Views From The Turnbuckle: Night Of Champions Preview, Predictions, Aftermath And More
My best bet would be that Ricardo turns on RVD and goes back to announcing for Del Rio. Ricardo and Van Dam's relationship has been kind of sloppy, as they don't seem to have much in common outside of a mutual dislike for Del Rio. Putting Ricardo back with ADR after ADR had so visibly wronged Ricardo would also establish some more much needed heat on Del Rio.
The Diva's division continues to get much more attention from the WWE, likely due to the relative success of Total Divas. Champion AJ Lee cut a vicious promo on Raw a few weeks ago, criticizing the cast members for being shallow underachievers who turned to reality television when they realized they could never hang in the ring with the champion. The match is a fatal-four-way with AJ taking on Natayla, Naomi and Brie Bella.
While Total Divas has been a nice success for the WWE, the actual Diva's division still revolves around AJ Lee, and while I'm sure each of the Total Divas fills a certain role on their reality show, none of them could possibly do what AJ Lee can do as champion of the division. So, it is likely that AJ will escape all three of them Sunday, probably not cleanly, but she will retain.
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will defend their tag belts against the winner of the Tag Team Turmoil match, which will take place on the Night of Champions preshow. The competitors in the elimination tag match are the Prime Time Players, The 3 Man Band, The Usos, Tons of Funk and The Real Americans. For those of you who may not know, the Tag Team Turmoil match is basically a gauntlet match with tag teams, with two teams starting off the match, and a new team entering every time another team is eliminated until only one team is left.
All of the teams competing in the match have basically been jobbers over the last few weeks, with the exception of the Prime Time Players. Whether you agree with it or not, ever since Darren Young publicly came out as being gay, PTP have been getting a push from the WWE as a face tag team. Since Rollins and Reigns are heels, it makes sense for them to be challenged by a face team, and PTP are at least a little bit over with the crowd, which is better than all the other teams. With The Shield now occupied with defending Orton and Triple H, they may not need to hold onto their titles, so it is possible that PTP could topple Rollins and Reigns Sunday.
Another match, Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler for the United States Championship has been rumored but has yet to be confirmed. Ziggler vs Ambrose on paper sounds like a very good match with a lot of potential and could end up stealing the show, so hopefully it ends up being confirmed later this week. Just like in the tag team match, The Shield is already occupied in a major storyline, so Ambrose very well might drop his title Sunday.
Night of Champions is basically built entirely around one match, Randy Orton vs Daniel Bryan. The rest of the card mostly feels like filler, with not a lot of build for any other match except for Punk vs Heyman and Axel. I think overall the ppv will be solid, but don't suspect a ton of excitement to come from the undercard.
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