WWE Night of Champions 2015 will feature a few firsts on Sunday Night in Houston. Sting will have his first ever title match in WWE, and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and United States Championship will be defended by the same wrestler in one night.
After appearing on “Monday Night Raw” just 24 hours after SummerSlam, Sting earned a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match with Seth Rollins. Rollins, who holds the U.S. Title after beating John Cena at the last pay-per-view, will defend both belts on Sunday.
The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar faced off in the main event of SummerSlam, but neither wrestler is scheduled to be on Sunday’s PPV. Randy Orton and Sheamus are among the top full-time wrestlers that don’t have a match.
Every championship will be on the line this weekend, and a few belts are expected to change hands. Below are predictions for every match on the Night of Champions card.
Seth Rollins vs. Sting (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match)
Even though it’s for the company’s top title, this might be the easiest match on the card to predict. Sting got his win over Rollins on “Raw,” forcing the champ to tap out at the end of the show. Rollins is almost sure to get his win back on Sunday, and if Rollins faces Sting before Cena, it’s all but a guarantee. The 56-year-old Sting won’t have a title run, and Sheamus would likely cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase if the former face of WCW somehow pulled out the win.
Prediction: Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins vs. John Cena (United States Championship Match)
Rollins doesn’t need to hold both the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and United States Title. Cena’s run as U.S. Champ was the most memorable for the belt in years, and it’d be best for WWE if he held the title again. Jon Stewart won’t be there to help Rollins steal the win, and there’s almost no way that he beats Cena clean.
Prediction: John Cena
Ryback vs. Kevin Owens (Intercontinental Championship Match)
WWE seems committed to giving Ryback a significant run with the title, considering he’s the longest reigning IC Champ in nearly two years and he recently beat the WWE World Heavyweight Champion on “Raw.” Owens has star potential, but it’s uncertain if WWE sees that just yet. If any match on the card is to end in a disqualification or count out, this might be it.
Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose & Mystery Partner vs. The Wyatt Family
Since they lost at SummerSlam, The Wyatt Family has continued to have their way with the former Shield members. Braun Strowman has added a different element that wasn’t there with Erick Rowan, and a PPV win would help solidify the group as a faction to be feared. Reigns and Ambrose don’t need the win. Whether their partner is Randy Orton, Baron Corbin or someone else from NXT, it shouldn’t be enough to beat Bray Wyatt and Co.
Prediction: The Wyatt Family
Nikki Bella vs. Charlotte (Divas Championship Match)
Now that Nikki has broken AJ’s record to become the longest reigning Divas Champion in WWE history, there’s no reason for her to still have the belt. Charlotte had her win on Monday night taken away from her, and she should get it back on Sunday night.
The New Day vs. The Dudley Boyz
It’s possible that The Dudley Boyz could have a short run with the titles, but they were brought back to WWE primarily to help put over younger talent like The New Day. Night of Champions should be the first of a few PPV matches between the teams, and the current champs should find a way to cheat and steal a victory.
Prediction: The New Day
Rusev vs. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler caused Rusev to lose to Cesaro on “Raw,” which could signal a loss for him at Night of Champions. But in doing so, he seemed to win over Summer Rae, who might turn on Rusev and help Ziggler get the victory.
Prediction: Dolph Ziggler
Neville & Lucha Dragons vs. Cosmic Wasteland (Kickoff Match)
The Ascension has beaten The Lucha Dragons a few times in recent weeks, and Neville should help them get their revenge on Sunday. The babyfaces usually get the win on the pre-show.
Prediction: Neville & Lucha Dragons