by BROCK KOLLER
When I was a kid, championships in wrestling were the Holy Grails. They were bigger than any of the wrestlers who held them. They were what made storylines happen. One wrestler was jealous of another because he was champion. One wrestler was mad because he never a got a title shot. One wrestler defied all the odds and worked all his life for a shot at the title.
Over the years, titles have become less important to the overall story arcs in pro wrestling. So many times I have heard that they are now just props instead of catalysts for intriguing matchups. But last year, Daniel Bryan’s daunting quest to become WWE Champion coupled with John Cena’s impressive run as United States Champion this year, have bolstered the importance of championships and made them an integral part of the WWE landscape once again.
Now, comes the time of the year where every championship is on the line. This Sunday, it’s WWE Night of Champions and now it’s time for some predictions.
NEVILLE & THE LUCHA DRAGONS vs. THE COSMIC WASTELAND
I am a fan of The Ascension teaming with Stardust. It’s like the 1960s' Batman show where every villain had some goons with him. They would always have different ones every time they showed up. Since the Joker could break out of jail every week, why didn’t his previous posse? And there are just endless numbers of goons waiting around for The Joker to ask them to work for him? I don’t get it. Wait, what are we talking about? Oh, yes. After the SummerSlam defeat, Stardust needs a big win.
WINNERS: THE COSMIC WASTELAND
WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE NEW DAY vs. THE DUDLEY BOYZ
The New Day are hot, hot, hot. They are on fire. They can touch anything and turn into gold – from trombones, to kazoos, to commentary. And yes, it’s awesome the Dudleys are back in the WWE, but I see the potential for a longer feud with these two teams and it would be better if the Dudleys were chasing.
WINNERS (by nefarious means): THE NEW DAY
DOLPH ZIGGLER vs. RUSEV
Please, make this feud stop. I like Dolph. I like Rusev. I like Lana. I like Summer Rae. But not like this. This feud is like writing a book report where you didn’t read the book, but have to make it to 15 pages through nonsensical, boring, and illogical means. The characters in the real book are interesting, but in the book report they are used poorly. End this book report already and get the characters back on the right page. See what I did there.
DEAN AMBROSE, ROMAN REIGNS, MYSTERY PARTNER vs. THE WYATT FAMILY
It worked in 2014 and it’s working again in 2015. The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family. It’s a 2.0 version and some wrestlers were changed in the equation, but it’s still fun to watch. Supposedly, the WWE revealed on their website who the mystery partner will be, but then quickly took it down. I won’t ruin that for those who didn’t see, but whether that person turns out to be the true third member of Shield 2.0, or if it’s another, this match should be slobberknocker. I always feel like I’m saying Bray Wyatt needs a big win, but it always appears to be the case. Let’s let the new Wyatt Family shine and give them the W in this one.
WINNERS: THE WYATT FAMILY
DIVAS CHAMPION NIKKI BELLA vs. CHARLOTTE
For months I thought Nikki was going to lose the title, but then when they started comparing her to AJ Lee and AJ’s record title reign, it was obvious she would not lose the title until she broke the record. Well, she has broken the record. Now, she will lose the title. Or because most people will think that, she won’t. But I think it’s time for a new champ and that would be the daughter of the Nature Boy! Wooo!
INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION RYBACK vs. KEVIN OWENS
Ryback’s reign started off strong, but then took a turn when he was put out of action for a few weeks. Kevin Owens started off strong, but since his feud with John Cena, it has taken a mid-card turn. Owens should be given the I.C. strap and he can do to it what Cena did for the US title – make it important again. In my opinion, Owens is the best heel in the WWE and he deserves a title for that.
WINNER: KEVIN OWENS
UNITED STATES CHAMPION SETH ROLLINS vs. JOHN CENA
WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION SETH ROLLINS vs. STING
Rollins will do the unthinkable. He will pull off the impossible. I just said that Kevin Owens is the best heel in the WWE, should Seth Rollins do what I hope he will do, he will become the unquestionable best wrestler in the WWE. If he beats the most iconic Superstar in WWE today – John Cena – and the most iconic Superstars in WCW history – Sting – his current run as champion will go up to meteoric heights.
I feel Rollins beating John Cena is a given. Cena doesn’t need the US title anymore and I feel what he did with it was great, but it’s done.
Rollins defeating Sting is a bit trickier. How cool would it be if Sting ended NOC by holding the WWE World Heavyweight Championship over his head in the middle of a WWE ring on a WWE pay per view on the WWE Network?
But then what? How would Sting's reign go? And it would be at the cost of Rollins' character. So I’m willing to give up that mark-out, historic moment for a chance to push Seth Rollins into the stratosphere of monster heels and memorable champions.
Seth Rollins has been the ‘it guy’ for the WWE this entire year. This year isn’t over and neither should his title reign.
WINNER of BOTH MATCHES: SETH ROLLINS