Well I’ll be damned. I was honestly expecting to be let down with this one as the last month went by. A fair amount of rematches from SummerSlam and recycled Raw matches? Sounds like a paying customers nightmare. Well, dare I say I rather enjoyed WWE Night of Champions? Here’s a breakdown of why it was more than tolerable.
(C) Will be the indicator of the champion heading into the match.
Tag Team Championship Match
Goldust & Stardust vs. The Usos (c)
I was pumped for this before the match began. If you have read my previous reviews, you know I am a huge fan of the Dust Brothers. I have been bored of the tag team division for a while and they are the only things keeping my interest. Having Stardust (Cody Rhodes) basically mimicking his older brother’s persona, combined with his in-ring ability, has had me loving this pair.
Out of the gate, it was a solid match. WWE has really hyped up the hatred between the two sets of brothers, turning Gold and Star heel in the process. A lot of great use of the ring, combined with high-flying moves from the Usos, made this better then the typical match-up the duos have had the last few weeks on Raw.
In the end, Stardust would pull a quick one from under Jey Uso and roll him up for the pin. I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am about this because of the pure intrigue I have in the Dust brothers and their characters.
Solid match from both teams and I love seeing gold on the Golden One.
U.S. Championship Match
Sheamus (c) vs. Cesaro
This was my shock match of the night. If you had told me that Sheamus was going to put on a match equal to Cesaro’s in-ring capabilities, I would have called you a liar. Lo and behold I would have been wrong. Both fighters delivered a great back and forth fight with heavy hits, great power slams and ferocious uppercuts. In the end, the “Celtic Warrior” executed a massive brogue kick (high kick to the face) out of nowhere, putting down Cesaro for the three count to retain the US Title.
I seriously didn’t see this one coming. Great match between the two from start to finish.
Intercontinental Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler (c) (with R-Ziggler, AKA R-Truth) vs. The Miz (with Damien Mizdow)
Once again, I have to ask what Damien Sandow did to piss someone off in the creative department so much. As The Miz’s new “stunt double,” he has turned into a bigger joke than I thought possible.
The match itself was decent. Nothing necessarily spectacular from either fighter, so it felt more like a filler match, but overall it could have been a lot worse. WWE kept this one under 10 minutes and we would see The Miz (with the help of using Ziggler’s tights as leverage) go on to roll up Ziggler for the three count and reclaim the IC Title for a fourth time.
Ziggler has been turning in great performances lately.
*SPOILER ALERT* Ziggler reclaimed the IC Title the next night on Raw.
Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns
A few days ago, WWE announced that Reigns underwent emergency surgery for a hernia. Being that I have had the same surgery, I can say from experience that it is no joke and is extremely uncomfortable for at least four months.
Rollins proceeded to keep his heel status by calling out Reigns and having his hand raised via count out disqualification. He then sent an open challenge to the locker room which was answered in the form of Dean Ambrose, who wasted no time going straight after Rollins, who had put him on the shelf for the past month after stomping Ambrose’s head into a cinder-block. There was never an official match, but it would be used as a setup for the storyline to come.
Not a match, but it was great seeing Ambrose back in action.
Mark Henry vs. Rusev (with Lana)
This storyline continues to give me a headache. Once again, we would see the former Olympic Power lifter, Mark Henry, take on the Bulgarian powerhouse, Rusev. This match actually kicked off with Lillian Garcia belting out the Star-Spangled Banner while Henry was seen shedding tears, and no, not fake tears. It was an okay match. Once again, it’s two power athletes doing what they do best. A lot of use of the size and brute strength by both men. Henry would eventually execute his finisher move but, unable to capitalize, left the door open for Rusev to apply his submission maneuver and get the win over Henry.
This storyline just needs to go away.
They had a rematch on RAW in which Rusev won again, as Henry passed out from the finishing submission. I’m over this already.
Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho
Orton and Jericho have fought many times before and this seemed to be more of a filler match, as it looks like they are giving the Wyatts some time off camera to figure out the next move with their storyline. It was routine veteran work in the ring by both men–nothing more than a glorified Raw matchup that gave us some bonus ending moments, as both men executed finishing moves on each. Eventually, it was Orton hitting an RKO from mid-air to put Jericho down and seal up the victory.
Good match but nothing more than a time filler.
WWE Divas Championship
Paige (c) vs. AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella
Why Nikki was in this match is beyond me. She is not even remotely close to being believable as a titleholder. This one went by quick, thankfully. The eventual culminations was AJ taking out Nikki ringside and, after careful maneuvering, applying her Black Widow submission move onto Paige. Paige eventually tapped out and Lee reclaimed the Divas belt once again.
The match had Nikki for no reason in storyline. AJ and Paige are the only believable Divas champions in my opinion currently, as they are made to seem like wrestlers as oppose to Reality TV stars like the rest of the division.
WWE World Championship Match
Brock Lesnar (c) (with Paul Heyman) vs John Cena
In Lesnar’s first title defense, many were expecting him to dominate Cena once again. Those expectations were never met, though, as Cena put on a great match with Lesnar where they consistently went back and forth. Cena would execute a total of four Attitude Adjustments to Lesnar during the course of the match. After delivering the fourth one, Cena attempted to pin and, just as it looked like he would reclaim the title and become the second person in history to be a 16-time World Champion (the other being Ric Flair), Seth Rollins came out of nowhere, hitting Cena with the Money in the Bank briefcase and causing the referee to ring the bell. Although due to interference Cena won the match, the title does not change hands via DQ, so Lesnar retained it. Rollins attempted to cash in his MITB contract after curb stomping Lesnar, only to have Cena rush him before he could officially get back in the ring to start the match. Lesnar at this point regained composure and executed an F-5 on Cena to close the show with a smile on his face, knowing he narrowly escaped with his title.
Solid match by Cena and Lesnar. This was way more entertaining than the first one, which was just 16 minutes of Lesnar tossing Cena around like a rag doll.
Overall Grade: A–
I was entertained the majority of the pay-per-view and it set up a great amount of storylines for Hell in a Cell, which is next month’s event. Of course, the main highlight for me in this one was the Dust Brothers walking out as Tag Team Champions, thus re-igniting my interest in the Tag Team division.
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