This Sunday, September 16th, WWE presents Night of Champions from Boston, Massachusetts. I have to admit that I’m really bummed that I’m not there live, as I’ve been to a number of WWE shows in Boston the past couple years. Actually, as I’m writing this I’m missing a local house show, but earlier today I was able to watch a very good friend get married, and that’s one of the best reasons to miss a wrestling show in my book. So I will be sitting at home watching NoC with you fine folks. Make sure you join me in the WNW Live Blog for all the interesting discussion that goes along all the WWE PPVs.
Ken Predicts – Pre-Show Battle Royal for a US Title Match on the PPV
– Participants TBA
Sadly I’m not at all interested in this match. I don’t think they’ll be taking the strap off Cesaro any time soon, though things haven’t been great since he won it. Yay Santino will win, go after Cesaro, and the cobra will fall apart over Aksana again. Honestly, I hope that someone – most likely a face – other than Santino feuds with Cesaro to get him over. All I can think of are Yoshi, Ryder, Riley, Kidd, Gabriel, and possibly DiBiase, if he comes back as a face. Of those seven, including Santino, the ones I’d like most to feud with Cesaro are Kidd or possibly Gabriel. I’m going with Kidd. I know he’s not the biggest face on the roster right now, but I’d love to see them feud. I’m going with my heart on this one.
Ken’s Predicted Winner – Kidd
Stacy’s Predicted Winner – Ryder
Ken Predicts – WWE United States Championship Match
– Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. Preshow Battle Royal winner
As I said previously, I see Cesaro retaining the Title over anyone he’s in the ring with, and it will hopefully push him to the top of the WWE, or at least get him noticed by the handful of fans who at all care. Hey, don’t get me wrong, I was a huge fan when he was in ROH, and I really want to see him succeed in the WWE, but his character is dismally boring. Cesaro needs a shot of excitement, or I fear he might go the way of the dodo. He has it in him, they just need to give him a chance to show it. This five language thing could be an interesting gimmick if there was more to him that just that, but there is only that and Aksana. That’s just not enough to get over, as heel or face. So while he’ll most likely retain here, I hope he ups the ante and makes both this match and his character a lot more interesting, and gets into a solid feud that will push both him and his opponent.
Ken’s Predicted Winner – Cesaro
Stacy’s Predicted Winner – Cesaro
Ken Predicts – Fatal 4-Way Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship – The Miz (c) vs. Sin Cara, Rey Mysterio & Cody Rhodes
Is it too early for Miz to drop the strap? I think so. Miz needs to continue being pushed as the release of his movie comes closer. No, I don’t know when that is, but Miz needs to be higher up that he is right now when his movie comes out. I’ve been enjoying Miz lately. It might be something about that VKM hair of his, but he has this swagger and grace that has grown from the last time he was a main eventer. I see big things for Miz, including winning this match to retain his IC Title.
Ken’s Predicted Winner – Miz
Stacy’s Predicted Winner – Miz
Ken Predicts – WWE Divas Championship Match – Layla (c) vs. Kaitlyn
I think this is a great time to move the Divas Title! Kaitlyn has shown that she’s strong, can work the ring better than most of the Divas right now, can talk, has an interesting look, and has such a great personality. While Layla has been trying to show off what a goober she is, Kaitlyn just is a goober without having to show it off. I’ve liked Kaitlyn from her days in NXT, well before she won, and I like her that much more now. I think having Kaitlyn win the Divas Title would give Layla reason to turn heel, or maybe Kaitlyn could battle Beth – something that I would love to see now that Kia has stepped back from wrestling wrestling for a bit. But right now, I think Kaitlyn would be a very interesting Divas Champ, something Layla just hasn’t shown since her return.
Ken’s Predicted Winner – Kaitlyn
Stacy’s Predicted Winner – Kaitlyn
Ken Predicts – WWE Tag Team Championship Match – Kofi Kingston & R-Truth (c) vs. Daniel Bryan & Kane
To me this is cut and dry. Kane and Bryan have been stealing the show (RAW) on and off for weeks. The hug-fest about brought the house down, the anger management scenes were an absolute riot, and even though Kane broke kayfabe during their tag match, it was still a glorious success. Of course they going to continue to be pushed together in a big way as their chemistry is extraordinary! I can’t wait to see what they do next, and their comedy as Tag Team Champs who don’t get along will further make them gripping and a huge draw. The WWE would be daft to not strap these two and keep them tied together, even if the win is slightly absurd. Honestly, I wouldn’t be so easy to say this if Kofi and R-Truth had been kept relevant, but they haven’t been.
Ken’s Predicted Winner – Kane & Bryan
Stacy’s Predicted Winner – Bryan & Kane
Ken Predicts – Singles Match – Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler
I know I keep going with Ziggler over whoever he’s facing, but he’s the future and so good at so many things. I thoroughly enjoyed Ziggler feuding with Jericho, and while Ziggler has had some solid matches with Orton, they haven’t been as all around absorbing as when Jericho was there for Ziggler to work against. As Orton will be leaving soon to film his movie (I can’t help but laugh that there was such an outcry over Orton playing in The Marine 3 that they went about finding him another movie to act in), so why not have Ziggler go over him here and possibly ‘injure’ Orton in the process to give him a reason to be off TV for a bit – even though we all know why he’ll be gone. I guess you can say that I’m grasping at reasons for Ziggler to win, but the thing is that he really needs to win so that his stock can be built before he cashes in his MITB case, and hopefully wins the Title.
Ken’s Predicted Winner – Ziggler
Stacy’s Predicted Winner – Orton
World Heavyweight Championship Match – Sheamus (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio
The only reason I would want to see ADR win this match is so Ziggler could cash in and become the WHC. While Sheamus has been more engaging lately, this feud with ADR has been downright boring! Either way, it’s time for these two to go their opposite ways, ban on the brogue kick or not. Wait, if Sheamus uses the brogue kick he’ll be stripped of the Title. While I’d like to go there so ADR couldn’t win the Title, I don’t want to see another tourney for a title belt. So, do I go with Sheamus retaining the strap, or ADR winning and then cross my fingers that Ziggler will cash in and win the Title? Right now I’m sticking with Sheamus because I just cannot abide by ADR with the Title belt, even if only briefly.
Ken’s Predicted Winner – Sheamus
Stacy’s Predicted Winner – Sheamus
WWE Championship Match – CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena
I’m going with the hometown boy losing. This is the win Punk needs to get to the next level and get that much more insufferable as a heel Champ. I think for Punk to continue on and end up facing the Rock at the Royal Rumble, he really needs to win this, and I do believe that Punk should be the one facing the Rock that night. This match will be the main event, being Cena and in his hometown, but I have a feeling that this match might live up to being main event worthy, even with Cena in the match. I have a feeling this one is going to be the match of the night, with Punk walking out with gold.
Ken’s Predicted Winner – Punk
Stacy’s Predicted Winner – Punk
So while I’m a bit bummed I won’t be at NoC, I will be hanging out in the Live Blog, taking bets on whether Ziggler will cash in the MITB case, discussing our feelings about King (you know we will be!), and completely abusing Cena – even those of us who don’t thoroughly loath him. It will be fun, so tell us all who you think will win, and come hang out Sunday night in the Live Blog!
KB & Stacy