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After 'Night of Champions', who will be WWE Champion?
Now that it has turned to fall officially here in the United States we take stock of the champions in the world of pro wrestling/sports entertainment. Coming off of 'Night of Champion' there are three new champions in WWE, while TNA has none since last month but will be next month due to taped events yet to be shown. As always new champions are in BOLD.
WWE title holders:
WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Brock Lesnar, Intercontinental Champion: The Miz, WWE Tag-Team Champions: Goldust and Stardust, United States Champion: Sheamus and Divas Champion: AJ Lee
NXT title holders:
NXT HW Champion: Adrian Neville, NXT Tag-Team Champions: Kalisto and Sin Cara (Lucha Dragons) and NXT Women's Champion: Charlotte
World Heavyweight Champion: Rob Conway,Junior Heavyweight Champion: Chase Owens, World Tag-Team Champions: Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan (Tencozy), Women's Champion: Barbi Hayden, North American Champion: Byron Wilcott, National Champion: Lou Marconi, United States Tag-Team Champions: Damien Wayne and Lance Erikson (Lords of Kaos)
September 21st, 2014 at 12:12 PM By Peter Schifani
This week our summer season officially ends here in the United States but the weather has seemingly already turned to fall like temperatures well before that. The wrestling world may have cooled off as well with WWE going through the motions and TNA finishing up showing it's taped events soon.
TNA's Impact continues to showcase the best wrestling action on television right now, since NXT airs on the WWE Network. On Wednesday The Wolves, Team 3D and the Hardys had match three in there TNA World Tag-Team title series, a ladder match since the Hardy Boyz had won the week prior. Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards tied up the series at one win each with a signature victory that practically tore down the house. Also the "Bobby's" Lashley and Roode had a solid match for the TNAWorld Heavyweight Championship that saw the "destroyer" Lashley retain again in the end. A new number one contender to Gail Kim and the TNA Women's Knockout Championship as Havok won a battle royal to challenge for the gold. Lastly X-Division Champion Samoa Joe defended his title against Homicide in another excellent contest that saw them exercise mutual respect with a handshake when the match was over.
On Friday we showcased the under card matches for WWE 'Night of Champions' and now we focus in on the main event and the rest of the top tier contests. In case you missed part one of our preview you may go back to read it here.
Well it was surprising to see Cena on top of Lesnar Monday Night with Lesnar covering up Cena's blows despite one german supplex taking Cena out in short order just before. We certainly don't see Brock Lesnar being a one month champion so he retains here and well who does he move on to after that…?
Mark Eddinger (Motorsports101):
With the ease that Brock Lesnar won their 'SummerSlam' match I suspect The Beast will once again turn in a winning effort. Cena will not go down without a fight and showing heart of course but Paul Heyman's reigning and defending WWE World Heavyweight Champion will still be so following Night of Champions.
Dolph Ziggler (C) w/ R-Truth versus The Miz w/ Damien Sandow
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.