Coming off of a very successful Summerslam ppv, the WWE caps off it's summer months with the annual Night of Champions event, which takes place this Sunday live from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The gimmick of the ppv that every title in the company is being defended is no longer enacted, however the ppv is still chalk full of matches with a lot on the line.
Easily the most notable match on the card is the WWE Championship match between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. Daniel Bryan's performance as the company's top face over the last several weeks has been met with a very strong reaction from the WWE fan base, making it seem like it is only a short matter of time that Daniel Bryan will regain the title.
However, the WWE clearly has a lot of dedication towards this Randy Orton/Triple H power couple, and it is unlikely that they would take the title off of Randy so soon after getting it. In all likely hood, Daniel Bryan is going to be chasing the WWE Championship for a very long time, and since this is Bryan's first crack at dethroning Orton, it is nearly automatic that Bryan will get screwed out of the title Sunday.
The WWE has made it very obvious that Triple H is an arrogant bully who abuses his power to torture his employees who do not comply with his philosophy. This is a tried and true storyline, with Vince Mcmahon being the most famous example. Over the last few weeks Triple H has wronged a growing list of people, from Cody Rhodes, to Dolph Ziggler, to the Big Show to Goldust. All of these men have a legitimate gripe with Triple H, and since Triple H and Randy Orton are essentially one and the same, screwing Orton out of the WWE Championship would be a great way to extract revenge against the WWE COO. Because the amount of people who have a dispute with Triple H/Randy Orton is so extensive, it opens up the possibilities of what the WWE can do for the finish Sunday, with perhaps a face or a heel turn coming into play.
Paul Heyman's feud with CM Punk continues to heighten up, with a match between the two taking place at Night of Champions. The match will be an elimination handicap match with Punk taking on Heyman and Heyman's henchman Curtis Axel. The match has the added stipulation that if Heyman does not compete in the match he will be fired, although the WWE never really clarified what the term "compete" means.
The booking of this one should be pretty basic, with Axel and Punk trading blows while Heyman scurries away from the action any time it gets close to him. Eventually, Axel will be eliminated leaving Heyman alone to face Punk. I think that Punk will get a few shots in on Heyman before something else happens, either Axel comes back and assaults Punk or Brock Lesnar hits the ring and lays out Punk. The Heyman vs Punk feud is too hot and too young right now to have Punk just crush Heyman, and the idea of another Brock vs Punk match is way too financially tantalizing for the WWE to pass up. By no means will this match commence the storyline of Punk vs Heyman.
The often maligned World Heavyweight Champion, Alberto Del Rio will defend his title against the still-kind-of-freshly-returned Rob Van Dam. ADR has long been stale at the top of Smackdown, and RVD is more or less still one of the WWE's most popular stars, so this could be an easy switch for the WWE to make. Ricardo Rodriguez, formerly with Del Rio and now with RVD, throws a curveball into the matchup.
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