As far as Night of Champions, on 9/21 in Nashville, being a must-see show, with all the television shot, this show’s success is built entirely on the main event. The idea of Cena taking a one-sided beating, coming back with a changed mentality, and going for revenge all made sense. The problem is he was good as new a week later, and while he did change in the ring in one match, it was forgotten after the match. As the match approaches, it feels more like just another Cena title match, just with a more appealing than usual champion he’s chasing. As PPVs go, without the big name of the show, or the great build, it feels a little above average but far from the can’t miss that should have been the goal.
And as for the rest of the show, it will probably provide an entertaining show because WWE hits more than it misses on the big stage, but it’s just a usual show.
The result of Cena vs. Lesnar is important, because it probably determines the WrestleMania direction. Lesnar retaining should all but guarantee Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns at WrestleMania, providing they don’t get cold feet on that direction. Cena winning should still lead to the ascension of Reigns, but with a different dynamic, and probably wind up with Seth Rollins as champion at some point. It would free Lesnar for a match that could be as important, or more, than the title match, whether it would be with Undertaker, Rock or even a Steve Austin, since he feels like the best opponent for any of the three should they work the show. There are no special stipulations, or better than usual builds underneath. If anything, the go-home Raw didn’t help any of the matches except the main event, and perhaps Mark Henry vs. Rusev. Reigns vs. Seth Rollins was hurt by having a match on television that the crowd really didn’t get much into, and having Reigns win clean. It felt like there was no longer a reason for this match other than it’s a PPV and both don’t have another opponent. Dean Ambrose is expected to return here, or at TV the next night. Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho is Jericho’s farewell for now.
As far as the title matches go, Sheamus vs. Cesaro for the U.S. title saw challenger Cesaro lose in a trios match on TV on the go-home show, which only makes sense if Cesaro is winning here. Dolph Ziggler vs. Miz for the IC title is a comedy feud, and comedy is fine in undercard. R-Truth, as R-Ziggler, and Damien Sandow, as Damien Mizdow, should both be at ringside interfering. The Usos vs. Goldust & Stardust for the TV title is just a tag title match with nothing special to it. And the Divas title, with Paige vs. Nikki Bella vs. A.J. Lee, should somehow have Brie Bella involved in some form given they are going hard with her program with Nikki.
They also announced a one-hour pregame show that will feature Christian doing a Peep Show interviewing Jericho.
The key focus of this show should be to have one wild match, whether it be Cena vs. Lesnar, or Rollins vs. Ambrose, or perhaps Reigns vs. Orton, set up for a Hell in a Cell, which is the gimmick for the follow-up show on 10/26 in Dallas.
Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter