When Night of Champions became a PPV in the WWE lineup no one knew whether it would last or not. Well I think it’s safe to say that it has become one of WWE’s more recent fan favorites. At a glance this year’s lineup should pan out to be a good one.
Throw in the fact that this may be Jericho’s last match for a while, and you may just have something memorable come out of Sunday night. I am still holding out a little hope that Jericho just may pull of the win. I wouldn’t bet the house on this hope though.
I will be covering this match and all the others in my preview of Night of Champions. Let’s see if this old salty dog still has what it takes when it comes to calling matches. So sit back relax, and enjoy the preview. Also, feel free to let me know if you disagree.
Night of Champions
Melina vs. one half of Lay-Cool in a lumberjill match
This is the first time in a while that I can remember having a women’s title match mean anything. The WWE brought in a second women’s tile belt in hopes that it would make the division stronger, needless to say it didn’t work. If anything it only watered down an already weak women’s division. So they went back to the drawing board and decided to merge the belts.
The question is which title will survive the test of time, a shiny new purple belt or plain looking women’s belt that holds a lot more pride and tradition? I would like to think that the WWE would go for option two. Whether that happens remains to be seen.
I’m sure we will see both members of Lay-Cool involved in this match. It matters not which one is her official opponent. Melina is just getting back, and I’m sure the WWE want to keep her hot right now. Depending on how much time they give these ladies, this could be a solid bout.
That is a big if though. Whoever wins this match; I hope they do the right thing and dump the purple belt. I look for Melina to come out ahead in this match. The win would be more useful to her than anyone in Lay-Cool.
Big Show vs. CM Punk
Why this match is even on the card is beyond me. No offense to Show or Punk fans, but this PPV is called Night of Champions. I have no desire to see the Big Slow in any PPV, never mind one that is designed around all title defenses.
It would have been nice if they found a way to get CM Punk involved in the title picture. He is a talented wrestler that has been wasted away as of late. As talented as he is though he shouldn’t be wrestling on this card. This is a moot point, since they are on the card. If I have to pick a winner, I will pick CM Punk.
Winner: CM Punk
Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston for the IC strap
When Ziggler took the title from Kingston, I really thought this would be a new start for Ziggler. It has somewhat, but no to the extent that I would have liked. While he is the champ; he still comes off as weak and still needing help to win.
If they ever expect Ziggler to take that next step up the ladder he will need to get some meaningful wins. This would be a great opportunity for them to do so at NOC. I clean win would benefit Ziggler much more than it would Kofi.
Kingston doesn’t need the IC title. He is well beyond that point in his career. If anything he should be wrestling for the heavyweight title. He has the chance to be a big star in the WWE if they ever let him. I like Dolph Ziggler to get a clean win in this one.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan for the U.S title
This should be one heck of a bout. These two have been building a nice little feud since NXT. We will finally see the fruit of their labor pays off this Sunday at NOC. I have no doubt that this match can steal the show.
The Miz and Bryan know each other well, and I expect to see a well-executed match between these two. Logical thinking would have Bryan come out the victor in this match. After all it is he, not the Miz that needs the build up.
The Miz is on his way to becoming the WWE champ. Who knows; maybe he decides to cash it in after losing the belt to Bryan. It wouldn’t shock me any if that were to happen. Smart money says they wait till he does this though.
As I said before, this match has a great chance to be the show stealer. I expect it to go at least 15 to 20 minutes. I’m sure we will see a lot of near falls that will leave the fans hanging by the edge of their seats. In the end I think it is Daniel Bryan who will leave as champ.
Winner: Bryan Daniel
Kane vs. Taker in a No Holds Barred match for the Heavyweight title
Back in the days, this match would be considered a major blockbuster. Kane and Taker’s history goes all the way back to the late ‘90s. They have feuded many times, and even formed one of the great modern tag teams in WWE history with the Brothers of Destruction.
That was then and this is now. While the match still has some appeal; it doesn’t demand the attention it did in years past. This Sunday they will wrestle in a No Holds Barred match. This is probably a good idea since both aren’t as good in the ring as they used to be.
I’m sure this will be a slobberknocker of an affair that will see both duking it out in, and out of the ring. I also feel that feud will not end at NOC. The WWE seems to be putting a lot of stock in this battle, so I doubt it will end after one month.
With that said, I like Kane to leave NOC as the Heavyweight champ. This will lead into both feuding for probably a couple more months. We will see Taker take the belt in the end, but not this Sunday night.
This match has probably garnished the most Juice out of all of them. In a way it’s kind of a battle of the ages. You have younger guys like Barrett and Sheamus thrown in with middle aged wrestlers like Orton and Cena. Throw in in Jericho and Edge as the older vets, and there you have it.
These kinds of matches always pan out the same way. We will see a lot of high spots, with all of the wrestlers getting their signature stuff in. The real intrigue in this match is the side stories though. You have Barrett the young rookie trying to make an impact.
You also have Sheamus, who is doing anything possible to keep the strap. The biggest story out all this is what will happen to Jericho. By now everyone knows that his old contract ran out. We also know that he is slated to tour with Fozzy very soon.
The WWE even stepped it up by adding that if Jericho doesn’t win he quits the WWE. So is the writing on the wall for Jericho to leave? Well it would appear that way wouldn’t it? I don’t know if it will pan out that way.
When the WWE spells things out like it was a coloring book, it often means that it won’t pan out that way. While I think that there is a good chance we will see Jericho leave. It also wouldn’t surprise me to see him pull of the win on Sunday.
This current angle has left the fans hanging by the edge of their seats. It is refreshing to see that it wasn’t ruined by someone flapping their gums in the back. It is for this match alone I will be ordering the PPV. I am going to drink my Jerichoholic juice and pick him to win this Sunday.
Winner: Chris Jericho
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