Yesterday we looked into our crystal ball to preview the under card matches for the WWE pay-per-view 'Night of Champions.' Now we give our expert opinions on the three top matches including the penultimate match for the WWE Championship between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. In case you missed part one, read it here.
This has all the potential to be the best match of the night and definitely with one of the most dramatic finishes. Up until this last week Daniel Bryan has been left beaten and broken on every program he has appeared on by Orton and company. He's fighting an uphill battle against Randy Orton because there will almost undoubtedly be a plethora of interference by The Shield, Triple H and Big Show. As much as fans want to see Bryan regain the title from Orton don't expect it to happen tonight. Big Show has seemed almost over the top in his support of Bryan, even going so far as refusing to wrestle Bryan in a legitimate match. After what should be a great match Orton probably retains with help from others including Big Show as he reveals his alliance with Triple H's new corporation.
Agreed that all the humiliation of Big Show should lead to him turning on Bryan, hitting him with the WMD and Orton retaining the WWE Championship, thus allowing Bryan and Show to feud for awhile, while Orton moves on briefly to a new number one contender. The angle of Triple H, Orton and The Shield beating up Bryan will be added onto by the world's largest athlete, so it will remain to be seen if anyone on the roster will ever aid Bryan in his title quest.
World Heavyweight Championship
Alberto Del Rio (C) vs Rob Van Dam w/Ricardo
Honestly we have been given little incentive to care about this match and WWE has nobody to blame but themselves. When the most compelling part of the match is that Ricardo may turn on RVD, who he has no chemistry or logic for being with anyway, then there is something wrong with the World title match. It seems too obvious that Ricardo will turn and rejoin ADR so I am going dark horse on this one. RVD wins the WHC and is cashed in on by Damien Sandow who wins with Ricardo's help.
Here is another title that should change hands, but probably won't even if Ricardo rejoins Del Rio. While it would be a nice rewards for RVD to capture the World Heavyweight title, if it happens it may happen as this feud continues on to the next pay-per-view.
CM Punk vs Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman (Handicap Elimination Match)
Punk and Heyman have really carried Axel through this feud. Axel just doesn't have the charisma to make people care about him without Paul Heyman. As a result fully expect for Punk to get past Axel and get Heyman in the ring. It seems like a somewhat lackluster stage for Punk to finally get his revenge on Heyman but it looks as though it may be clobberin' time for Heyman.
While Punk really needs to get his hands on Heyman without any interference from Axel or anyone else I would not be surprised if this feud continues with Heyman introducing a new "client" at this event. Hopefully someone who can carry things better than Axel has so far…may be someone from NXT.
So all the titles in WWE are in the hands of heel superstars and divas. Based upon our predictions it doesn't appear that may change much after the 'Night of Champions' is over. We shall see on Sunday night what happens and then the fall-out on Raw Monday night.
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