Every title is on the line. Enemies will be made. Lives will change! Just kidding, it’s just a WWE pay per view. That’s right boys and girls! WWE Night of Champions 2012 is just a day away. I have to say, I would be lying if I said I was extremely excited for this one. But title matches are always cool, so I’m not bitter. Well let’s just dive into this thing. I’m going to order my predictions in the order of title prestige.
First things first, we have a singles match between The Viper Randy Orton and Mr. Money in the Bank Dolph Ziggler, non-title match. This match would definitely be more exciting if Randy and Dolph hadn’t been in the ring with each other one way or another every night this past month on Raw. It seems that every time Randy Orton had a match, Dolph Ziggler would swoop in just to get RKO’d. There’s gunna have to be some serious moves in this match for it to be received well. What WWE should have done is have the match be for the Money in the Bank contract, have Ziggler retain, this way he has momentum going into the cash in, because right now the writers aren’t even teasing a cash in any more. To be honest, I totally forgot Ziggler had the contract until Michael Cole pointed it out last week on Raw. Now to my prediction. I think Ziggler’s going to take this one. Ziggler has been getting his ass handed to him week after week from Orton, so he needs a push, considering he is, as I said, Mr. Money in the Bank.
Second match on the card is Layla vs. Kaitlyn (who?) for the Divas Championship. Since it’s a Divas match, I’m not going to spend a ton of time predicting it. Do Divas even have storylines still? I honestly have no idea what’s going on in the Divas division. Divas matches are usually my point in Raw where I go get a snack or go to the bathroom. I think Eve is going crazy or something so whoever wins this match is probably going to feud with her. So let me think who’s going to win. Probably Kaitlyn because she’s never held the title before and Layla’s kind of annoying. Then again, so are the rest of the divas.
Predicting that was painful, but now were back to real matches. Next up is the team of R-Truth and Kofi Kingston (and Jimmy!) vs. Team Friendship! Kane and Daniel Bryan. This match is a no brainer, Kane and Daniel Bryan will win no doubt. The tag team division of WWE is dead and this is just the jump start it needs to get off the ground again. Considering both of these guys are basically tweeners, they have the potential to feud with anyone, which is always good. Plus their anger management segments are funny as hell! I can see it now, Team Friendship hosting their own Pipers Pit esc segment in the middle of the ring, where they take their guest to anger management. Easy marketing.
Next up, United States Champion Antonio Cesaro will defend his title against the winner of the Battle Royal dark match in the beginning of the show. This is impossible to predict but I just want to say one thing. For the love of God, DO NOT HAVE SANTINO WIN THE BATTLE ROYAL! Santino is comic relief at best, why give him a championship? The US Title has been held by guys such as Bret Hart, Harley Race, and Curt Hennig. Are you really going to again give the belt to a guy that wears a sock on his hand? That’s like spitting in the face of the legends.
The next mid card title up for grabs is the Intercontinental Championship. This match puts Champion Miz against Sin Cara, Rey Mysterio, and Cody Rhodes. I personally think Miz is going to retain in this match. Think about it, you can’t have Rey or Sin Cara win because that would break up their tag team, and Rhodes isn’t gunna win because he beat up Miz last week. Or two weeks ago, I don’t remember. A Miz/Rhodes feud can only work if Miz is champion, because then he has something to brag about, and Rhodes has something to be angry about! Everybody wins!
Now were at the big stuff. The first main event I’m going to predict is the World Heavyweight bout between Sheamus (and a banned Brogue kick) against Alberto Del Rio (with David Otunga I would think). In my personal opinion, I think Sheamus is going to win. Its dramatic, to have a move banned and then that superstar comes from behind and retains. Or at least WWE thinks its dramatic. When thinking bout this match, you kind of have to think about Dolph Ziggler and that Money in the Bank contract. Ziggler doesn’t really fit into the picture with Del Rio as champ. I can see Ziggler cashing in on Sheamus easier than I can see him cashing in on Del Rio. So my official prediction, Sheamus wins. Would have been cooler if they made Smackdown GM Booker T the guest ref, considering he’s the guy that banned the Brogue kick.
Now its time for the match everyone’s talking about. John Cena vs. WWE Champion CM Punk for the title. This match can truly go either way. If Cena wins, he’s going to have to drop the title before the Royal Rumble. Because remember, it’s The Rock vs. the WWE Champ at the rumble, and I have a feeling that person is going to be CM Punk. Then we’ll have a rematch between The Rock and Cena at Wrestlemania 29. But I’m getting ahead of myself. If Cena wins, hes going to have to drop the title to Punk before the Rumble. This match can truly go either way, but I think Punks gunna take it.
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