After several months of mediocrity, the WWE has finally started to create buzz-worthy and exciting pay-per-views for its loyal fans.
Over the last two months, we have gotten one unsuspecting classic PPV in Money in the Bank, and an always big SummerSlam event, which actually lived up to—and possibly exceeded—its hype this year.
There is no doubt that successful PPVs are one of the key components in bringing wrestling back to its former glory, and so far it has been very clear that the WWE is beginning to head in a very new, different, and hopefully exciting direction.
However, it seems that the WWE's next event, Night of Champions, looks a little bleak. Something that was very prevalent at MITB and SummerSlam just seems to be missing from the event. Maybe it's the lack of a good build up, or the fact that there don't seem to be many quality matches currently being set up.
Maybe I'm just getting ahead of myself and should probably wait and see what happens in the next three weeks.
Either way, here's five reason why, as of right now, Night of Champions may actually be a night worth forgetting.
A couple weeks ago, Cody Rhodes said something that, for some reason, still sticks with me every time I watch the first hour or so of Raw and Smackdown. Rhodes was working a promo with Ezekiel Jackson, setting up a potential showdown between the two for the Intercontinental Title.
The promo was pretty much what I expected for a match like this, until out of nowhere Rhodes said something pretty shocking—but also something that couldn't have been more true.
Rhodes called out some recent holders of the once-coveted Intercontinental Title, saying that they had turned this belt into "a memento for mediocrity." Finally, someone who wasn't from the IWC pointed out just how lame the IC title landscape had become.
In my opinion, it was a moment similar to some of the great CM Punk promos. Rhodes wasn't afraid to say something that many of us had been thinking for a couple years now. A week or so later, he was the owner of that memento of mediocrity.
Hopefully, the WWE gave Rhodes the belt and the opportunity to carry the division because they realized just how correct his statement was. So far, though, that idea seems pretty doubtful.
The same goes for the United States title over on Raw. Dolph Ziggler has had it for a few months now, and honestly, who really cares?
There was a time when mid-card belts like these were actually worth fighting for. Some of the greatest matches of all time have been for these titles, and for years it was considered a person's first step towards the main event.
Now, these belts are barely defended, they're passed around almost like clockwork, and I can't remember the last time there was a decent feud or match for the IC or United States championship. If I had to pick though, I'd say The Miz versus Daniel Bryan at last year's NOC.
I hoped that Triple H taking over would lead to a change in this habit, but so far the mid-card landscape hasn't been much different.
I'm assuming that the WWE is setting up a small, pointless match between Rhodes and his apprentice Ted DiBiase, which I can't say I'm too excited about.
Over on Raw, Ziggler seems more focused on fighting with Vickie Guerrero then actually putting his title on the line. Again, just another huge waste of everyone's time.
Hopefully, things pick up quickly over the next few weeks, or NOC will certainly be a very disappointing card.
I love R-Truth. I love The Miz. Unfortunately, I must admit I don't like them together.
I'm not sure what the WWE is trying to do by teaming these two guys together, but I don't like it. Both of these men, especially The Miz, are main event–caliber performers, and their new friendship will only hinder any opportunity these two men will have at getting back into the WWE title picture. In fact, hearing them complain about conspiracies and rapping together was easily the worst part of an exceptional episode of Raw last week.
As Night Of Champions continues to inch closer, both men seem destined to watch the event from backstage, unless the WWE really decides to throw these two into a star-studded, but very unexciting, tag team title match against Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne.
Hopefully, this new team is just a phase, or the start of something incredibly entertaining, and I'm just not seeing it yet. R-Truth already looks like his time at the top was merely a one-time thing, but that doesn't mean he should be a part of this very odd duo.
As for The Miz, his recent de-push remains a very troubling thing to watch every Monday on Raw. Hopefully, he makes his presence known again in the main event scene at NOC. If not, The MIz should prepare for a very lackluster ending to 2011.
Just a few weeks ago, CM Punk was in the biggest SummerSlam main event of all time. Now, this new WWE icon already looks like he's out of the title picture for Night of Champions.
No matter whom he faces or what happens on September 18, CM Punk will still remain the hottest star in the WWE today. It's a shame he won't even have a chance to hold the biggest belt in the business after Night of Champions is officially over.
CM Punk's current storyline with Big Sexy Kevin Nash and the new powers that be in the front office is easily the most interesting thing that the WWE has going for them right now. CM Punk is quickly becoming the Stone Cold Steve Austin of this current era, and he hasn't even scratched the surface of his potential yet.
Still, it hasn't been made clear exactly what CM Punk's role is going to be at NOC in three weeks. Will he face Kevin Nash in a non-title match? He was in a non-title match last year at this same event against the Big Show, so it is possible. Will he be thrust into the WWE title match at the last minute? It would be awesome to see, but how would they make it into a non-predictable storyline at this point?
When it comes to NOC, a main event without CM Punk may be a recipe for disaster, but if the WWE can make this whole Kevin Nash fiasco into the showdown that it has the potential to be, then there's no doubt that the voice of the voiceless will have another excellent PPV showing.
I still wish he was in the title match, though...
Just looking at the match alone does absolutely nothing for me.
It truly is great to see Mark Henry get such an awesome push in the twilight of his career, but this doesn't make this match any more intriguing. At this point through, any World Heavyweight Championship match that doesn't have Christian in it is at least mildly interesting.
Still, there are just too many things about this match that scream disappointment. First off, Orton taking on the much bigger Henry seems like it will produce a very slow match. Second, Henry is already in a heated feud with the Celtic Warrior Sheamus, and Orton still hasn't completely finished up his rivalry with Christian, meaning that the WWE will only have two weeks to make Orton–Henry seem like a worthwhile match to watch.
Finally, and I hate to admit it, but Orton is very close to becoming nothing more then a more intense version of John Cena—a predictable super face who never loses. When an unpredictable character like The Viper starts to become bland, it becomes clear that the WWE needs to start shaking things up a little bit, especially when dealing with a once-in-a-lifetime talent like Randy Orton.
The world heavyweight title picture is in desperate need of a face-lift. Orton can no longer carry SmackDown all by himself, and until the WWE can create quality programming over on Friday nights, the world heavyweight title is destined to linger in relative obscurity.
Just like with the previous match, looking at this match alone does absolutely nothing for me.
Alberto Del Rio certainly surprised a lot of people when he cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase successfully at SummerSlam. Now, he'll have to prove that he's a marketable heel champion and not just another flash in the pan like Jack Swagger, Sheamus, and quite possibly, The Miz.
Since his victory, ADR has started off on the right foot. He defeated Rey Mysterio, clean, in his first title defense, proving that the WWE sees tons of potential in this Mexican aristocrat. Next up, he's got Super Cena at Night of Champions, and so far it's looking like a pretty uninteresting showdown.
Complaining about Cena constantly being in the main event is pretty worthless at this point, and honestly I don't mind it as much as many other IWC critics. Still, it does get a little old after a while, especially after it looked like a much-needed change was coming to the WWE landscape after the last two PPVs.
Instead, Cena's right back where he's always been—in the main event at a PPV. This time, it's simply because he's John Cena, and John Cena's fighting Del Rio simply because ADR is the WWE Champion, and Cena doesn't like that too much.
That's about it for now, and unless the WWE can work their magic and build up a truly exciting rivalry, this will be the horrible storyline that leads them into NOC.
Night of Champions has always been somewhat of an interesting PPV concept, and a lot of things can change on September 18. However, as of right now, NOC doesn't look like it will be anything special, and after two amazing back-to-back PPVs, that is quite a disappointment.
There are just too many big name superstars right now that seem lost in the shuffle, the mid-card titles still remain a waste of everyone's time, and even the two main events have almost no momentum and leave a lot to be desired as of right now.
Still, there are three weeks for the WWE to change my mind.
Thanks for reading, everybody.