Friday, June 27, 2008

Night of Champions Predictions

The W.W.E. brings you another pay-per-view this Sunday evening, Night of Champions. The show is intriguing for me for a couple of reasons: First, nearly every W.W.E. title is on the line so that means we are guaranteed some belts changing hands. Second, the W.W.E. brings back some of their former champions, which is cool to see. I like history – no matter what forum it comes from. So here are my predictions:

WWE Champion Triple H vs. John Cena
Cena beat Hunter a couple of years ago, so I am hoping for HHH to get this one from Cena. But either the W.W.E. Championship or the World Heavyweight Title has to go to Raw. So here’s my solution: Either Batista beats Edge and takes the World Title to Raw or Triple H defeats Cena, but then CM Punk cashes in his "Money in the Bank" victory and uses it for a match against Triple H on the spot. Punk wins which would give him some major credibility and now you’ve got the W.W.E. Title on Raw. Having said all of that, unfortunately, I think Cena will win this one.

World Heavyweight Champion Edge vs Batista
For some strange reason, Shawn Michaels does not have a match on this show. So? Well, someone’s gotta steal the show, right? So I think this match will be the one. Being that I think Cena beats HHH, I’m going with Edge to defeat Batista.

ECW Champion Kane vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry (Triple Threat ECW Championship Match) Mark Henry scored a surprising non-title win over Kane on E.C.W. Tuesday night, and again, with how the draft played out I see Henry winning the title. It’s also a reward to Henry for the whole Michael Hayes racist comment incident. Because quite frankly if the W.W.E. wanted to push African-American wrestlers they would have kept Shelton Benjamin on E.C.W. and given him the championship – or even upstart Kofi Kingston. But Mark Henry gets the belt and probably the biggest push of his career after enduring creative writer Hayes’ sociopathic behavior.

World Tag Team Champions Hardcore Holly & Cody Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase & Mystery Partner
I heard that DiBiase would choose D.H. Smith, son of the late Davey Boy Smith, as his tag team partner and that would be the start of the new second-generation stable of wrestlers that was going to be formed on Raw. But with Smith going to Smackdown in the draft, I have to go back to my original thought that Cody will turn on Holly and end up being the partner of DiBiase. Unless, maybe, the W.W.E. has a major curveball for us?

WWE Tag Team Champions John Morrison & The Miz vs. Finlay & Hornswoggle
The W.W.E. can’t come up with a better tag team than Finlay and Hornswoggle? If Morrison and Miz lose, I see the team being broken up with Morrison then getting a huge push. That's what I am hoping for, however, I do think the champions will retain.

United States Champion Matt Hardy vs. Chavo Guerrero
Chavo wins this one and keeps the U.S. Title on Smackdown. Ho hum!

WWE Women's Champion Mickie James vs. Katie Lea Burchill (WWE Women's Championship Match) Mickie James (pictured) will drop the gold to Katie Lea.

Natty Neidhart will also be fighting someone for the new Smackdown version of the women’s title. No idea who.

One final thought, I read that Vince McMahon isn't big on pushing tag teams at the moment. So if tag team wrestling is such a non-priority, why does the W.W.E. have two versions of the tag team title?

Any chance for an impromptu Michaels-Chris Jericho match? Please! What's a pay-per-view without Shawn Michaels?

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