Shore's WWE Night of Champions preview and predictions: Can Daniel Bryan defeat Randy Orton and the Triple H gang? Will CM Punk finally get his hands on Paul Heyman?
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By Chris Shore
Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship: I have no hope for Daniel Bryan winning the WWE Championship, and that's because WWE told me to have no hope. Sure, Bryan had a good week standing over Orton a couple of times, but he stood over John Cena at the last PPV and how did that turn out for him? The problem with this match, and the vast majority of the card, is that the Corporation 2.0, or whatever it is they are calling themselves, hasn't shown a single crack in the front. That means any match they are in you expect some sort of shenanigans to be involved with the finish. As long as that is the expected finish, then I will expect it. Randy Orton retains and this feud lives on, though I cannot fathom how they get back to this match again.
Randy Orton retains the WWE Championship.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam for the World Heavyweight Championship. Is there any real buzz for this match? I'm looking forward to a good wrestling match, but does anybody really care who wins outside of kids? I get the feeling that most fans don't, which is a shame. Part of that reason is the pairing of RVD and Ricardo Rodriguez. I know Jason Powell is advocating for Ricardo to turn on Del Rio, even if it doesn’t make sense, because the pairing is just not working. I don't know that I want Ricardo heel--he plays a very good babyface in distress--but I understand the sentiment. My guess is we get this one more month, so look for Del Rio to retain through some kind of fluky method and maybe then Powell will get his wish next month.
Alberto Del Rio retains the World Heavyweight Championship.
C.M. Punk vs. Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman in a handicap elimination match. Lots of speculation here about someone new--or newly returned--debuting here as another Paul Hyman guy, but I'm not buying it. It makes sense, no question. Heyman is under contract of some sorts, and you wouldn't think they send him home until Lesnar is ready to return. Not to mention it makes for a clunky return when Lesnar does come back unless it is a rematch with Punk. That's still possible, and I would ultimately guess likely, but what to do with Heyman until then? My guess is that the "new Heyman guy" happens, just not tonight. I think this has gone on long enough and Punk finally gets his hands on Heyman, who takes a few weeks off, and then comes back sniping at Punk's heels with his new guy. Whatever happens, Curtis Axel is the odd man out who gets little to no heat off of this feud, even if they have a spectacular match tonight.
C.M. Punk defeats Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel.
A.J. Lee vs. Natalya vs. Naomi vs. Brie Bella for the Divas Championship. The wrestling fan in me couldn't care less about this match. WWE has done nothing to make this seem important, even after putting AJ, who is a good talker, on commentary twice. The problem is she pops the headsets off and interferes when there is no storyline reason to do so. That said, the reporter that has to watch--or at least skim--Total Divas sees this as a Total Divas moment to play into the new episodes that E! ordered. It's not Natalya's time, yet, so look for Brie Bella to win and be evil about it on the show until the finale where Natalya wins.
Brie Bella wins the Divas Championship.
Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler for the U.S. Championship: As I mentioned in the WWE Championship prediction, Corporation 2.0 hasn't shown any weaknesses and I don't expect any here either. This PPV is all about making Triple H and his band of merry men look strong. Next month will be a totally different thing (I'm guessing), but for now, Dean Ambrose retains after a very good match that could do a lot for both guys involved.
Dean Ambrose retains the U.S. Championship.
Tons of Funk vs. The Prime Time Players vs. The Uso Brothers vs. The Real Americans vs. 3MB in a Tag Team Turmoil match for a shot at the WWE Tag Titles. The Prime Time Players have been getting the best reactions of any team listed, and they were also most featured in the graphic leading up to this. Look for them to win here.
The Prime Time Players earn the tag title shot.
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs. The Prime Time Players for the WWE Tag Titles. Lather, rinse, repeat. The Shield are Triple H guys and I don't expect a single Triple H guy to lose tonight. It's also OK for that to happen as the tag division still needs a lift before a title change will matter in the long run.
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns win the WWE Tag Titles.
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