WWE’s fourth “Night of Champions” Pay Per View drops tonight, with five, possibly six, titles on the line.
Last year, four titles changed hands, but this year may be the actual night FOR the champions, as most of the titles may be defended successfully. As in might. As in… well, probably not really. This is the WWE, where every year guys win or lose the title 3-4 times, making Ric Flair’s 16 championship reigns mean nothing.
The buildup for the championship matches on Raw and Smackdown have gone pretty well, especially the World Heavyweight championship match between Kane and Undertaker.
Let’s do a rundown of each match, starting with the lesser titles and working our way up:
1. WWE Tag Team Championship
Champions The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd) vs TBA (presumably Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre) — Rhodes and McIntyre defeated the Harts on Smackdown, which should give them a title shot at the PPV. McIntyre and Rhodes won cleanly, which is no surprise due to how the WWE is treating the tag team belts.
WHO SHOULD WIN: After having the titles defended by a duo of high tiered singles wrestlers (Miz/Big Show, Jericho/Big Show, Edge/Jericho) the WWE believes the fans would actually care about, McIntyre and Rhodes have a good chance at winning. But if they do win, would that mean only the Harts would be chasing the belts? Or will the team of John Morrison and R-Truth chase after the titles? I’m assuming the latter so Morrison can get a proper heel turn. Right?
WHO WILL WIN: McIntyre and Rhodes. Unless the WWE wants the tag team division to continue to swirl into obscurity, something needs to happen in which the Harts begin some infighting (which would be bad for the tag team division, meaning the WWE will do it eventually). The Harts will probably lose the match due to a mistake between Smith and Kidd.
2. Intercontinental Championship
Champion Dolph Ziggler vs Kofi Kingston — Kofi had a promo on Smackdown that was so badly scripted that I couldn’t watch the whole thing. Needless to say, since Dolph has Vicki Guerrero in his corner, he will lose the title if he loses by DQ or is counted out.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Dolph Ziggler, to keep his status quo up, and continue the storyline between himself, Vicki and NXT contestant Kaitlyn. They need to continue to make Dolph important, and give him more time to cut promos and get wins over bigger stars. Kofi is stuck in the funnel of obscurity (like the Tag Team Titles) and unless he’s given time to cut his own promos (like he did once upon a time against Randy Orton) and also improves his in-ring work, he’ll never get a higher position than IC or US champion.
WHO WILL WIN: Kofi Kingston, probably due to outside interference, pushing forward the Dolph/Vicki/Kaitlyn storyline a little too quickly.
3. The Big Show vs. CM Punk — In a feud that isn’t helping either man, hopefully this will be the match that ends it.