WWE Night Of Champions
Pay Per View Predictions
September 13, 2013
Coming up Sunday night is the latest pay per view offering from the WWE. It’s the “WWE Night of Champions 2013”, the only night of the year where EVERY WWE Championship is defended. Okay, so the Intercontinental Championship isn’t being defended. Curtis Axel is in a handicap match, teaming with manager Paul Heyman against CM Punk. But every OTHER WWE Championship is up for grabs. Well, no match has been announced for the United States Champion Dean Ambrose yet, but I’m sure that’s just an oversight and will be corrected before Sunday. So I guess it should be “WWE Night of Champions 2013 – where most of the titles are up for grabs”… lol.
Let’s break out the Sister Cleo outfit and get to making these predictions. Let’s do this…
Randy Orton (champion) vs. Daniel Bryan — WWE Championship
Daniel Bryan is the man right now. Fans are going, “Cena who?”. Can Bryan win the title? Yes! Yes! Yes! Will he win the title? Not yet. This feud against the HHH / Orton Corporation 2013 has a long, long ways to go. It’s too soon for the climax so let’s just sit back and enjoy the ride. Winner via outside interference and retaining the title will be the one time “Legend Killer”, now turned “Apex Predator” and “Viper”, Randy Orton
Winner and STILL Champion: Randy Orton
Alberto Del Rio (champion) vs. Rob Van Dam — World Heavyweight Championship
So the biggest question for me is will Ricardo turn on RVD now or later. Del Rio is a good wrestler, but I hate seeing him as the “World Champion”. But at the same time, I don’t really want to see the WWE hot-shot the title with RVD either. Of course, with Damien Sandow lurking in the shadows with the “Money In The Bank” contract, neither Del Rio or RVD could be the champion at the end of the night. I think we’ll see some mixed signals between Ricardo and RVD and Del Rio will capitalize on the confusion to retain the gold. And then we can have several weeks of “is he or isn’t he” concerning Ricardo’s loyalty to either RVD or Del Rio. Makes sense to me and it’s “good for business” so look for Del Rio to retain. By the way, what ever happened to all of those cars that Del Rio supposedly “owned”. I liked seeing the cars more than I like watching Del Rio wrestle. They need to bring them back.
Winner and STILL World Champion: Alberto Del Rio
Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman vs. CM Punk
We all know who’s going to win this one. The only question is how much of an ass-beating will Punk get to inflict on Heyman before the newest “Heyman guy” (Wade Barrett? Miz?) gets involved and lays Punk out. No doubt that it will happen, but expect Axel and Heyman to take a whooping first.
Winner: CM Punk
AJ Lee (champion) vs. Natalya vs. Brie Bella vs. Naomi — Divas Championship
AJ Lee is smoking right now and is the best thing currently about the Divas Division. Would love to see Beth Phoenix, Kharma, Lita, Ivory (my beloved), or Victoria come back and give her someone that can actually put on a match and tell a story. Would be great. But for this match, look for the numbers game (and the popularity of the “Total Divas” show to triumph over talent and hard work. AJ is losing the title. The only question is to who. Naomi isn’t nearly good enough for singles matches and Brie… Nah, we’ve got enough “Bellas” as it is. Natayla can actually wrestle and deserves a chance to be on top for a while so I’ll go with her.
Winner and NEW Divas Champion: Natayla
The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O’Neil) vs. Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai) vs. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) vs. 3MB (any pairing of Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mihal) vs. The Real Americans (Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro, with Zeb Colter). Winners face The Shield for the WWE Tag Team Championships.
I love these kind of matches. They’re crazy and chaotic and way back when I used to do recaps for RAW for the Wrestling Informer (and TheWrestlingHeadquarters, Lords of Pain and Wrestle-ZoneUK), it would always give me a chance to say “OINGO BOINGO” at some point in the recap when the match was getting too fast and furious to describe. I miss those days. I should break out some DVD’s and do some recapping. Anyone interested in reading that stuff again?
But anyhow, back to this match. I’d love to see 3MB start to break out and win, but that’s not going to happen. Tons of Fun suck! The Uso’s are okay, but they’re just lacking something in my eyes to really be the top dogs of the WWE tag team division. I think it comes down between the “Real Americans” and The “Prime Time Players”. I would prefer to see Swagger and Cesaro get the shot – have a classic heel versus heel match. But I’m thinking that between the recent pubicity of Darren Young coming out as gay and Titus dating a reality TV star, the push will definitely go to them. I don’t really mind because they’re a good team and work hard in their matches and look pretty good in that ring. They’re just not my team of choice. I also can’t see them defeating The Shield. But look for the PTP to win this crazy match and go after the tag team gold later in the night.
Winners: The Prime Time Players (Titus O’Neil and Darren Young)
The Shield (champions) versus Winner of Tag Team Mayhem Match – WWE Tag Team Championship
I’m predicting that we’ll see the Prime Time Players in this match against The Shield. But it really doesn’t matter who the opponents are. The Shield wins and retains their titles. No upsets here.
Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: The Shield
Dean Ambrose versus T.B.A. – United States Championship
And finally, we have a match that has yet to be announced, but I’m expecting to happen, especially if the WWE wants to live up to the “every title is on the line” tag that they throw out there for this pay-per-view. Ambrose defending the U.S. title will happen, but the only question is who the opponent will be. Based on the reaction that he got Monday night, part of me is thinking for some reason, Santino. But Santino as a credible contender? Nah!
So that leaves either Dolph Ziggler or Mark Henry. Henry tweaked his leg at a house show a few weeks ago, but he’s been cleared to return to the ring and he’s got a history with The Shield so he would be an appropiate challenger. And Dolph has been fighting Ambrose off and on for the past month and they’ve had some great matches. But rumors are that Dolph is in the doghouse with the WWE brass and he was squashed pretty cleanly on Monday by Bray Wyatt so… I’m going to go with “The World’s Strongest Man”. And while I would love to see Mark as the United States Champion, a title that he has never held by the way, I don’t think it’s his night coming up. I would look for Christian to get involved, as payback for this past Monday night, and cause a DQ finish by attacking Ambrose. Thus Ambrose retains the title, Henry still looks strong and we see some great Ambrose – Christian, as well as most likely some Christian – Henry matches on our TV set over the next few weeks. Works for me.
But as I said about the tag match, the same goes for this one as well (if it happens). It doesn’t matter who the challenger is, be it Mark Henry, Dolph, Santino, Miz, Alex Riley or even Ron Simmons (all together now – “DAMN!”). Ambrose is going to retain the title.
Winner and STILL United States Champion: Dean Ambrose
And there you go. The pay-per-view is on Sunday night. It looks as if it’s going to be a great show and I’m looking forward to watching it and seeing what transpires. Are my predictions right or wrong. We’ll find out then. What do you think? Who do you think will win or lose? New champions being crowned? Any opinions or thoughts? Let me know!
Until the next time, I’m out of here. As the great Baron Von Raschke would say, “Dat is all de’ people need to know!”.