WWE Night Of Champions will air live on the WWE Network September 21, and so far, the full card — or what we know of the full card thus far — looks like a replay of SummerSlam.
As SB Nation points out, the main event will once again be a John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
The first time around, Lesnar destroyed Cena in about 20 minutes after one F5, 16 German Suplexes, and an additional F5 for the finish. It’s hard to see how John Cena will go from that performance to actually being competitive at WWE Night Of Champions.
If the bookers have any sense, he won’t do any better; but then, if they had any sense, we wouldn’t be watching an undeserved rematch when pretty much the entire internet already knows the outcome.
While SummerSlam was a pretty good show, this is almost a complete repeat with a few tweaks thrown in to make sure we don’t fall asleep. Here’s the rundown:
Lesnar Vs. Cena
The booking on this makes no sense. We don’t need to see John Cena get destroyed again to move along with his story. If he doesn’t get destroyed again, then WWE has devalued what they’ve built in Brock Lesnar, the monster heel. Who will lose? Fans. Who will win? Obvious: Lesnar by pinfall.
Roman Reigns Vs. Randy Orton
Dangerous match for WWE. They need to keep Reigns working with talented performers like Orton if they want to follow through with the worst kept secret in wrestling and put the strap on him over Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31. However, Orton pretty much stole the show from Reigns at SummerSlam, and the Superman has no one to blame but his own colorless personality. The longer you keep Reigns with Orton, the more likely fans will end up booing him and cheering Orton. Nevertheless, they’re between a rock and a hard place on this. Randy Orton wins by pin, but it’s an ill-gotten victory. Look for outside interference from Seth Rollins.
Brie Bella Vs. Nikki Bella
A win for Brie will be tainted if she doesn’t have the love of her sister, who betrayed her at SummerSlam. Look for Brie to get the victory, but for the rift to deepen between the two, further causing turmoil in Brie’s life. Brie by pin.
Chris Jericho Vs. Bray Wyatt
Stupid, stupid, stupid. Bray got the clean win at SummerSlam. Let’s be done with it. This is the most unnecessary rematch outside of Lesnar-Cena, because WWE cannot possibly do anything but give Bray another win, and that’s just lazy booking. Winner by Sister Abigail and pin: Bray Wyatt.
Sheamus Vs. Cesaro
WWE hit the pause button on their push of Cesaro after WrestleMania 30. Look for them to un-pause and give him his first taste of championship gold on the main brand. Would love to see Sami Zayn make an appearance, distract Cesaro, cause him to lose, and then pick up where they left off in NXT, but that isn’t going to happen. Winner: Cesaro by pin.
AJ Lee Vs. Paige
Who the heck knows? WWE has a habit, especially when it comes to the Divas, of putting two good workers together and then have them wrestle so much that you get sick of seeing it. That’s where I fear this one is going. While we don’t think it matters in that they’re just going to be wrestling again at the next pay-per-view, we’re going to pick Paige by pin.
Dolph Ziggler Vs. The Miz
WWE, don’t even think about giving The Miz the belt again, or any push whatsoever. Cocky and confident does not equate with talented and entertaining. He bores me to tears. Winner: Ziggler by pin.
The Usos Vs. Stardust & Goldust
This will probably be the best match on the card, and I think the time is right for a title change. However, as with the AJ Lee-Paige situation, don’t count on this being the last encounter between these two teams. Winners: Stardust & Goldust.
Rusev Vs. Mark Henry
Yes, Mark Henry is the world’s strongest man, but his character is out of date and Rusev and Lana are on the rise. Anything but a Rusev win here would be absolutely idiotic. Winner: Rusev by Accolade.
A Final Word
Vince McMahon and Company always like to save a few surprises for the show, and we expect WWE Night Of Champions will be no exception. Also, the card we’ve presented above could be subject to change. We’ll keep you posted of any updates. One noticeably absent match from the SB Nation list is an expected encounter between Jack Swagger and Bo Dallas. If that happens, we think a Bo Dallas victory would make a lot of sense, since the initial reports of WWE giving up on Dallas were apparently false.
Will you be watching WWE Night Of Champions? What are your picks?