This Sunday, the Night of Champions pay-per-view takes place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee where Brock Lesnar and John Cena will be headlining the event with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line.
It’s safe to say that the build-up to the event has been a little underwhelming; we’re seeing a direct SummerSlam rematch between Lesnar and Cena, Roman Reigns will take on Seth Rollins in a match we saw earlier this week on Raw and Chris Jericho will bow out once more by taking on Randy Orton in a match which has had perhaps two weeks of build-up.
It will be up to the superstars and divas competing on the night to make sure they put on great performances so the fans aren’t left disappointed, so they tune in to Monday Night Raw the following night to witness the fallout from the event.
But which superstars need to impress the most this Sunday? Here are the five superstars I believe have the most pressure on them to impress.
5. Brock Lesnar
Just because he is the WWE World Heavyweight Champion doesn’t mean Lesnar doesn’t need to impress; in fact he probably has the most pressure on his shoulders as he is coming off the back of a one sided demolition against John Cena at SummerSlam.
Lesnar needs to head into Night of Champions with the same mind set, obviously it won’t be another beat down like it was at SummerSlam but anything less than that will make SummerSlam seem like a fluke, and that’s the one thing the WWE need to avoid right now. He’s ended the streak and he destroyed John Cena which hasn’t been seen before.
Whether he walks out with the gold is a different story, we know John Cena will come close to defeating Lesnar or even defeat him; if that is the case then keep an eye out for a certain gold briefcase making an appearance. Whatever happens at the end of the night, Brock Lesnar just needs to make sure he does what he does best, dominate.
4. The Usos
The Usos looked to have lost a bit of momentum ever since their feud with Luke Harper and Erick Rowan ended; since then you might even forget they are the Tag Team Champions. The leg injury suffered by Jey Uso didn’t help the brothers either but recently they’ve taken a backward role in the tag team division.
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, The Big Show and Mark Henry as well as Goldust and Stardust are looking like the more dominant teams so perhaps The Usos just might drop the championships. If they don’t then we need to see The Usos like we’ve never seen them before, flying from corner to corner, great teamwork and most of all, competing like champions; that is what they’ve been lacking and they need to impress the fans this Sunday.
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Cesaro has found himself in an unusual place over the past couple of months. He was destined for huge things when he put on an incredible solo performance at Elimination Chamber for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship earlier this year as well as at the Money in the Bank event. He was also the winner of the inaugural Andre the Giant memorial battle royal and subsequently became a Paul Heyman Guy.
He has failed to capitalise on all of that success, and it will be unfair to put all of the blame on Cesaro as the bookers also need to take a look at themselves for poorly booking one of the best wrestlers they possess. On one hand you can understand why they are a little apprehensive to make him a huge star as he still needs to work on his microphone work a little bit more, but he has enough microphone skills to be a big star.
Now that he is in the United States Championship picture he is fortunate he has a great worker in Sheamus opposite him so the match itself has the potential to be very good and Cesaro needs to make sure he capitalises on this situation.
2. Randy Orton
Randy Orton may have headlined WrestleMania 30 this year and retained the championship at the Elimination Chamber event before that, he’s even been in some of the biggest storylines this year but this just hasn’t been The Viper’s year. He lost out to Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 30 where he relinquished his gold once Batista submitted to Daniel Bryan. Orton was also a part of Evolution when The Shield defeated them at Extreme Rules and again at the following pay-per-view at Payback.
At Money in the Bank he was handed a spot in the main event and was unable to recapture the championship he lost at WrestleMania 30 and failed again the following pay-per-view at Battleground. Most recently, Roman Reigns defeated him at SummerSlam so as you can see Randy Orton is going through a horrible spell right now and now takes on Chris Jericho who is likely to be leaving once more following the event which suggests Orton could finally pick up a victory.
It’s plain and simple, Orton needs to win. It will be an added bonus if Orton brings out the Legend Killer in him and decides to Punt Chris Jericho out of the WWE; a lot of pressure on Orton to impress and end this pay-per-view losing streak.
1. Roman Reigns
Heading into Night of Champions, Roman Reigns has the most pressure on him. Roman Reigns will have the most pressure on his shoulders for years to come if he is indeed set to carry the company on his shoulders and become WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania 31; so he needs to learn to deal with the pressure right now and his first big test will be to defeat Seth Rollins, his former Shield stable mate.
When you look at the card this is probably the second biggest match of the night and would have been even more highly anticipated if the WWE didn’t decide to put them into the ring less than a week before they’re set to clash in Tennessee, booking-wise it made no sense whatsoever.
Reigns has pressure on him because it’s no secret that his move-set isn’t the most impressive, he makes his limited move-set look brilliant because he attacks in short bursts and the theatrics before his manoeuvres keep the fans excited. He still needs to work on his microphone and he needs to basically step up in a big way this Sunday because whether fans want to believe it or not, Seth Rollins will be carrying that match but Reigns also needs to do his part in making that match memorable.
WWE fans – who do you think has the most to prove at Night of Champions? Let us know in the comments section below.
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