Thursday, July 23, 2009

Night of Champions 2009 Predictions

So I gave my mini predictions on this week's episode of Kick-Out!! Radio, but as I look back at them, I realize I only have one title changing hands. Should I make some alterations? Let's find out.

Women's Championship
Michelle McCool © vs. ???
I assume this is going to be Melina in this match, but WWE has not officially confirmed. Regardless of who it is, Michelle McCool will (unfortunately) retain. The one (and only) interesting thing about this match is that I don't remember the last time there were two women's matches on a WWE PPV. Has it ever happened?

Diva's Championship
Maryse © vs. Mickie James
Maryse has done well as the evil Diva, she's definitely the easiest woman in the company to hate, but that's why Night of Tramp-ions it's the perfect time for her to drop the belt to Mickie James. WWE's always hot and cold with Mickie, one minute she's their #1 Diva, then you won't see her for a month. Regardless of that, she's still unquestionably the most popular female in the business today and deserves another run with a title. She should've been the first to hold both the Women's & Diva's Championships, but Michelle McZzzzzzzzzzz had to ruin that.

United States Championship
Kofi Kingston
© vs. Big Show vs. The Miz vs. Jack Swagger vs. MVP vs. Carlito
The Six-Pack Challenge is a hard match to predict and with these competitors, it makes it all the more difficult. Any of these guys could walk out of the PPV as champion and have plenty of guys to work with. They could put the belt on Swagger or MVP and raise the stakes of their feud. Carlito could regain the title that he won in his WWE debut and go onto feud with his brother. Kofi could retain and feud with any of these guys. The one thing I am fairly confident about, Big Show will not win since he's been treated as the dominant monster and is presented as the odds on favorite, making it too obvious. That's the monster consolation prize, usually given to Kane whenever Money in the Bank or the Royal Rumble roll around. I'm admittedly pulling for The Miz in this one since he deserves a title (I'd take him as WWE Champ over Randy Orton any day!), but I'm sticking with my gut and saying Kofi Kingston retains. When you look back, he won the match in a Triple Threat, then defended it in a Fatal Four-Way, the next logical step is for him to win the Six-Pack Challenge.

Intercontinental Championship
Rey Mysterio
© vs. Dolph Ziggler
Another tough match to call; Ziggy's on a huge roll, but Rey-Rey has really been raising the prestige of the IC Title and I don't know if it's time for him to drop it. In my estimation, the outcome of this match has a lot to do with Jeff Hardy's status and who's going to feud with CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Title. I know John Morrison is in line for a shot, but I'm not so sure they're ready to stick him in the main event of SummerSlam, but Mysterio is always a viable option. If a solid SummerSlam main event is in place, then I think Rey will retain and give Dolph a rematch next month at that PPV. I'll play it safe and go with Rey Mysterio hanging onto the gold, but don't be surprised if this feud ends with Ziggler becoming the next Intercontinental Champion.

ECW Championship
Tommy Dreamer © vs. Christian

I'm fairly confident that Tommy Dreamer will retain here, but not 100% sure. With all these new guys popping up on ECW, they could really use Christian to guide them along and what better way for him to do that than as ECW Champion? That said, I think Christian has bigger fish to fry at this point and Tommy's no slouch in the mentor role.

Unified Tag Team Championship
Chris Jericho & ???
© vs. Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase
If you've been keeping up with the Mystery Partner thread, you'll see there are a lot of theories about who will be taking Edge's place this Sunday. There's everything from The Brian Kendrick to a returning Chris Masters to Cody Rhodes or DiBiase turning on the other in a similar fashion to last year's Night of Champions. I really hope we don't go with a Legacy break-up, because that would just be lame, Chris Jericho doesn't need either of those guys weighing him down, they're busy enough weighing Orton down! Personally, I'm hoping for Christian to turn heel after losing the ECW Title match and then come back out later to team with his good friend, Chris Jericho. Christian's been great as a face since coming back to WWE, but we all know that his true skills on the mic come from being one of the most infuriating heels of the last decade. I just want this to be the case so I can watch crowds come unglued when these two are in the ring together. But regardless of who the partner is, I'm almost 100% sure that Jericho & [insert name here] are walking out as champs.

World Heavyweight Championship
CM Punk © vs. Jeff Hardy
I have to say, I'm really worried about this match. With it becoming more and more clear that Jeff Hardy is taking time off, I'm afraid they'll have him win here and then run an angle where he gets his "third strike" and is "released" from WWE, causing him to vacate the World Championship. Then when Jeff comes back, they'll do a big reveal that CM Punk framed him or something and reignite the feud. Would be incredibly tacky, but also something that's never been done before. I hope they don't go that route and I hope we just get a straight up CM Punk win to solidify his championship reign. Whatever the aftermath may be, I'm thrilled about this match and it is definitely my prediction for Match of the Night.

WWE Championship
Randy Orton © vs. Triple H vs. John Cena

I'm honestly clueless about where this one is going, all I know is Raw's main event scene desperately needs some shaking up. A couple weeks back, I would've suggested that since Raw is so light on heels, Orton should retain and move onto a feud with MVP, but MVP's dropped so far off the radar in the last month, I'm not so sure. Barring the return of Shawn Michaels, I don't see there being a big enough opponent for Randy Orton to defend the title against at SummerSlam unless they're really going to make us sit through Orton vs. HHH Part 37. Orton vs. Cena would work, but then what's Triple H going to do at the second biggest show of the year? I'm probably over-thinking this one too much, the logical choice is probably to stick with Orton, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say John Cena captures the gold.

I'm fully expecting to do terrible this month, but I doubt I can do much worse than with my WrestleMania predictions (which was also the weekend the site launched, haha). I'm only predicting two titles changing hands, so I think that immediately doesn't bode well for me. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a DQ on this card as well to give a challenger a win, but let the champ keep his or her title (IC and ECW Title matches seem like prime contenders for that). Regardless of my performance, I'm just pleased to see a relatively unpredictable PPV from WWE.

Don't forget to leave your predictions in the comments below and make sure to check back here at Kick-Out!! Wrestling Sunday night for my full review of Night of Champions!


  1. Women's Championship:
    Michelle McCool? really you have to ask
    shes losing

    Diva's Championship

    United States Championship
    Kofi Kingston © vs. Big Show vs. The Miz vs. Jack Swagger vs. MVP vs. Carlito
    big show? yea right
    miz are you kidding?
    swagger; maybe
    MVP; idk
    (maybe swagger and MVP will
    be to focused on each other cuz
    i know they got a lil rivalry)
    So maybe Kofi or carlito cuz hes being such
    a girl about losing the tag champs "/
    but going for kofi

    Intercontinental Championship
    Rey Mysterio cuz i don't see Dolph winning
    any titles right now, but hes got potential.

    ECW Championship
    Christian cuz i mean Tommy had his run;
    time to get over it.

    Unified Tag Team Championship
    Chris Jericho & ??? © vs. Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase D:
    I'm torn i really am "/
    unless he gets a partner that i HATE!
    then I'm going for legacy, but right now idk "/

    World Heavyweight Championship
    CM Punk!!! :D are you kidding
    nuf said!

    WWE Championship
    Randy Orton; but i think this could be the end of his
    title streak. just as long as cena doesn't win it, i will be satisfied :)

  2. I think the women's title match will be made tonight on SmackDown and Melina will probaly use her rematch claus so if that's the case I'm hopeing that Melina takes it back.

    The Divas Championship is gonna finally go to Mickie James. However if they can unify the tag titles can't we unify the women's and diva's titles and get rid of that awful damn diva's belt!? That thing is ugly as hell!!

    US Championship is interesting. I wouldn't mind Kofi keeping it but at the same time he's not ready for the main event and I'd like to see them put the title on say The Miz or give it back to MVP or even give it to Carlito. Swagger and The Big Show are just eh. Swagger annoys me if Vince could buy Chyna womanly features then why can't he get Swagger a speech therapist? Just saying. So I guess I'm gonna go with The Miz winning

    The IC Title Match is gonna be good so good that I don't care who wins either one will be entertaining as IC Champ and seeing as I've predicted all title changes thus far I'm gonna go ahead with one more because so far Maria has only interacted with Dolph backstage I think she's gonna make an appearance at ring side Sunday Night and might distract Mysterio. It makes no sense to put a heel Superstar with a face Diva and keep her a face. Maria is gonna have to be a heel for a while until they make Dolph too abusive to her and she finally realizes what she's become and screws him over lol like they do with all the Diva/Superstar relationships well 95% of them anyway.

    ECW title is gonna stay with Tommy Dreamer. For two reasons. Either A) Dreamer wins because they are keeping Christian a face and they want Dreamer to face Kozlov or B) They are turning Christian heel and putting with Y2J later in the card.

    Tag Team Match no matter what Jericho is winning even if he's by himself which we all know he isn't. Who his partner will be I have no idea but I really hope it's either Christian or The Miz because that would be "AWESOME"

    WHC Match I want to say Hardy Wins Hardy Wins Hardy Wins but I just don't see that happening not with him leaving however the newest round of rumors have him extending through Summer Slam so he could win and then drop the title in a month at Summer Slam so I'm gonna go with CM Punk but I'm really hoping Hardy as long as CM Punk finally pulls the switch and goes full on heel

    WWE Title Match is probably gonna be Orton keeping the title but if it's not the case I'm hoping for Triple H but I do agree with Razor on this and the whole Orton/Triple H feud needs to end because it's getting old and stale and annoying however if Cena were to win then we could get Cena vs The Miz feuding over the title but who knows just as long as Cena doesn't win the title I'll be ok with it and if Triple H wins hopefully he beats Orton at Summer Slam cuz we all know Orton's gonna have a rematch claus, and that will be the end of the Orton/Triple H feud

    I know I've predicted too many title changes but it's night of champions for crying out loud lets mix up that title scene huh =D

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