Two weeks removed from SummerSlam, WWE superstars are now setting sights on Night of Champions. On August 23, Raw’s General Manager granted WWE Heavyweight champion Sheamus the opportunity to pick his opponent for the pay-per-view. Despite sitting through four audition matches between various superstars, Sheamus attempted to outsmart WWE officials by soundly trouncing Zack Ryder and claimed that he would not be defending his title at Night of Champions due to the 30-day title defense clause.
In hindsight, Sheamus’ ploy to escape serious title contention was reminiscent of some of the great diabolical heels in the wrestling business. But Wade Barrett, dissolving his truce with Sheamus, decided to cash in his NXT winnings for a WWE Heavyweight title match at Night of Champions. And if the threat of The Nexus most likely having a profound presence wasn’t taxing enough, Raw’s General Manager added John Cena, Edge, Chris Jericho, and Randy Orton to the title match making it a 6-Pack Challenge. So much for outsmarting WWE Management.
Out of the four added to the 6-Pack Challenge, Cena was the only superstar not to win his audition match. Having lost his match against The Miz due to outside interference by Daniel Bryan. The American Dragon locked Miz in the Omoplata crossface in retribution for past attacks at SummerSlam and Raw. Even though Miz technically won, he could not be inserted in the 6-Pack Challenge because he will have to defend his United States championship at the pay-per-view. Has anyone noticed that Daniel Bryan has not said a word since returning? If he keeps this up he will be known as The Silent Ass-Kicker.
With next week being the final episode of NXT Season 2, the three NXT finalists were not in action this week. Instead, Kaval, Michael McGillicutty, and Alex Riley competed in a WWE Trivia Challenge Quiz. The rest of the night was taken over by “Dashing” Cody Rhodes and “Montel Vontavious Porter” MVP. Denying a challenge set by Kaval, Rhodes who seems more fit to be a contestant on NXT than a Pro proved his mettle by defeating MVP in a singles match.
Seemingly, a Trivia Challenge is not enough to build momentum for WWE’s announcement on who will be the next break out star. Out of the three, the two most promising are Kaval and McGillicutty. Formerly known as Low Ki, Kaval had two stints in both ROH and TNA, as well as wrestling through Japan’s independent circuit. He is also the first ever Ring of Honor champion as well as a former Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World champion. As for McGillicutty, the son of “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig has the makings of a future Intercontinental champion. He is also a former Florida Championship Wrestling Heavyweight champion, and a three time FCW Tag champ with Heath Slater, Brett DiBiase, and Kaval.
On September 11, Ring of Honor returns to the Manhattan Center for Glory by Honor IX. Three weeks ago, ROH announced that Tyler Black, the promotion’s World champion, had been signed to WWE. And with Glory by Honor being the final iPPV before Black leaves the company, many are anticipating the crowning of a new champion in Roderick Strong. On the August 23 edition of ROH on HDNet, at the request of the champion, the ROH title match will be contested under No Disqualification Rules. So unlike Supercard of Honor V, where Black and Strong’s match was flooded with referees dropping in and out of the match, or when Executive Producer Jim Cornette issued a three-way dance to include former-ROH champion Austin Aries at The Big Bang! Roderick Strong will be in total control when there are no rules.
Also taking place at Glory by Honor IX is the Dream Tag Team match between ROH World Tag champs Kings of Wrestling against The World’s Greatest Tag Team. Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli won the titles at The Big Bang! against Jay and Mark Briscoe. At Supercard of Honor V, The Briscoe Brothers interrupted a phenomenal title match between Kings and The Motor City Machine Guns’ Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin. This time, Hero and Castagnoli will have to defend against Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas. After alienating The Briscoe Brothers, The Kings of Wrestling may face some opposition before, and unfortunately, during the match.
Over in Orlando, Florida, Eric Bischoff regretfully announced that Rob Van Dam was viciously attacked within an inch of his life by “The Monster” Abyss. TNA Management declared the TNA World championship vacant, and a tournament be set in motion to crown a new champion by October at Bound for Glory. The four finalists in the tournament are Jeff Hardy, Mr. Anderson, “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero, and Kurt Angle. As for No Surrender, the semi-finals will occur between Hardy and Angle, and Anderson and Dinero.
On June 17 edition of Impact, Ric Flair announced that he would reform The Four Horseman under the new name Fortune. Members include: TNA Television champion AJ Styles, TNA X-Division champion Douglas Williams, Kazarian, Matt Morgan, and Robert Roode and James Storm of Beer Money, Inc. Yet, Fortune is not the only stable to take over the Impact Zone. TNA Present Dixie Carter granted contracts to former ECW wrestlers dubbed EV 2.0. Tommy Dreamer and EV have been attacked by Fortune in the past several weeks. Abyss, Fortune’s unofficial member, sidelined Rob Van Dam by order of Fortune. TNA officials believe that Fortune are indeed the people that turned Abyss away from Hulk Hogan.
As for TNA’s Tag Team division, Max and Jeremy Buck of Generation Me took Sabin and Shelley to the limit in an enthralling tag team match. Desmond Wolfe and fellow Briton Brutus Magnus formed a compelling tag team known as London Brawling. The team will take on Motor City Machine Guns for the TNA Tag titles at No Surrender.
The Undertaker confronted his brother Kane on his return to SmackDown. While Kane claims to be the Devil’s Favorite Demon, Taker built the house that the Devil lives in and is addressed as sir.
WWE came to terms on the release of WWE Diva Serena. According to PWTorch, Serena was released for not living out her Straight Edge Society persona. Serena made her final WWE appearance on SmackDown being attacked by Kelly-Kelly during her fellow S.E.S. member’s match against Big Show. Serena is a former Florida Championship Wrestling Queen of FCW, and holds a record of six Ohio Valley Wrestling Women’s championships.
Luna Vachon, 48, the daughter of Butcher Vachon and the niece of “Mad Dog” Vachon, was found dead in her mother’s home. A former WWE, ECW, and WCW wrestler, Luna Vachon managed several wrestlers, including Bam Bam Bigelow, Gangrel, and Goldust. She also had a prominent feud with Madusa Miceli that spanned from Florida Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Federation, and World Championship Wrestling. She retired from professional wrestling on June 9, 2007, and was honored with “The Ladies Wrestling Award” in 2009 at the 44th annual Cauliflower Alley Club.