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Night of Champions 2014 Card and Predictions.

Updated on September 17, 2014

Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho.

What a brand new idea!
We've never seen this before!
Wow!
Okay, if ever there were a match to rebuild Orton's credibility, it's this one.
Jericho is probably leaving to go back to playing "rockstar" and he's never had a problem putting super stars over who need it.

My prediction- The match goes back and forth but Orton gets his first clean win in months.

Mark Henry vs. Rusev.

Am I the only person who thought that Jack Swagger should've been the one to beat Rusev?
They took a guy who has been slaving in the mid-card, desperately trying to crawl out of the grave that Triple H buried him in after his drug bust, and they finally got him over.
"We the people" was at an all-time high, and they found a perfect American hero to combat the dominant Russian.
They teased Swagger getting over a few times, made him look strong, even had him "injure" Rusev.
And then, at Summer Slam, they just made him pass out and completely killed any momentum he might have had.
They've been talking for months about having Rusev collide with the Big Show, so I don't think they'll end the party with Henry.
Doesn't it feel like they always go this route though?
If they want somebody to seem big and powerful, they'll plow through the mid-card, run into Henry, and then move on to the Big Show?
I mean, it worked for Brock Lesnar.
I hope this feud doesn't run as long as the one with Swagger did, I don't see anybody with Coulter's promo ability coming along to save Henry, and it's not like these two have a red hot topic to fight over.

My prediction- Rusev wins, Big Show comes out to save his part-time Tag Team partner.

The Usos vs. The Rhodes Br- Goldust and Stardust.

It's time for the tag team titles to change hands.
The Usos have been champs for far too long and have never really produced.
The Rhodes Brothers new "dust" dynamic is different, to say the least, and they would only benefit from having the titles.
This also re-invigorates the tag team division, which has been dreadful ever since they dropped the titles to the New Age Outlaws last last year.

My prediction- The Dusty Boys win the tag team titles.

Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz.

I'm actually unsure about which way this match will go.
I didn't think Ziggler would actually win the belt in the first place because of his history with concussions, but it's been a month and he's still the IC champ.
I really hope he holds on to the title because a Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett Feud sounds amazing.
But here's what bothers me.
I was set to pick Dolph and hope that he had finally returned to the limelight that the WWE Universe has been begging for... but then I heard a rumor.
Rumor has it that Dolph Ziggler will face off with Bray Wyatt after Ziggler finishes his feud with the Miz.
We haven't seen the Wyatts interfere with an established champion yet, and honestly, Ziggler doesn't need a belt to draw heat.
The fans already love him, but the Miz?
He's got his fans, but for the most part, he needs to be intercontinental champion to sustain any relevance or momentum.

Ya know what, I'm gonna stick with Dolph.
Bray Wyatt needs some help drawing heat, as Cena effectively buried his character.
He comes out after the match to attack Dolph Ziggler.

My Prediction- Failed interference from Sandow leads to Ziggler getting the win.

Paige vs. Nikki Bella vs. AJ Lee.

Bathroom break!

Lets face facts.
Nikki is only in this match so that Brie can interfere and cost her the match.
And good riddance.

Rumor has it that AJ is leaving to spend more time with her husband... Whoever he is.

So Paige either comes away looking strong or steals the win at the last second so she can continue this dreadful frenemy feud.

My Prediction- Paige retains.

Sheamus vs. Cesaro.

This is a lazy match.
They just threw this match together because "every title needs to be defended at Night of Champions".
They didn't build any heat, and the creative team has made it obvious after destroying his Wrestlemania push that they don't care much for Cesaro.
I don't see why they don't just unite the mid-card titles at this point. The U.S. title only ever had relevancy when we were discussing how Dean Ambrose could wear it every week on Raw without ever defending it.
The higher-ups even like Sheamus but this is the most we've seen of him lately. I don't even think we saw Ginger-Cena at the last pay per view.
It's hideous.

Sheamus wins, and I might save the bathroom break I usually reserve for Diva's matches for this ZzZzzZzz-fest.

Seth Rollins vs Roman Reigns.

This is the match that everybody is really looking forward to.
I know I am, but mostly because I'm looking forward to Dean Ambrose getting involved.
If the match stays clean, and both Kane and Ambrose stay away, then Reigns has to win clean.
They're trying to manufacture a push so they can eventually slap the belt on him, and as long as Rollins is Mr. Money in the Bank, he'll be relevant.

I could see a situation where the match dissolves into Rollins and Kane beating up Reigns and then Ambrose comes out and saves the day so that Reigns can get a spear on Rollins to end the match as the Shield alums stand tall.

Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena.

This match is an interesting one.
On one hand, it's still way too soon to have Brock lose.
I don't know if you've heard, but he's the one in twenty-one and one.
The second one.
No, the twenty-second one.
I mean, he won.
He's the one in twenty-one and one that won...
Dammit.
He beat the Undertaker.
He broke the streak that defined a legend.
If he has one dominant match and then leaves the company a loser?
What the hell does that say about the Undertaker?
Rumor has it that Cena is hurt, and plans on taking time off, so unless he's going to emulate Mr. Lesnar and be a part-time champion, Brock is going to take the win.

I was worried that they were building towards a Cena win.
I mean, he buried the Wyatts, he was delivering his classic "I will never give up" promo every week, and I was afraid that the Summer Slam beatdown would come around to be part of his comeback.
But the only way that John Cena wins is if Seth Rollins cashes in immediately after.
And I mean, "Lockdown" is set to finish filming the weekend of Night of Champions, and Dean Ambrose is advertised for Raw the next day...

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