WWE Night of Champions 2014: Bold Predictions for PPV Event

Tom Clark@tomclarkbrFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2014

John Cena at SummerSlam
John Cena at SummerSlamcredit: WWE.com

WWE Night of Champions is coming up Sunday, September 21.  The card is unlike others through the year for the company, as every championship will be defended on that night.  The WWE World Heavyweight Championship, the intercontinental and United States titles, as well as the tag team and Divas belts will all be on the line.

And like any other major event WWE features, fans have likely already chosen their favorite bouts.  Those matches are the ones that fans are anticipating more than the others, the ones that they simply cannot wait to see.  Those contests will surely be highlights on the card and could potentially contain some very unexpected moments and outcomes.

That is what makes WWE so entertaining, and that is what fans could see at Night of Champions.  The night could become one of the most unforgettable of the year, but that would mean that something very bold needs to happen.

Mark Henry gets an assist and defeats Rusev

Mark Henry vs. Rusev
Mark Henry vs. Rusevcredit: WWE.com
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Mark Henry is the latest man to step up against the unstoppable Rusev.  The World's Strongest Man has made it a matter of national pride and has dedicated himself to taking down his adversary at Night of Champions.

Of course, Big E and Jack Swagger have both already stepped up to the plate and both have come up short.  Each man had much of the same patriotic drive that Henry has, but that did not make much of a difference in the end; Rusev still emerged victorious.

But Night of Champions could prove to be different.  

Henry and Rusev are very evenly matched physically, but the truth is that when it comes to moral support, Henry could use a helping hand.  Assuming Rusev gets out to an early lead and perhaps even bends the rules to gain an advantage, Henry might find himself in need of assistance.

And that help could come from another Superstar that is patriotically inclined.  Hulk Hogan is a great choice, and if WWE wanted to make an impact in this match, using the legendary Hogan could be the way to go.  That could lead directly to the following Monday Night Raw, and it would definitely add some much-needed flavor to this rivalry.

Dean Ambrose returns during Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins
Roman Reigns and Seth Rollinscredit: WWE.com

Dean Ambrose was put on the shelf back on the August 18 edition of Raw when Seth Rollins and Kane laid him out at ringside.  It was a moment that fans likely expected, and when it happened, it virtually closed the door on the rivalry between Rollins and Ambrose.

However, appearances can be deceiving, and when the time comes for Ambrose to return, he could very well get right back in Rollins' face once again.  The two former Shield teammates have a wealth of history and bad blood to draw from, and that could fuel the second round of their rivalry.

But before that can happen, Ambrose needs to come back.  And while Night of Champions may not be the full-time return that many fans want, it could be the initial appearance that eventually gets Ambrose back into the swing of things.

Interfering on the behalf of Reigns either before or after the match ends would-be poetic justice.  Rollins could find himself flat on his back, the victim of the same man he betrayed back in June of this year.  Rollins definitely has some payback coming his way, and it could very well take place at Night of Champions.

John Cena taps out to Brock Lesnar

Lesnar vs. Cena
Lesnar vs. Cenacredit: WWE.com

John Cena was mauled by Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.  WWE's top star just did not muster any offense at all during that match, and for the first time in a long time, the company's Superman looked all too human.  Lesnar took the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and left Cena for dead in the ring.

But Cena is now back for Round 2, and while many fans expect him to have a great showing at Night of Champions, the fact is that may not be the case.  Considering the way he went down at SummerSlam and the fact that nothing has changed since then, it could be that fans are looking at a repeat.

However, this time, Cena may not go down via pinfall to The Beast Incarnate.  This time, Lesnar could make WWE's No. 1 draw tap out.  It would surely be a moment that no one expects, and if it happens, it could impact Cena on a very intense level.

The truth is that WWE has worked very hard to make Lesnar look as strong and as dominant as possible.  For all of the work they have put into him, having it just suddenly disappear at the hands of Cena may be a little hard for much of the WWE faithful to believe.

Of course, to imagine that Cena would lose again and in such a shocking fashion as a tapout seems highly unlikely as well.  But it could be that WWE has painted itself into a corner with this match, and fans could get the shock to end them all at Night of Champions.