WWE Night of Champions 2013: Stars Under the Most Pressure

Bill PivetzCorrespondent IIIAugust 28, 2013

Despite defeating Kane, Bray Wyatt needs to stand out at Night of Champions. Photo by: WWE
Despite defeating Kane, Bray Wyatt needs to stand out at Night of Champions. Photo by: WWE

SummerSlam is in the books and Night of Champions is two and a half weeks away.

Three matches are already booked: the two world title matches and CM Punk vs. Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel.

Even with the absence of John Cena and Sheamus, the WWE roster is full of talented Superstars ready to step up. However, a lot of those same Superstars are under pressure to make a name for themselves in order to avoid WWE limbo.


Cody Rhodes

Many have been clamoring to see Cody Rhodes as the world champion. He's been close before and looks to be even closer now.

There is just one man that stands in his way—Damien Sandow.

His former partner cost him the Money in the Bank briefcase at the July pay-per-view. Rhodes got his revenge at SummerSlam and Raw the next night.

However, Rhodes isn't just there as a babyface. He just needs that one standout moment to catapult himself into the world title picture and a win at Night of Championship could be that moment.

It's either now or never for a Cody Rhodes main-event push.


Dolph Ziggler

The former world champion is nowhere near the level he was earlier this year. After his feud with Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler moved on to his former heavy and girlfriend, Big E. Langston and AJ Lee. It culminated at SummerSlam with Ziggler and Kaitlyn picking up the win over Langston and Lee.

Now, Ziggler is indirectly involved with the Daniel Bryan, Triple H and Randy Orton feud.

With Bryan and Punk as the No. 1 and 2 babyfaces, Ziggler can be the third guy on the depth chart.

He needs to get back into the world title picture by the end of the year, hopefully Del Rio won't be champion by then. I've seen enough of Ziggler vs. Del Rio matches to hold me over for a few years.

If not, he may end up like The Miz, just floundering in the midcard, and we don't want that. One Miz is enough.


Bray Wyatt

Since being introduced on Raw at the end of May, Bray Wyatt has delivered excellent promo after excellent promo.

Weeks after being attacked by Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, Kane challenged Wyatt to a Ring of Fire match at SummerSlam. The match itself was nothing to write home about. Harper and Rowan ended up in the ring and attacked Kane, allowing Wyatt to hit Sister Abigail and win. Kane was then carried away by Harper and Rowan.

Wyatt delivered a great promo on the August 26 edition of Raw, giving some back story as to who Sister Abigail is. This was another development of Bray Wyatt character and could lead to bigger things.

If he wants to stay on the main roster, Wyatt needs to do more in the ring and rely less on his family members.



Ryback only has two pay-per-view wins in the last year. If anyone is under a lot of pressure, it's "the big guy."

His character has been through a lot over the last year. From squashing jobbers to main eventing pay-per-views to turning heel against John Cena to being a bully, he's pretty much covered all the bases.

This bully gimmick fits Ryback well. He's a big guy with very little opposition in the locker room, and he can get over big with a dominant victory at Night of Champions.

With Brock Lesnar gone for a while and Big Show and Mark Henry on the face side, Ryback slides in nicely into the unstoppable beast role.