Sunday, September 21, 2014

Friends Cup: Night of Champions

As promised, in lieu of an episode this week, the Friends present this special blog entry to highlight their Night of Champions predictions in their year-long quest to obtain the first-ever Friends Cup—and not a moment too soon!

Head over there first to check up on the current standings, then come back and see Blake's write-up and Andy's classic confidence percentages!

Blake's Picks


Jericho vs Orton

Jericho's latest run has been painful. The fact that we all know he's a part timer I think has hurt the legitimacy of his matches. We know that he's just there to put other people over, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but we expect him to lose, and that's what's going to happen here. Orton, for being arguably the second biggest star the company has, has been in a rough spot lately. The fans are sick of him. He was WWE Champion going into Wrestlemania this year but was pretty much just in the background. He needs the win because he needs legitimacy. He's probably only going to get one of those things.

Winner: Randal Keith Orton



WWE U.S. Championship: Sheamus vs. Cesaro

Sheamus is in a weird spot. He came back from injury at the Rumble this year and, despite being considered one of the top babyfaces in previous years and a former World Heavyweight Champion, he somehow managed to get his hands on the United States Championship. If that wasn't odd enough, he managed to it and hold on to it without ever feuding with anyone. It was rumored that he was meant to turn heel upon his initial return, but that obviously didn't happen. I think now could be the time, as I see Cesaro walking out of NoC with the US title in hand, free Sheamus up to do something more interesting.

Winner: Antonio "Don't Call Me Antonio" Cesaro



WWE Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz

I've really enjoyed The Miz since he returned from filming his little movie. Not only did he finally turn heel again, something that most fans have been begging for since his face run fell flat, but he actually changed his gimmick up too! His movie star gimmick is nothing original, but at least its something new for him. Ziggler has finally started to gain momentum. He's nowhere near where he should be, or even where he used to be, but maybe this latest IC run is a sign that management is finally willing to give him another shot. On the other hand, maybe not. Either way, the Intercontinental title just changed hands at Summerslam and I doubt they'd move again this soon.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler



WWE Divas Championship: Paige vs. AJ Lee vs Nikki

The Paige and AJ storyline has been going on for what seems like forever, and can kind of be traced all the way back to the night after Wrestlemania. It's definitely lost a lot of its luster. WWE seemed to try to spark interest by hinting at sort of a lesbian infatuation between the two a la Trish Stratus and Mickey James, but it doesn't really work in the PG era, so they were pushed into the "friend zone" where the storyline has been dying a slow death. Nikki ends this ridiculous storyline by taking the title off of both of these competitors and making it a focal point in her feud with Brie, because why not?

Winner: Nikki Bella



Mark Henry vs Rusev

Really? Are we actually doing this? Alright.

Mark Henry is pretty much just months away from retirement at this point. There is no reason for him to be the man that puts down Rusev. If I wasn't 100% sure of this already, the fact that Henry has gotten the best of Rusev on the go home shows leading into NoC kind of seals the deal. It's not going to be a clean finish because I can see this feud going another month or so, and I wouldn't be surprised if they did a double count out, but there's no way Rusev's first loss is coming at the hands of Sexual Chocolate.

Winner (if there even is one): Alexander Rusev



WWE Tag Team Championship: The Uso's vs. The Dust Brothers

The recent heel turn of both Goldust and Stardust was a clear indication of just how shallow the tag division is right now. After finishing their program with the Wyatts, the Usos didn't really have any challengers left, but thanks to a post match attack by the Brothers Dust, they do. Funny how that works. Quite simply, the Usos retain as they're simply biding time until the Ascensions debut.

Winner: The Usos



Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins

Rollins once called Reigns WWE's "golden boy." He's a man that has been tapped for the main event and that's where he's going. It doesn't matter if he doesn't connect with the fans or if he isn't good enough to carry a match by himself yet. It's going to happen. He's going over Rollins just like he's going over everyone else until he's finally holding the gold at Wrestlemania. I'm not necessarily excited about it, but, hey, it is what it is. Expect some shenanigans with Ambrose too, provided he's finished filming his movie.

Winner: Roman Reigns



WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena

Summerslam was amazing. Seriously one of my favorite WWE events in a long time. One of the reasons is due to the complete and utter dismantling of John Cena at the hands of Lesnar. It was the first time we had ever seen Cena so vulnerable and we were all excited to see where his character would go from there. Well, unfortunately Vince got nervous that his top star looked too weak, so Super Cena has been on a tear like no other ever since. As far as his big rematch is concerned, however, I still expect to see Lesnar picking up the "W." It'll be a more even fight this time around, but the result will be the same. After all, Lesnar has to hold onto the strap until Wrestlemania so he can put over Reigns. Yay...

Winner: "The Beast Incarnate" Brock Lesnar




Andy's Confidence Points


Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton

Jericho is on his way out. Orton needs a win. And I’m going to need a nap after watching this one!

Winner: Orton (98% confidence)



WWE U.S. Championship: Sheamus vs. Cesaro

This match should be good… but I am struggling to care. Both characters are flatter than a 3 month old opened bottle of Coke.

Winner: Sheamus. Because why not? (80% confidence)



WWE Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz

Some sort of shenanigans will go down on this one. Let’s say Miz wins the title back and Sandow spray tans his butt later in the night.

Winner: The Miz (55% confidence)



WWE Diva's Championship: Paige vs. AJ Lee vs. Nikki

Paige will skip into my heart, AJ will skip back home without a title. Nikki is distracted by Brie who is inexplicably dressed up as Daniel Bryan.

Winner: Paige(60 % confidence)



Mark Henry vs. Rusev

It would be stupid for Rusev lose to the 43-year-old Henry… but not as stupid as having Seth Rollins lose cleanly to Roman Reigns on Raw for free before their match. So basically, I have no idea.

Winner: Rusev (50.5% confidence)



WWE Tag Team Championship: The Usos vs. Gold and Stardust

I’m sorry, but I’m bored of The Usos. Gold and Stardust aren’t over yet as heels, though. Let’s say Rikishi’s kids retain to feud with the debuting Ascension.

Winner: Usos (70% confidence)



Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins

Rollins is about to do something evil. But Dean Ambrose prevents him from completing the evil act. Reigns then spears Rollins. Rollins is sad.

Winner: Roman Reigns (85% confidence)



WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena

Vince McMahon would rather lose his right buttcheek than make his top babyface look weak for more than one episode at a time. It would be bad for business if Lesnar loses, but I just can’t shake this bad feeling I have.

Winner: John Cena (50.1% confidence)




Bonus Point: The Patriot or Bob Backlund accompany Mark Henry at ringside.

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