Saturday, May 27, 2023

Pinfalls: WWE Night of Champions 2023

Pinfalls is back, with a look at WWE's Night of Champions 2023. Airing Saturday, May 27 at 1:00 pm EST on the Peacock Network, Night of Champions takes place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

As always, my The Johngy “OR ELSE” Podcast partner Tommy Else and I look at the seven scheduled matches, ultimately predicting the winners. The seven matches are:

Intercontinental Championship

Gunther (c) vs. Mustafa Ali

SmackDown Women’s Championship

Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Natalya

Raw Women's Championship

Bianca Belair (c) vs. Asuka

Becky Lynch vs. Trish Stratus

World Heavyweight Championship

Seth "Freakin" Rollins vs. AJ Styles

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship

Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens (c) vs. Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns & Solo Sikoa

Cody Rhodes vs. Brock Lesnar

This year, Tommy has a slight edge on me in predictions. Tommy is 17-6, while I am 15-8. You'll have to watch the video to see how many differences we have, but I will say there is at least one. Again, Tommy and I rarely discuss the WWE storylines before these recordings, but somehow our thought processes are remarkably similar.

There are a few candidates capable of being Match of the Night. Of course, there are a couple that seem like duds on the surface, but you never know what might happen. I have to admit, I wasn't too excited about this show, but as Tommy and I broke down the card, I actually found myself more invested that I thought.

This is an interesting card. Shows in Saudi Arabia are always a wildcard. Saudi Arabian influences can affect outcomes, regardless of ongoing storylines. 

Watch our predictions at Pinfalls: WWE Night of Champions on YouTube and make your own. You can also find other Night of Champions analysis on The Every Day Fan. Check back on Sunday for the full recap and to see how everyone did.

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