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Countdown to WWE Night of Champions
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling




There was a time that Night of Champions really excited me, since it was actually a pretty unique concept - every title was on the line, and while we had a pretty good sense that at least one belt was going to change hands, you never knew which it would be.

Now, however, the image has been someone soiled by WWE not only having some titles defended (even the WWE official preview did not have a tag title bout named) but also having a non-title match on the card. This is a gimmick killer for a PPV that had a solid one, at least in my books.

Now having said that, the matches we do have, for the most part, have been built extremely well, especially the top two. Let's now take a closer look.


WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Sheamus vs. Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho vs. John Cena vs. Edge vs. Wade Barrett

First off, bravo WWE for making this an elimination match. We're looking at a good half hour for this bout which should be stellar and, if planned right, it could be one of the best multi-man matches ever. Now let's look at the probable elimination order. Edge is the least likely to end up with the title, so let's say he gets pinned first. Then, a Jericho/Barrett face-off seems inevitable, maybe with student ending teacher's career (since the stip, we can assume, is back on). That leaves us with the two megafaces, the champ and the up-and-comer. I get the feeling this is where everyone gangs up on Sheamus and he finally gets the multi-man beatdown. Out he goes. So that leaves us with Orton, Barrett and Cena. Now the logical thing here is for Cena to go out next, likely as a result of interference from Nexus, so let's put him out of the picture (which will dually serve as the build to the inevitable Survivor Series match with Cena and some of the NXT Season 2 rookies vs. Nexus). Orton and Barrett are left, and another Nexus attack seems inevitable here, except that this time Orton overcomes the odds to beat Barrett and claim the gold, which he needs to advance his megaface status one final step.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Kane vs. Undertaker

WWE Booking 101 suggests that 'Taker wins here, but it doesn't seem like the right time for him to go over Kane. I'm going to guess Kane goes over to cement that 'Taker is really weakened; but here comes the X-Factor - do you take the opportunity here to put Kane, in a weakened state after battling his brother, as the vulnerable superstar for Miz to swoop in and beat with the MITB contract, or does Kane leave with his belt intact? I'm going to go with the latter, leading to a Buried Alive match at Survivor Series to end the feud once and for all.
  INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH

Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston
 

The streak of these guys fighting over the belt continues. I'm really getting bored of it. Take Ziggler here, with MVP being the next challenger.
  DIVA'S/WOMEN'S TITLE UNIFICATION/LUMBERJILL MATCH

Melina vs. Michelle McCool
 

The time would be right to bring in a new Diva. Using Aloisia to help McCool get the victory whilst punking all the over Divas out would've been a great way to introduce her. Sadly, WWE cut the Amazon. I could see them using the same trick easily with Awesome Kong, but instead it's likely that Melina gets the nod here as LayCool fall apart.
  GRUDGE MATCH

Big Show vs. CM Punk
 

Methinks Punk has an ace up his sleeve, either with the SES back together or new recruits (Ezekiel Jackson perhaps?). Either way, Punk wins.
  UNITED STATES TITLE MATCH

The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan
 

For Miz to go after the WWE title properly, he needs to drop the U.S. belt. Bryan certainly has momentum and the fans behind him, so I can see him winning, perhaps due to Alex Riley interference; but that could just as easily happen next month. I'll take The Miz in the first bout of this series.
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