WWE Night of Champions – Predictions + Updates

On September 20th, 2015 (2 days from now, as of this writing), WWE will hold their annual PPV, Night of Champions. It’s a night built for Championship matches. Every title in the company will be on the line, as the Superstars and Divas take over the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

KICKOFF SHOW
Neville and The Lucha Dragons vs. The Cosmic Wasteland (Stardust and The Ascension)

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This is the first time since WrestleMania 31 that I care about the kickoff show at all. I’m way into The Cosmic Wasteland. It’s great that they finally found something for Konnor and Viktor. They were being wasted, floating around Main Event and Superstars.

With that said, I don’t see them beating Neville and The Lucha Dragons. I hope they do, mind you, but I don’t see it happening.

PREDICTION: Neville and The Lucha Dragons.

UPDATE #1: Well, I’m 0/1 on my predictions. I’m glad, though. I wanted The Cosmic Wasteland to win. It was a good match. Hard hitting, high-flying, and it had a heel finish. Great way to start.  

INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Kevin Owens vs. Ryback (c)

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After John Cena beat KO twice in a row, the IWC (Internet wrestling community) lost their minds. They assumed Owens was going to be buried by the big brass, because that’s what wrestling fans assume, whenever The Doctor of Thuganomics beats somebody. I’ll admit: I was right there with them.

Now, here he is, battling for the IC title on a WWE PPV.

PREDICTION: KO puts the jabroni Ryback down for a three count, and wins the title, eventually reestablishing it as the workhorse strap. Fingers crossed.

UPDATE #2: Okay, now I’m 1/2, because KEVIN OWENS JUST WON THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!! YES!! YES!! YES!! YES!! YES!! YES!!

UPDATE #3: After the match, they announced that at next month’s PPV, Hell in a Cell, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar will be facing off again…inside the cell!! That’s going to be nuts. I can’t wait. 

MAIN CARD
Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev (w/ Summer Rae)

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This whole storyline has been the hottest of garbage. There’s no other way to put it. It’s actually been draining to watch. Especially on Monday Night Raw, which already feels about nine hours long.

PREDICTION: I don’t care. As long as this awful angle ends already. KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE!!

UPDATE #4: Dolph Ziggler wins. Whatever. As long as the match is over. 

TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
The Dudley Boyz vs. The New Day (c)

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This, and John Cena vs. Seth Rollins are going to be the best matches of the night. There’s so much talent involved here. The Dudleyz, for one, are the most decorated team in the history of the business. I don’t know if you heard about that. I think JBL mentioned it once, or twice.

Across the ring, of course, is New Day, who we love here at Nerdopotamus. They can do no wrong, as of late. Their matches are tight. The promos are even tighter. They’re amazing.

PREDICTION: I want to see New Day win this, but I have a feeling The Dudleyz will, in order to become 10 time WWE Tag Team Champions. After that, I hope they trade wins, and keep this feud going as long as possible.

UPDATE #5: Xavier Woods has his hair made up like Rufio from “Hook,” and he’s got his trombone with him. Incredible. I think I love that man. 

UPDATE #6: Xavier got involved at the end, causing a disqualification loss for his team. Fortunately, though, that means they get to keep their WWE Tag Team Championships. 

UPDATE #7: After the match, New Day tried to put the Dudley Boyz through a table, but as you’d expect, it backfired, and Xavier Woods ended up getting up close and personal with some wood, instead. 

DIVA’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Charlotte vs. Nikki Bella

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I am not looking forward to this. Their match on Raw was a disaster. Now, apparently, if Nikki gets counted out, or DQ’d during this match, then she’s going to lose her title. I have a feeling that’s how it’ll go down, which is lame.

If Charlotte wins via one of those methods, it’ll invalidate her reign before it even begins. It needs to be clean. There’s no other way. She has to beat the Champ by herself, otherwise Nikki will use that fact against her. Basically, it’s going to be more of the same, if Charlotte doesn’t go in there on Sunday, and clean house.

PREDICTION: You read it, already. I think Charlotte’s going to win, but it’ll be by one of those weak-ass methods.

UPDATE #8: I was wrong again. Charlotte won, but it was completely clean, and really awesome. She’s the new Diva’s Champion, and Ric Flair is crying tears of joy. 

SIX-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and MYSTERY PARTNER vs. The Wyatt Family (Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt, and Luke Harper)

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A month ago, I wanted nothing more than for this storyline to end, as well as the Rusev v. Ziggler one. Then they got me back. First, there was Braun Strowman. That monster is fascinating to watch, even if he’s barely functional inside the ring. Then they started this mystery partner rigamarole, and that has me hooked, too. There’s been so much talk of the possibilities online.

The Top Three:

  • Kane
  • Chris Jericho
  • The Rock

I will take any of them, but if I had to choose which one I think WWE is going with – it’s Kane. It’d be just like them to get us all excited for something big, only to shovel out more of the same.

PREDICTION: Reigns, Ambrose, and their partner are definitely going to get the win. I’d be happy to be proven wrong, but I don’t see it.

UPDATE #9: Y2J is the mystery partner! Awesome. This should be a fantastic match. 

UPDATE #10: The Wyatt Family wins, thanks to Braun Strowman, who locked Y2J into a bear hug, until he passed out. The ref had to stop to the match, and award the W to Bray and his disciples. 

US CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
John Cena vs. Seth Rollins (c)

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It’s a tall order for these two to top their SummerSlam match. I think it’s possible, don’t get me wrong, but it’s one hell of an undertaking. That match was a classic. Without a doubt, it was the best one put on that night. Lesnar vs. Undertaker was cool, but Rollins and Cena surpassed it. The level of competition so high. They went back and forth throughout the whole thing.

First, Cena did the roll through into the FU, and then Rollins did the same. It was counter after counter, until finally, Jon Stewart came out and cost the match for Mr. Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect.

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PREDICTION: John Cena picks up the win, takes back the US title, and reestablishes the Open Challenge. I need that back in my life. It provided for some of the best segments that Monday Night Raw has had to offer in a long time.

UPDATE #11: They’re making Rollins go back to back. I’m definitely into that. Once this match ends, the next one will begin. Reminiscent of Chris Jericho’s defining moment at Vengeance 2001. 

UPDATE #12: Cena wins, and regains the US Championship! That was an awesome match. Can’t wait for more of the US Open Challenge. 

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Sting vs. Seth Rollins

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I have anxiously been awaiting this match, ever since Sting picked up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, after he attacked Seth Rollins on Raw, the night after SummerSlam. Once I saw this, I lost my mind:

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Unfortunately, I don’t think he’s going to win. I’d like him to. It would be awesome to see that gold around the Stinger’s waist for a while. However, Seth needs the W more than Sting does. Ever since he won the gold at WrestleMania 31, Rollins has had to deal with fans calling him a weak Champion. Even John Cena and Sting got in on that. He needs a big win to shut people down, and if he gets one over Sting – while also getting a great match out of him – he’ll be set.

PREDICTION: Seth Rollins, FTW. It’s going to be a big night for, “The Architect.” He’s defending Championships, opposite two of the biggest stars in the history of the business. Should be pretty sweet.

UPDATE #13: Sting just went through the Spanish announce table, and it looked like he hit hard. His head definitely smacked one of the monitors. 

UPDATE #14: Rollins rolled Sting up for the three count, and retained his WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Then out came Sheamus, looking to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase. He hit Rollins with a Brogue Kick, and the ref was about to ring the bell, when Kane’s music hit.

“THAT’S GOTTA BE KANE!!” It’s The Big Red Monster!!!!

Corporate Kane is dead. He’s the Demon again, people! From there, thankfully, Sheamus did not get to cash in. Instead, he caught a Chokeslam from The Devil’s Favorite Son. Then Seth got Tombstoned, and NoC went off the air. I guess Rollins and Kane will be feuding in the future. Lame. 

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Walter Winchester
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