelly Kelly
Wow, I did not see this coming! What can I say, other than the WWE can still be unpredictable when they wanna be!
So much for me thinking we'd be seeing Michelle McCool vs. Layla for the Undisputed Women's Championship at Night of Champions. This in itself tells me LayCool isn't breaking up anytime soon. Probably come WrestleMania, but not now.
Why should they? Call them what you will, but what was the SmackDown Divas division like before LayCool was formed? Somewhat boring from what I remember, save the Michelle McCool/Melina feud last year.
I could very well see LayCool becoming the Undisputed Women's Champions of the WWE. Michelle McCool as Divas Champion and Layla as Women's Champion.
This could either be a triple threat or a tag team match, but I think it'd work better under the tag team stipulation. I don't know when Beth Phoenix is supposed to return, but this could be a ready made feud for her to come into. If not Beth Phoenix, Kelly Kelly.
Since Tiffany is suspended for who knows how long, this could actually work.
The stipulations of the match could be this: If Melina and Kelly Kelly win, Melina retains the Diva's Championship and Kelly Kelly wins the Women's Championship.
But, if LayCool wins, Layla retains the Women's Championship and Michelle McCool wins the Divas Championship. I actually hope WWE does it this way. This could be a mighty interesting feud if booked the right way.
In closing, I think Night of Champions will be, as it always usually is, a night to remember in the WWE. This writer cannot wait!
Agree with my predictions, disagree with them? No big! Leave your comments below and tell me what you think!