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After 'Night of Champions', who will be WWE Champion?
For WWE coming off a 'SummerSlam' that was fairly lackluster in this writer's mind we hope that they will make it right for the WWE Universe with 'Night of Champions.' The card shaped up quite nicely and here we preview the under card contest for the next special event on the WWE Network.
Cesaro has gone through quite a rollercoaster of a year, winning the inaugural Andre The Giant memorial battle royal to losing several consecutive matches to Kofi Kingston. These two powerhouses hopefully will have a great match here that could shine on the bottom part of the card. New U.S. Champion Cesaro sounds good to me.
Mark Eddinger (Motorsports101):
Cesaro looked poised to hold a major title after 'WrestleMania' and then the tides turned and Cesaro has been losing more than winning of late. He took the loss by pinon Mondayduring Raw in a six-man tag match and I just don't see him knocking off Sheamus for the United States Championship in this match
This week we continue forward with the Top 10 countdown of those wrestlers who held many more mid-card level titles over World Championships. When we last previewed more of those men it was number seven thru five in part two here.
Number Four: "Ravishing" Rick Rude
The man who's body women drooled over in the 1980's started in the NWA and eventually had a stint in WCCW with Percy Pringle (Paul Bearer) as his manager. He was the last NWA American Heavyweight Champion and the first WCWA World Champion when they split away from the NWA. Rude also held the World Class Television title once plus the NWA Southern Heavyweight title twice will working in Florida. He is also listed as having won the AWA Southern title which was contested in Jerry Jarrett's CWA in Memphis. Rude would make the jump to the big time in WWF in 1986 and win the Intercontinental Championship once under the tutelage of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. After leaving the WWF for WCW between 1991 and 1994 he captured the United States Championship once, and the title belt known as the International World title (big gold belt) three times before it was merged into the WCW World Championship. He briefly worked for ECW and returned to both WWE with the original D-Generation X and then WCW with the nWo in his latter years. He was the only person to appear on both Raw (taped) and Nitro (live) on the same night on November 17, 1997.
In the world of pro wrestling, as in life, any time patriotism is called into question there is a response. This past week we remembered all of the patriotism that occurred after the events of September 11, 2001. One more who sacrificed for his country became a pro wrestler in TNA.
TNA's Impact broadcast had a similar feeling throughout except when Sgt. Chris Melendez made his debut after having graduated from the 3D Academy of Bully Ray and Devon. The man who wrestles with a prosthetic left leg because of an I.E.D. was able to defeat DJ Z (Zema Ion) and raise the spirits of the crowd and fans alike. To continue that patriotic spirit TNA will present 'No Surrender' next Wednesday for it's Impact event. Two matches announced include the next match in the tag-team series between Team 3D, the Hardy Boyz and the TNA World Tag-Team Champions The Wolves. The Hardys won the second match this past week and have made the next contest, fittingly, a ladders match. So far the champions have not won any matches and the first to two wins becomes the new champions. Also TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Lashley is set to defend that title against number one contender Bobby Roode as part of 'No Surrender.' Lastly we just want to mention the creepy "revolution" that James Storm is continuing that appears to making over several in the X-Division. This past week they showed Manik tied up with Storm about to unmask him before the cameraman was told to leave.
This week we move out Top 10 countdown along to just beyond the halfway mark with numbers seven, six and five being revealed, of the best mid-card champions. Now in case you missed part one you may go back and read it here. We will caution readers that one wrestler mentioned as we know met his end via sensitive subjects to the wider audience but we focus in on his in-ring championships only.
Number Seven: Curt Hennig
The man most commonly known as "Mr. Perfect" throughout his time in the WWF after leaving the AWA was as close to perfect as possible as almost any wrestler could ever become. When he first broke into wrestling he was part of the NWA in there territory Pacific Northwest Wrestling and won there Heavyweight title once. He then went on to join the AWA and before he left them he won there World Tag-Team Championship once with partner Scott Hall (very pre-Razor Ramon days) and held the AWA World Championship one time as well. While in the WWF he won the Intercontinental Championship twice. Hennig also had a decent broadcast career while recovering from injuries in the WWF but eventually left to join WCW and became part of the Four Horsemen almost immediately. While in WCW he won there mid-card title the United States Championship on two occasions plus teamed up with Barry Windham, a former horseman himself, to win the WCW World Tag-Team titles once. Hennig passed in 2003 at 44 years of age and was posthumously inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007
On Thursday night WWE present there second NXT 'Takeover' two-hour special event on the WWE Network. All three championship for there developmental territory are on the line plus some great matches and the debut of international superstar Kenta!
This match seems tailor made for a title change to occur, and it seems unlikely for that new champion to be Tyler Breeze despite his recently being the number one contender. We could see either Tyson Kidd finally capturing the gold or the coronation of Sami Zayn as the top man. Go with Kidd to be the new NXT Champion!
Konnor and Viktor (The Ascension) versus Sin Cara and Kalisto
Despite Sin Cara and Kalisto beating three solid teams along the way in the number one contender's tournament we expect The Ascension to retain the titles here. It will be a contrast in styles between these two teams that will make this an exceptional match though.