According to an Aug. 29 report from Cageside Seats, a title fight between Sheamus and Cesaro has been made official for next month’s WWE Night of Champions pay-per-view spectacular. Night of Champions, which goes down Sept. 21 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., will be headlined with a match for the WWE Heavyweight Championship, as John Cena goes toe-to-toe with Brock Lesnar in a rematch from SummerSlam.
Now that two title fights are confirmed, WWE Night of Champions can officially be labeled a must-see event. There’s a lot to look forward to. Sheamus, a winner of the 2012 Royal Rumble, will defend his United States championship strap at Night of Champions, against fast-rising heel superstar, Cesaro. Sheamus vs. Cesaro is just the second bout confirmed for Night of Champions, even though the event is just three weeks away.
Cesaro, who was formerly managed by Paul Heyman, earned his shot at the United States championship by taking out Rob Van Dam on the Aug. 25 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, in what was announced as a No. 1 contender bout. Sheamus was ringside for the scrap, and Cesaro mean-mugged him during most of the segment. This helped build a major buzz around their Night of Champions scrap.
Cesaro handily defeated Van Dam to earn the shot at Sheamus’ belt. As for Van Dam, he’s expected to take a lengthy hiatus from the WWE, before returning sometime next year. In Van Dam’s latest run with the WWE, he helped get Sheamus and Cesaro over with the fans, so the promotion will likely be happy to bring him back into the fold.
The feud between Sheamus and Cesaro has been building for months, which means there’s plenty of buzz behind it. Heading into Night of Champions, Sheamus vs. Cesaro is perhaps the hottest storyline brewing in the WWE. Cesaro recently served as guest commentator during Sheamus’ match against Curtis Axel on WWE Main Event.
After Sheamus won, Cesaro grabbed his belt and mocked him. Sheamus and Cesaro were both toiling in mid-card obscurity, before Night of Champions saved them. It had been a while since Sheamus and Cesaro were featured in any kind of meaningful storyline, so the timing is right for both men. A good match at Night of Champions could elevate their careers back to pay-per-view main card status.