Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Off Topic

Coming up on September 21st (my son Jaheim's 8th birthday also!), WWE will be presenting their Night Of Champions PPV. It's only fair to let you know, while I don't currently watch any of the TV product, I still keep up with it via legit wrestling websites and podcasts. Simply put, 3 hours is TOO long for a show like Raw at this point, I have no interest in Main Event or Superstars (I'm on the verge of possibly checking out NXT), and I don't think I've seen Smackdown at its most pointless. The buildup for this PPV has been less than stellar, but on paper it looks to be pretty good. I'll proceed with my thoughts.

Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena

No matter what the outcome of their Summerslam match was, it was all but a guarantee that a rematch would be taking place at NOC, and here we are. I've actually come to accept Lesnar's (limited) schedule, so that's not an issue to me. The buildup to this 3rd match has been about as good as you would expect, but I do agree that it would've been best if Cena was kept off TV a bit (it also would've helped if he sold the beating he took at Summerslam like he should've). Either way, I'm looking for this to be a more competitive match that sees Brock retain the title. They seriously cannot put the belt back on Cena so quickly, even if it may make sense storyline wise. I also do not see Seth Rollins cashing in his Money In The Bank briefcase either. 
Predicted rating: ****

Intercontinental Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz

As soon as their match at Summerslam was over, I said a rematch would take place and I was right. This should be a decent match, and I thought they should've made it a "2 out of 3 falls" match, but it's all good. Ziggler retains here, nothing will be gained or advanced by putting the belt back on Miz.
Predicted rating: ***

United States Championship Match
Sheamus vs. Cesaro

This has the potential to steal the show. Sheamus has done good with what he's been given this year, while Cesaro has been placed on the booking backburner since the night after Wrestlemania 30 (pairing him with Paul Heyman did him no favors in hindsight). It should be a hard hitting, competitive affair, and now is the time to put a title on Cesaro and make him hot again.
Predicted rating: ***1/2

Tag Team Championship Match
The Usos vs. Goldust & Stardust

The Usos have had a great 2014, definitely WWE's best tag team of the year. When it comes to Gold and Stardust, most seem to forget that they unfortunately became nonfactors after losing the Tag Team titles to the New Age Outlaws on the Royal Rumble pre-show this year. If given about 10-15 minutes, this should be another good match, possibly another show stealer. The Usos have had a very good run as tag team champions, but I feel it's time for a title change. The Rhodes brothers will win.
Predicted rating: ***1/2

Divas Championship Match
AJ Lee vs. Paige vs. Nikki Bella

I was a bit surprised to see them add Nikki into this match, but whatever. I don't have much to say about this one other than I feel Paige will retain.
Predicted rating: *1/2

Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins

I'm still not sold on Reigns as being "the guy" at some point, but that's another story. This is another match where if given the right amount of time, it should be good, but with Seth still holding the MITB briefcase (plus the feud with a soon to be returning Dean Ambrose still not over) and Reigns clearly being pushed, I'm almost certain we'll get some type of non-finish.
Predicted rating: **1/2

Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton

I imagine this was set to be the blowoff to the forgettable feud between Bray Wyatt and Chris Jericho, but on the 9/8/2014 edition of Raw, Wyatt defeated Jericho in a Steel Cage match, and in a later backstage bit, Orton attacked Jericho, next thing you know, we get this match. It's something we've seen in years past and with both men being older, I'm not expecting anything out of the usual. Jericho is set to depart WWE after this show, so with that being said, Orton picks up the win with the RKO after blocking or reversing a "Codebreaker" attempt by Jericho.
Predicted rating: **

Rusev vs. Mark Henry

Word is Vince McMahon and HHH are very high on Rusev, ensuring that he's booked to look strong. A "power vs. power" match will be on full display here, but in the end, Rusev shocks everyone by getting Henry to tap out.
Predicted rating: *1/2

As usual I'll be watching this on the WWE Network. Lackluster buildup aside, it should be a good, follow up show to Summerslam.

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