Somehow this edition of the FearlessRiOT Forecast almost didn’t happen. Even thought I’ve watched every episode of both RAW and Smackdown ever since the mega-show that was SummerSlam, I still kind of forgot that Night of Champions comes on tonight. If I had remembered, then this article would’ve been up a day earlier as I prefer to post these things the day before the event takes place. Hopefully for the next event, I’ll remember. (And no, I’m not doing a Forecast on the Emmy Awards; unless the finally give Parks & Recreation their due in it’s final year of nominations after screwing it over it’s entire run, The Emmys can take a seat.) Anyway, Night of Champions is the one night a year where every championship on the main roster is guaranteed to be defended. And boy, what a lineup down this year’s show have: one obnoxious braggart pulls double duty, a legendary team competes on a WWE PPV for the first time in over a decade, a Diva looks to further her history making reign, a competitor in one match has yet to even be revealed, and…we get Ziggler vs. Rusev again. Well, after my Forecast for SummerSlam turned out to be mostly accurate as I predicted most winners correctly, let’s see if lightning strikes twice; let’s dive into it; the FearlessRiOT Forecast for WWE Night of Champions 2015!
Neville & Lucha Dragons vs. The Cosmic Wasteland:The Backstory: Apparently, Stardust still has beef with Neville after the whole Stephen Amell thing. Why? My guess is because WWE want to keep using that wicked comic book graphic of them, but that’s just a probably-accurate stab in the dark. Anyway, in this round, Stardust has recruited backup from main roster disappointments The Ascension. To combat them, Neville has found allies in Sin Cara and Kalisto.
Who I Want To Win: I guess I’ll say Stardust because it’d be a waste of time to put him and The Ascension together just for them to immediately become the 2015 J.O.B. Squad (or for a more recent comparison, a Gothic 3MB), while Neville’s alliance with the Lucha Dragons will likely be short lived. I like Neville and the Dragons, but Cosmic Wasteland for the win here.
Who Will Win: I’m gonna guess The Cosmic Wasteland will pull out this win.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev: The Backstory: First of all, when did they make this match official? I didn’t even know this was happening again until I checked this card on Wikipedia, then double checked on WWE.com to make sure I wasn’t being trolled. It is no prank and another Rusev/Ziggler match is happening, keeping this mess of an angle of theirs going. You know what, I don’t know why I’m surprised; they’ve been dragging this out for months and it shows very little signs of slowing down (and the chances of Lana vs. Summer Rae ever happening continues to shrink), so we get this match again.
Who I Want To Win: I don’t wanna sound like a smark who’s trying as hard as they can to not care about something, but I legit do not care who wins this match.
Who Will Win: I dunno, maybe Rusev?
WWE Tag Team Championship
The New Day (C) vs. The Dudley Boyz The Backstory: The Dudley Boyz recently came back to WWE after spending a decade or so supposedly in some kind of a zone down in Orlando, Florida. That zone must not have made much of an impact, but apparently footage of this period in time does exist. But the point is that the Dudleyz are back in WWE and they have offended the over-the-top New Day tandem with their rampant disrespect and disregard for tables, leading to one hilarious segment after another about protecting the identity and existence of tables (and clipboards).
Who I Want To Win: Not gonna lie, I’d love to see The New Day pull out a win; their last title reign was so short and there’s no reason to make this one even shorter. I’d love to see the Dudleyz win the titles again in the future; just not right now; it’s New Day’s time.
Who Will Win: The New Day will prevail and hopefully save a table or two in the process.
Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, & Vacant vs. The Wyatt Family
The Backstory: That’s right, everyone: former WWE Champion and surefire Hall of Famer Vacant (a.k.a. Abeyance) is back and he’s teaming up with 2/3rd of the former Shield to take on Wyatt Family 2.0. OK, so Vacant will apparently take formation as another WWE Superstar like he’s Ditto from Pokémon, but which superstar it will be is still up in the air. Hopefully they can take the fight to a tall Mike Knox/Bull Dempsey hybrid in sheep mask with a bearhug choke for a finisher.
Who I Want To Win: Ambrose, Reigns, and Vacant, mainly out of favoritism.
Who Will Win: The Wyatt Family, either by cheating of having Brawn Strowman send all three of his opponents to Dreamland.
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Ryback (C) vs. Kevin Owens
The Backstory: Well, you see, Ryback apparently has a fond admiration for literature, self-help book The Secret in-particular. He brought this fun fact to light in a promo months ago and Kevin Owens took it upon himself to use his critical analysis of the book as a way to antagonize Ryback and come for his Intercontinental Championship. Dude, when did WWE turn into a book club? Anyway, after failing to win John Cena’s U.S. Title, this is Owens’ second time going for a main roster championship.
Who I Want To Win: I kinda want Kevin Owens to win. It’s not out of any hatred of Ryback; I’m probably one of few Internet fans that don’t have anything against him. It’s more just that Owens winning a secondary title would be awesome.
Who Will Win: I feel like Ryback is gonna come out on top, only for Kevin Owens to win it in a rematch at…..whatever the next PPV is.
WWE Divas Championship
Nikki Bella (C) vs. Charlotte
The Backstory: Nikki Bella won the Diva Championship last year from AJ Lee in about 20 or so seconds after Brie Bella kissed AJ (yes, really) and turned heel out of nowhere. Since then, she’s gone on to have a very long, controversial title reign. And it only got more controversial after her match with Charlotte this past Monday. A Dirty finish courtesy of the tired Twin Magic trick left Charlotte with a DQ victory and Nikki with a new “longest reigning Divas Champion” record to brag about in her sultry, monotone voice. But so we could determine a real winner, Stephanie McMahon set the rematch for Night of Champions.
Who I Want To Win: I’m torn on this. On one hand, I’m kind of ready for Nikki’s reign to end. On the other hand, not necessarily to Charlotte. She’s a hell of an athlete, but like many others, I would prefer Sasha Banks winning the title from Nikki. Or for Charlotte to actually not sound forced, awkward, and unnatural in promos before winning the title.
Who Will Win: Nikki Bella; I don’t know if Paige will turn heel and screw Charlotte like most people are predicting, but I just don’t see Charlotte taking the title right now.
WWE United States Championship
Seth Rollins (C) vs. John Cena
The Backstory: Seth Rollins is pulling double duty at Night of Champions, and the first match sees him face off with the man he beat for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam. Seth Rollins and John Cena have fought a ton on WWE television in the past year, and pretty much every time Rollins actually wins, it’s via some kind of shenanigans, like at SummerSlam when Jon Stewart of all people got physically involved. This Sunday, it’s gonna be a fair one-on-on…you know what, why am I lying? If Seth wins, it’ll be because of shenanigans, because WWE in 2015.
Who I Want To Win: John Cena. Yeah, I said it; give him his title back this soon. This is mainly me wishfully thinking he’ll bring back the U.S. Title Open Challenge again.
Who Will Win: Seth Rollins via shenanigans. You sick of that word “shenanigans” yet? Well, sorry, until WWE cuts back on them, it’s gonna be a regular part of my wrestling vocabulary.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Seth Rollins (C) vs. Sting
The Backstory: Seth Rollins’ other big match for Sunday, where he must face a pro wrestling icon who’s WWE record is actually pretty unimpressive. One pinfall loss and two victories, one of which came via disqualification. Man, WWE, how do you misbook a legend this badly? Anyway, Sting gets the chance to add to his World Title resume this Sunday; after previously winning the WCW Championship, TNA Championship, and NWA Championship, is the WWE Championship next up in his future.
Who I Want To Win: Sting; I don’t know if this is or isn’t an unpopular opinion, but I would love to see The Icon win the WWE Championship after all this time.
Who Will Win: Same as Seth’s other match: he’s gonna win via some kind of irritating shenanigans.