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WWE Night of Champions 2015 predictions: Sting vs. Seth Rollins, Nikki Bella vs. Charlotte, more!

WWE returns to pay-per-view (PPV) -- if your cable provider is carrying the event, of course -- tomorrow night (Sun., Sept. 20, 2015) live from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas with its Night of Champions event starting at 6:00 p.m. ET with the Kickoff show leading right on into the main course at 7 p.m. ET on the WWE Network.

Set for the card: Seth Rollins defends the WWE world heavyweight championship against Sting, he also defends the United States title against John Cena, Nikki Bella puts the Divas strap up for grabs against Charlotte and so much more!

Luckily for you Cagesiders, our staff of learned wrestling blowhards is here to help figure out just how the event is going to play out with predictions for each match on the card.

Let's get to it.



Seth Rollins vs. Sting

Geno Mrosko: If they go on last, I'll have an inkling of hope that Vince McMahon will actually allow "the franchise of WCW" to hold his most important title, but even then I don't actually expect that the Stinger is here to do anything other than what he already admitted he's here for: putting others over. Pick: Rollins

Sean Rueter: More interested in where this match is on the card than the outcome, because as badly booked as I've found most of Seth's run, I can't see him losing to a 56 year old part-timer his mentor beat at Mania. Also not expecting a cash-in from Sheamus, because no one wants to see a cash-in from Sheamus. Shout out to all the hard-working statue sculptors...this one's for you. Pick: Seth Rollins

Bill Hanstock: The only way I can see Sting winning is if he's the transitional champion for Sheamus to take the title from, either immediately following his win or Monday on RAW. I don't really think that's going to happen, though. Rollins leaves NoC with one title. Luckily, it's the most important one. Pick: Rollins

Keith Harris: With Monday Night Raw's ratings hitting an 18 year low, Vince McMahon will be looking at ways to shake things up to prevent that trend from continuing in the face of stiff NFL competition over the next three months. An obvious temporary fix to buy WWE creative some time whilst they attempt to come up with a more permanent solution is to hotshot the World title on Sting and hope that bumps viewership back up to acceptable levels for a week or two. This could also be used to help freshen up Rollins' character, which after 15 months of playing The Authority's toadie has become stale and predictable. Pick: Sting

Kyle Decker: This is likely going to be a huge clustermuck, with cheating, interference, and the such. It probably won't be as bad as Sting's match at Mania, but I don't expect it to be 15-20 minutes of these two having some classic back and forth. Maybe Conan O'Brien will interfere? Or Goldberg and DDP to help their old WCW bro Sting? Who knows. In the end, Sting is not walking out with the title and they've played up the Sheamus bit a bit too much so I don't think they are going that route. Instead, Rollins retains by nefarious means. Pick: Seth Rollins

Cain A. Knight: I really doubt that Sting will win the championship, mostly because they are feuding over a statue. By giving Sting a win on Raw this past week, The Vigilante can now lose to Rollins without being saddled by an 0-2 record in WWE. Sting's probability of winning drastically goes down if this match doesn't main event the card, which is a rumor that is afoot. I think Seth's reign will continue so that he can have an even less interesting feud with Kane as Hell In A Cell approaches. Pick: Seth Rollins


Seth Rollins vs. John Cena

Geno Mrosko: They got headlines for what they did with Jon Stewart at SummerSlam but that was all. There's no real justification for keeping the US title on Rollins here, so it goes back to the guy who made it something special. Pick: Cena

Sean Rueter: In which we learn that Seth only got the U.S. title so they could grab a few "Jon Stewart turns heel" headlines. And I'm 100% okay with that, because I freaking loved the Stewart angle. Pick: John Cena

Bill Hanstock: ooooooo RAPPADOOOOOO. Pick: John Cena

Keith Harris: Cena losing two consecutive matches on pay-per-view to the same person? Have you lost your mind? The match result in the main event may be in question, but not here. Pick: John Cena

Kyle Decker: I'm likely going to be the contrarian opinion on this one, but I don't think Cena is winning the US title back tonight. I want him too because I miss my open challenge and it would be awesome if he were US champ and Owens was IC champ, but I don't think that happens tonight. Instead, my gut feeling is that Rollins will have one big night of walking out with two titles (neither which he actually earned) to have something major to brag about. Then he'll drop the US title to Cena in the near future. Pick: Cena via DQ

Cain A. Knight: I think WWE booked the Winner Takes All match last month between Cena and Rollins only because the SummerSlam card desperately needed another big match. I expected that Rollins would drop the title back to Cena shortly afterwards so that WWE could hit the reset button and continue on with Cena's open challenges like this past month never happened. And that's exactly how this story is going to play out. It never made sense for Rollins to win the US Championship in the first place, and so now he is going to drop it back to Cena in this rematch. Pick: CenaWinsLOL


Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose & TBA vs. The Wyatt Family

Geno Mrosko: SAVIO VEGA BABY! I'd pop huge if that happened, though we all know it won't. That said, I don't think you bring in Bigass McStrongman to beat the babyfaces down and then beat him at the first PPV show he's a part of. Pick: Wyatt Family

Sean Rueter: Everybody knows it would be awesome if Cesaro was the MYSTERY PARTNER, right? Okay, just wanted to make sure that was out there. Since I expect to be disappointed on that score (my money's on Kane), here's hoping they do the right thing and give Bray an elusive PPV win. The addition of Strowman's made him scary for the first time in years, and a couple of big wins before Roman takes him down might be the very thing Reigns needs to finally grab the main event spot for which he's destined. Pick: The Wyatts

Bill Hanstock: THE GREAT KHALI COMES OUT AND CHOPS STROWMAN INTO OBLIVION. My actual guess is that Erick Rowan is the mystery partner, but then turns on Ambrose and Reigns because they can never trust a third man again. The Wyatts end the evening four men strong. Woe be to all that stand against them. Pick: Wyatt Family

Keith Harris: Unless WWE have a big trick up their sleeve for the surprise partner (which I doubt they do), the goal of this match should be to put over Braun Strowman as a monster. The new Wyatt Family needs to be put over strong to make fans believe that Bray's crew are bigger and badder than ever. Pick: The Wyatt Family

Kyle Decker: Regardless of the mystery partner (I'm guessing Cesaro), the Wyatts are going to win this. Braun Strowman just debuted and has been made to look like a beast. Putting him on the losing effort will take away from that work. WWE probably wants to run with this power house trio. They have made enemies of Orton and the Usos, so there are two feuds already ready made for them. Also, Ambrose and Reigns should not defeat the Wyatt Family with anybody that's not Seth Rollins because no team with those two men should ever look stronger than the Shield. Pick: The Wyatt Family

Cain A. Knight: I don't think there is any grand long-term plan for this mystery partner. It will probably be a one-off like Chris Jericho or someone like that who won't be part of the feud going forward. Just please don't make it Big Show, Kane, or Mark Henry. The Wyatt Family will win this match because WWE wants to torment my eyes with many more months of Monsterballs McBigperson putting shitty-looking bear hugs on dudes who are way more talented than he is at professional wrestling. Pick: The Wyatt Family


Ryback vs. Kevin Owens

Geno Mrosko: It's time for the master of the feed me more to drop that gorgeous white leather strap to a guy who will make it feel like a much bigger deal. Pick: Owens

Sean Rueter: If they used Cesaro to rebuild Owens after the Cena program only to have him put over The Big Guy, I'm going to be an angry mark. Pick: Kevin Owens

Bill Hanstock: I would love for Owens to win the title here, but I think it might be too soon in this feud that JUST started. I think Owens loses his temper (or perhaps his patience) here and takes either a DQ or countout loss. Pick: Ryback

Keith Harris: I think it's clear that Owens is coming out of this program with the IC belt strapped around his waist, so the question is only the timing of that move. My hunch is that Ryback retains here to be fed to Owens another day when the switch can have a greater spotlight put on it and mean more. Pick: Ryback

Kyle Decker: Owens winning the Intercontinental title would be the chance to make it look good that, a chance they lost when Daniel Bryan went down with injury. While they could have Ryback retain this weekend and have Owens win it at Hell in a Cell, that would mean there would be three Ryback/Owens matches. No one wants that. KO will win tonight and it'll be the first time in ages that the IC belt has actually felt like a legit title. Pick: Kevin Owens

Cain A. Knight: This is the first time that I've been interested in seeing a one-on-one match featuring Ryback since Hell In A Cell 2012. Ryback pretty much embodies everything that I loathe about professional wrestling, while Owens represents everything that I love about it. So I'll be rooting hard for Owens to win the championship and move away from this Ryback feud ASAP. I am a little worried though because Ryback just referred to himself as "The Master Of The Feed Me More" on Raw this past week, and so now Owens might just tap out to whatever the heck that new move ends up being. Pick: Kevin Owens


Nikki Bella vs. Charlotte

Geno Mrosko: They didn't use the record breaking evening as an end point, which you could argue they should have, so they should instead use it as kicking off point for Nikki to go on a tear as the top heel racking up days to tack onto her record. In that time, they need to build up a challenger to make it meaningful when they finally take the belt off her. That means she wins here. I'm not sure that's what WWE will do, however. Pick: Charlotte

Sean Rueter: Have documented my thoughts on this all over cSs this week, but we need a monster heel run from Bella now. Call it the Divas Revolution or the women's division or whatever you want, but it needs a villain, and Raw set Nikki up to be just that. No DQ also means she can cheat through non-Twin Magic means. And that's what she should do, shattering Charlotte and her Dad's dream and lording her dominance over everyone - setting up a great moment when someone knocks her off her pedestal down the road. Pick: Nikki Bella

Bill Hanstock: No matter who wins, we win! Pick: Charlotte

Keith Harris: Now that she's broken AJ Lee's record, there's little reason to keep the belt on Nikki, as the longer she holds the title, the weaker the Divas Revolution becomes. I don't buy into the scurrilous rumours that Cena is lobbying behind the scenes to derail change on his girlfriend's behalf. Pick: Charlotte

Kyle Decker: It's so tough to predict a match in a division that changes its booking on a dime. I think Nikki Bella got great heat on Monday by claiming the record by DQ and then celebrating like she just won the Superbowl. It'd be a good idea to capitalize on that heat and get Nikki a couple more cheap wins as she brags about the record she doesn't deserve before she tops the record. Pick: Nikki Bella

Cain A. Knight: The Divas Revolution storyline has failed to accomplish much other than getting longer television matches for the women. The main reason it has failed is because the championship has rarely been involved in the story and instead there are warring factions with zero reason for emotional investment in who wins. The emphasis on Nikki's record reign as Divas Champion is starting to put the focus back in the right place, and it feels like they really shouldn't wait much longer to put the championship on either Charlotte, Becky, or Sasha. But I don't think it will happen quite yet, as there is a Paige heel turn brewing in the background that is going to screw Charlotte over. Pick: Nikki Bella


The New Day vs. The Dudley Boyz

Geno Mrosko: I can't imagine they brought back Bubba and D-Von to make them champions. They're babyfaces better off chasing the straps, unless the plan is to turn these teams, which actually wouldn't be a terrible idea considering everyone wants to cheer New Day anyway and Bubba is a phenomenal heel. Don't think we're there just yet, though. Pick: New Day

Sean Rueter: Bubba Ray & D-Von will probably get their 10th WWE tag title run, but it won't be for a month or two. Even if it never comes, I'm okay with Xavier Woods, Big E & Kofi Kingston cheat to win, one or more of them is put through a table, New Day comes up with a clever new angle on #SaveTheTables as part of the build to the rematch, least until Survivor Series. Pick: The New Day

Bill Hanstock: The Dudleys win the tag titles, then put Xavier through a table. The two teams spend the next few months trading the tag belts, perhaps leading up to a TLC match? No matter the outcome, it's going to be a fun ride. Pick: Dudley Boyz

Keith Harris: The New Day might be the most entertaining act in the company at the moment. No way should their momentum be derailed again by having them drop the titles so soon after they regained them. This program should build to a trios Tables match blowoff before The Dudleys get their hands raised. Pick: The New Day

Kyle Decker: The Dudley Boyz will eventually win the titles, but I don't think it will be this weekend. The New Day is too hot right now to take the titles off them this soon after winning them. I expect they will retain by shenanigans and the New Day will drop the titles on one of the new two PPVs. The New Day retains, but Woods will go through a table to make the fans happy. That poor table. Pick: The New Day

Cain A. Knight: I love both of these teams and my hopes are very high for this match. The Dudley Boyz are presented as pretty big stars right now, so I think WWE will put the titles on them before the weekly drag of 3-hour Raw turns them stale. Either way, I think WWE should push both of these teams right into a longer-term feud with Ambreigns and The Wyatt Family, as I think it would really help the New Day to constantly be in segments with all of those upper card acts rather than being associated with lower card teams like Prime Time Players or Lucha Dragons. Pick: Dudley Boyz


Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev

Geno Mrosko: Who cares? Pick: Ziggler

Sean Rueter: Since it pretty much doesn't way or the other, I think they hit the reset button on this in the not-too-distant future...and because I've got a lot of heels winning on this show, I'm guessing Dolph takes this. But if I could fantasy book for a moment, I'd have Summer turn on Rusev and pull a double turn here, setting up an arc where Lana comes back and convinces RuRu that they were dominant when he let her be an equal partner, kicking of Rusev's babyface chase of Kevin Owens' Intercontinental title. Hey, a boy can dream. Pick: Dolph Ziggler

Bill Hanstock: What I really, really, really want to happen is Summer Rae turning on Rusev and joining Ziggler so that we can finally have the PROPER heel/face alignment. As it stands, I think Ziggler gets the squeaky-clean victory (or perhaps Lana comes out to cost Rusev the match) and end the feud with the "good guy" going over. Pick: Ziggler

Keith Harris: With Lana on the injured list, WWE needs to find ways to keep this rope opera going until she is healthy enough to return. With no woman in Ziggler's corner, that should give Rusev the edge, as Summer Rae should be the difference maker, interfering in the Bulgarian's favour. Pick: Rusev

Kyle Decker: It's time for Rusev to defeat this slimy Ziggler once and for all. Between the two men, Rusev is the one with a much higher ceiling. Plus, I really want to see the flag. Pick: Rusev

Cain A. Knight: I'm not really sure what the hell is going on in this feud, but I do know that it revolves around Dolph Ziggler's glistening penis. That's a good thing for Dolph, because it means that Summer Rae will be distracted ringside and will accidentally cost Rusev this match. Pick: Dolph Ziggler


Cosmic Wasteland vs. Neville & Lucha Dragons

Geno Mrosko: Why not actually establish the team here instead of the group who is thrown together? Pick: Cosmic Wasteland

Sean Rueter: There will be flippy $#!+. And probably a happy ending because (a) pre-show and (b) Stardust. Pick: Neville & Lucha Dragons

Bill Hanstock: I'm just excited for this match in general, but in the first iteration of HEROES vs. VILLAINS, I think Stardust and the Ascension really need this win. They'll find a way to pick up the victory via DASTARDLY HAPPENINGS. Pick: Cosmic Wasteland

Keith Harris: Similar to the reformed Wyatt Family, if the new Cosmic Wasteland group is going to have any credibility they should win their first match as a unit. Hopefully the faces get the chance to shine with their stunning aerials before doing the job. Pick: The Cosmic Wasteland

Kyle Decker: Given the fact that the Cosmic Wasteland seem to be an actual thing where as the Lucha Dragons and Neville seem to be together for this match, I'm going with the trio of comic book villains. Plus, Stardust should be on the winner side after being on the losing side against actor Stephen Amell. Pick: Cosmic Wasteland

Cain A. Knight: I haven't seen any of the segments featuring these guys so I'll just assume that Cody is going to get his win back from SummerSlam. Pick: Cosmic Wasteland


Those are our predictions, Cagesiders. What are yours?

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