WWE Night of Champions: Predicting the Winners of Each Match at the Next PPV
WWE Night of Champions goes live in Buffalo, N.Y. this Sunday night, and there is a good lineup of matches that will answer some questions as we lead into the Hell in a Cell PPV in October.
After this Sunday, will Triple H still be the COO of the WWE? Will John Cena prove that Alberto Del Rio is a transitional WWE Champion? Will Mark Henry finally grab the brass ring that he has been grasping at for 15 years?
As well as all of this, you can expect to see some controversy. Whether it be a Cena loss (like we saw at SummerSlam) or a run-in by the "fired" Kevin Nash, it's going to be fireworks in the HSBC Arena.
Here are some predictions on the matches for Night of Champions.
Divas Championship: Kelly Kelly (c) vs. Beth Phoenix
In a rematch of SummerSlam, the time is now for Beth Phoenix to step up and get that shiny, pink belt off the waist of Kelly Kelly.
Kelly pulled off a surprising win at SummerSlam, as most had Phoenix pegged to win the belt that night.
This time, Kelly won't be so lucky.
With the rise of the "Divas of Salvation," expect Phoenix to win the Divas Title and usher in a fall feud that may involve all the Divas in WWE.
It also helps that Phoenix has the hometown advantage, being from Buffalo herself, expect a good ovation for "The Glamazon," but not to the extent that CM Punk received in Chicago a number of months ago at Money in the Bank.
Winner: Beth Phoenix by pinfall
Tag-Team Championship: Air Boom (c) vs. Miz and R-Truth
The WWE has re-done the tag-team division. Neither of these men were contesting for the tag titles a couple of months ago, as they were all eyeing the briefcase in Raw's Money in the Bank ladder match.
Miz, being a former WWE Champion, and R-Truth, who has received a lot of praise for his mic work since turning heel, can carry a division like this.
Air Boom make a great duo and can be the top faces of the tag-team division for months to come, but I am sure Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne may want a bigger prize, and being in a tag team can get them more face time to showcase what they can do, instead of being generic mid-card faces on Raw.
It could be good for these two teams to feud for the fall, while WWE slowly incorporates more tag-teams in the division and establish them as threats for the titles in 2012.
If you have been following my articles, you may remember this one done a couple weeks ago on where the tag-team division is heading and teams that can make an impact on the division.
Miz and R-Truth were first on the list and expect them to become champions on Sunday night and continue to feud with Air Boom.
Winners: Miz and R-Truth via pinfall
US Title: Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Jack Swagger vs. Alex Riley vs. John Morrison
This is an interesting one to predict, considering it is a Fatal-4 Way match that can go in a number of directions.
On one hand, you have Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger feuding over the services of Vickie Guerrero. You then have Alex Riley in the mix as a rising star, while John Morrison has been stuck in the mid-card mix forever, and hasn't received a major title push since his days as ECW Champion.
What will WWE do here? Could they establish Ziggler and Swagger's rivalry, and have Swagger take the title, igniting Ziggler to suggest Swagger is taking everything away from him. Or do they put the gold on either Riley or Morrison and put either one of them into a feud that could push them over the top for 2012?
Swagger and Ziggler could make a formidable tag-team combination, but look for Swagger to win the title here and enter an already hot feud with Ziggler, perhaps a feud that could decide the fate of Vickie Guerrero and maybe get Ziggler to turn face for the first time in his career.
Winner: Jack Swagger via pinfall
Intercontinental Championship: Cody Rhodes (c) vs. Ted DiBiase
The fact that WWE hasn't officially announced an opponent for Cody Rhodes this Sunday can suggest that they are in a "Cross Rhodes" on where they want this title to go in the future.
Either way, it doesn't matter who his opponent is, look for Rhodes to continue on as Intercontinental Champion until WWE creative makes a decision on the mid-card talent on SmackDown.
*SPOILER ALERT* Ted DiBiase attacked Rhodes in the crowd on Friday Night SmackDown so look for a Legacy clash on Sunday night.
(WWE confirmed this match on Facebook - ED).
Winner: Cody Rhodes via pinfall
World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton (c) vs. Mark Henry
Randy Orton has been dominated by the World's Strongest Man in the last number of weeks, and Mark Henry is definitely showing himself to be a monster heel with some potential.
Of course, we were saying the same thing about him in late 2005/early 2006, when he feuded with Kurt Angle. After Henry's chance at the big time at WrestleMania 22 against The Undertaker, he never really had another shot, until now.
This could be the time to put the belt on Mark Henry, and prompt Orton to use his rematch clause in Hell in a Cell, a match that Henry's never been in.
Going into a Hell in a Cell match with Orton may be just what Henry needs.
Expect Henry's 15-year quest for a World Championship to be fulfilled on Sunday night.
Winner: Mark Henry via pinfall
WWE Championship: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. John Cena
It seems like forever since we haven't seen John Cena in a non-title PPV contest, but the streak continues as he takes on Alberto Del Rio.
Cena has been leading the war of words on Raw, and if the World Title match is any indication, we may see a new champion and have a hot feud going into Hell in a Cell next month.
However, we could also see a cheap win by Del Rio and have Cena get his revenge in "The Devil's Playground."
Let's put out money on Del Rio keeping the title in a sneaky way, possibly by having Ricardo Rodriguez interfering in some way.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio by pinfall (because Cena won't tap out...ever)
CM Punk vs. Triple H
This will probably be the main event of the evening as this feud has reached a point where we need an amazing payoff.
Punk had two outstanding PPV outings against John Cena, and he gets to face Triple H, who we all know is still capable of having awesome outings, despite not being in a match since his encounter with Undertaker at WrestleMania 27.
With the stipulation of Triple H giving up his power, it is definitely a match that "The Game" will win, but don't count out Punk.
Also, don't count out the X-factor in this feud, Kevin Nash. He is expected to return, and having him screw Punk in two straight PPV's may lead to Punk vs. Nash, which would be nice to see.
Triple H only wrestles part-time now so don't expect him to be in too many matches as he will stay as the COO of WWE.
Punk will probably overstep his boundaries again and use Stephanie McMahon's name to insult Triple H enough for him to snap, prompting another match, at Hell in a Cell. It's a match that Triple H knows too well, and should push Punk to legendary status.
Winner: Triple H via pinfall
What do you think?